By Rick E. Hale
These are the true case files of the McHenry County Paranormal Research Group. Due to confidentiality agreements, names of clients have been changed and cases will only be specified by the counties they occurred in.
A theory that has been steadily gaining acceptance in paranormal research and investigation is the idea that there are places or regions in our world where the veil between our world and the spirit world is so thin that supernatural entities are able to come and go at will.
The “portals,” as they are called, can be naturally occurring; some believe in spots that have some kind of spiritual significance — Sedona, Arizona being one such place. The second kind of portal, it is believed, can be opened by mere mortal dabbling with forces and powers that they have no control over. Usually with this kind, a person dabbling in the occult or black magic opens a portal for the purpose of contacting ancient primal forces that are by no means friendly to mankind. Either by mistake or design, this portal is left open and gives free range to any and all manner of negative entities that can and will make a person’s life miserable.
The following is a true account of McHenry County Paranormal Research Group’s encounter with a home and a terrified family who was forced to endure a portal haunting.
In December 2009, our founder and lead investigator, Tony Olszewski, received a telephone call from a bewildered man in a large, northern Lake County town. The prospective client, named George, stated that his home, a two story coachhome, seemed to be infested with a number of supernatural entities that seemed to focus their unwanted attention on his elderly 87-year-old mother. George also believed that one of these entities that called his house home was the spirit of his deceased father, who was causing a great deal of heartache for his mother.
After listening intently to the claims of activity in the home, Tony had to ask George if his mother suffered from any form of dementia that oftentimes affects folks of such an advanced age. George assured our founder that his mother was as sharp as the proverbial tack and had never showed any signs of illness.
With the seeming credibility of the client and the multiple claims of activity that left the family feeling oppressed, Tony suspected that the home may be the site of a portal haunting. Tony, being ever compassionate as he is, assured the man that MCPRG would respond and do their best to help the man and his frightened family.