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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Waverly Hills Sanitarium Pananormal Convention

Title: Waverly Hills Sanitarium
Date: September 24-25, 2005
Researchers: Billy Miller, Adria Vanover, Connie Boyer, Chad and Elyssa Noonan,
Jerry and Sharon Basow, Timothy M. Harte, MA, LCPC


The Waverly Hills Sanitarium has a long and rich history of haunt phenomena. MESA
and members of other groups joined to investigate the site and record haunt phenomena.
The team experienced several subjective experiences, pinlight orbs were captured on
video, anomalous 60 Hz magnetic spikes were recorded, and some anomalous digital
images revealed shadow-type forms.


The Waverly Hills Sanitarium opened in 1926, inLouisville, Kentucky. It was built at a
cost of 1.1 million dollars. Tuberculosis was rampant around the Louisville area, and it
was also described as swampy at that time. The death rate was very high for the people
that contracted tuberculosis. The hospital was known for its '' state of the art'' treatment,
which was still experimental and barbaric. Ultraviolet light was used to alleviate the disease.
Many different procedures and experiments were conducted. The hospital features a large,
5-story building with many patient rooms, nurse stations, and bathroom facilities. The
building closed in 1961 and reopened in 1962 as a geriatric hospital and nursing home. It was
then called Woodhaven Geriarics Sanitarium. Many stories circulated that the patients
suffered mistreatment and horrible conditions. Woodhaven was closed in 1982 because of
alleged abuse to patients. The building was sold to several different owners over the next
18 years. One owner wanted to tear it down, but was stopped because it was on the National
Historic Register list. An owner then decided to let it decay. Vandals, thieves, homeless and
teenagers took it over. Rumors of satanic rituals, drug and alcohol parties, and homeless people
living within its walls continued. Most of the marble was stripped away, as well as all of the
toilets, sinks, radiators, and glass windows. Rumors began that the hospital was haunted.
Stories of phantom children, rooms lighting up withno power to thebuliding, doors slamming,
voices, and even ghost hearses dropping off coffins were told. Especially eerie was the story
of an apparition of a woman bleeding from her wrists, with chains on her, running from the
buliding and screaming. The owners now are beginning to put windows back into the massive
structure. Previous investigations have yielded a variety of experiences. These experiences
included apparitions, sensed presences, erratic functioning of equipment including magnetic
field meters. Hot and melted meters and equipment, cold spots, cooking food smells, footsteps,
sounds of doors closing, orbs of light on digital and film cameras, flickering lights and
luminosities, electronic voice phenomena, voices of people telling the researchers to '' get out'',
and object movement of doors closing or slamming shut. Several researchers have been attacked by object falling from the ceiling, or by unknown presences that have scratched, pushed or
tripped them.

Method: The researchers set up MESA, the 2- camera digital magnetometer system, infrared
and night shot video cameras inseveral places on the third floor. The MESA system was set up
for two one hour sampling periods at the Southerly most hallway of the third floor. MESA
was also complemented with a system used by Parascience (parascience. us) and other
equipment supplied by the Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators, and the
Parahunters Indiana groups.

Apparatus: The MESA computer system has been described elsewhere ( Harte, Black,
Hollinshead, 1999; Harte, Black, Hollinshead, & Mitchell, 2001) and this investigation
will focus on anomalous result of the investigation. The researchers are primarily looking for

a 7 mG change in the graphs, or other anomalous information A sampling rate of 40 times
per second was programmed, as this is the usual rate. Sound and video systems were
utilized at this site. An infrared camera ( Clover Electronics,
and PZM (pressure zone microphone, Radio Shack) were connected to a video cassette recorder.

Site 1: This site produced unusual results in several channels.

Channel 1: Infrared light sensor: The infrared light shows a steady reading at 7 footcandles.
There are 6 negative dips to as much as 4 footcandles, and the researchers are not sure what
would account for these. At this time it is anomalous changes.

Channel 2: Visible light sensor: The Visible light is about 69 footcandles, and there are two
negative fluctuations to 40 and 32 footcandles, respectively. This is also anomalous.

Channel 3: Ultraviolet light sensor: The ultraviolet sensor recorded between 0.2 and 0.3
milliwatt per centimeter squared changes during this sampling period. The researchers think
this is normal, as the sensor was exposed to a UV light set up by Parascience in this hallway.

Channel 4: Tri- Field Meter: The Tri- Field Meter recorded normal changes during this
sampling period. These levels were between 0.3 mG and 0.7 mG throughout the sampling
period. What would account for this would be a 60 Hz electricity source from wiring.

Channel 5: Gamma ray detector: The sensor recorded the gamma ray background noise
for this structure. It shows four higher then usual events, which is not anomalous.

Channel 6: Static magnetic sensor pointed West: This sensor recorded a steady level of
0 mG over the course of 55 minute period. There are no unusual fluctuations during the
sampling period.

Channel 7: Static magnetic sensor pointed UP: This sensor recorded almost 0 mG to 1.8
mG changes. This is not enough to cause haunt activity.

Channel 8: Static magnetic sensor pointed UP: This sensor recorded about the same changes
as channel 7. There are 0 mG up to 2 mG changes. Not enough for anomalous activity.

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