CASE REVIEW- PRIVATE RESIDENCE – MARATHON CITY,
On July 26, 2008
at approximately 7:30 PM, Wausau Paranormal Research
Society Investigators Angela Spialek, Betsy Duginski,
and Shawn Blaschka investigated the residence of a
client located in Marathon City, Wisconsin. The owner
reported that paranormal activity has occurred on a
regular basis for the past four years. He has lived at
the address since 1997 but the activity did not start
occurring until 2004 when he purchased the property.
The most active areas of the home are the clients
bedroom, lower level kitchen, living room and staircase.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY THAT WAS REPORTED
1. Client has seen on
two separate occasions a black orb the size of a tennis
ball and a black mist exit his bedroom closet and
dissipate into a wall. Both these sightings were
observed during daytime hours.
Shortly after purchasing the property the client and his
girlfriend were painting in the living room upstairs
when a pine sol bottle was observed falling from the
counter in the adjacent kitchen. The bottle fell in
slow motion and not at a normal rate of decent.
At different times of the year the smell of maple syrup,
coffee, perfume and cooking smells can be detected in
the attic area and kitchen when there is no cause for
these smells to be present in the home.
Once the owner attempted to talk to the entity and
demanded it show itself. The touch lamp in his living
room reacted to questions and his dog reacted strangely
as if she was temporarily possessed.
Often footsteps are heard on the staircase.
While sitting near his bedroom door knocking has been
heard against the door from the other side. Upon
inspection no one is found on the other side of the
On occasion the owner has felt pressure on his bed at
night as if someone was sitting next to him, no one is
The dog reacted to a noise and the owner clearly heard a
woman’s voice say “wait”.
Mysteriously, one of the former owners of the house in
the 1890’s went out west and never returned.
Male voices heard at the top of the steps and upstairs
but the words can not be understood.
Two photos taken by two separate cameras of the outside
of the house depict a series of three small, glowing
lights on the face of the owner’s bedroom window. It
can not be ascertained at this time what the anomaly is.
Some basic electrical phenomena that has no reasonable
Strong feelings of presence on the owners part in the
Unusually cold breeze felt in the living room area with
On one occasion the owner has seen the outline of a
woman lying on his bed and on another he has looked out
to his truck warming up in the driveway and seen an
unidentified woman sitting in it.
Once the owner witnessed the outline of a human figure
peering thru the window near the staircase while he was
outside the house.
Items have moved of their own volition with no
Upon our arrival
the client gave us a complete tour of the home and property, also a brief
explanation of the paranormal activity that has been
experienced. We spent some time reviewing the owners
abstract for any significant historical information.
Prior to taking our baseline readings we tried to
explain the anomalies caught in the photographs of the
owner’s bedroom window. We determined that it was not a
camera flash, street light or even car headlights. We
then began the investigation by taking baseline EMF
readings, temperatures throughout, a general sketch of
the floor plan and several photographs. During this
initial walk through we let our audio recorders run so
as to possibly capture any stray EVP’s. Our
investigators split into two groups. One group covered
downstairs and one group upstairs. When each group was
complete we switched areas and then shared information
with each other. The first floor areas recorded
temperatures between 69-71 degrees F. The second floor
recorded temperatures of 74 – 76 degrees F. EMF and
Geiger counter readings registered as normal throughout
with only (3) exceptions. During our investigation our
EMF meter reacted to an unknown magnetic field change.
This occurred once in the living room, once in the
upstairs kitchen and once at the top of the staircase.
Each time no reasonable explanation was found for the
anomaly and the readings could not be recreated. Each
of these readings was significant and strong. EVP
sessions were conducted throughout the home with some
measurable success. The investigators captured one
disembodied voice while standing at the base of the
staircase. The strange moaning as it sounded could also
be heard on our audio tapes. The other was a captured
EVP which resembles a turkey gobble, was obtained in the
upstairs landing near the staircase. It should be noted
that only moments after this EVP our EMF meter reacted
violently. One photograph taken in the downstairs
kitchen shows an orb shape in motion.
CONCLUSION OF FINDINGS
all of the evidence collected at the site by the
investigative team contained possible paranormal
phenomena which can not be readily explained. We were
unable to explain reasonably what caused the EVP and
disembodied voice that we captured. Also the three
anomalous EMF disturbances that we encountered can not
be explained at this time. The photograph while
compelling may be nothing more than an insect in
flight. Given the above, I can not say without a doubt
in my mind that this home is indeed haunted. While some
of the evidence was compelling it is not proof positive
of a haunt. If haunted by spirits none of us feel that
they are harmful in nature based on the evidence and
experiences collected. The owner will continue to log
any occurrences out of the ordinary and we may revisit
the site in the future at the owner’s request.
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