Tinker Swiss Cottage is a
historic place, museum, and park in
Robert Hall Tinker was born in Honolulu
to missionary Reuben Tinker (1799–1854) and his wife Mary Throop Wood
(1809–1895) in 1836. Tinker moved to
Upon the death of the Tinkers, the cottage was left to the Rockford Park District. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on December 27, 1972.
411 Kent St.,
Director: Steve Litteral
performed: EVP, Ghost Box, Ovilus X and Dowsing Rod sessions were conducted
in the Red Room, downstairs Canning Room, Carriage House, the Barn and other
rooms in the main house.
Kos: Dale and I were in the
Tinker house basement.
Equipment: Dale REM Epod,
SB-11, Voice recorder and Temp sensor. Greg K-II, EMF, Voice recorder, IR camera
and dowsing rods.
SB-11 EVP "THERE"
Roberts’s bedroom Dowsing
Rods used by tour person answered? Are you here? Point the rod tips in the
direction of the person in a hat. Point in direction of where you are at in the
Nothing on voice recorder
Possible orb in picture of
hallway and office taken from Roberts’s bedroom after the dowsing rod period.
This was later debunked as a fixture on the ceiling.
Kitchen SB-11 Temp change
Barbara Meagher: Group
3 Session 1 in Red room EVP session began at 7:54:57 pm and lasted 13 min and 41
seconds. Josephus communicated through dowsing rods held by one of the
participants and pointed to the windows, also through the dosing rods spirit
indicated he was at peace. No definitive EVPs were recorded. It was confirmed
that Jesse was communicating and indicated that she was at peace.
2 Session 2 in Red room EVP session begun at 8:31:10 and lasted 10 min and 35
seconds. EMF meter did fluctuate as high as 4.0 several times when asked if
spirits were in the room with us. No voices heard on recording.
1 Session 3 in Red room session began at 9:08:18 pm and lasted 9 min and 47 sec.
One participant heard the word “NO” when we were asking questions
about the silver but it was not picked up on the recorded and no one else heard
4 Session 4 in Red room session began at 9:47:54 and lasted 11 min and 6
seconds. It was during this session that the flashlight which was set up was
turned on twice during the session after spirits were asked to attempt to turn
it on. No EVPs were recorded.
Stan Suho: Another one of Kathy’s Haunted Rockford events. Our
group is usually selected to provide support. This time we were at the Tinker
Swiss complex. I was assigned the 2nd floor of the cottage along with
Barbara. We chose to concentrate on the nursery where on a previous visit Dale
had recorded a baby singing a lullaby. I set up my IR camera in the room along
with a Ghost Microphone. The cables were run down the hallway to one of the
bedrooms, and monitored on a video monitor along with an Audacity laptop. Barbra
conducted here EVP sessions in this room which generated a lot of excitement and
participation by the groups. One investigator even bought along his Dowsing
Rods, and did a session. After all four groups had made their way through, they
were invited to “cross over the bridge “. On the other side of a
ravine was an old cemetery. Following this the whole group assembled in the
great hall for feedback and cookies.
I think everyone got their money’s worth and a good time was had by all.
limited the equipment, due to this being a public investigation, and us being in
one area with rotating groups.
camera with Ghostlite IR lights, Zoom recorder, iPhone apps; iOlivus, Geophone,
and Echovox, Speaker, FLIR Camera.
we assembled, I tried the back door to the barn, and heard “Hey”, as if
someone was going to reprimand me, or inquire what I was up to.
No recorder was rolling.
was in the Carriage House, Chuck was in the barn, Dale and Greg were in the
basement of the Cottage, and Stan and Barbara on the 2nd floor.
People attending the event were split into 4 groups and rotated through
focused my lecture time on apps that are available for smart phones, the
beneficial ones mentioned above. One
group had no questions, and appeared interested but not over enthused about
1- Knocks were heard in the entryway, outside the hall.
Echovox stated the boy who haunts the area was present.
A woman stated she was in the washroom and heard a voice believed to be
the stable guy saying, “I have you alone now”.
2- Kathy noticed some shadow play in a corner and near the doors.
A girl was touched after asking for a sign someone was present.
3- I noticed a light near the GoPro, someone suggested it may be someone’s
phone since some were using their apps.
4- The Echovox stated Theodore was present when asked if any of the Tinker’s
were present. It was also starting
to curse in male and female voices.
a good time here! My video looked a
little dark, wish I would have had one of Stan’s IR lights.
Also wish I would have had my full spectrum still camera to take a pic of
the lighted area near video camera.
was honored to be entrusted to have an area to my own!
girl who heard the voice in the washroom, also made some other fantastic claims.
Was she psychic? Was she
arrived at the location around 6:00 p.m.
This was a public investigation hosted by Kathi Kresol,
from Haunted Rockford Paranormal.
Our group broke off into 4 groups with each of us assigned
to a location on the property. I was
assigned to the Carriage House. This was my first time I was in the Carriage
Equipment I used, Digital Voice Recorder, Spirit SB-11
Spirit box, FLIR, & Dowsing Rods & K-II Meter.
Session 1 Group 1
We had temperature fluctuations throughout the night.
Twice the Spirit box said "mommy" in a little
Session 2 Group 4
In my second session with group 4 one of the guest mothers
came through using dowsing rods and spirit box.
Session 3 Group3
We had several replies to questions asked on both Spirit
box and dowsing rods. Answers on the
spirit box matched replied using the rods.
Session 4 Group 2
We had the name Steve, Dale and a Hello come out of the
Ghost Box as we started our session. We
also communicated with a little girl who likes to hang out in the carriage
house. We also had several on the
guest had loved ones coming thru using dowsing rods and ghost box.
I also left my voice recorder on while we were all in the
barn for the introduction to the evening.
As I was leaving the Carriage House I thought I heard a voice.
Dale Kaczmarek: The basement was a little quieter than usual with
fewer responses. Allowing the first group to use mine and their equipment before
cutting them loose on their own might have been a mistake on my part because if
any EVP responses were forthcoming, they were probably drowned out by the noise
made by the group investigating and moving around. I did not employ that method
with future groups until they had their alone time near the end of each session.
Session 1, Group #4
was pretty quiet as per my comments listed above.
Session 2, Group
#3, there was a strange background hum that I could not account for. Also during
a Ghost Box session using the SB-11 with the antenna disconnected, the device
clearly said a very clear, “Get out!”
Session 3, Group #2
heard some noises like footsteps or things being moved around at the top of the
center staircase. Upon checking quickly, there were no real people around who
could have made those sounds.
Session 4, Group #1
was very quiet with only a few words coming through in the Dictionary Mode of
the Ovilus X but not in response to any questions asked.
The Ghost Research Society investigated Tinker Swiss Cottage on September 23, 2016. Team members included: Stan Suho, Marge Sucha, Barbara Meagher, Chuck Williams and Dale Kaczmarek
Ovilus X in
dictionary mode in basement of Cottage:
Session 1, Group
#4: Wood, porch
Session 2, Group
#3: Yours, modern, muddy
Session 3, Group
#2: Level, soil, anything
Session 4, Group #1: Excel, dinner, stood
– during an EVP session in the Barn, Group #2 “Boo” was recorded.
tinker16.MPG – during an Echovox session in the Barn, Group #4 “Bullshit”
was heard and recorded.
Calling me on my way out tinker16.MPG – while Sucha was leaving to go to
the Barn, a tape recorder was left running and after the door close, a voice is
Cow dog pig
tinker16.MPG – during an Echovox session in the Barn for Group #1, a question
was asked, “What’s your favorite animal?” The Echovox says what sounds
like, “Cow, dog, pig.”
Cunts fuck fuck
tinker16.MPG – during an Echovox session in the Barn for Group #4, some
expletives and fowl words came through, “Cunts, fuck, fuck.”
Eat me tinker16.MPG
– as Williams was explaining devices, in the background and very near his
GoPro Camera, “Eat me” was recorded.
Fuck hi mom
tinker16.MPG – while conducting an EVP session in the Barn a couple of
possible real EVPs words were recorded that say, “Fuck hi Mom.” Not 100%
sure that this wasn’t contamination of people talking in the background.
tinker16.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box session in the basement of the
Cottage for Group #3, “get out” is clearly heard.
– while conducting an Echovox session in the Barn for Group #1, “Hurts”
came through the device.
Keep quiet tinker16.MPG –
as Williams was explaining to the group about asking EVP questions, a faint
female whisper is heard saying, “Keep quiet.”
Margaret tinker16.MPG –
while conducting an Echovox session for Group #1 in the Barn, a question was
asked. “If you last name’s Tinker, what’s your first?” The device says,
Marge tinker16.MPG – while conducting an Echovox
session for Group #2 in the Barn, a question was asked, “What’s your
name?” The device responds with, “Marge.”
Oww tinker16.MPG – while using the FLIR camera
in the Barn, a high-pitched female voice says, “Oww.”
Partial BS tinker16.MPG – after the conclusion
of a session for Group #4, Williams is heard saying, “That’s a good
question” followed almost immediately by a whisper that says, “Partial
Radio I’m still typin tinker16.MPG – while
conducting an Echovox session in the Barn for Group #2, a whisper comes through
that says, “Radio” and followed by a very loud, possibly female voice that
said, “I’m still typin.”
Rustling and tapping sound tinker16.MPG – while in the Barn and nobody
else was around, strange rustling and tapping sounds were recorded.
Shit tinker16.MPG – while conducting an EVP
session in the Barn for Group #3, “Shit” was recorded.
Shut up tinker16.MPG – while conducting an
Echovox session in the Barn for Group #4, the device says, “Shut up!”
Williams initially thought it said, “Bitch, stop.”
What was the question tinker16.MPG – while
conducting an Echovox session in the Barn for Group #1, a question was asked,
“Do you know that you’re dead?” The device responds with what sounds like
“What was the question?”
Yeah tinker16.MPG – while conducting an Echovox
session in the Barn for Group #1, a question was asked, “Are you from the
orphanage?” The device responds with, “Yeah.”
It appears that the hotspot this time was in the Barn with lots of responses
and explicatives. Most of those responses were captured on the phone app,
Echovox and were very clear and heard by many in real time.
The location never fails to produce some evidence
each and every time that we visit it. Apparently many who lived here in the very
beautiful location simply refuse to move on and perhaps some were a bit angry
with the groups asking questions this time around. Williams received quite a
number of swear words that came through while other responses were just random
words that didn’t make much sense in the context that they were used.
Can’t wait until the next time we investigate this location!
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