PHOTO GALLERY: Finding the Inbetween
Ladies Investigative Paranormal Society (LIPS) is an all women's paranormal investigation group. On Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 they set out for Ravenswood in Bunceton, Missouri.
Ravenswood is a mansion that was built in 1880 for Nadine and Charles Leonard. In the early 1900s the couple passed away, followed by their son, Nathaniel Nelson Leonard who died in the 50s. All three died on the property and today it is lived in and owned by Jamie Leonard, the 6th generation of the family.
Due to various reports of paranormal activity that is said to take place in this home, the LIPS team was invited to investigate.
Apparitions of the deceased were reported, the sound of a record player could be heard throughout the halls despite it having stood uninterrupted for months at a time, brushes and accessories being knocked off tables, and many other strange occurrences have been reported since the death of Nadine and Charles.
Today the house is used for tours, having been marked as a historic place in 1975. This is where the LIPS team spent over 10 hours in an attempt to find proof of supernatural occurrences.
Angela Rutherford, Wendy Vogel, Beth Brown, Niki Carver, Shawn Wallace, Alesia Magruder and Libby Calvin found little proof that night although strange noises could be heard throughout the house.
Although they were not able to capture hard evidence despite their efforts, they hope to go back in spring for another try.
Ravenswood has stood on Leonard family property since 1880. Built for Nadine and Charles Leonard, by Nadine's father, Ravenswood was declared a Historic Place in 1975. According to current owner of the house Jamie Leonard, the 6th generation in his line, the house is haunted by his deseased ancestors.
Ladies Investigative Paranormal Society (LIPS) is an all women's paranormal investigation team that was formed in 2011 in an attempt to discover the truth about the supernatural world. During the summer of 2014 Jamie got in contact with LIPS in hopes that they would be able to find evidence of the ghosts and residual evidence believed to haunt the halls. Libby Calvin (left) and Beth Brown (right), members of the LIPS team, organize their gear in preparation for for the investigation on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.
Nadine Leonard's room stands on the second floor of Ravenswood in Bunceton, Mo. Nadine passed away in her bed in November of 1918 due to old age. It is rumored that Nadine's spirit haunts this old mansion, being seen as an apparition. One story tolled is that while preparing for Nadine's funeral some family members went up to her room to find a dress for her to be buried in. When they attempted to open the door they found it locked. One person went as far as to climb a latter to peer into the window from outside just to make sure someone wasn't robbing the place. After they found no one they returned with tools to take the door down only to find it wide open.
The LIPS team investigates Nadine's room at Ravenswood in Bunceton, Mo. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. During their previous investigation in June, 2014 Angela Rutherford, a member of the LIPS team, had heard noises coming from above them in Nadine's closet. They check again to see if they could hear the noise again.
During their investigation of Ravenswood in Bunceton, Mo. Saturday, Oct. 25, LIPS enjoyed looking at the history this century old mansion had to offer. Their flashlights shine on an old dress that used to be worn by Nadine Leonard during her youth in the mid-1800s.
LIPS members Angela Rutherford and Niki Carver hear a noise above them while investigating Ravenswood in Bunceton, Mo. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. They both look up simultaneously, the door was locked and that part of the house was shut off to the team.
A LIPS member holds a K-2 Meter or Safe Range Meter in order to ask ghosts yes or no questions during their investigation of Ravenswood in Bunceton Mo. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The team used the K-2 Meter to ask ghosts yes or no questions, hoping the ghost would respond by making the light turn red. A K-2 Meter works through radio frequencies and EMF (electro magnetic frequencies), which is given off by ghosts. Unfortunately, there is no way of ever knowing, when the meter goes off, if it is the EMF from a ghost or radio waves.
Alesia Magruder, a seasoned LIPS member, organizes her equipment as she prepares to enter Ravenswood Mansion in Bunceton, Mo. for her second walk-through investigation of the night Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The LIPS members search for evidence in teams of 3-4 and switch off periodically through the night so everyone can have an equal amount of uninterrupted time.
Wendy Vogel, one of the newest members to the LIPS team, hears a strange noise while investigating the dining room of Ravenswood Mansion in Bunceton, Mo. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Ravenswood property used to house many slaves before and during the Civil War. The dining room is set up in the style that the house slaves would arrange it when the main part of the house was still occupied.
Part of the LIPS team sat outside the house and watched the security cameras they had set up in rooms reported to be more active while the other half of the group investigates inside in Bunceton, Mo. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Although the investigation was a bust, the team still has yet to review the majority of the audio and video they took that night, and are eager to find evidence they may have missed.