Friday, December 11, 2009

It IS Haunted, I Don't Care What Anyone Says


After having heard some stories about Hoyt Sherman Place here in Des Moines, a few of us thought to look up the "known" haunted locations here in Des Moines, Iowa. When googling "haunted places in des moines" and "haunted places in Iowa" one gets millions of hits because even when using "" (<---these) around a phrase, you still get hits for anything that involves any of these words. I swear people could have told me that googling made research easier, but to me it seems to cloud things up worse than before. Maybe I just havent mastered the art of google. But either way, Hoyt Sherman was not listed. However, while for the purposes of finding a picture of the mansion known as Hoyt Shermna Place, I came across a link to paranormal investigators having done an investigation at this very location. Pretty dry read, adn no good stories or anything that really make fo rgood listening/reading, but here it is:

http://desmoinesparanormal.webs.com/hoytshermanplace.htm

So anyways, you have heard me talk about this place before, if you were reading my blog back during the infamous bat attacks rentacop incidents, earlier this summer. I may have even blogged about the time I was there respnding to an alarm with a fellow patrolman, who lifted the skirt of the stage in the theatre. After having been there 10 minutes already, this simple action suddenly led to very soft playing music, something that sounded like it was out of the 1920s or 30s. Creepy stuff to be sure. I was definitely ready to leave upon that.

Well, last night, or rather this morning at about 4am, things got a whole lot creepier. And by a whole lot, I mean, I'd rather pee my pants in public than step foot in that place after the lights have been turned out, and especially never again while I'm alone.

So, I was chatting with my supervisor, Stew, when I got the call from the alarm company saying they had motion in one of the emergency exit stairwells. My supervisor offered to come along, which was okay by me, I prefer to have company while I'm there anyways. This place is rather big and kind of scary. So we get there, and this particular zone is on the theater side of the building, (there is the house, and then there is the theatre... the alarm system is set up to montior them as separate zones altogether), so we enter in through the theater entrance. We make our way down through the floor level seating, and I notice a stocking cap laying in front of one of the seats. No big deal, they are showcasing The Nutcracker, and someone who watched the show probably lost track of it and left without it. I set it on the front of the stage as we head to check the stairwells, and all the back storage and dressing rooms.

When we come back out, the hat is no longer on the stage. Okay, no need to panic just yet. Maybe the keyholder, who is the maintenance man (I believe) got called as well, like usual when we have an alarm. He must've come through while we were in the other rooms, saw the hat and grabbed it to take to the lost and found depository. Having cleared the theater side, we decide to go into the house to see the keyholder and let him know that nothing is wrong. Well, the door is locked that wil take you into the house side of this monstrous building. Not that unusual, but when I unlock it, the alarm goes off for the house side, which means...noone else is there. However, in that old sitting room that serves as a side lobby, there are some sculpted busts. On top of one particular busts, sits this blue and white stocking cap...just like the one we found in the theater, which I had left on the stage. Now this is just far too creepy for me, and as well for Stew. We quickly took care of the alarm system, rearmed it, locked that place up and got the hell out of dodge.

I think the next time that alarm comes up, I'm either sending someone there and handing them the keys to take care of it, or I'm coming in with full intentions on torching that place. Bats are one thing....hats moving from one side of the place to another, through locked doors and not setting off alarms, and noone else seen on sight...well, that's totally different, and it aint cool at all. I'll be the first one to tell you, that my little macho image is truly stricken dead when this kind of stuff happens!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Put your big boy pants on you twit

QUEEN said...

WOW WISH I LIVED CLOSER. I WOULD GO WITH U NEXT TIME. I'LL SEND THE ROYAL GUARDESMEN TO PROTECT U IN MY ABSENCE.

Danielle said...

interesting. i didn't realize you were scared of such things. this give me an idea....

Mookie said...

Leave it to Lorri and my wife to be the ones who would try to take advantage of this and get a good laugh at my expense...

americanelephant said...

Spooky! Glad I wasn't there! I dont know if I believe in ghosts, but it doesn't prevent me from getting creeped out just the same.

Josh said...

Mike, you have to face your fears. You can't let a spooky house get the best of you! I suggest you get some scary comic books, your stuffed tiger, and a flashlight and go spend the night in that house!

It's the only way... :)

Mookie said...

Josh-
Spend the night??? Only if I can take a buddy with me, and any runs to the bathroom are in tandem (you know, like girls do!).

I still have yet to get my very own Hobbes-brand stuffed tiger. And I'll need new batteries for the flashlight, it quit working while we were there. Luckily Stew had his flashlight with him, or else a peeing of the pants party might have commenced!

Shirley Buxton said...

Too funny. I want to hear more...and please have a Merry Christmas.

americanelephant said...

I think you should spend the night there -- not with comic books and a tiger -- but with a bunch of really scary haunting movies! Sounds like the perfect place to see "the Haunting in Connecticut" and others

Mookie said...

AE-

No Tigers eh??? Figures you'd be hiding behind your specist views, you hatemonger!!

As for haunting in connecticut...I wasn't as impressed with the movie as I thought I would be. I wish they'd make a movie that might actually scare the crap out of me.

Mookie said...

Shirley,
Thanks for dropping by. Not sure I can tell you a whole lot. If you want to know more about the hosue and its original owner, click the link provided in the story. Other than that, there isn't much more to get into with the story of what happened with me and my supervisor.
And you have yourself a merry Christmas as well.

scotterb said...

Next time, call Ghostbusters!

Actually, you foiled a robbery. The thieves dashed out of there when you arrived, but as soon as they left they realized one of them had lost his stocking cap. Now, being a dumb thief, his name was on the back of the tag inside. He knew he had to go back and retrieve the evidence. As soon as you left the room he dashed in and was pleased that the cap is right there on the stage so he could make a quick exit.

Aelephants said...

Oh, it wasn't good? The trailer looked scary!

Mookie said...

Scott-
If only I'd known!!!

AE-

For a teenage girl, or someone who is more jumpy about stuff, that movie can be scary, but I guess I'm just a bit too desensitized for it to have scared me any.

It's not a bad movie, just not all that scary.