Location: Batson Cemetery (Wells County)
Date: 8/1/09 Time: 2200 - 2330 Weather: 78F humid with sporatic showers
Research: Located on land once owned by Henry Batson. In the early 1920's the land was donated to the cemetery association by Mrs. William Metz, the daughter of Henry. The earliest burial found was an infant child, Clara A. Bhart, in 1782. No one has been buried in Batson Cemetery since the late 1960's. Wells Co. Historical Society
Legend: As you enter the cemetery there are 13 unmarked graves. If you count them as you enter the cemetery you count 13, if you turn around and count them on the way out you only count 12. There is also suppose to be a glowing frave that can be seen from the road. There is also a story of an old man that chases away courious onlookers. The old man is suppose to be the old caretaker that worked at a blind school that used to be located acroos the road. There is no remanants of the school left today.
Team: F.W.I.G.T. had a team of 17 members decend on Batson Cemetery. Our team consisted of trained investigators, sensitives, and investigators in training.
Equipment used: IR Thermometers, Digital Cameras, Digital Recorders, and EMF Cell Sensors.
Scientific Evidence: After careful analysis of our collected data we discovered no scientific evidence to support any paranormal activity. We did capture a few "orbs" towards the end of the night but with the humidy, showers, and insects these photos are very suspect.
Debunking: The 13 unmarked graves actually appear to be long narrow steps leading into the cemetery that go up a gentle incline. they are uneven in spacing and one is situated in a position that makes it very easy to step over (in the dark) thus lending to the wrong number counted. These steps do have a slight hump to them and appears that maybe they were used to park a wagon on to keep it from rolling back down the incline. The glowing graves are actually reflecting light. They do tend to have a slight green haze on them but this is caused by the vegetation that is on them (moss).
Personal Experiences: Upon arriving at the cemetery, several people had the feeling of being watched. Our sensitives seemed to feel the presence of a small blond girl and an old man wearing overalls. (Again we have no scientific evidence to support this). We also felt a strong presence in the woods surrounding the cemetery. Everyone reported feeling as though they were not wanted in the woods..
Conclusions: Based on our lack of scientific evidence we have to rule that there was no paranormal activity the night that we were out there.