As life goes on, so do our members. This photo was taken around 2014, and some of this group is still with us today. Most of this team have had their own paranormal experiences and are searching for their answers.
At GRASPP Beyond, we are committed to advancing scientific research and discovery in the field of paranormal research. Our goal is to help others understand paranormal activity as we search for answers to the unknown. Not everything paranormal is scary, usually, it's just misunderstood. With over 18 years researching the paranormal, we have learned a few things about paranormal events and we enjoy helping others find their answers.
October 2005, Halloween night. Connie (my wife) and I are watching TV and waiting for the first trick-or-treaters to arrive at our new home in Nunica Michigan.
We are watching a paranormal program called “Most Haunted” when there’s a knock at the door. I jumped up, grabbed this huge bowl of Halloween candy, and bolted to the door. As I opened it, I see our neighbor, she was asking if we are going to the township hall for the Halloween party. Wait, what!?
It appears that they don’t do the “trick or treat thing” in our new hometown. Bummer. I was really looking forward to this. So, we settled back on the couch, grabbed a handful of candy, and watched as this TV show does a séance to raise “Jack the Ripper”.
All of a sudden Connie spurts out “We should do that!” “Huh!? You want to raise Jack the Ripper?” She replies “No, we should go on a ghost hunt.”
I’m thinking this sounds like fun, so I ask, “When do you want to go?” “Now”, she replies. We called our friend Jay and the three of us went to Nunica Cemetery which is one of the most haunted places in Michigan, so they say anyway.
Jay and I have been friends at this point for over 30 years. We worked together, and hang out all the time. His wife was one of the people that set me up on a blind date with my current wife, Connie. He was even the best man at our wedding. As close as we are, he was the first person we thought of for this adventure.
Nunica Cemetery is on a list of the top 10 haunted places in Michigan. People have been experiencing strange and unusual things here for decades. Reports of strange mists, creepy EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena), disembodied voices, possessions, and apparitions including the infamous Mr. Bond.
Mr. Bond is reportedly a bitter old spirit who seems to not enjoy all the attention he gets in his afterlife. Mr. Bond was a local farmer who apparently had a heart attack while working in his fields. His body, reportedly, lay there for several days before being discovered. He was known to be an ornery old gentleman and upon his death, his legend was born.
The township of Nunica doesn’t enjoy this attention either, in fact, they usually react quite strongly when people trespass in the cemetery after hours, which happens a lot, especially on Halloween. Some years they have actually barricaded the entrance to keep spook seekers out.
We get to the cemetery and start to look around. We see about a dozen people in small groups, wandering the cemetery as we start to figure out what we’re going to do. Walking around with our cameras, snapping random photos here and there. We decided to do as they do on those TV shows we’re always watching. We start asking those silly questions to no one and letting every little noise freak us out. Fun, right?!
About an hour or so into our adventure a County Sheriff's car pulls into the cemetery and everyone in the cemetery scatters into the shadows. Well, everyone except us that is. The officer rolls up to us and asks what we’re doing. I reply, all confident and proud, “We’re ghost hunting, want to see our pictures?”. He chuckles a bit then asks where did everyone else go? “They saw you and split, I guess.” He chuckles again and says, “Then they must be up to no good, they’re the ones I’m looking for.” He tells us to have a good night and continues his patrol.
The next day Jay comes over to the house, and we start to look through the photos we took the night before. At first, nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. As we get a few photos in, we started to notice blurs of light (light rods), some odd reflections, and lots of glowing orbs. Wow, did we really catch something paranormal on our first night? They show orbs on those TV shows all the time. Cool, paranormal activity! Fun, right?
The next few days I spent way too much time on the internet looking for paranormal groups, checking their sites for similar pics and answers. Eventually, I come across a group in our area. I decided to send them some of our photos. I wanted to get their opinions about our first “investigation”.
About a week later we get an email from them saying (and I quote) “You don’t have anything. You don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t bother us!”
Well, in the first place, if we knew what we were doing, we wouldn’t have needed to bother them.
Their response really hit a nerve with us, so we began to research our “evidence” for ourselves. It didn’t take long after that for us to realize this was going to be addicting and fun, right? The next thing we knew, we were starting to do more investigating, learning to recognize different anomalies and debunking things like reflections, bugs, and dust orbs.
Soon we conned a couple more people into our growing addiction and gave ourselves a name, “Gathering Research And Stories of Paranormal Phenomena”, G.R.A.S.P.P. for short.
Oh yeah, as for that “other” group – well, they were right, we really didn’t have anything, and we probably shouldn’t have bothered them. But today we know what we’re doing!