The Jennifer Baca Story:  A Haunting Investigation in Elk Grove
and Sacramento's Pocket Area
Back to Ghost Stories
Written by Paul Dale Roberts, H.P.I. Ghostwriter/Paranormal Investigator
Edited by Shannon "Ms. Macabre" McCabe, President of H.P.I.

There is a blue moon tonight, so that makes things even more eerie.  I think back
when I was in the Army.  The Army had scouts to check things out, before a unit
made their move on an enemy site.  H.P.I. (Haunted and Paranormal
Investigations) of Northern California has their own scouts.  Tonight HPI
Paranormal Investigator Jennifer Baca and I, will scout out two haunted locations
in Elk Grove and one haunted location in the Pocket Area of Sacramento.
Today is June 1st, 2007, Friday.  Jennifer with
her big smile arrives at my home in Elk Grove,
she is eager to do some ghost hunting.  I bring
along my Jack Russell Terrier named Pika.  Pika
has sensed a ghost once at the Old Broadway
Cemetery, so he might be useful in this
investigation.  You can say Pika is a paranormal
investigating dog, while my black Chow T-Rex is
oblivious to any kind of hauntings.  Pika will sit
and watch the Cartoon Network or the Animal
Planet and T-Rex is only concerned with food.
So, unfortunately T-Rex stays home, while Pika gets to go on this ghost hunt with
Jennifer and I.
When my son Jason lived at home, Jason and his friends would
party near the wetlands.  Some of the kids would party at a
clump of Eucalyptus trees and also party at a historical site
called the Lee/Wightman site off Big Horn Blvd. Jason's friends
claimed they have seen a white wisp near the trees and at the
historical site.  I never took any credence to their claims, but
later discovered that the clump of trees were imported from
Australia.  Because Eucalyptus trees usually grow in clumps and
they are tall, they make for good shelter.  Shelter that were used
my early settlers of the Elk Grove region.  The historical site that
Jennifer and I will also investigate is the Lee/Wightman Site.  A
site that once had a blacksmith shop there in 1865.  
Renovations done in 1907, and later a barn and tenant house
that was built on the site in 1936.  There is nothing there now, except a sign
describing what was once there.  The sign says that it was a ranch with a main
house, blacksmith shop, smoke house, barn granary, pumphouse, harvester shed
and a storage shed.   

Let's talk about who Jennifer is.  Jennifer is a very interesting and beautiful lady,
from January 1994 to September 1995 she was in the Navy.  She was an E-2
Electrician Mate.  She was stationed at Washington State and lived in Bremerton.  
She also performed duties on the USS Camden.  All her life she was around the
military.  She grew up as a military brat and lived in places like Yokota/Okinawa -
Japan.  In fact she graduated from high school in 1992 from Okinawa.  She lived in
Texas, Oregon, Florida, Charlevoix - Michigan from 99 to 2000 and once
vacationed in Hawaii.  She has been married twice and is now very happily
married to a great guy named Tony and has two children named Cameron and
Makayla.  She has experienced the paranormal through her ex-sister-in-law Karen,
who is a medium.  (See article - Ghostbusters at the Old Historical Cemetery -
which details her past paranormal experiences).  Jennifer is a very enthusiastic
young lady that has a sense of adventure.  She loves driving Quads, she is set to
take scuba diving lessons.  Her other recreational activities include hiking, biking,
swimming and reading good horror books.

She has a unique ancestry, she is quarter Japanese, quarter Taiwanese, Irish,
French, American Indian - Senaca.  Her favorite movie is Titanic and she always
had a desire to be an actress.  A song that she plays all the time is "How Deep Is
Your Love by the Bee Gees"  When relaxing in front of the TV, you will find her
watching American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, House, Sopranos, all of the
CSIs and Gray's Anatomy.  I was getting all of this information about Jennifer for
this article, while Hannibal Rising movie was playing in the background.  Jennifer
was glued on this horror movie.  Yep!  I can tell she loves horror, she makes the
perfect paranormal investigator!  Jennifer has always had an interest in the
paranormal, she thinks its in her DNA!   

Now that I have told you everything about Jennifer, let's talk about our ghost hunting
adventure.  As we arrived at the clump of Eucalyptus trees, Jennifer worked her
EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) monitor.  There is a lot of graffiti on the
trees, probably placed there by my son's friends.  Jennifer, Pika and I walk over to
the historical site and again used the EVP monitor.  Both Elk Grove areas look
'haunted'.  The clump of trees swaying in the wind and the beckoning glow of the
blue moon above us was frightening in itself.  The historical site feels old.  As we
walked around this area, we felt a forbidding strangeness.  I felt like I was walking
in the past as images in my mind told me what was once there.  As we stumbled
around in the dark and Jennifer talking through her EVP monitor, we came across
a gorgeous, but very dead white owl.  We can see that it recently died, but the
beauty of this dead owl made us both say...'ahhhhhhh'.  We didn't see anything
significant, so we headed back to my car, a 2003 Maroon Stratus that I
affectionately call 'Ghost Tracker' and headed out to the Sacramento Pocket
Canal Area.  A little history about this place, the Pocket Area homes near the
canal area were supposedly built over a Portuguese cemetery and it has been
known that some of the Pocket homes are haunted and it has been documented
and entered in a few books in regard to California hauntings.  As Jennifer, Pika
and I walked down the canal path next to these homes, we found a park next to the
canal.  We took several digital photographs and captured some orbs, but what
was so surprising is that I took a picture towards the park and the picture showed
a huge light image.  Well, the strange thing is that where I positioned myself to take
that picture, it was totally dark!  Where did that light come from?  I took a second
picture at the same location and the picture was naturally dark.  Jennifer takes a
picture at the same location with her digital camera and it's still a naturally dark
picture.  So, where did this burst of light come from?  Did a ghost make his or her
presence known by coming directly to the lens of my camera as I took that picture?
  During my many haunting investigations I have taken a zillion pictures of orbs, I
have seen other investigators take pictures of white mist, but never have I or any
other investigators taken a picture of a burst of light in a totally dark area!   As we
walked away from this area, Jennifer got frightened twice, she heard a big fish hit
the water and a goose in the background making a strange quacking sound.  It
was time to shut down this investigation, now it was time to get home and analyze
what we found through the EVPs and photographs!  I asked myself driving home,
were these three areas credible for a future haunting investigation or were the two
areas in Elk Grove where my son and his friends would party at, just a place where
they imagined seeing a white mist, due to some wild partying and drinking
unknown beverages?  Who knows, Jennifer and I still had to check it out to make
sure.  The Pocket Area holds more credence, since many people who live in this
area have said that their homes are haunted.  Jennifer and I seek out the unknown.
 When the unknown is searched out, the unknown will find you and reveal it's
secrets.  It's just a matter of time.  As for the EVPs, we couldn't detect anything
because of the wind, but we did get some unusual photographs in the Pocket
Area.  For more on H.P.I. (Haunted and Paranormal Investigations) of Northern
California, check out their website at:

Faint orbs photographs taken at Pocket Area.
Burst of light photograph taken in a naturally dark area - unexplained - pocket area.
No EVPs due to wind activity for Elk Grove and Pocket Area.
Natural photographs taken in Elk Grove area.

More investigation needed under better environmental conditions.
Too much wind interference for EVPs.  Pocket Canal Area has potential for
paranormal activity due to unexplained photographs taken.

For more information on H.P.I. (Haunted and Paranormal Investigations) of Northern California, check
out their website at:

Paul Dale Roberts, HPI Ghostwriter/Jazma Freelance Writer
5606 Moonlight Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 203 7503
Go to the Angels & Ghosts Forum & discuss this Ghost Story!
All Angels & Ghosts Website Content Copyright 2004 - 2007 Angels & Ghosts, LLC AngelsGhosts.Com
Free psychic reading
Orb photos taken at the
Pocket Canal area along with
a strange light.  Photo of  
Jennifer Baca by a graffiti
covered tree in Elk Grove.