Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Daytime Photo of Myrtles Apparition Photo Area for Comparison

Wednesday, January 19, Lead Paranormal Investigator Mike Chapman traveled to The Myrtles Plantation and took dozens of  photos of the area on the grounds where the apparition photo was taken on November 4, 2010.  The original photo by P.I. Kimberly DeLorenze is posted at left.  One of the daytime photos of the same area, taken today, is posted just below it.  This can be used for comparison purposes.  N.A.P.S.'s Case Manager Kim Frith accompanied him on the trip.  These shots were taken around 4:30pm today, January 19, 2011.

The original apparition photo was taken with a SVP Full Spectrum high-definition camera in photo mode; the shot has been gray-scaled with a photo editor.  The daytime photo was taken with a Nikon CoolPix 990.
Mike's theory is that the photo is a residual apparition, in which a male seems to be holding his arms out to take in the child, and an adult female seems to be walking away.  Recently, another investigator, Shane Shippy of Pomona, California, pointed out that a fourth apparition seems to be visible to the right of the slanted tree on the right of the photo, which appears to be a female servant or maid in dark, full length dress. Others think it is the large tree in the background, although it goes lower into the picture than the tree trunk.

Kim made an important observation that corresponds with Mike's theory above.  She observed that all four apparitions are on a line that is on the path that goes directly from the Caretaker's Cottage (which is to the left in the Original apparition photo) and goes straight to the Main House, which is to the right in the original photo.  The photo at left is a shot from the Caretaker's Cottage looking toward the side steps of the Main House, and gives a perfect perspective of the path or line between the two.  The apparitions appear right on top of this path - or line - between the two sets of steps.  Could it be that a mother (perhaps Sarah Mulford Stirling?) was "dropping off" one of the girls to the caretaker for care, and a female servant had accompanied the mother out to do that?  That idea fits the positions and locations of the apparitions in the original photo.  It also lends weight to the idea or theory that the apparitions are residual. Of course, that is all simply speculation. Interesting!

Thanks to all of our A.G.S. peers and colleagues who are making comments on the photo.  Your opinions matter greatly to us, and we appreciate your professionalism and candor. 


  1. I'm not sure if the fourth is actually an apparition. If you look to the left of the tree, you can clearly see the small bush that is visible in the same spot on the daytime picture.

    While I can't be certain, it seems to me like the reflection off of the small bush would indicate a reflection off of the large tree to the right, as well.

    Either way, ya'll did a good job of lining up the pictures, and congratulations on catching the "fou follet" as we say down here in South Louisiana (foo fa lay - apparition in French).

  2. Well, if it is a Residual Photo, the image or energy would play over and over again. There is a little girl and what appears to be a soldier in the picture and also in the EvPs caught elsewhere on the property. If it were Residual, could the energy from the little girl and the soldier remain in the loop for the picture and yet still be free to walk around and interact for recordings somewhere else? This is provided that there was only one little girl that died on the property and one soldier.

  3. Your question, as I understand it, is could there be a residual image that presents on a site and also an intelligent (inter-active) presence on the same site of the same individuals who appear in the residual? The answer, in my view is yes. The two are not mutually exclusive. However, it would be unusual.