Date: August 16, 2018
Location: Church in Havelock - Lincoln, Nebraska
Equipment: SLS camera, flashlights, camera, EVP recorder
The exact location of the church has been omitted as a courtesy to the individual who invited us to tour and investigate.
Experiences shared to us by church members and staff:
According to some of the church staff, members, and volunteers, multiple paranormal occurrences have taken place within the building. One staff member said that he came into the building one afternoon and heard a great deal of noise coming from the upper levels as if people were working. When he asked others about the noises, they chalked it up to the church settling, but as time went on he realized that the noises continued and other paranormal experiences continued happening that he couldn’t explain. Another staff member frequently saw a black shadow in the shape of a man who walked down the west aisle of the sanctuary. Every time he would look toward the figure it would disappear. The experience continued to occur for months, until one day, the black shadow came up the aisle and the staff member was able to look at it for a few seconds before it finally disappeared and he has never seen the figure since. A figure has also been seen sitting in a chair before disappearing along with the chair. Others have heard voices, whistling, footsteps, and the sound of organ music when no one is playing.
Investigation and Tour:
After chatting, we made our way through the church, starting with the oldest part of the building, which was constructed in the late 1800s. An interesting feature of this particular room is that the original doors to the church are directly behind the altar and can be viewed outside.
Right away in the original sanctuary, we were able to pick up two stick figures situated between the first two pews on the SLS camera. According to supporters of the device, apparitions can be seen and appear as stick figures with no physical body shape outline. The figures can be seen moving on the camera even though they cannot be seen with the naked eye. The figures we captured on the SLS seemed to be sitting near each other, interacting and moving around the same general area.
After spending a few minutes in the sanctuary, we made our way down a hallway and into a large room that was previously used as a basketball and volleyball court. We captured another figure in this room on the SLS who lifted up its arms when asked to show off its basketball moves.
After this, we went upstairs. In the hallway upstairs, the temperature seemed to be much cooler although we were on the upper floor. The archives room was an area where several people felt the hair stand-up on their bodies and sensed an ominous presence. One person said they felt cobwebs on their legs all the way through the hallway after we passed the archives room and they also felt a heavy weight on their chest.
Upon returning to the main level, we investigated the main sanctuary that was added to the building in the 1960s. Near the back of the room, on a desk, we picked up a stick figure that appeared to be sitting on the desk near a plant. Although we had flashlights set up throughout the room, we unfortunately could not get any spirits to turn them on.