Shannon McCabe, President of H.P.I. International
This past month has been a whirlwind for me.
I am just not sure what I believe in anymore,
Christ, Science, Demons. Everything has hit
me like a ton of bricks and I just need to
figure it all out step by step, and in my
own methodical, OCD way of doing things.
Let me begin with a call I got in January
08’. I was sitting in my flower shop
and I got this call on my cell from a woman
in Sacramento. She told me about the haunting
she was having in her home and that I should
come and check it out. As with most cases
I do a ½ hour to an hour interview
with them to determine if the case is bogus
or there is some sort of mental instability
there. In this case, I felt like everything
was status quo and that I could comfortably
move forward with an investigation.
But, before we went on this so- called demon
case, I wanted to be fully prepared. I called
up Paul Dale Roberts or PDR, as I like to
call him, and told him that I wanted to go
to church. “To church?” he said.
Yes, church. I knew that Paul’s brother
had just passed away, and so I was on a double
mission, to take Paul to church to pray for
his brother and to get my holy water blessed.
Paul is a very strong Catholic, so I thought
it would do him good in this tough time.
I am not a Christian, I am not an Atheist,
I am not a Mormon, although I am baptized
as such…Maybe I am Agnostic? I don’t
know? I just believe a little too much in
Dinosaurs to believe in all that the Bible
has to say. I guess I am an evolutionist now,
or at least I am this week. Now, don’t
get me wrong, the Bible has some very good
elements to it such as, “Thou shall
not kill”, and “Thou shall not
covet thy neighbor’s wife”. These
are excellent words to live by. I actually
try to live my life by the 10 Commandments
because it’s a great tool to make sure
you are a good human being. And I really do
believe that Jesus Christ was a pretty righteous
dude. He was a great man, who really cared
deeply about his people, and I love that about
him. Also, church is a good thing for some
people, in fact, my husband told me of a guy
he works with who goes to church just for
the camaraderie. Makes sense.
So before I met up with PDR, I needed to go
and get us some Christian supplies. I jumped
in the “Ectoplasmobile” or “Ecto
1” and headed down to the Catholic store.
It was absolutely pouring down rain, and Noah
himself would have been challenged. What was
really challenging to me, was the fact that
I had to get out in this rain in my plaid
schoolgirl skirt and platform mary janes.
Well, I made it inside the store to find it
was a warm and inviting place with everything
you’d expect from a Catholic store.
Crucifixes adorned the walls, pictures of
the Virgin Mary, rosary beads in every color
of the rainbow, holy water bottles, Catholic
school girl clothing. I was tempted to start
shopping for skirts but I remembered by main
objective, exorcisms. I gathered all my items
and meandered my way to the register. A handsome
fellow rang me up and I was on my way to meet
PDR at church.
When I arrived in downtown Sacramento, I told
Paul to meet me in front of the Sacramento
Convention Center and that I’d have
my flashers on so he wouldn’t miss me.
You see, PDR can be a knucklehead sometimes,
so I like to be very obvious with him. (You
know I love ya Paul!) Anyway, PDR found me
in the pouring rain and we caravanned down
to the closest Catholic church that we knew
of. It was a big beautiful stone church with
giant red doors. Simply magnificent for a
Catholic church, except that when we got to
the locked doors, we found out it was Presbyterian.
This would not due; a closed church was not
what we were after. We needed holy water,
a priest to bless our relics and maybe some
long overdue prayer time. So Paul and I jumped
back into our cars and headed south. I knew
of another church in the area and was praying
that it was a Catholic one.
My prayers were answered as I pulled up to
1817 12th street, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic
Church. It was a beautiful white building
with amazing stained glass windows. From what
I understand, Catholics don’t scrimp
on their churches, they have a lot of money,
and it shows. As Paul and I stood in front
of the church, I felt like this was going
to be an adventure. I love the gothicness
of churches and this one had that feeling.
We walked up the tall staircase that led to
the front doors and inside. WOW, it was beautiful!
I was utterly amazed and thought it looked
like how I’d imagined heaven. The walls
& ceiling were painted sky blue with clouds,
and Jesus himself, was on the cross in front
of me. It was quite a moving experience. I
now see why some people go to church; it gives
you an uplifting feeling.
Paul and I were standing around looking like
we didn’t know what to do, then a kind
gentleman stepped up to us and told us “to
make ourselves at home”. And told me
“feel free to take pictures” when
he saw my camera. I wasn’t sure if it
would be disrespectful to take pictures in
the house of God, and I was relieved to find
that it wasn’t. We went and sat in the
pews and Paul said a silent prayer about his
brother, then it was off to fill up our holy
The holy water
vessels were right near the front door, Paul
kneeled down, said another prayer then dipped
the rosary in the water to bless it. We filled
up our holy water bottles and we were on our
way, on our way to the demon case…
It was a Friday night and Paul Dale Roberts,
HPI’s ghostwriter/ demonologist showed
up at my house with his “Ghosttracker”
all gassed up and ready for action. We also
met up Chris Grissom, lead investigator for
HPI. The night was off to a spooky start as
it was dark, cold and very stormy. Donna Reynolds,
sensitive/ investigator for HPI was already
at the client’s residence sitting there
by the fire, and having a nice chat, when
we arrived. They seemed to be quite jovial
and happy to greet us.
The home was like stepping into Grandma’s
house. There were lots of Christian relics
lying around and a warm fire roaring. We sat
and listened as Paul interviewed her. Her
stories were out of this world and happened
to be a little more in-depth than the ones
I had previously heard on the phone. She explained
to us that she was being haunted by a demon.
We asked her to describe the phenomena.
Here is what she said:
That she was raped by a demon
That she feels the demon is after her mentally
That she feels like the demon has followed
her from her last residence
That she traveled out of state to have a church
exorcise her and it did not work
After the interview we did our normal investigation
through her house. She was very insistent
that we do a blessing on her home to rid it
of the “demon”. We explained to
her that this was not our protocol, as we
like to see what we are dealing with before
we can expel it. After we explained all of
this she still wanted the exorcism. So Paul
and I went around her home and blessed it
with a Christian prayer, sea salt, holy water,
When the blessing was complete, Paul performed
a “Hedge of Protection” prayer
around her, in hopes that she would now feel
comfortable in her own space. This was not
the case. She exclaimed, “It’s
still here, it’s around me. I am going
to call in the Greeks.” Huh?
I guess we can chalk this one up to a failed
attempt. Or was it?
I have gone over countless hours of audio
and video from the home and found nothing,
zip, nada. So it makes me wonder, was this
a case that was made up for attention? Does
the homeowner really believe this is happening
to her? Is it really happening to her, and
we just didn’t catch anything? I guess
only the homeowner knows for sure.
The next day, HPI had another interesting
case at a woman named Angel’s house.
Angel lives in the outskirts of Sacramento
and has 3 small children. She told me that
her young 4 year old daughter has been experiencing
a haunting and that she is very scared for
her. These are the types of cases that I jump
on right away. Anytime there are children
involved I feel that it’s important
to get to the bottom of it right away. I would
never want a small child to fear going into
their own room or not being able to go into
the bathroom because “a man is in there”.
Well come to find out, it was not just a man
but an entire family that this child was seeing.
She told me that the man’s name was
Carlos and that he has a wife, a son and a
daughter. She explained them as “spirits”.
It made me wonder if mom had been watching
too many ghost hunting shows and the little
tyke was picking up on the terms. This wasn’t
We performed a very thorough investigation
and did actually get a couple of EVP’s.
Another strange thing happened to one of the
voice recorders. On voice recorders there
is usually a red or green light that comes
on when the device is recording. The one we
were using had some fluctuations in the light;
it was blinking on and off whenever we asked
a question. We had actually never seen a recorder
do this, so we did all we could to debunk
it and couldn’t. Low and behold that
was the timeframe that we got the EVP. We
also had a pretty decent dowsing rod session
with Holly. She asked the entity(s) if they
were there to harm the family and we got a
distinct NO. This made Angel, the homeowner
feel more at ease, which is why we do these
cases to begin with.
Paul also performed a prayer for the family
and blessed the house. They haven’t
had any problems since. I guess we can chalk
this one up to a success. Well maybe.
As I said earlier, this past month has been
a whirlwind. I have been bombarded with cases
of demons, cases with children, and even some
mental instability cases. It’s been
a strange ride, so I decided to have PDR do
a class on Demonology. I feel that it is important
for up and coming paranormal investigators
to learn about all aspects of the paranormal.
We hold monthly classes in Sacramento for
all our HPI newbie’s. So, Paul did his
class at our normal HPI meeting spot and it
was a great success. He has been studying
Demonology for over 20 years. The class and
I learned so much about demons and that there
is a ton of gray area when discussing them.
I am not even sure I believe in demons, that’s
how gray it is.
I do not suggest that anyone perform exorcisms
or home cleansings unless you are qualified.
You never know what could happen, so be careful
So as I said, I am just not sure what I believe
anymore. But, I have a sinking suspicion that
I will in the next upcoming months. Only time
will tell… But the weird part about
all this is that when I got into my car yesterday
morning, there was a book on my passenger
seat entitled “The New Evidence 1 &
2, That Demands a Verdict” By Josh McDowell.
The book is about teaching Christians to not
listen to the media & science and to listen
to the bible. How this book got in my car,
I have NO idea? But, I think I’ll give
it a read.
President, H.P.I. International
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