Case Report and Claims
(most information from many sources but mostly from Wikipedia)
On Wednesday, May 18, 1927 the moon in Bath, Michigan was a waning crescent and 96% of full with the mean temperature that day of 48f. And on this day Andrew Kehoe murdered his wife (Nellie), thirty-eight children (ranging from 7 to 14 years in age), two teachers, the Superintendent, a retired farmer, the postmaster, Kehoe’s animals and Kehoe himself. He did this by beating his wife to death then setting her on fire, tying his animals to prevent escape and setting them on fire, then detonating explosives to his house and farm. Then he went to the school and detonated another bomb and a third bomb was in his vehicle that took his life, as well. According to reports he planned this event for about a year in advance.
Andrew Kehoe was a farmer, husband, school maintenance man and School Board Treasurer (elected), and he was facing foreclosure on his farm because he didn’t pay his school taxes which were going to be used to build a new school and this enraged him. It also didn’t help that his wife Nellie had just returned from the hospital two days prior from fighting tuberculosis and the hospital bills added to the debt he already faced.
At the end of the ordeal 45 people were dead and at least 58 people were injured.
And with so much loss of life Motor City Ghost Hunters decided to approach each location with respect and love for the victims. We went to each location at the approximate time of their tragedies. We visited the farm house location and the school, which is now a memorial park, and then afterwards we went to the two cemeteries in search for some of the victim’s final resting places. The few we found we sat and spoke with their graves and had an EVP session at each location.
What a horrible act of terror.
- Date: 05/18/2012 (85th Anniversary of Bath Massacre)
- Time: 7:30am – 2:00pm
- Investigators: John, James and Holly
- Weather Conditions: Temperature: 78f, Dew point: 40f, Humidity: 49%, Winds: 6mph
- Equipment used:Cameras, Digital Voice Recorders, Temperature Gauge, EMF Gauge, K2 Meter, Camcorders, Ovilus, FLIR Thermal, trigger object (dolls, candy, ball, music boxes, and a toy windmill [left behind for the ghost kids at the park]).
- Ovilus words:
@ Kehoe Farm: End, All right, Suddenly, Man, Stirred, Woman, Shepard, Might
@ School/Park: Wonder, Cannot, Shepard, Might, End, Cry, Stirred, Park, Lynn, December (Holly was playing Christmas music box), Move, Mend, Bomb, Past, James, Motive, Mother, Answer, Here, Sister, Accept, Rot, Sudden, Tragic, Liberty, Learn, Task, Desk, Decompose, Row, Apocalypse, Numb, Kill
@ Pleasant Hill Cemetery: Ghost, Curse, James, Grieve, Liberty, Peace, Beware, Nice, Just, Harry, Nap, Just, George, Lark, Chest, Apocalypse, Felt
@ Rose Cemetery: Grandpa, Friend, Salvation, Attack, Truth, Never, Rest, Sister, Remember, Quiet, Past, Stone, Liberty, Hidden, Lie, Child, Trapped, Kill, Hey
School Before Bombing
Andrew Kehoe’ Farm: Recorder was started at 8:45am at the location of the Andrew Kehoe’s farmhouse. There was a lot of automotive traffic and birds could be heard in the area. All three investigators stood on Kehoe’s field. We learned from City Hall employees that the land where the house stood has never been farmed again because there is fear there may still be dynamite that never detonated; and so now it is now filled with trees.
School Memorial Park: Recorder was started at 9:09am at the location where the school, now memorial park, used to be. There was a lot of auto traffic and birds could be heard in the area. Holly and James placed their recorders in the original steeple that used to be on the school and is now in the middle of the park as a memorial. John has placed his equipment on a cement bench next to steeple.
Pleasant Hill Cemetery: Recorder was started at 10:41am at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. This is one of the two cemeteries where the victims are buried. There was a lot of vehicular traffic and birds in the area. The team decides to walk around and look for some of the graves’ locations.
Rose Cemetery: Recorder was started at 12:28pm at the Rose Cemetery where the other victims were said to be buried. There was a lot less traffic in the area. Unfortunately no evidence was caught.
Personal Experiences, Thoughts and Feelings-
Felt chaos, desperation, loss, uncertainty, fear, helplessness, loss of life, need for closure and answers.
Felt an empty feeling at the school site and at the first cemetery he felt welcomed, as if the victims were glad for the company. There was a grave with three children next to each other at the second cemetery and he felt sad for that family with so much loss.
Audio Evidence Obtained at the School Memorial Park
”I’m William” EVP Class C: 15m02s after the recorder began, listen at 3s: Holly asks, “What’s your name?” Adult male voice: “I’m William” or maybe you hear something else?
“Who are you three” EVP Class C: 23m04s after the recorder began, listen at 12s: Holly just finished playing a music box with the Christmas song “We wish you a merry Christmas”. Recorder is in the steeple and there is a car passing but while the car is passing there are male voices: Adult Male voices: “Who are you three?”
“Why” EVP Class C: 23m37s after the recorder began, listen at 20s: Holly is letting them play with the music boxes and says we are celebrating the children. Harder to hear but it’s the same tone and voice as the male voices we just heard and since the recorders were inside the steeple we think that perhaps it was a voice from inside it: “Why?” or “lies” or “Who are you?“ It is kind of hard to tell what it says exactly.
“Loud woman” EVP Class B: 37m58s after the recorder began, listen at 10s: Holly is talking to James and you can hear her speaking. Well apparently she annoyed something because we caught a female voice speaking at the same time Holly was: “Loud <pause> woman”.
“I did” EVP Class C: 1h6m22s after the recorder began, listen at 5s: You can hear Holly playing her Christmas music box. John asks, “When Kehoe detonated his truck and the shrapnel came out, did anybody get hurt?” Adult male voice: “Kind of” or “I did”.
Audio Obtained During Investigation of Pleasant Hill Cemetery
“Stanley” EVP Class C: 23m52s after the recorder began, listen at 26s: We are standing at the first grave we found of Stanley Harte, he was 12 years old. We seem to have caught him saying his name. Young male voice: “Stanley”.
Our best evidence is in the form of EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon) on this case. We had a lot of action from the Ovilus that fit the situation and many of the words were repeated at each location. There was a somber sensation in all the locations the team visited of the immense and unnecessary loss of life. A hopeless realization of how one monster can cause such devastation and for some reason Rose Cemetery felt more at ease and peaceful.
On a personal note, it would be nice if the city got together every year on the anniversary (May 18) to celebrate those lives that once lived in this very community or perhaps we simply missed where there may have been one.
Those who perished on May 18, 1927: Nellie Kehoe (wife of Andrew Kehoe), Emory E. Huyck (Superintendent), Blanche E. Harte (Teacher), Hazel I. Weatherby (teacher), Nelson McFarren (citizen/farmer), Glenn O. Smith, (citizen/postmaster), the animals in Kehoe’s farm, Andrew Kehoe (culprit)
The Children: Arnold V. Bauerle, Herman Bergan, Henry Bergan, Amelia Bromund, Robert Bromund, Floyd E. Burnett, Russell Chapman, Cleo Claton, Robert Cockran, Ralph A. Cushman, Earl E. Ewing, Katherine O. Foote, Margory Fritz, Carlyle W. Geisenhaver, Beatrice Gibbs, George Hall, Willa M. Hall, Iola I. Hart, Percy E. Hart, Vivian O. Hart, Gailand L. Harte, Lavere R. Harte, Stanley H. Harte, Francis O. Hoppener, Cecial L. Hunter, Doris E. Johns, Thelma I. McDonald, Clarence W. McFarren, J. Emerson Medcoff, Emma A. Nickols, Richard D. Richardson, Elsie M. Robb, Pauline M. Shirts, Elizabeth J. Witchell, Harold L. Woodman, George O. Zimmerman, Lloyd Zimmerman
May you rest in peace!