Ghost Hunting with U.P.P.R.S


Filmmaker finds paranormal activity at Whitefish Point

Houghton MI - Don Hermanson of Keweenaw Video Productions has released a new DVD documentary featuring the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society (U.P.P.R.S.). The U.P.P.R.S. is a professional paranormal research team from Sault Ste.Marie Michigan and an official family member of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) from the Sci-Fi channel’s “Ghost Hunters.” They had seen Hermanson’s work on the paranormal and contacted him about filming some of their investigations. In May 2007 Hermanson, producer of four DVDs on unexplained phenomena, met the U.P.P.R.S. team at the Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum on Lake Superior to document their work and subsequently created the new DVD titled "Ghost Hunting with the U.P.P.R.S.”

While filming Investigation #1 in the Shipwreck Museum, Hermanson’s camera recorded audio of what is believed to be a women's voice, clearly heard on the tape and by two witnesses. Several team members also had personal experiences in the museum and other buildings on the grounds. Tim Ellis, founder and field director of the U.P.P.R.S. team said, "I myself as well as other members had several personal experiences at the light station; and high EMF readings in several spots confirm the possible presence of paranormal activity."

Several workers and visitors to the Shipwreck Museum complex have reported seeing ghostly images or hearing footsteps in upstairs rooms and other unexplained noises. Will Gravelle, a worker at the complex, has witnessed several paranormal events and said he believes Whitefish Point is definitely haunted. Other workers appearing in the video also describe their personal paranormal experiences.

Accompanying the U.P.P.R.S. team was noted writer Frederick Stonehouse, author of the "Haunted Lakes" book series and researcher of paranormal phenomena. Stonehouse documented the investigation for an article in “Lake Superior Magazine.”


Several weeks after documenting the group, Hermanson returned to Whitefish Point to experience heavy weather and film the complex after dark. Reporting on his findings, he said, “After dark I roamed the grounds with my night-vision camera, videotaping and listening to things in the night. Something was certainly there - it's a very spooky place after dark. I randomly shot the buildings, focusing on the windows and hoping to catch someone inside. While reviewing tape from my camera, I came across these very strange objects moving about inside the lighthouse. What ever they are - you can decide."

Also included in this documentary with the U.P.P.R.S. team is a live broadcast recorded from 99.5FM in Sault Ste. Marie on the night before Halloween. The broadcast was documented on video from the Antlers, a popular local restaurant with over 100 years of rich history, including curious activities that took place on the site. Investigation #2 is called "Halloween in the Bucket of Blood."


The DVD is available from or in local bookstores and gift shops around the Great Lakes or call 1-800-382-6088.

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