MITCHELL, IN (WAVE) - In the middle of West Warren Street in Mitchell, Indiana sits a beautiful Victorian home from the late-1800s -- 3,700 square feet filled with paranormal activity, according to guests, past residents, numerous media venues and its owner, Van Renier.
Renier purchased the home because it is completely different than anything he has ever experienced in the field of technology and computers.
"I started hearing noises. I had my mom on the phone until I got my ass out of here. There was no way I was going to stay in here by myself," Renier laughed with a sense of excitement and trepidation in his voice.
The home has been named Whispers Estate because of the disembodied voices people report hearing as they walk through its eerie halls. Many guests and those in the paranormal community explain that electronic voice phenomena has revealed many entities in the house at any given time. Many young women have reported hearing Dr. John Gibbons whisper in their ears, and they say he sometimes grabs and gropes them.
"When you hear footsteps, you pray that they're a child's footsteps," said Renier. "They're the little pitter patter of feet -- maybe about 70 to 80 pounds; however, I'm getting tingling just thinking about this. However, there's another set of footsteps that happens in the house. It's more like loud stomping. It is very heavy and menacing."
Many agree there are things that bite, growl and push in Whispers Estate. But for ghost hunters and the curious, the lighter steps in the home are almost welcomed.
Rachael Gibbons, the adopted daughter of Dr. John and Jessie Gibbons, is one of the children believed to throw jacks in the home and roll balls in the empty rooms or down the hall. Many visitors have formed almost a love affair with the spirit of the little girl who tragically died in the home.
"Rachael was in this room on around Christmas Day in 1912, sneaking a peak at Christmas gifts is the main story, and she got too close to an open flame -- knocked over an open flame," Renier explained. "A fire ensued, and she died two days later in the upstairs bedroom."
Burn marks from that awful day still remain on a pocket door between the parlor and the dining room, and many believe the child's spirit lingers, as well.
A group of women visiting the home made a special effort to reach out to Rachael. They bought her a present, a doll, which they left in the second floor bedroom where Rachael died. They made themselves at home and began to try to communicate with the little lost soul. They called out to the 10-year-old, according to paranomal investigator David Heatherly, who explained that they women then heard something bounce down the stairs. On the landing at the bottom of the stairs, they saw the doll that had brought for Rachel. "It was burnt looking, and it smelled freshly burned."