Case History

PBC does not post all evidence gathered, but will post selections of recorded data here.  Here are some of our "public places", including evidence that has been collected at The Paranormal Museum.

This is unedited, unviewed footage of The Paranormal Museum office, where activity has been recorded.

Restaurant Plan B 2008-20012 Continuing Investigation


INVESTIGATION RESULTS
Members of our team have conducted over 25 individual investigations at Plan B Restaurant. This includes over a dozen “Public Investigations”, which allow paranormal enthusiasts to explore, investigate and report their own findings apart from our team. Here are the compiled results of our case...

Cold Spots
Unexplained, small and contained temperature drops have been recorded in the rear of the restaurant, at the long table. Temperature drops also occur in the basement, below the restrooms. These findings were observed, measured and verified with a non-contact digital thermometer.

Sense of Presence
Both members of our team and public patrons have reported feeling a sense of presence in the rear of the restaurant, at the long table and also in the basement, at the bottom of the stairs. Using an electromagnetic frequency detector, we were able to demonstrate that the “presence” in the basement is likely the result of being exposed to high levels of EMF when standing near the breaker box. However, there was no significant amount of EMF upstairs in the rear of the restaurant that would cause a false sense of “presence”.

Electromagnetic Phenomena
Electromagnetic (EMF) spikes have been frequently recorded throughout the building, often in response to questions directed at the presence.

Disembodied Voices / Sounds
Clear, audible footsteps have been recorded walking through the restaurant, while being heard from below in the basement. During these experiences, the restaurant is closed and no person is on the floor where the footsteps are occurring. The sound of pots and pans have also been heard to bang out in response. Numerous audio clips (called electromagnetic voice phenomena, or EVP) of a male voice speaking out have been recorded on investigation. We are in the process of uploading them to this page.

One particular clip features investigator Christina in the alley behind the restaurant, along with four public guests. During an exploration of the area, Christina and her guests heard her name called out. The voice was male, coming from a distance of about 15 feet away and very clear. Christina initially mistook it for the voice of a fellow investigator in need and returned from the alley, only to discover that no one was calling to her. The voice was captured on audio and the clip is forthcoming.

Unexplained Touches
While recording upstairs, investigator Jason reported being touched gently on the cheek. Public guests have also reported feeling gentle touches on their shoulders and legs. All experiencers have been male.

Shadow Figures
Investigators, as well as public guests, have reported seeing human-shaped shadow figures dart back and forth in the kitchen hall way. Shadow figures have also been frequently seen walking back and forth in the basement, along with small, tiny blue-white balls of light.

Full Body Apparitions
Investigator Lee Ann witnessed the elderly white man described by the chef. She saw him in the basement, towards the front of the restaurant. She photographed a transparent head and shoulder.

RESEARCH – RECENT MURDER ON PROPERTY
Haunted Jersey Shore team members diligently researched the property and uncovered a striking history...

Raymond Johnson

Raymond Johnson

On April 25th in 1997, a man named Moses Dakon Farrow entered the “When I Was a Child Collectibles” Antique Store on Cookman Avenue in the downtown shopping district of Asbury Park. He was young (20 years old), homeless and had brought a few items to the antique store to sell in order to pay for a room to stay in. The owner of the antique store was a 73 year-old man by the name of Raymond Marshall Johnson. Raymond examined the items and declined to purchase them, but he was not without compassion. Instead, he offered to pay the young man $6 an hour if he would assist him in preparing for an upcoming gem show. Moses accepted the offer. Raymond took the young man in, provided him with meals and allowed him to stay the week in his apartment above the antique shop. According to Moses, the elderly shop owner was very friendly and somewhat flirtatious, which made him very uncomfortable as the days went by.

The scenario came to a head on the fifth day of working in the shop, April 29th, 1997. Moses was in the basement removing nails from a piece of wood with a hammer when Raymond approached him to discuss the order of his assigned tasks. A heated argument broke out and Moses snapped. In a fit if unchecked anger, he bludgeoned the elderly shop owner twelve times in the head with his hammer. The coroner would later report that Raymond’s jaw, cheeks and nose were fractured in the attack, which left the victim's denture plate so shattered that pieces of the dentures blocked Johnson's airway. Other pieces cut the inside of his mouth and still more pieces were found on the floor next to his body.

The body was discovered by 23 year-old Angel Williams. Angel was also living with Raymond at the time and the two shared a close father/son relationship. Later that evening, Angel returned home from work to find the apartment in disarray. He began to search frantically for Raymond, going downstairs to search inside the shop. Eventually he stumbled upon the body in the basement, checked for a heartbeat and called 911. Emergency services would arrive to pronounce Raymond Johnson dead. A bloodied hammer was found by his side.

Upon investigating, police detectives discovered that Raymond’s pockets had been turned out and emptied. They questioned Angel, who proved that he had been at work the entire day. He informed the authorities that Raymond had recently given shelter to a young man off the street who called himself “Shakhile Hill” and then provided them with a description.  

Moses Farrow, meanwhile, had fled to girlfriend Jennifer Lewinski’s home. He initially told her that he didn’t have a job anymore. When she asked why, he explained that he had killed his boss because “they got into an argument and they were screaming, and he hit him with a hammer and his face was bleeding.” Unsure if the story was true, Jennifer tried to blow it off as nothing more than talk. Moses handed her a gold necklace he had taken from the apartment as proof of the crime, along with two knives. He then changed his clothes and disappeared.

Police began the process of tracking down Moses. They linked him to Jennifer Lewinski in Ocean Grove and approached her at her job in Bradley Beach. She agreed to cooperate with the authorities. They arranged a system in which they would call her apartment and if Moses was there hiding, she would say “No, I’m sorry. You have the wrong number.” On May 4th, the scenario played out. The call was made, Moses was there and Jennifer answered with the call sign. Police moved in and made an arrest.

Moses Dakow Farrow

Moses Dakow Farrow

Once in custody, Moses Farrow signed a 13-page confession letter detailing the assault with a hammer, the theft of $200 from the victim’s pockets, a gold chain and two knives. His reasoning for the attack, he explained, was that Raymond had made romantic advances at him all during the week. He had put up with it because he needed the money, but on that last day, Raymond had groped him from behind while he was bent over and Moses lost control. He claimed that he had been previously sexually abused as a child and didn’t intend to murder Raymond, just intended to make his stop touching him. “I didn’t mean for him to die. I just wanted to hurt him so he wouldn’t touch me anymore.” Moses claimed he was unaware that Raymond had died from injuries until he read the paper the following day.

Moses’ girlfriend Jennifer Lewinski testified at trial that he when he fled to her the night of the murder, there was never any mention of sexual harassment. She claimed that the “sexual harassment” motive only came about after Moses read about the murder in the newspaper, which revealed that Raymond had been a member of the gay community. Many local business owners and friends of Raymond came forth in defense of his honor. They testified that he never made sexual advances on any of them at any point and was a well-respected member of the community, actively promoting the downtown Asbury shopping district in order to increase town safety.

The exact nature of the motive will never be known, but the evidence and testimony was clear. Moses Dakon Farrow was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was also given a concurrent sentence of 18 months for the theft of $200 from Raymond’s pockets and a 5-year concurrent sentence for possession of a weapon. After the murder conviction, Moses pleaded guilty to a separate indictment of armed robbery of an Asbury Park liquor store, for which he received a concurrent sentence of 18 years. He is incarcerated at Trenton State Prison and will be eligible for parole in 2027.

Photograph taken by investigators in Plan B basement, site of the murder.

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PROPERTY HISTORY of 705 COOKMAN AVENUE

2007 – Plan B Restaurant
1997 – When I Was A Child Antiques

1900 – Sporting Goods Store (as the Enright Building)
John Fielder Seger (born September 20, 1860) was a resident of Ocean Grove and hailed from a long line of well-respected New Jersey families (he was the son of Thomas Allen Seger who was born in Princeton in 1839). John was a skilled sportsman, notably in fishing and in 1888 he began to fashion his own line of fishing rods. On the strength of the family name, John’s custom rods found their way into the hands of many other local sportsmen who marveled at their design. Demand for the fishing rods grew into a respectable business that eventually blossomed into the largest sporting goods business on the coast of New Jersey. At the turn of the century, John opened a larger store in Asbury Park, at 705 Cookman Avenue where his son Arthur A. Seger continued the family business after his retirement.

1895 – New York and New Jersey Telephone Company (as the Enright Building)
The telephone system in Asbury Park began in 1880 when a telephone line was strung between the railroad depot and a building at Heck Street and Cookman Avenue. Two years later the first telephone exchange was opened by the New York and New Jersey Telephone Company (an associate of the Bell Company). It served 55 subscribers from an office in the Githens Building on Cookman Avenue between Bond and Emory. In 1883, a fire destroyed the building and the company operated temporarily in a vegetable market. In 1895 they took up offices in the Enright Building at 705 Cookman Avenue and remained until 1911, when steady growth forced them to seek larger accommodations on Bangs Avenue.