Old Napier Cemetery
1st July 2017
Team Members Attending:
Marianne, Karla, Tip, Nathan, James, Jasmine
Digital Cameras, Digital Recorders, Walkie Talkies, Laser Digital Thermometer, Flashlights, K2 Meter
History of the Investigation Site
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Old Napier Cemetery
(This image of Napier Terrace was take in the 1880s. On the middle left you can see the gates to the Cemetery.)
The township of Napier was gazetted in 1855 by the New Zealand Land Commissioner, Alfred Domett. He described the new town as “an oblong mass of hills; the whole mass being flattish topped and of nearly uniform height with precipitous or very steep sides.” On his recommendation 18 acres was reserved for a botanical garden and 4 1/2 acres set aside for a cemetery which could be extended if necessary from the botanical reserve. Portions of land within the cemetery were awarded to different religious sects and a common burial ground was set aside for those unfortunates unable to afford a burial plot. As the flat part of the cemetery became occupied, plots were sold on the steep sides and the Napier City Councils was obliged to spend significant sums of money constructing retaining walls.
The archive library at the Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery has more information about the Napier Cemetery and there is a publication call “Somebody’s Darling – Stories from Napier Cemetery”, that is there and has some interesting background stories in it. (Information taken from signage in the cemetery).
This also was a training investigation for the new members in the team. The point of this investigation, as with the previous one, was to get the new members used to using some of the equipment we have like the laser thermometers, walkie-talkies, K2 meter, and working in a team recording evidence found. It was interesting to note that we had 3 digital recorders running during this training investigation – however; only 1 of the recorders actually recordered anything more than the first 15 minutes of the investigation. One of them wouldn’t record at all in the cemetery, but worked perfectly once checked away from the investigation.
- K2 meter went to red and stayed at red (highest colour) on at least 4 separate occasions. Of interest to some team members, was that it went off markedly and then stopped working when Marianne returned to her car to get another camera. Once she returned it went off again.
- Slight temperature drops of up to 2 degrees on the digital thermometer
- Numerous responsive EVP captured on the one recorder that was still working
- Disembodied voices were heard on 4 occasions, but within different teams within the group. Unfortunately it was only picked up on the one occasion on digital recorder.
- Photographs of orbs, where marked EVP and K2 meter activity, and temperature anomalies were recorded
- Seeing shadow people
- Seeing a full apparition (James) as soon as we entered the cemetery. A woman wearing a long white dress.
- Feeling nauseated in one area
- Feelings of goosebumps
- Hearing footsteps
- Feeling like someone was breathing in Jasmines ear.
- Feeling temperature anomalies – warm or cold.
- Feeling off balance in one particular area
Most Notable Experiences:
Possibly the most notable experiences for the team were seeing the shadow figures and full bodied apparition. Seeing the K2 meter going to red when there were no electrical sources around that could influence it. Lastly, and possibly of most impact, was hearing the disembodied voices and feeling breath on skin.
In this Class A recording a male voice with an accent, simply says “Ounce”.
In this recording a male responds directly to Nathan’s question” I don’t think I could?”
A female responds directly to Marianne asking permission to take a photo “Yep”, then Karla speaks.
This one, is just some weird noises (twice), that sound sort of like a duck quacking.
This is one of the clearest and most interesting Class A EVP we have ever captured. It appears to be a couple of kids taking the mickey out of us because they know we won’t hear them until we listen back. You can hear the kid laugh briefly at the beginning before this starts – almost x-rated sounding. The noises and sigh above our talking, were all EVP.
A female responds to Karla saying “I’m here.”
A female responds directly to what is being said “It’s not.”
A male responds “February”?
A sad sounding female telling Karla and Nathan to “Get up”
A spirit speaking over Nathan as he and Marianne respond to what Jasmine was saying – He says “Nah”, but it is in agreement with what was being said, not disagreement.
In this Class A recording a young child simply says “Two”.
Karla is just commenting on how she is feeling ‘shivery” (feeling spirit energy), when this female is heard to say “Hello”. Note you can hear boy racers in the background after Karla finishes speaking.
A female responds directly to Karla who was saying hello. This is a Class A EVP and her strong Scottish accent can even be made out. She says “How’d you do?”
This is an extended version of the previous audio. After Karla says you have a beautiful resting spot a male voice says “yes, she does”, followed by an unintelligible male voice and a child agreeing
This is a relatively clear disembodied voice. The group was walking down a slope and Karla asked the men to help Marianne down. She says she is ok, (when actually she was having some back pain), then a male voice says “She’s not really!” There is a few seconds of silence then Karla recognizes that she heard a voice and this is also heard by James.