Ghost Hunters Haunted Home for the Holidays
Ghost Hunters Haunted Home for the Holidays – In this episode the TAPS team returns to Mark Twain’s House. They investigated the house 3 years ago. Jay tells us that there are “new and frightening” paranormal claims.
The house was built in 1872. Mark Twain lived in the house with his wife and their 3 daughters. He wrote Huckleberry Finn and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer in this house. They lived in the house until 1891 when their daughter, Susy, died at the age of 24 of Meningitis. “The family never returned to the house, or have they?”.
Mark Twain House
Apparently, Mark Twain loved the holidays and especially Christmas. There’s a theory that the activity picks up around this time of year.
Ross Ariola (Historic Interpreter) sits down with us for a little bit. We find out that near the end of his life, one of his daughters, Jean, tried to recreate a happy Christmas memory for her dad. Jean died that night. I looked it up. She was found in her bath on Christmas Eve of 1909. It appears that she suffered a heart attack brought on by a seizure and drowned.
Jacques Lamarre is the client and says that activity picked up the day after the team left from their last investigation. In the library, for 3 consecutive days, people’s jewelry would fall off. In the nursery, 2nd floor, a guest saw blocks on the dresser move. Also on the 2nd floor an apparition was seen climbing the steps to the 3rd floor. The woman was in a long white flowing dress. The speculation is that the spirit was one of the daughters. Susy is the only one known to have died in the house.
Mallory Howard (Museum Docent) says that when she mentions Susy during a tour the lights go off.
George was a family butler and people believe that they have seen and heard him. Rebecca Floyd (Manager of Interpretive Services) says that enough people have made claims to having seen and/or hearing George that she thinks he might just still be there.
In the billiard room, a guide was giving a tour and the lights went out and people could smell cigar smoke. It’s said that Twain smoked 20 – 40 cigars a day.
The most shocking claim is from a guest that was going up the stairs. She saw a woman climbing the stairs. Elsa Paulino (attack victim) says the woman rushed passed her and pushed her to the wall. They say she was being attacked and people had to force the “woman” off of her. Elsa says:
“And she said, “I want to get in. And she get in to my body.”
Elsa started speaking in a different voice (I should say that Elsa has a heavy Spanish accent) and her demeanor and composure changed. Ninoska Paulino (Elsa’s daughter) tells us that her mom felt a cold draft when this happened. The event took place over several minutes.
Claim: Apparition moves through room
3rd floor stairwell
Claim: Woman “attacked” by apparition
Claim: Apparition in hall
At 9:39pm, on the first floor, we’re with Jason and Steve. They’re reaching out to Susy first as Steve calls out to her saying that they know she loved the house. Now Clara and Jean are being called to. They hear someone walking, loudly, upstairs and call to verify that they are alone in the house. Jason says it sounded like boots. Steve is downstairs and Jay walks around upstairs to see if they can replicate the sound…although Jay is in tennis shoes and not boots. Steve yells up that it sounds like what they heard. Steve calls out asking who is in the house. When Jason and Steve are upstairs we hear a door squeak from downstairs right as we head to commercial.
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We’re 5 hours into the investigation with a door creaking is heard. The 2 head back downstairs. Nobody is there. Steve calls out to Mark Twain. They find a door that they think made the noise.
Tango and Adam are on the 2nd floor and it’s 10:55pm. They enter a room with 2 twin beds and dolls. Adam thinks he saw a moth and two look around for one..which isn’t easy to do in the dark LOL. They can’t figure out if they really saw something or if it was just a moth. Adam doubts that it could have been a moth. They reach out to Susy and tell her that it’s time for her piano lesson.
Britt and K.J are in the dining room at 11:03pm. K.J. and I think alike. He’s just in awe of being in Twain’s house, where the celebrate Christmas…I would be taken aback by the thought too. Britt asks if K.J. can imagine having stories read to him by Twain. They try to find a place in the dining room where they can view the dining room, living room and library at the same time. Britt sets up the ETC unit, and IR camera and a bunch of temperature sensors and EMF. They also set down a shadow censor. K.J. reads a letter, out loud, that Mark Twain wrote to his daughters, as Santa.
MY DEAR SUSIE CLEMENS:
I have received and read all the letters which you and your little sister have written me by the hand of your mother and your nurses; I have also read those which you little people have written me with your own hands–for although you did not use any characters that are in grown peoples’ alphabet, you used the characters that all children in all lands on earth and in the twinkling stars use; and as all my subjects in the moon are children and use no character but that, you will easily understand that I can read your and your baby sister’s jagged and fantastic marks without any trouble at all. But I had trouble with those letters which you dictated through your mother and the nurses, for I am a foreigner and cannot read English writing well. You will find that I made no mistakes about the things which you and the baby ordered in your own letters–I went down your chimney at midnight when you were asleep and delivered them all myself–and kissed both of you, too, because you are good children, well trained, nice mannered, and about the most obedient little people I ever saw. But in the letter which you dictated there were some words which I could not make out for certain, and one or two small orders which I could not fill because we ran out of stock. Our last lot of kitchen furniture for dolls has just gone to a very poor little child in the North Star away up, in the cold country above the Big Dipper. Your mama can show you that star and you will say: “Little Snow Flake,” (for that is the child’s name) “I’m glad you got that furniture, for you need it more than I.” That is, you must write that, with your own hand, and Snow Flake will write you an answer. If you only spoke it she wouldn’t hear you. Make your letter light and thin, for the distance is great and the postage very heavy.
There was a word or two in your mama’s letter which I couldn’t be certain of. I took it to be “a trunk full of doll’s clothes.” Is that it? I will call at your kitchen door about nine o’clock this morning to inquire. But I must not see anybody and I must not speak to anybody but you. When the kitchen doorbell rings, George must be blindfolded and sent to open the door. Then he must go back to the dining room or the china closet and take the cook with him. You must tell George he must walk on tiptoe and not speak–otherwise he will die someday. Then you must go up to the nursery and stand on a chair or the nurse’s bed and put your car to the speaking tube that leads down to the kitchen and when I whistle through it you must speak in the tube and say, “Welcome, Santa Claus!” Then I will ask whether it was a trunk you ordered or not. If you say it was, I shall ask you what color you want the trunk to be. Your mama will help you to name a nice color and then you must tell me every single thing in detail which you want the trunk to contain. Then when I say “Good-by and a merry Christmas to my little Susie Clemens,” you must say “Good-by, good old Santa Claus, I thank you very much and please tell that little Snow Flake I will look at her star tonight and she must look down here–I will be right in the west bay window; and every fine night I will look at her star and say, ‘I know somebody up there and like her, too.’ ” Then you must go down into the library and make George close all the doors that open into the main hall, and everybody must keep still for a little while. I will go to the moon and get those things and in a few minutes I will come down the chimney that belongs to the fireplace that is in the hall–if it is a trunk you want–because I couldn’t get such a thing as a trunk down the nursery chimney, you know.
People may talk if they want, until they hear my footsteps in the hall. Then you tell them to keep quiet a little while till I go back up the chimney. Maybe you will not hear my footsteps at all–so you may go now and then and peep through the dining-room doors, and by and by you will see that thing which you want, right under the piano in the drawing room-for I shall put it there. If I should leave any snow in the hall, you must tell George to sweep it into the fireplace, for I haven’t time to do such things. George must not use a broom, but a rag–else he will die someday. You must watch George and not let him run into danger. If my boot should leave a stain on the marble, George must not holystone it away. Leave it there always in memory of my visit; and whenever you look at it or show it to anybody you must let it remind you to be a good little girl. Whenever you are naughty and somebody points to that mark which your good old Santa Claus’s boot made on the marble, what will you say, little sweetheart?
Good-by for a few minutes, till I come down to the world and ring the kitchen doorbell.
Your loving SANTA CLAUS
Whom people sometimes call “The Man in the Moon”
Once he starts, the level is at .3, .5, 1.0, temperature changes. As K.J. is reading I’m touched by the letter. It’s so sweet and so thoughtful. The shadow detector goes off. Britt says it’s as if someone is coming closer. K.J. is getting chills and they see something pass in front of a light. Multiple pieces of equipment start to go off. K.J. hears a rustling sound and the 2 enter the library to investigate. They say the energy in the room is different…Britt says he feels like they’re not supposed to be in there. Right as we head to commercial, a noise is heard.
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Back from commercial, 7 hours into the investigation…K.J. calls to find out if people are moving things around upstairs. Everybody is still. We even see Adam and Tango sitting on the floor. I’m finding it suspicious that Britt is ALWAYS getting AMAZING results.
Adam and Tango head to the library at 12:11am. Tango points out that a lot of the activity seems to travel from one room to another. We hear A LOT of walking sounds above their heads…clear as day. Tango wants to head upstairs to see if he can stir anything because the sounds above started when they came downstairs. Tango heads up and thinks he sees something through a doorway, what he thinks Adam saw…something like a moth. He saw it low and then towards the ceiling. They turn a camera on in the room in case it is a moth they’ll hopefully be able to catch it on film for verification.
Steve and Jay are in the nursery at 12:51am and talk about the report of the blocks being moved around. Jay tells, whomever, that he is setting up a camera (an iPad) next to the blocks in hopes of capturing movement. They set the EMF gauge to 2 so if it gets above 2 it will record automatically. They reach out to the children and the EMF gauge goes off. Steve continues to talk about their father in attempts of pulling them out. It continues to get hits. Steve asks if it’s Clara, Jean, Susy? There’s a noise that Steve describes as sounding like “sneakers on a basketball court”.
Adam calls out to Susy and is going to use the flashlights to try to communicate with her. It’s 1:33am. Adam reads a letter written to Susy from Santa. A flashlight comes on and Adam asks if she understands the letter and, if so, to turn the flashlight off…it goes off. He continues to read. When he gets to a part about George (the butler mentioned above) the flashlight turns on again. Adam asks if whomever is there knows who George is…the flashlight goes out again. Adam states that he wants to use the flashlights to communicate and turning a flashlight on means yes. He asks them to turn on a flashlight (there are 3) for the yes flashlight…it turns on. He asks them to turn it off, it goes off. He asks for them to pick one for the no. The one on Adam’s far left is yes and far right is no. The middle one has no purpose…as least as of now. He asks if he is talking to Susy. No flashlight turns on but he hears footsteps. He then asks if it’s George. The yes flashlight turns on and we go to commercial.
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We return from commercial. He asks to confirm if it’s George to turn the flashlight off, it goes off and he hears footsteps again. When asked if he misses working there he answers no but says yes, he misses the family. He remembers the house at Christmastime.
At 2:02am we’re at TAPS Command Central. K.J. & Britt are watching videos and they’re having problems with their equipment…which happened the last time the team was here. They say “it’s a weird signal”.
Jason and Steve are investigating the stairwell where the woman was “attacked”. It’s 2:14am. The woman says she couldn’t move and felt like she was being held against the wall. We see a video that the last time they were hear, Jason and Grant saw a shadow. Jay gives instructions to whomever might be present how to show them (with equipment) that they’re there. They start asking if someone kept the woman from going upstairs and they get a spike. They reach out but get no response saying that since they aren’t responding to them that they will send another team up
Britt & K.J. hit the billiard room at 2:59am…K.J. says it’s one of the first man caves. People smell cigar smoke in here and see shadows so they set up a shadow detector. EMF is flat so they’re off to try to make contact. Britt says he would love to sit down and have a cigar with him and hear his stories. EMF spikes. Britt says there’s a pocket of energy in front of him that seems to be moving around like a child. They hear voices and ask if it’s Susy? Mr. Clemmons? They ask about his Santa Clause adventures. They ask if it was nice to step out of the box of Mark Twain and become somebody else. There’s an obvious sound of, what I thought sounded like knocking, but they say sounded like someone moved the chair beside them. They then hear a female voice…this is followed by a large EMF spike.
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The EMF spikes, the shadow detector goes off. K.J. asks Britt to listen. The EMF goes off again. They both have head to toe goosebumps and they’re hearing a sliding sound.
It’s my favorite part of the show and yours! STEVE & TANGO hit the nursery at 4:21am. Steve calls to Susy, Jean and Clara and they set up a geophone by the blocks (this senses vibrations). The two make their introductions to whomever might be present and attempt to contact the daughters. Steve says that Tango is a magician and if they’ll let them know that they’re there, he’ll do a trick. Tango does a trick with a die. They ask what the girls think of the trick and if they’d like to see another one…let them know. Steve takes a block and gives it to Tango for a trick…Tango will make it disappear…nicely done Dave. The block is returned. No results show up at this point. The two leave the room bidding a good night and a Merry Christmas.
Jay calls for lights on and our investigator’s investigation ends.
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Jay and Steve meet with Jacques. Jason tells Jacques that they had things happening before the investigation during their interview with Elsa. They play a clip saying that something was going on with her. We hear her speaking in Spanish and her eyes are tearing up. Her daughter tells her mom that she’s scaring her. Her mom then says “He wants them to know, that he’s here and not to bother him. That’s his message”. The daughter stands up and announces that they have to go. Jay says that they’ve never had anything like that happen before.
They show the DVR camera in Mark Twain’s bedroom and how it went blank for 15 seconds and then comes back up. They couldn’t find any explanation and there was nothing on audio.
Steve talks about how many of them heard dragging sounds. They play a few videos showing this happening. Then they play the sound of a door creaking.
They play a voice captured in the nursery. It sounds like a little girl and ask if he can make out what the voice might be saying. “I’m so cold” is what they think it says.
Again, the nursery, another voice that Jay says is a weird voice…COMMERCIAL!
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Weird, I’m intrigued and glad I can fast forward through commercials! “Was your father a great man?” we hear Jay ask. Jacques says he can’t make out what she says but it sounds like a little girl.
They play the next recording (last piece of audio). They ask Jacques what he thinks it says. We hear Steve ask “Clara, if it’s you you need to let us know”. Jacques says “That’s crazy” but can’t make out what it’s saying. Jay says it sounds like it’s saying “Langdon’s in Buffalo”. WOW! It’s a man’s voice. Langdon was Twain’s first child but he died before he turned 2 years old. Where was Langdon born? Oh aren’t you smart! BUFFALO!