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Brumder Mansion –
Haunted Place — Brumder
3046 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208
Brumder Mansion web site * (414) 342-9767
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Brumder Mansion Bed & Breakfast can be
found on West Wisconsin Avenue, a main street that runs from
downtown Milwaukee, past Marquette University, and runs parallel to
the 94 hwy. Brumder Mansion is on the corner of North 31st and West
Wisconsin, in the historic Concordia District, in a neighborhood of
other old Victorians, some of which have been converted into
apartments, while others remain as private homes or used for a
commercial purpose, like a B&B. While the front door faces West
Wisconsin, thus giving it an address on this street, the mansion
also sits on North 31st Street.
West Wisconsin Street originally was known
as Grand Avenue, a street that was lined by huge, glorious
Victorian mansions. Around the turn of the century, it was commonly
believed that it was healthier to live away from Lake Michigan, so
areas about 20 minutes from downtown Milwaukee became the places to
build luxury mansions. Though many mansions have been torn down and
replaced with apartments and commercial buildings, some grand
buildings and Victorians, such as the Pabst Mansion still grace
DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:
This grand, 4 story, almost 8,000 square
feet, 1910 red-brick Victorian/Gothic/English Arts and Crafts style
mansion surely makes a glorious bed and breakfast, and is a venue
choice for special events and concerts. Tom and I became acquainted
with Brumder Mansion when we stayed here for a night during our
2007 road trip to Wisconsin, and fell under its spell. We wound up
buying it in December of 2007, after Tom learned from the owner,
Carol, that she was going to sell it.
The house has been restored to its former
glory, and the decorum and furnishings make one feel that one has
traveled back in time, visiting an early 20th century well-to-do
family. The first floor has all the rooms deemed necessary for a
1910 upper class family, including a parlor, living room, foyer,
dining room, library, large kitchen, and the ballroom space,
located in the basement instead of the third floor, which is
unusual for a Victorian mansion.
The crown jewel in the dining room is the
stunning, handcrafted stained glass, ceramic mosaic tiled
fireplace, depicting flowers. It was designed by Neideken; an
interior designer who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright. Neideken was
hired to do this mosaic for the Brumder family, when he was just
The main massive Gothic oak staircase takes
the visitor up to the second floor and landing, that has 3
bedrooms/suites, with private bathrooms; two with spa tubs. Another
staircase found on the second floor leads up to what was the
servants quarters/work areas on the third floor that has 2 popular
suites, 1 standard room, and the innkeeper's apartment. All
bedrooms have a fireplace. There are a total of 6 guest bedrooms
which are used for visitors to the Brumder Bed and Breakfast.
Many of the suites have beautifully
wood-carved fireplaces, marble in the bathrooms, lovely woodwork
and antiques. The Gold Suite, located on the second floor, is named
for its gold and yellow decor. The suite features a Victorian
parlor set of furniture, an Arts and Crafts antique Queen-sized bed
and dresser, simple, yet elegant draperies and a tall oak
ornamental fireplace with fluted columns.
We first stayed in one of the newer,
lovely, third floor/side-attic room suite, The Gyneth, which has a
whirlpool bath tub, trimmed in marble, a private bathroom, a
fireplace along with some lovely furnishings and detail from the
past; wooden floors, lovely wood paneling and some handsome antique
Because Mr Brumder had the foresight to
place the Victorian ballroom area in the large basement, this
feature has helped to make this building an attractive property
throughout the years. It was never renovated into apartments, like
other large Victorian homes were in this area. This ballroom
basement area, which has its own outside entrance, has been put to
good use for a variety of events. It has been a 1920s-30s party
place/high roller gambling joint, a billiards/recreation room, a
cafe with live music, and a licensed, 75 seat theater for dramatic
and comedic productions, started by former owner, Carol
Currently, the recently beautifully
renovated ballroom theatre in the basement, with its newly revamped
stage, lighting, de faux painted walls, and recreated 1920s/1930s
bar, is now rented out /used for special events, parties,
receptions, music concerts, and other small group activities. The
ballroom area also has an excellent acoustics, and musical groups,
interviews and paranormal events are being filmed for our web
Weddings of all sizes and receptions are
held in this mansion as well. Whether a large wedding or a small
one, or something in between, there is a space or area in the
Brumder that can be used.
Business leader, George Brumder Sr., who
made his fortune publishing German language newspapers, reading
material and sheet music, built this lovely, stately mansion in
1910, for one of his sons, William or George Jr., but George Jr.
and his wife Henrietta and their 11 children wound up living here.
9 of their 11 children survived.
Mr Brumder Sr. died in May of 1910. The
Brumder family enjoyed this lovely mansion for 10 years, before it
was put on the real estate market, in the early 1920s, after
The Brumder family sold their mansion to a
shady fellow, Sam Pick, his brother Ed, and their associates. Sam
and Ed Pick were associated with one of the Chicago gangster
organizations, probably Al Capone's gang. Sam came to Milwaukee
with his brother, Ed to establish a nightclub business; to be a
legal front for the illegal distribution of black market liquor,
for illegal gambling, and perhaps prostitution. The ballroom
basement was the perfect place to start such an endeavor, being a
safe place to party hardy; trying it on a smaller scale.
Sam expanded his speakeasy, moving it to an
upscale building on Bluemound Road, just on the other side of the
Milwaukee County line. Sam opened The Club Madrid, which became a
popular hotspot. It was a fancy, nightclub that served fine food
and offered a variety of musical talent, dancers and other unusual
acts, on the first floor, as well as the black market booze. The
gambling tables were kept somewhere in the building.
The ballroom of the Brumder was still used
as the spot for high rollers who liked high stakes gambling.
Amenities like liquor and probably an in-house prostitute were
offered to these gentlemen as well. We have a hunch that Ed Pick
was in charge of the high rollers games at Brumder, but we don't
know for sure; its just a theory.
After the repeal of prohibition, Sam had
some money issues, got behind on the mortgage payments and nearly
lost The Club Madrid, but managed to beat that problem. In the
mid-1930s, Sam also was forced to pay for music royalties for the
songs the performers were singing on stage at the Club Madrid. At
first he had refused, but when collectors started to remove the
tables from the Club Madrid, he relented and paid what was
We think that it was during this time that
he sold Brumder Mansion to raise some funds. Sam and /or Ed had the
secret tunnel that ran into the basement sealed up with cement
before doing so. Later in the 1930s his illegal gambling operation
was discovered at the Club Madrid, and he and his brother were
caught by law enforcement. If the high rollers gambling operation
had still been taking place in the Brumder ballroom, Brumder
mansion would've been mentioned in the newspaper archives at this
time. Sam and Ed managed to find a judge that only fined them 1000
dollars, but gave them no jail time.
Though the Milwaukee mobsters didn't take
too kindly to his marketing plans, or his speakeasy/gambling
business, Sam had nine lives. He was shot and wounded in the late
'30s,but survived that attempt on his life. However, when a stick
of dynamite was thrown into his Club Madrid in the 1950s, Sam was
inspired to retire to Michigan. We don't know what happened to Ed
The next owners of Brumder Mansion were an
English couple, who bought Brumder Mansion sometime in the
mid-thirties. The upkeep on Victorian homes is high, so it is not
surprising that the Brumder Mansion was again put to work to earn
its keep; this time in a legal way. Luckily, The Brumder Mansion
wasn't divided into apartments by the English couple, but instead
was turned into a upscale, boarding house, for the employees of a
Big changes were in store for Brumder
Mansion during the 1960s. It was bought by the neighboring Lutheran
Church, only two doors down, to be used in the early years of
ownership by the church as a parsonage and church activities. A
psychedelic youth chapel was created on the second floor, in what
is now George's Suite. Other rooms were turned into offices, and
the ballroom was put to good use in the downstairs ballroom. We
learned from a source that the church for awhile also took in
wayward youth in need of some guidance.
The ballroom basement was transformed into
a Christian coffee house, complete with live music for
entertainment, called The Catacombs, part of the church's outreach
program. In the later years of ownership, the church rented out the
first /second floor rooms for office space/meeting rooms. There was
a radio station in the Gold Suite. More research is being done, and
I will add to the story as I find out.
By 1990s, the upkeep, let alone the repair
work, needed for this 1910 mansion became more and more of a
challenge for the Lutheran Church. The straw which broke the camels
back was the complete break-down of the central heating system in
the Brumder, that caused the pipes to burst. This now long in the
tooth, fixer-upper opportunity with a bad roof and white walls, and
a buckling floor in the ballroom, was put back into the real estate
market once again, a white elephant badly in need of TLC and a
boatload of money for many repairs.
In 1997, Brumder Mansion was bought and
rescued by Carol Hirschi, representing a different breed of
homeowner, who is willing to move into an accordian-type economic
neighborhood, with a variety of people living there, buying a type
of home which takes a huge commitment of time, money, passion and
perseverance, with the goal to rehabilitate the Victorian/Arts and
Crafts mansion in question to its former glory; transforming an
institutionalized building into a welcoming Victorian
Since the 1980s, Other people have also
moved into this neighborhood, thanks to the efforts of the
non-profit group, West-end Development, who stabilized many of the
old homes in the Concordia District. These stabilized homes were
sold to people willing to fix them up, and live in them. To
encourage this, the city of Milwaukee declared that the Concordia
District as the bed and breakfast district.
After replacing the central heating system,
the old, leaky roof, and putting in new radiators and new plumbing,
Carol began the pains-taking task of transforming and restoring the
Brumder Mansion back into its pristine state of being; stripping
off the signs of an institutionalized building, and restoring the
oak woodwork and floors, etc.; something she still loves to do. To
finance this courageous endeavor, Brumder Mansion became a Bed and
Breakfast, opening in 1998, after she had transformed the rooms on
the second floor. She had a lot of fun refurnishing the rooms with
beautiful antiques, breathing new life into a place where the
visitor is transformed into another era.
To raise funds to pay for all that still
had to be done, Carol who was an artist and actress, started a
theatre group, known as the Cornerstone Theatre. The ballroom was
turned into a playhouse theatre, and became a licensed 75 seat
theatre, with a stage, risers, a sound booth, using the rooms in
the basement as changing areas. She also had special events, such
as her Dinner with Charles Dickens around Christmas, her Halloween
Tom and I have always loved old Victorians
and are thrilled to be the owners of this fabulous Victorian/Arts
and Crafts mansion, since January of 2008. We have kept the
improvements coming, contributing to the decor, floor rugs, antique
furniture, energy efficient windows, roof repairs, wall air
conditioning units, lighting, maintenance upkeep, and yard,
determined to make the Brumder Mansion even better!
Our biggest project was the renovation of
the ballroom theatre, from a dark, playhouse theatre to a bright,
pretty ballroom, with a new wooden stage, new plaster walls, redone
wooden flooring, Faux-painted walls, new ceiling and lights, a
renovated bathroom, and a 1920s bar, with a glass-mosaic top. It is
a favorite place for concerts, events, receptions, seminars and
dances! The acoustics are superb, and the view of the stage is
clearly seen by all in the ballroom.
The Brumder Mansion has a welcoming,
friendly aura and atmosphere about it, that one feels immediately
upon entering the foyer. Guests come here to relax and recharge
their batteries, enjoying the atmosphere, the amenities and the
great breakfasts offered by our terrific staff. Our unseen
residents and visitors leave our guests alone, and act like good
hosts and hostesses, as they seem to still have their good
mid-western manners intact, despite being in spirit form.
Other people and groups come to the Brumder
to go to organized paranormal events/investigations that are held
here, led by experienced paranormal investigation groups. Because
of the possible high level of activity, especially when a medium or
psychic of two comes to an event, the use of seances and Ouija
boards are not allowed, ever.
The spiritpeople who live and visit here
aren't on the payroll, and can choose not to communicate. When the
spirits are treated with respect, and are inspired to play and
communicate, EVPs are captured, and many investigators have had
personal experiences. Recently, certain spirits have become less
shy and have come out to play with investigators and groups of
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
Restoration of a building to its original
state, in combination with the influx of antique furniture and
items, which once belonged to other folks, often greatly increases
paranormal activity. While the first known paranormal experiences
in Brumder Mansion were reported publicly by Carol Hirschi, some of
the spirits found here have had some connection to this mansion for
many years, according to some well-respected mediums who have come
to visit Brumder Mansion.
Mediums who have examined the Brumder have
told us that the spirits that reside here stay because they want to
be here. The in-house, spirit residents have a connection with this
100 year old mansion.
People who love the place they call home,
or have an attachment to a property through ownership, may not
quite trust the living to take care of the property, and may stick
around to supervise, or try to help.
Castle * Hearthstone
Mansion * Hemingway
Past employees who were dedicated to their
duties, may choose to continue, not letting the fact that they are
dead stop them.
Raton Resort Club * John Hunt
Morgan House )
It has always been risky business working for or around
Wabasha Street Caves *
O'Henry's Roadhouse Building *
St. Valentine's Day Massacre * County
Line Barbecue Restaurant )
We have also been told by well-known
psychics that some spirits just pass through on their way to
somewhere else, attracted by the energy in the mansion, enjoying
the aura and artwork. Perhaps some come through to check up on
their antiques that now are in Brumder Mansion.
Sometimes, people are so attached to their
belongings, that they don't wish to leave them to go to the other
side, or come back to visit their special items.
Library at Indiana University * That
Steak Joint *
Nevada Governor's Mansion * JP Speed
The Gold Suite
In some investigations when paranormal
investigators and psychics/mediums have been able to engage and
draw out the spirits, new information about our unseen
residents/perhaps some former employees of the Brumder has been
brought to light, mostly captured in EVPs and personal experiences,
making the reality of living with spirits much more comfortable.
The spirits who live here and visit fortunately all have good
mid-western manners, and leave our guests alone, though they make
their presence known among the staff, owners, with paranormal
investigators they can relate to, and sometimes with people who
want to make contact with them. Nothing evil or negative inhabits
the Brumder, just friendly and benign ones, who love the Brumder as
much as we do!
Entities of five-six known intelligent
spirits seem to enjoy the restored Brumder Mansion.
Spirit People in Residence:
Older female Entity
— (Known as Suzanne/Aunt Pussy). We are not sure who
she is, though urban legend says that she was the maiden aunt of
the Brumders who lived with them at some point, perhaps part-time.
Newer theories think that perhaps she was a governess, head
housekeeper and or perhaps a nurse/caretaker of Henrietta during
her last years at the Brumder. Whoever she was, perhaps she came
only during some seasons of the year, as there is no census record
of her living there.
Several mediums have identified this female
entity as a woman, 40-60 years old, who likes to be called Suzanne.
The witness who saw her twice describe her as wearing clothes and a
hair-style that was from an older generation of 1910-Victorian. She
was the first entity to make herself known to Carol Hirschi and
She has partially appeared to Carol's
boyfriend in the Gold Room by the fireplace, from the waist up in
solid form. He later saw this same spirit wearing a black formal
gown, gliding down the central staircase.
Mediums/Psychics have seen her come down
the stairs, going into the foyer or one of the downstairs rooms.
Suzanne likes to know what is going on in the mansion, sometimes
acting as an unseen greeter.
Guests and patrons of Carol's Cornerstone
Theater in the basement began seeing the entity of a woman, dressed
in attire which was popular in the early 20th century, walking
around the area there.
While she goes all over the mansion when
need be, she likes to reside in The Gold Suite, keeping a motherly
eye on the folks who stay in her room. She is a kind soul, with a
soft spot for older people, and people with a physical hindrance or
Sometimes, on occasion, she responds to
requests from guests. Recently, she must have had the Halloween
spirit, and was playful with a young couple, who were staying in
her room. As they were looking for a ghost, they asked her to show
them a sign of her presence. She turned off all the lights right
away. When one of the guests immediately asked her to turn them
back on, the lights immediately popped back on.
Suzanne prefers to communicate through
psychics and mediums, when she feels it is an important issue of
She also apparently is on the decor
committee, caring very much about renovation projects, letting the
living know through a medium what she thinks would be lovely, as
she did during the time we were planning to renovate the dark
ballroom into a theatre and event center.
In 2009, we were planning to renovate the
ballroom in the basement, making it less dark and more inviting for
events. We had several meetings in the basement area, discussing
various ideas. One weekend, a medium and her husband came to the
Brumder for a weekend of quiet and rest. They stayed in the Gold
Suite, not knowing that they were the guest of Suzanne. After a
great night sleep, Suzanne began talking to the medium about her
concerns. The medium came down the staircase, and set up a meeting
with our innkeeper at the breakfast table. Through the medium, this
spirit Suzanne expressed what she thought we should do; make it
pretty and bright, and not cover the wooden floor with tile. She
was on a roll and gave the innkeeper complements on her efforts in
the library, and went on to describe the rooms in the house next
door in detail, describing the home as a happy house, giving decor
advice there also.
Suzanne has communicated through mind
thoughts on many occasions.
Suzanne strongly dislikes dogs, as Carol
Hirschi found out. When Carol spent the night in the Gold Suite
with her dogs on the bed, she felt a strong unseen presence and
heard a voice in her head, telling her to get the dogs out of the
room in no uncertain terms.
Another staff member who worked for the
Brumder for a year, nearly missed getting up in time to make
breakfast for our guests. The next morning, this staff member
dreamed of an old-fashioned alarm clock going off, and she awoke
when she heard a disembodied voice calling her name.
Suzanne doesn't like paranormal
investigators that rudely invade her space, though she recently has
been much more receptive, and has even softly talked for the first
time, on an EVP recording caught by investigator Rich Newman of
Elsinore Productions, during the summer of 2010.
Thought to be a 30-40 year-old female, who
may have lived here during the early 1940s, according to a psychic.
She likes the third floor bedrooms. A quiet, sensitive, happy/sad
soul, who mostly enjoys sitting by the windows, looking out at the
In March of 2010, one of our staff saw a
misty /smoky presence above one of the beds that lasted for a
minute or so, before disappearing.
She has been captured on EVPs recorded on
the third floor, in answer to questions, though she spoke so softly
its hard to understand.
Male Entity —
a supervising presence, who is currently pleased with the
new owners. We think he is a former owner or manager of Brumder
Mansion, and keeps an eye on what is happening here.
A friendly presence, who can be playful,
enjoys the parlor, is a resident of George's Suite, and the
ballroom theatre, keeping an eye on the living.
Recently, he has been more willing to
communicate with investigators and paranormal classes, giving
evidence that he is an intelligent spirit, knocking on wood in
response to questions, tapping on chairs, and even was captured on
an EVP when Vortex Paranormal was investigating the room.
A staff member felt a cool breeze brush
past her face and hair, and then billowed the curtain, as it
breezed through the room. There was no logical explanation.
Newly identified entities:
The Good Doctor
Entity — Described by a witness who briefly saw him
as being a man around 60 years old with a beard, wearing a duster,
who goes all over the mansion, but likes the George Suite and the
third floor. There is always a fun-loving jokester in every crowd,
and this spirit fits the bill.
Though not deemed to be a negative spirit,
this strong spirit can be a practical joker and a teaser of both
the living and the other spirits in the mansion.
We think he was the one who pulled the vacuum cleaner and hair
dryer plugs out of the walls, nudged staff and others that he knows
well, and made playful noises in the rooms to get the attention of
He can be curious, and was heard looking
around a guest's bag of medicines in the George Suite bathroom.
Recently we think it was this entity who peeked inside our
long-time friend's guitar case and examined his pretend sword while
our friend slept in a bed on the third floor.
He has begun to play with investigators, when they ask for a sign
of his presence.
It was probably this spirit who pushed the vent out of the Marion
Suite wall during the filming of the Channel 6 Halloween spot with
Tony and Jeffrey Seelman and Amy Lamb.
Entity — Said by a psychic to be of Scottish
According to a psychic/medium who was on a
paranormal investigation, this entity worked at the Brumder during
the Sam Pick years. He was in charge of general maintenance of the
Brumder, the coal furnace in the catacombs, and took care of the
ballroom as well, perhaps helping with the high rolling gambler
operation; set-up/take-down, perhaps was the bartender and perhaps
was involved with other shadowy business, that comes along with
working for gangster types. He also possibly suffered the
consequences for working for violent men, though there is no hard
evidence to back up a medium's report that he met foul
From 2005-2009, he was the shadowy figure
seen by a few investigation groups, in the Catacombs and hallway
next to the Brumder laundry room.
Sadie was our craftsman/contractor's deaf
springer spaniel. One day, when I was in the laundry room, and our
craftsman was working in the ballroom during renovations during the
summer of 2009, Sadie fixated her eyes on the wall by the catacomb
door, and started to bark at what was probably an unseen
Since the new 1920s style bar was installed
in the ballroom theater in January of 2010. this entity has become
less shy and bolder, a happier entity.
Sometimes his presence is strongly felt in
the far right corner of the bar, behind the counter.
His disembodied voice was heard in January
by 3 witnesses, yelling something from the staircase around the
corner that comes down from the kitchen.
During an event, the bartender heard a
friendly, disembodied male voice say, "Hello!"
During our paranormal event held the summer
of 2010, a roomful of witnesses heard a disembodied voice coming
from the bar area. Though we couldn't understand him, the
medium/psychic, Scotty Rorek, who works with Northern Alliance said
that the spirit of the maintenance man was asking if he could help
in any way.
Rich Newman from Elsinore Productions,
before the paranormal event in August, came a day early and did his
own one-man investigation. While exploring the catacombs, he heard
a chair move, and as he went to see why, a large black mass rushed
In October of 2010, while investigating the
ballroom, the door behind the bar area to the catacombs was open. A
Vortex Paranormal investigator saw a dark shadow walk past the open
door, blocking the light for a second. They jumped to investigate,
but found no-one there.
Long-time Brumder paranormal investigator,
Joe Couto, an original investigator and now the group leader of
Northern Alliance: a group that has visited the Brumder on many
occasions, was leading a group of people down the staircase from
the foyer, to the stage area, at a recent paranormal event held
over Halloween weekend (2010). As the group reached the little flat
area before going down the rest of the steps, he and his group saw
about 10 feet directly in front of them, a very real-looking full,
black shirted apparition going up the stairs to the little stage.
Joe thought that it was his team member, Chris, getting a piece of
equipment from the stage area. Imagine everyone's surprise when no
living person was seen on stage.
After a quick check to see if anyone was
playing a trick, Joe finally had his moment of truth, losing his
skepticism about the existence of spirits, though he still has a
skeptical mind about human behavior and motives, and believes in
high standards in investigation practices. Unfortunately, no camera
was on at the time, which seems to be the MO of the spirits here;
careful to be camera-shy.
Entity — Thought to be around 20-28 years old:
She is thought to have been an employee
during the Sam Pick era, as a female listed the Brumder Mansion
address as her residence during the 20s and 30s. When seen in the
ballroom basement by medium Scotty Rorek on a previous
investigation, she was wearing a yellow dress, and happily humming,
as she walked around the ballroom into the catacombs.
She likes the first and second floors and
the ballroom theatre and catacombs. She also has been known to
playfully tease the staff and owners on occasion and is beginning
to communicate to paranormal investigators in the ballroom.
While sitting on the stage in the ballroom,
Vortex Paranormal captured a distressing EVP of a young woman who
was whispering to be let out because she couldn't breathe, perhaps
offering a hint as to her final demise from disease, an accident or
other cause of death.
Just after this EVP was recorded, and after
Milwaukee-based Vortex Paranormal had turned off their cameras, and
were about to leave the ballroom, the candle sitting on the bar,
suddenly slid down the bar top. Perhaps she or one of the other
spirits present, wanted to lighten the mood a little.
The two pictures below were taken by
Kenosha Paranormal in the Catacombs, the area next to the ballroom.
Rarely are the Brumder spirits recorded on film or video. The
picture was taken in the pitch dark, close to the sealed up secret
entrance to the speakeasy, seen in the second picture. The side
view of the translucent head just above the light anomaly clinched
it for me. Some may dispute that this is a picture of a spirit, but
it looks like to me that this may be the twenty-something year old
woman, seen by Scotty Rorek. Her hair is bobbed in the 1920s style,
and she looks like she is young, though again we don't know for
sure who entity could be.
A BIG YES INDEED IS IN ORDER.
Besides the many personal experiences
reported by the mansion's owners, staff, guests, investigators,
psychics and mediums, many EVPs have been recorded, just about
everywhere in the mansion, except the kitchen, laundry room, Blue
Room and the library. Most investigations have brought to light
some evidence of spirit people via EVPS, and personal experiences.
While no EVPs have been recorded as yet from The Blue Room,
personal experiences have been reported happening there as
SW Paranormal Investigation group were the
first ones to capture EVPs, when Carol owned the mansion. They had
personal experiences, especially in the ballroom theater. In the
catacombs, they recorded a female voice, asking, "HAVE YOU SEEN
GRANDMOTHER'S ROSARY? The second EVP was of a male voice, saying,
"SEE WHAT HE CAN DO", and then two bams from kicks of an unseen
entity, banging on metal, probably the boiler.
We started inviting paranormal groups into
Brumder Mansion for paranormal investigations, to see if more could
be found out about the known resident spirit, Suzanne, and perhaps
Appleton Paranormal came and did an
investigation in November of 2008. While hard evidence was
fleeting, the group did locate a male entity in the parlor and an
older female entity in the Gold Suite, using dousing rods to
communicate, though the rods moved slowly. Unfortunately, no hard
evidence was gathered to correspond with the responses received
through the dousing rods. They did capture on film a really bright
orb in the Gold Suite. One investigator did see unexplained shadow
movement in the basement, though it didn't get recorded by any of
Feb of 2009
— The Infamous Belt Story: My own realization that it was a
reality that we had spirits, happened one cold day in February 0f
2009. We stayed in the George Suite for a few weeks during the
winter. I hung my belt up in the middle of closet. The next day, I
looked and the belt was gone!!! A few days later, it reappeared,
hanging right in the middle of the closet. We started again to
invite paranormal groups into investigate as something was teasing
the staff and myself, and we had to find out what we had here.
2009 — After their first walk-through visit, members
of the Northern Alliance Of Paranormal Investigators sat with us in
the parlor, tape recording what I was saying about the experiences
that we have had at the Brumder.
On their initial report, Cheri of
Northern Alliance of Paranormal Investigators, explained,
"Julie told us a tale of a missing belt, one she knew she had
hung in a closet. She told us how she searched everywhere,
questioning her own sanity and memory, only to have the belt
mysteriously reappear later — in the exact closet she knew
she had placed it in to begin with. As we reviewed the recording,
we were startled to hear another voice on the audio. As Julie
completed her story, a very matter-of-fact voice said 'it was us'.
During that same session, we also caught a strange whistle. While
it may have a reasonable explanation, none of the investigators
present remember hearing a whistle, and there was no indication
that anyone heard it during the interview."
The Northern Alliance Of
Paranormal Investigators in fact hit pay dirt during their
first investigation, bringing sensitive investigators that our
entities warmed up to! They gathered at least 5 EVPs, and had
personal experiences as well. Cheri commented in her report, "It is
a very warm and welcoming building. A great place to have a brush
with the paranormal in a friendly manner. It didn't take long
for them to become curious and make themselves
— EVPs recorded
May of 2009
— 4 young women from S.W.I.G.S. came and spent the night at
the Brumder. The spirits warmed up to them, and these 4 paranormal
investigators were able to engage the entities and were able to not
only capture some great EVPs, but also had some personal
experiences as well, including being called by name.
As more people have been coming to
investigate in 2010, activity in EVPs started to increase during
the summer and fall. Experienced investigators, psychics/mediums
have had results and the paranormal classes held at Brumder Mansion
seemed to further stimulate paranormal experiences for most of the
people participating. While the spirits have stopped teasing the
staff, and still don't bother our B&B guests, they do
communicate with people interested in them, in more stronger ways
than before. They seem to be happier, finding an audience of folks
who want to notice them.
End of January of
2010 — Kenosha Paranormal Group came to investigate
at the end of January 2010. Their photographer captured the light
anomaly with the translucent face of the young woman, that is shown
above. Another bright orb was caught on film in the Gold Suite, but
most folks think that most orbs are either dust, bugs, or camera
related. However, this room has had a hiThe story of a bright orb
that none of the other rooms seem to hAvenue
2010 — Paranormal classes and investigations, led by
Joe Couto from Northern Alliance and medium Scotty Rorek, who is
also part of their team;(both have shows on Z-talk radio.com), and
paranormal investigator/film maker Rich Newman had personal
experiences. Scotty became acquainted with most of the spirits
Male spirit in the George Suite, was
playful and responsive to the investigators, tapping on the little
table in response to questions.
Rich Newman captured several EVPS, besides the one in the Gold
Rich Newman recalls in his investigation report, linked below his
experiences in the catacombs with the black mass and a white light
mist that buzzed him in the ballroom.
Experienced paranormal investigator, Dale
Kaczmarek from Ghost Research Society in his preliminary
investigation, captured some interesting EVPs in the ballroom, and
on the third floor. He and his team plan to come back to Brumder
Mansion for a full investigation soon.
Sunday before Halloween — Local Milwaukee group, Vortex
Paranormal not only had experiences in the ballroom, and recorded a
first ever EVP from a relatively unknown female spirit, but they
also heard tapping on a chair in the George Suite, which had a cold
spot right in the middle of the chair, where they recorded an
intelligent EVP, who answered a question, with a whispered "YES,
When they were up in the Marion Suite, they asked the unseen
presence there to move the flashlight on the table, and it began to
roll and spin for a minute.
The joint was really jumpin' for the paranormal seminars/classes
and investigations, led by people from Z-Talk radio, all
experienced in paranormal investigations. Spirits seemed to get
into the fun of Halloween and did their best to communicate with
the people who came for the events, and the leaders involved: Joe
Couto, Scotty Rorek, Chris; a;; members of Northern Alliance, and
Professional Psychics Jeffrey Seelman and Amy Lamb. Seelman and
Lamb normally are in the business of getting rid of bad entities
and demons, but came to enjoy the spirits and teach the
participants, adding much to the events.
The Skeptical Ghost Hunter —
Ouija: Not a Game
SW Paranormal EVPs
11 Brumder WATCH HIM KICK 2 BANGS (2).wav * realmilwaukeenow.com
Rich Newman's Investigation Report and EVPs * naparanormal.org/brumder.htm