10 Oct 2012
A Bump In The Night: Paranormal Activity At Sawyer House
By Danielle Portteus As of Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Dustie Russeau felt a tug on her hair while investigating at the Sawyer Homestead in Monroe. She knew it was not anyone around her nor did she run into cobwebs. “I could feel it pull my pony tail,” she told a group gathered at the home Monday evening to hear from two paranormal investigation teams who recently conducted investigations in the home. Mrs. Russeau believes a ghost was trying to get her attention. Her team, Russeau’s Paranormal Investigators, which was formed along with her husband, caught something laughing into one of their recorders.
When the team investigated, one member took photos in the northwest room, which showed mysterious green lines throughout the room. Photos taken throughout the house did not have the green lines. Among other pieces of evidence, the team heard whispers, recorded the name “Scott,” and heard doors opening in the attic. When Mrs. Russeau was investigating near the kitchen, she had a strange experience. “I was talking about Navarre and the military and then dishes in the kitchen sounded like they were moving, but no one was in there.” The investigator said that she and her husband, Doug, started the group when their children started speaking to their grandfather, who died before they were born. While photographing one of the mirrors, a face appeared. “My sister, Kayla (Stein), did not investigate with us, but the first she thought when she saw that photo was it was Dr. Sawyer in the mirror,” Mrs. Russeau said. Tim Ellison and Joe Kimberlin from Dead Serious Paranormal explained about the investigations the group has conducted in the home and throughout Monroe County. The group, which started in 2009, uses a variety of devices to capture its evidence including records, an EMF detector, which records electromagnetic fields, digital cameras and a ghost box, which is a modified AM/FM radio. In the parlor, the group said it caught the name “Mark” or possible “Mike” on the ghost box. Mr. Ellison said while investigating in the attic the group caught an EVP, which stands for electronic voice phenomena that said, “I don’t want you here.” “We’ve been called names,” he said of the investigation. While Mr. Ellison was in Jenny Sawyer’s bedroom, he started taken photographs. In one picture, the camera shows what he described as an orb, a circular ball of light. “When I asked for Jenny, this orb popped up,” he said. “When I took a second picture, nothing was there.” Another strange occurrence took place when the team was packing up its investigation. “When we were packing up, we saw the door knob shake,” Mr. Ellison said, though the team did not have its equipment on to catch it. “That was one of our personal experiences from the night.” Mr. Kimberlin also shared some experiences that took place at the Navarre Trading Post. “There is a different feeling when you are out there at night,” Mr. Kimberlin said. “It feels like someone is watching you.” Strange noises, items being moved and light anomalies are a commonplace at the Sawyer House, which does not surprise Monroe resident Jeanne Micka. “This house has a lot of stories,” she said.