Paranormal State – Dwelling of the Dead – S05E11

For this episode the team heads off to Kentucky to investigate a house where a mother claims she and her son are plagued by spirits. And not just that she hears noises and footsteps, but that this entity has held her down and choked her. She claims aggressive and hostile contact with something. Also, her son sees black shadows and ghosts all over the house. And not just once or twice, but all the time. David draws pictures of them and says they live in the basement.

After gathering up a whole slew of events that have happened in the house, Ryan and team start to check it out. For this investigation they’ve brought in Chad, who basically just makes me laugh. It’s almost comical how he challenges spirits and dares them to do something, then inevitably starts to swear and panic as he sees shadows or feels something move.

This investigation proves to be no different, but the interesting thing is that Chad swears he feels the bed moving. It doesn’t look like anything is happening, but he is dead set that there is a vibration. I think that’s interesting especially in regards to some of things that happen later.

Michelle makes an appearance and does a walkthrough of the house. She feels a presence that is heavily connected with antiques and taking care of the place. There is also the sense of a woman who might want to pass along a message.

We do find out that two deaths took place in the home. It turns out that an older couple lived in the home and passed away at different times, due to old age, although peacefully. The PRS team manages to find the daughter and she says the father was rather strict, wanted things to be orderly and took great care of the furniture and antiques in the home. However, there is no mention that he was ill tempered or unleashed his wrath on anyone even though the team seems to be hinting that might be the cause of the experiences.

That line of research doesn’t yield much so the team goes with Dead Time, this time with Chad in the house by himself. He starts going crazy over a door that opens on its own, only to find out it just happens to swing open if you step in the right place. But there is an interesting part to Chad being in the house. He once again feels that things are vibrating. He talks about the computers and monitors that seem to be moving. It’s nothing definitive, but again, he feels a vibration.

Ryan heads down to the basement with David since he says the ghosts live down there. They don’t find anything, but they do find that there are some EMF surges coming from the electrical wiring. It’s an unfinished basement with lots of exposed wires so that could certainly be something.

But they don’t comes across anything while in the basement with David, so Ryan feels that it would be best to have Mary reclaim her home. This leads to her shouting wildly at whatever may be stressing her, telling it to go to hell and stay there. As you might expect some blessed medals are handed out to try and return peace to the home.

For this episode the evidence of anything supernatural is almost completely lacking. They do get some bangs and creaks, but that seems like nothing more than an old house settling. One thing they completely seem to pass on is that Chad feels vibrations. He felt them upstairs while sitting on her bed and again downstairs around the kitchen. It would seem something is causing that whether it’s heavy traffic from something nearby, or perhaps faulty wiring, perhaps something amiss with the plumbing or mechanical device. It could have been a shaky foundation, something running close to the house, even a railroad somewhere nearby. Depending on what it is, it could be causing Mary’s experiences. If nothing else it seems like it could be affecting her sleep which in turn is causing her to misinterpret things. Ironically, Ryan says her feeling of being held down and choked was more than likely sleep paralysis.

Personally I’m thinking that she has a sleeping disorder, coupled with some exposed wiring and some sort of odd vibration is all making her feel like something is going on. Plus, I’m sure she’s worried about her son and his learning difficulties which is just making a wildly stressful situation. This is further complicated by an old house that creaks and pops and just adds to the experience. I really didn’t get the impression anything was actually going on. But rather, problems brought on by stress and the environment.

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