The sheriff’s residence was built in 1860. Originally, a log stockade was
directly behind the house and served as the holding cell for prisoners. The
structure is Italianate in design. It is located on
East Indiana Ave, which was Mechanic Street
when the house was built. The building is accessible through the Historical
Society of Porter County’s Museum located in the Historic County Jail on
Franklin Street. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The jail was
added to the residence around 1871 for a combined cost of $26,500. Prior to its
construction, prisoners were taken to
The historic Porter County Jail is the home of the Historical Society of Porter County.
153 S. Franklin St., Valparaiso,
Hauntings: The suspected hauntings are various noises; people being touched, shadow people, doors opening and closing.
Equipment setup: An IR camera and supplemental IR illuminator was set up in the cells on the right where the glass cases are. On top of the cases were placed four negative ion detectors.
Experiments performed: EVP
sessions were conducted in the downstairs jail cells, living room with the
fireplace and Abe Lincoln room.
The Ghost Research Society investigated Porter County Jail on September 24, 2011. Team members included: Stan Suho, Mike Lewis and Dale Kaczmarek with help from Rebecca Sommers and Ashley Ottenstein from Kindred Spirits and others.
Stan Suho: This
was not much of an investigation, more like an inspection. There were way too
many people there to do a complete setup. We did set up one or two of Dale's
cameras and made a make shift Command Post in one room.
One camera was connected to a 7 inch monitor and that was about it.
G.E.I.S.T. was not used all though some devices were used as hand helds.
The group though large was pretty quiet so we concentrated on EVPs. We did a couple upstairs and two in the Cell Block area. I made my usual walk arounds taking pictures and using my Night Vision Viewer. The EVP sessions were quite large and make me wonder if we shouldn't limit the number in future sessions.
my roll was supporting Dale and taking pictures there is little to report. Since
this was a large building with lots of rooms and cell areas I think a follow up
would be in order here with just our group and all equipment. I noted several
places G.E.I.S.T. could have been setup.
Hungry.MPG an EVP session in
the downstairs prison cells on the right, a question is asked, ‘How was the
food?” The response is a Class A EVP that responds with, “Hungry.”
(However I cannot be absolutely sure someone in the group didn’t say this.)
Leave leave.MPG an EVP
session in the downstairs prison cells on the right, a question is asked, “Do
you want us to leave?” The Ghost Box responds with what I believe sounds like
a faint, “Leave.” A follow up question is asked, “Do you want us to
stay?” The Ghost Box responds with a definite, “Leave.”
Choked me choke.MPG an EVP
session in the downstairs prison cells to the left, the Ghost Box suddenly says,
David.MPG an EVP session in
the downstairs prison cells to the left, a question is asked, “Tell us who you
are?” The Ghost Box responds with, “David.”
Don’t any of you believe in
spirits.MPG an EVP session in the downstairs prison cells to the left, the
Ghost Box suddenly says an entire sentence in the same voice, ‘Don’t any of
you believe in spirits?”
Hissing.MPG a strange loud
hissing sound was picked up on the infrared camcorder that was monitoring the
downstairs prison cells to the right.
Low noise.MPG a strange low
noise was picked up on the infrared camcorder that was monitoring the downstairs
prison cells to the right.
Two.MPG an EVP session in the downstairs prison cells to the left, a question is asked, “How many were in this cell?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Two.”
During the first EVP session in the Living Room the Ovilus said: James and woman. It said “woman” after a cabinet was mysteriously opened. Later we discovered that someone had leaned against it. However a cold breeze was felt by many when the cabinet opened up.
During the EVP session in the
downstairs prison cells to the left, the Ovilus said: frame and lube. The Ghost
Radar application said: raise, construction, difficulty, gas, shirt and growth.
During the EVP session in the
downstairs prison cells to the right, the Ovilus said: police, stared, or here,
terrible, help you and hate. The
Ghost Radar said: somehow, coast, attempt, composed, identity, maps and ground.
The interesting words obviously were the connection to police since this was a
jail and maps and ground. Another researcher in a adjacent jail cell found on
the ground books on Geography (maps) on the ground!
During the EVP session in the
Abe Lincoln room the Ovilus said: broke and dig. I thought was interesting that
“dig” was said seeing that there were a lot of artifacts that were indeed
dug up from the ground. The Ghost Radar said: pie, attempt, probably, crowd,
nodded, might, universe, constantly, bar, card, double, wherever, track,
promised and growth. The interesting connections were bar as there is a tavern
around the corner and that you might have to be carded to get inside.
During the last EVP session also
in the Living Room which was a larger group session, the Ovilus said: James,
spell and help. This was the second time it said the name James in that same
room! The Ghost Radar was quiet.
Soon after setting up the
infrared camcorder which was monitoring the downstairs prison cells to the
right, a music box was heard playing in the background, “Raindrops keep
falling on my head.” It is unknown why that box just suddenly decided to play
There were too many people and they were too loud to conduct a proper ghost investigation of this location. However I did pick up some interesting responses on the Ghost Box especially around the downstairs prison cells. The entire sentence spoken, “don’t any of you believe in ghosts?” was quite profound and wasn’t heard at the time because of background noise and talking within the group. It was of the same voice at the highest scan rate of almost two channels per second. This voice is either talking over several frequencies or on the white noise in between the stations.
The responses of the Ovilus
like: police, maps, ground dig and using the proper name James twice was quite
interesting as these words had some real meaning to the place that I was
I would be interested in perhaps investigating this location again with a smaller group, with more equipment and cameras set up, a full G.E.I.S.T. setup and less contamination. I never had a chance to go into the basement for any EVP sessions and understand that was one area that has a lot of activity as well. I would like to try some trigger objects there, role playing and perhaps some mild provoking to see what kind of response that would illicit from the ghosts. Perhaps placing oneself in the role of prison guards, warden, prisoners, etc. could be beneficial for interaction with the spirits that may be there. I truly believe that this location could very well have some paranormal activity.
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