Place: Harris-Kearney House (Oldest house in Kansas City / Westport)
Location: 4000 Baltimore in Kansas City, MO
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014; 1:00pm – 11:00pm
# of Investigators: 12 (2 groups of 6)
Reason for Investigation: S.P.O.O.KS Investigations was holding a class/seminar at the Harris-Kearney House where they spoke of its history and talked a little bit about paranormal investigating. The S.P.O.O.KS people are friends of mine and figured it was a good place to start doing paranormal investigations again. The Westport Historical Society, who owns the Harris-Kearney house just started allowing public investigations due to reports of unexplained sounds and moving objects. S.P.O.O.KS was one of the 1st professional paranormal investigation teams to actually investigate the house.
History: The Harris-Kearney House is the oldest brick house in Kansas City, built in 1855 by Col. John Harris for he and his wife, Henrietta. In 1872, John’s son-in-law Col. Charles E. Kearney and his wife, Josephine Kearney (daughter of Henrietta) moved in so they could help take care of Josephine’s mother. In 1873, Col. John Harris passed away in the house, and Henrietta passed away in the house as well in 1881. Col. Charles Kearney and Josephine lived in the house with their 5 kids for the next 28 years. In 1922, the house was moved a few blocks away to its current location. For more information on the history of The Harris-Kearney House, I recommend taking a tour of it!
Investigation: I arrived at just before 1:00pm to talk to everyone and get in at the beginning of the S.P.O.O.KS class, which was pretty fun. We took a tour of the house at about 2:30pm, then finished the class up at 5:00pm. We then took a dinner break and returned at 6:30pm, right around dusk.
The investigation started out slow. Our group first went into the parlor section of the house, which had a piano. Brittany was trying to work with the flashlight method when we thought we heard a knock. I did not catch any EVPs at that time, but I caught 2 knocks again a few minutes later. In this audio recording, you can hear Brittany stomp once, then stomp a 2nd time a couple of seconds later (she was testing out the reliability of her flashlight test), and then you can hear 2 small knocks in succession right after that.
We tried to debunk it by checking out to see what could have made that noise, but there was nothing around that we could see that could have made that noise. After that, we didn’t get any other activity in that room, so we moved on.
We moved on to the Master Bedroom where Col. John Harris and his wife, Henrietta slept. There were reports of EVPs saying “Get out!” And from what we were told, he did not like anyone sitting on his bed, so of course, we did just that. About halfway through our session in the Master Bedroom, you can hear one of our investigators, Wren, asking what may be a spirit move away from the flashlight, because it just turned on. And then what sounds like a woman singing in the background, right before you hear 2 drips, which we did not hear during the actual investigation.
At this point, we decided to take a short break. We didn’t break too long before deciding it was time to go back to the Children’s Room, which is a place that we all felt a little strange in when we took the tour of the house before the investigation. And our suspicion was correct. It was a very strange feeling place. Rick from S.P.O.O.KS, Wren, and I all felt a cold-shivering feeling as soon as we got inside the children’s room.
It didn’t take long to hear some strange whistling. Here, you can hear someone getting situated on the floor and the floor creaking and me explaining the creaky noise to another investigator when we heard it before. Then you hear a whistle and what sounds like whimpering or whining right before Rick says, “Are you scared of the dark and just want the lights on?”
A couple of minutes later, you hear the same whistle, but a little more faint after Brittany stops explaining to whatever spirits may be in the room to make the K2 meter change colors.
We were only sensing and hearing little things. Chills, strange sights from the corner of our eyes, whistling… until this happened; about 13 seconds into this audio recording, you can hear what sounds like a flick of the fingers. At this time, it felt like someone took their fingers and flicked the collar of my shirt and the tip of my ear. I felt the hair stand on the back of my neck and a chill right before it happened, as you might be able to tell from the deep breath that I took right before you hear the flick. Immediately after, Brittany said she’s pretty sure she saw something kneeling down right next to me.
We talked about that incident for a good 10 minutes and could not figure out any logical reason that could happen. My hair began to stand up on end and it gave me enormous chills. We headed out, but we promised to return and give the possible spirit children and cookie when we returned.
We then went back to the Master Bedroom and set everything up there. And Rick started asking questions. Right before he says, “Hattie are you here?” You can hear a noticeable sound, which sounds like a person saying, “Hattie are you here?” Right before Rick asks that question!
We didn’t get much else in that room and we did not hear that while we were in the room. We stayed there for about 20 minutes and then went on to the Harris bedroom down the hallway. And we were in for a surprise!
Now, Brittany from S.P.O.O.KS is a redheaded Irish girl. When they investigated that room before, they caught an EVP that said, “paddy wagon” and the spirit in that room seemed to not like Brittany very much. The spirit seemed to pick on her for being Irish (later, myself and Wren confessed to our Irish heritage in that room as well, but we didn’t seem to get any attention from it). But Brittany got some attention. Whoever was in that room, did not want Brittany want to be there. In the Harris bedroom, there were 2 large folding panel screens and Brittany was sitting on a chair right in front one of them. These folding screens were pretty solid and do not move easily. And… well, take a listen to what happens. Keep in mind that nobody is standing by the folding screens at this time.
^ Moments after the folding screen behind Brittany just about fell on her.
Wren and I checked behind the folding panel to make sure there was nothing leaning against it or that there was nothing that could have pushed it over like an animal that may have snuck into the house (which Brittany really wanted us to make sure there were no raccoons there, because she couldn’t handle a “scary animal,” haha!). There was nothing! You can hear what sounds like the folding panel being lifted up a bit and then pushed. It almost fell on Brittany, but stopped before it could topple over and she was not harmed. About 5 minutes later, after what had just happened finished sinking in, Brittany had some questions for Mr. Harris, who is suppose to haunt his own room. And he seemed to have an answer.
At 11 seconds (around the end of the audio), you can hear a voice go, “Yeah!” Try to ignore the sound of the clock ticking and some of the other investigators whispering, and focus on the sound at the end of the audio. After that, we were taunting Mr. Harris to repeat his pranks, and we heard some unexplained sounds, but not much else besides that. We were also getting some K2 meter hits in one certain spot that we were not getting before. We checked electromagnetic readings everywhere, and we did get some readings from the closet where a heater was located, but not on the other side of the wall, which stood between the strange spot where the K2 meter was registering (in the middle of the room) and the heater.
The unexplained sounds mainly sounded like clanging on pipes, which we didn’t hear before, but we thought maybe there were just old piping around. We’re not sure, and then we got a strange sound like this, which you can hear right before Larry says, “The temperature’s dropping,” which was not heard at the time of the investigation.
After a good 20 minutes in the room, we decided to leave and collect our thoughts back at the HQ room of the house. Then we decided to investigate the children’s room one more time. While we were in there, Larry reported seeing what looked like a large black shadow of a man in the Master Bedroom, which we could see from the children’s room. We all saw it, and it looked like a large man was making the bed. And although, we didn’t catch anything on audio, it felt like someone tugged on the back of my shirt right before Wren and another investigator, DeAusha, said they felt like someone ran past them. And that was right after I decided to pull a prank of my own on everyone in that room:
Yeah, I’m a jerk. I’m usually not. But everyone was getting chills and huddling close together while I was standing back and watching this unfold. I could not resist scaring the crap out of them.
Conclusion: I ended up leaving around 11pm, because I had work the next day, but I thoroughly enjoyed this investigation and wouldn’t mind going back. We got a lot of good evidence, and if you are into history and paranormal investigations, definitely check this place out! The website is at the top of this article. Also check out S.P.O.O.KS Investigations! They are a great group of people and watch for any events they have going on!