Malvern, IA lies about 40 miles southeast of Omaha, NE. I flew into Omaha, picked up my rental, and was in Malvern within a half hour. It was a nice peaceful drive and I found Malvern to be a quaint little town with just over 1,000 residents.
Malvern Manor was built in the late 1800's. It started originally as he Cottage hotel but was later converted into a nursing home when business dried up. It served as a nursing home until the 1970's but was then shut down when it didn't meet necessary conditions to operate as a nursing home.
Next, the building served as a residential facility for individuals with a wide range of medical conditions and illnesses. Patients reportedly suffered from mental illness to drug addiction to birth defects. Much of the furniture and fixtures remain as they were when the facility was open.
While we spent time in all areas of Malvern Manor, two rooms gave us quite a bit of activity. We had motion sensors at the top of the stairs and we used Rempods, K2's, Geophone, and a Geoport in addition to our cameras and audio recorders. The motion sensors went off while we at one end of the building which we heard at the time and also captured on audio recordings.
We marked furniture location so that we could determine whether or not there was movement. Wheelchairs and other pieces for furniture have been reported to seemingly move on their own so we wanted to make sure we knew if and when that happened.
The room known as Inez's room was a room with a fair amount of activity. We placed a Boo Bear in the room with an audio recorder and we heard Boo Bear respond to environmental changes. Boo Bear has pre-programmed responses that let us know when it experiences changes in temperature or if someone or something makes contact with it. We heard Boo Bear respond multiple times and we heard sounds in the room including the jingling of bells. We went to her room to debunk the bells and, we discovered bells were hanging on the closet door knob. There was also a green ball on the floor that made a similar sound. We have no idea which one made the noise but it can be heard multiple times on our audio recordings.
Gracie's room is on the first floor and one of the rooms with a lot of paranormal activity reported. I placed a Rempod and audio recorder in there, we marked the location of the bed and wheelchair (it is in the upper right corner of the photo above and hard to see in the dark) and I placed her glasses on the bed hoping they would be a trigger object. I have only reviewed the first couple of hours of audio in Gracie's room and already have picked up voices and movement within the room. One voice sounds like a female saying hello and the other is a gruff, growly male voice. I have a few more hours to review but I will update this blog article if anything substantial comes from it.
I did get one interesting photo in a bathroom on the second floor across from the room known as "Hank's room." I thought I saw a shadow move between it and a room to the left so I went over and snapped some pictures. Below is what I discovered when I reviewed my photos. I believe it to be a shadow figure. Note the irregular shape. The photo above is a comparison photo when we attempted to debunk it. We used different light colors and sources, different light angles, and different camera angles but we could not reproduce it.
Overall, our investigation that night was successful. We had personal experiences as well as documentation on audio and photos, and we are scheduled to go again in September. I hope we can document even more activity!
Tips to other paranormal research teams: the building is great but contamination can and does occur. The floors creak and you can hear when people are upstairs or talking in other parts of the building. Reviewing audio has been a challenge for that reason but it certainly is not impossible. This is a great place to investigate and I recommend it to everyone!
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