The Rosenberry Inn Bed And Breakfast - Wausau, Wisconsin
Wausau Paranormal Research Society (aka: WPRS) was invited to investigate the Rosenberry Inn by the owner, located in Wausau, Wisconsin. The building is over 100 years old and is currently known as the Rosenberry Inn Bed and Breakfast. The building had been the residence of Judge Marvin Rosenberry from 1908 until 1916, and in later years was an apartment building before becoming the inn. Investigators present included Lead Investigator Sharon Williams, Shawn Blaschka, Bill Beaudry, Nick von Gnechten, and James Kufalk.
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WPRS investigators arrived at the location at approximately 1:00 pm on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The owner, introduced investigators to the building caretaker, and both led investigators on a walk-through of the building. During the walk-through they discussed the history of the building and previous occurrences which were unexplainable and possibly paranormal in nature. At the end of the walk through both left the building and allowed the investigators unencumbered access to the building. Investigators did not access the third floor, as this is the caretaker's apartment and no unexplained experiences have been noted in that area of the building.
Prior to setting up investigative equipment, WPRS investigators completed a quick walk-through of the building to assure that all rooms were secure and all exterior entrances were locked or inaccessible. Upon completion of this walk-through the investigators immediately began to set up the digital video recorder with four infrared cameras at various locations throughout the building; dining room, first floor living room, mid-level landing on the main staircase, and the hallway just outside the dining room.
Additional equipment used during this investigation included the following: various digital cameras, full-spectrum camera, digital voice recorders, motion detectors, and Trifield electromagnetic field (EMF) meter. The temperatures on the first floor were normal, between 60 degrees and 68 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the evening. The EMF meter measured an average electromagnetic field between 0.5 to 1.5 milligauss, with spikes in areas where electrical outlets or wiring are believed to be imbedded in the walls and where electronic equipment was in use. Levels in the hallways on both the first and second floors were the highest in the building, ranging from 6.0 to 15 milligauus in the second floor hallway and 3.4 to 38 milligauss in the first floor hallway. The 38 milligauss reading on the first floor was located in the main hallway, next to the rear closet wall in the twin bed area of the Rosenberry Suite. The 15 milligauus reading on the second floor was located in the hallway just to the left of the door to the Florence Rosenberry Room. Again, these areas of high EMF fields are assumed to be areas of large amounts of electrical wiring in the walls.
Although there were was no noted visual activity in the building during the investigation, there were several unusual audio occurrence noted while the investigators were present during the EVP sessions in and around the first floor area. Investigators Blaschka, Beaudry, and von Gnechten were sitting in separate positions on the first floor; dining room, living room, and hallway; when Blaschka and von Gnechten heard a woman moan. Additionally, during the EVP sessions ‘yes/no’ questions were asked several times and the investigators requested that a response be given by knocking; one knock for yes, two knocks for no. During the questioning, all three investigators noted what appeared to be intelligent and timely responses to their questions using the knocking as response method.
Base of operations was set up on the first floor in the living room area. The four infrared cameras were set up in the following locations: 1) Dining room aimed toward the area where the white dog was previously seen, 2) First floor living room by the fireplace and aimed toward the hallway bookcase, 3) Mid-level landing on the main staircase aimed down toward the hallway bookcase, and, 4) Hallway just outside the dining room and angled to take in both the dining room doorway and the hallway bookcase. The cameras were set to monitor any activity in the first floor hallway, as John has seen a dark mass walk in front of the hallway bookcase on several occasions. Additionally, motion detectors were placed at the back door entrance and stairway to assure that no one entered or exited the building without the knowledge of the investigators present. The motion detectors did not trigger an alarm and no one entered the building from this area.
The first EVP session was held in the first floor dining room and hallway area. In attendance during the EVP session were investigators Blaschka, von Gnechten, and Beaudry with one investigator in each of the following areas: dining room, living room, and hallway. The first EVP session lasted for approximately 40 minutes and during this session investigators Blaschka and von Gnechten both heard a woman moan. All three investigators could hear talking or whispering, although none could make out what may have been said. It was also during this EVP session that all three investigators noted and captured on their digital audio recorders what appeared to be intelligent and timely responses to their questions using the knocking as response method (see above).
Click on the EVP's below to hear many of the noises that we captured during this investigation. We recommend that you use some good quality headphones when listening as some of these recordings are very hard to hear without amplification.
The second EVP session was held in the second floor hallway and rooms near the back staircase, as John has heard his name called in this area when there has been no one other than himself in the building. In attendance were investigators Blaschka, Beaudry, and von Gnechten. The second EVP session lasted for approximately 30 minutes and included typical questions asked during EVP sessions. Nothing visual was noted but one EVP was captured by Blaschka. During the session Blaschka felt very cold near his knees and lap, another investigator noted that maybe the spirit of the dog that has been seen was present. Shortly after this was said a sound was captured on Blaschka’s recorder that sounds like someone saying, “He might be".
The infrared cameras were set up and ran from approximately 4:59 p.m. to 8:53 p.m. on December 7, 2014. During the investigation the only unusual activity which was directly observed or experienced by the investigators involved the audible moan and possible talking, and the knocking in response to questioning. All three investigators obtained audio evidence of these interactions and this will be shared with the owner and caretaker of the inn. Unfortunately one investigator accidentally erased his audio evidence when working through his EVP recordings, but luckily the other two investigators captured the same EVP evidence on their recorders.
After studying the available audio, video, and digital images from the investigation there were no unexplainable visual anomalies noted. There were many unusual audio anomalies found by the investigators, most of which could not be debunked as being caused by various forms of noise contamination.
The multiple EVP’s caught by all three investigators are intriguing because the investigators actually experienced audible activity during the time when the EVP’s were captured and because the activity appeared to be intelligent and timely responses to the investigator’s questioning. Though intriguing and worthy of serious consideration, it must be noted that the audible evidence could be the result of some as of yet unknown source.
While the investigation did not produce absolute paranormal evidence, WPRS investigators concur in the belief that the building has serious potential for paranormal activity. Further investigation would be deemed both wise and appropriate.