DECEMBER 12, 2020
The investigation on the Brookdale Lodge, (pictured in part in the pics above this article) located at 11570 Highway 9, in Brookdale California, has officially began!
The Lodge is currently under major renovations and our crew is working around the construction with special permission given by Mr. Patel, who is the current owner of the Lodge. We were thrilled to be informed that we have been given EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS to investigate the Lodge and we have been told to proceed with our investigation as allowed by management as construction continues daily on the Lodge and it's surroundings.
We began our investigation with two of the cabins. They are boarded up and unsafe but construction has began. We were among the first to be allowed to enter the cabins to begin our investigation. The cabins were Cabin #4 and Cabin #7.
I'll begin with cabin #7, as it was the least unsettling at that moment. We entered to find floors that looked to have been swept, with the exception of one room which seemed to portray a feeling of abandonment with dirty floors, spider webs and general things one might expect to find in an abandoned building. That is, until.........
We went to go up the stairs to the second floor. At the beginning of the stairs the first thing we saw was a dead rat. What was so strange about it was that it was not decomposed at all, it looked like it was taking a nap. It lay on one side, with one paw stretched above it's head pointing coincidently towards the stairway. We started up the stairs, about 5-6 steps we were at a landing where the stairs turned to the left to continue to the next floor. On this landing was two dead bats, lying close to each other, neither was decomposed and looked like they were asleep. Freaky? A little, but the next find was freakier. On the third step from the top of the stairway, there was another dead bat. I had never saw a bat upclose before but I got a clear look that day. It sat on the edge of the steps as if it was ready to take flight. No sign of decomposing here either or any other sign that it was dead. Almost as if it were guarding the upstairs. We continued onward...........
Strangely, there was either one rat or one bat in each room, each looking like they were asleep. There was no sign of traps or poison or foul play. When we brought this to the attention of some of the past caretakers and to the manager, they found it very strange simply because they said they had never had rat problems in any of the cabins and no one had ever seen a bat anywhere around the property they claimed. They verified our theory that no poison had been used to control rodent infestation.
The second floor was much the same as the first floor with the exception of the dead rodents. We also explored the basement, which was creepy as an old abandoned basement might feel but that was all. We got nothing concrete at cabin #7, nothing to make us feel it might be haunted, but that doesn't mean it isn't.
We continued on to Cabin #4. (Pictured at end of this article). Now here was some scary vibes. We did a base reading of the cabin first then we set up our equipment. As soon as the SLS camera was turned on, it caught the image of a large figure, that looked like it might be a male. It seemed very menacing for some reason. This figure was in a confrontational stance. He stood facing the camera, mere inches from me. He appeared ready to toss us out! He stood, facing forward, legs straight and slighty apart. His arms hung down his body and his hands appeared to be clenched. He didn't leave us either. He followed us from the kitchen doorway through the dining room and into the living room, where another smaller figure made his appearance next to the first one. He sat on a ladder braced on his feet, arms slightly out as if he was going to jump at one of us. He was on camera for a short time and when he disappeared, so did our first guy, but he came back as soon as we went back to the kitchen. He stood in the doorway looking as if he meant to keep us out of the kitchen. This figure was with us from start until we went outside the cabin. We got no EVP's or anything besides the images I just spoke of but we had plenty of goosebumps and lots of doubt about how safe it was to be there. We were glad to pack up our stuff and get out of that cabin.
These two cabins are in the midst of being remodeled. Cabin #7 has 9 bedrooms and is intended for use in housing future staffing for the Lodge. Cabin #2 is also under construction of remodeling but we are not sure of it's purposed use after it is done. We will bring you more info as we get it. Next, we are going into the lobby and the restrooms, and the restrooms are supposedly haunted. I myself have had my own experience there, which I will tell you about when I write about the lobby investigation. Keep watching, we will be posting videos and pics as soon as we have reviewed them.