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Behind Every Cloud is a Kindred Spirit (BECKS)I lost my grandfather when I was 17. I had a VERY difficult time getting over it. How could I still communicate with him? I loved him so much I didn't think I could live without him. I read everything I could get my hands on to do with the "afterlife" and that started it all...the love of Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal. I have been researching the paranormal for over 30 years!! It is my way of staying in touch with my grandfather. Being a Ghost Hunter is not always as exciting as it seems on TV. Many nights I have sat in the dark and not a thing happened. BUT it is those times you DO get that one voice, that one unexplainable picture or have an experience that sends chills down your back that makes it sooo worth it all!!! My purpose of this blog is not to make people believe in ghosts but maybe to open their minds just a little bit... I LOVE this crazy thing called Ghost Hunting. It is as much a part of me as breathing. I am just a girl that refuses to accept we can't still contact our loved ones after they die. My grandfather won't let me.

11/05/2013

ABANDON MANTENO MENTAL INSANE ASYLUM... HAUNTED??? WELL I WAS JUST THERE.....LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I THINK ABOUT THIS PLACE.....

Imagine a place where the patients roam the halls yelling and screaming walking around in a daze because of shock treatments all through the night.  They would pound and bang on doors at all hours.  Therapy shock treatments like lobotomy, fever cabinets and who knows what else for mental               illness.  Even reports of government experiments on patients.  If you weren't crazy when you went in, there's a good chance you would be when you left.                                                                                                                                                       
 
Opened in 1929 and closed 1985 ...over 8,000 patient at once with just a little over 200 medical personnel this place is one for the books.  It's no wonder people claim to hear screams, cries, yelling and more.  One reason a spirit stays attached to a place is because it is a place with a great emotion.  Whether the emotion is happy or sad, spirits stay. I would say this place has it all!!!
 
 
 
I was fortunate enough to have an invite from White Dog Paranormal up in Chicago to join them at one of the most haunted places around.....Manteno Insane Asylum in Manteno, Illinois.  If you want to hear and see some amazing evidence please check out their site.                                         http://www.meetup.com/WhiteDogParanormalGroup/members/95105192/
 
I love these guys!!! And Michele (founder and lead investigator) is just fantastic!  Thank you White Dog Paranormal for letting me tag along....it                                    was  AWESOME!!!                                                                         
 
Ok.  Now to the investigation.  First let me say...I have posted a lot of pics and some of them I had to lighten because we were doing the investigation in complete dark. All we had were our flashlights.  I tried to post several different parts of the builds because I wanted to give you guys a feel for what it was really like there.  The weather conditions on the night we were there was cold and rainy so you will see us plenty bundled up. I am from Texas and it doesn't get cold in Texas so I dressed like I was headed to the North Pole.  If something had chased us, I would have never made it because I could barely put my arms down I had soooo many cloths on and like two pairs of pants so I walked like the Good Year Tire Guy.(you know the one...the little white guy that looks like a marshmallow with a little blue hat)  LOL
 
As we crawled in a broken door way, being very careful because everything was slick and wet...at first sight (even in the dark) you can't but help feel all the activity that once was inside these walls.  Although the floors were soaked with water because of the rain we were able to find very small area's that we could set up our equipment.  Without getting to detailed, let me tell you that we heard voices, some of children, saw balls of light, heard footsteps, saw shadows again and again and even near the underground basement that reportedly has underground tunnels attached to them so they could take the really unruly patients from building to building without going through the main entrance ....we heard GROWLING!!!  Yep.....GROWLING!!!  The basement area BY FAR...was extremely creepy!  We had some great flashlight communication and have some really awesome EVP's that I hope to post soon.  We still are going through our evidence.  Below is one of my FAVORITE photo's that Anthony with White Dog Paranormal caught inside.  This is what I call an Eco Mist.  It is a spirit that is trying to manifest itself.  This is an AMAZING photo!!!  For a ghost hunter....catching a photo like this is kinda like winning the GHOST lotto. LOL  You can see to the right side of the photo a very intense mist.  And before you even say it.... no.  It wasn't someone's breath.  You can see the location of AJ, an investigator with White Dog Paranormal and you can clearly tell that the mist is WAY above his head and on the far side of the room.

 
Manteno Insane Asylum-Photo by Anthony Pellegrino


 
There is just soooo much to write about on our experience at Manteno that I am really struggling to try and keep this short.  The next pic.... another unbelievable photo that Anthony also caught outside the entrance of this abandon place... I am beginning to wonder if there may be a portal to the left side of the main entrance.  For whatever reason.....the outside of this building just in trigged me. I just kept wanting to go investigate near the front entrance.  Can you imagine if you were walking up to this place....first.....seeing this size of the place and then hearing screams and cries coming from inside, knowing this is where you were going to be living???  The FEAR must have been crazy!(pardon the expression LOL)  First, you will see in MY photos(All the ones posted below are my original photos)number #7 and #8 that I believe shows the entrance to a portal because in photo 8. There are TONS of orbs or spirits clearly seen here and in the photo actually number 7 is taken immediately AFTER 8 and all the orbs are gone!!!! Within secs, they are GONE!!!  So, it couldn't have been dust...for two reasons...it had been raining and had stopped and second...because we had not been on that side of the building AT ALL so we couldn't have stirred anything up!  You'll notice the timestamp for proof.  This is sometimes an indication of a portal with two back to back photos and one having tons of orbs and the very next shot having absolutely none.
 
That along with Anthony's photo below showing again....another eerie MIST makes me really feel there is something definitely there!                                                                                                   
 
So, do I think this place holds secrets...tales that most of us would rather not know about...that only our friends in the spirit world know ???  You better believe it!!!!  Check back soon for the creepy EVP's we collected including one saying "BECKY".  Really???? Why me? LOL                                          
                                        

(1)Crazy mist outside entrance-Portal???

(2)You can see mist in bottom left corner
leaving picture.

(3)Mist completely gone.  Photos by Anthony Pellegrino


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


1-Orb in motion(time stamp 8:42:09)











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4-SOSOSO Cold!!
5-AJ, Anthony, Michele
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7-This pic is actually taken AFTER 8-See no orbs
8-I believe this may be a portal
9-Main entrance walkway
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11-Part of outside-Very grown up
12-Another view of another addition
13-Main entry
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15-Remains of bathtubs where a Jenny was scolded to death

 
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18-Shadows and growling here
19-We got lots of voices in here
21-Michele and AJ
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20-Another Creepy hallway
23-Bathroom
24-Hallway where shadows are
seen often.
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26-Getting ready to investigate
27-The original photo of #30
28-Orb
29-Orb
30-Do you see a face of a child
with a little toboggan on the left side
of his head.
                                                                                                                                   






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