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The Haunting of Dyer Lane
Sacramento, California

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 04/04/2011

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About Dyer Lane

Alleged haunted road, according to local lore. Late night cruising this road has become a teenage right of passage for local kids. Dyer lane hauntings - The background
The supernatural and paranormal have been an interest of mine for most of my life. With the shows on cable, my interest has grown. Leading me and some family members on a "ghost hunt" down a nearby county road that is "haunted".

If you Google "Haunted Sacramento", Dyer lane will come up on a website stating it is one of the top 10 most haunted places in Sacramento. There have been a few local paranormal investigation groups that have "investigated" Dyer Lane and one guy that posted a video complete with an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon). The video is about 7 minutes he drives all but the last minute and comments how "creepy and abandoned" the road is. There are lots of stories about what people have experienced on Dyer Lane, but almost no documentation. The local investigators claim to have EVPs and lots of pictures of "orbs" and "creepy" trees from their investigation.


According to local legend Dyer Lane has been a scene of KKK meetings and rumored lynching in the '30s.

In the '50s there was supposedly a fatal car crash involving a police officer.

In 1972 there was according to local report a race between a GTO and a Duster. The driver of the GTO missed the 90 degree turn and crashed into a tree. He was ejected through the front windshield and died when his head impacted the tree.

In the 1990s the was an actual murder that is documented. It was gang related and racially charged. According to the Placer County Sheriff, the victim was shot and dumped in front of one of the driveways.

There are also stories about Native American encampment along Dry Creek that runs just south of Dyer Lane. This is the information you will find if you look up Dyer Lane on the Internet. Most of this is urban legend and completely unverified.

Having had actual paranormal experiences myself and having seen some of the "evidence" presented, I am at the least skeptical of some of their findings. Most "orbs" can easily be disregarded as refractions from dust, insect, lens flare, or reflections of something total normal and organic. EVPs are "voices" that is heard on a recording that were not audible at the time it was recorded. Some of these come through clear and clean, others need some "cleaning" and a suggestion of what was said.

So on a warm summer night in July, my niece, nephew, son-in-law and myself set out to investigate the ghosts of Dyer Lane. When you first turn onto Dyer Lane, it appears no different than any other county road. That's because it really isn't any different. The lane turns off of Watt ave. and runs west then makes a 90 degree left turn and becomes Tan road. Tan road runs south and makes a 90 degree right turn and becomes Kassner road that runs west and then makes one last 90 degree left turn to become 16th street. All along the road the is trash and debris. Due to it's close proximity to more populated areas, people use it to dump garbage because it's remote and is lightly traveled. It has the usual old barbed wire fence, some cattle and a few collapsing buildings. But there are still residents of Dyer lane that are very much alive. Contrary to postings about it being abandoned.

Comments

docher81 Posted: 04/05/2011
We arrived at Dyer Lane approximately 10:00 pm. The weather was clear and warm with a slight breeze. Upon arrival we quickly realized we weren't the only one checking out this road. There were several cars that passed us or we passed. Most seemed to be full of teenagers seeking out the ghost stories of this road. A couple of car loads screamed and yelled as they drove by. One 4x4 made a feeble attempt at water ballooning us, he barely made it out of his car window. We went out to Kassner rd. and started our investigation. There are 3 or 4 occupied homes on Kassner rd. There is also the remaining foundation of and old house
docher81 Posted: 04/05/2011
We decided that this would be a good place to start. We began with some pictures and a digital voice recorder. Hoping to catch some EVPs and maybe something on film. We ended our investigation after a chat with a local Sheriff. Actually I interviewed him after he established who we were and what we were doing. He actually seemed interested and more than forthcoming with information. He stated that he had been patrolling this area for about 20 years. I asked if he had seen anything strange on his patrols. He replied only the folks out here looking for ghosts, kids getting high or looking for a secluded make-out spot. He did give me details about the murder in the '90s, exactly where it took place and what had happened. He bid a good evening and went on his way. Our findings; EVPs: none that could not be dismissed as wind, background noise(clothes, leaves ruffling etc.) I did capture a coyote howl (which sounds nothing like they do on TV) and a male Pheasant cackle, could this have been the evil laugh the others captured? Photographic: Again nothing that couldn't be dismissed as completely normal. Orbs could have been and probably were dust, bugs or the flash refracting off of natural material. Video: Again nothing. Dyer lane is far from deserted and seems to be a right of passage for local teens and us old folks ghost hunting. There is lots of graffiti saying R.I.P and a name, swastikas, a few KKK symbols and some gang tags. But thats the creepiest symbols we found. While I will not dismiss what others have seen or heard, I can't honestly say that Dyer Lane is haunted. An investigator on a website claims he was covered with orbs. We were continually being pelted by bugs while out there. The "shadow people" I would dismiss as tree trunks, shadows and a good imagination. The sounds, if you don't spend much time outdoors at night, the sounds can be frightening to city folk. People hear and see what they want, in the shadows. If you decide to venture out to Dyer lane, keep your mind open. You may see something that we missed or it may be just a drive down a county road in the dark
deathtoall Posted: 04/08/2011
It would be cool to hear the recording of the pheasant cackle so other people who might venture out there would be aware of what this sounds like... could you upload the recording to the evp section on the right hand side of this page when you get a second? Looking forward to more info on your future outings! :-)

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