cold chill. A mysterious odor. Footsteps when no one
else is around. Sounds like a scary movie, doesn’t
it? These could be signs that an unexplainable force
is haunting a site.
are hauntings real or are they rumors? Some people may
speculate about ghosts or paranormal activity, but
there are some who will go so far as to investigate
few years ago, there was even talk of a haunting at
the March 5, 2000, issue of the Green Bay
Press-Gazette, a news article titled “School
Spirits: Legends of Dormitory Ghosts Haunt UWGB and
St. Norbert” named UWGB’s Byron Walter Hall as the
site of a haunting.
Haevers, resident director at that time, had said the
hall was haunted, or at least according to the rumors
rumor started six or seven years before the article
was published. Reported incidents during the
“haunted” years of Byron Walter include a ghost
sighting and the unexplainable triggering of fire
at the time thought it might have been Byron Walter
himself haunting the building, while others thought it
was the ghost of a man whose grave was disturbed when
the building was built. However, this theory has
already been debunked—there were no graves on the
site before the building was constructed.
used to be a disclaimer on the resident hall site
saying that there was no ghost in the building,”
said Richard D. Hendricks, a paranormal investigator.
“I found it comical.”
haven’t been any recent reports of ghosts or unusual
happenings in Byron Walter.
stories of paranormal activity have been reported in
the Green Bay area.
as a paranormal investigator for 10 years with Terry
Fisk, Chad Lewis has investigated numerous paranormal
activities in Wisconsin. He has worked to uncover the
truth about many occurrences in the Green Bay and Fox
location that Lewis has researched and that is still
under investigation is the downtown YMCA in Green Bay.
An apparition supposedly haunts the upper levels of
Wolfgram, executive director of the YMCA on Broadview
Drive, said he doesn’t know if there is any truth to
has done investigative work at the YMCA and had a
mixture of opinions from workers about whether the
building is haunted.
come across workers there that have said that the
place is haunted," he said. “Then again, I find
people that have worked there for years and years and
have not heard of anything of the sort.”
Atkins, executive director of the downtown YMCA, said
she has been there for 15 years and is unaware of any
worked on some of his favorite paranormal cases in the
Fox Valley area. One of them is the Curling Club in
said when he was investigating, witnesses told him
they saw apparitions and heard noises that sounded as
if the old members never left.
was a tobacco smell that would come and go that was
linked to a type of tobacco an old member had
smoked,” Lewis said. “Also, there was a member
that had a walking disability. People reported hearing
footsteps above them when no one was on that floor. It
sounded exactly how that particular member used to
are other locations outside of Green Bay and Appleton
that have apparent hauntings associated with legends.
Grand Opera House of Oshkosh was well known for its
hauntings. Percy Keene, a deceased stage manager, is
one of the most common apparitions that appear at the
Taylor, founder of the American Ghost Society, said
many sightings of Percy have been reported.
1977, a film crew reported that they saw a man
standing in the balcony looking down at them with a
friendly smile,” Taylor said. “The apparition
matched the appearance of Percy Keene from his haircut
to his small, round glasses. He had been the stage
manager at the theater from 1895 until his death in
1967. He is said to still be watching over his beloved
said the theater is considering creating a haunted
tour for visitors to go through.
destination students may be interested in checking out
is Door County. Many hauntings have been observed
throughout the county from lighthouses to pubs and
passageway between Door County and Washington Island
was called Porte des Morte by early French explorers,
which is called Death’s Door today.
boats have been shipwrecked between the mainland and
Washington Island,” said Lewis. “People have even
reported seeing phantom boats.”
to the Internet may be an easy way to find haunted
locations, but this may not be the best way to find
accurate information. Some sites simply post a
location if someone suggests it, even without any
about hauntings can be vague,” Lewis said.
Wisconsin’ has not updated information like they
should, and they have information about hauntings that
have not occurred in many years.”
along with his field partner, will have a book
published in the near future describing 150 sites in
Wisconsin that have had hauntings investigated and
documented. He described it as a road guide to the
real haunted Wisconsin.
looking for hauntings or any other paranormal
phenomenon, remember not all information may be true.
And if you decide to be your own investigator,
remember there is a possibility of being caught
trespassing on private property. Receiving a fine may
be the only scary thing you observe while on a