By Alicia Lambert, Reporter
As Halloween looms near, the mood is set for everything paranormal. Although Halloween is a fun and spooky time of the year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Paranormal Society (UNOPS) celebrates and interacts with ghosts and spirits year-round. UNOPS is an open group that partners with community groups such as ORBS, Heartland, Paranormal NRG, and P.R.I.S.M. The organization performs supernatural investigations both on and off campus, and study ongoing research in the field of paranormal activity.
According to Ashley DeBolt, president of UNOPS, the group has spent the past year doing investigations at Squirrel Cage Jail and Joslyn Castle, in addition to investigations in buildings on campus.
DeBolt said that the best place to investigate at UNO is the Arts and Sciences Building, where they have captured images of different spirits and have even heard their voices. There are two main spirits the group likes to visit in the building. One of these is the shade of Carolyn Nevins, who was formerly a 20-year-old student at UNO before she was assaulted, shot and left on the main university drive on a tragic night in 1955. Although Carolyn Nevins’ murder is a cold case for the Omaha Police Department, UNOPS claims they have actually interacted with her spirit.
“We have done extensive research on her, her family, the university staff and the case evidence,” DeBolt said. “For the past three years, we’ve been visiting the sites where her spirit stays and have captured EVPs [electronic voice phenomena] such as ‘Help me walk,’ ‘I’m going to meet my doom’, etc.”
According to the Paranormal Society, Carolyn is not the only ghost who haunts the halls of Arts and Sciences. William, the other claimed spirit, freely roams ASH, Elmwood Park, and the campus area. William, who was in the military and died on the beach of Anzio, Italy supposedly haunts Arts and Sciences, which was used for military purposes during the war, to see if his girlfriend ever received his letter. EVPs have discovered William saying, “You’re not my boss,” “I’m here,” “Sit down” and “Why not?” William may even have a sexist personality, as DeBolt describes.
“His personality is very affectionate towards women and he likes playing with hair, but is very aggressive and demanding towards men,” DeBolt said. “The UNO campus is filled with entities: good, bad, tragic. So no matter where we are at, we always capture something.”
UNO’s Paranormal Society also stays involved in the Omaha community and just hosted their Third Annual Paranormal Summit on Oct. 19 in Roskens Hall. The summit included speakers from different paranormal groups and psychic Andy Myers from the Intuitive Center and Haunted Hollow. The event included a raffle with different prizes, including scary movies, passes to Halloween attractions and the chance to attend an investigation with some of the presenters. This year, the summit chose to give the donations they raised to the Food Bank for the Heartland and to local food pantries.
Paranormal Society meetings are held Saturday mornings in Durham Science room 287 from noon to 2 p.m. There are no fees and anyone who would like to get involved or learn more about the different cases may attend.