I have just received the final written report from the PI Team of Utah. Here is the report as I received it.
Any EVPs or other audio or digital evidence will be included later.
2011 The Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah
Sweetwater County Library
Date of Investigation: July 27th, 2011
Case Number: 07272011
Location: Sweetwater County Library, Green River, Wyoming
PI Team Members Present: Jennifer, Robert, Jenny, Josh, Nate, Joel
History of Location:
The library was constructed on land that was once the first city cemetery. The cemetery was active on this site from 1892-1926. In 1926 the city decided to move the bodies to the current Riverview Cemetery.
For approximately 14 years the city used site of the prior cemetery as a park, and then in 1944 they turned the park into houses for Veterans returning from the war. During construction of the housing, a few bodies were found and reinterred in the Riverview Cemetery up the street. The construction of these houses would start the trend of bodies being dug up over the next 39 years.
Construction on the Sweetwater County Library began in 1978. At that time 12 bodies were found and relocated to the Riverview Cemetery. The library officially opened in 1980. A few years later in 1983 as the landscaping was being updated, more graves were found and like before moved up the street. All of the bodies that have been found since the original relocation of the cemetery have been put into mass graves of 12-14 bodies each.
It wasn’t until 1985 that paranormal activity was reported. It is unknown whether the activity didn’t start until sometime in 1985 or if it was always present but not reported or tracked.
The staff of this library has kept an activity log of the paranormal activity since approximately 1993. The activity reported here ranges from odd noises and voices to full bodied apparitions.
The PI Team arrived at approximately 5 pm and after a quick update from Micki Gilmore, we were left in the building alone and began to set up our equipment. We had 4 IR cameras, two handheld video recorders, and a “ghost box”.
Because we had previously investigated the library and Micki had informed us of the most recent activity we focused on the following areas of activity:
Head Librarian’s Office, Upstairs Hallway, Upstairs Break Room, Women’s Restroom, Multi-Purpose Room, and Young Adult Section.
A few of our investigators reported at least one personal experience during this investigation. Here is a breakdown of personal experiences by investigator:
Jennifer: Saw what appeared to be legs in formal black pants walking through the stacks near the Young Adult area. There was nothing from the knees up and it lasted only a second or two.
Robert & Nate: Felling of being touched and cold spots in upstairs break room. (This occurred in conjunction to unusual EMF activity)
JoshLIn his own words) One of my teammates, Joel and I were in the Multi-Purpose Room where the PI Team had set up the command center. At the time we were regrouping and gearing up for the next part of our investigation. He mentioned that we didn’t have any coverage in that room and it would be a shame if something went down in there that went unnoticed. At that very moment a K2 meter sitting on the table next to us lit up like a Christmas tree and began pulsing rapidly. We proceeded to have an “intelligent” conversation via the K2. We asked baseline questions and then contradicting questions to make sure we were dealing with something other than bad wiring or a faulty meter. “Are you a male?” it goes dark, with “Are you a female?” it lights up. This went on for about 5 minutes before Joel asked if they “would like Josh to get closer”. As soon as he asked the question it went dark. He then asked if it would like for me to back up and the K2 lit up again.
I took a step back and it felt like I had backed into a meat locker. I chilled up from head to toe and every hair on my body stood on end. The interesting part is the feeling intensified into an almost electric feeling. It somewhat reminded me of rubbing a balloon on my arms as a kid having fun with static electricity, except the feeling enveloped me entirely. This continued for about 2 minutes until I took a couple steps in the direction of the meter and the feeling went away as quickly as it came on. I have never felt anything like that before and to be honest it changed the way I feel about personal experiences.
(end of Part I)
Lisa Lauderdale is the founder of the Casper, Wyoming based paranormal team Paranormal Research Society of Casper. She has graciously offered to write an article explaining how and why she started ghost hunting.
Once I made the decision, I had a group of friends who went out of their way to help me make it happen. Josh helped me come up with questions I would want to ask people who wanted investigations done and questions I would want to ask those people who wanted to become members. Thus the “client interview” and “member interview” forms were born. From there, we developed many more forms: the information release, member liability release, member application, preliminary investigation report, code of conduct, procedural standards, etc. I did all the equipment research and buying on my own. At the age of 27, I procured my first credit card (only a $1500 limit) and proceeded to max it out. I bought a DVR system with 4 IR cameras, a television, an EMF detector and an audio recorder. The day the DVR system arrived, I spent HOURS figuring out how to work it. My poor, neurotic sister had to put up with cameras and cable EVERYWHERE. She’s a saint for dealing with me! And to store everything, I had a trusty Rubbermaid bin.
Once I had spoken with friends about who might be interested in joining, we set up a time to investigate a couple of their homes. At the first investigation, we had seven “members:” Josh, Tom, Keith, Preston, Anne, Liz and myself. We spent four to five hours investigating this house with quite a history and many ghostly happenings. A big chunk of that investigative time was spent learning how to set up, get organized and get started. We caught one EVP that night. Nothing too exciting but again, we were green. There could have been quite a number of things that we may have missed. More importantly this first investigation showed us how efficient we needed to be.
Then the second investigation at another member’s house; It was a pretty quiet night but this was the night I saw the debunking side come out of us in force. There had been complaints of lights in the living room and an incident that involved a TV “blowing up.” We used our cars to drive down the streets around the house and discussed many possibilities about what may have caused the TV to explode. We could not find answers to either of these scenarios. This investigation brought out our goofy side and made the audio recordings extremely fun to listen to.
Our first “real” investigation came after seeing an article in the Casper Star Tribune about John Huff’s Yellowstone Street apartment building. The article mentioned a number of ghostly happenings within the building while they were remodeling. I had an “in.” One of my old co-workers was good friends with John’s brother. I got John’s number and called him. I told him that we were new to investigating and that I had recently read the article in the Tribune. I told him we were interested in checking out the place. And he was game! This was our first investigation dealing with someone outside of the group so things had to go smoothly and professionally. I was NERVOUS! I must have gone through all our equipment to make sure we had everything. And did I have everything…? Nope. I was missing a power cable. Man, I felt like a doofus! But John proved to be very nice and patient. He had some great stories about the location and I could feel the passion for what he was doing.
We started out alright. Set up was done within an hour. I broke everyone up into teams. One person was at command the entire time; teams of two roamed the large apartment complex where hidden dangers lurked. And not all of the ghost kind either. More like large holes in the floor where you could fall through to the next floor. But it was fun and creepy and exciting to be in an old building with a history. It was a cold night though and people were getting chilled and needing potty breaks. And in an old building with no heat nor working bathrooms, this made the hours-long investigation seem even longer. John stayed the entire time in another building down the street and would let us come in to get warm and use the bathroom. Hours later we called it a night, packed up all our equipment (by this time we had suitcases donated to us by another member), rolled them to our cars and headed home.
It took us over a week to go through the evidence. I learned that to get everyone together on one night for the investigation was work but to get everyone together on a second night to go through evidence was next to impossible. We found one EVP from the investigation (which is still on our website). I met with John a week after that to show him what we found. He and his brother were both very receptive and enjoyed us enough to have us out again for a second investigation.
From this point on, I was the contact person for lining up investigations. The next year required me to cold call people to ask if they would be willing to let us investigate. Even though I started the group to investigate the paranormal, deep down I wanted to help people whether it was educating them on other naturally-occurring possibilities or putting them at ease because we experienced the same thing they did. So to cold call people was a little disheartening. I wanted people calling us because they needed answers.
There have been some wonderful and some not-so-wonderful things to come out of this group. I love the people that I’ve met. I have finally had my “Holy Grail” moment. I’ve learned how to manage difficult people. I’ve had to “fire” some people. I’ve had to play mediator between different belief systems and investigative methods. I’ve debated about what information to offer people after an investigation. I’ve argued about the proper scientific method involving psychics. I’ve had tooth and nail battles about orbs. I’ve seen my name on websites that don’t say nice things. I’ve been disappointed with members. I’ve been close to quitting. Yes, I’ve had to deal with some things that are extremely irritating about running this type of group but in the end, if we can help one person then it has all been worth it.
Now, the last year has been so busy that we can rarely do those locations that people always ask us about! But we’re doing exactly what I originally set out to do; to help people. And folks…that feels good.
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