Final Report & Analysis

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Final Report and Analysis

Case 034

Windel Home

March 10, 2012

Springville, Virginia


Rodney Shortridge, Mike Brown, Matt O’Quin, Dave Horn & Michele Crigger

     On March 10, 2012 the BDPS team investigated the Windel Home located in Springville, Virginia. I would like to take this moment to thank Joe Windel for giving us permission to investigate his home. We decided because of the size of the home that we would do the investigation with two teams. One team could watch the monitors and the other could conduct the investigation throughout the home. We started our investigation around 7:00 p.m. with a walking tour of the home that was given by Mr. Windel. We started our set up around 8:00 p.m. We then proceeded to our investigation after dividing up into two teams. Team one was Mike, Matt & Dave and team two which consisted of me and Michele. Team two watched the monitors while team one started the investigation in the living room moving throughout the home. We worked on a rotation changing our 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.


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

  • (0) Microcassette Recorders

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

  • (0) Panasonic handheld camcorder

  • (0) Sony handheld camcorder

  • (3) Kodak digital cameras

  • (0) Nikon camera

  • (0) Fuji digital camera

  • (1) Canon digital camera

  • (0) Samsung digital cameras

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

  • (1) K2 Meters

  • (1) EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) Meter

  • (1) Laser Thermometers

  • (0) Franks Box

     We placed (1) DVR (Digital Voice Recorder) in each of the areas of the property with reports or claims of paranormal activity; which included the living room, master bedroom, secondary bedroom and one was carried by the team throughout the investigation. (1) IR camera was placed in the living room, (1) was placed in the master bedroom, and (1) was placed in the secondary bedroom. Also, we carried along with us during the investigation one of the following: K2 Meter, EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) Meter or Laser Thermometer.


Reports & Claims:

Client claims of seeing shadows, feelings of being watched, hearing unexplained singing “like kids singing” very distant, unexplained feelings as someone sitting down on the bed, hearing of unexplained footsteps.

Historical information was provided by BDPS Historian Dave Horn.

Note: there was a person that did pass away in the home Mr. Windel’s step-daughter “Shell”

There was no historical information on this location


Personal Experiences:


MARCH 10, 2012



  • · Throughout much of the investigation I witnessed a shadow figure in the back bedroom seemingly ‘peering’ into the living room as if it were watching us.
  • · At no point in time did I get a ‘chilly’ feeling or bad sensation through the entire night
  • · I witnessed something that appeared to be a 3 dimensional ‘orb’ floating in the corner of the living room near the fireplace on 3 separate occasions. This light was accompanied by a smell that dissipated concurrent with the light. The smell was similar to rotting melons.
  • · For a somewhat prolonged period of time, a phantom ‘cat’ shape was in the kitchen area. This was a shadow roughly the size of typical cat and seemed to be making a pattern between the corner of the bar and the legs of the kitchen table.
  • · Mike, Matt & I simultaneously heard a ‘music box’ very clearly. There was no question that this was a music box type sound for it was rhythmic, crisp, clean and very near us. Almost as if it originated between the three of us.
  • · While watching the monitors I heard a very distinct and clear ‘snoring’ coming from the main bedroom.

Mike Brown’s Personal Experience:

While investigating in the living room, I was sitting in the rocking chair, I could see in the back bed room. It appeared that something was moving back and forth, likening shifting its weight to the left and right in front of the window. I watched this for about 20 minutes then had Matt and Dave both sit in the same location and they both witnessed it. After checking outside and the rooms next to this one, and this room, I was standing in the door way of the “cat room” and something moved between the rocking chair and the window. Have to say something due to the fact that I couldn’t make out any details. Just a black mass that blocked out most of the window, moving left to right.

Matt O’Quin’s Personal Experience:

My report for the Windel home is as follows:


I investigated the Joe Windel home on March 10th, 2012 with BDPS members. During the investigation I was with Dave Horn and Mike Brown inside the home for about 2-3 hours. During our investigation I had a few strange occurrences that happened. The first occurrence was about 45mins to an hour into the investigation I heard music notes coming from the rooms in which Mr. Windel said he was having activity. The music sounded similar to a music box but only lasted 1-3 seconds of about 3-4 notes. This music was also heard and verified by Dave and Mike. The second incident I had was a visual paradox that was said to have been taking place in the room with the supposed activity. Mike Brown claimed that there was a shadow/dark mass that was growing darker and dimming over the teddy bear and rocking chair in that room, Dave Horn then confirmed it as well and I witnessed it after him sitting in the recliner looking into the room. It appeared as Mike Brown claimed, a shadow mass was manifesting dark then would disappear then reform. I could not explain the phenomenon upon closer inspection; however Mike Brown upon close inspection witnessed the event from about 5 feet away and seemed to be distraught over it. The final anomaly I had was visual again upon the fireplace/mantle 2 small very dim lights appeared on the wall about 15mins apart from each other then dispersed, I could not find a source for the lights and no flashlights or outside lights could have caused it. Throughout the investigation strange noises were heard throughout the house that I couldn't explain as well. So it is my conclusion that this home may have some light to moderate unexplained anomalies that may be paranormal in nature but cannot definitively say without complete reviews of all evidence.

-Matt O'Quin


Michele Cigger’s Personal Experience:


While Rodney and I were in the living room I thought I heard someone talking. Also, while I was standing on the living room side of the hallway taking pics towards the little bedroom I saw a shadow dart out of the bathroom into the empty bedroom.



Photo evidence: 4 photos with unexplained lights 3 in the living room area and 1 in the master bedroom.

Video evidence: 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 Female voice whispering (Thank you) Living Room

  • Unexplained low ting Living Room

  • Unexplained Music Notes Living Room

  • Unexplained movement & unexplained noise Living Room

Master Bedroom:

  • Unexplained moan Master Bedroom

  • Unexplained movement & unexplained noise Master Bedroom

Secondary (Back Bedroom):

  • Unexplained glass or metal tap sound Back Bedroom

  • Unexplained Guitar Strum (note there was a guitar in the room) Back Bedroom

  • Unexplained knocking or tapping Back Bedroom


     We have come to the conclusion that the Windel Home has very low paranormal activity. We were able to capture a few EVP’s, a few photographic images and everyone’s personal experiences that helped us to determine our conclusion. We feel that this maybe very low residual energy. We were unable to obtain enough hard evidence to back all the claims of the client.    

           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.

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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