Leah Michele Mailloux, Shakers’s freshest host and tour guide, moved from her tiny village of Williams Bay to Milwaukee in 2012. She is a UWM and MATC alumna, with college-given knowledge in Journalism, Advertising, Media Studies, Art & Design, Dental Assisting, and French Language & Culture.
She keeps busy outside of Shaker's with her freelance photography business. Leah has a fondness for the arts and enjoys photography, creating special effects make-up, writing, reading, singing, painting, making music playlists, and acting when she can.
In her free time, Leah also likes to craft up wizardry in the kitchen, play with her kitties (Flapjack and Clomper), and watch true crime documentaries, stand-up comedy, and 1960s sitcoms. She keeps the spooky going with her passion for bat conservation, reverence for rainy days, and an extensive sad clown collection. She cannot wait to take you on a spooky journey, and if you feel the need to buy her a drink afterward, her go-to is a gin & tonic.
I am a meek and mild housewife by day, and supernatural huntress by night. I grew up next to a cemetery and lived in a haunted house, so ghosts and death have always held a fascination for me. In college I was a psychology major, and that started a love affair with life beyond death. I always have a book about spirits or death on my nightstand. Part of that interest has now spilled over into serial killers, and the Cream City Cannibal tour has become my favorite to lead.
Having worked at Shakers for over a year now, and being a patron for almost 10 years, I have had numerous encounters with the spirits that reside there. Yes, I do go in the building by myself, and so many times have that wonderful tingle along the spine that tells me one is nearby. Come take a tour with me so we can explore ‘the things that go bump in the night’!
When Bobby was a little bitty baby, the spirits came to him... surrounded by a maternal grandmother who was well versed in Greek mysticism and psychic ability. Bob's first solo spiritual encounter took place when he was 4 and his maternal grandfather had passed of a major heart attack while shoveling snow. Young Bob saw his beloved grandfather blue in the face while waiting for the rescue squad to arrive. That night, he awoke to a need to pee. His room was right off of the kitchen and when he walked to the bathroom, he saw the image of his grandfather at the kitchen table. Spellbound, he watched for a moment, as the image, shrouded in a neon green electric current, waved him over to him. Bob went to stand next to his dead grandfather's Ghost for a moment, until his grandfather waved him to the bathroom. After peeing, he saw his grandfather wave goodbye and direct him to Bob's bedroom. The next morning, while Bob's mom was getting him dressed to meet the vast number of people who had gathered, Bob tried to tell her the story of the previous night...Finally his mother understood and grabbed him half-dressed to go and meet the family Priest. Bob told and retold the story of seeing his grandfather many times that morning, but felt okay with his grandfather passing.
Bob has multiple experiences with dead relatives and associates.
Bob has always had a connection with spirits who have passed on.
Whether in Europe, at home, in South America or Central America, he has been able to discern changes in energy and has had many encounters with spirits. Bob has an extensive background in academia and the humanities and has also studied Santeria in Cuba as well as other pagan religions in the Caribbean.
Bob had a post-death experience when he had a major myocardial infarction and was able to look down upon the cardiac surgeons working to save his life and had passed through a tunnel of light. He has had intense personal experiences where he was able to astro-project with former lovers and is plagued by regular dreams of future events and he often sees dead people.
Bob frequently says that the building housing Shakers found him, more than he was looking for it. Enjoy his tales of his experiences if you are fortunate to have him as a guide. His Ghost Tours are beyond comparison.
"Que no lo veas y lo sientas no significa que no existe abre tu mente a una experiencia paranormal’’
Cuando tenía 14 años no conozco sobre demonología pero tuve una aparición de un demonio en forma de sombra con ojos rojos y una sonrisa tallada de oreja a oreja y tuve una revelación de parte de mi madre que mis tátara abuelas de parte de ella realizaba santería y por ende puedo percibir energías negativas y sensaciones que me hacen saber que hay un espíritu cerca.
Soy puertorriqueño sobreviviente de dos huracanes uno llamado George y el otro huracán llamado María lo que me atrajo a Shaker solía ser un cliente pero me habían contado de los tours y los quería intentar para ver o saber de que trataba y me sentí muy atraído a este lugar porque se mantenía muy a lo clásico y cuando me entere de los espíritus me atrajo mucho mas por que podía sentir su presencia si quieren la misma experiencias que tuve y que tengo cada vez que trabajo seré su guía en un mundo atreves del velo de la vida y los espíritus.
"That you do not see it and feel it does not mean that it does not exist, open your mind to a paranormal experience."
When I was 14 I do not know about demonology but I had an appearance of a demon in the form of a shadow with red eyes and a smile carved from ear to ear and I had a revelation from my mother that my great grandmothers on her part performed santeria and therefore I can perceive negative energies and sensations that let me know that there is a spirit nearby.
I am a Puerto Rican survivor of two hurricanes, one called George and the other hurricane called María, what attracted me to Shaker, I used to be a client but they had told me about the tours and I wanted to try them to see or know what it was about and I felt very attracted to this place because it stayed very classic and when I found out about the spirits it attracted me much more because I could feel their presence if you want the same experiences that I had and that I have every time I work I will be your guide in a world through the veil of the life and spirits.
Unlike any ordinary job, I was drawn to Shakers, it pulled me in, and I felt deeply connected from the start. When I first took the tour, I knew I wanted to be a guide so that I could experience the spirits on a more intimate level. I moved to Milwaukee from Washington DC seven years ago and have been fascinated by the history and culture of the midwest ever since, particularly its hauntings. I am an avid Cinephile and enjoy challenging my mind's endurance by taking it to dark places in movies. Spirits feed off the energy of people, which is why a lively bar such as Shakers is so haunted. Exploring the building with you makes for a unique experience every time. I look forward to showing you around, and seeing the space take on a new dimension by your presence.
As a kid, I probably played the Ouija board and watched Forensic Files a little too frequently for someone my age. As an adult, I still have that unquenchable thirst for knowledge - especially that concerning the unknown and the abnormal. As an English Major/Psych minor, the combination of researching, writing about, and dissecting topics concerning the twisted and the paranormal is right up my alley. Being the research assistant for Hangman Tours, I'm given the opportunity to peel back some of the layers of the dark and the strange associated with this business, as well as inform, learn and experience a side of the spiritual world that I had never gotten to explore to this depth before.