Monday, August 31, 2009

investigating the rialto historical society

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I was fortunate enough to go on another investigation with the OC Paranormal Society ( to the Rialto Historical Society in Rialto, California. In a nutshell, the First Christian Church was set to be demolished so the Hendricksons, a local family, purchased the church to save it from becoming a strip mall. Sadly, a few years later their daughter, Kristina, died of leukemia. They rechristened it the Kristina Hendrickson Cultural Center. When Mrs. Hendrickson passed, Mr. Hendrickson donated the property to the City of Rialto, which then turned it into the historical society in 1971. Now onto the good stuff...

Mr. Hendrickson placed Kristina's favorite belongings and ashes in the basement of the building. I will repeat that: HER ASHES! Who does that?!? Was I surprised there were stories of the building being haunted by a girl? Um no.

9:30 p.m.
Investigation starts. First sweep I investigate the old school house with Brigid - now a museum with every nick nack that ever entered Rialto. I pity the cleaning crew.

9:45 p.m.
We asked "Is anyone here with us tonight?" The AC unit kicked on and scared the bageezus out of us. First heart attack of the evening.

10:00 p.m.
Two members of the historical society stayed with us throughout the investigation. One apparently was working in the study located in the museum portion of the building and as he exited the restroom he almost ran into us. Second heart attack of the night.

10:05 p.m.
In the dress room where Kristina was heard playing, the K2 meter (do I really need to explain what these instruments are by now?) flickered. No cold spots and we felt very comfortable.

10:10 p.m.
Still in the dress room. Bored. We can hear people walk by the front of the museum. Is there really a night life in Rialto?

10:30 p.m.
We ventured into the Willy Wonka room a.k.a. front entrance of the library, when the K2 meter spiked randomly. We double checked the area where we received the spike and nothing. Random.

11:00 p.m.
Nolan left a makeup case open as a test to see if Kristina was playing with us. First of all, I am proud Nolan knew what a makeup case was. Second, the beauty products looked like a barbaric dentist kit.

12:00 a.m.
We asked "Is anyone here with us tonight?" Brigid and I then heard a clicking noise by the restroom. We asked again. Another noise. I then went to the office to see if either of the historical society members were in the restroom. They were not. We gathered up all our strength and opened the door. It was the fire control panel. Damn you firefighters! Third heart attack of the night.

12:30 a.m.
We then decide to investigate the church and see if our friend in the third row pew was willing to pay us a visit. Felt nothing.

12:35 a.m.
Flicker on the K2 meter in the bride's room. We looked outside to see it was the blasted AC unit again!

12:40 a.m.
We decide to piss off the reported ghost who sits in the third row pew by sitting in their seat. Random K2 spike. Very interesting. Did we piss it off? Brigid and I begin to see shadows in the corners of the room. The difficulty with investigating the church is the stained glass windows facing a busy street. We pass the shadows off as Rialto night life - if there is one.

12:45 a.m.
My dinner at Burger Mania is starting to betray my stomach. We can hear more noises outside. Seriously Rialto. Does anyone sleep here?

1:30 a.m.
We then investigate the last room of the property - the meeting room. Are there dolls? Why yes, 8,000 of them!

what they look like at night
1:35 a.m.
I asked "There are so many things you can move in the room, can you move something?" We then heard a rustling across the room. Very exciting. I asked again "If that was you can you please do it again?" More rustling. We jumped up and investigated the corner of the meeting room. The historical society members told us about Edward. Apparently, Edward enjoys moving objects.

1:45 a.m.
Last instance of the evening - back in the meeting room, I am uber annoyed from the passing traffic and frequent people singing. I snap and ask "Are we being too loud?" Days later when I am reviewing my EVPs I caught a voice responding to my question. It replied "No."

Overall it was a great investigation. Check back at to view the findings.

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