Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH – Streak of Energy?

Our first investigation at Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH was in 1999.  I promptly started telling people about this great research location for ghost hunters… not that there were a lot of ghost hunters back in 1999.

In fact, I think there were about five of us with large-ish ghost hunting websites in the mid-1990s. My site was (Others included: The Shadowlands site, which listed lots of haunted locations. I think TAPS was online, plus one or two other ghost hunting sites.)

The following photo was among the most dramatic I’d seen in those early years.

In the dozen years or so that followed, Gilson Road Cemetery became enormously popular as a haunted site for paranormal research.  Today, ghost hunters visit the cemetery — day and night — almost every day of the year, when the weather isn’t too rainy or cold.

Gilson Road photo - streak of lightAbove: Original, unretouched photo.

Gilson Road ghostly streak of lightAbove: Same photo, with contrast increased.

This photo is one of seven taken after dark at Gilson Road Cemetery on Oct 13th, 2001, at about 7:30 p.m. It is one of four with this color streak across them.

Examining the film makes this a credible anomaly. The sweep of color does not extend beyond the frame on the negative. There is no evidence of tampering with the film, and nothing splashed across it.

Olympus AF-Twin camera, taken with flash
Shaw’s 35 mm film, ISO 200
Developed at Target’s one-hour service

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2 thoughts on “Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH – Streak of Energy?”

  1. Let me step up on my self righteous soap box for a moment.

    You have the audacity to call this a “Credible Anomaly”? Let’s start with the film- a store brand film, which becomes a store brand film because it is cheaper to make than name brand film. Why? Because is isn’t made to the same standards as name brand film. Since Shaw’s isn’t in the film business, this film could also have been sitting around unrefridgerated for quite a while. The second problem is that it was developed at Target at their one hour service, which means it was developed on site by someone who may only be marginally trained with chemicals which may be near depletion. Unfortunately, this type of evidence is not credible at all and extremely suspect.

  2. If it makes you more comfortable to seek explanations for interesting and chilling anomalies, by all means keep looking. You’ll certainly find them!

    The fact is, there is no clear, irrefutable evidence to prove ghosts or haunted places. If there was, there would be no debate.

    Merriam-Webster defines audacity as “intrepid boldness.” (Intrepid means fearless.) With that in mind, yes, most professional ghost hunters have ample audacity. We wouldn’t be in this field if we didn’t.

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