exactly was the "Incident?"
of 1995, Rick Williams, a professor of parapsychology from a northern
California university, brought five students with him for a typical
weekend expedition to investigate a reported haunted house, located
north of the San Francisco bay area in the small town of Petaluma.
The house was scheduled for demolition by a corporation that was in
the process of closing a deal to purchase the prime real estate historically
known as "Haystack Landing," located in the southwestern
end of town.
The actual onsite investigation by this group began several hours
behind schedule due to one of the students being late to the motel
meeting site. Then, shortly after beginning the investigation on-site,
student Chad Grochowski was sent back to the motel by Professor Williams,
due to the need for additional lighting and power sources.
When Mr. Grochowski returned to the site, almost ninety minutes later,
he could not have in any way been prepared for what he was about to
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department brought in their Special Investigations
Division to thoroughly analyze the crime scene and assess the true
nature of what these researchers really encountered that evening.
After several years of forensic analysis and investigation, no definitive
conclusions have ever been made surrounding the events that took place
late that evening.
- Sonoma County Sheriff's Department
- Petaluma Historical Society
- Sonoma County Historical Museum and Archives
- The Santa Rosa Herald
- Miwok Native American Council
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