Upcoming PRISM Events
Villisca Axe Murder House
FREE - Open to the public!
"Delve into the Mysteries
of the Paranormal"
Lincoln Bess Dodson
Walt Branch Library
Thursday, June 13 @ 6:30 pm
6701 S 14th St., Lincoln, NE
April 30, 2013:
Q98.5 Pat & JT Radio Show
>> Listen to the interview here
November 3, 2012
PRISM Director Carl Norgard and investigator Brian Heath were mentioned in an article entitled, Groups seek proof in a world of darkness. The article centered around PRISM's investigation of the Ball Cemetery in Springfield, Nebraska and was written by World-Herald Leader Staff Writer Mike Bell.
>> Read the article here
Hummel Park, which is said to be one of the most haunted places in Omaha, NE and rumored to be an ancient Native American burial ground, was once the site of a fur trading post run by Jean Pierre Cabanne in 1823. It was later named in tribute to J.B. Hummel, a long time superintendent of the Omaha Parks and Recreation Department.
The park has a very eerie feel to it. Spread over 200 acres, it is filled with steep hills and winding, dirt roads. An area at the eastern edge of the park is known as "Devil's Slide" because of the many suicides that have taken place there. Erosion has washed the area free from trees and resulted in steep cliffs and sharp drop-offs.
One of Hummel Park’s most mysterious characteristics is the trees that bow over the road entering the park. It is believed that many black men and women were hanged from these trees in the early 1900’s by local racist lynch mobs …and their souls still dangle from the trees. Park visitors claim to hear screams and cries coming from this park late at night.
Another of Hummel Park’s well known mysteries is the “Morphing Stairs,” a long, stone staircase located at the top of the park. These stairs are said to “morph” because nobody knows the exact number of stairs in the staircase. Each time a person counts the number going up or down, a different number is counted on the return trip.
The “Morphing Stairs” lead down a large hill into a valley containing a decrepit pit area with a deteriorating shelter house. Spray-painted markings in this area, such as inverted pentagrams and swastikas, along with the presence of dead animal carcasses, indicate that Hummel Park is a place where occult rituals and devil worship have taken place.
In addition to these satanic rituals, numerous murders have been committed in the park. One of these murders involved an Omaha prostitute named Laura LaPointe, who, in 1983, was sexually assaulted and then robbed of $25 by four other prostitutes. She was beaten to death with a 6 foot tree limb and a softball bat, and later discovered in a roadside ditch located in a heavily-wooded area of the park.
The screams and cries heard by park visitors, coupled with local ghost hunters’ claims of unexplained electro-magnetic readings and sightings of various ghostly apparitions, indicate a high level of paranormal activity at Hummel Park.
The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: Ghostly Locales From Around the World
Hummel Park chapter written by: David P. Rodriguez (PRISM)
Recent Hummel Park Murders:
Twelve-year-old Amber Marie Harris disappeared on November 29, 2005. She was last seen on a video tape from her school bus getting off the bus at 5:41 p.m approximately four blocks from her house. On February 14, 2006 Amber's backpack was found about a mile and a half from where Amber was last seen. On May 11, 2006, human remains were found in a shallow grave in Hummel Park. On May 19, 2006, the skeletal remains were identified as Amber's. The killer was eventually captured.
PRISM investigated the murder site shortly after the murder, but was unable to capture any EVP evidence. Our visit was talked about on television's America's Most Wanted.