Bachelor's Grove Cemetery
Date: September 1, 2001
Location: Midlothian, IL
Investigators: Jennifer Lauer, Laurie Ginter, Shanon Mattingly, Donna Garcia
Equipment Used: 8mm Camcorder, Cassette recorder with external Microphone, two 35mm cameras with flash, two disposable cameras, Non-Contact Thermal Scanner, Gauss Meter, Phantometer
Film Speed: 800 ASA
# Rolls Taken: 8 Rolls of 24 exposure
Moon Phase: Full
Start Time: 4:10 p.m.
End Time: 9:30 p.m.
Temperature: 59 degrees
Solar X-Ray Activity: M Class Flare
Geomagnetic Field Activity: Unsettled
We stood near the entrance of the trail that leads to Bachelor's Grove Cemetery and said a prayer of protection before starting down the trail. We walked down the trail a quarter of a mile until we came to the cemetery entrance. The group walked all the way around and throughout the cemetery before choosing a location to investigate. We chose a location next to a headstone that read "Newman". The grave looked as though someone had tried to dig it up at one time. I drew a map of the cemetery in my notebook, while the rest of the group walked the grounds.
The cemetery was full of people walking in and out throughout our entire investigation. We took out some of our equipment and began taking readings. Shannon took the non-contact thermal scanner, I took the Gauss meter and Laurie took the Phantometer. We walked the grounds taking readings. Shannon noticed that in the southeast end of the cemetery near a grouping of trees the temperature would rapidly rise and fall. The temperature would go from 65 degrees to 35 degrees within seconds and it did this for around ten minutes or more. After Shanon told the group of her readings, I took the gauss meter and walked through the trees where she was getting the readings. Laurie was taking pictures of the area at the same time. My gauss meter did not detect anything in this location, but Laurie got some excellent photographs.
As the investigation went on, we found a suspicious looking bone under a pile of twigs outside of the cemetery on the Northeast corner near the fence. There was an old blanket found on the ground next to the pile of twigs, and we found plastic bags buried there as well. We were unable to dig up the plastic bags, but we did take pictures of the bone and the blanket.
At approximately 8:00 PM I began taping, using the cassette recorder. First, we began asking questions while waiting for replies. We did this for about 10 minutes. After everyone left the cemetery, I left the tape recorder recording as I walked around the cemetery. I kept the tape recorder in sight the whole time. While we were reviewing the data collected on the tape, we discovered moans and heavy breathing during one segment of the tape. We didn't detect any actual words, but we still get chills when we listen to it.
This investigation was a success due to pictures and audio that was retrieved that cannot be explained. We will be going to Bachelor's Grove again very soon to do more research and also so that the spirits of Bachelor's Grove can get to know us better and vice versa.
Investigation Report Written by Jennifer Lauer and Edited by Jeff Woosley.