Mississippi Valley Paranormal Investigation Report
Willow Creek Farm – November 17th, 2012
On November 17th, 2012, Mississippi Valley Paranormal conducted an investigation on the residence of Willow Creek Farm, located in the Northern Illinois farmland, about 45 miles southeast of Galena, Illinois. Attending the investigation were MVP members: Stephanie Adams, Becky Reid, Bryce Carlson, Terry Enright, and Steve Danielsen.
Willow Creek Farm has extensive history, both official and unofficial, and has been stated as one of the most haunted locations in Illinois by author Michael Kleen in 2010 (http://trueillinoishaunts.com/2010/08/16/top-10-most-haunted-houses-in-illinois/), and featured on the Biography channel’s television show “My Ghost Story S4, E11” aired in 2012 featuring the farm’s current owner Al Kelchner (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xrswkt_my-ghost-story-s4-e11_shortfilms). Willow Creek Farm is the last story of the show’s hour and definitely worth a look for anyone interested in the farm and/or the paranormal.
Because the residence and surrounding areas has so much history, I feel it is better to include a link to the history so that if interested one can take a look at what has already been neatly and significantly compiled. Please check out this link for more information on Willow Creek Farm:
There have been several mediums that have visited the site along with other paranormal groups, some of which have compiled hard evidence such as EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon), videos, and pictures. Because evidence presented by mediums and psychics cannot be proven, we feel that the history presented by his/her claims cannot be presented as official history and facts, however the complied reports that have been presented to the owner have been extensive and startling. Some of these reported entities that have been sense inside and outside of the home by mediums include: several unknown entities inside and outside of the home which carry both positive and very negative energies with them, an African-American male name Joe who may have murdered someone in the home, a male farmer named Big Mike who likes to pull pranks and is a bit of a jokester, a grieving woman named Anna from the early 1800s, a young boy named Robbie who had died in the home from extended illness, a woman named Sara who seems to be drawn to the current owner, and two young girls named Lily and Mary who are both Sara’s daughters from life.
MVP arrived at Willow Creek Farm around 6:00 p.m. and proceeded to meet with the owner Al Kelchner outside the residence to follow his instructions on what he wished done before entering the home. Once inside the home, the team unloaded equipment and conversed with the owner about the experiences reported in the home, both by himself and by others. The team then conducted a walk-thru of the home, getting familiar with the residence and its various areas. Once situated, the entire team went out to eat for about an hour and half with the owner leaving several audio recorders running in various places in the home as well as two video cameras. Once the team returned to the home, several mini investigations took place both inside and outside of the property at times with the five person team splitting up into pairs or in small groups, and other times remaining together. The investigation wrapped up around 2:30 a.m. on the morning of November 18th.
MVP Member – Becky Reid
6:20 pm: While sitting at the dining room table, I saw a whitish mass about the size of a soccer ball appear about 4 feet off the floor in the doorway of the laundry room. It dissipated within seconds.
6:31pm: While sitting at the dining room table, talking to Al, I saw what looked like a very small wisp of smoke behind the scarecrow centerpiece that was on the table. It almost looked like the smoke you would see right after you extinguish a candle.
6:44 Both Bryce and I heard what sounded like a high pitched squeak or voice. I thought I had captured it on audio but it can’t be heard.
When Bryce and Terry left the house, Steve and I noticed the chandelier swinging. We mentioned it and Al and Stephanie saw it too. Stephanie tried to debunk it by opening and closing the door, but that did not make it move.
While in the nursery with Steph, she and I both saw a whitish thread like shape next to Steve.
MVP Member – Terry Enright
I heard a dog bark down in the old basement and I heard a whistle someplace upstairs that Steph and Bryce heard. I also heard a few male voices that everyone heard downstairs.
MVP Member – Steve Danielsen
Shortly after arriving and Al had done the prayer and smudging of the door, upon walking in the house I suddenly found myself aloof, unable to conceive a clear thought. I felt like I was not myself. I remember looking at everyone but the words they were saying made no sense. I had felt sadness along with a little naseousness. Can’t say as to what exactly had happened, but found it a little unsettling. When walking through the living room into a smaller room I had felt a sharp pain in my finger as if someone had stabbed it with a needle. Late in the night I had heard a high pitched voice coming from the master bedroom.
MVP Member – Bryce Carlson
When we arrived, I looked back towards the fields and machine shop and saw a red light fly over the machine shed. When I was coming down the stairs from the second floor, I heard what sounded like a little child or something similar at the base of the stairs that was also heard by Becky. While sitting at the table in the dining room, I saw what appeared to be a shadow in the adjoining room that had no visible source
MVP Member – Stephanie Adams
While in the room next to the living room during the walk thru (dark room) I felt a very anxious panicky feeling and it was very hard to breathe. I felt that feeling in one other room upstairs (one of the empty small rooms to the left of the stairs) and that time I wanted to get out of the room. I did not feel this feeling later in the night anywhere.
While upstairs sitting with Becky and Steve I saw a white threadish like shape next to Steve appear briefly than vanish.
While in the basement with Steve and Terry I saw the flashlight turn on by itself when requested to by Steve. It only did this once but no one human turned it on and off when it did come on.
Mississippi Valley Paranormal cannot verify what exactly is happening at Willow Creek Farm but did acquire what we believe to be some electronic voice phenomena that is unexplained as well some members hearing and seeing phenonemen during the investigation with his/her own eyes and ears. This type of evidence and experiences could indicate possible intelligent activity at the residence. There were also some intense feelings on part of a few members that should also be further explored. The team plans to revisit Willow Creek Farm to conduct another investigation in the near future.
CASE REMAINS OPEN
*** The Mississippi Valley Paranormal team members would like to thank Al Kelchner for his hospitality and graciousness to allow us to visit his home and family. We had a great time, wish him the best always, and hope to see him again soon! ***