hunters explore dark shadows in Spooner
SPOONER-- Do the spirits of the dead
walk among us unseen, only appearing now and
then as an unexplainable ghostly image in a
photograph, or perhaps a shadow briefly
glimpsed out of the corner of one’s eye?
Terry Fisk and Chad Lewis believe they do.
They were in Spooner last week, investigating
reports of the supernatural, part of their
research into the unexplained for a book they
will publish this summer, tentatively titled
Road Guide to Haunted Places.
Wisconsin, said Fisk,
has a wealth of paranormal activity.
Fisk and Lewis do not
limit themselves to investigating ghosts.
UFO sightings, Bigfoot,
crop circles, just about anything is fair
game. They don’t claim to be believers or
disbelievers, just a couple of guys with open
minds who are fascinated by things that go
“bump!” in the night.
Fisk and Lewis have
worked together on paranormal investigations
for about 10 years. Fisk is formerly from
The pair now operate out
of Eau Claire, where they produce a twice
weekly radio talk show on WOLF 108 FM from 10
p.m. to midnight on Mondays and Thursdays.
Noted paranormal investigators and eye
witnesses often serve as guests on the popular
show – which unfortunately is not received
this far north.
“In the past year
we’ve investigated somewhere between 250 to
300 alleged hauntings in Wisconsin,” said
Fisk. “We’ve been to every corner of the
“We’re writing a
book about haunted places in Wisconsin. These
will be current hauntings, places where people
can go and maybe have a haunting experience.
It will be a travel
guide to haunted places.”
Fisk was asked if he
really believed in the supernatural, and if he
himself has ever seen a ghost or UFO.
“I’ve always had an
interest in the paranormal,” he said. “I
had just purchased a camera. I went to Polk
County and took some pictures of my
What he saw when he
looked at the photos made his jaw drop. Every
photo was normal, except one, the one where he
was standing behind the tombstone. In that
photo, a strange blue mist seemed to be coming
out of the stone, engulfing Fisk. He said he
saw nothing at the time.
“There was no reason
for the mist,” he said. “It was not cold,
so it wasn’t breath. Nobody was smoking
nearby. We checked it out, and the camera was
The photo was examined
by experts – none could explain it, though
they did determine it was not faked in any
“There are a lot of
hoaxes and urban legends, like haunted
roads,” said Fisk. “Every community has a
Little Valley Road. Some are obvious hoaxes or
jokes. Others are not. The ones we look for
are cases with multiple eyewitnesses and a
long history of hauntings.
“Chad and I basically
take the role of agnostics. We are criticized
by hard-core believers, we are criticized by
hard-core non-believers – we try to be
“Some things can be
explained. Others fall into the category of
unexplained. And there are a lot of things we
Although hauntings and
UFO investigations make up the bulk of work
for Fisk and Lewis, the investigators will
tackle anything eerie, strange, spooky, or
bizarre. Nothing is out of bounds. From
witches to werewolves, vampires to lake
monsters, the duo is open to discussion.
One topic that gets discussed often,
especially when it comes to Northwestern
Wisconsin, is the legend of the Sasquatch,
also known as bigfoot.
The legends go back
generations among the Indians, and throughout
the country, it seems that every Native
American culture has a name for and stories
about the creature that stalks the dark
timbers. And that includes the Ojibwe Indians
Yet how could a creature
so large hide from civilization?
“We think it might be
hiding out in swampy areas,” said Fisk.
“Supposedly black panthers (dark phase
cougars) don’t exist in Wisconsin, but
people have seen them, taken photos of them.
Wisconsin does have a lot of forest, and all
of the sightings have been close to the big
In recent years, this part of the state has
had several Bigfoot sightings, including one
Fisk and Lewis recently investigated in
Cumberland. (See related article.)
“When we interviewed
the Indians in Cumberland, the tribal elder
felt it was a spiritual being,” said Fisk.
“He remembered stories when he was a child
from the tribal elders, stories that go back
generations and generations. They felt it was
bad luck to see it.
“In Cumberland a woman
saw it outside her house, her son saw it, and
tribal police found footprints. The sighting
scared this woman so bad she moved out of her
house, and refuses to go back. Obviously
Fisk and Lewis do not
come across as loonies. While in Spooner
investigating an alleged haunting at the
Corral Bar (See related story), bar owner Mike
Tiller stated of Lewis, “I thought he was
completely legitimate. He seemed very
interested and serious.”
“Chad and I take two
different approaches to this work,” said
Fisk. “He’s more into science -- he has
all the ghost hunting equipment. I have more
interest in the afterlife and near death
experiences. It is so interesting, for
instance, talking to children who have had
them. They haven’t been exposed to the
stories, know nothing about it, but their
descriptions are all the same.”
equipment” does not mean the old deer rifle.
“We have equipment that checks
electromagnetic fields and temperature
changes,” said Fisk. “ And we also use
night vision video cameras and voice activated
For all of their
enthusiasm, however, Fisk has to admit that
they have never, themselves, been able to get
any concrete evidence of ghosts, UFOs, or
other paranormal activity. Still, they keep
their minds open and keep trying.
“No, I’m one of the
unlucky ones,” said Fisk. “I’m one of
those guys that never has things happen when