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17: Buenos Aires Café - Part III

*SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains spoilers for Episode 15,16 & 17. Before reading, be sure to listen to Buenos Aires Café - Part I, II & III. Afterward, feel free to check out this "Behind-the-Episode" blog for additional info and photos! And visit our Patreon page for more extras!

Photos for this story provided by Thao Photography & Sasha Haagensen Photography (noted)

Of all of our cases to date, I have to start this off by saying this has been the series that has most impacted me. And what we put into the three episodes is only the tip of the iceberg. There were hours of unused audio from this case and I hoping to share segments of this on my Patreon page in the future.

We'd begun this case on December 1st and it spanned several months where my team and I each worked hard to contribute to this investigation in unique ways. Franklyn helped us draw a clear line between the explainable and unexplainable claims on this case. Sara does what she does best, validates the unseen with her unqique gift. And Alexis really pulled through on this case with helping behind the scenes. So I'd like to share some photos of a very special moment we didn't get to showcase on the final episode itself, but her her Paola and me allude to.

Paola had mentioned she used sage to cleanse the café often. Alexis took time to teach Paola a palo santo cleansing ceremony that would benefit her, her place of business, and the spirits residing there more so than the sage cleansings.

Here Paola lights the Palo Santo and let's it burn for a couple minutes.

Alexis then had her whip the flame out as opposed to blowing it.

It produces a heavier smoke that can fill the space.

Paolo began at the entrance of her café and cleansed the entire building.

Room by room.

When Paola had walked through the entire building with the smoking Palo Santo, Alexis showed her a closing ritual he likes to do with each cleansing. He poured a bowl of fresh rose water and had Paola retrace all her steps and sprinkle this water throughout the entire building as well. This helps cool off the space Alexis said.

Paola believes this cleansing was a big part of what brought some things to light for her, things within her staff that she could not disclose. What ever it was it was serious enough that Paola had to let go of several employees. But in the end, she says it was all for the positive. And she believes the phrase Sara had communicated to her from a passing spirit to be preparation for the anguish she was going to have to face in making the difficult decisions ahead.

Sara recapped all the activity in the building and the spirits residing there.

Estrella was thes spirit many would feel, hear, or see in the kitchen area.

Pictured above is the side of the dining area that "Pancho" resided and whom we believe is the entity many closers hear walking around at night.

And further in the back of this same dining areas Sara informed us there was a spirit attached to this piano near the back exit of the building.

Photo by Sasha Haagensen

Armando was the male spirit the staff mistakenly called "Leon", and he did reside in Milonga Room, the basement speakeasy of the café, where many of the reports were based.

Sara communicated that Armando was now aware that his actions were frightening staff and he'd be more well behaved. He still wanted to make his presence known, but wouldn't do it through touch or startling appearances.

Photo by Sasha Haagensen

He also wanted water and white candles on his shrine. Paola obliged.

I ran a little experiment based on the notes that Paola provided about the drink offerings on Armando's shrine going down. She believed he might be drinking the offerings.

I poured a glass of coffee, anejo, and tequila and made a blue mark to see where the original line was on day one.

Below, you can see how much the liquids evaporated in seven days.

I measured these and they averaged 3/4 inch is evaporation.

Following our investigations into the building with my team, I wanted to dive into research. Before heading to The Austin History Center, I learned that a nearby yerberia and botanica shop called Green & White Grocery might be able to offer some information before hitting the archives.