December 30, 2013:
Updated PRISM team photos
November 13, 2013:
Added Squirrel Cage Jail FOX KPTM News clip from July 2005
Read more about P.R.I.S.M. and this investigation in Jeff Belanger's book Encyclopedia of Haunted Places:
P.R.I.S.M. PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION OF BALL CEMETERY (SPRINGFIELD, NE)
History of Ball Cemetery
20999 S. 176th St.
Springfield, Nebraska 68059
The Ball Cemetery began as a private family cemetery and its oldest grave marker is dated 1869. Over the years, the cemetery grew to include individuals such as William "Rattlesnake Pete" Liddiard, a United States Marshal and implement dealer, who left his home of Springfield, Nebraska to join up with William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. He had a large handle bar mustache and became known as one of the fastest “on the draw” of all the U.S. Marshals. When he later died on the West coast, his body was brought back to Ball Cemetery for burial.
Various apparitions have been seen at Ball Cemetery. The ghost of a tall, male figure has been seen walking around the cemetery after dark. This ghostly apparition is known to have a rather bad temper, and there have even been reports of phantom, physical attacks dealt to some of the people who dare to visit this cemetery late at night. Other visitors have found unexplainable bruises on their arms and legs after entering the cemetery. Could this be the work of Rattlesnake Pete?
Another spirit roaming this cemetery by night is thought to be Mary Mumford, one of Ball Cemetery’s interred residents. Visitors have reported hearing the faint voice of a woman emanating from somewhere in the cemetery and some have even felt their clothing being tugged, followed by a woman's laughter.
More strange happenings at Ball Cemetery include those who say they have witnessed headstones tipping over and then rising back up on their own, and strange ectoplasm mists appearing in photographs taken among the gravesites.
Visitors beware! Ball Cemetery is guarded by its next door neighbors, who won't think twice about brandishing a shotgun if they catch you hanging out at this cemetery in the middle of the night. ~ PRISM Founder, David Pierce Rodriguez
PRISM Paranormal Investigation - 8/31/2012
In August 31, 2012, the PRISM paranormal research returned to Ball Cemetery. At approximately 9:00PM PRISM investigators Carl Norgard, Kelley Kennedy, Lisa Krasso, Brian Heath and a guest investigator, met with a Sarpy County Deputy who escorted the team into Ball cemetery. The short turn around gravel road going into Ball Is dark and tree lined and made for a appropriate start for the investigation. PRISM stayed at the cemetery for 3 hours taking many photographs and audio recordings. Unfortunately, due to the the light rain that fell during most of the investigation, most of the photos had to be discarded. After going through the evidence, one full spectrum photo of a shadow and one EVP were captured.
PRISM Paranormal Investigation - 4/3/2005
P.R.I.S.M. paranormal investigation of Ball Cemetery
Date: April 3, 2005
Location: Springfield, Nebraska
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Weather Outside: Partly Cloudy
Outside Temperature: 56°F
Humidity Outside: 31% (Dry)
Sunrise & Sunset: 7:04 am & 7:57 pm
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (30% Full)
Solar Activity: Normal
Geomagnetic Activity: Quiet
On April 3, 2005, PRISM's David Pierce Rodriguez and Dan Christianson spent a short time at Ball Cemetery. The cemetery gates were closed this night, so both investigators had to take their photos, video, and EMF readings from the outside of the fence which lines the cemetery. No unusual EMF readings were recorded. One EVP and light anomaly were recorded on a handheld video camera and lots of extremely large orbs were photographed by both David and Dan. Neighbors were notified of our presence in advance, so we weren't afraid of getting shot at, but even so, there was definitely a "creepy" feeling in the air around the cemetery.
E.V.P. Audio Evidence
This EVP was captured on a Sony TRV video camera with NightShot by David Pierce Rodriguez and Dan Christianson on their April 3, 2005 investigation of the Ball Cemetery in Springfild, Nebraska. A blinking light can be seen fon the upper left side of the video clip while an EVP is heard at the same exact time. What the voice is saying is unclear.
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