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The GRS first investigated Bachelor's Grove Cemetery on May 1, 1982 and the team included: Pat Shenberg and Dale and Wayne Kaczmarek.

Equipment used: Two Canon AE-1s 35mm SLR cameras, video camera and portable cassette tape recorder.

Film used: One camera was equipped with 400 ASA color slide film and the other was color Ektachrome infrared film which was pushed to 400 ASA.

Observations: Pat picked up a number of ghosts roaming the cemetery on that particular day even though she had never before visited the site and lived in Morris, Illinois. These included: a group of about thirty people all milling around the area between Newman’s grave and the lagoon which included a baker dressed in baker’s attire, a man that when first observed was dressed in monks robes with an animal-type face who was always sneering and growling, a small girl near the Infant Daughter grave, a woman and a strange light near Newman’s grave, and possibly the ghost of Hamilton near the outer fence.
The following is the never before released entire psychic transcript between Pat Shenberg and I and exactly what she saw and where within the cemetery.

(Near the Fulton tombstone)

Pat: This thing keeps switching between this hideous looking thing to a man dressed in strange looking clothes that looks like what I would think a saloon keeper would look like. Has a lot of money. He won’t say what he did. Something very wrong. The little girl is his daughter who is now a young woman.

Dale: What style of clothing does he have? What era can you pick up?

Pat: He looks to me like a cross between a saloon keeper and an Irish dancer. He’s got loud, classy looking checkered vest on. Strange looking derby and a gold watch. He feels very guilty about something and cannot even leave this area. He complains that he’s fenced in because of his deeds. I have to assume from what I have seen that there was a black iron grill fence here and he feels that because of what he did, he has to stay within this perimeter. I told him that he doesn’t have to.

Dale: Can you pick up any names?

Pat: When you said that, the name John comes to mind. (John Fulton?) Whether that’s accurate or not. John might have been the man that he committed the terrible offense against. I believe that it might have been someone in his family. His daughter is not an infant anymore. She looks like she’s about seven years old now. They call her an infant but she may have died younger and she died of some kind of disease. She is aging and she won’t leave this place because he won’t leave. She could leave, he feels he can’t.

Dale: He’s sort of dominating?

Pat: Yeah, but she was standing over here (indicating an area between a small tree and the Fulton tombstone) and trying to hide from someone. He was very bold and standing right out in the open. I don’t get the impression of murder but he did something that was terribly wrong. It had to do with money. I don’t know why he takes on the form of an animal, snarling and growling.

Dale: Any idea why only half the tombstone was finished?

Pat: No. You may find out later as we continue to work together that sometimes these things follow me around. (Laughs)

Dale: Is she still here?

Pat: She was still here when…she’s trying to hide but it’s very obvious that she’s still here.

Dale: Is she a shy person?

Pat: Yeah. She may be shy because she’s had no real contact with a lot of people, but she’s had contact with this snarling man. I get the name Ann for her. (Emma Fulton?) I’m sure that’s correct.

Dale: Ann?

Pat: Yeah. Anna. (While many today agree that the Infant Daughter is that of Emma Fulton. I found it interesting that Anna and Emma sound so much alike.) That little tree is where she is. I saw a group of about thirty people. I don’t know how many stones you’ve got here but they were over here (indicating an area west of Fulton’s tombstone and near the lagoon). I looked up to see why they would be over here. There’s nothing over there.

Dale: Did something happen in that section?

Pat: There’s a group of about, might even be more than thirty…

Dale: How are they dressed? Same era?

Pat: I don’t know, I was just aware that they were there. I’ll have to go into trance to see exactly what they look like. This other one though is – she – now the person that I feel is there isn’t there but there is somebody there. Ok. I think the person that is there is…seems to be some sort of a guard over a body. It’s a young woman. But you want to know about these people over here? I can go into a trance and find out about them.

Dale: Do you feel that they’re on this side of the fence? Or on the other side?

Pat: This may be a wagon and a horse, fell into the water somehow. I don’t know if I’m getting this from you or not (telepathy). Is that correct?

Dale: Yes. I wasn’t thinking about that just now.

Pat: I didn’t get it just now. (The area Pat was describing is often associated with the farmer and horse drowning in the lagoon. She absolutely had no prior knowledge of this story.)

Dale: Ok.

Pat: But that’s alright, I can still use that. These people, I think, don’t have anything to do with that action.

Dale: How are they dressed?

Pat: These people aren’t dressed in any one time period and really they would not be seen in their dated clothes. They are more inclined to be wearing robes. The main complaint amongst them is that they must stay here. Wait a minute; I want to find out why. (Trance)

The reason that they must stay here is that no one has taken them away. Now I don’t know why that is, why no one has taken them away. Some of these clothes could be dated I don’t think any earlier than the 1890s. But they are really later than that, I would say between the 1920s and the 1940s is the time frame when most of these people died.

Dale: Do you feel that the people that you are seeing were buried in the cemetery?

Pat: Yes, Definitely! But I don’t know…they’re not Germans though. They’re not all Germans.

Dale: Do you feel that they know each other?

Pat: Oh yes, definitely, by this time.

Dale: Do you feel that there are more men or women?

Pat: It’s about evenly distributed and there’s children there too. When looking at this, it almost make we wonder about the idea that I had that a certain aspect of man cannot ever leave the earth and these are really bonded here for some reason until a certain time has passed. Then they are taken away.

Dale: Do you pick up any names at all?

Pat: Strange name like Dorma or Dora; Dora Myers. (This is interesting as she was looking from across the cemetery at the Newman grave and the woman buried there is Dora. We know her maiden name was Flassig.)

Dale: Where do you pick up the most of them, by the trees there?

Pat: Do you see this tree right in the middle? They’re more grouped in front of it. They’re sort of wandering around aimlessly. I can sort of hold them in a suspended state, I think. There is a baker here saying, “You shouldn’t be doing this.”

Dale: Is he dressed in a bakers outfit?

Pat: Yes. In fact, he even has a rolling pin in his hand.

Dale: Did you pick these people up as you first walked in?

Pat: I just knew that they were there. I wasn’t trying to pick up anything at that point. I have never just sat down and done this in a cemetery before. I did this at a funeral in a cemetery where I saw the person who had died. I never expected to go to a cemetery and find people hanging out in one specific area. The peculiar thing is that man doesn’t leave that area.

(Near Newman’s tombstone)

Pat: There’s a woman over there that won’t leave that area as well though I don’t think she’s the occupant of the grave.

Dale: Possibly the wife of the…

Pat: She might be. She looks sort of angelic; she might not even be a woman. She might be something that doesn’t….she looks like a guardian type.

Dale: Like a guardian angel, almost?

Pat: Well, you know…I think I’ve seen angels but I’ve also seen angels that again have characteristics of animals. They don’t have wings. I can’t tell if that feeling is just from the fact that she is guarding that area. She wants to talk about something. I don’t know what. There’s a nice white glow around that area also.

Dale: Right near the tombstone itself?

Pat: Over the tombstone and in back of it a little bit. I don’t know which is the front.

Dale: Well, that white smaller section is actually the tombstone with the name engraved and belongs on that pedestal.

Pat: No, it’s behind both of those pieces.

Dale: Ok.

Pat: And it’s…I mean I haven’t looked at it. This is visually. Clairvoyantly, it extends about four feet high and three feet wide. Now what it really is – it looks like – a lot like that cloud over my sons. It’s an energy. The apparition that I see is not a part of it. She’s sort of standing to the side and I have to see her in my third eye.

Dale: Feel any emotions about the woman?

Pat: I wouldn’t know until I went into some kind of trance. I don’t feel the emotion yet, that I felt over there (indicating towards Fulton’s grave). There was an immense amount of that child’s crying on and off but I feel that the crying was due basically to the fact that she’s staying there because her father is there. She doesn’t know what to do about the situation. Where this sort of has negative vibes, that has more positive ones (Newman). This area here where they are (the group of people) is sort of neutral which is interesting.

(Walking over to the Newman grave)

Pat: Her name is Dora.

Dale: Do you think that this might have been the Dora that you picked up before?

Pat: I’ll find out when I go into trance. She had been calling me over here, actually. She wanted to talk to more than him. He couldn’t have cared less. He just (she snarls). He is not very friendly. This one was, but there’s no man here. That is very strange. I don’t have the sensation that there’s a man here.

(A group of boy scouts begin to walk through the area of the Fulton grave)

Dale: Is she still there as well?

Pat: She tried to get away, fade away. He (scoutmaster) walked right on his feet.

Dale: I bet that he appreciated that.

Pat: It’s fascinating!

Dale: That particular tombstone always seems to draw people to it. It’s always the first one that people go to. Even though there’s so many, just as you walk into the main trail, that huge one always seems to draw people to it like flies.

Pat: It’s a very negative thing too. When they’re walking by they’re all looking over there. There goes another one (indicating a small boy scout), he’s about the size of the little girl.

Dale: But you pick up more of a negative vibration there than you do…

Pat: But the man causes it. I don’t know if it’ an action of reality. I think in order to see a lot of things; you have to be able to not be stirred up by anything you see. Now he’s snarling at me and looks kind of beastly but, in other words, you have to be sort of accepting. If someone saw this character, a lot of people would just go screaming away.

Dale: Is it actually a human form that you are seeing?
Pat: It changes. It’s pretty sad. No, what I saw originally was a monk with a dog-like face. Pretty sad. But then when I asked him to reveal himself as he was, what I saw was this man. It could be that his interactions with money with many people was that he was a crook.

Dale: Do you feel that he revealed his true self to you or that he was maybe concealing something?

Pat: No, he seemed very conceited really. I suspect that’s he really looked like. He was sort of a chubby main, somewhat rotund, small, about five-three. When he’s standing next to the tombstone, he’s about three to four inches taller than the tombstone. He may have been a banker. Whatever he did, he did something that was crooked and I believe that it had something to do with a brother.

Dale: A swindle or something?

Pat: Yeah, I mean the big crime may have been against someone of his family. I think he was crooked all the way around. I feel that he committed what he feels was a really terrible thing. I try not to make any judgments.

Dale: Think it might have been some kind of swindle or something?

Pat; I think he constantly did things like that and I think he did something worse to his brother. I don’t know what. Could have been…

Dale: Are they aware that the other people are here, though?

Pat: I think that they’re aware but there seems to be this sort of contented motion to most of them. This one here, she seems very interesting though.

Dale: When the young kid was walking around, was the little girl just sort of shying away too?

Pat: Yeah. I don’t know if she wouldn’t have done that with me. I had the tendency to try to hold her where she was. I feel somewhat bad about that.

Dale: Can’t be any worse than her father holding her there. I think he’s more dominate.

Pat: I don’t think he’s holding her. She just doesn’t know what to do. Too bad. I told him I’d come back and see him tonight. (Laughs) He didn’t seem to be happy or sad about that either.

Dale: Sort of indifferent, huh?

Pat: He seems almost sarcastic about anything you’d say about him but I think that may have been a life-long attitude about him.

Dale: One interesting question…I don’t know if you can answer it or not…the same time that you were picking up the people by the tombstones, the people over here, were they – were both of them aware of each other?

Pat: I don’t know.

Dale: Or are they on sort of a different plane from the others?

Pat: I think that he has set himself apart. I think that he’s aware that there are others here, but he has no interest. In fact, the iron fence that is there may have been something that he contrived also to keep others away from him. To set himself apart. I’m sure there’s an awareness between the two groups. I know there’s an awareness between this one here (Newman), that she knows what’s going on.

Dale: Do you want to try this one?

Pat: Yeah

Dale: And if you can, try to find out why she doesn’t want to join the other group. Might be interesting why she, if she’s aware of the other people, then why is she all by herself?

Pat: I never thought about…but now that you said it, I do not know why she is alone. This is the grave that we are talking about, that nobody (referring to the fact that this grave is in a section of the cemetery all by itself). This light that I see, I’m not sure that it has anything to do with her. There are two different kinds of phenomena here. (Trance)
She knows they’re there. She can go back and forth and she’s waiting for her children to die. Her husband is gone. This is another interesting statement. She says that her husband is no longer here, so she’s here alone waiting. I told her she’s waiting for nothing.

Dale: Maybe her husband moved on?

Pat: Yeah. That’s what she said. Now that’s the first one that I’ve heard say that. That sort of discounts my theory that they have to stay here. It he’s not here, she looks very happy, very content. (Picture with Pat touching my camera) There’s no problem with her at all. You don’t even have to hold her at all. She just stays there.

Dale: You said you, at first, saw a light?

Pat: The light is still there.

Dale: Is it surrounding her?

Pat: No, the light is really more of a high…right over…she’s bright too but this is more of a diffused light. (Feels the ground) This is warm. To me to touch, this is warm. (Another area) This is cold, very cold. She’s happy though. Strange.

Dale: Did she give you any clue why she was by herself, here?

Pat: I’ll have to ask her, she’s still right there. (Trance)
This is fascinating. (Feeling the ground) This is the head and this is the chest. She doesn’t want to associate with them because they’re…you see, she knows that you don’t have to stay here. She doesn’t have to stay here. To stay here is a form of self-punishment. In other words, they are staying here because they want to stay here. It’s a sickness to a certain extent. To want to stay in a cemetery. She doesn’t have to. So, she feels better by herself. I think there’s a lot of interaction between her and those children there. She would be somewhat upset by the fact that those children are there and really shouldn’t be there at all. But again, they have clung to a situation that…where their families are there and they don’t want to leave. She doesn’t seem angry about it but she just knows better. They don’t seem to know better. They’re more like zombies except for the few that are animate. They sort of mill around.

Dale: Do you feel she knows some of those people?

Pat: Oh yeah, now she does. Yeah. She has flowers in her hand; an Easter lily. It’s better than the baker.

Dale: With his rolling pin?

Pat; She’s not an angel. She’s just a person but she’s waiting for her children. She’s satisfied just to wait in spite of the fact that I tell her that they won’t be coming.

Dale: How do account for the glow? Is that associated with her? Or it that another phenomena?

Pat: I believe that’s another person. That looks like an older stone and obviously it’s been desecrated. I believe that may be a father. There is definitely a person in that grave. They’re very highly evolved. Now why the energy would stay there perhaps the energy was so great from that person there, per se. There’s a body there and there’s an energy field around it. But there’s no soul there.

Dale: Does the mist always stay in that one spot?

Pat: I believe it does. That it wouldn’t change. Looking at all of these people, I would say that the most highly evolved person here was the woman.

Dale: Now that you were in trance, do you feel that she was the same Dora that you picked up before?

Pat: Yeah, In other words, she was over here (indicating Fulton’s area), and when we went over here, she followed us.

Dale: So she can sort of roam free?

Pat: Yeah and I believe that she has more of the tendency to do that than the others.(Area near Foskett’s tombstone which was partially dug up) This is fascinating! This ground here feels somewhat cold, yet whenever you get near a body, heat is much stronger. I’m sure these people have been dead…how many years? Fifty years? That’s amazing!

Dale: What do you actually pick up when you go into trance?

Pat: When touching things, I can pick up images, vibrations which usually starts telepathic pictures going. First of all, I look for heat to tell me that something’s there. The tombstone is less helpful than the ground.

Dale: Do you ever get a numbing sensation?

Pat: Yes. It’s like my hands are tingling.

Dale: Does the man react when people come in?

Pat: Yeah, he was snarling at that guy who was walking on his feet.

Dale: Does he seem to be just limited to snarling? Or do you think that he’s capable or more than that?

Pat: He talked to me but he didn’t want to tell me what he had done. He seemed ashamed of it. I don’t know why he would feel like that, particularly most souls usually realize that I don’t make any judgments but maybe he did something that I would have made a judgment on.

Dale: Does he realize that he is dead?

Pat: Yes! (Emphatically) In fact, he’s quite resentful of the fact that he is the way he is.

(Area near Hamilton’s grave)

Dale: Do you pick up any date at all?

Pat: When you said that I get a 1907. Again I see an energy field here but it’s not that strong. It was stronger, very strangely, when those kids (boy scouts) were there. Something’s standing right by your camera.

Dale: On which side?

Pat: Right behind the camera. When I first looked at it.

Dale: Did it seem to notice the camera?

Pat: Yes.

Dale: Is that what you picked up before, when the cub scouts were here?

Pat: Yeah.

Dale: Let me try something. Let me move the camera back and see if it follows it. Is it still there?

Pat: Yeah. It’s right behind the camera on the right side.

Dale: See if it follows the cameras. (Moves the cameras) Strange feeling!

Pat: Definitely interested in the cameras. I’ll go into trance so I can communicate with him. He wants us to take his picture. He wanted to have his picture taken. He’s straightening his hair. He looks like a farmer. He looks older. That says that he’s around 38 but he looks about sixty. He doesn’t like the sound of that because he thinks he’s very handsome. He says he died of a heart attack.

Dale: Did he live around here?

Pat: He was a farmer around her, small farmer. I don’t know what that means, small farmer.

Dale: Maybe he had a small acreage. What kind of emotions does he have?

Pat: Very sharp. He seems very much alive as compared to those others. Very interested in your cameras and how they work.

Dale: Is it much more of a positive type?

Pat: Much more. He’s a very vibrant individual. He says he wouldn’t have anything to do with those other people over there.

Dale: So, he is aware of them?

Pat: Oh yeah. He’d like you to come back and show him your pictures.

Dale: Does he always stay in this area or does he move around a little bit too?

Pat: No, he says he can leave here.

Dale: Why does he stay?

Pat: Strange answer, I have no place else to go.

Dale: Do you know if he is related to anyone else in here?

Pat: No. He says he’s not.

Dale: Perhaps the farming took a lot out of him or something.

Pat: He’s very tanned. His hair is almost completely white. He has a full head of hair though. He’s very interested in our mechanical age. 1903? He hadn’t even seen an airplane?

Dale: Nope.

Pat: He says it’s a shame that nobody comes back here with those machines anymore. (Probably referring to when you used to be able to drive down to the cemetery in the past)

Dale: He would have been right off the trail then, if this is where he was.

Pat: I don’t think is exactly…I think it’s closer to here. He said he wanted to be near the fence so he could see the road and there’s nothing here anymore.

Dale: So, he probably relates more to the horse and buggy days.

Pat: I don’t think he does. He would like to know what the machines are all about.

Dale: Do you feel his grave is right here or where?

Pat: It’s near the fence he says. It’s right around here somewhere.

We continued for a little while longer walking through the cemetery with Pat picking up psychic impressions. Pat did hit on a lot of interesting points having never visited this graveyard before and this being the very first time every investigating any location with a clairvoyant. Needless to say, I was flabbergasted.

The following was extracted from

Follow-up investigation on August 10, 1991

GRS members present: Bill & Rochelle Zaszczurynski, Michelle Bradford, Howard Heim, Judy & Mari Huff, Paulette Stanek, Roman Klepczarek and Dale Kaczmarek.

Experiment: All participants were given a crude map of the cemetery with a predetermined route for each of them to follow. Each team was equipped with a clipboard and a transparency covering the map and were instructed to mark with grease pencils anywhere they have any paranormal activity or psychic feelings or if any of their equipment went off. Below is their impressions.

Bachelor’s Grove Field Excursion Impressions by members

Rochelle Zaszczurynski:

1:58pm – Hageman, felt vibrations, energy pulling from left of me. Something on top of fence line following me. Reached Newman, no more vibrations.

2:02pm – Deck, suddenly still and peaceful.

Bill Zaszczurynski:

#1 Feeling of anxiety, being watched and followed

#2 Slight humming feeling and sound, confusion, dizzy

#3 Light-headed feeling, same as #2 but weaker.

In general a feeling of being followed (this started before the next person started walking) and watched. This was very strong at the south fence-line near Hageman and Foskett. In the past on other trips, but here sensed a large object at southwest corner.

Michelle Bradford:

#5 As I looked across the lagoon, felt as if someone was watching me. Walking through the cemetery in general, felt as if someone was watching or following me, but it was really strong by the lagoon like someone was in or by the water watching me. Felt anger. Whomever was watching me was really angry.

Mari Huff:

#1 Strange feeling like being watched and a buzz

#2 Strange buzzy feeling

#3 Buzz.

Jude Huff:

#1 Before Fulton, coldish temperature in the sun

#2 Pulling feeling by stone next to Deck

#3 Heavy pulling feeling by Moss area, depressive feelings

#5 Cold area down main strip.

Paulette Stanek:

#1 Sweet smell

#2 Sweet smell floral & buzzing sound

#3 Floral

#4 Smell of cigars

#5 Cigar smell

Roman Klepczarek:

#1 Headache near Newman then just went away

#2 Patrick very cold but just might be that area.

Several members marked on their map a checkerboard tombstone that had no name on it. So later we returned to that site and others within the cemetery for additional experiments and photography sessions. One member, Judy Huff, had a 35mm camera loaded with black and white infrared film that afternoon. She snapped a picture of the vacant tombstone and saw nothing out of the ordinary until she had the film developed.

Upon first glance, the uncropped picture showed nothing at all, according to Huff but when enlarged, a clear image of a semi-transparent figure of a woman dressed in a full-length white dress can easily be seen. She is sitting serenely on the tombstone facing to the right in profile with long brown or light-colored hair. Absolutely no one was dressed in that fashion in our group that afternoon and I can attest to the fact that the tombstone was unoccupied when the picture was taken. It is truly a remarkable photograph!

Upon closer inspection, parts of the woman's body, namely her head and knee are semi-transparent where one can easily see trees and bushes through those areas again indicating that she is not a real person but a ghostly image. This picture was widely circulated in both the Chicago Sun-Time and Tribune and featured in several documentaries including on from the Discovery Channel entitled Phantom Photographs. It has been shown to photographic experts from Kodak in Rochester, New York. While some claim that the image is nothing more than a real person sitting on the tombstone because you can supposedly see the shadow cast by the person on the ground around the tombstone. Actually the entire tombstone was situated in the shadows cast by the trees that afternoon and not by a real person attempting to hoax the photograph.

Some believe this could be the ghostly "lady in white" that allegedly roams the cemetery on moonlit nights. One thing is sure, nobody can be absolutely sure who the figure is to this day. There are some theories as to who she may be but then they are only allegations.

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Lady On The Headstone

Field Excursion on August 6, 1994

Participants: Lucy Solis, Kenneth Powell, Nancy Andrews, Tom Baker, Donna Boonstra, Denise Lewis, Barbara Huyser, Fran & Lisa Pizano and Dale Kaczmarek.

Object: To detect with the equipment and personal feelings anything out of the ordinary, then to register that on the enclosed maps and transparencies with grease pencils. Later to compare maps and observations and then to attempt photography at those areas which were hot spots.

Teams: Lucy Solis & Kenneth Powell used the Dr. Gauss Meter, Nancy Andrews and Barbara Huyser used the MFD-1 EMF Meter, Donna Boonstra and Denise Lewis used the Geiger Counter and Tom Baker assisted me and employed his camcorder and compasses.

Observations: Fran Pizano felt chills around the Hageman tombstone (#1), tightening in her muscles north of Mendenhall (#2) and a pressure in her chest around Mendenhall (#3) and the gauss meter reacted (2.5) around the tree near Fullerton’s (#4).

Kenneth Powell and Lucy Solis’ Dr. Gauss Meter also reacted near Fullerton with a 6.0 reading (#4).

Donna Boonstra felt a heavy feeling/depression like “a cloud hanging over me” near Newman tombstone (#5), she also felt shivering and chills in the open area before the hole in the fence and the clearing felt a scary feeling (#6). Donna sensed a pulling feeling in her chest near Deck by the two trees (#7) and smelled a moldy smell and uneasiness near Deck (#8).

Tom Baker, Nancy Andrews, Lisa Pizano, Barbara Huyser and I experienced nothing out of the ordinary.

Conclusions: It was interesting that the members picked out at two areas within the cemetery where they had similar encounters, near Fullerton and around Deck and Mendenhall. Fran felt a pressure indicative of a push while Donna felt a pulling sensation both in their respective chest areas. Besides this, the gauss meters seemed to be reacting to something around the Fullerton grave and in the area around Newman as well.

Photographs: To date, photographic documentation is inconclusive as there doesn’t appear to be anything to verify the feelings or equipment reactions within the cemetery that afternoon. Further analysis is probably necessary.