In Portland, Michigan: if you follow Okemos Rd. all the way south, to the dead end, you'll see a hiking trail to your left. That very trail, along the picturesque Grand River, is what many locals will tell you is one of the "most peaceful spots in Michigan."
And they aren't lying... this trail is beautiful.
Along the trail is a marker, for the grave of Chief Okemos.
The exact coordinates of his grave are 42.80518°N 84.90807°W
If you wish to pay your respects to the revered Chief (which we highly recommend you do!), please consider watching our video to get a better sense of what to look for when arriving at the trail:
And for more information on Chief Okemos, click here for an in-depth write up on his life.
On March 25, 1966, The Ann Arbor News published these images, captured by a local sheriff deputy. The paper described them as "strange flying objects."
Local officers in the town of Dexter, Michigan were quoted as saying the objects were “the weirdest things (they've) ever seen.”
And 54 years later, this remains one of Michigan's most famous UFO sightings.
Even the official Wikipedia page for Dexter has a passage devoted to the event:
"The Dexter area experienced 'one of the most infamous of all UFO sightings in history' when local truck driver Frank Mannor spotted a glowing object near his home."
The official report for the sighting?
But many disagreed, including the Michigan Congressman at the time (and future president) Gerald Ford, who called for an investigation on "the rash of reported sightings of unidentified flying objects in southern Michigan."
Unfortunately, the investigation never happened.
And 54 years later, the mystery lives on.
What was in the sky that night?
For more information on this historic case, I highly recommend this interview done for michiganradio.org, in which a Dexter resident recalls his memory of the incident.
There's a cemetery we always drove past in Okemos, Michigan.
Hidden atop a hill adjacent to a golf course, Riverside Cemetery is the only grave site in town that a police officer we spoke with admitted gave him the "chills."
With that being the only reported activity we could find at the cemetery, we decided to conduct an experiment during our investigation: I would sit in the dead center of the cemetery, with nothing but a spirit box. Oh, and I would be alone. And blindfolded.
I didn't last long. I thought I heard footsteps or rustling behind me, but chalked it up to slight nerves reacting to leaves blowing in the wind. The digital recorder did, however, pick up a strange sound. We're not saying it's a "ghost," but it was a weird enough noise to make note of it in our investigation video, which you can watch here:
How long would YOU last blindfolded in a haunted cemetery? Let us know in the comments!
Okay. First off: even after filming our paranormal webseries for 3 years now, I still remain a skeptic. Or rather, I like to remain a skeptic.
HOWEVER... there are a few places that genuinely creep me out.
Glendale Cemetery in Okemos, Michigan was the first place to do so.
In 2018, we visited the cemetery simply to pay our respects to Herman Bergan, a spirit we may have come into contact with during a previous investigation. We didn't know the cemetery was haunted, and we weren't there with the intentions of investigating.
But after an hour or so of searching for his grave, we couldn't find it (likely due to the heavy snow that covered many of the graves). By this time, it was getting dark. And the atmosphere in the cemetery changed. Big time.
We had already done several investigations at this time, many of which were at cemeteries. So it wasn't being in a cemetery at night that creeped us out. Because we were used to that feeling. It didn't bother us.
We heard could have sworn we heard footsteps following us throughout the cemetery, and a fellow investigator swore he saw a shadow moving in front of him.
We left, and came back a month later to film a proper investigation there. It was one of our most memorable experiences. So later that year, I returned again, this time for a special Friday the 13th investigation.
This is when things really got interesting.
Just like our first visit, we heard footsteps following us. And then, we had our spirit box turn on by itself. We're not saying it's paranormal, but we could not debunk the experience. And it's only ever happened one other time in our nearly 100 investigations.
As the sun began to set, a cop showed up. He asked us what we were doing, and in an unexpected move, allowed us to stay in the cemetery after hours... as long as he could close and lock the gate. We just had to re-lock it when we left.
We ended up staying until 3am, on the eve of Friday the 13th. Locked inside one of the few places that creeped me out.
We had a few more strange things happen, including the feeling of being watched, and hearing faint voices around us. The activity culminated with a spirit box voice clearly telling us to "be careful," combined with a powerful feeling of dread.
It was at that point that we left the cemetery, making sure to re-lock the gate behind us.
"If anyone can get a video of the ball of fire, I will eat my pants on camera!" - Ryan, 10/13/18
For context: We ventured out to Geeck Road in Durand, Michigan, where supposedly there's an urban legend about a ball of fire seen along the road. No one seems to know where this legend came from... but it's rumored that this ghostly fireball is seen semi-regularly, always disappearing before coming in direct contact with you.
When we investigated the road, we didn't find any evidence of fireballs... or ghosts, for that matter.
What we did find: what appeared to be a summer camp along Geeck Road. Could this be where the legend originated from? Just one of presumably many "ghost stories" told at summer camp?
We also saw a stop sign that, when hit at a certain angle from headlights, glows and could look like a ball of fire, if you're going to the road hoping to see it. A far stretch, I know, but it's more likely than a ghost.
As far as I know, Ryan's offer is still up.
Have you seen the "ball of fire" above Geeck Road in Durand? Let us know in the comments, and if you happen to get it on video, I'll forward it to Ryan.
One year ago today, we visited Adrian, Michigan to investigate its "Ghost Trestle," after watching this video by YouTuber RyanCoolVids:
Is that creepy or what?
When we visited the "Ghost Trestle" last year, we could not debunk the video. But we definitely tried.
We drove underneath the trestle bridge, at various speeds and with/without headlights on, to try and spot the shadow figure... or anything that could have given the illusion of one. We also had a team member walk in the same path, while we filmed from a similar distance that Ryan was in his video. It was clearly a person, and looked nothing like the "shadow figure."
So what could it be?
Is it a ghost? Or possibly something else? Let us know what you think in the comments!
In the small town of Bath, Michigan is the scenic Priggooris Park.
Amidst the beauty, however, is a dark side.
This park is feared by many local "paranormal investigators," for one reason: it's supposedly haunted.
And its history more than explains why there could be paranormal activity here, at what many say is the "most haunted state park in Michigan."
Not only was a victim of notorious killer Don Miller found in the park, two girls went missing while camping in the woods, only to later turn up dead.
Last year, we visited the state park with renowned psychic-medium Cat Ryan, who picked up on several harmful entities that she best described as a "hunter"... but one who didn't care if he was hunting human or animal, living or dead.
As activity began to spike, a DNR (Department of Natural Resources) worker approached us, telling us not only where the two girls went missing, but informing us that the staff has reported nine ghosts in their office building. Remember, this is coming from someone that works at the park.
In our past investigations of the park, we captured impressive EVP's (electronic voice phenomena) that clearly said: "We're lost"; "We're hollow"; and "They did this to me... everyone else is dead!"
For Earth Day 2020, we returned to Priggooris Park for a hike.
Even though we weren't investigating, nor minding any attention to the "paranormal" activity, we remarkably still had unexplained phenomena happen around us.
WATCH our latest video below, and make sure to stick around to the end when we may have captured something strange on camera:
According to a great essay by Pacific Paranormal Investigations, there was a physician, philosopher, and alchemist named Paracelsus that proposed the idea of classifying nature spirits based on the elements they were made of.
Hence the name "elementals," used today to describe nature spirits.
Because of this system of classification, there is not just one "type" of elemental. There are earth elementals, water elementals, fire elementals... basically any type of nature spirit can fall under the "elemental" umbrella term.
Still, it's widely agreed upon by paranormal enthusiasts that elementals are not human spirits. This doesn't mean they're necessarily "evil" or "bad"... they're just not human.
Looking back on our own investigations, I wonder:
Was the entity that pushed and scratched an investigator at the haunted Rosevear Park woods an elemental?
Was the entity that psychic-medium Cat Ryan said was "hunting" the living at the Priggooris Park woods an elemental?
Was the entity that wanted us to "die," suggesting we "fall off the bridge" at the Rotary Park woods an elemental?
Have you experienced an elemental before? Let us know in the comments below!
Last summer, I decided to "explore" haunted places on Google Earth.
Specifically, I looked at places here in Michigan that I had visited before, but wanted a different perspective of. For example: Seidman Park, said to be haunted by the notorious "Ada Witch." We had investigated the woods before, with Kent County Paranormal, but I wondered: how far into the woods did we actually go? How deep were we? If and when we were to return, would there be a better spot in the woods to potentially investigate?
This led me to create a Virtual Tour of 10 of Michigan's most "haunted" places.
Looking back, I can tell this is nearly a year old; some places I had not previously visited, such as Eloise Asylum, I have since investigated. What a good year it's been.
Still, in the end, this video could not be more relevant today. In times of quarantine, and sheltering in place, revisiting this Virtual Tour is almost like being at the actual locations. Almost.
WATCH the Virtual Tour now: