Michaela Caito is 15 years old and a freshman in high school. She is a member of Helping Hand Paranormal of Central Indiana. She is your normal, typical high school girl. She loves Harry Potter, reading, writing, music, anime, she plays the drums, and has seen the dead since she was an infant.
Her parents first noticed Michaela was “seeing something” when she was an infant. She would look over our shoulders, follow something with her eyes and sometimes even reach for what she was seeing. As she got older, she would giggle, laugh and interact with what seemed to be the air.
At the age of 18 months, she was talking clearly. She would talk to a wall in the living room and always said she was talking to “grandma”. No one in our family went by “grandma”…..only mamaw and nana……so we thought she was talking to her deceased great grandmother. As she got older, we asked what grandma looked like and she described her great grandmother to a T. She had never seen a photo of her and she had died about 15 years prior to Michaela’s birth.
At the age of 3, as they were passing a Cemetery, she told her parents she used to live there. As they encouraged her to explain, she said she lived there when she was a little boy. She said she and her twin brother were in a car crash, went off a bridge and drowned in the water. Around the age of 4, she began talking about her imaginary friend David. She was asked about David and she said he plays with her and keeps her from doing things that can hurt her. Her Mom asked her to tell her what he looked like and she said he was tall, with long brown hair (to this shoulders) and he wore a long white dress tied with a gold rope that he thought was a belt. She found that funny.
These things continued…talking to grandma, telling her parents that grandma was sitting in the rocker or pretending to eat mommy’s ice cream and so forth. But they didn’t know this was a common thing for her until after they rushed to an uncle’s bedside as he was passing away from cancer. As they arrived, they went directly to his bedroom……their aunts turned and yelled, “get her out of here, now!” They tried pulling her back but she just stood there with her eyes HUGE and mouth hanging open. She said, “Look! Do you see them? Mom, do you see them?!” Her Mom managed to get her down the hall as they heard whaling and crying coming from their uncle’s room. Michaela said, “Why is everyone so sad? Didn’t you see them?” So she was asked to explain and she said there were 3 people floating near the head of the bed. …a man and two women (later described in detail to be her deceased great grandparent….mom’s side….and a great aunt) he said they were flowing gold and uncle Bob was smiling at them. And he got out of the bed, “left himself” and went with them. The family was a little blown away and in disbelief, but a few relatives clung to Michaela’s vision and allowed it to give them some peace.
As she grew older, her interest in the paranormal did as well. She wasn’t afraid of the people she saw, but interested in finding out more. At the age of 11, when the opportunity to visit Waverly Hills came around, she was beside herself with excitement. Throughout the tour, as adults were screaming and jumping and running, she was charging through the place with her camera. At one point, on the 5th floor, she was wandering around with the camera when suddenly she said a women put her arm around her waist to stop her from walking into an open, dangerous area. She described in great detail the shape of the woman’s arm, hand, nails and wrist watch. She also saw a little girl in a white gown as well as “dark people” everywhere. In the infamous body chute, she felt someone was with her the whole time. They caught the photo of a good orb following her.
Since that time, Michaela has opened up about seeing the dead. She doesn’t see everyone, only the one’s who want her to see them. One night a couple of years ago, she was found sleeping on the couch and was asked why. She said, “Ugh, there’s this dude that keeps coming into my room every night, pacing around, kicking stuff and I can’t sleep!” Her Mom told her to simply ban him from her room and he would stop…..she put her foot down….and he stayed out of her room and paced the hallway instead.
Michael enjoys helping on paranormal investigations, especially when there are children involved. She’s investigated the Roads Hotel where she had her hair pulled, was touched and was able to communicate with some children there, playing music for them and getting them to stop everyone’s cell phones at 1:23 when she asked if they could count.
During a residential investigation that involved a woman getting attacked, her parents, were leary about letting her go, but she insisted. She did a walk-through of the house, found the hot spots, then they left after a prayer and Holy Water. Outside, as they were leaving, she said, “there it goes!” and described a dark shadow walk through the front of the house and into the garage. The house was cleaned that night, with her help.
Michaela has been on several investigations now and enjoys doing it. She’s extremely sensitive to the paranormal (when they refuse to show themselves) getting dizzy and even sick. She tends to feel pain in parts of her body as well which subsides as she leaves the area. Spirits seem to gravitate to her, touching her and communicating with her via EVPs. Sometimes she’s the only one who gets any EVPs at all! She’s currently studying and reading books on her “gift” as she has decided to keep it and nurture it rather than ignoring it. She especially enjoys it when her gift can help someone.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Michaela. I have not had the chance to meet her, but I have been on several investigations with her Dad, Vincent Caito, a founder of Helping Hand Paranormal of Central Indiana. I do hope to be able to work with her sometime.
I think it is great and says a lot about Michaela’s character, to want to learn more about her gift. She wants to help people which is another great characteristic to have.