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A Night at Brodhead Manor with David Childers

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Are you ready to get spooky with Riverside Iowa Paranormal? Are you ready to take on the challenge of this beauitfully haunted location to discover the secrets it keeps within its walls? Are you excited for the chance to explore this location with David Childers and Michelle Reuss? Check out this history below, written by Mitch Goth on www.hauntedus.com:


In the sleepy Wisconsin town of Brodhead, not much stands out. But despite its unassuming persona, some folks think the whole area is haunted. From mysterious burial mounds, paranormal steakhouses, and playgrounds from hell, Brodhead has as much lore-per-capita as Salem, Massachusetts. And one focal point of Brodhead’s ghost stories is the large, red brick building on 10th Street.


Once Brodhead’s only school, the old structure has become Brodhead Manor, the local haunted house attraction, having traded out students and teachers for strobe lights and jump scares. But, there may be more than just props and special effects haunting the halls of Brodhead Manor. From tales of phantom children to shadowy apparitions, claims of real ghosts at Brodhead Manor are nearly as common as the frights from the haunted house.


One popular paranormal claim at Brodhead Manor is of a little girl who is said to linger throughout the gymnasium. The little girl, named Elizabeth by the building’s owners, is best known for her penchant for rolling balls around the gymnasium floor. Previous paranormal investigators have claimed to have spoken to Elizabeth through EVP sessions, though she often seems more interested in playing than communicating.


The ghost of Elizabeth isn’t the only one at Brodhead Manor known for rolling balls. In the upstairs band room, another ghost is said to roll tennis balls down the tiered platforms of the band room. At other points, visitors and proprietors have found the band room tennis balls all the way down nearby staircases, but always carefully placed and centered at the bottom of the steps, as if the band room specter placed them there specifically.


One ghost of Brodhead Manor has been reported since the days when it was still an active middle school. Throughout the late 20th century and into today, the ghost of former principal Carl Pfisterer has reportedly been roaming the second-floor hall, around his former office.

He is often said to stomp around the floor, both in the former office and in the room directly above it. Those who have heard these noises claim it sounds like Principal Pfisterer is trying to keep people out of his workspace.


On the top floor of the school, there’s said to be a spirit who loves to surprise people. While no one is quite sure who this spirit is, their encounters all have similar claims. The spirit on the third floor is notorious for whispering loudly in peoples’ ears. Those who have experienced this say the ghost seems to wait until their most inopportune or vulnerable time to accost them, whether that’s going to the third floor alone, or standing on the top rung of a ladder doing renovation work.


In recent years, many paranormal investigations have been performed at Brodhead Manor, resulting in even more paranormal claims. EVPs are said to be captured throughout the building, sometimes accompanied by audible disembodied voices. Unexplainable EMF spikes are also common, especially around the band room and the former cafeteria space in the basement.


While Brodhead Manor is usually quite busy around Halloween because of haunted house season, the old school stays busy the rest of the year booking paranormal investigations, photo and music video shoots, and organizing events in and around the property. Paranormal investigations have become increasingly popular at the old school in recent years, as are public paranormal events. So, while Brodhead Manor may be busiest during haunted house season, the old school building seems to stay just as haunted all year round.




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