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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
St. Augustine, Florida
04/14/07
Ripley's Believe It or Not!

History:

We would like to thank everyone involved at Ripley’s for the opportunity to investigate this wonderfully preserved historic building.
The building was built in 1887 by William Warden, a winter resident with a family of 16. The family members lived in the castle until 1925. During the next 16 years it sat vacant except for the vagrants that lived there. In 1941 Norton Baskin and his wife Marjorie Kinnan Rawlins bought the castle and turned it into a fashionable hotel called Castle Warden hotel. In 1950 it became the first permanent Ripley’s believe it or not! ® Museum. Much of Mr. Ripley’s never before seen by the public personal collection was put on display here. Unfortunately Mr. Ripley passed away before he could see his dream of this museum come true.

The most notable story about the castle is the story of the fire.
In April of 1944 a fire broke out but was contained to the 3rd and 4th floor. 2 women, Betty Richeson and Ruth Pickering both perished in the fire. The didn’t die from the fire but of smoke inhalation from the deadly fumes. The cause of the fire is still debatable to this day. It may have been a dropped cigarette or it could have been intentionally started to cover up a double murder. Supposedly there were no suspects and are no records to lead to any conclusion.
Duration - 10:20pm-3:26am
Present - Scott, Sprout, Lori, Toni and Tom. Guests include Susan, Dave and Matt.
Meter Readings
Temp - 65 to 67
The gift shop had a average of 65 degrees but by approximately 3:30am the temperature had dropped to what felt like 50 degrees (no actual readings were taken)

EMF - .05mg to 1.mg
Tools -6 IR cameras
3 Hi-8 video cameras
digital cameras
pyrometer
gauss meter
tri-field meter
audio recorders

History of Haunting:

* Music has been heard on several occasions and mainly heard in the room that was once the music room. It has also been reported being heard in the lobby as a employee was leaving.
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The gift shop is always left in perfect condition when employees leave at night, but sometimes when employees arrive in the morning, they find many of their items moved around. Example…Clear plastic boxes with toys or candy have been found a unreasonable distance away turned completely upside down.
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A 4ft tall stick figure that was sitting on the catwalk was found across the store. There is no way this item could have fallen and landed in the location found.
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A sensitive was going up the stairs from the lobby and she took on the persona of a elderly lady. She was bent over and had difficulty walking up the stairs.
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Several tour guides and guest have reported the feeling of nausea during the ghost tours. The theater is the main room that this happens.
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Sometime in the past, a psychic entered the theater and claimed 2 spirits occupy the theater a nice spirit in one corner and a mean one in the other. Our camera was set up in the corner with the mean one.
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A dark shadow is seen in the circus room.
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The most recent occurrence has to do with the Buddha statue in the lobby. It has been found turned to the side or even turned around facing the wall.
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A door that goes from the parlor with a push button locking device tends to open on it’s own.
Personal Experiences:
* New batteries were put into the walkie talkies before the investigation. 2 different walkie talkies were totally drained of power and they both went dead in the theater.
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Toni also felt like she was slightly pushed in her lower back while on the 3rd floor walkway.
Evidence:
* Toni took this photo that shows what may be mist forming on the blue wall carpeted on the right.
Hall Mist
* Comparison shot
Ripleys Hall Mist Comparison
* At 3:30am in the gift shop it was noted that when Scott, Toni and Susan entered to change tapes, the temperature had dropped considerably. It was also noticed that a wooden candle holder was found quite a distance away from where it originally had been. It had been sitting on a candle stick stand and was found about 10 feet away on the other side of a solid shirt display rack on the floor. There is no possible way that it could have fell and ended up in that location.
Candle Holder
* Scott took this photo of a orb in motion in the theater.
Ripleys Theater Orb
* At 3:20am we caught 2 EVP’s of a angry man in the theater, Saying “Catherine” and then says “I’ll cut you”.
Click on location photo to hear.

  
Ripleys Catherine
* At approximately 5:30am, while Toni was breaking down equipment in the circus room she recorded a EVP on digital recorder that sounds like a British man saying “Wait”.
Click on location photo to hear.

  
Ripleys Circus Wait
Ripleys Banner 1
Ripleys Banner 2
Ghost Train