Friday, November 17, 2000

Field Reports from Merrehope - Meridian, Mississippi

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 11/17/00 - Meridian, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner

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Darren Dedo, Rob Ruffin and I arrive at Merrehope on Thursday, November 9. The mansion is located just outside of downtown Meridian in a small neighborhood. Its pearl white exterior is a tremendous contrast to the simple homes surrounding Merrehope.


Saturday, November 11, 2000

Field Reports from Vicksburg National Military Park - Vicksburg, Mississippi

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 11/11/00 - Vicksburg, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner

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5pm - We all meet at the Texas Monument on Monday evening to examine what Janis has confirmed to be a very active area. This monument marks an area where Union troops stormed up a steep embankment, only to be shot by Confederate soldiers waiting at the top. Janis placed a small cassette recorder on the monument and the tape contains what seems to be voices and light bumps to the microphone. This was before we arrived on scene and when Janis was not near to the monument.

6pm - Rob notices "smoke" coming from the cannon of the bronze structure in his camera's viewfinder as he's rolling footage. He thinks he's imaging things or that someone has placed a cigarette in the cannon. There isn't one. I see the same stream of heat, which seems to come from an object that is cool to the touch. This cannon has been a focal point for activity in some of Janis' previous pictures.


Friday, November 3, 2000

Field Reports from King's Tavern - Natchez, Mississippi

Written by: Rick Garner
Case Filed: 11/03/00 - Natchez, Mississippi
Executive Producer: Rick Garner


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4:30pm - Arrived at King's Tavern and began surveying structure. Upon going to Madeline's room, the crew began feeling what I described as "a need to pop my neck - tightness and heaviness upon chest." Rob Ruffin (videographer) agreed that the sensation was similar to what he felt at both the Spengler Hotel in Jackson and McRaven in Vicksburg. Janis Raley, Founder of the Ghost Preservation League, also joins us.

5:05pm - Rob catches a long, flowing shadow out of the corner of his eye in Madeline's upstairs bedroom. He was surprised and somewhat shaken by the experience. Nothing was found that could have produced a shadow in the room. Plus, Rob was quite certain this shadow was not a "normal" shadow. 5:35pm - While interviewing the owner of the Tavern in the restaurant, footsteps were heard upstairs when no one was there. Before the interview, Rob had trouble with both his microphone and camera. The microphone refused to operate, which was unusual, and his camera would not focus on a painting of Madeline. Other photographers have also tried to get a picture of the painting and were forced to make several attempts. The image is blurred and unfocused.