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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
During Ghost hunts we do pick up EVP’s (electronic voice phenomenon). MPPIR Investigator Ric has provided me with several EVP’s in the past. So I have assembled a small collection of sound files with EVP’s from Ric. These EVP’s are from 1 hour in the basement of the Jail Museum. Most are cleaned up through a few audio filters so you can hear them better.
All the EVP files are MP3 converted and Noise Reduction was applied. Most are amplified. Some have been amplified in sections to hear the EVP (voice of the ghost?). They are divided into regions. This is a reference to a region marker on the master audio file.
Headphones are recommended.
Response to Ric’s question.
The word sounds like “Flash” or “Yes” in a females voice to me. I could be mistaken. I did not hear this until I enhanced the audio and removed the white noise. I also increased the volume at the point of the EVP so you can hear it better. The original file is preserved for further analysis. None of the investigators heard a response.
Status: Unknown voice on recorder at low volume. Possible EVP
Response to Ric’s question. “Do you wish we asked smarter questions?”
The answer is “Yes” in a females voice. Its pretty clear. I did amplify the Voice answer. The original is stored. None of the investigators heard a response.
Status: EVP, direct response.
Response to Ric’s Question “Are you an (or in) American?
Response is either “Yes” (my choice) or “No” what Ric thinks he hears on the recording. None of the investigators heard a response.
Response to Guest Investigator.
Part 1, Female Guest Investigator asks, “Are you still with us”.
Part 2, Male Guests Investigator states, “I think we need to go back to the Jokes.”
Enhanced Audio: (for those without headphones the volume is turned up where the suspected EVP is)
I find this one most interesting for 2 reasons. First is its a two responses back to back to two different people. Also the first response (part 1) does not sound English to me. I am not even sure what the “Female” is saying. The second (part 2) is a clear yes to me. None of the investigators heard a response despite the laughter at the end. They where laughing at the Male Investigators comment.
Status: EVP both Part 1 and 2
Ric again. I enhanced the low level voices on this one pretty heavy. I think the first 2 female voices are Susan and a Guest talking in the background. After Ric’s second question though there is a voice of a drawn out “Yes”. This I believe is an EVP.
Status: EVP, the last “Yes”
If your wondering, yes that was 5 EVP’s in one hour. Its normal for this building.
That wraps up our collection from Ric from the basement on 2/19/2011. I am sure he will have more as I have a good amount from Ric still on my computer that I have not been through yet.
As a bonus Ric sent me this picture from 10/31/09 of the Basement Boiler area. Its a rather interesting picture. Like most images of ghostly figures its blurry. I can’t explain how the photo ended up like this. If you can figure out what it is let us know.
©2011, Audio file and Photo Ric MPPIR, Story and Evaluation Frank MPPIR
One of the most active areas of the Outlaws and Jail Museum is the second floor in the front of the building.
This area was for women, children, toddlers, the sick, the insane, and the Matron. It is composed of three cell blocks, two rooms and lavatory facilities consisting of a room with a toilette and a room with a bathtub and sink.
The Matron’s Room in on the west side of the second floor and had the two windows on the right hand side. There is another room behind the Matron’s Room that is now the Colorado Ranger’s room but at that time as the “kids room.” There is a staircase in the front hall that leads to this area of the jail, keeping it totally separate from the main cell block. Also, there is a catwalk between the cell block and the windows that the guards could use to check on the women prisoners. The opposite side of the cell block, the lavatory hallway side was solid metal with a solid metal door for each cell. In that door was another door that could be used to look into the cell.
Women were arrested for prostitution, theft, drunk and disorderly conduct and other disturbing the peace charges. While awaiting trial or serving their sentence, they would sometimes bring their children, having nowhere else for them to go. They were kept in the room behind the Matron’s Room or in the Matron’s room itself, not in the cells. The youngest of these children on record (so far) is 18 months. Other children were kept at the jail as young as four years old who were found as vagrants in the town. One such child was a ward of the State.
The insane were also housed in the jail. There were many cases of insanity at the turn of the last century. These people were taken to the area’s two local hospitals, the St. Nicholas and Teller County Hospital. They were put in the Strong Room and when they became too violent or irrational to keep there, were transferred to the jail.
Sick men were put in cell #3. One such man had hepatitis, tuberculosis, or perhaps diphtheria. He was very sick and very angry, maybe crazy. During the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1918, patients who were sick with anything else were put in the jail.
There is a lot of paranormal activity in this area of the jail. Cell #3 and the Matron’s Room have a history of the most occurrences. Voices, EVPs, touching, and even the rattling of the heavy metal wall between Cell #2 and Cell#3. Apparitions have been seen by MPPIR guests and visitors of the jail alike. Adults and even children have seen a woman in a white blouse and brown skirt reminiscent of the late 1900s. Outside, people have seen children walking back and forth inside the windows. Lights have been seen in the building when there was no electrical hookup. As in other areas of the jail, people with paranormal sensitivity have described people and events in this part of the building.
Editors Bonus EVP, you will need head phones. Leave comment and tell me what you hear after Brandon’s voice.
©2011, Story and Photo’s Nancy, MPPIR, additional Photo’s Frank, MPPIR
The Teller County Jail came to life in 1901. This part of Colorado was originally part of Kansas Territory, lopped off when Kansas became a state. Then it was part of El Paso county with law enforcement coming from the Colorado Springs area and minimal facilities at the City building on Bennett with a few cells in the basement. After the gold boom in the early 1890s, the town went from 15 residents to 37,000 overnight. Law enforcement was sorely needed in the town of claim jumping, drunkenness, prostitution, gambling, and murder. After a late night session of the State Congress, Teller County became its own governing entity and the County Jail came under construction. Competed in 1901, it was a welcome addition to the town, along with its own cadre of law enforcement officers.
Its residents, the jail’s that is, were of a lesser criminal element. Since it is a county jail, their stays were of shorter duration, only a few days or months usually, the longest being a year. Their crimes were also of a lesser nature: prostitution in the turn of the last century, theft, vagrancy, cheating at cards, drunk and disorderly, claim jumping, abuse, and murder but only until the defendant was convicted. The energy of more violent crimes and violent criminals was sent to facilities in Buena Vista and Canon City.
Children have made up a part of the jail population over its history. The first was a four-year old boy who was found lost in town and to be a ward of the state. The youngest was eighteen months (yes months) brought in with her mother who was serving time for prostitution. Other children spent time in the jail while their mothers spent time in the cells.
However, the jail has been used as an insane asylum. Many people were taken to the local hospitals with the sudden onset of insanity and put in the “Strong Room”. When nothing could restrain the acts of these people, they were taken to the jail. One woman, Olga Knutsen, became insane almost overnight, was taken to the hospital, then the jail where she died in a cell. No cause was found for her mental illness or death.
The town has gone through cycles of boom and bust its whole history. The bust of the gold boom in the early 1900’s, the downturn during WWII with better paying jobs elsewhere, the settling of the local economy in the 1980s before the legalization of gambling. With each of those, the population dwindled and so did the population of inmate
Lights have been seen by residents, especially the neighbors across the street, only to find out later that not only were there no fixtures in the jail but no electricity at all. Children have been seen walking or peering out of the windows of the upstairs, especially the matron’s room.
Since MPPIR has been investigating the jail, many pictures, EVP’s, and of late shack-hack information has been accumulated as evidence of continued in habitation. Names have been verified by the museum’s manager, Michelle. Much of the information is also provided by visitors to the jail and participants in the MPPIR’s monthly public investigations. Voices, whispers, shadows, apparitions, both while there and later on tape and pictures, have been evidence of paranormal activity.
Hotspots include the Ice Room and the commissary and other spots in the basement, the Matron’s room and Cell 3 in the Women’s Block, solitary and cell 4, 7 and the catwalk of the upper story along with shadows seen through the center aisle of the main cell block. Outside, children have been seen in the front upstairs windows, especially the Matron’s room.
Editors Special Addition:
EVP from Teller County Jail, Cripple Creek Colorado. MPPIR Group leaves to go eat dinner. We walked down the road and no one entered the building after we left. Well no one we saw. Clearly something did. It should have set off the alarm and did not. Best listened to with headphones on.
©2011 Photos: Nancy, EVP: MPPIR