CUTLER — “Did you work here at Adams Mill?” Al Taylor, director of the Kokomo chapter of Indiana Ghost Trackers, asked the dark first floor of the 1845 grist mill. A flashlight flickered on in response.
“Are you the only one here?” Taylor asked. The light dimmed again as a response.
“Are you Alex?” he queried once more. The light turned on slightly at first and then burned brighter.
The room was silent except the sound of people’s weight shifting as the questions were being asked.
The questions continued for several minutes as the light would stay on for varying amounts of time and then turn off with different questions. The flashlight was sitting on an old carriage on the first floor of Adams Mill and appeared to be 10 feet from any one person in the building.
The flashlight was one of the many ways the Kokomo chapter of the Indiana Ghost Trackers attempted to communicate with paranormal beings. The excursion was from 10 p.m. Saturday night to about 12:30 a.m. Sunday at Adams Mill in Cutler.
Thirty-odd people gathered to see what tracking ghosts would bring. The Kokomo chapter of IGT made $173, which was donated directly to Adams Mill. IGT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to paranormal research. The Kokomo Chapter has been around since June 2001.
Because of the large volume of guests, attendees were split into three groups and assigned a floor of Adams Mill. Each floor had team leaders from the Kokomo chapter of IGT.
Taylor said the investigation Saturday went well.
“That stuff hasn’t happened to us in a while,” Taylor said. “Items being thrown and kicked over —it’s unusual.”
Those who visited the second floor experienced items being thrown or “falling from the ceiling.” Some of the items included glow sticks, a corn husk and a fake eyeball.
“We’ve had rocks or pebbles thrown maybe once or twice before, but for that to constantly go on is unbelievable,” Taylor said. “It’s almost to the point you think someone is doing it, but I really don’t think that was the case here. I think it was all stirred up because of the large crowd.”
Several items used during the investigation included a Tri-Field meter, K-2 meter, electromotive force (EMF) pumps, a ghost box and various digital recorders, infrared cameras, laser lights and digital cameras, Taylor said.
In Taylor’s group, a ghost box was used to scan frequencies. While the ghost box was on, the name “Alex” was heard. Sometimes a ghost box can also communicate messages and a flashlight can be used to confirm things, Taylor said.
“The flashlight being turned on and off doesn’t happen frequently — Saturday was just a fluke,” Taylor said. “It was an outstanding night.”
A voice was also heard Saturday night. While people were standing silently in the dark, it sounded like a voice was saying “hi” in a deep voice from above, members of the group said. The problem was, the group was on the top floor.
A member of the Kokomo chapter talked about finding a pen in a spider web. When she reached in to get it the web broke, and when she pulled her arm away she had the cobweb on her shirt. She pointed out that the same thing would have happened to someone who placed the pen in the cobweb in the first place.
“It was very active,” Taylor said the night of the investigation. “I didn’t expect things to be thrown. It exceeded my expectation.”
After an investigation, Taylor said members of the Kokomo chapter will go back through to listen to recordings and view footage collected.
Information about the Kokomo chapter is available at kokomoghosts.org.
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her: @PharosAES.