Just this past month we had the privilege to host the 6th annual Oklahoma Paranormal Conference in El Reno. We had a brand new venue in the historically haunted and newly restored Old Center Theater.
The speaker line up was impressive this year and the turn out was more than what was expected with it being Easter Weekend. Everyone had a great time as they learned about everything from Oklahoma’s ghost towns to unexplained monsters and creatures. You can learn more about the line up if you CLICK HERE.
This was the first time in many years that I actually lectured at this event. Typically, when I am hosting there is too much going on to actually take the time to get up and speak. This year, thanks to the kind folks at the El Reno Convention Bureau and the wonderful volunteers and team members of GHOULI the event ran very smooth. It was a lot of fun this year, even the Mayor of El Reno, Matt White hit the stage thanking us all for attending and taking time out to learn about history and legends within the state of Oklahoma. He encouraged everyone to explore the city of El Reno. I feel that everyone was impressed with the fantastic welcome by this city and we hope that the rest of the state understands that even subjects of the unexplained are friendly, fun and positive towards small towns and historical cities. Tony Rivera, City Manager met with us before the event and he was so gracious and thankful that the Ghostlahoma event was help in his City. We want to thank El Reno for being so hospitable with us. We are looking forward to working with them more to help promote the fantastic history of the city.
Historic Fort Reno hosted a private Ghost Tour for guests of the Ghostlahoma event. That evening, around 40 participants headed out to the infamous fort for a guided tour. We were encouraged to take photos and explore approved areas. We learned all about the history of the fort and it’s haunting tales that have been witnessed over the years. One tour patron, Chris Harrington of northern Oklahoma participated in the tour. Skeptic by nature and himself a paranormal researcher, he was just enjoying the tour and not expecting to witness anything “unexplainable”. He snapped a lot of photos that night, but one set of photos seemed to stand out to him. He sent the photos to me and allowed me to post up for review on my teams FaceBook account. It was an interesting catch and knowing Chris personally, I do feel that he is being honest with his captures.
In the visitors center at the Fort he waited until everyone left the areas before he made a quick run through with his camera and audio recorder. He was mindful that others were in the building and made a the conscious choice to not record or shoot while other people were around him. This is a great strategy to have when taking any kind of “ghost tour”. I see a lot of photos of large groups of people and then all of a sudden the photographer claims to have captured a ghost. The odds of them remembering where everyone was at and what they were doing is impossible. With so many people buzzing around the unexplained phenomenon should be immediately dismissed. Chris did capture a set of photos that I did want to share and get feedback. I am aware that it is “his word against yours” but take the time to look at the photo sequence. The images were taken 3 in a row, with just a matter of seconds between them. The first image was with his Flash. The second was without and the third was instantly followed, both without a flash. The camera is unstable but the image is not distorted enough to blame movement and shutter speed. Please take a look and offer your opinion.
Did Chris capture the apparition or shadow of the General that committed suicide over 100 years ago? This image was captured in the Visitors Center which was formally living quarters for many military families? What do you think?
What do you think? Do you see the image in the second shot?
I will stand behind Chris and against the argument that this was possibly manipulated with Photoshop or any other editing program. I analyzed the photos myself and there was no image manipulated involved whatsoever but as always, your opinion is welcome and anticipated.