Omaha, NE - Across the country, people have heard of Hummel Park and the haunting stories behind it. Rumors of paranormal activity, demonic forces, and stories of modern murder cloud its beauty. Local ghost hunters claim there is something in there.
“Our goal is to prove without a doubt the paranormal does exist,” says Carl Norgard of P.R.I.S.M. – Paranormal Research and Investigative Studies Midwest.
Carl and Kelley Kennedy have been working to prove some of the legends are true.
“I believe in all of this stuff because I’ve had experiences,” said Kennedy. “So I’ve already been there, done that. I want to catch it. I want to have scientific proof.”
Both Carl and Kelley grew up in Omaha. They’ve heard the stories about Hummel.
“I’ve lived here my whole life,” said Norgard. “I’ve heard everything from the screaming lady on the bridge, to the hermit of Hummel Park. There are all sorts of things that are said now.”
P.R.I.S.M. has investigated hundreds of paranormal claims across the Midwest. They bring night vision cameras, full spectrum cameras, audio recorders and flashlights. And their findings have been used around the world.
“We actually had a private detective that got a hold of us and took us to a part here in the park where a young man had driven his car off the road and died at the bottom of the hill,” said Norgard. What they found at Lookout Point may have been more than they bargained for.
“It’s chained off now,” explained Norgard. “And we heard the chains rattle and we all turn back, and it was like somebody in a hood, the wind was blowing, it was really a spooky site. But it just vanished.”
Although no audio has been recorded there, pictures show several streaks and floating orbs in the frame – a sign something could be with them.
Omaha historian, Howard Hamilton: “I’m not denying that bodies have not been found in Hummel Park at all. Absolutely in the history of Hummel Park, many people have found bodies there.”
Hamilton says he’s read every Omaha newspaper since 1854 and dismisses most of Hummel’s ghost stories.
“Theoretically, by the people who live in the neighborhood,” Hamilton explains, “they tell people to be careful along the drive because there’s a ghost and stuff.”
Hamilton is nearly 80 years old and still collects information from newspapers.
He’s clipped just about every obituary and walked all 32 cemeteries in the metro. “When people were out there,” he says, “and they were haunted by somebody, by something, it was probably a person.”
Hamilton can’t be spooked. He debunked most of Hummel’s urban legends, citing that no kind of “creepy”, paranormal activity is on record.
“In the paper, it has never appeared in any of the newspapers, because I read them all.”
Truth or fiction, the stories about Hummel Park live on and whether you believe is up to you.