Friday May 25th 8pm – 1am 70 degrees
Started investigation with Jenice and Michael from Hemps, Saginaw started in the basement, SWPI and Nancy in the small conference room and C.H.I.P.S. Michigan started upstairs.
We started on the first floor in the ballroom taking readings, pictures and asking questions to check for responses. Mark and Michael went into the Mens bathroom and Jenice and Terri went into the Ladies room to check readings. No signs of any activity in the area from any of the equipment. We checked the bar area but again no signs of any activity.
When we were approaching the area between the basement stairs and the archive room there seemed to be a reaction on the Ghost Meter Pro that Michael was holding and he and Jenice thought they saw something. This could have been a mistaken reading or shadow so we continued to investigate. We went to the show room and investigated. We took readings on our equipment, pictures and started an evp session.
Mark and Terri went into the archive room. We heard occasional knocking coming from around the room but could not determine from were. While it sounded like it was from high up Mark would say it sounded like it was from one side of the room then the next would sound to Terri from the other side of the room but either way, it was not fast, steady, rhythmic or predictable in any way. It sounded more like someone moving around trying to get our attention but the second floor is not above the archive room. We finally decided to ask “Is somebody there?” We heard a knock. “Is that you knocking?” We heard a knock. “Can you knock again?” you heard another knock. “Ok, can you knock again for us please?” another knock “Can you knock 2 times so we know it’s you?” we heard 2 knocks, “Can you please knock 3 times?” we heard 3 knocks.
Michael and Jenice stayed in the show room and investigated around the timeline when they briefly saw a shadow run by again. They continued to get readings on the Ghost Meter Pro whenever they would ask a question to the shy shadow they had nicknamed “Little Turtle”.
After a brief break, the teams rotated and Mark and Terri went upstairs with Jenice and Michael from HEMPS.
During our first investigation of the Old Mill Museum, Marter Paranormal had stationary cameras on the second floor so this time; we first went to the third floor and positioned stationary video cameras on the third floor covering every angle. We also placed K2 meters, a static detector and a Geophone within view of the camera’s in case they were triggered.
After all equipment was in place and activated we proceeded to the second floor and took baseline readings and pictures before beginning our investigation. All was quiet at first but after about 20 minutes, Jenice, Mark and Terri sat down at the kitchen table while Michael continued to ask questions and the Ghost Meter Pro started to go off. Jenice started to tape and Mark and Terri photographed and took audio recordings while Michael continued to ask questions referring to “Little Turtle” and the Ghost Meter Pro kept giving responses to questioning including counting up to 10 upon request.
This continued until the designated time for our team to investigate the upper floors ran out so we gathered our gear from both floors and met up with the other teams in the conference room.
After a brief meeting with the other teams and our goodbyes, we packed our gear and called it a night.
Knocking – While it did seem strange and beyond coincidence that we were able to hear knocking in response to questions and even 2 or 3 knocks in response to a request, there is no way to rule out that they were not a natural occurrence and therefore we cannot judge it to be paranormal.
Ghost Meter Pro – While there was a lot of activity and seemingly direct response to questions from this device during the investigation, we have recently discovered that the reliability of this device has come into question as it has 4 different mode settings and each setting requires specific usage. Michael left HEMPS shortly after the investigation and we cannot confirm what mode he was using the meter in or if he was using it correctly as this equipment can be easily misused causing false readings. While the activity was “exciting” it cannot be considered conclusive or scientific in any way as it is so questionable and therefore it must be disregarded.
Audio – There were many questionable audio clips gathered but after extensive joint review by members from Marter and HEMP they were each debunked or at best found questionable in nature, therefore none of them can be claimed as paranormal. No usable EVP’s were gathered on this investigation.
Video – While there were no visual effects caught on the second floor, there were several instances where unknown noises were caught by the video cameras in what seemed to be just out of visual range. This seemed to be very strange as we had the entire third floor blanketed where all cameras were in view of other cameras but nothing was recorded as causing the noises that were heard. Jenice gathered video of Michael getting activity on the Ghost Meter Pro including a count of 10 upon request but this had to be discounted for reasons stated above.
While the Old Mill Museum seems to be very active with enough excitement and personal experiences for everyone, whatever is there, paranormal or not, is at least very camera shy and unfortunately does not yet seem ready to step up to the microphone. We were unable to gather any tangible evidence but there have simply been too many reports of personal experience for us to completely dismiss it. There were plenty of reports from people on multiple occasions of spotted shadows running by, knock-knocks, hair pulls and things that go bump in the night so whether it is “Little Turtle” or someone detected from previous investigations like the Old Farmer, Indian Woman, or lost boy, we highly recommend the Old Mill Museum for at least a very enjoyable and memorable evening.