Haunting of a Former Church and Annex in Southern Indiana
is an account of the events from the owner:
things going on here that have been going on since I moved in. I
have felt, seen, and heard things in this building that have changed
my mind about the word "haunted".
I hear glass
breaking...telephones ring...horses...and the sound a hammer would
make if struck against an anvil. (I have since learned that years
ago there was a livery stable next door.) I hear whispers and the
sounds of giggling.
ago...a light came on down the corridor..I was barely asleep.
got up to investigate, found nothing, so I went back to my bed.
Moments later I heard the banging of the fire-escape door...someone
was trying to get in! I shudder to think what might have happened,
had I not gotten up to investigate the light coming on by itself.
I think it was a warning.
I have taken
lots of photos from the start of my project to document my progress....the
film from the first two disposable cameras came out black.
The former church feels reverent to me....a man in a black coat
is often seen by visitors. I hear an occasional cough...or a baby
cry....and often I hear whispers.
I just had
impulses. When we first went into the house, I wanted to go back
to the back of the house and towards the kitchen. I don't know
why I did...but I did. I found out later that there was supposed
to be the ghost of a little boy back in that area. I returned
to the area several times but did not encounter anything. Picture
from a digital camera revealed nothing unusual.
When we first
went into the church, I was struck by the large stars on the walls.
I immediately thought of pentagrams. It took me a few seconds
to get the "template" of Wicca out of my head so that
I could view the area without prejudice.
I walked around
the floor area without incident however, when I came to the elevated
area where the minister would have been, I got the impression
that I should not be up there. I am chalking that emotion up
to the fact that as a recovering Catholic I felt a bit sacreligious
going up there even though there was a TV and DVD player up there.
When I found out later from the owner that the church had not
been desanctified, I got a chill.
I sat in
the back of the church and closed my eyes. I felt as though there
were a hundred people in the room...not in a negative claustrophobic
way though. It just felt crowded or busy in there for lack of
a better description. Later, others noted to me that the church
was thick with residual activity. I don't know whether or not
to chalk that up to common sense. An old church should be full
of residual energy and therefore, I may have imposed that thought
into my assessment.
after sunset I was in the church and noticed the windows were
dark. The owner had previously stated the the ambient light from
the street lights always provided some light. Perhaps the streetlight
does not go on in a predictable manner. Both my wife and I noticed
us experienced any negative impressions or emotions.
I would really
be surprised if any unpolluted evidence was captured because
of all the foot traffic going on in the area, during the investigation.