July 15, 2009
GHI: Cesky Krumlov
This complex of buildings is impressive at 43 buildings over 15 acres. Among other interesting artifacts on the grounds were the skeletal remains of a woman possibly thought to be those of Saint Reparata. They also claim to have the oldest functioning theater in Europe and while I can't speak to the validity of that claim the theater did seem classical (possibly baroque?) and quite lovely.
In this theater there have been reported sightings of a woman who is believed to be an actress who killed herself on stage. Robb and Ashley started off the investigation there. Robb reported hearing a woman's voice say, "No" followed by a creaking from the stage area but it seems neither were recorded. Ashley was up in the balcony seating area and heard "shuffling" but that also didn't make it to the audio recording.
Later in an older part of the complex Robb was with Joe when they both heard a woman's voice several times, but it was apparently very faint and — no surprise here — didn't show up on the audio recording when they reviewed it later.
Down in the wine cellar Brandy and Dustin had the thermal imaging camera and picked up a heat signature they couldn't immediately identify. Dustin said it looked exactly like a person. Brandy pointed out it was just a light fixture. This incident provides yet another instructional moment in just how flawed someone's perspective can be, polluting the way they experience events. In short, I don't care if Dustin comes out of a building swearing up and down he saw the outline of a person in the room with him where no person was standing, I will never ever find that impressive unless accompanied by a recording of said outline so others can get a look and draw their own (perhaps less biased) conclusions.
Dustin and Brandy also heard a voice seemingly from nowhere (also not recorded) shortly afterwards, but the real news was that GHI was throwing a birthday party for Brandy, now a quarter-century old! Of course, like Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters, this party wasn't just personal and qualified as a business write-off — in this case because there were reports of another ghostly woman who appeared whenever a party was thrown. Sadly, said woman did not appear to have attended Brandy's party.
Evidence of interest upon review included the fact that one of the recorders, placed in the dungeon by Dustin, had only 4 minutes of audio recorded, dead batteries, and the sound of something moving nearby just before it went dead. I would argue perhaps someone forgot to charge the batteries, or perhaps Dustin turned it on, looked around, then knocked into it accidentally or something before climbing back up — who knows? Interesting? Perhaps. Definitive? Far from it.
The surprise party may have been devoid of female apparitions, but they did catch some sort of streak-of-light on video at one point. Again, not definitive, and I would say not really very interesting (I have about a million badly taken photos with similar artifacts) but I suppose we can't rule out the paranormal since we don't actually know for sure what caused it.
Actually, scratch what I said earlier about not picking the voices up on the audio recorders, supposedly they captured at least one of the incidents but I have to applaud Robb on this one: He made the point that hearing a voice out of nowhere in seeming response to a question is "a lot different" from just hearing a voice randomly that you don't know where it's coming from. Their guide Hana seemed disappointed by the findings but ultimately I think GHI did a fair job and Robb in particular outlined an important distinction I hope he adheres to in future investigations.
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