Haunted Places Pennsylvania: Brian's Photos of Johnson Road
Brian has captured some interesting photos from Johnson Road in Monroeville, Pennsylvania—a location which is thought to be haunted by several spirits connected with homocides that occurred in the area. Brian has a large number of photos from this location, and I've chosen to include ten below. Brian writes:
Hello, friends, my name is Brian. I'm a U.S. Navy veteran who believes in the paranormal. I watch "Ghost Hunters" and "Extreme Paranormal" on the SciFi channel every week. In fact, they're two of my favorite shows. These shows are open about the fact that ghosts can be easily photographed with a digital camera. On October 1, 2009, I bought a Polaroid digital camera and for the next week I took about 75 photos—none of the photos showed any sign of camera defection or discoloration. On October 6, 2009, my friends Randy Myers, Brian Reed and I decided to investigate Johnson Road in Monroeville, PA.
The dark history of Johnson Road: On November 23, 1977, 6-year-old Beth Lynn Barr was abducted as she walked home from her 2nd grade classroom at Johnson Elementary School in Wilkinsburg, PA. Although her killer was never found, her remains were found on Johnson Road, adjacent to Restland Memorial Cemetery. On August 3, 1988, 13-year-old Penny Ansell and 12-year-old Melissa Baker were murdered by Steven Patrick Mignogna. Their remains were discovered in a dump in the immediate vicinity of Johnson Road, Monroeville. Mignogna was apprehended, imprisoned and after a fair trial was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole—he's serving his sentence in Somerset SCI, Pennsylvania. Since that time, Johnson Road has been rumored to be haunted.
On October 6, 2009 my friends and I went to Johnson Road to familiarize ourselves with the area. We took 20 photos and every photo was picture-perfect, no defects or discoloration. On October 8, 2009, at approximately 9:15PM, we went to Johnson Road and began taking photos. For the next week, we took approximately 120 photos of the area. Many of the photos are normal, absolutely nothing that could be considered paranormal in any way. About 10 percent of the photos are mysterious. These photos reveal what appears to be paranormal activity: apparitions, mists and orbs.
None of the photos have been altered or photoshopped in any way, other than details and copyright notice added via Picasa 3. Nobody was smoking when these photos were taken. I held my breath when taking these photos so that it wouldn't be accidentally photographed. The photos were taken in pitch black (no street lights), and all flashlights were turned off when these photos were taken. We didn't see any mist or anything, until we looked at the LCD screen. I'd also like to note that there are no streams or lakes in the vicinity.
A few other details that I would like to add: when we went to Johnson Road, we left the bad attitude at home, we went with good intentions and we made it clear that we weren't there to cause any harm. Respect spirits and they'll respect you. My friends and I want to thank Michelle for posting our story and photos to her website. We hope everyone enjoys the photos.
Brian Keith Haskins
November 5, 2009
Thanks to Brian for sharing his story and photos. If you have investigated the Johnson Road area in Monroeville PA, let us know by leaving a comment below. Over the past few weeks, I've received some interesting comments regarding orbs. Paul sent me a message, saying: "My group believes that the brighter the orb, the less time that person has been dead. Very dim, see-through orbs have been dead a long time, with less energy since energy [and thus light] diminishes with time." This is an interesting theory. It seems possible that spirits who have died a long time ago may have less energy and therefore appear as dimmer, duller orbs. Some of Brian's photos contain very bright orbs, while others are the traditionally duller (darker) orbs.