Of all the possible things in the world you can find in your new home, none can be quite as unsettling as plunging a shovel into the floor of your basement only to have a child’s skull come rolling out.
That’s exactly what happened to Helen Weisensel. And it turned out that, yes, her home had been built atop an old, long-forgotten cemetery– one that archaeologists and local historians estimated to be among the earliest in Wisconsin’s Jefferson County, which would make it a good 170 years old. Meaning the spirits could have theoretically been restless over slavery, Native American atrocities, you name it.
Weisensel’s nightmare didn’t just end with the bones of a child being unearthed from beneath where she slept. First, there were the pesky – yet quite pertinent – inquiries from the neighbors.
“Everybody asks me … ‘Did you have weird things happen in your home?’ I say, 'No, my house is just fine,’” Weisensel said of her neighbors. And it’s really not a surprise that nothing weird had happened: She probably hadn’t made Them angry. Yet.