Los Angeles Paranormal returned to Alcatraz in mid-September to participate in an event that few have the opportunity to experience – an overnight investigation of the infamous former penitentiary. Yes, we spent the night on The Rock! Special thanks to Mark and Debby Constantino for allowing us to tag along, and also to the crew from Altered States Paranormal Radio (Dave Harvey, Kristin Baalman and Tom Durant). Thanks also to comic Mike Brody and to Terry Campbell of the Haunted Wolfe Manor for joining us during part of the investigation, which led to the capture of some really cool EVPs.
We began the evening with a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes tour of the island (graciously led by Ranger John and his accomplice, Ranger Roger), the highlight of which was being allowed access to the basement of the former Citadel — the oldest part of the prison (left over from ‘Fort Alcatraz’ days), and which includes the original and infamous ‘hole.’
Our official investigation later took us to various other parts of the prison, such as the isolation cells, the dining hall, the showers and the infirmary, along with the main cell blocks. It was cold, it was windy, and late in the evening it started thundering and lightning. It was intense.
It was during the storm, later in the evening in the infirmary area where we captured the following evps:
It was late, it was stormy, and there were 5 of us in our group, wandering the old infirmary hallways at Alcatraz. We had found our way into an infirmary room known as the ‘bug room,’ where mentally unstable and/or rowdy patients were kept. We were setting up and getting ready to do an EVP session, and Layla happened to have her recorder on, resting on top of a backpack. Here, you will hear the investigators talking in the background, but throughout the clip there is a loud, breathy, angry sounding, whispery voice or voices in the foreground. It’s difficult to make out everything with the various layers of sound, but we can hear a loud whispery voice say, from the beginning “op-en uuuup”, and then “out!” Then you hear investigator Mike Brody in the background saying ‘close the door’ and then Layla saying ‘yeah’ but with an angry whisper over the top of her voice. Finally a clipped, electronic-sounding, female whispery disembodied voice says “Get…out!” So the whole clip plays out like this: ‘Op-en uuuupp’ ‘Out!’ (‘close the door’ with whisper over it) (‘yeah’ with odd whisper over it) ‘Get…Out!’ You will likely have to listen several times in order to hear everything, but the disembodied voice/s seems to be talking over our background chatter throughout this entire clip.
Later, as we walked through the infirmary hallway, Mike saw a shadow in the surgery room, so we went in and conducted an EVP session. During the session, Layla stated, ‘we know you’re here, Mike saw you,’ at which point we all audibly heard what can only be described as a loud, disembodied breath or breathy outburst, like scream or yell. It sounded similar to the breathy voices we had captured in the bug room. Luckily, we were able to capture the strange sound on our audio. The recorded sound is less breathy but very obviously some type of outburst, and you can hear us immediately react to what we heard.
The final clip was captured during a session in the dark room (x-ray developing room?) off of the hydrotherapy room. Robert Stroud, aka ‘the Birdman of Alcatraz’ had his own cell in the infirmary. During this EVP session, Mike had just finished asking, ‘Did you know the Birdman?’ at which point Terry asked, ‘What was he like?’ – the response sounds to us like “baaad…” *headphones required for this clip
As with the first time we set foot on Alcatraz Island, we again set out on the ferry back to the mainland with a feeling that whatever grief, terror, pain, anger, loneliness and despair had been felt on this island many years ago – some piece of that energy remains behind, imprisoned forever on this rocky outcrop of land. We were fortunate to be going home – not everyone who’s been to Alcatraz had that chance.
*For further reading, check out Mike Brody‘s account of the Alcatraz overnight at Ghostvillage.com
and visit Mark and Debby Constantino’s website: www.spirits-speak.com