After saying the prayers, Jay and I grabbed our equipment and entered the house. When we walked through the front door, directly ahead of us were stairs that led to the second floor. To our right was the living room, and if we were to continue on through the living room, we would enter the dining room. To the left of the dining room was a large kitchen.
The house is no longer occupied, but is furnished for the most part and is in livable condition. It was very clean and tidy and was not your basic rundown old haunted house. As a matter of fact, it was almost cozy. I could see why a young couple such as the Pickmans would have picked it out as a place to start a family.
We placed most of our equipment on a table in the kitchen and decided to use the kitchen as our base of operation for the night.
Jay turned on his tape recorder as we entered the house and I set up an audio recorder in the dining room soon thereafter. I have found over the course of somewhere around three hundred investigations that some of the best EVPs are recorded when you first enter a building or arrive at a location. I am not sure exactly why this is, but at every location that I investigate, I start recording as soon as we arrive so as not to miss anything. I have also found out that a good time to capture EVPs is while doing the initial walkthrough or interview with the resident of a location.
After unpacking our equipment, I phoned the owner of the house to let him know that we had arrived. He told me that he would be over in about twenty minutes, so, while we waited, Jay and I decided to take a look around and explore the house. As you can imagine, the first place that we wanted to check out was the basement.
The door leading to the basement is located in the kitchen. The door itself (and all of the kitchen cabinets) are painted a bright red color. Knowing the particular history of a haunted house always makes exploring the basement a little more exciting than the rest of the house, so you try not to let your imagination run away with you.
I went first using the infrared on my video camera to see my way around. Jay was right behind me with his flashlight.
As I mentioned earlier, it is best not to let your imagination run wild in a place like the basement of the Sallie House, but something about this particular place made me constantly want to look over my shoulder, like someone was watching me. Something about the basement in this house just did not seem right.
The Sallie House was Jay’s tenth investigation with me. One thing that I have learned about Jay in the short time that I have known is that he always welcomes investigating dark places like attics and basements. But on this particular investigation, and as the night would continue, I would see a different side of Jay. I could tell right off the bat that he was not comfortable in this house, and particularly not the basement.
We had been down in the basement about five minutes when all of a sudden, I heard what sounded like footsteps. I said to Jay, “did you hear that?”
“Yeah,” he said. ”It sounds like footsteps.”
“Maybe it’s the owner” I said. “Let’s head back upstairs and see.” So we headed back up the stairs with Jay leading the way with his flashlight. When we arrived at the top of the stairs, I yelled out, “Les, is that you?” Nothing! So I called out again, “Les, is that you?” Again there was no response. So we headed through the dining room and into the living room where we had a clear view of the entire downstairs, and no one was there. I called out one more time to see if Les was upstairs looking for us, but again there was no response. “No one is here but us,” I said to Jay.
“Yeah, I know,” said Jay. “What we heard definitely sounded like someone walking around up here.”
Once we heard the footsteps and determined that no one else was in the house, a whole new feeling came over me. It was a feeling that something or someone was there. The footsteps sounded heavy, not like a child’s but more like an adult or larger person…
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