Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pics sent by Cheri from Fairview!


These pictures were sent in by Cheri, who was at the Fairview event last night. The two hallway pics have excellent orbs in them.




The two pics of the Italian room have an interesting splash of electric light on the floor in front of the television. Interesting because there was no electric in the whole building. This is also the place where we got several hits on the K2. I was very pleased to see that my group was not the only one to have interesting occurrences in this room. Thank you so much Cheri for sending these in. Information like this helps to pull the pieces together on the investigation.



PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FOR FAIRVIEW SCHOOL







Here are just a few images of last night at Fairview School. It was a great time. There were about 26 people in attendance. Nick made a nice fire and we had our tent set up with our equipment set up under it. The first half of the night was great because the weather was the best! It was in the lower 60's and very comfortable. Inside the buildings was 5 to 15 degrees lower.




We were joined for the evening by Dan(in the brown), a YSU student doing a paper on ghost hunting groups and paranormal investigation.


Everyone got a tour of the buildings first with an explanation of where the activity was the best. Little did we know we were in for a few surprises.





There were a lot of great ghost hunters out last night as well as some beginners. I think everyone had a great time. We finally wrapped things up at 5 am. Some of the EVP's we heard included "Come Here!" and "He hurt me!"






It will be at least a week before we get through all the EVP sessions and pics we took. So far I have seen a few interesting anomalies. We met some new friends, did some interesting ghost hunting and managed to avoid the rain. All in all it was a great Halloween adventure.







Thursday, October 29, 2009

October 22 Investigation of The Death Site Of Pretty Boy Floyd

On Sep 6, 2006, I was at Mr. Floyd's, taking pictures and have 3 EVP sessions. The first two sessions and all of the pics gave up nothing to explain the third EVP session that scared me worse than any other EVP I have ever gotten. I contacted several other ghost hunters at that time, and searched for an answer to the reason for a horrible sounding ghost that hissed he was going to get me and he couldn't wait. One of the stories I got was a theory about Mr. Floyd and his ghost. It would seem that as Oct 22 nears each year, Mr. Floyd becomes more and more insane. Finally, on Oct 22 he relives his death over and over, and he is at his most violent. Made perfect sense to hear it. I wanted to find out. After getting permission from the Park service, my crew and I set up for a 6 hour investigation. Under a Canopy, we put our equipment out, some snacks , and some general info about the area. I invited some people to come along with me as well as my team.
We divided the area into 5 sections and put 5 teams out there to search for any sign that Mr. Floyd was around. We searched the parking lot across the street, the woods, the site near the sign, the area of the barn, and the possible site that Mr. Floyd actually died. If you scroll to the bottom, there is a map of the area from a 1934 Review Newspaper that we based the locations on.

Our special guest ghost hunters for the evening were Steve and Tammy Smith. They could not stay for the entire event, but Tammy did bring out her laptop computer, showing us pictures and using it to play some great EVP they had gotten from some of their cases. Thanks Steve and Tammy for your help.


We took many pictures and had 17 EVP sessions. We were joined by some other special guests as well. In this photo is Will (in the black coat), a regular attender of the many tours and events Ghosting 12 has had this year. We hope to invite him to many more. He bought his own Olympus recorder and has a great camera. He has sent in pictures I have posted on the blog before from Thompson Park. The Lady In Red is Mary Ann, Dave's wife.



This is us up near the little air port. We did several EVP sessions sitting at this picnic table. The weather was so nice, I personally could have stayed out there all night. Everything was calm and comfortable.




This is Cindy and Becky at the site in the field we estimated that Mr. Floyd may have died. Like Will, Becky has come to nearly every event we have had since May.





We stood to do EVP, sat at the Picnic table and even sat on the ground. We were polite. We provoked. We even offered food in the form of a Pop Tart.






Here, Becky, Sammi, and Amber listen to an EVP session they did together. Nothing was on it. In fact, nothing was on anything. There was no outstanding pictures. Not a peep on the EVPs we did anywhere. If Mr. Floyd relives his death over and over, he did it very quietly. If he gets more violent, he did it somewhere else.








After nearly 6 hours of investigating, we got nothing. On the 75th anniversary of his death, he was actually pretty calm about it. In fact, I would say he wasn't even there. Does that mean the area is not haunted? No. It just means that the story I heard about his reaction to the anniversary of death is not true, or so I believe. I knew Mr. Floyd was not like that. Now, the crazy guy(a man who committed suicide up there around 2003) is another story, literally.







FAIRVIEW FRIDAY IS ALMOST HERE!!!!

October 30 is almost here and we are so ready for the all night investigation at the old Fairview School. Thanks to Nick Dalonzo, Mindy, Ricky, and Nick Jr. we hope to have an adventure filled night full of ghostly happenings. At these two schools, we are sure to get it.

After our first night, the examination of the data showed that the newer building was the more haunted. However the second visit on Oct. 19, shifted things to the older building. We did a daytime investigation because Mindy felt there was more activity during the school time hours. There was at least equally as much. We not only had some great EVP, but a plastic bottle came hurtling at us on the first floor, an area I have suspected of being physically active.

And this strange room on the bottom floor of the older building could have been a band room or perhaps a science room maybe. Another pile of long empty desks lends an eerie tone to this room. As we sat in here doing an EVP session, Mindy noticed a dark shadow walk down the hall through the heating grate. We ran to the door to see who was out there, but it was deserted.


Who is in here? I left a recorder on the pool table for only thirty minutes on the 19th. I listened to it and while there are no EVP's to speak of, there is a lot of loud taps and what also sounds like chairs moving by themselves. Is it the ghost of Charles Wilfing, the former principle who died suddenly in November of 1979 while still the principle? Does he still walk the halls keeping an eye on this, his domain? We got a very nice EVP that says: "I'm telling you, this is my building. I want you out!" during a session here. This room will get a lot of attention tomorrow night.




This picture was taken on Oct 5. It is Gloria walking into a room and that is nothing paranormal. I was getting a closer look a the white swirl behind her down the hall and noticed something quite interesting.





This shadow on the back door is unexplained. The white swirl turned out to be the coke machine, but there is no one down there. It isn't my moms shadow because there is too much in the way and the shadow is facing the wrong direction. What is this? The possibilities are endless. And totally investigatable. Our investigation starts at 11pm and will go until at least 6 am. There will be 10 crew members on my side to handle both equipment and the 4 teams going in to the two schools all evening. Nick and Nick Jr have invited some family and friends to attend this Ghostly Halloween Adventure. I do not think they are going to be disappointed.






Wednesday, October 28, 2009

OLIVINIA AND THE THIRD FLOOR

The Spread Eagle Tavern, so named for the stone carving of the eagle on the front of the building, has been in operation since 1837. If you have never been there, this place is worth a visit just for the atmosphere alone. Besides the fact that stepping in this Tavern sends you back over 100 years, it also has a ghost. Olivinia was the sister of the first owner of the Spread Eagle. She had dreams of being a stage actress. She left for New York City and did her best to become an actress, but to no avail. Who knows what she might have gotten into in the big city. By the time she returned to little Hanoverton, she was quite insane. Her brother kept her in what is now the Thomas Jefferson Suite.
The third floor, upper left widow is where she spent her final days. One morning, despite repeated knocks, Olivinia did not answer the door, so when they got the door opened, they discovered she had tied her bed sheets together and wrapped them around her neck. She then tied the other end to her bed and jumped out her window effectively hanging herself. To this day, both guests and employees will tell you that Olivinia still roams the halls of the Spread Eagle Tavern. She even tries to open some of the other room doors, rattling the door knob loudly. It isn't so bad when the Tavern rooms are full, but in the dead of winter, when there may only be one guest, Olivinia has scared people out in the middle of the night. I would love to see TAPS come to this out of the way little town and see if they could find Olivinia. And investigate the Doctors House, too, right across the street.
If you are looking for something to do on Halloween night, head to Hanoverton to the Spread Eagle Tavern. There you can pay $5 a person and go on a ghost walk along the streets of Hanoverton, hearing all about Olivinia, The Autopsy Doctor, the Fireman's wife, the ghost of the little boy, the blood stained floor, and tour a cemetery haunted by a witch. Definitely Halloween fair to be sure. Happy Hauntings!

A Witchy Tale

The Spread Eagle Ghost Walk was a lot of fun for my crew and I because we are usually the ones who give the tours. It was great to be on the other end for a change. My favorite story was that of Christina Sloan. She was 22 years old when she died, and there is no record of what she died of that any one can find. Coincidentally, around the same time, there was a woman who was accused of being a witch in the area. She was accused by the minister of a church, one member of the church, and 2 immigrant workers. However, she was given no trial.
One night her accusers went to her home and dragged her into the night where she was hanged, and then burned. Finally, she was buried in the older part of the town cemetery. Before she was killed she swore that one day she would rise from the grave and destroy the town of Hanoverton. A few days after her death, these chains were put around the grave area. No one knows who put them up.

There are eyes on the little talismans. Some are right side up and others upside down. Legend says that if the chains ever come down from around this family plot, the witch will be freed to exact her revenge on the town and the relatives of her accusers.
I loved this story! Complete with chains, it is the best I have heard from the Columbiana County area. Is Christina Sloan the Witch in question? No one knows for sure. Her grave is the one that is pointed out. Usually the ones accused of witch craft that were executed were not buried on Hallowed ground, nor were they given tomb stones. Still, the story captured my imagination like no other has. I look forward to several investigations in the Hanoverton area next year.
And still to come, the story of Oliveena.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Spread Eagle Tavern Ghost Walk- The Midnight Autopsies.

My second favorite story was the one about the Doctor who lived in this house. It was the mid 1800's and the doctor that lived here was working to understand the way the human body worked.
However, at that time, doing something like an autopsy where the human body was examined after death was illegal. However, there were ways around it. For this doctor, it was simple.

He would sneak out after midnight and go to the near by Hanoverton Cemetery. There he would dig up fresh bodies and bring them back to his home to autopsy them.

He would put a ladder to the second floor upper most left window and with the body in a fireman's carry, ascend to the second story of his home. There he would autopsy the body and work on it all night. When he was done he would bundle the body up and before dawn, carry the body back and rebury it.
And perhaps the most creepy part about it was when we on the tour were told that the autopsy table the Doctor used was still in use today somewhere in the town of Hanoverton.
The house is currently unoccupied and being renovated. Imagine such an eerie and mysterious story coming from a little town like Hanoverton. I was impressed.


Monday, October 26, 2009

GETTING READY FOR THE FAIRVIEW HALLOWEEN INVESTIGATION

To the right is Nick, Travis, Nick and me in the old building of the Fairview School. We are in what they think is the art room. We did not get much in the way of audio like EVP, but physical activity on this whole floor is high. There were loud taps that we picked up on EVP and heard with our own ears.
Fairview School has been closed since 2003. Enrollment was way down, and from what I understand there were only between 40 and 70 children attending class there. The halls are quiet now. It had a short run as a restaurant, but Dalonzos move to downtown Wellsville. Ghosting 12 has been there twice now. This pic is of Amy talking to Nick and Mindy about the ghosts she feels in the two buildings.

The main story is of the late principle, Charles Wilfing, who died in 1979, while a principle of the school. He is said to haunt the buildings now, still in charge of the abandoned hallways. His picture hangs in the newer building. While there were still students attending his picture kept falling from the wall for no reason. Another problem they had was with the PA system. It would turn on all by itself. The PA system was found in a restroom in the older building.


This room has been called the punishment room. It is located in the older of the two buildings (built in 1938). It is said that children were locked in this room as punishment when they misbehaved. Amy has a hard time even coming in here, the feelings are so negative. We plan on setting up a video camera in here and having everyone do 15 minutes alone in in the dark in this room on Friday night. If any one will do it that is.



This is the first graduating class from the older building taken around 1942. The front steps are the same, but the doors have changed.




This is the older building. As Mindy and I walked the top floor hallway, we stopped to look at a part of the ceiling that had fallen. A plastic bottle that was hanging from the ceiling with binders twine suddenly fell to the floor beside us. It rattled our nerves pretty good. Nick Dalonzo, Mindy, Nick Jr. and several others will be attending the investigation on Friday, which is going on all night. It is going to be a great Halloween investigation. Wish us luck.




A Pic Sent In By Jeff From The Spread Eagle Ghost Walk.


This is Jeff, his wife, Linda, and Peggy. They were at the ghost walk for Spread Eagle Tavern on Saturday night. I first met Peggy at a ghost walk at Thompson Park about a month ago and Jeff and Linda at the Oct 17 ghost walk at Gretchen's. They endured the very chilly evening to hear some ghost stories and tour the little town of Hanoverton along with several others from the East Liverpool area.(an upcoming story)


This is a picture that Jeff took at one of the stops we made in the tour. There was once a house here that was owned by a local fireman and his wife. There was a festival going on in the area one day and the fireman wanted to go, but his wife didn't. She told him if he went she would set her house on fire and he would miss the event anyway. They had a terrible argument about it and he ended up going, not believing her. It is not for certain whether she actually meant to do it, but while she was adding wood to her stove, she did, in fact, catch her home on fire. She ran to the bell in town and rang for the firemen to come home, but no one believed her. The house burned to the ground. It is believed in town that her spirit haunts this now lovely yard that is framed by this great wrought iron fence from an old Methodist Cemetery. It just adds charm to the street.

Becky Went To Sturgis On Saturday

The picture to the right is of Becky(far right) and her family on the Spread Eagle Tavern tour. Becky had a busy day touring places in Columbiana County! She also went to Sturgis Funeral Home for the Pretty Boy Floyd event held from 3 to 7pm. She said it took two hours to tour the house and garage. The following images really caught her eye.

The first pic is of Glendon Floyd, who is now 85 years old. Becky said he is quite the ladies man and enjoyed telling stories and signing autographs. The next one is the death bed of Mr. Floyd that his body was displayed on.








The hearse is like the one used in the 1930's. It comes from Roberts Funeral home in Wellsville. Nice people, Roberts Funeral Home, by the way. In my research for The Fairview Schools, they were very helpful to me and I greatly appreciated it.



The family portraits are the original owners of the Funeral Home. And the final pic is what caught the eyes of many. People dressed the way they did in the 30's. It made the whole experience that much better to see them walking about. It gave the visitors a real feel for the place.










Thank you Becky for sending me these great pics. Becky is also interested in the history of the area and is fast becoming a great ghost hunter. Research is 80% of what makes ghost hunting successful and she is very good at it. Keep up the good work Becky!!