The R.I.P. Files features a different kind of group of paranormal investigators, based in Washington DC, who use their psychic abilities and their deep knowledge of metaphysical techniques to interact with the entities they encounter at haunted locations. The group calls itself Research and Investigation of the Paranormal (R.I.P.). These investigators encourage the spirits to share their stories in their own words through amazing EVPs and other evidence that is bridging the gap between the worlds of science and spirituality. Not just another ghost show, The R.I.P. Files explores the issues of life and death that we all must face. As the investigators learn and grow in their profession, making new discoveries that push the boundaries of paranormal research even further, they also find themselves compelled to examine the effects of their activities on their own lives, on the lives of those around them, and on the spirits themselves.
The team explores a former psychiatric hospital with a dark reputation. Using para-forensics analysis, they learn that the rumors about the horrors in the "suicide bathroom" are true as Luminol reveals evidence of extensive violence throughout the building. Later, Pat and Lisa meet an amorous spirit in the File Room, while Mark and Malinka hear a growl on the third floor. The group, including camera crew, also hears an audible response to one of Mark's questions. Lisa unexpectedly finds herself experiencing the depression and despair of the former patients at St. Albans, even after she's back home, and must turn to her fellow investigators for help.
Using hypnosis, Jim puts Sara into a trance that results in enhanced psychic senses and leads directly to the discovery of a previously unknown spirit on the second floor. When told about the incident later, the owner of Oaklands Mansion immediately recognizes his great aunt as the spirit who appeared to Sara. And, through one lively encounter and several clear EVPs, Major Richard Contee (the “Mad Major”) proves that he’s still in command at Oaklands Mansion. Additional EVPs confirm the rumors of a woman and a child on the premises and provide intriguing clues about the possible identity of the young boy that may explain the reason behind the hauntings at Oaklands Mansion.
The investigators of R.I.P. are overwhelmed when they visit Pennhurst and must fight to keep their emotions in check while a miasma of gloom settles over the entire team. On her own on the first floor patient ward, Pat hears audible harsh breathing, most likely a psychic imprint of someone’s long ago suffering. Lisa and Krystal encounter strange sounds on the third floor and receive an amazing answer to one of their questions.
Guest Investigators from Alexandria Paranormal Investigations (API) encounter a possible shadow person and R.I.P.’s female investigators are able to confirm the presence of a child in the Mayflower Building. Mark hears a myriad of tapping and knocking sounds that may or may not be paranormal and leaves behind a gift for the children of Pennhurst. Malinka brings through a strong warning for the investigators about the true nature of the “shadow people” at Pennhurst.
Lisa makes a surprising announcement and the team is shocked to discover they’ve captured on video the image of a ghostly face in the Slave Shackle Room. The image appears in the exact spot where several of these psychic investigators experienced intense pressure and sensed a hostile presence. Krystal, Mark, and Malinka also hear a growl and witness a heavy object moving on its own in this same location, which seems to be the epicenter of activity in the main house. When they also notice the smell of sulphur and find an EVP that could be in Latin, they realize they may be dealing with a demonic entity.
Mark encounters the spirit of a hanged slave in the barn, along with an unexpected example of the local wildlife. Malinka plays catch with an entity in Clara’s Room and Krystal uses the dowsing rods to connect with Martha Graham. When Lisa knocks to get the attention of the ghosts in the Confederate Room, she receives an immediate response and demonstrates her clairaudient abilities.
At beautiful Ferry Plantation, the team meets the spirit of Henry, a former slave who does his best to scare them off. Lisa’s newly awakened psychic abilities warn her that Henry wants her to leave and she becomes so uncomfortable that she is unable to remain in Henry’s attic room. Outside on the grounds, Pat uses dowsing rods and gourd rattles to contact the Native American guardians of this land. Malinka shares her love of music with the sprits in the Best Parlor, where Thomas Jefferson once played the violin and the pianoforte.
Mark and Rene use the ITC Research Device to talk to a Civil War soldier in the museum office, while Pat helps another stranded solider in the main part of the house finally cross over to join his family in the light. Meanwhile, Jamison and Gordon – R.I.P. camera crew – unexpectedly find themselves part of the action when strange noises summon them throughout the house and Gordon has his first paranormal encounter.
The girls make contact with the flirtatious Private Michael Bowman in – where else? – the Michael Bowman Room at The Graffiti House. Michael, a former Civil War soldier, touches Lisa’s hair and tries to communicate with the investigators through the KII meter. Malinka brings through surprising information with her pendulum, while Mark hears ghostly footsteps. In a new experiment, Lisa is isolated in the psychomanteum, but radio frequency breakthrough interference affects the results.
The investigators encounter Thomas Stansbury, one of the original owners of this stately home, and attempt to make contact with a much more recently deceased spirit, related to one of the members of the Ballestone Preservation Society. While exploring the cellars, Lisa and Mark find out what the spirits think about them. Malinka is attacked by a hostile ghost in the Victorian Parlor and Rene leads a Spirit Circle that features a haunted mirror.