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
setup: Teams were Jim in the Barn, Stan and Greg in the Carriage House,
Barbara in the Basement of the Main House and Dale in the Red Room on the 2nd floor of the main house.
I set up the Tri-Field Natural EM Meter in the doorway to the “Red Room”,
used a Melmeter with proximity probe and debuted the GRS’s newest device, The
Radio Specter which is an AM sweeper.
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.
Piscopo: We arrived
about 6:15 and received our assignments. I was to be in the barn by myself .I
set up my Sony camcorder with night vision and an extra IR light facing the
closet door and lock. I also used a SB-7 spirt box for EVP's.
Before starting everyone met in the barn and was divided into
groups and then went to their appointed rooms. Before we started our EVP session
someone had to go to the ladies room. As she opened the door she said a shadow
walked past her and out of the restroom. We started asking questions without
much response. I then asked what is your favorite color and got the answer
"black" .We had more responses after that but I have to listen to the
cd's to make them out. One lady said she started having a pain in her left foot,
the same foot John had lost in a train accident.
Other than that not much happened in our room
Greg Kos: Participants
included Dale, Stan, Jim, Barbara
Carriage House was manned
by Stan and I
EVP sessions - Nothing upon
Dowsing Rods - young person
male hung around and played but they were not a Tinker.
Camera on movie mode
Meagher: All investigations were done in
the Summer kitchen in the basement of the Tinker Swiss Cottage. Steve the
curator was present as well throughout.
session was stared at 7:37pm and lasted 33 min 32 secs. Group 4 was first. One
person in group got the name Rhonda on their spirit box. The new batteries on
the spirit went dead during the first 6 minutes of the recording. There were new
batteries put into equipment just before the start of the investigation. There
were some unintelligible responses to questions, possible the name Cloe. We also
got the word Thanks and when asked if you like to cook in here we got the answer
“Yep”. Several times during the session all the lights on the EMF meter lit
upon request. We got the word cancer, and one of the residents of the house did
have breast cancer, Marsha. Again, when we asked Marsha to light up the lights
on the EMF meter the lights did all go one. When asked if any spirit could turn
on the light with the telegraph type handle the spirit box clearly stated no. We
also got the word November several times.
session was with group 3 started at 8:21 lasting 29 min 57 sec. Using the spirit
box we received the answer “Chicken when asked what was favorite meal cooked
here and what “Hannah” was the answer received to who was your favorite
cook. Several participants heard bangs and noises in other parts of basement
area. Several participants also used dowsing rods and they would consistently
point toward the windows in the Winter kitchen when asked where the spirits
were. Also during this session a participant saw a dark figure walk down the
hall toward the cellar and office area. We also got “yes” responses to
questions about Robert being in the room with us.
session group 2 began at 9:02 pm lasting 25min 10 seconds. There were some bangs
that came from other areas of the basement when we knocked out “Shave and a
Haircut”. We did receive a
‘Yes” when asked if Hannah was here, and there was continued dowsing rod
activity. There was also some EMF light activity in response to questions. When
we asked Hannah who her favorite person was the word “Dad” came through.
There was some dowsing rod activity again pointing to the windows when asked
where the spirit communicating with us was, we believed him to be “Robert”.
Also on several occasions the ENF lights would all light up when we asked Robert
to light them. We also received the word “Book” on the spirit box. The
participants told us that they there had been mention of a book during
investigations in other parts of the cottage that night.
fourth and final session was with group 1 which began at 9:35 pm and lasted for
33 min 15 seconds. There was a good deal of dowsing rod activity especially with
one of the male participants. The batteries also had to be changed once again
for the spirit box as once again the batteries had been completely drained. When
asked: Robert are you here? The spirit box responded, “That’s me” When
asked who his favorite person was in the room the word “Barbara” came
through the spirit box. When asked if the spirit could light up the EMF detector
the word “No” came from spirit box but then a couple of seconds later the
lights on the EMF meter did light up. The dowsing rods also moved for several
participants on command. When asked “Robert” to point to his favorite person
with the dowsing rods one of the two rods moved to point to this investigator.
The other rod did not move. When asked what the favorite food was of the spirit
the word “Pie” came through and when asked how many people were in the room
the word “8” came through which was the correct answer. Then a very clear
woman’s voice came through that was “Hello” and the EMF lights came on.
Then we asked if the spirit could point the Dowsing rods where he was the work
“Yes” came through the spirit box, and the dowsing rods again pointed to the
Suho: Back to Rockford for another one of Kathy’s Ghost Investigations
/demonstrations. This time we were at the Tinker Swiss complex. I was teamed up
with Greg. We were assigned the Carriage House. This is not a very active
location. We did a demonstration of our IR Ghost Camera setup in a dark room
with the monitor in the Conference Room. Then Greg gave an EVP demo followed by
a lesson on using Dowsing Rods. Also setup was a laptop running Audacity
software an audio analyzer. After a demo of the setup, Greg took over. This
usually led to a discussion of ghost subjects and testing their skills on the
Rods. Several people showed skill in their use. All too soon Kathy would give us
a toot and we would rotate. After assembling in the Barn for milk and cookies,
we called it a night. I think everyone came away with a better understanding of
Kaczmarek: I used the Radio Specter which can be adjusted for a slower or
very fast sweep of the AM radio band. I did receive several full sentences which
I’m not entirely convinced came from a spirit but most likely the AM radio.
The function of this device is to sweep the AM radio band without all the normal
noise produced by other ghost boxes. In that regards, it worked nicely.
The Tri-Field Natural EM Meter did fluctuate a bit
during one of the sessions and was noted by one of the participants. This
happened during a SB-11 Ghost Box session which produced a lot of background
noise so the normal sound emitted by the device was not heard.
It was extremely hot, around 81 degrees, in the
Red Room and a number of participants commented on being somewhat uncomfortable.
I did receive some direct responses on several devices and sometimes some
unsolicited ones as well. We also heard what sounded some explicatives come
through from time to time.
The Ghost Research Society investigated Tinker Swiss Cottage on May 13, 2017. Team members included: Stan Suho, Barbara Meagher, Greg Kos, Jim Piscopo and Dale Kaczmarek
Black1 tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session for Session #1, Group #2, a question was asked, “What’s your
favorite color?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Black.”
Black2 tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session for Session #2, Group #1, a question was asked, “What’s your
favorite color?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Black.”
Can’t tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a
Ghost Box session for Session #2, Group #1, a question was asked, “Show
yourself.” The Ghost Box responds with, “Can’t.”
Don’t wait any longer tinker2017.MPG – while
conducting a Radio Specter session for Session #1, Group #3, the device said,
“Don’t wait any longer.”
worry about it tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a Radio Specter session for
Session #4, Group #4, the device said, “Don’t worry about it.”
Eight tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session for Session #2, Group #1, a question was asked, “How many are in
this room?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Eight.”
Fuck you can’t wait tinker2017.MPG – while
conducting a Radio Specter session for Session #2, Group #2, the device said,
“Fuck you, can’t wait.”
Get out tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a
SB-11 Ghost Box session for Session #2, Group #2, the device said, “Get
Hello tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a SB-11
Ghost Box session for Session #4, Group #4, a question was asked, “Can you say
hello to everyone?” The device replies with, “Hello.”
Hello2 tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session for Session #1, Group #2, a question was asked, “Can you give us
some kind of sign that you’re here?” The Ghost Box responds with,
Hello3 tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session for Session #4, Group #3, “Hello” came through the Ghost Box.
Here tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session for Session #1, Group #2, a question was asked, “Is Mr. Tinker
with us?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Here.”
How beautiful are you tinker2017.MPG – while
conducting an Ovilus X session for Session #1, Group #3, the device said, “How
beautiful are you.”
It’s Ron his father my brother tinker2017.MPG
– while conducting a Radio Specter session for Session #3, Group #1, a
question was asked, “I’ll say it again, what’s your name?” The device
responds with, “It’s Ron” and followed up with “His father, my
Okay tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session for Session #2, Group #1, a question was asked, “Can you please
make a sound to let us know that you are here with us?” The Ghost Box responds
What tinker2017.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session for Session #4, Group #3, a question was asked, “Can you come over
here and roll the dice?” The Ghost Box responds with, What?”
Besides picking perhaps the hottest place to investigate, all the sessions
went quite well. A cold spot or breeze would have been a welcome relief but none
were felt. All groups maintained themselves in a professional manner and there
was no whispering in the background or talking. Many direct responses were heard
and most of them on the new device, the Radio Specter which I was pleased with.
With all the different ways of conducting a real-time, two-way communication with spirits, it betters our chances of someone talking to us and the spirits here did not disappoint us again. I believe that everyone had a good time even though a few found some of the devices a bit annoying with is to be expected. Listen to them as long as we do, and you would be annoyed as well.
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