A Poltergeist in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico

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This picture was captured within moments of a coffee cup sliding off a counter by itself in the kitchen of the same house. It was an electrifying moment when something seemed to be looking back at me from the television set. The act of taking a photo had triggered this paranormal moment. My intuition had picked up the same energy out on the highway as I was leaving Ft. Sumner, New Mexico, and it drew me to this abandoned house on the roadside where everything seemed to still be in its place, and untouched. Strangely enough, vandals had left it alone. The entire house was surrounded by an old custom-made rock wall of large chunks of petrified wood; it was beautiful. As I carefully explored the abandoned home which I entered from the back side, I noticed that all the furniture was still there. Dishes and canned foods in kitchen cupboards. Clothing was folded nicely in drawers in one bedroom, and beds were perfectly made. It was like the family that had lived here 40 years before had just left without saying a word and never bothering to take anything with them.

The energy had enticed me to stop and encouraged me to enter the home. The whole time I was there, I could feel the strong tingle of this electrifying presence in the home and it seemed like it was more than just a ghost or a friendly spirit. It was when I returned to the television set, that the electrical sensation grew to feeling like static on the surface of my skin. As I was pulling the camera up to my eye to compose the photo of the TV, it felt like this entity was staring back at me from the television and I could see it in my mind’s eye. I could look back at myself through the eyes of the phantom and both of us were in-sync with each other.

I still think of the red coffee cup sliding off the counter and how that experience would unnerve most visitors but I don’t seem to fear the Unknown. In fact, I think it has been largely misrepresented by the movie and film industry with the horror genre. None of this really spooks me. In fact, it is this reality that turned me into photographer. Photography helped me to become far more sensitive to my surroundings and environment and I see more than just the light!

The sliding of the red coffee mug happened when I went to press the shutter on my camera and it was during the firing of the shutter that the cup slid off the counter and broke onto the floor, all by itself. You only have my eyewitness account to go on and I did not photograph the red cup because I don’t care if people believe me or not. I know what I experienced and that is all that counts because it was real.

As I walked into the kitchen, I saw the red mug broken on the floor in the late afternoon light of the February sun and I will never forget that day or that mysterious house. It’s these experiences that enhance my photos and it’s a peculiar intuition that leads me down these definitive paths as a documentarian. I adhere to the quiet whispers and voices that tell me about what happened long ago. Whatever was in that home did not feel human but it wasn’t dark or evil. It is just unknown to science…

 

Comments

  1. Intriguing… I found experiences like that in Ireland in abandoned cottages. Souls still present. :0))))

  2. P.S. We could do El Paso with my Brother in law who is local and knows of the coolest areas. I also want to go back to Palomas, just over the border. Let me know if that would interest you…. I would love to go shooting with you…

  3. I’m learning to trust my intuition when I see something, pass it, and then that small voice says “You should go shoot that…”

    In the past, I’d just blow it off and go on. Now, not so much. I’ll start looking for a turnout to go back. I just never know if I’ll ever be back that way again and I don’t want to miss the experience.

  4. Micha says:

    Wondering if you posted the rest of this home’s photos on your site…thank you for sharing your experience.

  5. rv_martinez says:

    Intriguing. Followed you here from your IG. Your writing skills match your photography skills ~ what talent.

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  1. Jim Rassmussen says:

    These types of experiences are quite rare. I’m sure you’ve had more experiences than you are willing to confess. Something gave you the incredible talent that you exhibit as a photographer. Good luck on your endeavors.

  2. Loretta Jensen says:

    I believe in the Paranormal! I would like to meet up with you sometime and talk about your experiences. Is that a possibility?

  3. George Lang says:

    I’ve had a similar experience happen to me!

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