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The history of the place is as follows. Our research indicated that that part of the property was, indeed, a children’s care facility. It was called the Sierra Children’s Home, and it was last known to be run by Richard M. Blythe. As president and chief executive officer, he ran the organization and later, its successor, Agate Villages, for almost twenty-five years. He retired from that organization in 2008.
The current owner of the property continued to tell us about her adventures on her property, the part she originally purchased and on which she lives. She told us, “I would smell cigarette smoke in the master bedroom so strong I would look outside to see if there was a fire. I would find doors open that I thought I had closed, lights on that I thought I had turned off. Huge branches regularly fell off the many eucalyptus trees on the property but would just miss our glass tables and fences. Even those that landed on the shed or roofs did not break anything. One time a 12x10 ft metal overhang flew up in the air, over the 40 foot high trees and landed between the wall and a glass table like the house in Wizard of Oz, causing no damage. I often felt hot spots on the property and wondered where they came from. One morning, when we were having a discussion with a woman, whom we allowed to move onto the property, I found the fan running in the metal barn even though the switch was turned off. When I went into the house a few minutes later, I found the floor fan in the kitchen running as well. It was as if a spirit was telling me I was not alone or to be careful. I haven’t actually heard any spirit voices myself on the property as yet. However, a friend came over one night to do a photo shoot for a MFA project and heard unaccounted for voices and music.”
She was quick to move on with her story. “In June of 2013, a woman called me to ask about volunteering and about bringing her grandson to visit the ranch. As we got to talking, she told me that she lived at the group children’s home across the street in the 1970s. At the time her parents were foster parents in the group children’s home establishment, and it was run by their church. Shortly after, the woman told me the state took over the home. The woman told me ‘after the state took over, everything changed.’”
But we are getting ahead of ourselves here.
The property owner quoted the following information to us from an article she had seen about the property. She found the article on the Pepperdine College newsletter, which stated that the Children’s Home (property she later purchased, but where she is almost certain the ghost and spirit energy originated) was opened there in 1958 and run by a church organization. The children she felt may have been orphans or from poor families that could not keep them. There were also in her opinion children there that were problematic. Another article she quoted from can be found here: http://fromthereporter.com/specials/century/1960/story15.html
“Apparently the woman who came to visit has a brother who lives in Arizona and who has photos of that time,” she told us. However, these photos were not presented to us at Gold Rush Ghosts International Paranormal Investigations.
“The orphanage/group children’s home changed when the state got involved, according to this woman,” the current owner repeated. “It became a place for troubled teens. The neighbors have a lot of stories of runaways and poor supervision. There was a fire set by one of the girls in the manager’s home.” The place was closed by the time the current owner bought this part of the property.
The property owner continued her story. “Fred Finch Youth Services of Oakland bought the place in 2004. They put a lot of money into it, but only got one of the homes operating. I felt there were a lot of troubled kids there, too. I only saw boys, but there were girls, too. The staff kept to themselves and never accepted my offers to bring animals over for the kids. The manager’s house stayed boarded up. They closed their doors in 2010. I bought the place in October of 2012 in what I call a blessed event. The financial officer called me out of the blue to say he heard I wanted to buy it. I told him what I could afford, which was about half what they paid. Several months later, he called me to tell me to write up an offer. In case it matters, I’ve dedicated it to my mom and dad, whose estate helped me buy it.”
So much of the activity, she felt, originated from the group home and the manager’s home on that property, but the energy flip/flopped to the rest of her property, where she lives and houses her animals.
The current owner continued, “Concerning the manager’s residence on the newly acquired property. I left the electricity on so that the hall lights and motion detectors would deter vandals that had been frequenting the property before we bought it and, I believe, even a while afterward. At night, I would see lights shining through the windows as if the dining room lights were on. There were lights in the hall that weren’t on before... I finally turned off the breakers so no lights would shine at all, partly to conserve electricity and partly because it was a little unnerving to see lights shifting around the old building like that.”
“As stated before, we had a person move onto the property with a trailer and that person was not working out for us. She didn’t spend much time there and left soon after. People who knew her were surprised she left so quickly and easily. I believe she could feel the negative energy I feel is there at the manager’s residence on the newly acquired property, which is where she stored a lot of her things, the things she got out of her storage locker. I’d like to think the spirits were helping me, because I feel she was not right for our organization.”
PROVIDED BY NANCY BRADLEY, ONE OF THE TOP TEN PSYCHICS IN THE WORLD, LIFE COACH, and ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST “Although I did not go along on this investigation, from my own observations and impressions from spirit, concerning the newer part of the property where the owner lives and animals are housed, there are several spirits, meaning, entities that come and go. There is the spirit of a Terrier dog, which I later learned belonged to the owner of the property and showed up on one of the still photos. On the same still photo are the faces of three other entities, all spirits, not ghosts, and in the middle of the same photo a female face. I do believe that the owner of the property knows these people, and that they are relatives.
I also picked up the entities of several children that did not make it into this world, either by abortion, miscarriage, or by being stillborn. As we all know, we cannot feel badly for these entities, as they will recycle, so they will have their chance to be born into life on this planet.
Ms. Bradley can currently be seen on the SyFy Channel’s HAUNTED HIGHWAYS, the Travel Channel’s HAUNTED HOTEL SERIES, and on CW31 CBS GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO. Ms. Bradley’s Web for more information is: WWW.NANCYBRADLEY.ORG. and WWW.GOLDRUSHGHOSTS.COM