things that go
bump in the night
hunters take their
paranormal research seriously
MADISON, Ind. (June 2011) Jason Earls said
it all started three years ago when his wife, Kelli, moved into his
1950s-era, ranch-style home in Madison. Hed lived there for two
years without noticing anything unusual.
After Kelli moved in, they started noticing things like a basement door
standing open when they knew they had closed and locked it with a hook.
This happened a few times before Jason witnessed the hook raise of its
Sitting on the couch, I heard it and saw it happen, he said.
Then there was a potato bin that would flip open. We found it
open a few times. We heard it too, in the kitchen, said Jason.
We got rid of that real quick, added his wife.
Doors to bedrooms slammed without reason. They noticed eerily cold spots
in the hallway. One Sunday morning, Kelli Earls watched in disbelief
as the water faucet in her kitchen sink turned itself off with no human
intervention. She dissolved in tears.
It was at that point that the couple decided they need to do something
about the mysterious phenomena they were experiencing in their home
at 1150 Debbie Lane. Like a growing number of Americans, the couple
turned for help to a paranormal investigation team with sophisticated
electronic equipment to help them understand what was happening.
With evidence from infrared videocameras and sensitive audio recorders,
they have come to believe that they and their five children share their
living space with five or more ghosts, including an old man in a sailors
uniform, two other men, a little girl and a woman. They believe that
the womans spirit became jealous of Kelli when she moved into
the home, resulting in mischief such as the door-openings. The couple
has captured audio recordings of what they believe to be that same spirit
whispering Jasons name.
The couple asked for help from Rusty Everage, whom Jason knew at his
workplace in Seymour. Everage and his wife, Melissa, live in Madison.
Jason was the skeptic, said Everage. But the stuff
that was going on in his house he couldnt explain it.
When you have so much going on in your house, you start running
out of excuses pretty fast, said Earls.
About two and half years ago, Everage and his associates held a paranormal
investigation at the Debbie Lane home, using cameras and digital voice
recorders. The team shut off the lights and went from room to room asking
questions such as, Can you make yourself heard? and Can
you make something move?
In this house you get a lot of EVPs, said Everage, using
the abbreviation for electrical voice phenomenon. You catch a
lot of muffled stuff. I throw that out because Im looking for
a Class A EVP as clear as us talking now.
As a result, Jason Earls has several EVPs stored on his laptop computer
that hell play as evidence his ghosts really exist. The spoken
messages were inaudible to people at the time they were recorded, he
said. Among others, there is a recording of the jealous female spirit
hissing a drawn-out Jason and the little girl singing softly,
I just want to be loved.
Groups in the Area
Green Light Paranormal Investigations
Kentuckiana Paranormal Investigators
Paranormal Researchers of Ohio Valley (P.R.O.O.V.)
Real American Hauntings
Soul Warriors Paranormal
Society for Paranormal Occurrences of Kentuckiana (S.P.O.O.K.)
The Friendly Ghost Hunter
Valley Ghost Chasers
More information can be found at www.ParanormalSocieties.com.
The Earls first became aware of the young girl one day
when they were home for lunch. While in the kitchen, they both heard
a little girls voice say a whole sentence of 10 to 12 syllables,
although it was too muffled to be understood. At the time, there were
no real children in the house.
There have been visual phenomenon as well.
One evening Jason saw what he describes as the most perfect shadow
of the top half of a mans body, standing six feet up in an adjacent
It got awfully cold in here. Sheer terror could have been part
of it, said Earls. He looked away, then back, and it was still
there. I saw the head actually spin and acknowledge me.
Then it changed form to become a dark mass about the size of a soccer
ball. The mass flew through the wall and apparently into the bedroom
where Kelli had already retired for the night, moving a quilt hanging
on the wall as it passed through. Kelli came out of the bedroom moments
later asking Jason to come to her because theres something
Despite such experiences, the Earls dont fear the spirits. We
know for sure they dont want to hurt us, said Jason.
Because they havent hurt us, added Kelli.
We dont mind living in the house. Weve gotten used
to it, said Jason Earls.
They admit they have family members who wont visit them because
of the experiences, however.
One of their children is especially sensitive to the phenomenon. He
refused to stay in his bedroom after repeated sightings of an old man
with a pointy nose, scraggly beard and sailors uniform. He swapped
bedrooms with the couples daughters, and that solved the problem
Three other adults have seen the same old man, Jason Earls added. His
presence was confirmed by a psychic who visited the house with the Indiana
State Paranormal Research Society. She is the one who said she identified
five distinct ghosts in the house. That research society visit also
resulted in a ball flying across the room on command, a video of a body
shadow and a tape recording of a growl.
Since that investigation, the Earls have joined with the Everages, Kaye
Yocum of Hanover, Ind., and Debbie Jones of Madison to form a new group
they call the Madtown Paranormal Research Society.
Among the six of them, they have invested about $4,000 to $5,000 in
recording equipment to assist them. On a volunteer basis, they investigate
paranormal phenomena in the region. They have five ongoing investigations.
Their Facebook page has 133 followers and a website is coming soon.
We dont make any money for it, said Rusty Everage.
Ninety percent of clients all theyre looking for
is validation. Am I crazy?
He said people are afraid of being ridiculed if they talk about what
they have experienced.
Jason Earls said, Its a lot more common than people think.
I think theres a lot more houses haunted than aint. I think
most ghosts just dont choose to be seen.
He added, We want people to know that theyre not crazy.
Not everythings paranormal, but there are things that cant
be explained otherwise.
Although they claim not to be afraid of the ghosts, the Earls have had
their home cleansed with the help of their psychic friend.
This involved burning white sage (a custom they say is borrowed from
Native American culture) and sprinkling a line of kosher salt in every
doorway, window and other opening of the house. They also bathed in
baking soda to cleanse themselves.
by Don Ward
her Broadway Hotel
& Tavern in downtown Madison, Ind., is haunted
by a spirit named
Charlie. Paranormal researchers recently
spent a weekend there
trying to record
When they do investigations of other homes, they cleanse
themselves with white sage before they leave to avoid bringing any spirits
home with them.
The Earls are not the only Madison residents who have encountered paranormal
activity. Libby Mann, who for 20 years has owned the Historic Broadway
Hotel & Tavern at 313 Broadway St., has encountered unexplained
When I first came here, I didnt give ghosts a second thought.
But after a few years, I realized there is some kind of something that
is causing these things, said Mann.
The things noticed at the Broadway are doors opening, scraping
noises, rolling balls and actual sightings by some of the Broadway employees.
The business is the oldest continuously operated hotel and tavern in
Indiana. Mann figures that after 177 years, there are bound to be some
spirits associated with the building. Ive never felt threatened
by it, she added. Ive never seen a ghost, but Im
sure things happen.
After 20 years, I just say it is what it is, she said.
Two paranormal investigation teams recently spent the night, seeking
clues about the spirits there. They set up their equipment in the tavern
after business hours and stayed until dawn.
After one such investigation, the group told her there was a male presence
in the bar area and a female spirit in the back dining room.
Based on her own experiences, Mann told them, Thats right.
She believes the bar is inhabited by a Chicago gangster by the name
of Charles Morgan who ran bootleg liquor to the Broadway during Prohibition.
She thinks he fell in love with a Madison woman but wasnt allowed
to marry her, then was shot and killed in French Lick in the early 1930s.
Mann has not tried to check out this information, and she didnt
want to say how she learned it.
As for the female ghost in the dining room, she was sighted by a woman
who paints in the building after hours. Mann said this woman saw a woman
in a white blouse and long, dark skirt, covered with an apron. She was
carrying a silver tray. Smiling, the ghost walked across the room and
to a stairway before disappearing. The painters son was working
on the other side of the same room, and he didnt see a thing.
One time a guest who had planned to dine at the Broadway Hotel &
Tavern told Mann she just couldnt stay. As Mann remembers it,
the guest explained, Im psychic and theres a bunch
of people in the back room dressed in clothing from the 1800s, and they
seem to be having a party. Im looking for a quieter place to relax.
Despite such incidents, Mann doesnt think the ghostly reputation
has either hurt or helped business at the Broadway. Shes currently
renovating the second floor into a private bar area, which could turn
into a prime ghost-hunting area.
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