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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
On July 10, 2011 MPPIR held its first public ghost investigation at the Cripple Creek District Museum. This museum consists of 3 buildings, the Midland Terminal, the Assay Office and the Trade and Transfer Company.
While in the Assay office 2 guests, Jan, Ric and me where investigating the front part of the building. During this time Ric and Jan (the Museum Director) where discussing feelings they had concerning the front door way. They had the feeling that some-one was going in and out the door. I began to snap off a series of photos of the direction of Ric as he was standing near the door.
This is one of the 5 pictures that I took. I have trimmed this pictured down to show you what I saw.
To the left of Ric and a bit taller is a white figure reflected on a plexiglass wall behind Ric. I would normally just throw this picture out but I found some oddities with it.
One is that the reflection is facing Ric. Two the Reflection is white. There should be a red shift in the reflection. If it was a reflection of Ric it would be a mirror of him. Its not.
The picture itself gives me the creeps. I have yet to explain this picture and why there would be a figure in the plexiglass wall like that.
To see the full image click on the image and a slide show should come up that has the original image and the one I posted.
For those who would like it here is the camera info for the original picture.
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©2011, Blog and Pictures Frank C, MPPIR
Pictures of the unexplained are well-loved by most paranormal investigators, so I bring you one more of mine.
I place this one in the unexplained pile of photo’s.
During this session we where listing for audible disembodied voices and movement in the main cell block area. Events and pictures containing strange shadows have been taken in various spots in the cell block.
Footsteps have been heard, sounds of the cell doors opening and closing and conversations of persons unseen all are reported in main block of the Jail Museum.
This picture was nearly missed as it is a bit dark and hard to see the mist. After the discovery of this photo I decided to lighten it up and take a look at whatever was floating in the southwest corner of the building. This is what I saw in the enhanced photo:
On occasion we bring props or trigger objects. What better ones to bring to a jail than smokes and other items that inmates would love to have that are not easy to get when locked up.
So just out of sight and around the far corner to the right was sitting MPPIR investigator Ric with an electric cigarette, right in front of him on the floor. Nobody is permitted to smoke in the building and Ric has sworn that he did not take a drag off the electric smoke at anytime inside the building that night. Ric would not have had to, if he needed a drag he could have gone outside. As a side note Ric has quit smoking since then.
So I have to ask the questions;
Who was smoking? Everyone claims that nobody was smoking and nobody reported smelling smoke.
Was that water mist in the air? The closet object that it could have come from is a e-cigarette that does work by giving off a water vapor. I have personally used a product similar and have not seen this effect in pictures of the smoke from the e-cigarette.
Is it even smoke or a water vapor mist? The climate of Cripple Creek, CO is dry most of the time. It was dry that night.
Clueless is what I am on this one. A few people have told me that it looks like energy. Others simple say it looks like smoke or mist.
I leave this one perplexed. I can’t in a mundane way explain the mist based on the reports I have. Please let me know if you see anything else strange about this photo.
Editors reference note: This is the same corner that the picture Shadow of a Man was taken. Though this picture was taken facing east and is older than the Shadow of a Man photo.
©2011, Blog and Photos by Frank C
I have to give full credit to Brandon (MPPIR) for finding this ghost picture in one of my collections of photos.
There is now a contention and belief that “The Robed Lady” paces back and forth in the Ice Room. Many have felt cold chills, goose bumps or from some more “sensitive” persons, energy passing through them. I personally have felt all these in the Ice Room. I do not like going into this room alone. Not fear of “The Robed Lady”, more fear that she will show up to say “Hi” and nobody will be around to witness it.
As a side note, I have also begun to wonder why when my pictures are focused on the wrong subject or out of focus I end up with something in them. Like this one.
Photo 1, is very recent and was taken during a Ghost Tour at the Jail Museum. Photo 1 is once again in the “Ice Room” and because the face appears female we are going to refer you back to the first post of a picture of The Robed Lady in or near the ice room.
Now if you don’t see it fear not. I didn’t either. What I first saw and moved on from was a ghostly image of Ric (MPPIR). Ric is standing along the back wall. If you look real close you can see a figure of a man. Its blurry but that is Ric.
My Camera is sitting on a tripod for this shot to reduce and eliminate any camera shake. The shutter setting is 20 seconds. I was focused on the archway as that was the last picture I had of the robed lady and was hoping she would show up there. I was wrong.
Now lets talk about matrixing or paredoilia. Because that is the first theory I turn to when analyzing photos of faces in mist or blurred spots.
I would go with this theory right about now if it where not for the my simple plan to make sure I can rule it out by taking extra shots of an area. I try to always take two pictures of the same subject, if not more.
So get ready to toss this photo out as matrixing?
So I bring us to a photo I took shortly before this one.
With this setting on the camera, Tv( Shutter Speed ) 20 seconds. Photo 3 is taken right before Photo 1 with 1 second between them. Both me and Brandon could not see a face in this photo at all. I still see Ric and all the other features. Including the laser lights. I did not move the camera or the tripod and was still focused on the archway.
Now in Photo 3 I can see a face. As I have been training my eyes and brain to rule out matrixing I will throw this face out. It’s not the same but if you want to play the matrix game you can. You can see what looks like a very long nose using the features of the rock to make and other rock features to make out the eyes, eye sockets and cheeks. It’s in the same area just larger. This matrix-ed face would be very distorted and quite large. You can even use your mind to add a forehead. See Photo 3a.
Why are these rock features in Photo 3(a) and not Photo 1? Lets take a close look at the rock features. Photo 4 is in monochrome so that you may see the features of the rock.
Photo 4, Shooting Date/Time 4/16/2011 6:55:17 PM, was taken after Photo 1 and Photo 3.
Click on the pictures to make them larger in a new tab and you can take a real good look at them.
Why do I not believe that Photo 1 is matrixing and Photo 3 is? For matrixing to work as a theory in my opinion you have to rule in features of objects you know exist. I know the features of the rock in this room. I photograph them all the time. I know that the matrixing theory is that one makes familiar objects and sees a face with them. This is done in photography all the time. My facial recognition software uses the same ideology to pick out faces in photos. I use this software to examine all my pictures.
Could I be wrong? I could be. I could be just wanting to believe. I see her face, coming out of the wall. To me it appears slightly forward of the wall. I could pick this apart and find all the rock features, I have. To me though I see her face, brightly I see her face. I don’t see it in the other pictures I took of the room that night. Not one.
Then again I am not the one who discovered this photo. Brandon did.
Once again I will leave you deciding for yourself and with two other strange photo’s I took that night.
Authors note: There will be a few of you that wont see her. For this I have added Photo 8. Click to enlarge this to see where I point out the details.
©2011, Photo’s and Blog, Frank MPPIR.
I would like to start off by saying that this is not going to be a drama. Though the title would be good for one. Then again analyses of this picture has almost turned into one.
I am going to show you a picture. A rather odd one. This picture was taken on 8/29/2010 at 1:13:21 AM. (Photo 1)
Taken on one of our ghost tours in the Jail Museum, this was one of a few random pictures I shot during what we refer to as the “Round Robin”. The picture is of the area along the west wall of the cell block.
This photo in itself is a 15 second exposure and for most modern skeptics would discard it almost immediately. I would remind you skeptics that many old-time photos that have ghosts are of longer exposure lengths.
This particular picture remains one of my oddest. As I know that I was the only one standing and as much that there was no light sources behind me who is the shadow? I am holding the only light source, a LED ultraviolet flashlight in my left hand above the camera to the left. The camera is sitting on a tripod.
Now if you look to the center bottom left you will see a person sitting that is casting a shadow on the wall. This persons shadow is almost as clear as the one to the left of them.
The “Shadow Man” standing in this photo would be to the right of this person in the corner. Nearly as close to the wall based on the height of the shadow cast and the clarity of the shadow.
So I ask who is standing in the corner? I can clearly see the persons sitting on the floor and though they moved slightly based on the motion blur… …nobody stood up. The tallest person would be Ric (sitting in the middle). As you can see in the Enhanced version (Photo 2) there are 4 people sitting. One of them is along the south wall, and 3 on the west wall. The first is bottom center, about 2/3rd the way from left to right. Ric (MPPIR) is sitting with a camera and other lighted equipment facing the jail cells. The 3rd person is sitting nearly in the corner. This person is a female tour guest and is about 5’6″ tall.
To include that the “Shadow Man” appears to in the enhanced (Photo 2.) to cover over slightly the right side of the person sitting in the corner.
For comparison I give you these pictures of Ralph (MPPIR), he is 6’7″.
Photo 3 is from the same evening and was taken at 1:27:40 AM. Ralph had asked me to take this picture at the time. This would be 14 minutes after the Shadow Man picture. You can also see the sitting positions of the persons along the wall.
Photo 4 is for comparison and is a captured from my IR video camera. It shows Ralph standing in the same corner as the “Shadow Man”. Note Ralph’s height. (This picture is from 5/21/2011, it is much newer)
You could say at this point that the “Shadow Man” is a picture of Ralph. And though, like I do during a “round robin”, Ralph wanders around the cell block main floor. Ralph not on the west side, he was on the east side of the cell block when Photo 1 was taken.
I have learned that when taking photos in the dark while looking for ghosts, that a series of photos is the best course of action.
Photo 5, was taken 8/29/2010 1:12:56 AM. This photo is a 20 second exposure. Giving 5 seconds between the time my shutter closed and when I took Photo 1 (Shadow of a Man).
I have been doing this long enough to be able to rule out motion blur from someone walking. Its easy enough as I take pictures showing what the investigators are wearing and compare this with any motion blur. Most of the time you can make out clothing, faces etc… and know who it is.
Nobody walked in-front of my camera for Photo 5 or Photo 1. I personally can attest to this. Though there is some movement amongst the persons sitting in the pictures you can still tell who they are. If Ralph was along the west wall I should theoretically see him in Photo 5.
Now I do know that you can make a 7′ shadow with a flashlight, a wall and 1 person. There are multiple light sources here to deal with. My UV flashlight. I have already stated that it is located in my left hand being held above and to the left of the camera. Ric’s video camera and other equipment is also emitting light. Though for those lights from Ric’s equipment to cast a 7′ shadow on the wall someone short would have to be standing next to Ric. There should also then be more white light on the wall. So those lights to me do not explain the 7 foot tall shadow on the wall.
To make that shadow as clear as it is one of the two people sitting along the wall would have had to have stood up. If they had you should see motion blur from them standing in the photo. The contrast of their clothing would give them away. The person in the corner is to far from Ric and to close to the wall to make a shadow of this type.
To add to the mystery I give you another photo taken shortly there after when I started my way down the cell block.
These photos leave me baffled. The “Shadow of a Man” is not the only strange photo I have of that corner of the building.
©2011 Photos and Blog, Frank, MPPIR