The Squirrel Cage Jail-Council Bluffs, IA
The Squirrel Cage Jail is the most unique place we have been to, to date. It is a rotary style jail that has three levels of cells that was initially designed to be guarded by one person. They would simply have to go to each level, insert a crank, and spin the whole cell cylinder to check all the inmates. It is, currently, one of three rotary jails still in existence.
During the tour, we got a glimpse into our nation's violent past. The last rope used to hang a person in Iowa is there, countless articles and etc. about various people and events that took place there. It was a surreal experience in the way that due to the fact that the cells do not turn anymore, we were seeing a piece of history frozen in time. This jail operated until 1969 and is littered with names of people that had served time there with all different dates either scrawled in black soot, or scratched into the walls. Another unique aspect of this jail, besides being fairly small, is the addition of a women's room for cells and a children's room. To read more on this incredible place visit, http://www.thehistoricalsociety.org/jail.htm or click the link in our links page.
The types of experiences from the jail, range from eerie feelings to full body apparitions; so we were ready for anything. The most significant experience reported was of a former jailer named Otto; he is reported to be the full body apparition that has been seen.
Review of Evidence and Experiences-The Squirrel Cage Jail
Council Bluffs, IA
June 19th 2010
The investigation went perfect. All our team members got a chance to do sweeps and we seemed to have a fair amount of personal experiences. One of our team members felt a tug on her shirt during the tour; we caught several anomalous audio pieces that we could not dismiss. The one big piece for us was a loud prompted bang on one of the interior cell walls in the upper section of the jail while one of our teams was on the first level "bullpen" area. It is an obvious hollow metal sound that thundered load enough for all of us to hear. This was also the first time we used a new piece of EVP equipment, the RT_EVP recorder, which worked great.
Audio from RT-EVP on fourth floor living quarters
"Response to a Question"
Audio from the "Bullpen"
This place has a rich and tragic past and we would love to go back for another crack at it. I would recommend anyone to go and visit this historic place.
The Tin Cup-Carson, IA
Our second trip to Carson, IA and The Tin Cup was a great time. We had a good set-up, tested out our wireless cameras and etc. The only issue was that the whole place felt, right away, empty. To forgive the pun, it was "totally dead". We had no hits on any of the equipment. I don't really see this as a setback. We had a chance to sit down and talk with Merle, the cook who had numerous strange experiences. Even though we didn't get anything to report, we plan on going back up to do a paranormal event in conjunction with The Tin Cup; so keep an eye open for details.
We had one piece that, at first, looked as if the camera in the basement had moved. But upon further review, it seemed to be a signal fault. As we continue to look at evidence with other investigators, we will post anything of note.
Business Office-Lincoln, NE
We investigated a professional office in Lincoln, NE. The client has full belief that there is paranormal activity on the premises. The accounts he gave to us stretch for years back and go from a simple feeling of being watched, to seeing actual apparitions immediately outside his office on the property.
The history, as it was told to us, was that the property was once a funeral home and that activity goes on throughout the building and has been experienced in the other professional spaces adjacent to the office we investigated. Also, from the reports, the activity is localized to the original areas, not the added construction. We set up digital audio recorders for stationary recording and EVP's, a hybrid "Ghost Box", and used digital still photography.
Review of Evidence-Business Office Lincoln, NE
March 8, 2010
We did not find an overwhelming amount of evidence, but we did get two pieces of audio, that did not seem to fit, during the "Ghost Box" session.
Recordings from the "Ghost Box"
We talked to the client about the evidence and gave him a copy of the recorded evidence. We did explain that even though the audio would seem to be solid, the evidence came from an audio device designed to scan frequencies. The future may hold a re-visit, but since our client is neither in need of validation or being affected negatively, we will wait and see.
As with all evidence, it is never 100%. We consider these two audio pieces because they seem out of context to what else was captured in the raw portion of the evidence gather.
Private Residence-Beatrice, NE
We traveled to Beatrice to investigate a private residence with reports of a host of different activity. There were reports of scratching and knocking sounds from one of the children's bedrooms when the door was shut, it would continue until they opened the door. Also, sounds in the other child's, like scratching in the closet. There was a patch in the closet where there was damage, but only superficial. When the owner continued to fix it, it came back, no signs of water leakage or other exterior home problems. Also reports of owners being scratched, burned, and pushed by unseen forces. There was also a reported event of seeing a darker shadow person in the basement and was visible by the owners. It is generally associated with remodeling of the home.
Review of Evidence-Beatrice, NE
November 25, 2009
After reviewing the data collected during our investigation, it was concluded that we would schedule a second investigation. We captured an almost continuous dialog of anomalous sounds. We heard scratching and movement sounds and etc. Video did not really show anything, but the presence of a variety of sounds warrants another look by our team if nothing else but to debunk the noises.
Private Residence-Lincoln, NE
This was a visit to a private residence in the area of Air Park. The reports we recieved were of a general feeling of a presence in one of the rooms in the house and hallway. The reports that there was an accidental death in the room, and than since then, there has been a strong feeling that someone was thee with you. We were able to get into the home on the anniversary of the incident and conducted the investigation during the reported time of the event as well.
Review of Evidence-Lincoln, NE
In review of the evidence, collectively, we did not get anything solid after review. The home seemed really quiet and peaceful. The reports were not of something hostile, this investigation is not being considered a case that we will revisit as of right now.
Bar and Restaurant-Carson, IA
We had a chance to visit the Tin Cup in Carson, IA. Kim and Dave, the owners, were great. The reports were of seeing multiple apparitions. Employees report seeing aa man and women dressed in 1800's clothing in the kitchen area. As well as another presence of a person throughout the building late at night. There are also reports of equipment going off and on throughout the day, i.e. radio turning on and off. One of the more significant sightings was with a server who seated customers and placed their utensils on the table. Upon her return, she was asked why the extra tableware. She had replied "it was for your daughter", at which point she was told, "we have no children with us". So, it that the server had seen a young girl with the couple clear enough to have mistaken her for a living person.