wolf house investication Report
**** Licking Pike (Street Address withheld)
Taylor Mill, KY 41015
MVP used a mutli-system DVR and digital camera equipment to document the investigation as well as provide accountability of all equipment and investigators. We used a 7 camera IR HD DVR multi-system (Defender for the close quartered rooms and a QSee system for the larger areas), as well as two Fujifilm digital cameras and one Sony digital camera. After an exhaustive review, we were unable to find any conclusive evidence of paranormal activity.
We did have some photos that showed several anomalies similar to those that have been shared on the Wolf House FB page. However, after submitting unedited copies of them to a professional photographer, Kenny Biddle, it was concluded that the cause of the white illuminated circles was due to a lens flare, lack of lighting and shutter speed. The following paragraphs are taken directly from his analysis report:
“The most likely cause of the whit illuminated circles is a spot on the lens. This is evident by the circle being in the same location on both images (not in the scene), even though the angle of the camera was at changed. This means that that if you put your finger on the screen in the center of the illuminated circle, then flip back and forth between image 64 and 65, you'll notice that the illuminated circle doesn't change position - even though that camera had moved to a different position. A small spot will cause this effect, because a spot on the lens will create an anomaly in the same position on the image no matter where you point the camera.
However, there is an issue of the "camera shake", due to this being a Long Exposure - without the use of the flash, and there was not nearly enough light in this room...the camera shutter stays open much longer than normal, which is why they are blurry. Since the room was pretty dark, the shutter stays open longer to collect more light. (More light means a brighter image). Light coming through the lens, and through that spot, would be a bit lighter than the rest of the image. The reason we don't see it as bright or the same size in image 66 as we do with the other images, is because of the excessive camera shake in this one.
Such spots on the lens usually don't show up. They are more pronounced and noticeable during long exposures or when taking pictures of bright scenes like a clear blue sky during the day. They usually go unnoticed when taking a quick look at the lens.
My conclusion - this was the product of long exposures (one image had a 5 second exposure, while the other two had 6 second exposures), and a spot on the lens, which slightly amplified the available light. If the flash had been used, the anomaly would not have been produced on the image.”
MVP used two digital voice recorders with condenser microphones, one digital voice recorder with two condenser microphones and one external dynamic microphone, and one RVPR - digital voice recorder with two condenser microphones and two dynamic microphones. We did have one audio anomaly in our digital recording device that had two condenser microphones and one dynamic microphone. The recording noted a loud sound that showed on the wavelengths of both microphones, indicating that it was an audible sound and not an EVP. However, at the time that the noise was made, there were no investigators in the upstairs and the sound’s wavelengths were completely different from the sounds from outside the house. Additionally, due to the clarity and volume of the sound, it can be concluded that the noise occurred in close proximity to the voice recorder inside the room. Visual data showed that the investigators were outside of the house at the time the noise was made and there was no furniture other than the two air mattresses in the room at the time. MVP did not hang anything that could have fallen in the area and visual data supports this. At present, we have no explanation for the noise that was produced by the audio recorder. Because it was one noise that was recorded with no further anomalies, we cannot say conclusively that it was paranormal in nature. We can say, nonetheless, that at present, it is unexplainable.
MVP was briefed prior to arrival by coordinator and Wolf House Director, Wanda Kay (WK), of the suspected history of the location. Per WK, no one has been able to locate any history on the location to date. All she knew was that the original land owners were the Wolf family and the Price family. The Price family purchased the location from the Wolf family and passed it down. Ultimately, a non-family member purchased the location. Over the years, the home has been remodeled (flipped), with the current house being built upon the original farmhouse. WK noted that she was informed that the property was possibly built upon former Native American burial grounds. The property is adjacent to the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. WK also informed MVP that the Wolf family/Price family cemetery was in close proximity to the property and both families were buried at the same location.
After extensive research, we were unable to pull up anything significant on the property. This is partially due to the limited resources at our disposal. We were not given any specific information regarding the Wolf Family or the Price family other than the names of John/Ray Price. Because we did not procure the specific location address prior our arrival, we were unable to utilize local resources, such as the Kenton County Public Library and the County Clerk’s office, which holds copies of the land deeds.
There is a Wolf family cemetery located at 16/Taylor Mill Rd. We were unable to physically walk the location to identify any specific member of the Wolf family, due to our arrival time in Wilder. However, we called the Kenton County Historical Society regarding the families in question, and were told they would find what they could and contact us with further information. A genealogist with the Kentucky Historical Society (name withheld) also provided the name of Jacob Price who had a daughter (Ann Price) which was of significance in Kenton County. However, Jacob Price was African American. Nonetheless, he was responsible for establishing the first all African-American school in Northern Kentucky. She agreed to continue researching both families for MVP and will call with any further information. Additionally, there was no specific significant history in regards to the location surrounding the Wolf or Price family that we were able to ascertain. This does not mean that the families did not contribute to Taylor Mill or Kenton County. We were able to obtain the names of several Wolf family members as well as Price family members, some of which are buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery. We are continuing our research into these families and their relationship to the location in question. Coincidentally, there are numerous Price family members also buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Whether or not any of these family members were the ones who owned the property has yet to be determined.
NATIVE AMERICAN BURIAL GROUND CLAIM:
After talking with an Associate Professor (name withheld) from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, we were informed that by the mid-1700’s, there were no permanent native settlement in KY at all. KY was used for hunting grounds by the Shawnee Indians. Further research, to include works by Thomas Clark, Lowell Harrison, William Elsey Connelly and Ellis Merle Coulton, and publications from the Kentucky Historical Society, concluded that there were no actual burial grounds located on the property. Historically, as noted also in a journal by Daniel Boone, the Native Americans used Northern Kentucky as their hunting ground and when they were in conflicts resulting in deaths/casualties, the Natives took the bodies of their fallen brothers with them back to their tribal areas to perform Native death rituals and proper burials. Though there have been discovery of several sites that are indicative of burial ground, the property location and Taylor Mill area was not amongst the list of registered sites. The most known locations for the burial grounds were found above Newport on the OH River, as well as Big Bone Lick. To reiterate, though there were other burial sites discovered in Northern Kentucky, there has been no anthropological proof of Native grounds on that property.
Historical maps can be forwarded upon request.