Built in 1851, this 16-room
house is owned by Eddie Norris who originally wanted to flip the house. Norris
purchased this location as a rental property in 2003. It has 10 foot high
ceilings. One of the previous owners was a man by the name of John Saxon who
lived here while awaiting the construction of the nearby Hartford City Jail in
1867. Other families also once lived here including John and Mary Berger who
were originally from Belgium and lived here from 1900 to 1930. They had five
children. The Berger’s rented out the upstairs to Ulysses G. and Mary Miars
and their three children Earl, Edna and Ernest around 1905. Then came Sydney
Faulkner who lived upstairs with his wife Myrl in 1940. Sydney died August 18,
1940 when his car struck a support beam of a bridge. They moved out of the
upstairs apartment after the death of Sydney and a family with children move in.
(The modern claims of paranormal activity begin around this time.)
Living downstairs at the time
was Harry B. Meyers, his wife Emma and their adult son Clayton, 23. Clayton
later lived here with his wife Pearle.
Ground penetrating radar was
employed in the back yard and it showed at least seven targets but nothing more
was done about discovery. This location has often been referred as the “Demon
House.” There were possible human remains found in the basement crawlspace.
Eddie grew up in Virginia and as
a youngster had jaunts into cemeteries including the Governor’s Mansion in
Doll Room contains a piece of
broken china from Alexander Crowley’s house that burnt down in 2015. Jimmy
Page from the rock group Led Zeppelin once owned Crowley’s house. There is a
room filled with Ouija boards.
Address: 219 N. Monroe St., Hartford City, Indiana 47348
Owner: Eddie and Pam Norris
Norris believes that most of the dark stories concerning this house
are not true; however his wife has been concerned about possible attachment
issues for the last couple of years at the time of this investigation. A high
percentage of people after investigating here have had problems in their own
Many believe that the sources of
the hauntings are due to various reasons including the satanic activity and
rituals in the basement along with human bones and implements used in dark
rituals. There has been infidelity, untimely death, child abuse but apparently
no deaths that have ever been noted of dying in the building.
A number of years ago Eddie was
at home when he thought he heard his wife come in and even his pet cats reacted;
but she wasn’t there. Three or four days later, his wife tells him a very
similar thing; sounds of a piece of furniture turning over or making a huge
Sounds of a door opening and
footsteps have been reported here. Strange fires have started in the basement
for no reason. Disembodied voices have been heard in the hallways.
Eddie had a strange dream of a
deceased friend that warned him not to enter this house anymore.
One day Eddie was working on the
upstairs floor with the radio on and flood lights when he saw a silhouette in
the hallway enter into another room. He knew he was along but investigated the
room where the figure had disappeared but there was no one in the room.
He has stated his position on
ghosts to the group and said that he found that to be “grossly unnatural and something’s wrong.” He has done a lot
of remodeling in the house and that can sometimes stir up activity.
Neighbors has seen someone move
through a section of the house and former surveillance cameras used to alert
Eddie to various rooms that had picked up some motion. A neighbor whose house
faces the rear of this building told Eddie that he too saw what he thought was a
real person in the house, moving around upstairs past the windows in broad
daylight. According to Eddie, nobody has ever broken into this house; so it
can’t be real people that neighbors have seen.
One afternoon while Eddie was in
the crawlspace, he experienced a clunk and then footsteps above him. The doors
were locked and nobody else was in the house. Eventually the sounds became
softer and softer before totally fading away altogether. He said that he was
frozen with fear at the time. At that time he was no further than 15-20 feet
away from where they had discovered possible human bones. The noises started in
the kitchen and headed into the hallway.
Some past researchers have
surmised that the activity started in the 1990s after former tenants began to
dabble with the occult. Some others say that a Belgian family actually began to
report strange phenomena during the 1930s.
The Ghost Research Society investigated the Monroe House on April 12, 2019 and the team members included: Dale Kaczmarek with help from Bob Davies from Champaign-Urbana Paranormal and Dean Thompson and Melissa Johnson from Ghost Head Soup
Equipment setup: Most of the group used handheld equipment that they
carried from room to room. The equipment used were digital recorders, Sony
Nightshot camcorders, full spectrum cameras with IR and FS illumination,
Tri-Field Natural EM Meter, Melmeter with proximity probe, SB-11 Ghost Box,
Phasma Box, Ovilus X, REM Epod, X-Cam SLS device and several Facebook live
sessions were broadcast.
Experiments performed: EVP, Ovilus X, Ghost Box SB-11 and Phasma Box
sessions were performed in the Blue Room, Buggy Room, Ouija Board Room and
another bedroom. We also turned off the microphone on the tablet when using the
Phasma Box just in case it was broadcasting our questions and others listening
in responded or repeated the same word back. I highly doubt that this was
possible but we experimented with that idea anyway.
Impressions: The house has different feels to it. There were times when the
energy in the house just made me feel that something was about to happen. Other
times the house just felt like an old house.
Evidence: I captured several EVP though none seem
relevant to what was going on at the time. I recorded a Phasma Box response that
seemed to acknowledge Dale directly. There were several unexplained knocks
throughout the night.
Experiences: When the words stair and third came
through the Ovilus X, I checked the stairs and did see a shadow coming up the
stairs. A moment later the temperature dropped and I felt someone go by me. Had
other experiences with cold spots.
Melissa Johnson: The Monroe house was a memorable experience. The main equipment I used was a full spectrum camera, Zoom audio recorder, and X-Cam SLS.
I did not capture anything significant on my equipment. However, I noticed immediately upon entering that the house itself had an unsettled feeling. The entire time we were there it felt like the atmosphere was spring loaded. I did not have any significant experiences during our investigation other than that charged up feeling. After a very unsettled night of very little sleep, the next morning did not bring any calmness to the atmosphere. After we packed up our equipment I decided to take a last walk through the house and take a few pictures with my cell phone. I was on the ground floor in the front living room taking pictures when I heard a very loud whispered voice from behind me say "Get out of here!" I listened for about 30 seconds to make sure I was not hearing any people from outside but I heard nothing more. After snapping a couple more pictures around the room I returned to the back of the house where I found Bob sitting on the couch. I could see Dean walking around out in the back yard and Dale was still upstairs packing up his stuff.
After we left, I felt like a part of the house stayed with me and for a couple of weeks and I felt a strong pull to go back. I found out my partner Dean from Ghost Head Soup had similar feelings. One night, about 3 or 4 days after we were there, I even had a dream that I got out of bed with the intention of walking all the way back to the Monroe house. I woke up just as I reached my front door in my dream.
Although I did not catch any evidence with my equipment, I have no doubt there is something there. Whatever is there did not manifest in ways that I could document but I definitely felt it energetically and spiritually. I intend to go back very soon.
Monroe House seemed to just materialize as we approached the intersection of
Monroe and Franklin Street. The house itself is elevated, towering down on the
homes around her. The stairs leading up to the structure were overgrown with
untrimmed saplings, and all the windows were covered with brown paper. It was
explained that people walking by would see spirits and think someone had broken
into the home, and Eddie, the owner, had to drive out for each report. Eddie was
a great host and made us feel welcome. After an hour tour with lots of
questions, we, the small group of four, couldn't wait to get started.
We focused on the blue room, front living area, and the two rooms
upstairs. The basement was small and the floor was covered with water, so we
decided against doing a session there.
I followed the team around with my hand-held night vision camera
and my H2 Zoom audio recorder. Sadly, I did not capture anything on audio or
video. I did clip out some video footage to show us reacting to a noise and how
Bob had an experience with a shadow figure. We also tested the Phasma Box by
muting the laptops microphone while in use. The responses from the Phasma Box
seemed to be on their own, like they couldn't hear us during this test. I walked
away to wait for the pizza delivery. So yeah! Get this...we are in a haunted
house, a supposed "Demon House" and I call and order two pizzas to be
delivered, LOL - I couldn't resist. So as for the Phasma Box or any other
related windows driven applications or cell phone apps is that they have the
ability to be programmed, eavesdropped upon, and an interaction by third
parties. I hope for further testing of the Phasma Box before I am sold on it.
We stayed the night in the room with the dolls, it was no B&B
but that's not why we came, the night was uneventful no dreams or being scared
awake, however the next day. The next day, here is where it gets odd; while
Melissa and I are driving home we talked about a lot of different things,
everything but the house. We started to have this sensation or a need to go
back, like it was still with us but not happy we weren't talking about it, it
was like we were being drawn back. We hope to return some day but please contact
me if you had a similar experience.
Dale Kaczmarek: The house seemed very cold, however this was
mid-April and it was somewhat cold outside. Parts of the house just seemed to be
much colder than the outside while investigating which I felt was odd because we
were indoors even though there was no heat except a small space heater in the
downstairs parlor and radiant heat upstairs in the bedrooms which we didn’t
turn on until just before we went to sleep.
We were going to conduct an EVP session in the basement however it was very wet and quite cold so we passed on that floor. It was definitely a hot-spot but we were actually standing in water on the floor.
Anytime Monroe.MPG – while
conducting a Phasma Box session in the Ouija Board Room, a question was asked,
“Do you like Bob?” The device responded with, “Anytime.”
Billionaire Monroe.MPG – while
discussing the Ouija Boards in the room, a whispered voice was recorded that
Chuck Monroe.MPG – while
conducting a Ghost Box session in the Buggy Room, a question was asked, “Who
is the man’s name in the room?” The device responded with, “Chuck.”
Coldness Monroe.MPG – while
conducting an Ovilus X session in the Buggy Room, a noise was heard in the
background, followed by a coldness in the room. The Ovilus X said, “stair”
and “third”, so team members went to the stairs and were met by an extreme
cold and Davies said he saw a shadow figure.
I’m happy I love it here
Monroe.MPG – while conducting a Phasma Box session in the Ouija Board Room, a
question was asked, “Why do you stay here?” The device replied with,
“I’m happy. I love it here.”
No Monroe.MPG – while
conducting an EVP session in the Blue Room, a question was asked, “Do you stay
because you want to?” A whispery voice was recorded that said, “No.”
Probably not Monroe.MPG –
while conducting a Phasma Box session in the Ouija Board Room, a question was
asked, “I guess you only like Dean?” The device responded with, “Probably
Slow Monroe.MPG – while
conducting an EVP session in the Blue Room, a series of low whispery words were
recorded that sounds like it says, “Get…slow…”
Unexplained knock Monroe.MPG –
a loud tap or knock was recorded in the Living Room.
Unexplained thud Monroe.MPG –
during our initial briefing in the Living Room, a comment was made to Eddie
about feeling generally uncomfortable when a soft thud was recorded.
Unknown sound Monroe.MPG –
while conducting an EVP session in the Buggy Room, a comment was made about
going somewhere else when a sound was both heard and recorded nearby.
Wife Monroe.MPG – while
conducting an Ovilus X session in dictionary mode in the Buggy Room, a question
was asked, “Is Paula related to Gregg?” The device responded with,
Yep Monroe.MPG – while
conducting an EVP session in the Blue Room, a comment was made, “It is a lot
colder here than it was in there.” A whispery voice was captured in the
background that says, “Yep.”
Words spoken by the Ovilus X in dictionary mode: government, law,
channeling, hike, radio, Gregg, shoulder, view, daddy, marry, ride, waves,
beckon, kite, rust, boy, jog, hat, field, climbed, stair, third, him, always,
knee, Paula, running and wife – in the Buggy Room and in phonetic mode in the
Buggy Room; look up, yeah you and help.
Conclusions: Two names came through, Paula and Gregg and they seemed
to be related to one another, possibly husband and wife. While conducting an
Ovilus X session in the Buggy Room, three words came one after another which
seemed to make some sense; climbed, stair and third. About that time a cold rush
of air seemed to enter the room and a few went to investigate the third stair
when Davies claimed to have seen a shadow figure.
Another series of words came
through; knee, Paula, running and wife. This was right after the shadow figure
was encountered. When beginning a Phasma Box session in the Ouija Board Room,
the device said, “Starting now!”
There were some words that came
through the SB-11 Ghost Box but nothing that I could discern as absolute
responses or cognitive.
All in all it was an interesting night but I think the entire group thought we would get much more from “The Demon House” but perhaps it was just television hype. It was a quiet night while sleeping overnight upstairs and it was warm with heat in all of the bedrooms along with cots. Our host, Eddie, was gracious and was a great guide! We were in sight of the Old Blackford County Jail which this group had investigated back in 2015.
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