Capturing the Spirits


I personally never know when an entity is going to show itself in one of my photographs, but it's always something I consider to be a pleasant surprise. The same is true when a spirit speaks to us over our digital recorders (known as EVPs or Electronic Voice Phenomenon). The following are some of the spirit photos and EVPs we have encountered on our journey into the paranormal. ~ Lisa Swickard

                           DIBLE/WOLLETT HOUSE • MELMORE, OHIO

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On Nov. 13, 2005, our world was rocked when a drunk driver drove through our friends' house in Melmore, Ohio, killing 8-year-old Richelle Dible. Richelle was a fixture at our house, always coming to see the kitties and chickens. She passed over to the other side just hours after she was hit.


About a week later, on an overcast Sunday afternoon, I walked to the vacant house to shoot some photos before it was torn down. Although it's impossible to tell in this photo, the entire rear of the house was demolished from the truck's impact. No one was at the residence that day, except Richelle, who appears to be standing between the screen door and front door. In life, my little friend loved to have her picture taken. I'm glad she posed for one last shot with me. 


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There is more to Tiffin's Crystal Traditions than meets the eye. The basement is part of the city's first jail. On a night in early July 2015, Lisa Swickard and a fellow investigator accompanied Judy Smith to that site. The investigator is in the white T-shirt at the right. Judy is standing in the center of the photo. Lisa was behind the lens. So who is the man standing in the foreground at the right? We don't know ... 


During an investigation inside this old house of ill-fame known as the Hotel Monroe, Lisa took a picture of the transom to show to an architect friend. What she got was this sweeping form. During that investigation, The flashlight was drained and when it came back on, it began to strobe. Plaster fell off the wall and the meters were off the charts with activity.

                                           PLANTATION HOUSE, NEAR MORRISTOWN, TENN.

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Copyright©Lisa Swickard/Virgin Alley Press

This was, to date, the absolute ultimate in paranormal investigation and spirit photography. On a trip to this vacant plantation house, entities drained batteries for energy, and that night, it drained the flashlight. The digital recorder mysteriously stopped and when it began working, a strange voice was heard to say, "Look behind her." With that, Lisa turned and snapped three photos in the dining room area. The result was the green face in the window.


Later, as the group was outside debating whether to go back into the house, Lisa discovered the rather demonic-looking image (right). Needless to say, it was time to call it a night. 

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