Cuchillo Bar #2 - Cuchillo, New Mexico
Location: Cuchillo Bar, Cuchillo, NM
Weather: Warm, Partly Cloudy, Full Moon
Investigators: Steve Kompier, Kip Reid, Heinrich Von Mohr, Mike Garcia
We had the opportunity to conduct a follow-up investigation of the Cuchillo Bar during our main investigation of a private residence nearby. We added Mike Garcia to the investigation team in order to have two teams of two. This allowed for concurrent investigations to take place. Since team member safety is mandatory, were able to pair up and communicate via radio.
Since we had already established that the bar was indeed haunted by at least one, rather rude ghost (see first Cuchillo Bar investigation), we focused on trying to identify who it was. Josh had stated during our first investigation that he had seen the shadow of a cowboy standing near the front door of the adjacent mercantile and this gave us a suggested question to ask.
The bar, mercantile, and hotel were on a stage route in the 1800's that traveled between neighboring communities with the bar dating from the 1830's. Cuchillo, which is Spanish for knife, was named after an Apache chief - Cuchillo Negro - meaning "Black Knife". So you had cowboys, gold miners, travelers and Apaches, throughout the area.
Since we had excellent results capturing Class A EVPs during our first investigation, I wanted to setup our digital recorders and cameras in the same location. In addition, Mike brought along a Morse code keyer as a trigger object. This was placed on the bar. It was in the first booth that I recorded most of the EVPs the first time. I placed a digital recorder on the booth's table and took the same seat.
Mike and I were the first team to start in the bar. Kip and Von started investigating the house about 100 yards away. We did a thermal sweep to establish a temperature baseline. The bar's temperature averaged 89 degrees. There is no electricity to the bar so we have no EMF interference from any electrical devices. All EMF readings were nominal at .02 milliguass.
After baseline readings were recorded, we began our EVP session. The questions and responses are as follows.
1. Are you the cowboy?
2. Does anyone know Morse code?
3. Does the hotel have a room available?
These are the best direct responses to our questions. Further audio analysis revealed more EVPs.
The next EVP was recorded during a period of time when we were outside and the bar was empty. Video was running and clearly showed that the bar was empty at the time.
This EVP was recorded right when Mike and I sat down in the booth to start the EVP session.
NOTE: Some people hear an "F-Bomb". When I first heard this EVP...I also thought "F-Bomb". What do you think?
We had another digital recorder running and it was on the bar about 8 feet away. It also recorded the "Wanted" EVP but it sounds a little bit different. Listen for yourself.
The question..."Do you want us to stay" was asked. Here's the response.
Here's the same question from digital recorder #2 that was about 8 feet away.
We were changing positions in the bar when the following was recorded.
During the EVP session...this was recorded on the bar recorder.
After Mike I completed our EVP session, we radioed to Kip and Von in order to switch locations. We met Kip and Von outside of the house where our base was setup and they proceeded to the bar and we entered the house (see house investigation). Kip tried to provoke the spirit based on the EVP answers from the first investigation. This provided no EVP results.
Video results were harder to quantify and qualify due to a large quantity of floating dust, flying insects and bats. There were two light anomalies that were recorded in the mercantile. These light sources are unexplained but will not be presented as evidence of paranormal activity.
Having the opportunity to conduct a follow up investigation and capturing more and different EVPs, validates our initial findings of an intelligent haunting. We need to establish a name of this cowboy. This is an ongoing investigation...
The results presented are as recorded. Any enhancements are noted. You are asked to form your own conclusions.