ellen

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.

Marley

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.

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LIAM

I have lived in wisconsin my whole life, born and raised. I have moved across the state, many times, but have found Shakers as the most interesting place by far. I have always been intrigued by old organized crime, as well as all the aesthetics and tropes that came with it. 

 

One day a close friend of mine knew a guy who has been well established at shakers for quite a while now. One thing led to another and I discovered shakers, the modern embodiment of the roaring 20s, a bar with cigars, and it was also haunted? I was stunned and felt a innate desire to apply, and so I did. Looking back it may have been a spiritual calling. My years of theater experience 

told me to just as quickly take one of the tours as well. I was once again, blown away. 

The hauntings, the spirits, shadow people, the scandal..... Shakers has it all.

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MARLEY

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.  

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KEVIN

This is Kevin. Kevin will be back with his bio CHEERS!

 

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CIJI

I was drawn to Shakers after my first tour in early 2021. Coming to Shakers to hear of the history of the building as well as the stories of those who never left has intrigued me beyond explanation.  Once I heard of open positions, I applied immediately.

 

I consider myself to be more aware to the spiritual side. Throughout my years, I have many stories of my own paranormal experiences. Some of which, are terrifying to many. Still, I enjoy connecting with spirits and hearing others’ experiences. I watch many different paranormal documentaries which only feeds into my need to know. 

 

I am a Milwaukee native with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. I have a full-time role outside of Shakers and have two amazing children that take up most of my “free” time. I enjoy spending time with my children and pets, painting, nature hikes, volunteering in the community, reading, and listening to music; especially live.

 

If you see me in Shakers, please share your stories with me. I will always want to hear them.

 

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BOB

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.