Footsteps echoed throughout the small cabin. The stove turns on, starting to boil water. From the empty bathroom comes the sound of the toilet flushing. The echoing footsteps walk directly to the bed. The three children and mother stayed glued to the bed as they watched and listened to a spirit roam around them.
Travis Fletcher, founder of Washington Abnormal Research Network, was one of the three children who witnessed the paranormal activity. He was only 12 years old at the time.
Twenty five years later Fletcher investigates paranormal activity almost every weekend with his group W.A.R.N. Paranormal.
“We started out with just a digital camera, digital recorder. Just your basic stuff and then as we got going and getting bigger and going to more locations we needed more equipment,” Fletcher said.
Four years later since W.A.R.N. Paranormal, started in 2012, is equipped to handle all sorts of investigations ranging from ghosts to UFO’s. The Bayview Cemetery in Bellingham has an especially paranormally active grave known as the Deathbed, Fletcher said. The gravestone is shaped like a table standing over two graves, one grave occupied and the other left empty.
The cemetery itself is a very active location for paranormal activity in Bellingham on Woburn Street, Fletcher said.
“Paranormally, I don’t know any group who has come out of here empty handed,” Brian Lee, co-founder to W.A.R.N, said.” Everybody has recorded some type of interaction.”
“I have no regrets, there is not a building in the world that I would not go in too. I live for this group.”
W.A.R.N. has investigated Bayview Cemetery about 10 times and Fletcher found his own paranormal event with the Deathbed.
The myth of the Deathbed states that you’re not supposed to lay on it because it can shorten your life. However, Fletcher has laid on it three times. The third time marked his paranormal experience.
While lying on the stone in the pitch black darkness, Fletcher suddenly felt a sinking feeling. His girlfriend, at the time, was holding Fletcher’s hand while the sinking feeling flew onto him. The girlfriend stated to Fletcher that she could feel the energy from the spirit rush into her hand.
“So I couldn’t take it anymore. As I was starting to just slide down I felt two pairs of hands on my back and it pushed me and I fell into a gravestone,” Fletcher said.
While Fletcher was being shoved by a spirit Lee was recording the paranormal event.
“Everything that Brian recorded that night was on the digital recorder,” Fletcher said. “We weren’t running any video at the time on that because it was pretty much pitch black and we had people around us and we were actually doing an EVP session there when I was up on top.”
The EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomenon. This piece of equipment allows the W.A.R.N. investigators to hear the spirits talk, Fletcher said. Other equipment that W.A.R.N. uses is the Bell Meter, K-2 Meter, Flir, Spirit Box, and a digital camera.
“Sometimes I use two or three at a time and sometimes I just use one. It just depends on the action. If a lot is going on we will run different equipment in one area to see if it will happen all around us,” Fletcher said.
Equipment is very important to researching paranormal activity, but before jumping into an investigation, W.A.R.N. first takes precautions.
“We do a walk around and get a feeling of the place. Then we do a sweep with some of the equipment to see what the readings are and then we start the investigations,” Fletcher said.
With the walk around and check of equipment, the investigation begins. Every investigation is different, sometimes there is a lot of paranormal activity and unfortunately sometimes there is none.
When there is little activity the W.A.R.N. group will either do two options. Option one, keep watching the equipment or option two they go outside and take a break and return later.
“For the most part we just keep trying until it happens,” Fletcher said. When W.A.R.N. does find signs of activity they will record the findings and publish it to the public on their Twitter or Facebook page.
With every investigation being different, W.A.R.N. always does a walk around, equipment sweep and will research the area. Even having investigated Bayview Cemetery 10 times, W.A.R.N. still takes precautions.
With personal connections and multiple findings at Bayview W.A.R.N. has been asked to suspend their investigations there.
“Due to the popularity of the cemetery amongst the paranormal community we have had to suspend all after hours paranormal visit requests to the cemetery,” Marcia Wazny, Bayview Cemetery Supervisor, said in an email.
No longer being able to investigate Bayview Cemetery does not stop W.A.R.N. from investigating other areas in Whatcom County.
W.A.R.N. adventures to Fairhaven and Northern State Mental Hospital Barns and Cemetery for spirit sightings, Fletcher said. W.A.R.N. will investigate the mountains for finding Sasquatch and UFO sightings.
Having almost seen Sasquatch, talking to spirits, and witnessing a UFO sighting both Fletcher and Lee love what they do.
“I have no regrets, there is not a building in the world that I would not go in too,” Fletcher said. “I live for this group.”