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First Ward School
September 13th-14th, 2013
Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee (PIM)

INVESTIGATORS: Noah, John, and Gravy

ENVIRONMENTAL DATA Day 1 - Time taken: 8:30 pm

Weather Outside: Clear

Outside Temperature: 66.1 degrees F

Wind Speed: 0.9 mph

Barometric Pressure: 28.99 steady

Humidity: 79.1%

Moon Phase: 63% Full Waxing Gibbous

Geomagnetic Field: Active

Solar X-rays: Normal

Solar Wind Speed: 469.5 km/sec

Solar Wind Density: 0.7 protons/cm3

Radio Sun: 10.7 cm flux; 93 sfu

Planetary K-index Now: Kp=4; unsettled

Planetary K-index 24hr Max: Kp=4; unsettled

Interplanetary Magnetic Field Btotal: 6.7 nT

Interplanetary Magnetic Field Bz: 6.1 nT north

Sunspot: Yes; 58

Coronal Holes: Yes, 1

ENVIRONMENTAL DATA Day 2 - Time taken: 8:30 pm

Weather Outside: Overcast and windy

Outside Temperature: 67.1 degrees F

Wind Speed: 2.5 w/gusts to 3.7 mph

Barometric Pressure: 28.83 steady

Humidity: 52.9%

Moon Phase: 77% Full Waxing Gibbous

Geomagnetic Field: Quiet

Solar X-rays: Normal

Solar Wind Speed: 417.3 km/sec

Solar Wind Density: 1.1 protons/cm3

Radio Sun: 10.7 cm flux; 92 sfu

Planetary K-index Now: Kp=2; quiet

Planetary K-index 24hr Max: Kp=3; quiet

Interplanetary Magnetic Field Btotal: 2.5 nT

Interplanetary Magnetic Field Bz: 0.1 nT north

Sunspot: Yes; 40

Coronal Holes: Yes, 1

ARRIVAL:

The group arrived at 8:30 pm and was met by Justin Libigs, the building's owner. Gear was unloaded and a base camp area was established in the Kindergarten Classroom.

John went outside to take readings of outside conditions using the Kestrel 3500 weather station while the others began to unpack gear and determine where it would be set. John then returned inside the building and took indoor EMF and Temperature Baseline Readings using a MEL-8704REM/ATDD/SDD meter for temperature readings and the Magnii DSP-523 Three-Axis EMF Detector. EMF detectors are used to detect changes in the electromagnetic field, which are believed to possibly be indications of paranormal activity.

There are four floors in the First Ward School House. The 1st Floor has the Kindergarten Classroom, another classroom that is being used for storage, and the Boy's Bathroom. There are large landings in the area near the front door and outside of the Boy's Bathroom, near the respective staircases. There is also a Basement and Attic in the building.

A Sony HDR-XR200V video recorder with a 0.45X wide angle lens was placed in the Basement Cafeteria along with a Tascam DR07MKII audio recorder and Extech RHT50 data logger. The Extech RHT50 data logger measures and records temperature, humidity and barometric pressure. A Zoom H2n digital recorder and negative ion generator was placed in the Nun's Room, in the Basement. This is a room that a nun had stayed in, years before, as a caretaker of the facility and allegedly died there. A cigar with matches, small bottle of whiskey and pebbles were placed in the Cafeteria as trigger objects. Trigger objects are items which are chosen as items that should be familiar to any entities that are present. The hope is that the items will evoke a response from the entities resulting in recordable activity. The pebbles were placed there due to the claims that pebbles had been thrown at people watching a movie in the Cafeteria.

In the Kindergarten Classroom, the following equipment items were placed on a desk: Zoom H1 digital recorder, geophone, used to detect physical vibrations, EMF pump, which generates an electromagnetic field, theorized to provide spirits with energy they can use to manifest and an Extech RHT50 data logger, which is used to document changes in temperature, humidity and barometric pressure. The following trigger objects were placed on the same table: toy car, Barbie doll, jacks, slinky, toy cat, baby doll and a ball. A Sony HDR-SR10 video camera with a 0.45X wide angle lens was setup behind the lectern in the front of the classroom.

The following pieces of equipment were placed in the Boy's Bathroom: A Sony HDR-CX160 full spectrum video camera with a 0.45X wide angle lens and Zoom H1 digital recorder.

The following equipment was placed in the 2nd Floor Family Room: a Sony HDR-CX160 full spectrum video camera with a 0.45X wide angle lens, EM Vortex, Extech RHT50 datalogger and a Trifield 100XE EMF detector that datalogs and was connected to a laptop computer to record EMF readings throughout the night. A PIM Pod, a device that detects positive and negative ions, was also placed in the Family Room. A touch flashlight, which activates when the sides are touched and a GQ-GMC300 Geiger counter datalogger, were also placed in the Family Room.

A Sony HDR-SR7 video camera with a 0.45X wide angle lens was placed in the Girl's Bathroom and a Zoom H1 audio digital recorder was placed on the 2nd Floor Landing, outside of the Girl's Bathroom.

A Zoom H1 digital audio recorder was placed on a table on the 2nd Floor Landing, outside the Nurse's Office along with a Mel-8704REM/ATDD/SDD EMF detector. This meter measures EMF and temperature changes and also has a shadow detection feature.

A Sony HDR-CX160 full spectrum video camera with a 0.45X wide angle lens was placed in the Attic directed towards a set of stairs leading downstairs along with a Sony HDR-XR200V video recorder with a 0.45X wide angle lens on the opposite side of the Attic from the other video recorder. A Zoom H1 digital audio recorder, touch flashlight and EMF pump were placed on a table in the center area of the Attic. A baseball, small bottle of whiskey, harmonica, and a noose hanging from a rafter, were put out as trigger objects. The noose was placed due to the report that a boy was hung in the Attic.

By 10:40 pm, the equipment was positioned and running and baseline photographs were taken of rooms and trigger objects. At this time the group took a short break to allow the building to baseline without anyone present. The group returned inside the building at 11:00 pm.

REPORTED ACTIVITIES:

There are many reports of apparitions being seen in this building. A little boy, believed to be named Oscar, has been seen at the top of the Attic steps; a small girl has been seen entering what used to be the Nurse's Office from the Third Grade Classroom. Shadow figures have been reported in the Boy's Bathroom, the Third Grade Classroom, and the Basement.

There is a claim that a male voice was responding to investigators from a paranormal group through a two-way radio, and a male apparition was seen afterward.

The toilet paper in the Girl's Bathroom moves by itself. There is a ceramic cat in the Boy's Bathroom that is believed to have been moved by a paranormal entity.

In the Attic, the owner of the building left some laundry on a table. He went to another part of the Attic to unpack hangers and returned later to find the laundry had been folded. This area used to be the living area for the nuns that used to run the school. It was also claimed, although not verified, that a boy either hung himself in the attic as a result of being bullied or bullies hung him from a rafter and he died.

In the Kindergarten Room it is claimed that a small ball from a set of jacks rolled down the length of the room and looped around and rolled back.

The Janitor, Robert, is believed to still occupy the building and people have heard whistling, footsteps and knocks in what used to be his work area.

In the Basement hallway leading to the Janitor's Work Area, a woman claims to have been pushed against a wall. The Halloween Storage Room is located on the other side of this wall. In this room, a different woman claims to have been held against the wall directly on the other side from where the other woman was pushed.

People have reported being hit by small rocks in the Cafeteria/Theater area.

INVESTIGATION:

START TIME: 11:30 pm

LOCATION: Family Room

The group spread throughout the room and began the investigation with five minutes of control silence in order to become familiar with any ambient noise that is in the area. The group began an EVP session at 11:35 pm. Nothing out of the ordinary was experienced during this session and it was decided to move to another location.

END TIME: 12:13 am

START TIME: 12:15 am

LOCATION: Attic

After five minutes of controlled silence, the group began an EVP session. During this time, we did not hear any audible responses to our questions and statements. We did note that there was considerable outside noise that was easily heard during our session in the Attic. There was also a lot of popping and cracking that was occurring as the wood contracted from the cooler temperatures at night.

No paranormal events occurred and the session was ended.

END TIME: 12:36 am

START TIME: 12:44 am

LOCATION: Kindergarten Room

The group spread out in the Kindergarten Room and observed several minutes of silence. At 1:02 am, a "crashing" sound was heard by Noah, John and Gravy. The noise appeared to come from the north side of the building. Noah thought it sounded like a sheet of plastic falling, which had been placed over a window by Gravy to keep light from entering the room. However, upon evidence review that was determined to not be the case. It is unknown what caused this sound to happen, but PIM does not consider it to be paranormal in nature.

No other events occurred during this session and it was ended a short time later.

END TIME: 1:09 am

START TIME: 1:14 am

LOCATION: Cafeteria

After five minutes of silence, the group began an EVP session. At 1:30 am, Gravy heard what he thought was a voice saying, "Hmmm". Unfortunately, this was not captured on an audio recorder. No other events occurred during this session and it ended at 1:37 am.

END TIME: 1:37 am

START TIME: 1:38 am

LOCATION: Nun's Room - Basement

Noah and Gravy entered the Nun's Room in the Basement while John sat in a chair just outside of it. After several minutes of silence, the group began an EVP session. At 1:41 am, Gravy heard an incomprehensible female voice, which was not captured on any of the audio recorders. At 1:42 am, the group heard the sound of something moving on another level, but we were unable to determine the cause or source.

No other events occurred and the session was ended a short time later.

END TIME: 1:52 am

The group ended the session in the Nun's Room and moved to the Washer and Dryer Room in the Basement.

START TIME: 1:56 am

LOCATION: Washer and Dryer Room

After several minutes of silence, the group began an EVP session. At 2:05 am, a shifting sound near the stairs was heard but the group was unable to determine the cause of the noise. No other events occurred and the session was ended.

END TIME: 2:09 am

From 2:10 until 2:38 am, Noah, Gravy and John took a break outside. After that break, the group reentered the school and decided to investigate the Nurse's Office since PIM had not had the opportunity to investigate in that room on the previous investigation that was conducted in May.

START TIME: 2:43 am

LOCATION: Nurse's Office

After five minutes of silence at this location, the group began an EVP session. During the EVP session at this location, nothing of interest occurred.

END TIME: 3:24 am

START TIME: 3:25 am

LOCATION: Family Room - 2nd Floor

The group conducted an EVP session after five minutes of silence. Nothing out of the ordinary was experienced while at this location and the session was ended.

END TIME: 3:40 am

At this time, it was decided to end the investigation for the evening. The equipment on all the floors was turned off and the group went to sleep in the Family Room.

DAY 2

September 14, 2013

The group woke up the next morning and checked the equipment. The group started charging batteries that needed to be charged and then decided to head out for lunch. Before leaving the group decided to start a voice recorder on each floor while the building was empty in case anything occurred. Noah started his Tascam DR-07MKII recorder in the Cafeteria and his Zoom H1 recorder outside the Nurse's Office. Gravy started his Zoom H1 recorder in the Attic, and John moved his Zoom H1 recorder from the Boy's Bathroom into the Kindergarten classroom and started the recorder in there. At 11:37 am, the group left for lunch and to run various errands.

The group returned at 3:20 pm. The group then discussed and planned out the evening's investigation for several hours. The group also ensured all of the equipment was ready to go and finished charging the batteries.

At 6:30 pm, the group started all of the equipment and then left the building for dinner at 7:00 pm. The group returned at 8:15 pm to start the investigation. At this time, Noah took outside environmental condition readings while John took inside EMF/Temperature readings.

Once these readings were complete, the group decided to start the investigation in the Kindergarten Classroom.

START TIME: 8:45 pm

LOCATION: Kindergarten Room

At 8:55 pm, our group conducted an EVP session in the 1st Floor without anything out of ordinary occurring. The EVP session was ended at 9:10 pm. John was unable to obtain some temperature readings due to Gravy's temperature device malfunctioning.

END TIME: 9:10 pm

START TIME: 9:14 pm

LOCATION: Cafeteria

At 9:14 pm, Noah, Gravy and John proceeded to the Cafeteria and conducted an EVP session there. We ended the EVP session at 9:56 pm without any incidents occurring.

END TIME: 9:56 pm

START TIME: 9:58 pm

LOCATION: Nun's Room

Noah and Gravy entered the Nun's Room while John sat outside the room at the Halloween card table display set up. At 10:59 pm, John heard what sounded like an object falling on the floor above him. We were unable to determine the cause of the sound.

At 10:06 pm, an indescribable sound was heard coming from outside the room and again, we were unable to determine the cause of it.

No other events occurred and the session was ended.

END TIME: 10:10 pm

START TIME: 10:13 pm

LOCATION: Family Room

Noah, Gravy and John spread out in the Family Room to conduct an EVP session. Nothing of interest occurred during this time.

END TIME: 10:37 pm

START TIME: 10:45 pm

LOCATION: Cafeteria

Since many claims of the activity seemed to occur while people in the building were not actively investigating and just going about their business, our group decided to conduct a passive investigation, where we had casual conversations while in the Cafeteria and did not conduct a formal EVP session, in an attempt to capture evidence using this method.

END TIME: 2:15 am

START TIME: 2:23 am

LOCATION: Nun's Room

The group returned to the Nun's Room at 2:23 am. Noah and Gravy again sat inside the room while John sat just outside the room.

At 2:35 am, Gravy heard what described as a voice stating, "Shh", however this was not captured on audio.

At 2:29 am, Noah indicated that it felt as if his glasses were touched, but stated it was possible the sensation was caused by moving his head and his cap making contact with the glasses. Noah had removed his glasses to rub his eyes and while holding his glasses in his left hand it felt like something had brushed against the left side of the glasses. Noah initially thought Gravy was standing close enough to him that Gravy had accidentally brushed against Noah's glasses but that was found to not be the case. In the end, the most likely explanation is that the bill of Noah's hat hit the glasses causing the sensation.

A short time later, John indicated that he began to have a severe headache while sitting outside the Nun's Room. After a short time the headache lessened and eventually went away.

No other events occurred during this session and the group moved upstairs.

END TIME: 3:32 am

START TIME: 3:35 am

LOCATION: Family Room

The group moved up to the Family Room at 3:35 am to conduct an EVP session. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred during this time.

END TIME: 3:44 am

At 3:55 am, it was decided to end the investigation. Noah, Gravy and John collected the equipment and packed everything up in the Kindergarten Room. The group went to bed at 4:14 am. Noah, Gravy and John woke up at 7:00 am on September 15th, packed up the car and left the building by 7:30 am.

EVIDENCE:

AUDIO: None
VIDEO: None

CONCLUSION:

This was another great investigation at First Ward School. PIM wanted to see if it could replicate some evidence that was obtained during the last investigation held on May 4th, 2013. One such event that occurred was the shadow detector on the 2nd Floor landing outside of the Nurse's Office going off by itself. Last time, we did not have any video evidence to show why they event occurred. This time, we again had the shadow detector go off on two separate occasions and no evidence of shadows was captured on video. Thus, the alarm cannot be taken as evidence, since there is nothing to show why the alarm went off. PIM is still evaluating this piece of equipment and it is possible it was malfunctioning.

Although we did not obtain any evidence during our investigation, we would be very interested in returning at a later date to investigate again, especially since the group did obtain paranormal evidence during the investigation there on May 4th, 2013. This is a very historic building and based on the investigations that PIM has done, is worth continued study in the future.

PIM would like to thank Justin Libigs and his family for allowing us to again investigate the building. PIM hopes that they will be invited back again to continue our study of the building.