Welcome back everyone! It's about to get creepy.....just in time for Halloween.
Let me speed things up a bit to the birth our son, Johnny. Johnny was due to arrive on Friday, November 13th, 2015. But, being the eager boy that he is he decided to make his appearance on Wednesday, November 11th...two days early. After bringing him home from the hospital all 3 of us were, as you might expect, sleep deprived. On this day I noticed a major change in the usual behavior of my husband, Chris. Anyone who knows Chris, knows that he goes non stop, above and beyond & can't sit still...but for the first few days as a new family of three Chris sat on the couch almost as if he was in a trance. Hardly speaking, and almost seemingly depressed, yet if I talked about Johnny he would cry happy tears. Friends and family would say to me "maybe it's just an emotional time for him" or "maybe he's tired" but as his wife I could tell there was more to it.
Over the next few months, on multiple occasions, Chris and I would hear a baby cry on the baby monitor when we knew it wasn't Johnny. We knew because A. A mother knows her child's cries & B. We could see Johnny motionless and out cold in his monitor. This was always saddening ...as we knew the original owner, Elise, had lost a child at birth in the home.
One night when I had Johnny upstairs sleeping I walked past the living room and loud and clear through the monitor I heard a woman say "HELLO?" The nightly sounds of parties, seeing shadows on the wall, and movement on the bed by my feet all continued. Johnny was never one to sleep very well until about 22 months old. Before then he would literally wake almost every 45 minutes. The first night we had Johnny home from the hospital (Friday the 13th) I was up nursing him in the middle of the night and the wall scones we had on a dimmer turned all the way up, then all the way back down. I told myself it was just Peter and Elise Romeiser(original owners) welcoming Johnny to the home. Those crystal lights quickly became Johnnys favorite. Until the day we moved (at this point nearly 2 years old) Johnny had to touch the crystals every night before bed...as if he was telling telling them "goodnight".
When Johnny was 6 months old a local historian named Bob Brunkow contacted us about meeting with a paranormal group known as Gateway of Shadows. They agreed to come to the house. They set up video and audio covering every inch of the house and stayed from 7pm-5am. The birds were literally chirping and that's when we realized we could sit and do this all day long the activity was so strong. We picked up many different voices. Given the fact that we had done a lot of research on the home over the years we are pretty certain some of what we picked up was Peter Romeiser, some others were the children who had lived there after them but before the 1950's. We didn't really get any specific reasoning that we were hoping for out of it just a lot of good evidence. But it wouldn't be long before we put all the pieces together on our own.
I can easily get off track with this because their is so very much I could talk about,so I better wrap it up and get to the main point...With Johnnys first birthday quickly approaching I started to get nervous. Why might you ask? Because, Johnny and Peter Romeiser shared the same birthday. It wasn't until that night November 11th 2016 when Johnnys 1st birthday party was winding down and my dad sat down to play happy birthday on the piano and I froze. I felt like I was in a trance. A few weeks before Johnnys first birthday I had gone back over some research on the house to refresh my memory, and came across an obituary for Roland Romeiser. Roland was a gifted musician, specifically talented with the piano. At only 17 years young Roland died of a heart attack after putting on a piano performance at the romeisers home. His father peter had gone upstairs once the party was over, he had stayed up late to read the paper, to his surprise he found his son dying. He was putting the performance on for his father Peters birthday. This was also Johnnys birthday, November 11th. I don't know why it took me so long to put it all together. But when my dad sat down and played happy birthday on the piano it hit me, and it hit me hard.
I truly believe that all those nights I heard what sounded like a party going on was the celebration of Peter Romeisers birthday. I believe that the shadows I saw on the wall were Peter in the hallway outside of Roland's room. I believe when I would feel someone pushing on the bed around my feet that it was Peter trying to wake Elise to tell her their son was dying. I believe that's why Chris sat so quiet after brining Johnny home...because one hundred and nine years prior to that day Roland Romeiser was laid out in the home and just a day before that Roland's sister Petronella tried to take her own life...in the home due to the devastation of her brothers passing. She failed that attempt but succeeded two years later.
We could never explain why we felt the way we did, but now we know. I believe those few devastating days for the Romeiser family was being relived over and over and over again. I was drawn to this house and sucked in for a reason. I truly feel that Peter and Elise Romeiser were reliving that night over and over through chris and I. I always felt Elise Romeisers presence with me. About 6 months before our last night at the home the activity slowed down quiet a bit. It really got quiet I think they knew we were leaving.
We will always have people who are believers in our experiences and there will always be those who are skeptical...but all I have to say is since moving out of the home aug 31st I have yet to see anything out of the corner of my eye, hear things in the middle of the night waking me, no voices on monitor and honesty I'm sleeping great. Also, Johnny now sleeps through the night( for the most part).
Would I do it all over again? I ABSOLUTELY would. Call me crazy, but that house will live on in my heart and soul forever. I will always have a passion for fixing up old homes. I love all of the stories that come along with them, this one especially. I know I didn't share much on the history of the Romeisers but they were a very likable and well known family in Belleville at that time who just couldn't seem to catch a break when it came to family tragedy. Later on down the road, their daughter Emma Romeiser panes was one of the few killed in the Hindenburg crash. The home was also an apartment and boarding house over the years before the Mueller family bought it in the 50's and lived in it for nearly 50 years. Though this house holds many tragedies, it will also always hold the hours or work, love and memories of the Hettenhausen family of three.
Below are some sounds that were picked up the night the paranormal research was done. We were in the home at the time these were recorded so you will hear us talking as well. Some of this evidence was picked up through recorders set throughout the home, others were responses to us using the spirt box. Listen for what each audio is captioned as. Those are not our voices. Enjoy and happy Halloween everyone👻
above is video of orb coming in door to left and exiting door to right. Notice the orb stays the same height the whole time leading me to think it's not a piece of dust.
above in the doorway to the right you will see that a light comes on in the next room. At this point everyone was downstairs at the dining room table communicating through the spirit box.