|October , 31 2011
The Placerville Mountain Democrat
“They changed the bathrooms so
George hangs out in the women’s
bathroom now,” said owner Cindy
Southerland. “The lady in the back room
… as long as you guys don’t insult her,
she’ll be fine. We have the 9-year-old
boy, Charles. I had six thermometers laid
out and one started spinning. I felt this
little hand on my back and it stopped
“Sometimes I’ll come in and the pannini
makers are always unplugged and they
stay at the same temperature and we’ll
come in and the temperature has been
changed on it because we didn’t check it
and things just start burning.”
On Tuesday of last week the California
Haunts team set up cameras in the
women’s bathroom, a back storage
room, the main dining area and a
stairwell that is located to the right of the
|By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa
Special to the Democrat
Apparently there’s a new ghost at an old haunt in downtown Placerville.
Two years ago the California Haunts Paranormal Investigation Team investigated a building on Main Street that
was reportedly haunted by the spirits of two men, an older woman and a young boy. Now the team found itself
returning to the same building as reports of paranormal activity have seemed to increase.
The building, which houses the Prospector’s Cafe, at 372 Main St., was built in the 1800s and has served twice
as an ice cream parlor, once as a bar and as a bakery.
Current business owners have reported seeing a young boy, 9, in the dining area of the building. They have also
reported a male presence in the women’s bathroom. In addition, reports among owners and employees range
from objects being moved around the building to feelings of being watched.
|Psychic Caren Clarke checks her digital camera after taking a picture of the
corner of the room where she felt a presence could possibly show up on the
|men’s bathroom. Investigators Laurel McFarland of Auburn, Lyn and
|Courtnie Braziele of Elk Grove, Patrick Brennan of Cameron Park and psychic Caren Clarke of Sacramento,
began their investigation divided into three teams armed with various pieces of equipment ranging from
electromagnetic meters to digital voice recorders.
As the night progressed all had the opportunity to conduct electromagnetic voice phenomena sessions in an
effort to try to communicate by asking questions and hoping to hear a response later via a digital voice recorder.
“I picked up on an older woman who must have died in her late 50s or early 60s. In life she had a bun, grayish-
brown hair, medium build, stern eyes, pronounced eyebrows and wore dark colored, high collared dresses,”
said Clarke after walking through the back storage area. “Her personality is stern, prickly and inquisitive. She
resides in the storage room; although she can be found all throughout the café. I picked up that the woman was
a stern schoolmarm type, and she used to do a lot of cooking and baking in her physical loving days.”
Clarke also claimed to have contacted a little girl with red hair in the same area as the stern woman.
In the stairway area, investigators reported getting spikes on EMF meters that were random and could not be
The author of this story, Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa, a member of the team, conducted an EVP session on the
stairway using a Mag light. The Mag light is unscrewed so that it barely turns on in the hope that an unseen
hand will turn it on in order to answer yes to questions. Sanchez-Kosa appeared to be in contact with a male
spirit who, through use of the light, stated he was 37 years old.
“Going into the investigation, I knew nothing of the history of the cafe or the previous investigations,” McFarland
said. “On my initial walk-through, my instincts told me there was something strange about the stairwell, and I
always find it valuable to listen to my instincts. Sure enough, as the evening progressed, Courtnie and I were
each getting numerous spikes there on our K2 meters, even though we could find no cause for electrical
interference. It was no surprise to me that Charlotte conducted a successful EVP session in the stairwell later
As this was a follow-up investigation, all evidence gathered will be scrutinized by team members and posted at
californiahaunts.org at a later date.