Date of Investigation:

October 23, 2006

Geomagnetic Field: Active

Solar X-Rays: Normal

Moon Phase: 1 Day after new moon, thin crescent moon. The thinnest lunar crescent in 18 years. Disk illumination around 1%.

Investigators Present:

Dan Jungles, Cindy Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Tracey Brandys, Stephaine Brandys, Kathy Stinson, Anita Spero, Ashley Cavaness

Non-investigators Present:

Andre Salle, reporter for the Beacon News, Heather Eidson, photographer for the Beacon News, John Jaros, Executive Director for the Aurora Historical Society

Site Address:

305 Cedar Street, Aurora, IL 60506

Age of site: 1857

Current Status of site:

The site has been a museum since the 1937.

History of site (tragedies, deaths, etc.):

There are 4 recorded deaths in the home, all were from natural causes.

William Tanner

Anne Plum Peacemaker Tanner (Wife of William)

Born December 2, 1810 in Watertown New York

Passed away on October 1, 1900 in her home in Aurora, IL

Their Children

Imogene Tanner 1934

Henry Tanner 1934

Phenomena reported:

The activity that has been reported has been centered in and around the bedroom at the top of the stairs. The bedroom was that of the Imogene Tanner until the time of her death. The bedroom door has been known to lock by it’s self. The bedding has be disturbed leaving impressions. The smell of fresh flowers has been smelled just outside the bedroom. Several noises have also been heard, but dismissed by the person hearing them. They felt they were just sounds of an old house.

Investigation Notes:

Our night began with John Jaros, Executive Director for the Aurora Historical Society telling us a brief history of the house. We established a base in a small room on the first floor. He then was gracious enough to give us a tour of the home. We were shown where the phenomena was reported to have taken place. During the tour we recorded EMF and temperature readings to establish our base readings for the investigation. After the tour, we spilt into two groups to conduct our investigation. 

Group One:

Dan Jungles-Lead Invesigator, Cindy Johnson, Tracey Brandys, Stephaine Brandys

Group Two:

Kathy Stinson-Lead Investigator, Sarah Johnson, Anita Spero, Ashley Cavaness,

The first group began their investigation upstairs in the bedrooms of the home. They began in a room that is now set up as a common sitting room, but was most likely originally used as a bedroom. The group began by taking numerous photographs and video of the room. An EVP session ( Session 1) was then conducted. No fluctuations of the EMF or temperature was detected in the room.

Group two proceeded to the front parlor to do their first round of questions for the EVP session. There were a total of 7 in the room, including the caretaker. There were many questions asked and a few photos. There was nothing out the norm picture wise. There were no fluctuations of the EMF nor a change of temperature detected in this room.  Nothing out the norm took place in this room.

Group one then, moved on to the next bedroom and the hallway portion of the upstairs. They took numerous photographs and video of the room. An EVP session (Session 2) was also conducted. No fluctuations of the EMF or temperature was detected in the room.

The first group then proceeded to the bedroom at the top of the stairs. It is this bedroom that is believed to have belonged to Imogene Tanner and where the majority of the paranormal activity has been reported. The group began by taking a number of photographs and video. The video camera’s battery was completely drained. A small impression was then seen on the bed that was not noticed when the room was entered. An EVP session (Session 3) was then started. The impression seemed to get slightly larger. There was a slight fluctuation in the EMF field. The base reading in the room was .1 milliguass and spiked to 1.8 milliguass. There was no fluctuation in the temperature. The bed was then pulled tight, so the impression was no longer present.

The first group then went down stairs to begin their investigation of the first floor. Group two then proceed upstairs to the bedrooms. Group one began their investigation in a small room just to the left of the front door. Several photographs and video was taken. The group recorded a passive EVP session (Session 4) in this room. No fluctuations of the EMF or temperature was detected in the room.

Group two proceeded to the bedroom at the top of the stairs after group one left to begin their round of questions for the EVP session. Again, there were a total of 7 in the room, including the caretaker. Upon entering of the room, the Lead Investigator noticed a deep impression on the left hand side of the feather bed which looked like someone was laying on it. An investigator was sent downstairs to see if anyone had sat on the bed. Upon waiting for the Lead Investigator of group 1 to come upstairs, group two proceeded taking many photos of the room and the impression of the bed. As we were taking photos, the impressions moved to the center of the feather bed. When the Lead Investigator from group 1 arrived in the room and explained what they had seen before, we began the series of EVP sessions along with many more photographs. There was a fluctuation in the temperature in the room and most importantly on the bed which was detected with the temp gun. After several minutes the impression had moved to the edge of the right hand side of the bed leaving the look and feel of someone sitting up on the edge of the bed. Many more photos were taken along with EVPs. After about 10 minutes the impressions on the bed ended and the group moved onto the first floor to talk with the caretaker.

Group one continued their investigation of the first floor by photographing the kitchen and dining areas of the home. They then proceed to the basement area of the home and continued to take photographs and record a passive EVP session (Session 5). There were no fluctuations of the EMF or temperature detected in these rooms.

The first group returned to the first floor and proceed to the parlor. The parlor seemed to be more quiet than any other room in the home. The room was used to entertain guests and also used to wake the Tanners and their two children. The group began by taking numerous photographs. An EVP session was began (Session 6). The group began asking questions, when Ashley Cavaness from group two came into the room and asked if anyone had sat on the bed upstairs. She was then told about the impression that was seen, but had been straightened prior to group one exiting the room. She then left, and group one continued with their EVP session. A short time later, Sarah Johnson from group one came down from upstairs and asked for a video camera. It was at this time that Dan Jungles, proceed upstairs to Imogene’s bedroom with his camera.

Upon arriving in the bedroom, Dan began to video tape the room with his night vision camera. Numerous photographs were being taken and an EVP session was in progress. Several EMF spikes were recorded. The impression on the bed had formed again, and a second larger one had formed on the side of the bed. The larger of the two impressions started to get larger in front of the group. A temperature went from 70 degrees Fahrenheit down to 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Dan then began to use his night vision to take still photographs in this area. Heather Eidson, photographer for the Beacon News, took a series of photos capturing the impression getting larger and larger. Heather immediately viewed her photographs and shared them with everyone in the room. It was clear that the impression was definitely forming in front of everyone’s eyes. There was a clear excitement that everyone in the room collectively shared, knowing they had all experienced a paranormal event in front of their eyes. 

The first group finished their EVP session (Session 6) in the parlor. Several photographs were taken to conclude the investigation. The second group had come downstairs and met up with the first group. The two groups shared their notes and experiences of the night.

We then proceeded back to the room where we established a base and began to pack our equipment. We thanked John Jaros, the Executive Director for the Aurora Historical Society for taking his time to meet with us and allow us to conduct our investigation. We also thanked Andre Salle, the reporter for the Beacon News, and Heather Eidson, photographer for the Beacon News, for contacting us to do this investigation and setting it up for us.

Review of evidence:

Group One:

EVPs

Session One: No EVPS were recorded during this session.

Session Two: No EVPs were recorded during this session.

Session Three: Two strong Class 2 EVPs were recorded during this session. These were recorded in Imogene Tanner’s bedroom shortly after the first impression was seen.

The first EVP was recorded when Dan asked, ”Do you know what year it is? Today is October 23, 2006. Did you know that?” A spirit woman then replies ,”No.”

The second EVP was recorded when Dan asked, “Is your last name Tanner?” A spirit of woman replies, “Yes.”

Session Four: No EVPs were recorded during this session.

Session Five: No EVPs were recorded during this session.

Session Six: No EVPs were recorded during this session.

Video:

The video recorded did not show anything paranormal in nature.

Photographs:

One of the photographs taken during the course of the investigation was determined to be paranormal in nature. During the time when group two was in Imogene Tanner’s bedroom and called for someone with a video camera this photo was taken. A temperature drop and EMF spikes were detected and numerous pictures were then taken in these areas. An apparition of a woman that appears to be standing up from the sitting position was taken next to the larger of the two impressions that was seen forming on the bed. She appears to be wearing a large vintage gown. The photo can be viewed at http://www.aghostpage.com/tannerhousemuseum.htm

Group Two: No evidence was picked up

Conclusion:

The reports of paranormal activity at the Tanner House should not be dismissed. There is a clear reason why all the activity reported is centered in and around the bedroom of Imogene Tanner. Imogene Tanner never knew any other place other than this one as home. She was born into the home and she remained there until her death. None of the activity seems to be threatening in nature. The activity will most likely continue for some time.