As you enter the thick pool of shadow on Downtown Evansville’s Darkest Corners, the Infamous Monsters of yesterday and today begin to stir in the Gloomy, Unearthly and Haunting atmosphere of the House of Lecter and the Old Courthouse Catacombs.
LYCANTHROPY ( Werewolfism )
A disease of the mind in which human beings imagine they are wolf-men. According to an old LEGEND which persists in certain localities, the victims actually assume the physical characteristics of the animal.
There are two types of werewolves; those transformed by Lycaeoniac curse, and those by black magic.
“Cursed lycanthropes” are human beings who are involuntarily turned into flesh eating canines. Most commonly they are damned after, being bitten by werewolves, born into a cursed bloodline, devouring the flesh of a lycanthrope or entrails of a human being, and condemned by a witch or gypsy. All are subject to the phases of the moon, unable to control their metamorphoses.
Just as quickly, sand, rock and debris filled the holes and within minutes the water had dissipated. All that remained were the stunned survivors who gazed down into mud filled trenches. Colin Vale was among the missing and his name and the others who perished in the disaster were engraved on a plaque and it was erected on the site. Construction of the Vanderburgh County Courthouse was completed in 1892.
Evansville’s Old Courthouse has earned a haunting reputation
“A lot of people don’t believe in ghosts, and I didn’t either … but something was there.”
A woman appeared, dressed entirely in black and entered the elevator. As Machuca and her daughter were trying to figure out where the woman came from they saw her again.
Read the actual article from The Evansville Press
According to the floor supervisor’s report, the two men said they saw something floating along near the ceiling that suddenly dashed out of the room in to the
next chamber. Several people, including the supervisor, noted that the two men were visibly shaken. They left the building immediately and never returned, not even for their paycheck.
Other tests indicated variances in temperature and digital recording displayed orbs in both structures.
Indiana Ghost Trackers, Evansville Chapter
Follow-up visit to the Old Courthouse Catacombs – August 17, 2003
On the above date we were invited back to further explore several areas of interest that we encountered on our first visit to the Old Courthouse Catacombs, Evansville, IN. Temperature readings were taken in various areas with very little fluctuation (.5 – 1 degree), and we did not have any results from our EVP recordings, neither in the Fifth St. alcove nor in the actual catacombs themselves. All of our EVP results were obtained in the first visit on July 27, 2003.
“Body, Almost Nude, (?) Broken, Sighted by Boys Near South Bend.” The article reads as follows: South Bend, Feb. 10 – (AP) The decapitated and partly dismembered body of a girl was found today in the St. Joseph river near South Bend and the police tonight were working on a theory that it may be the remains of one of four girls or women reported missing in the vicinity during the past few months (sic?). Identification was impossible …(?).. .shoulders… and (?). There was also a March Sky Map for 9 o’clock March 4, 8 o’clock Mar. 19. Moon’s phases: New M. 3rd, First Qr 10th, Full M. 18th, Last Qr 26th. The readings we obtained as well as the actual digging of the hole have been documented on videotape.
We cannot come to any solid conclusions about what this bottle with the clippings in it all means. It does not seem to have anything to do with the compass readings, as we examined the area and hole without the bottle and obtained the same thing. The clippings are very cryptic. We have attempted to research them without much luck so far. Needless to say, the fact that they involved murder and brutal ones at that, would lead us to believe that someone who saved these had a personal interest in this information, although we cannot say for sure. Our group will continue to research these findings and report any information we can.
Indiana Ghost Trackers, Evansville Chapter
Visit to The House of Lector, September 14, 2003
On this visit we did not take any temperature readings nor did we do any EVP recordings. We did capture several orbs on digital film and one very faint one on APS film. Nothing spectacular was recorded on this visit, but we did get a very nice history lesson regarding this building and its structure. At some future date we may be able to visit again and get more in-depth with our investigation.
In conclusion, we noted several unusual EVP recordings on our first visit to the Courthouse (unexplained noises and something that sounded like a scream), various pictures and temperature readings at that time, and of course the readings stated above on our second visit as well as some pictures taken at the House of Lector. No definite conclusions can be made at this time as to what any of this means, as this is not an exact science. We do feel, however, that there is something unusual going on here that will warrant further exploration and study.
Strange happenings prompt police to call in ghostbusters
By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press writer September 7, 2003
SHELBYVILLE, Ky. – Stumped by mysterious sights and sounds in their own headquarters, who did police call? Ghost hunters.
In the still of night, doors rattled and stairwells creaked in the city’s police department. In the light of day, a secretary’s desk drawer opened on its own. A city worker who toured the building late one night even reported feeling something grab her leg.
So the police took the probe to another dimension. “The way I treat it is not that there is a ghost, there’s just things that I can’t explain,” said officer John Wilson, who contacted the Scientific Investigative Ghost Hunting Team, based in Louisville.
The goal is to try to prove the strange occurrences aren’t caused by paranormal forces, said Kay Owen, vice president of the nonprofit ghost hunting team.
“We’ll go in and try to re-create everything that they are experiencing,” she said. “If they can re-create it, it’s not paranormal. It can be explained. It’s a process of elimination.”
The team already determined the doors are hung properly on hinges.
In the spring, police in this town about 20 miles east of Louisville moved into the brick building, part of which was renovated and dates back to the 19th century. The rest of the headquarters was built new.
Wilson, a regular on the night shift, said Wednesday he started noticing unexplainable events soon after the headquarters opened. One night, he was stuffing paperwork into a mail slot when he noticed a door to his left jiggling. “It was like someone was trying to get in but didn’t have the key,” Wilson said.
Wilson checked and no one was on the other side of the door.
The following nights, Wilson and other officers heard knocking on doors and walls. Sometimes, doors opened and closed on their own. Quick checks turned up no one responsible, he said.
Other nights, officers heard what seemed to be footsteps on the stairs, but again no one was there, he said.
Once, officers and members of the ghost hunting team came across what seemed to be a strange column of heat in an upstairs hallway, Wilson said. He starting sweating in one part of the hallway where it was extremely hot, he said. A few steps away it turned cool, he said.
“We can’t explain that. It’s still under investigation,” Owen said. Wilson said a half-dozen officers have seen or heard strange things at the headquarters. He said they aren’t jumping to any conclusions.
“Nobody’s seen a big, shadowy figure walking around or anything like that,” Wilson said. “It’s just lots of little things that make you scratch your head and wonder what’s going on. I’m not making it out to be like Poltergeist.”
Date: November 1, 2000
From: Timothy M. Harte – MESA (Multi Energy Sensory Array)
To: The Olde Courthouse Catacombs
Enclosed are the graphs for the Olde Courthouse experiment, which was conducted on October 31, 2000. I believe we have some interesting activity that is characteristic of haunting activity. I will explain each graph, and how it might be indicative (or not) of haunting activity.
Channel 1: Infrared light sensor (IR): This is perhaps the most strange thing of all the data recorded for the evening. I cannot understand why the IR light should change in this area. The light sources that emanate IR light must have decreased in intensity somehow, then back again, starting at just after 0.4 hours. Just before the 0.6 hour mark, there are fluctions between 5 and almost 7 footcandles. I cannot explain why this occurred, therefore it might be paranormal, or anomalous changes in the environment.
MESAProject.org’s Mission: Haunting
Haunting phenomena, including poltergeist-like episodes, has been defined as visual, auditory, and olfactory hallucinations; sensed presence, including the feeling of not being alone, or a touch; erratic functioning of equipment, usually of a mechanical or electrical nature; unexplained strong emotional episodes; and object movement. Haunting phenomena has also been described as “anomalous sensory experiences and physical changes in the environment” (Harte, Black, and Hollinshead, 1999).
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