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On August 13, 2011 MPPIR investigated the Cripple Creek Elks Club building on 4th Street and Bennett Avenue. For our group, the most active place was the dining room with shadows, noises and EMF readings galore. The second most active place for us was the Club Room where the bar is and is probably the room most used in the building by the Elks members.
Below is a picture taken in the Club Room during the investigation that warrants attention due to its distinctive nature. All the pictures taken that night are clear except for one that is not for a different reason. This picture appears to have water droplets on the lens and many Orbs. In fact, it’s an Orb Lover’s Dream. So all you believers in those pesky things that show up in our photographs that we can’t see with the naked eye chime in here. It also has a duplication of some lights, as if it had a stuck shutter. Either the auto-focus isn’t working or it is focusing on something I can’t see. Examine this picture closely and write in your conclusions and reasoning.
My camera is a Canon Power-shot SD 1200 IS digital that I have had for several years. It is clear when it is not focusing so I know to take another picture and I will have a blurry one. It takes a long time before it will snap the picture-if at all.
The next two pictures are an example of “now you see it, now you don’t”. They were taken one right after the other in quick succession, in the retail space on the first floor on Bennett avenue that is to the left of the main entrance of the Elks Club and is part of their building. We were lucky in that it was empty so we could spend time there last night. The importance of this space is that is was the location of the killing of Sam Strong in 1901 at what was then the Newport Saloon and Gambling Hall. In an altercation with the saloon’s owner, Grant Crumley, over gambling debts, Crumley shot Strong with a shotgun and killed him. Whether or not he died there or later is unknown but there is a description of this on a plaque at the front door and in the Outlaws and Jail Museum as well as numerous publications.
The white dot on the wainscoting below the chair rail appears in the first picture, but not in the next. If its duct, it’s quite a dense mote and pretty interesting that it appears and disappears so quickly. It does not appear in any other pictures nor do I remember seeing it on the wall. Thoughts? Reasoning? I can’t explain this either.
Last, but not least, is a picture taken at the beginning of the night in the dining room where the MPPIR Staff and Guests congregated before we left to go to our first location. The interesting aspect of this picture is the clarity in the front of the picture compared to the blurred image of the face of the woman in the purplish shirt standing in the group farther back. It looks like she has two faces.
Could these pictures be anomalies of my camera? Explanations? Thoughts? Experiences?
© 2011 MPPIR, Blog and Photo’s Nancy
What makes our “tours” unique is that they are not just tours. We bring in the public to join us on actual investigative work. This allows a person to get a hands on feel of paranormal investigating. This approach is unique in many aspects as you are not lead around and told “Ghost stories”. We show you how to look for and record possible paranormal events.
To give you a look at what happens during our tours I decided to share some pictures of these public investigations. (click on the images to make them larger)
I will start with how we began all of our investigations public or private. The Site Briefing. We always have a briefing at the beginning of each investigation. At public tour/investigations, because we travel into dark and sometimes hazardous places we always make sure we give a safety brief to our guests. While looking for things that go bump in the night we don’t want to stumble around and cause bumps and bruises.
Yes I did notice the young lady with the crutches. But don’t worry she is ok and she acquired the injury during cheering practice. I did not inquire as to how exactly.
We don’t always investigate in the dark. The Jail Museum has been shown to have activity during the day and night. We do go well into the night with our investigations and sometimes until the sun rises.
This picture shows a typical setting early on in the evening. Surrounded by equipment the investigators start with checking readings and getting a good baseline of temperature, EMF and a general feel for the area. Starting just before sunset gives an investigator a good idea of the area they are working in and prevents accidents. This is a good idea when investigation a new site for even seasoned ghost hunters.
Getting down to the fun and exciting side of a ghost hunt is always the best part. MPPIR has a lot of experienced investigators that are open-minded to trying new techniques. We take from both the normal and paranormal to find new ways to conduct research. Cameras and digital recorders are good for documenting evidence but you also need measure tools.
We allow for any device to be used as long as it’s not destructive to the environment.
Here we see dowsing rods being tried by a Ghost hunter. It’s quite fascinating when something as simple as a flashlight or bent copper rods seem to react to your questions.
This 15 min exposure does show what appears to be a ghostly face over the lady in the picture. This is one of my early photo’s. It’s not considered to be paranormal. At closer examination you can see that the 2nd face is actually the woman’s face. Though brighter the features match. It did set my back when I first saw it though.
Though normally we place men in this chair. As the Matron (as we call her) tends to “touch” men when they sit in that chair. Ask Ric about it sometime… if you want to hear a strange story.
Speaking of strange fun; during our “tour” on July 23, 2011, I had the chance to lead this group around and look for paranormal activity. We did get some interesting results. While in the Matrons room I typically have a male investigator sit in the above mentioned chair.
Now this chair is not believed to be original to this room. Neither is the bed you see or any other furniture in the room. Because of this fact I find it curious that when males sit in the chair they tend to get the feeling of being touched. Typically having their hair pulled or moved in some fashion. Males also have reported having their neck or cheek brushed against by some unseen person or force.
This gentleman (shown left) actually reported feeling his hair lifting slightly on his left. Than he said that it felt like something brushed his left cheek. After being a rather good sport and sitting in the chair for around 10 min he got up and check the area around the chair with his hand. Apparently feeling the air for something. He never explained to me what he was feeling for. I would have to believe his experience while sitting in this 100-year-old piece of furniture. His reaction was very typical of someone who gets touched from the beyond. His wife (picture right above on the very far right) was amused by his reactions also. She did mention to the entity that this was her husband and the entity could not have him. I would have to say that their experience in with the Matron was one to remember.
I would like to leave of with thanks to the City of Cripple Creek, the City employees and the MPPIR team that put in many hours to make these investigation tours possible. With that I will leave you with one very dark picture of Michelle R., the Museum Manager and Historian, whose work has led to many new discoveries about the history of the Outlaws and Lawman Museum.
©2011 MPPIR, Frank C, Blog and Photo’s (photo’s are from July 16 and July 23 2011)
During the same investigation where the MPPIR group spent time talking to a little ghost girl the sounds of a music box are recorded.
As a rule MPPIR members are not allowed to touch, move or play with anything in a Museum. We consider museum artifacts an important part of history and anything that would put them at risk is not something we condone. So when this music box started playing, to the astonishment of the investigators they thought it was the greatest thing.
Little did they know that not only was this a great piece of recording but it went beyond that! As we found out later, there is only one music box in the Museum. Its not located in the room in question and it is believed to be non-functional. If it was working, researching into the broken box has lead us to believe this maybe the wrong tune.
Also the investigators swore up and down they saw the music box on the mantle place (see picture). There is no music box on that mantle. I will admit I took the picture a year later, but the Museum director swore that there has never been a music box displayed on the fireplace mantle. Odd I say, because not only do the investigators see the music box, they can hear it too.
And now you can without headphones:
©2009, MPPIR, Blog: Frank C, EVP: Ric RCripple Creek District Museum P.O. Box 1210 ~ 500 East Bennett Avenue
I will start this one out with a short Ghost story as I (Frank C) remember it.
On one particular evening in 2010 while at my first paranormal investigation at the Cripple Creek District Museum while taking a break two of the Museum staff, Jan and Missie, started telling us a few of the ghost stories about the building. Always loving a good ghost story I had to commit this one to memory.
Missie started out this story by telling me of a man who had been visiting the museum in the upstairs area. Upon returning from the upstairs he stopped and informed Missie of a little girl who was running around upstairs.
Missie informed the gentleman that there was a little girl ghost that liked to play upstairs and that he should go over and tell Jan about how the man had seen the little girl. Mind you there where no children present in the museum, living ones that is. The gentleman proceeded out the door over to the Transfer Station building. While the man walked towards the other building presumably to tell Jan about seeing the little girl upstairs, Missie phoned Jan to tell her about the man who saw the little girl.
Jan while on the phone with Missie looks out the front window for the man who Missie still sees walking towards the Transfer Station building. The two buildings are not far apart and you can see the front door from one to another.
Jan watching for the man tells Missie she does not see the gentlemen walking towards her. Missie exclaiming, “He’s right there!”. Just as the man fads out passing the Transfer Station, vanishing right before her eyes on an empty sidewalk.
Jan never saw the man walking.
I just have to say you have to love it when one ghost tells on another!
Now on that note. I don’t have the exact date and time on this EVP but I know it’s from the Cripple Creek District Museum from sometime in 2009. Listen for the little girl. It was after museum hours and MPPIR does not bring children along for investigations.
You might need head phones.
©2009, MPPIR, Blog: Frank C, EVP: Ric R
Jan is the Museum Director
Missie is a Museum Tour Guide and Historian
Cripple Creek District Museum
P.O. Box 1210 ~ 500 East Bennett Avenue
Cripple Creek, Colorado 80813
719-689-2634 ~ 719-689-9540
From: Dr. Richard E. Reason II Bsc D.C.
It would be my professional opinion poor Olga suffered from ‘post postpartum Psychosis’. This diagnosis includes paranoia. In this syndrome the patient often thinks the life or, safety of their new infant is at risk. This frequently manifests by accusing those closest of horrendous deeds; such as molestation, attempting to steal or kill the infant.
As a Coroner; I would look carefully into her sudden and unexpected death.
The loss of bodily functions might be related to her reported extremely deep depression. Remember her worst fears had manifested, they took her baby.
However, we must consider many factors when evaluating this or any untimely death.
First is the possibility Mrs. Knutson suffered a cerebral vascular accident, a stroke. It would account for the swift onset of symptoms and rapid deterioration, both mental and physical. Stress is easily understood in this case and clinical correlation straight forward; the hormones regulating vasodilation and heart rate (Cortisol, adrenalin etc.) are released when the body needs to survive under trying conditions. It was designed to help stupid cavemen escape the saber-tooth looking for lunch. Unfortunately, the brain, does not know the difference between the lion chasing you and your delusional belief the neighbor is trying to kill your newborn. It reacts the way it is programmed. This is commonly referred to as “Fight or Flight” and initiates a cascade of biologic activity.
First in this roller-coaster of hormones the pituitary and adrenal glands wake up the entire endocrine system, which immediately causes the arteries to constrict increasing the blood pressure. Next, the heart rate increases; now you have high pressure blood moving through the lungs, brain and heart; brain an important thing to remember. Now, comes the fun stuff, the smooth muscles relax and the striated muscles engorge.
Basically, since your colon is covered in smooth muscle, you void your intestinal tract oh; yes your bladder is also controlled by smooth muscle so you piss yourself too. Now, it is time to increase the respiration to keep all of that blood well oxygenated so you can run!
The increase in inter-cranial pressure caused by all of this does not have to burst a blood vessel; just the dilation of the venous structures can lead to the brain swelling, pushing the brain-stem into the foramen magnum causing the victim to cease breathing. Of course by then they would have most likely suffered an aneurism or full stroke, the effect would be the same.
Another condition we must consider involving the brain would be a tumor. Olga may very well have had a brain tumor slowly growing somewhere in her cranium. My guess would be in the frontal lobes where personality and behavior are located. This may have remained asymptomatic until her pregnancy; when growth hormones begin to rage stimulating not only ‘baby Knutson’ but the mass to also grow. Eight months after delivery there could have been a significant amount of growth in both the infant and her cancer.
I would like to know if she complained of headaches, eye pain, ringing in her ears, black or lightning spots in her vision. Did she have difficulty sleeping and if so what kept her awake or did not allow her to sleep? Any of these symptoms could indicate some form of compromise to the brain.
Now, let me be the death investigator for a moment; skeptical by both nature and training. There is the distinct possibility that the unseen Mr. Knutson was an abuser. If she were struck in the head, shoved, hit, pushed down or suffered a concussion the same symptoms might be observed.
In any of these conditions the use of a narcotic sedative would be contraindicated; giving an individual something like Morphine or Laudanum would exacerbate any cardiovascular issues by being respiratory suppressants. Not to mention that the effect on any neurological conditions which might be present.
With this in mind, I would not consider syphilis. The tertiary or late stage of this disease takes decades to manifest within the central nervous system. Since she was in her early thirties she would not have been infected long enough for her to exhibit the delusions and paranoia. The use of mercury as a treatment would also take a good deal of time to have neurological effects. I assume the people of her time would be well familiar with syphilitic symptomology and would have reported it as so.
As for toxic poisoning, I would question the health of the baby. Had the child been breastfed and the mother exposed to sufficient levels of a poison (especially levels to make mom nuts) would most likely be in the child’s system as well. Since mom is much larger, titers in her blood sufficient to make her koo koo for coco puffs would be more than enough to harm the child FIRST.
Since the reports refer to her not having control of her bodily functions. I wonder what this is code for. Was she vomiting or emptying her bowels; if so for how long. Was she given sufficient water for someone in her condition? Prolonged vomiting or as my mom says ‘the revenge’ can lead to a loss of electrolytes in the blood. These are necessary for the body to regulate your heartbeat, out of balance the patient can suffer cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and die.
Lastly, I would really look at what the doctor gave her to sedate her. I would bet my reputation that I know what happened. She is out of control, yelling and screaming, generally making Hell for everyone else. So, the matron calls the doctor, who arrives later in the evening. Since it’s late and everyone wants to get some sleep. The doctor gives her a ‘good dose’ of Morphine or Laudanum; either intravenously (if she was uncooperative) or, orally. Alone, tired and now overdosed or, incorrectly medicated; she lay down and stopped breathing at some point in the night.
Colorado law requires an autopsy and Coroner’s inquest for any person who dies in custody of law enforcement and I do believe this was also the law then. So, somewhere there might be record or notice of the Coroner’s inquest. During this procedure the Coroner will summon qualified citizens as jurors, there might be record of these summons.
However, claiming she committed suicide would get everyone off the hook; if there had been an investigation (which I doubt.)
My thought on a cause; I believe a frontal lobe neoplasm was the primary cause of Olga’s delusions & paranoia. However, not the cause of her death; I believe she died of cardiac arrest due to dehydration combined with and exacerbated by a narcotic sedative overdose. Negligent homicide by the good physician who should have known better.