Hello! Karen, lead investigator here. DTU is still together even though we haven’t updated our site in a while. The reason for this is, back in March, my beloved family pet Putz got sick very suddenly. He was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. It happened very suddenly and without warning. One night he couldn’t get up, couldn’t use his back legs. Degenerative myelopathy is a spinal cord disease that essentially leaves your dogs limbs numb and paralyzed. There is no treatment nor any cure. For nearly 2 months I stayed by his side and tried to make the remainder of his life as comfortable as possible. He went to rainbow bridge the middle of May, and my life hasn’t been the same since. My whole life I’ve always had an animal companion, and now I don’t. It’s been a hard adjustment. My 8 year old laptop has also died which makes updating he site more difficult. I’m typing this from my phone as we speak, and it’s not easy. I won’t have enough money for a new laptop until August or September. I will still update our followers every once in a while but it may only be once a month. If you have any questions please use the contact form.
As for the DTU update. We accepted a new member and we are currently training her. She is a quick study and a great case manager. We have an investigation set for July 8th – helping out a fellow team. And we may also investigate a dental clinic and we are are also working on getting into the Rave/Eagles Ballroom. Big things in the works. We recently had a practice investigation of a couple cemeteries but it was too windy for EVP sessions
Well, that’s all for now.
Have you ever had an experience with a ghost pet? Tell us your story on our Facebook page or email!
DTU has been on a bit of a break as it’s members have been terribly busy with our personal lives, but our glossary of terms and definitions will be updated soon with source links to more information. There will also be a new section on psychological terms and how psychology and the paranormal often coincide. Stay tuned for these changes in the upcoming month. We are currently awaiting permission from a potential client to investigate a haunted public location. Locations will never be disclosed unless express permission from the client is given. But we are very excited about this potential case.
DTU is also currently searching for new committed members. If you have the time to dedicate to cases and research, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the Contact Us link at the top of the page.
Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive. Some people took this fear to the grave with them, literally. Blog “This Week in Weird” goes into detail of this fear, so prevalent in 18th and 19th century that some people actually put windows into their burial chambers. This article follows the story of Timothy Clark Smith and his tomb with a view.
By: Jesse Jokela – Historical Researcher and Investigator
BUT WE WILL BE BACK IN 2017!
~ The DTU Family
Hello, minions (ahem) I mean followers of our team’s blog! For those that have been wondering about us, we are still here and investigating. This summer has been very hectic in each members personal life. Team leader Karen (Me!) has graduated college and is now in the process of filling out graduate school applications and studying to take the dreaded GRE. It’s a hard and very expensive test.
But to answer your questions, YES we did go to Summerwind and YES it was amazing. The drive was about 5 hours and it was quite an experience getting to investigate with another group and see how other peoples techniques and equipment stacked up against our own. We met some great people and it was fun camping out. (Mosquitoes not so much fun.) Unfortunately, no personal experiences were had and no EVP’s were caught. However, if you ever get the opportunity to check out Summerwind, I highly recommend you do so. While the jury is still out if there is paranormal activity there, the ruins of what used to be the mansion are worth exploring. Also… beware of BATS! William and I were assaulted by a flying bat. (The mammal not a bat of the baseball variety.)
Speaking of William and Summerwind, let’s revisit an article he wrote about its history.
BY: WILLIAM CLEVELAND
Summerwind was a large estate in Northern Wisconsin built
in 1916 on the shore of West Bay Lake. It’s original owner was
Robert P. Lamont who used the mansion as a getaway during
his years working in the Hoover administration. Unfortunately
for Mr. Lamont not all the time he spent there was entirely calm.
One evening Lamont spotted what he thought was an intruder in the
kitchen. He took a pistol he had at hand and fired several rounds
at the supposed intruder. His bullets, however, only struck the
door frame to the basement door as there was no actual intruder.
Years later, after the Lamont’s had sold the property and several
others had owned it and not occupied it the Hinshaw family finally
bought the property and took up residence. What they experienced
went far beyond just seeing a figure. They saw shadows, heard voices
and saw the apparition of a woman float past a set of french
doors in the house.
Then things in the house started to do things on their own. Appliances
would break and then fix themselves before a repairman could
arrive to take a look. Windows would open and close themselves
at all hours of the day and night. Doors that they knew had been closed
would open themselves. The house had a profound impact on the life
of the Hinshaw family for many years after.
There is much more to tell about the mysterious Summerwind Mansion
but I don’t have the space to cover all of it here. The sad part of
all of this to me is that the house itself no longer stands so we
will never be able to investigate such an intriguing place and
see for ourselves if the stories are true.
…DTU will be going up to Summerwind to meet with other teams and investigate the notoriously haunted ruins. CAN’T WAIT!
Are you looking to experience ghoulish hauntings from the comfort of your own home? Are you fascinated by real life tales of things that go bump in the night? Do you have a slight obsession with hearing the crack of a spine?….a book spine that is! Avid reader and blogger Catherine Kovach has compiled and reviewed some of the greatest works of nonfiction ghost stories, from “The Amityville Horror” to “The Demonologist” and so much more! If you’re looking for a good read and an even better scare this list is for you!
By: Jesse Jokela – Historical Researcher and Investigator