|I received the following
letters from Carla Myers and Valerie Triesch,
describing their recent visits, along with friends, to Stepp Cemetery in
Morgan-Monroe State Forrest. There photos, taken by Don Renolds and
Carla Myers, are included at the bottom of this page.
Hello. My name is Carla. My friends and I went to Stepp Cemetery this past
Saturday. My girlfriend got the idea of the investigation. I didn't think anyone else had gone and taken
pictures before. All we have seen so far is orbs from our digital camera. We have not developed any other film yet. Your pics amazed
me, as did our own when I saw them. Our investigation could have gone a
lot smoother. It was or first. There were six of us, but four left out of fear. But
one other person and myself stayed and took pictures. I would like to talk to you about the events of our night. If you have pointers that would be cool. I might do this again.
My name is Valerie Triesch. I wanted to tell you about
our recent investigation at Stepp Cemetery. It was our first time out. I of course, turned into a chicken when I got there. My mother came along as well. She told us that as soon as we entered the graveyard she got a splitting headache, but as we walked back to the cars, the headache went away.
One friend that was with us "got a feeling," as if we were not welcome. She said
she felt that very bad things had happened in the cemetery.
There were three other people with us who chose to stay and take pictures while my mom, my friend, and I decided to go back to the car. We took
pictures with a digital camera, a disposable camera, and a 35 mm Cannon camera. Once we got home that night, we unloaded the digital
pictures into a laptop and discovered that in about 5 of 60 shots there were many ghost orbs. Looking at your
pictures now lets me know that ours are legit. I just wanted to tell you about our
In a follow-up letter, Valerie wrote
concerning their first visit to Stepp Cemetery:
Some comments on what was being felt by my mother and my friend,
Kat: Kat and I have been discussing her feelings all week. She is highly in tune to
others emotions, and I have a feeling that includes the dead, as well as, the
living. Kat told me that she didn't feel threatened by the people buried in
the graveyard. She said that she felt bad things had been happening there
at night and that the spirits or ghosts were angry about it. I'm thinking
this is where her feelings of "unwelcomeness" came from. Kat was taking
pictures as well. To me, she seemed to be honing in on something, then snapping a shot. She did not seem to be taking pictures at random. I asked
her about that today. She told me she was shooting at random, but she was
also, definitely "feeling things" and then taking a picture. She said,
when we were walking down the lane, back to the cars, she took pictures because
she did feel that something was following us. She also said she could hear breathing behind her when we first got there.
I haven't talked to my mother about any of what she felt. But all I can attribute my feelings to was being
afraid, not because I felt anything. My mind was completely shut down in that sense. I was trying to keep from
freaking out. The other three that were with us were very caught up in the
moment, so to speak. Two of them said they "felt things."
Valerie, on their second visit:
This time, when we went to Stepp, I was much more at ease. My mom,
my aunt, Carla, and myself were the ones that went this time. I was still a bit
nervous, but nothing compared to the first time we went. My mother also said
that she didn't get feelings of anger like she did last time. We had a very
good experience. I don't know if it was because we were much more organized,
or if it was because I was with my family. Whatever it was, the atmosphere was definitely much friendlier.
All of these photos where taken with a digital. Don Renolds and Carla Myers at Stepp Cemetery in Monroe State Forest. On
05-06-2000, between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.
Read my response to
Valerie's questions in: Sentinel
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