***UPDATE 10-26-20 I spent a good chunk of time thinking about this post and how I can update it for the holiday season to segue into a follow up about Eloise and such. Well, as luck would have it, EVERY SINGLE SHOT from my time at Eloise is gone from my phone and my cloud. Every single one. Including movies. Thankfully I put the spirit box vids on Youtube while still at Eloise last year or I'd be even more upset. As a joke I reached out to my buddy Todd about it just to be like OH MAN WHYYY and he said that it's happened to him but mostly his photos just get distorted, it's happened when they had Bridget Marquardt at Eloise- she somehow lost all of her photos, too. So, it's nice to be fitting in and I love the idea of being time-release haunted and all, but also, don't be a dick, ghosts. Come on! We can't go back and retrace our steps because a new group owns the tour rights. So, crap. So, guess I'm residually haunted. Neat!
March 2019 Original post: A pal and I were talking about the new Pet Sematary coming out early April, and, as I am pretty much a constant ghost lurker, I'm pretty pumped about this update. I decided to step away from travel woes, hacks and whatnots to bring you something really juicy; true accounts of local Detroit spooks and ooks going bump in the night. And day.
Disclaimer: All interactions happened to me specifically, or while present during a friend's interaction.
First, an education. There are six main types of spirit or entity haunting categories:
- Intelligent Haunting- marked by communication or response, usually human-like, typically classified as "trapped" or "multi-plained", can move freely for the most part. Cemetery ghosts, Ouija talkers, silent watchers and so on. These are also your typical orbs, mists, etc. Instincts.
- Residual Haunting- Thought to be the most common entity. They live like an old film loop on repeat, meaning it's the same scene or situation on repeat year after year. An imprint. Psychic impressions. They exist without knowing you exist. They're stuck.
- Poltergeists- Manipulate a physical environment. They're called "noisy ghosts". These are the ones tapping, turning off lights, doors, random fires breaking out, the usual. They can also manipulate smell perceptions, some say.
- Demonic Haunting: Malevolent spirits with no set shape, can transform at will. Basically, they hate you and want you to leave or worse. These guys start out like a Poltergeist- simple, easy enough to live with, but they turn evil and in some cases, murderous, like in The Sallie House Haunting, or Amityville. (Sometimes it's just a bad feeling, an urge to get out or uwantedness that won't kill you. But those make for dull films.)
- Demonic Possessed Human Entity- Intelligent, negative entity, no physical form for themselves. They are the seeking to harm, hurt, oppress, tease and nightmare types. They require physical bodies to exist such as the (alleged) case of Anneleise Michel in the 70s and The Exorcist.
- Shadow People- They are ghosts that either flash by or do not have enough power to manifest into human/animal form. These are the things you see out of the corner of your eye that make you question if you even saw anything.
The Detroit Institute of Arts: Many stories have been told- artifacts being brought in that never should have left their lands, mummies, haunted paintings. Recently Mystic Mitten Paranormal and I went in to investigate for ourselves and speak to security about stories or encounters. While there Hillary made a comment about how she felt someone brush past her, a shoulder bump like when someone walks past and bumps into your shoulder bag type. Alas, nobody was near. Just us. Didn't think much of it. Later, while speaking separately to security guards they all asked us if we heard about the runner, or running man. They all mentioned that the runner hangs out near the Diego Rivera Court and blasts around like a rocket. When it's quiet you can hear a whirl and/or its footsteps, feel wind. All Hilary noticed was being bumped though, out of nowhere near Diego. We also investigated Rembrandt's "Court of Death" painting which "falls" nightly, and the Nail Figure down in Africa, which also has movement rumors, among other tales. Weirder than its appearance- it's the only piece in the whole section with condensation on the inside of the case. Spooky? We also learned that "in Dutch" (3rd floor) there is a painting of a woman (the guards didn't remember the name) that is seemingly the only malevolent (caught on film, alarm triggering) spot in the whole building according to most but one guard we spoke to insisted she's unwanted in Whitby Hall in American by way of being audibly followed. We don't know much about the DFT yet, but we know the rumors. We tried to do some readings but ran out of time. We're going back in a few weeks for quality time. Possible Spirit Types Witnessed: Intelligent, Poltergeist, Shadow People, Demonic
The Leland: I spent some time here a few years ago on an impromptu walk about with a friend. We were looking for Jimmy Hoffa and The Purple Gang hung out here so we went in. The uppermost floors are either apartments or abandoned, sometimes on the same floor. Real weird. But on the 14th floor (13, really, if you can count but 13 is too unlucky) we heard a TV. It was loud enough to hear through walls, but muffled. Not so weird, generally, but the Outer Limits part of the story is that we heard it throughout the entire floor of mostly abandoned apartments. Once we noticed the noise we walked through every corner of the floor back and forth and the volume never changed nor did it become any clearer. Never. Bizarro. Possible Spirit Types Witnessed: Intelligent, Poltergeist
Historic Fort Wayne: Absolutely the most ghost action I have experienced. I've near vomited in a "dark spot" of the gymnasium only to walk ten feet feeling fine again, had spirit box conversation with a man named Tom in the jail, saw a man walking in the Commander's House for a flash and also saw lights go on and off down Officer's Row. As seen in my short documentary, the group also heard movement and disembodied footsteps in the Barracks on the 3rd floor, but that whole building is basically alive. There was some weirdness in the sallyports as well, echoes of sounds nobody was making, port doors moving that are a foot thick. Possible Spirit Types Witnessed: Intelligent, Poltergeist, Shadow People
Possible Spirit Types: Intelligent, Poltergeist,
Is there a story you'd like to see investigated that you don't see here? Have a story you'd like to share? Feel free to drop a comment with ideas or questions about haunted or "haunted" locations below. And let me know your Pet Sematary thoughts, too!