Ghosts of the Three Oaks Library: Paranormal Investigators Report Evidence of Haunting

Ghosts of the Three Oaks Library: Paranormal Investigators Report Evidence of Haunting

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by Janet Hayes

Just in time for Halloween, The Michiana Paranormal Society (TMPS) declared the Three Oaks Township Public Library as officially haunted and described their findings during a Saturday, Oct. 26, presentation that was plagued with equipment malfunctions.

“Sorry for the delay. Mr. Warren is messing with us,” said Kim Wieczorek, TMPS founder, as she struggled to get her video presentation to work.

The library is housed in the former E. K. Warren Building built in 1905 in downtown Three Oaks on the site of the store in which Warren began his business life in 1864. The meeting was held in the dimly lit former office of the Featherbone Factory founder Edward Kirk Warren, who laid in state in the window of the room that faces Elm Street following his death in 1919.

“This place is amazing,” Wieczorek said, adding she thinks it is second only to Galien High School locally in terms of “hauntedness.”

“It gives me the willies,” she said.

Wieczorek and her team reported “strong feelings of negative activity” on the two nights they studied the library from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., concentrating mainly on the Warren office, the librarian’s office, the safe and the basement. They used electronic equipment to collect their evidence, including motion sensors like those used by deer hunters, infrared cameras and digital recorders.

“The ghosts didn’t like it,” Wieczorek said.

During the Oct. 26 presentation, the team played examples they said they collected in the library of orbs (spirits of the deceased in the form of spheres or balls of light that can hover and fly at will) and EVPs (electronic voice phenomena.) The team also reported evidence of children’s voices and a black mass in the librarian’s office.

Wieczorek showed the shattered camera she said was pushed off the mantel the same evening the fireplace utensils and a bench in the room moved by themselves.

“I’m convinced Mr. Warren was here with us,” she said.

Describing “the scariest moment in four years” that ended in tears, Wieczorek recounted an incident in the basement during which she was pushed, her hair pulled and she almost suffocated. She said she thought that half of the basement was inhabited by a mean spirit that “doesn’t want us down there, on his side at least. It means harm, but it is not demonic.”

Three Oaks resident Julie Sittig agreed that the basement “is one creepy place,” adding that she had talked with a Warren Family descendent who was convinced the building was haunted but wanted proof.

Eleanor Desmond was born, raised and still lives the Three Oaks home that was owned by her grandmother “who told ghost stories all the time.”

Desmond said she remembered hearing that the ghost was not E. K. Warren, but his partner Henry Chamberlain. Desmond also remembers reports of a ghost being spotted in an upstairs window.

Cheryl Kersey, Three Oaks’ library director for the past two years, said she hasn’t experienced these phenomena but she has talked with two others who worked in the office and said they had witnessed the happenings.

Team member Cory Kovaks, of Dowagiac, said the paranormal field is “all theory. Nothing can be proved or disproved.” He gave examples of times in which one’s imagination can get in the way.

“We can be afraid of ghosts because we don’t understand them. They were people just like us once and they have hardships and can be stressed just like us. They are expressing themselves,” Kovaks said.

Wieczorek, a Galien village trustee, founded TMPS four years ago “to prove ghosts don’t exist and to find alternative reasons” for the phenomena attributed to them. Instead, Wieczorek said she found that those reasons, not the ghosts, don’t exist.

“We are a non-profit organization that are serious and professional about proving and even disproving the existence of ghosts and other entities at any given location … We are a group willing to come into your home or business and investigate the possibility of a haunting for free, and even invite you as the client to join us to see with your own eyes what we are doing and how an investigation works,” reads the TMPS website, themps.webs.com.

Wieczorek cautions that being a ghost hunter is not like it is depicted on a popular television show. She says a good ghost hunter can’t scare easily or be afraid of the dark, has nerves of steel and a lot of patience and is not looking for a good paying job.

(Cheryl Kersey was misidentified in the original version of this article. The News regrets the error).

This article was featured in November’s edition of “Kirs Sedersten’s Favorite Paranormal Stories” in Paranormal Galaxy Magazine. This article was originally published on harborcountry-news.com. Read the original article at http://www.harborcountry-news.com/articles/2013/11/11/features/doc52712d62c10f4564026204.txt

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