Case Number: 02092008
 
 
519 Campbell Street
Joliet, IL 60436
 
     In January of 2008, the Will County Ghost Hunters Society was contacted by the residences of a home in the Cathedral area of Joliet who believed they were experiencing paranormal activity in their home. 
 
Phenomena Reported:
 
    The current homeowners purchased the home in 2000. Shortly after moving in they began to remodel the home. It was at this time they began to noticed unusual things happening. Over the course of the past seven plus years the residences and guests have seen the apparitions of a woman, that is sometimes accompanied by the smell of perfume or flowers. She has been seen on mainly in the parlor/ living room of the home.  This is the area that was used to wake bodies when the location was used as a funeral home. The apparition of a tall, thin man has been seen in the rear of the home on the first and second floors. In a second floor guest bedroom the apparition of a small boy has been seen as well. There has been unexplained odors such as smoke, perfume, and the smell of urine on the third floor.  On one occasion, while in the parlor room a cold breeze passed though the room that was accompanied by the smell of perfume. Unexplainable voices, knocking, footsteps have been heard throughout the home. The lights and TV have been turned on by themselves numerous times over the past several years. There has also been two separate occasions where items have been moved by themselves. The first is the appearances of two books that were not in the home, and the home owners are unaware of where they may have come from. The second is when several baby gates that are used to contain the dogs were completely moved to a different location. There is no possible way for the dogs to have moved them and all the residences deny having moved them. The dogs have acted strangely on several different occasions. They sometimes bark at nothing, and will not go into certain rooms of the home. There has also been a few occasions that guests have felt like someone was touching them or pushing them. The homeowners do not feel threatened by the activity in the home, but would like to know who they are and why they are in the home.
 
History of location:
 
    The home was built in 1902 by one of Joliet's more well renown businessman of the time A.C. Clement.  A.C. purchased the land from his father, Charles Clement. His father moved from New Hampshire in 1834 and quickly became a prominent business man. Charles built a Dry goods business and was the first treasurer for the town of Joliet. In 1844 he married Cordelia Wilcox.  The couple had 2 children, Arthur Charles and Jill.  A.C. was a well renown businessman.  In 1897 he  formed a business partnership with his brother-in-law Samuel D. Chaney.  He constructed the business block at the corners of Jefferson Street and Ottawa Street. The business partnership dissolved in 1902 and A.C.  went into business for himself. During the time of construction, he served as the president of Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. He later married Miss Georgia Smith in New York. They had two children Charles and Laura. The couple constructed a home on 519 Campbell Street, while living in their home on Eastern Avenue in Joliet.  Before the completion of construction of the new home A.C. committed suicide in the basement of his home on Eastern Avenue.  His daughter Laura and her husband moved into the home. His family lived in the home for many years. In the 1922 the home was converted into a retirement home called Resthaven Retirement home.  The retirement home closed in the early 1950's.  Shortly after the retirement home closed Blackburn Funeral Home moved into the location. The funeral home operated at the location until the early 1975.  The location was then converted back into a private residence. The location was purchased by the current homeowners in 2000.

 

Investigation Notes:
 
Geomagnetic Field:
Quiet
 
Solar X-Rays:
Normal
 
Moon Phase:
Waxing Crescent 8.86% Illumination
 
Investigators Present:
Dan Jungles- Lead Investigator
Kathy Stinson- Case Manager
Tom Wilson- Equipment Technician
Gary Butler- DVR Technician
Mike Szykowny- Investigator
Sunnie Boland- Investigator
Todd Boreham- Investigator
Jerri Furlan- Investigator
 
Non-Investigators Present:
The homeowners Diethard Beyer, Keith Beyer, Kurt Caudill and their friend Frank Saenz were present. Diethard and Keith did leave the home for approximately four hours during the investigation.
 
      We arrived at approximately at 9PM and were greeted warmly by the homeowners Diethard, Keith, and Kurt.  Kathy began to conduct the interview, while the rest if the team took base line EMF and temperature readings.
 

Interview Questions

Date: February 09, 2008

1. Address of site: 519 Campbell Street, Joliet, IL 60436

2. How many occupants at location: 3

3. Occupants names and ages: Keith 37, Diethard 46, and Kurt 43

4. Occupants occupations: Self Employed

5. Occupants religious beliefs: Keith-Non, Diethard-Christian, Kurt-Wiccian

6. Time of occupancy at the location: 7 Years

7. Age of the site: 1902

8. How many previous owners: There are at least 5 known previous owners, possibly more.

9. History of site (tragedies, deaths, previous complaints): There are no known deaths or tragedies known to the homeowners. However, it is a good possibility because it was a retirement home for many years. It also served as a funeral home, so there is a lot of strong emotions that were expressed here.

10. How many rooms in the site: 25 rooms

11. Has the location been blessed: The location has not been blessed to the knowledge of the home owners.

12. Has there been any recent remolding: There has been extensive remodeling being done over the past seven years and is an ongoing process.

13. Any occupants on medication: Yes

14. Any occupants using illegal drugs: No

15. Any occupants drink alcohol heavily: No

16. Any occupants interested in the occult (ouija, séances, psychics, spells):Yes, but no rituals have been done in the home.

17. Any occupants currently seeing a psychiatrist: Yes, Ed is currently seeing a psychiatrist.

18. Have any religious clergy been consulted: No

19. Has there been any media involvement: No

20. Have there been any other witnesses besides the occupants: Yes, there have been many guests that have witnessed various paranormal events. Guests have seen apparitions, been touched, heard voices, and smelled unexplainable smells.

21. Have there been any odors (perfumes, flowers, sulfur, excrement): Yes, smoke, perfume, flowers, and urine (on 3rd floor) have all been smelled at various times.

22. Have there been any sounds (footsteps, knocks, banging): Yes, people have heard knocking, talking, footsteps, pacing, and hammering on the walls.

23. Have there been any voices (whispering, yelling, crying, speaking): Yes, the sound of someone or several people talking.

24. Has there been any movement of objects: Yes, the baby gate used to block the dogs was moved and set somewhere else. This could not have been done by the dogs. Also, two books appeared that the homeowners do not own and have no idea where they came from.

25. Have there been any levitations: No, but Keith felt like he was levitated out of bed during his sleep on one occasion.

26. Have there been any uncommon cold or hot spots: Yes, including one time when a cold breeze that was accompanied by the smell of perfume.

27. Have there been any problems with electrical appliances (tv, lights, kitchen appliances, doorbells): There has been several electrical problems. The TV and lights have turned off and on by themselves. The motion detectors on the home alarm have gone off by themselves on numerous occasions in between the 3AM and 5AM.

28. Have there been any problems with plumbing (leaks, flooding, sinks, toilet bowls): Yes, in the lead joint.

29. Any occupants having nightmares or trouble sleeping: No

30. Have there been any physical attacks: No, but a few guests have felt like they were being touched or pushed.

31. Are pets affected: Yes, the dogs have looked at the air and barked erratically. There are times when the dogs will not go in certain rooms or spots in the rooms.

32. When was the first occurrence of the phenomena: Shortly after moving in and the remodeling began.

33. What were the reactions during the phenomena: They were startled, but not frightened. They feel like the house found them.

34. How long was the durations of the phenomena: It usually only lasts for seconds.

35. Who first witnessed the phenomena: Diethard and Keith

36. Were there any other witnesses: Yes, many guests visiting the home.

37. What time was the first occurrence of the phenomena: It mostly occurs at night, but sometimes in the early morning hours.

38. How often does the phenomena occur: Every few weeks.

39. Do the occupants feel threatened: No

40. What do the occupants believe is happening (is it supernatural): Yes

41. Do all of the occupants agree on what is happening of do they think it’s nonsense: Yes

 
After the interview was done, the team was briefed on the information gathered during the interview. The information was discussed.  The hot spots were determined and the cameras were placed accordingly.
 
  • Camera one was placed in parlor/ living room.
  • Camera two was placed in the library.
  • Camera three was placed in the dining room.
  • Camera four was placed in the master bedroom.
  • Camera five was placed in the guest bedroom.
  • Camera six was placed in the 2nd floor hallway.
  • Camera seven was placed in the 3rd floor hallway.
  • Camera eight was placed in the foyer on the first floor.
     The team then was split into three different teams. Two teams of three went to various locations throughout the home, while a team of two remained at the DVR system to monitor the activity. The homeowners went into the basement for the remainder of the investigation. The teams were switched during the course of the night in order to give everyone the opportunity to investigate the entire the home.
 
     Each team took EMF and temperature readings, photos, and conducted EVP sessions throughout the home. No abnormal fluctuations in the EMF or temperature readings were detected. At approximately 12:35AM a team was in the parlor / living room recording EVPs. Gary Butler was standing in the doorway in between the parlor and dining room, when he felt a hand brush his cheek. The team quickly took numerous photos and asked several more EVP questions. There were no other personal experience by team members during the investigation. The investigation ended at approximately 6AM.
 
Review of Data
 
Audio:
Collectively the WCGHS recorded a total of 28 hours, 9 minutes, and 7 seconds of audio. Several members believed they had legitimate EVPs. However, during a meeting each EVP was found to be explainable. As a result, there was no audio evidence collected during this investigation.
 
Video:
During the course of the investigation the WCGHS collectively recorded a  total of 52 hours, 6 minutes and 17 seconds of video. The video did not show any evidence of any paranormal activity.
 
Photographs:
Collectively the WCGHS took a total of 1,354 photos. There were several pictures that contained orbs in them. These pictures are all believe to have dust particles that created the orbs in them. One photo did show what appeared to be the apparition of a person standing at the far end of the hallway. The picture was taken on the second floor of the home in the 11 o'clock hour. At the end of the hallway there are two doorways. Immediately after the first doorway is a small hallway to the right that leads to a staircase. The second doorway leads into a bedroom. In the photo there appears to the apparition a person standing outside the second doorway looking into the bedroom. During the time this photo was taken there were only 2 people present on the second floor. The first person was the photographer, Sunnie Boland and the other person was behind her. Since the photo was taken we have returned to the location and tried to recreate the photo and could not. It is estimated the person is around 7 feet tall.  View Photo
 
Conclusion:
     The home is a very large 25 room home that has a lot of history in it that would lend it to be a good location for paranormal activity. The apparition that was captured coupled with the personal experience by Gary Butler leads us to believe that this home is haunted. It is unclear at this time exactly who or why the person or persons that haunt the home are there. We believe additional investigations are required in order to properly cover this large home and hopefully uncover why it is haunted and by who.
 
Update:
The WCGHS conducted an additional investigation on July 12, 2008. Read Investigation Report
 
 The WCGHS conducted an additional investigation on October 10, 2008. Read Investigation Report