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Report written by: Michelle Meyers, Lead Investigator
Investigators: Laura Baker, Mitchell Baker, Sarah Baker & Michelle Meyers

Details:

History:

The Command Post building was built as a firehouse for Camp Grant. Later, during WWII this building was used as an induction and Muster Out center. The building now currently houses The Command Post Restaurant and Camp Grant Museum as well as a few other businesses.

Camp Grant was built in 1917 within two months 1100 buildings were built. On July 15, 1917 the camp was named Camp Grant after our President Ulysses S. Grant. More than 50,000 officers, enlisted men and women called this home during WWI. The camp covered over 5,000 acres of land. After WWI was over, the Illinois National Guard took over the camp. Shortly after this in 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps housed nearly 1100 men who found themselves in desperate times after the Great Depression.

In 1940, with the looming European war the camp was again reverted to the Army for use as an induction center. Camp Grant served as an induction center, Medical Training Facility as well as a German POW camp during WWII. Some notable troops who passed through Camp Grant included the 86th ‘Black Hawks’ and the 280th Engineers, who built bridges and roads for the allied troops from Sicily to Florence.

There were hardships as well, during the 1917-1918 influenza outbreak Camp Grant lost over 1000 men to this epidemic. Col. Haggerdorn who was commander over the camp was so distraught and felt so guilty, he shot himself in disgrace. If he had only waited one more week, the headlines read the flu epidemic was ceasing and all would be normal soon.

Claims:
Apparitions, one specific apparition of a young man running in the hall with a white apron on, chairs that were pushed in at night in the morning are pulled out, disembodied voices, bathroom lights turn on and off, dishwasher comes on for no apparent reason (dishwasher is serviced regularly), nudging on shoulder in office as if looking over Yolanda’s shoulder.

Equipment:
Equipment was placed to cover a 360-degree view of the investigation. IC recorders were placed in the Dining room, Kitchen area, Museum Room, Hallway near restrooms, flag room (command central), office doorway (to cover cross-referencing of any outside contamination), and two team members. HD IR cameras with audio were placed strategically in the dining room, Kitchen – pointed toward the dishwasher, museum room, and hallway pointing toward restrooms.

Investigation:
Command central was placed inside as the winter weather would not allow for command central to be placed outdoors. Set up began at 6pm, the team pooled together to get the entire set up completed within an hour. The investigation went lights at about 7:30pm. Laura began the evening with the Bell & Howell IR camera, Michelle had the full spectrum camera and Mitch carried the FLIR camera as well as a second team recorder while Sarah retained a team recorder the entire evening.

The team stayed together the entire night due to a small crew. No one manned Command Central, and WIPIT left the usual IC recorder in the command central area to eliminate any false positives. The night began in the main dining room. The team entered and began making conversation with hopes of capturing EVP’s. Throughout the night the team captured what could only be described as cuckoo sounds, later upon review with Camp Grant owners, they concluded it sounded like a sonar. The first such sound came at about 35 minutes into our investigation. The majority of these sounds all came from one area, the museum room recorder, which was placed on the glass counter facing the entrance to the dining area. Michelle did follow up with the owners, Yolanda & Stanley Weisensel, as to any noise in the museum confines that could be considered a ‘cuckoo’ sound, and there were none to note.

The team ventured into other rooms of the museum and restaurant and by one hour into the evening, Mitch began asking questions. At one point Mitch asked ‘Did you ever go off to war?’ This was a direct yes-or-no question and very poignant to the location. Seconds after Mitch asks this question, Mitch sniffles, and this is then followed by a very faint ‘YES’.(Note: this EVP is especially quiet to hear--and needs headphones and good sound. Check for the "yes" in the 7th second and into the 8th second of the recording. This may help you hear it. Also, if you can isolate this area and just repeat this section, you will have an easier chance of hearing the "yes". It is there, but very hard to hear.) We believe this to be an intelligent response, since this is a military installment where the majority of the soldiers did see war.

The team took a lunch break around 10:30pm in the flag room, the location of command central. The team was very careful and conscious of noise as they did not want to contaminate any other recordings. Keep in mind they did have an IC recorder in the flag room as well. Michelle & Laura were talking about a local Mexican restaurant. Laura asked Michelle if Michelle’s boyfriend had changed his views of this restaurant. On the team recorder Sarah was still wearing we hear a definitive ‘YES’.

As the team was wrapping up in the flag room from lunch, Laura and Mitch are discussing who will be handling certain pieces of equipment. Laura says something then before a strange inaudible sound is recorded followed by an inaudible sound with two beats. This was not heard by the investigators at the time.

Toward the end of the evening the team had made its way back to the dining room. Laura, Michelle & Sarah were sitting at table 8 in the middle of the dining room. Michelle at this time had IC recorder 6, and Mitch now had the Full Spectrum camera. The team had just come back from lunch and were discussing ghosts hiding when they know investigators are looking for them. There are several hums under Michelle’s voice. A Class C EVP was captured at this time as well, but was too low to decipher what it said. The team did cross reference with audio and video and concluded none of the investigators were responsible for the hums.

Additional EVPs captured on audio throughout the evening include:p>

Whistle

Breathy Whistle

Personal Experiences: While the investigators were at lunch they thought they heard footsteps coming from the small kitchen. Upon further review it was found to be the coffee maker in the serving kitchen. This goes to show the complete 360◦ view, the team goes into an investigation with a full view of the surroundings, both visually and audibly. To most people, it would have sounded like boots marching in stride. However, it was not until the team investigated and reviewed video while on site did they find an explanation for this noise.

There were many unexplained whistles, knocks and bangs through the night. However, none could be definitively explained as paranormal. The night ended about 2 am, with about 2 inches of snow having fallen through the night.

Equipment Findings:
As the evening began all lights were on and the ceiling fans were also on. Once the lights were turned off the fans went off as well. This is important to note as what happens began nearly 1 ½ hours after all lights and fans were turned off. For a period of nearly one-and-a-half hours, a napkin on the dining table closest to the camera slowly begins to unfold and eventually open fully. The team tried everything to debunk this occurrence. There was no movement of the napkin while the fans were on, no one bumped the table, sat there, or went near this particular table, and there were no vents or windows to create a breeze. There was no movement of the napkin prior to this, therefore Newton’s Law of every action has an equal and opposite reaction did not follow this particular event, to the eyes of the camera at least. In other words, there was no action to make the napkin react. We increased the video speed to make it easier to view the napkin opening.

Excluded Evidence:
There were several pieces of excluded evidence in this investigation. Some were difficult to prove whether it was contamination by investigators or the owners who closed themselves up in a back office room. The WI-IL Paranormal Investigation Team uses a 360-degree view by cross-referencing several pieces of audio and video equipment to determine whether an occurrence was man-made or paranormal. When there is doubt, the evidence is thrown out. Paranormal evidence is only included if the team feels beyond a reasonable doubt that it shows paranormal activity.

Conclusion:
WI-IL Paranormal Investigation Team (WIPIT) believes beyond a reasonable doubt that this location is active with paranormal activity. This is a historic location, WIPIT has researched the location and occurrences extensively. Many lives were changed at Camp Grant, and many spirits seem to remain. WIPIT would like to schedule a second investigation in the near future.

Burden of Proof Note:
The team uses logical reasoning and determines a place as having active paranormal occurrences based on the same standard of evidence required in the U.S. Court system which must find a criminal guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict. In the same respect that the U.S. Court system can sentence people to death using the standard of evidence required to validate a criminal conviction, the WI-IL Paranormal Investigation Team also determines whether a location has paranormal activity based on the reasonable doubt standard. This means that the evidence presented to the team must provide proof to the extent that there could be no “reasonable doubt” in the mind of a “reasonable person” that is making the decision. Additionally, there must be a preponderance of evidence by an activity to prove that it is more probable than not to have been caused by paranormal activity. Therefore, unreasonable doubts are excluded (ie: such as a person built a tunnel and snuck into a building for the sole purpose of opening a door and sneaking back out through the tunnel to make it “look” like something paranormal is happening. This type of explanation would be unreasonable, especially since no tunnels are known to exist at the building and have not been found by the investigators). Additionally, the Supreme Court asserts that proof beyond a reasonable doubt does not involve proof to an absolute certainty. It is not proof beyond any doubt, nor is it an imaginary or frivolous doubt. However, If it is believed the evidence shows that a location “probably” has paranormal activity, it is not proven beyond a reasonable doubt to actually have paranormal activity. It is not enough to believe that a place having “possible” paranormal activity, or “likely” paranormal activity, is proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” that it has paranormal activity. Thus, the WI-IL Paranormal Investigation Team follows this line of reasoning when making a decision whether a location is haunted.