Case Background and Claims:
According to Michigan.org, the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the Great Lakes, as well as the oldest surviving lighthouse in Michigan. The lighthouse was named after the engineer that was in charge of itsconstruction, General Charles Gratiot. It was established in 1825 and rebuilt in 1829 after poor construction and a storm caused a collapse in 1828. This lighthouse was “built north of the military fort,” which “made it easier for ships to spot as they entered the rapids at the head of the St. Clair River.” The original location of the lighthouse stood approximately where the Blue Water Bridge stands (www.phmuseum.org). It was also rebuilt again in 1861(www.michigan.org).
According to PHMuseum.org, the first official lighthouse keeper was Colonel George McDougall, Jr., and he served from 1825 until his death in 1842.
In 1933, the green flashing light was automated and can be seen for 17 miles. Also on site is the two-story brick lighthouse keeper’s house, which was built in 1874. Also, nearby is a Coast Guard station (www.phmuseum.org).
- Time: 8:30-11:30 PM
- Weather: 33*, winds NNE at 27-39 knots, partly cloudy
- Equipment: Camcorder with night shot, digital voice recorders, flashlights, temperature gauge, K-II meter, Tri-field Meter, wing gauge, Frank’s Box, IR Lights, Trigger objects, Ovilus, Seismic Gauge, four lasers
TEAM ONE (Scott, Holly, Chris, Tim B., and Gayle)
Starting at 8:32 PM, the team conducted their first session in the Light Keeper’s House, guided by Historical Society volunteer at the onset. During the question and answer session of the upper level of the quarters, Tim felt a sudden pain in his chest as the team asked how the spirit died, however, no evidence was gathered to support Tim’s experience. He did, however, capture the sound of a door shutting, heard by Gayle as well. The team ended this session at 9:30 PM.
At 9:43 PM, Team One moved into the lighthouse. Both Gayle and Scott reported hearing voices mumbling on several occasions during the session, and Chris stated he sensed the presence of a light house keeper. While the team noted a clicking sound which they felt was coming from the furnace, it’s worth noting Tim’s camera unexplainably stopped working during the investigation. All experiences were personal experiences by the team; none evidenced by equipment. The team took a break at 10:30 PM.
At 10:53 PM, Team One (without Gayle – she had joined Team Two) resumed investigating, this time in the Light Keeper’s basement. They experienced some strange K-II hits. Because they occurred near the furnace and had a pulse to them, the team ruled them out as a natural occurrence. They stopped investigating at 11:26 PM.
TEAM TWO (John, Tim W., Don, and Teri)
They started their investigation in the lighthouse at 8:30 PM, staying on the ground floor doing an EVP and flashlight session. Teri started asking questions, and during our session, the team believes they contacted a young boy, about 13-years-old, that possibly died in the river. During this session, Teri’s flashlight, which had new batteries in it, turned off unexplainably several times. Unfortunately, any audio evidence the team might have picked up had to be ruled out due to wind noise contamination. Team two ended their session at 9:15 PM and went back to the garage to regroup with team one.
Starting at 9:25 PM, Team Two began in the Light Keeper’s House with a question and answer EVP session in the upstairs’ sleeping quarters. The team set up a series of night shot cameras, motion detectors, and several recorders around the room. The team started their EVP session, also using the Ovilus, the Frank’s Box, and flashlights to attempt contact. Eventually, Gayle joined Team Two; after which, everyone audibly heard footsteps in conjunction with the motion detectors going off, no one seemed to be captured as evidence on the equipment. Don was sitting in the room around the corner from the rest of the team and stated he heard the “bumping,” too. Additionally, flashlights were used and flashed, but the activity did not appear to be intelligent responses, rather all flashlight activity seemed random. The Frank’s Box, however, seemed to respond directly to questions being asked by Tim B., yet we were unable to piece the responses together. Many words were also received on the Ovilus and responses were given throughout the flashlight session. The Ovilus words spoken were: freeze, center, captain, Lynn, park, shining, talk, vast, never, wonder, move, pond, horse, without, gentle, circle, grasp, school, yet, Anna, rope, Lynn, ya, decided, vast, batteries, November, there, tall, single, book, you, dig, loop, manifest, notice, Lord, sip, digital, sense, probably. During this session, both Teri and Gayle felt like their hair was touched, and both spoke up at the same time to report this sensation. The team ended their session at 11:08 PM.
Audio Evidence Obtained During Investigation of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
“HUMMM” EVP class B: This EVP was gathered while the recorder was set on the floor in the outer room of the lighthouse where we were gathered for the session. The ambient noise from the wind, waves, and echo from the lighthouse tower itself create a constant source of white noise in the background. Teri is asking if it is a woman, then the beep from John’s camera can be heard followed by what sounds like a woman saying “hmmm.” Listen at 5 seconds.
“Thank you” EVP class C: This EVP was gathered while the recorder was set on the floor in the outer room of the lighthouse where we were gathered for the session. The ambient noise from the wind, waves, and echo from the lighthouse tower itself create a constant source of white noise in the background. A voice or noise can be heard, and one belief is that it is saying “thank you.” This would correspond to what is being said at the time as Teri is stating her appreciation for their services to the city. Listen at 6 seconds.
“It’s here” EVP class B: This EVP was gathered while the recorder was set at head level (approx. 6’0”) on the spiral staircase facing the outer brick room in which we were all gathered. The ambient noise from the wind, waves, and echo from the lighthouse tower itself make it almost impossible to separate the noise from the EVP. One belief is that it is a male voice saying, “It’s here; we’ll bring it in to land.” Interestingly, the flashlight that was set up for Q&A turned on at this time, too. Listen at 3 seconds.
“Helga” EVP class C: This EVP was recorded in the lighthouse. It sounds like the name “Helga.” Listen at 11 seconds.
“Giggle” EVP class B: This EVP was recorded in the lighthouse. Tim was listening live when he heard a laugh and comments on it. Something is heard the sounds like it could be a giggle. Listen at 3 seconds.
Audio Evidence Obtained During Investigation of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse the Keeper Quarters
: “F….NO” EVP class B:This EVP was gathered while the recorder was set on a window sill in the Keeper’s House. Teri is talking about using the flashlight to communicate and a response, which sounds male, can be heard. It sounds like it says “f— no.” Listen at 8 seconds.
“GO Away” EVP class B: This EVP was gathered while the recorder was set on a window sill in the Keeper’s House. It sounds like a male voice whispering “go away.” Listen at 9 seconds.
“Home” EVP class C: This EVP was gathered while the recorder was set on a window sill in the Keeper’s House. It sounds like a male voice saying “home.” Listen at 8 seconds.
“Spirits” EVP class C: This EVP was gathered while the recorder was set on a window sill in the Keeper’s House. Tim asked a question about drinking “spirits,” and then the Ovilus said “pee,” which prompted a discussion about drinking and peeing. Finally, a whisper can be heard that sounds like “I was drinking beer.” Listen at 20 seconds.
“They heard him” EVP class B: This EVP was gathered while the recorder was set on a window sill in the Keeper’s House. John is talking about how his name was called out earlier during a Minibox session in that same room. It sounds like a male voice whispering “They heard him.” Listen at 3 seconds.
“TIM” EVP class B: This EVP was gathered while the recorder was set on a window sill in the Keeper’s House. It sounds like a male voice saying, in a whisper, “Tim.” Listen at 6 seconds.
Photo #2 – taken 1 second after Photo 1
Photo # 2 Zoomed In
Photo #3 – taken 1 second after Photo 2
These pictures were taken with Tim B.’s full spectrum digital camera that takes three consecutive pictures, each one a second apart. In the first and third picture, there is nothing, but the second picture has something odd in the upper left hand corner. At the time, the Tri-Field and K-II meters were acting funny, which prompted these pictures to be taken. After the photos, Tim joined Chris and Holly with his MEL meter and the readings were going up and down. The fluctuations in the readings were concentrated in a little circle, about one foot in diameter, for several minutes. This may or may not be paranormal, but it is odd that only appears in one photo of three that were taken (during a three second period).
In conclusion, there appears to be energy in the complex of the Lighthouse and Light Keeper’s House; however, it is possible that some of the energy can be attributed to residual energy based on the history of the area. On the other hand, several of the responses that were captured, while faint, seem to be intelligent in their response.