Gidget L. Chirgwin-Jeppesen. May 18, 1962-November 11, 2010. My friend, chosen sister, and fellow investigator.
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I have to say that Nessie is my most favorite cryptid. Maybe it is because we are both Scots? This has to be one of my all-time favorite photos of her! Pretty awesome, huh?
Okay. I have to be realistic now. At first glance you may think "WOW!!" If you look closely, you can see that "Nessie" is actually a boat wake on the loch. The photo is real and was taken on Loch Ness. Sadly though, Nessie sent another one of her stunt doubles instead of making an appearance. Ah, superstardom has its perks........
The photo was entered into a "Monster Hoaxes" contest and can be found at:
Well just when we think analyzing evidence is painstaking, time-consuming, and difficult enough, this new iPhone/iPod application comes out. It is called Ghost Capture and for a small fee, you can download (as of right now) 30 "apparitions" that can be placed in virtually any photo taken by the phone. Now I do not claim to know all of the technical ins and outs of this application, but I do know that it will make our jobs more difficult.
Yesterday, a gentleman from Ohio sent us a photo to analyze. The photo had been sent to him and he was really excited about it. The individual that took the photo had just gotten a new phone and was "playing" around with it and taking photos. Guess what "showed" up in one of the pictures............the ghost of a little boy dressed in very old, period clothing. We sat down and looked at the photo. At first glance we had the same reaction- excitement. As we studied it, we began to pick it apart. The apparition is very clear and defined while the rest of the photo is a little grainy. As we enlarged the photo, the apparition remains clear while the rest of the photo quality degrades. Hmmmm..........
Just to prove a point, we downloaded the 30 "apparitions" and began looking through them. Again, guess what we found. Yes, the ghost of the little boy in very old, period clothing. Both pictures are below.
Sgt. Adam Frye (one of my team members) and I also belong to Sasquatch Watch of Virginia. Billy Willard, the Director of Sasquatch Watch, has assembled a tremendous group of folks who have a passion for our big hairy friends. Billy was one of the organizers of the first ever multi-group expedition. Adam and I had planned to be there, but I had a major fibromyalgia meltdown and Adam was severely injured while handling his horses. What luck. Anyway, the expedition was a success. Billy sent me this initial information about the expedition. I will have more to post later.
This past week (April 18-25, 2010) history was made in Bigfoot/Sasquatch research. For the first time ever, five (5) separate Bigfoot Research groups in the east combined efforts for the first ever multi-group Bigfoot Expedition in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The research groups consisted of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia, The American Bigfoot Society, Squatch Inc., The Northeast Sasquatch Research Association and The Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. The expedition took place on over 2,000 acres of private land. There were over 30 participants from 10 states at the event.
The expedition was scheduled due to a previous, actual Bigfoot sighting on the property back in May of 2009. Since then, several strange vocalizations, strange, large footprints and mysterious game camera photos have surfaced. All of these occurrences urged Billy Willard, director of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia and Melissa Hovey, president of The American Bigfoot Society, to organize the first ever multi-group expedition. All of those participating tried new ideas of research and the cooperation between the groups was remarkable!
During the expedition strange vocalizations were heard, a subject was filmed in night vision video, and one participant had a strange encounter with something hitting his Jeep during the night. A possible footprint impression was discovered behind the Jeep after the incident and the print was casted. All collected evidence will be analyzed over the next few weeks.
Although the mystery of Bigfoot/Sasquatch was not solved, there was a major accomplishment with this event. For the first time, multiple groups came together for one cause, without the usual in-fighting found in a lot of the Bigfoot research groups. Everyone cooperated, had a great time, and looks forward to repeating an event of this scale again soon.
I am so proud of each and every participant! I wish I could have been there.
I would also like to thank my dear friend Sharon, aka Autumnforest, for all of her support. She has been a true friend and even though the miles separate us, we are never far apart. If you have not done so, please check out her blog, Ghost Hunting Theories. You can go directly to it by clicking on it in my list of blogs.
We are proud to announce that we were invited to join the UK British Paranormal Association. This is a tremendous honor, especially being the first member in the United States. Thanks so much to Brian Lambert for all of his support. If you would like to find out more about UKBPA, you can click on the banner on this page or click on the link at the bottom of the blog.
I have started this new team and brought together some really fine folks who are as dedicated as I am to the pursuit of seeking the truth. We were formerly Foxfire Paranormal Research Center but many things change and when that happens it is time to move onward and upward. I will soon have our new website and contact information up, hopefully by Friday. There is important work to be done and fortune favors the bold. I hope that you will join us as we embark on our journey to seek the truth.
Welcome to my new blog! They say that the third time is a charm. I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts, knowledge, and insights with everyone. I hope that this will be an interactive blog and everyone will feel free to share as well.