What follows brings a whole new element to a case that is said to have resulted from psychokinetic energy. PK cases usually result from an individual who is highly unstable and revolve around that person. In such cases, manifestations occur only when a particular person is present, but this wasn't true in the haunting of Jackie Hernandez (shown above looking toward house).
When Jackie called Barry Conrad to drop something off at his house, Barry met her outside, talked a moment, then went back inside his condo. Within days of this brief contact, Barry claimed the ghost, or ghosts, had begun harassing him as well. Strange things began to happen in his condo – chairs rearranged themselves to the middle of the room, burning flashlights were found in another room, and worst of all, Barry found several bullets on his stove.
Those of us who have studied poltergeist and paranormal phenomena know it is rare, almost unheard of, for activity to target a second person. Psychokinetic energy emanates from an individual and effects the area in their immediate vicinity. But in the Jackie Hernandez case, the activity seemed to target her as well as others, leading most of us to believe this haunting was different.
I recall Barry telling us that in one instance, when they were about to be interviewed on a popular television talk show, upon arrival, he believed Jackie's presence caused the production equipment to fail. Cameras and tele-prompters were inoperable for quite some time, something no one in the studio had witnessed before. So if this was the case, could the ghost have followed them to the studio and caused the equipment to fail? Or was it Jackie? And if it was Jackie who caused the failure, why did it not affect Barry's cameras the other times he had interviewed her?
Then there is the second time Jeff Wheatcraft was attacked. Shortly after the San Pedro incident, Jackie moved to Kern County, which is a small rural area about 380 miles north of Los Angeles. When she reported to the team that the activity had followed her, Jeff and Barry made their way up there because they wanted to capture additional activity on film. Jeff, feeling he was safe far from the San Pedro house, did not have any qualms about visiting Jackie. While there, Jackie's neighbors, who had helped her move in, reported that while doing so, a ghostly face manifested on the television screen and the TV wasn't even plugged in.
Barry and Jeff noticed poltergeist activity immediately. They saw spheres of light and a heavy camera mounted on a tripod swung around by itself.
One of Jackie's neighbors decided to use a Ouija board to contact the spirit. During the Ouija session, they managed to ask the ghost(s) a few key questions. Barry and Jeff had their hands on the planchette and when they asked , "Are you a ghost?" the planchette moved toward YES.
Before they actually started the Ouija session, Barry reported the temperature dropped in that particular room making it feel as though it were freezing. There were three candles burning, which the spirit blew out in succession several times.
When I mentioned earlier that the Jackie Hernandez case may not have been a PK incident, I based it on a few facts, such as during the Ouija session, the ghost would reply to in old English, of which Jackie knew nothing. One example was the use of the word "Phantoms" instead of ghosts. When Barry asked something along the lines of "How many ghosts are there?" the answer was: "Phantoms fill the skies around you," Another example was when the sun was rising, the planchette spelled out: "I must go now, the sun cometh."
Again, something not necessarily Shakespearean, but certainly language that someone like Jackie would never use. Does this rule out PK influence? No. But it is strong evidence to the contrary.
While asking the spirit questions, they inquired why it had targeted Jeff and the ghost replied that he "resembled his killer."
According to Jackie, she had participated in a few seancés before and gotten two names that could be that of the ghost: Herman Hendrickson and John Damon, who had been murdered. Barry said the ghost targeted Jeff because he resembled Damon's killer, whom Barry believed was a man named Charles Pearson. Barry did some digging and found that Charles Pearson was a seaman who had a bad reputation in San Pedro, however, attempts to locate him proved futile as he was dead.
It is important to note the noose that was tied around Jeff's neck was from an old cord tied in a "sailors knot." Goosebumps, yet?
According to the spirit during the questioning, he never resided in the house at 593 West 11th Street, but his killer had lived there.
When asked why the spirit targeted Jackie, the response was: "Energy." So they asked "What kind of energy?" "Dead," it responded. The assumption is that Jackie had negative dead energy.
While they were asking questions, Jeff was once again attacked. Witnesses all claimed that while Jeff was sitting down, something lifted him and threw him across the room and he hit a point high on the wall. Unfortunately, the cameras weren't working so this assault was not captured on film.
So what do we make of this case? It seems that as much as we would like to think it resembles the Doris Bither case, it differs in many respects. This spirit target not only an individual, but also those around her and even traveled from one geographical location to another.
Barry said a cleaning woman overheard him talking about the case and mentioned that she lived a few blocks from Jackie and that she had seen an old man ghost on the street. Like Jackie, she described him as wearing overalls and a flannel shirt and that the apparition seemed to follow her.
I don't know if we should consider this as evidence because there is always the possibility the woman overheard the details before coming forward. Then again, who knows?
Jackie Hernandez has since moved back to San Pedro and has not reported any new disturbances. The house, however still now, is reported to be haunted and according to the owner, no tenant remains there longer than six months.
Production crews attempting to obtain new stock footage report loud bangs emanating from the attic.
I must warn that any ghost-hunting group wanting to go the house be careful because this ghost has been known to follow people home.