Incident at Ludlow

The Ludlow Massacre was one of the most notorious slaughters of innocent workers during the most violent period in the history of

Ludlow ghosts of man and woman crossing driveway from left–taken about 6 years ago by LIDP

American labor. It took place in 1914 in Colorado–a time when King George V ruled England during the post-Victorian period and President Woodrow Wilson lived in the White House.

It emanated from a labor conflict: the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel and Iron Company guards attacked a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado, on April 20, 1914, with the National Guard using machine guns to fire into the colony. About two dozen people, including miners’ wives and children, were killed. The chief owner of the mine, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was widely excoriated for having orchestrated the massacre (source: Wikipedia).

Flash forward to the present day. The site is very haunted . . . typical of places that are the location of unjust and sudden death. The victims don’t simply die but can persist as earthbound spirits, the ghosts of people who may not even realize they’re dead.

On August 20, 2018, a woman was driving northbound on I-25. She was coming home from a baby shower in Albuquerque, and was proceeding north of Trinidad toward Denver. Noticing Exit #27 to Ludlow, she had some extra time on her hands and impulsively took the exit ramp to a small abandoned town just a few miles off the highway. This delayed her trip back to suburbia where her husband was locking down the details of a new job out-of-state. She sensed that she might never return to the ghost town and former tent city of coal miners in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and she kept going.

She was alone on this trip, at least for the time-being. As she pulled into the parking lot at the site of the massacre and memorial built by the United Mine Workers, she recalled that she had no previous connection to the site. The woman in fact had never been there before. But anxious to read the informative signs and take photos of the imposing monument, she stayed.

As the intrepid traveler sought to learn about the details of the murders, the unsuspecting woman was starting to feel somewhat sad though sympathetic. Bad weather can help bring on dark moods, but it was not a factor in the late summer morning. The air was clear and warm by 10 a.m. She was the only person at the site, but in spite of the nice day and momentary depression, she felt compelled to pay her respects to the dead.

Is this the coal miner who appeared as a ghost? Sent to me by the woman traveler

She used her smartphone to take photos of various scenes around the site. As she gazed into the viewer with the device in photography mode, she suddenly noticed a man appearing in the display screen. He had to be fairly close, as his image could have been a head shot in a still photograph. He had a large bushy mustache, typical of the male fashion of the day back in the early 1900’s.

He said nothing . . . nor did she. No thoughts telepathically popped into her head, but she sensed the man was curious about her. Unfortunately she did not think of actually snapping a photo or shooting a short video, something that happens to even the most experienced observers.

Instead, she instinctively though briefly looked away to see if she could spot the person responsible for the camera image with her own eyes. But he couldn’t be seen with the naked eye. When she looked back into the camera viewer the man’s face was still there but larger! Then his image began to deteriorate . . . in other words, de-materialize.

The wind began to pick-up, and the darkening atmosphere of the Ludlow Massacre site became even more disturbing. Now it was not just a memorial to the dead, but perhaps home to a disembodied coal miner wanting to tell someone his unique story of murder and mayhem.

Prior to the appearance of the man in the camera, the woman was not thinking about anyone in particular. She was focusing on her smartphone while trying to take pictures. But she knew she was the only live human at the site. There were no other parked cars, and the location was too remote for anyone to have walked into.

Although nothing was said by the strange man, the fear-filled woman said out loud, Well, isn’t that special! the famous line frequently uttered by TV personality Dana Carvey on SNL. With that, the frightened visitor ran back to her car and the relative safety and familiarity of Interstate 25. The entire incident lasted perhaps less than a minute.
The apparition in the camera was apparently not one of us, at least not in the ordinary sense.

Facially, he looked somewhat like a man in an old black and white photo, perhaps an Italian or Greek miner next to his wife, painfully not smiling at the camera. That was the common take of the day when cameras and photos were relatively new innovations.

Was the man in the smartphone a mortal who walked out of nowhere and just happened to wind-up in-frame, or was he the ghost of a long-passed coal miner? You be the judge.

Read about Ludlow, its relationship to the Merchantile Exchange in nearby Cokedale, and Light in the Dark Paranormal. Link to a featured article in the Pueblo newspaper:  Chieftain Article 

Light in the Dark Paranormal intends to return to Ludlow for a Paranormal Encounter and perhaps re-visit the ghost in the camera . . . plus others. Contact Us if you want to participate. Winter gear optional–respect for the dead miners and their families required.



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