Final Report & Analysis

Black Diamond Paranormal Society©

“We are the light that cuts the darkness. Therefore, when you see… truth must be honored.”

Final Report and Analysis

Case 029

Christian Home

June 30, 2011

Reynolds Ridge, Virginia


Rodney Shortridge, Matt O’Quin, Nathan Rasnick, Dave Horn


New Member

Cindy Rasnake

     On June 30, 2011 the BDPS team investigated the Christian Home located at Reynolds Ridge, Virginia. I would like to take this moment to thank Richard Christian, owner of the home, for giving us permission to investigate such an interesting site. We decided because of the size of the home that one team would investigate the inside of the home while one team would watch the camera monitors at our base that was located within an adjoining garage. We started our set up around 7:00 p.m. We started our investigation around 8:00 p.m. with a walking tour of the home that was given by the home owner, Richard Christian. We then proceeded to our investigation soon after dividing into teams. Team 1 consisted of Nathan Rasnick and Matt O’Quin, Team 2 consisted of Dave Horn and Cindy Rasnake, I assisted each team different times throughout the night during the investigation and even did a solo investigation a couple of times during the investigation inside the home and the surrounding property. Each team worked on a rotation changing their location about every 2 hours. We finished our investigation around 3:00 a.m. the following morning. This was a great experience and very helpful in our constant training.


  • (3) DVR’s (Digital Voice Recorders)

  • (0) Microcassette Recorders

  • (3) Zero Lux low lever IR (infra-red) cameras

  • (0) Panasonic handheld camcorder

  • (1) Sony handheld camcorder

  • (1) Kodak digital cameras

  • (1) Nikon camera

  • (0) Fuji digital camera

  • (1) Canon digital camera

  • (1) Samsung digital cameras

  • (0) Motion diction IR (infra-red) Field video/camera

  • (1) K2 Meters

  • (1) EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) Meter

  • (2) Laser Thermometers

  • (1) Franks Box

     We placed (1) DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) in each of the areas of the property with reports or claims of paranormal activity; located in the living room, master bedroom and secondary bedroom. The (1) IR camera was placed under the home due to claims of hearing footsteps coming from the hallway within the home. This was to test a theory that maybe animals were crawling under the home causing what the homeowner described as footsteps. (1) was placed in the living room, (1) was placed in the master bedroom. (1) Sony handheld camcorder was carried around documenting the investigation by each team during the investigation. Also, each team carried along with them during their investigations one of the following: K2 Meter, EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) Meter, Laser Thermometer and our new piece of equipment the Franks Box, provided by Matt O’Quin.

Reports & Claims:

    The home owner claims of hearing footsteps walking down the hallway to his room. When he gets up to see if anyone is there to his surprise no one is in the home. The home owner also speaks of having experiences of an invisible force holding him down in his bed. He also speaks of people that have spent the night inside the home having experiences within the living room seeing apparitions and shadows along with hearing the unexplained footsteps down the hallway with no one there after they have jumped up to check for an intruder. Feelings of being watched, hearing unexplained voices with no one there and the unexplained footsteps, it is to be noted that the homeowner is perfectly fine with the unexplained events in his home he just wanted us to see if we could find out if the events are caused by a passing family member or a passing friend.

Historical information was provided by BDPS Historian Dave Horn


CASE# 029



            On June 30, 2011 Black Diamond Paranormal Society (BDPS) investigated the home of Richard Christian.  Researching the property we have very little information of interest via historical story telling.  The property’s deed indicates that this was a mine and mineral property that was eventually sold to Sam Elswick.  The property has remained in the Elswick/Christian family ever since.

  • Richard’s grandfather Sam C. Elswick passed away in the bedroom of the home on November 17, 1982 of natural causes.

  • Richard’s brother Wilford Sam Christian (October 6, 2000) died on couch in the living room by unintentional overdose.

The property was of personal interest as I have had my own experiences in the home and initiated the investigation in hopes of verifying said experiences.  From interviews with Richard, his twin sister Becky, ‘Mamma C’ (Richard’s mother Janet), cousins and various in laws, there does seem to be a uniform story of a presence within the home that consistently takes the form of a shadow person, footsteps and the general ‘feeling of someone being beside you.’

Personal Experiences:


There were no personal experiences during this investigation.


Photo evidence: There was no photo evidence.

Video evidence: There was no video evidence.

Note:  BDPS does not support the idea of orbs as evidence of the paranormal because most orbs can be explained away as dust, bugs, rain, mist, fog, etc. There are cases that the orbs we photograph seem to move with some type of intelligent intent. We post these photos because we feel that there needs to be more investigation into the Orb Phenomenon and we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this phenomenon without further investigation and explanation. So we show these photos in an attempt to add another piece to the puzzle and leave this decision up to you to accept or dismiss orbs as evidence. It is also my opinion to show all evidence so we all can learn from what might be an area of the paranormal that may be getting over looked by researchers.

EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomenon)

We heard the following EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) and unexplained noises on our DVR’s (Digital Voice Recorders) & Microcassette Recorder:

Living Room:

  • Unexplained (Childs giggle)

  • Unexplained Childs Voice (Hi) on the Franks box and inaudible voice

  • Unexplained Female Voice (No) after Matt asked a question using the franks box

  • Unexplained Male Voice (How) after Matt asked a question using the franks box

  • Unexplained Voice (Allen) on the Franks box

  • Unexplained Voice (Big guy is going to the ---then inaudible)

Secondary Bedroom:

  • Unexplained 3 knocks

  • Unexplained Inaudible Female or Childs Voice

  • Unexplained inaudible Whisper

  • Unexplained Whisper (Hurry) with inaudible whisper

Master Bedroom:

Unexplained Whisper (Oh Rodney)


     We have come to the conclusion that the Christian Home has very low paranormal activity in the forms of EVP’s. We were unable to capture any photographic, video graphic or have any personal experiences with this investigation which in turn helped us to determine our conclusion.

           I look forward to our next investigation. If anyone would like for us to do a paranormal investigation of their home, business, church, property or a family cemetery please contact us. If you would just like to speak with us about any paranormal activity you may be having we would love to hear from you. No problem is too small. We would be honored to help and we do not charge for our services. Contact BDPS to set up a time and place for us to discuss your paranormal questions and or problems.

            I feel honored to be working with such a great team. Without the team’s hard work and professionalism BDPS would not be what it has become today.


*Check out our Website:

I would like to thank all of the BDPS members for all their hard work. To all of our clients, a special ‘thank you’ for giving us the opportunity to be able to come in and help to the best of our abilities. I know with the team that I have formed we will have exciting investigations in the future. I would like to let everyone know that our members have become more to me than just investigators, they have become my family. Without them BDPS would not be possible. Just like a family we sometimes agree and sometimes we don’t agree but each and every member of BDPS is very special to me. Thanks guys, you all are the best!!!

     I hope everyone enjoys the photos and the analysis sheet along with the new video we are providing. Also we will have our EVP’s, photos and any video evidence on the website for everyone to view and listen to. You can judge for yourself. If anyone has any questions or comments we would love to hear from you. Let us know what you think.

Thank you,

Rodney Shortridge

Founder/Lead Investigator

Black Diamond Paranormal Society


Michele Crigger

Case Manager