The First Unitarian Church
Date:24th June, 2005 Type:Business
Location Title:The First Unitarian Church City/State:Alton, IL
Investigation Times:09:00 PM - 11:15 PM Status:Analysis
Sunrise:05:36 AM Sunset:08:30 PM
High Temperature:93 °F Low Temperature:68 °F
Sky Condition:Overcast Wind:S at 6 mph
Lunar Phase:Waning Gibbous % disk visible:90%
Solar X-Rays:Active Geomagnetic Field:Quiet
Question: Any visual apparations?
Question: How do the visual apparitions appear?
Answer: As a full apparition of the former minister. Grey suit, tie.
Question: Any sounds?
Answer: Yes, voices from under the building.
Question: Any music?
Answer: Yes, singing from under the building.
Question: Any voices? What do they say?
Question: Any physical attacks?
Question: Any past investigations, priests or clergy?
Answer: Yes, several past investigations.
Kelli Patrick:Equipment used: 35 mm camera I didn't bring all of my equipment because this was a group investigation and we didn't have time to set up our usual stuff. I didn't sense anything different than a normal church, but all of the lights were out in the hallway behind the sanctuary. We were all sitting in the sanctuary listening to the history of the church by Troy Taylor. About 20 minutes into the history, Troy walked over to the doorway that leads into the hallway. We saw a shadow of person behind him and then it was gone. Everyone in the building was in the sanctuary, so that rules out anyone living. I didn't see or feel anything else there. There is a room in the basement that was supposedly used as part of the Underground Railroad. This room is not on the blueprints of the building. There was also a pastor that hung himself outside of the sanctuary in the doorway that leads to the hallway. He was found several days after.
Becky Ray:This was my second visit to this church, so I was familiar with Troy's presentation. However, while he was speaking in the sanctuary I noticed shadowy movement behind him in the doorway. I did not realize at that time that Kelli was seeing the same thing. I continued to watch this "figure" move back and forth in the darkness of the room behind the sanctuary while Troy spoke. I snapped a photo when Troy turned to face the doorway (so I would not blind him), but nothing appeared on film.
Miranda Stark:The group of nearly twenty guests sat in the sanctuary during Troy Taylor's speech giving a detailed history of the church's haunting. There were no lights except for one lantern at the front of the room. There was a darkened doorway just to the back left of Mr. Taylor as he stood at the front of the sanctaury. At one point Kelli leaned over to me and remarked that she believed that she had seen a figure moving around in the shadows of this dark doorway. I looked at the area myself, and sure enough saw a figure move past at a regular walking-pace. I only saw this the one time, but this was enough for me to be able to assure Kelli, that she had indeed not been the only witness to this.