The Transcription Project
Transcription #2: Myers Cemetery Investigation
Added by Patrick Lane
January 9, 2002
[This investigation was recorded as part of the ghost-hunting project
described in the article "Who
Is the Third Who Walks Always Beside You?" in the Features
section of this site. The people involved are as follows:
- PPL: Patrick Lane
- KFL: Kim Lane
- NDR: Nathan Ragain
- MSR: Melissa Ragain
The text below is primarily derived from a minidisc recording made
by Patrick, using a microphone clipped onto his shirt. Some bits
of dialogue not picked up by the minidisc come from the tape recording
made simultaneously. The tape recorder was carried by Nathan. All
editorial notes and sound descriptions have been added by Patrick.]
PPL: Okay. It is 12:05, Sunday, November
18. We're at Myers Cemetery, M-E-Y-E-R-S [my error], a couple of
miles outside Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Tennessee, near Sparta,
TN. Oops. [Sound
KFL: Hey, Pat
these were just done with
KFL: [recording skips for a second]
--that they were done themselves, but all born and died on the same
MSR: Oh look, a butterfly!
KFL: Born and died. Born and died.
Born and died. Born and died. Well that one lived a few days.
NDR: That one lived several
KFL: This one died the same day.
NDR: And that one lived.
KFL: And that one
MSR: There's some person buried [????]
KFL: This one lived two days.
MSR: They must have gone back and
just put these all in at the same time.
KFL: These are pretty old, though.
[Sound of camera flash charging]
KFL: Is it
MSR: Oh, that's carved in there.
[Miscellaneous camera beeps]
KFL: And it's
MSR: They went over
that's the first one they tried, because [camera shutter clicks]
well, they stopped right here. But did you see that one right next
to you? Patrick?
[Camera beeps again. Clip-on mike picks up PPL's heavy breathing.
Camera shutter clicks.]
that one is so plain.
She lived such a long life, why is hers so thin?
PPL: This is Henry
KFL: They're all Myers'.
PPL: [struggling to make out the inscription]
that one died in 2000
There's some more
looks like an "A" at the end
Moore. December 29
born December 29, eighteen
maybe thirty-something? And died
July 28, 1885, I think. It has a dove on it.
KFL: This one is, uh, 1898 to 1917.
[Strong wind noise.]
KFL: He's buried under the tree.
MSR: You might want to put that by
fixing a flower arrangement.
KFL: "Founder of Myers Cemetery."
KFL: Landon Myers. 1830 to 1896.
MSR: I'm having trouble telling where
they start and stop.
PPL: A lot of pretty young people
NDR: Well that's the headstone and
that's the footstone.
MSR: Yeah, that's the headstone.
KFL: They're just rocks.
MSR: Yeah, they're just markers.
NDR: That's that footstone.
[Again, PPL drowns out the voices of KFL and MSR, who are wow-ing
PPL: Unless that goes with the sister.
Maybe they just wrote it
in reverse. Looks like this one had
a tree at it. I wonder how big the tree was
KFL: Well, this is this one's headstone.
MSR: This one's [???] with flowers
stuck on it.
NDR: What's this?
MSR: I dunno, it doesn't have a date
[NDR sneezes, twice.]
KFL: It looks like there's two of
MSR: Oh, you're right.
PPL: Oh, these are new.
Jennifer. Oh, that
one's fairly new as well.
KFL: There's the mother there.
MSR: Oh, goodness.
NDR: None of these here are marked.
PPL: So who's here, I wonder?
KFL: There's a little tiny marker
thing right there.
MSR: Do you think that this stone
marks both the grave of these two? Megley? Yeah, I think it does,
'cause the one
well, this one says, just says nineteen-something.
KFL: Look at the-
KFL: --cross up in there. It's got
MSR: I think that's the children.
The [???] children.
KFL: Hmm. You rarely see black flowers
in a funeral
those are silk flowers
[Camera shutter clicks. Much miscellaneous beeping as PPL tries
to get the camera to focus.]
KFL: Yeah, I'd say she's
MSR: That must be her husband.
KFL: She's been [coughs]
at these guys!
NDR: We're gonna have to go back and
NDR: There's another one I got the
NDR: [in hushed tones] Oh my gosh
[Normally] No way. They just never carved that date in.
MSR: No, that's, that's that grave.
NDR: It's 1891?
[NDR expels an amazed sigh.]
MSR: They're gonna have to go back
and fix that. Two-thousand
NDR: She's supposed to be a hundred
MSR: I guess so. Man.
PPL: Wow. [Pause.] That, or maybe
they've moved the body from another cemetery.
MSR: I don't think so.
KFL: Or they just dug up the body
for some reason
KFL: No, 'cause they would've
[NDR mutters something.]
KFL: Maybe they just never put the
Maybe they needed the dirt
MSR: Oh, gosh, there's one under here.
Under the tree.
KFL: There's lots of
PPL: The name's all
KFL: There's ladybugs everywhere!
MSR: Whittenburg. Ava Whittenburg.
KFL: Sarah Whittenburg
PPL: Died 1877.
KFL: 1888 to 1902.
MSR: Oh, she was just one.
KFL: She was very young too. She'd
be fourteen years old? 1902
what kind of disease was running
PPL: 1902? That's too early for Spanish
KFL: This one's only two years old.
1919 to 1921.
MSR: Oh, that's not as new as I thought
KFL: I think they're new markers.
They may have just gotten the money to do it.
MSR: Yeah. If some of them were --
'cause if some of them were like that, where they couldn't be read
[NDR makes a strange moan.]
MSR: Oh look, there's ladybugs all
KFL: They're everywhere. See the tombstone?
They were landing on my white shirt a few minutes ago.
PPL: You got some on your back.
MSR: Yeah, you got a ladybug on your
back! [Pause with some indistinct talk from the NDR and MSR] Oh
PPL: This is actually quite a nice
cemetery, in terms of its atmosphere.
C.W.? Huh, that's interesting.
PPL: So, I wonder if this is, uh -
KFL: These are
PPL: -- actually like a private family
cemetery that just has
lots of extended relatives, or if it's
attached to a church that's somewhere else
KFL: Yeah, it doesn't look like a
private family, I don't know. It's-
PPL: It's very large.
KFL: -- awfully big.
MSR: It kind of does, though, you
know, the way everything's
sort of simultaneously decorated.
NDR: Well, that's very likely flowers
from the same funeral. You think?
MSR: What do you mean?
NDR: Spread them around?
MSR: Oh, they put them all over the
that could be.
NDR: That's some large family funeral.
MSR: Yeah, but look, this whole family
matches. I think that
maybe that, maybe the families just
take really good care of the cemetery.
KFL: Did you notice this on these
KFL: They're putting their wedding
PPL: Oh look! Is that a buzzard?
KFL: This one says, "Wed May
[Sound of camera focus beeping.]
KFL: This one says, "I Thee Wed,"
1971. They've got their marker up, but they're only born in '52.
[More plaintive camera noise, as it refuses to focus on the buzzard.]
PPL: Ah, crap.
MSR: I guess if you have a family
cemetery, though, you go ahead and put your spot
KFL: Unless you're gonna get divorced
MSR: Oh, wow! This black one is really
KFL: These are pretty elaborate. I
[Pause.] All of these in here. There's another one. "Married
" I've never seen that before. Have you
all been in a lot of cemeteries and seen it before?
PPL: No. [Pause.] I missed the buzzard.
I couldn't focus on him fast enough.
KFL: That one has that wedding thing
PPL: More Myers's. [Pause.] Kelly's
mother's maiden name was Myers. I'm not sure where she's from. I
know her father's family had been in that same county for generations.
MSR: "War bride." English
NDR: Is that what it says?
KFL: This has got the guy's picture
MSR: Does it?
PPL: Aw, I'll have to take a look
KFL: This one has a guitar
MSR: Oh yeah! It has a guitar. Bondy.
PPL: Irene C. Campbell.
hearts and things
well, there're two of them
[Camera focus beeps. Shutter clicks.]
KFL: That one's old[?] and that one's
MSR: I don't think I've ever been
to such a happy looking graveyard.
NDR: That's from a song then.
MSR: Even the tombstones are kinda
NDR: It's got a guitar on the other
side. It's from some song, I suppose. Do you know the song?
PPL: [Pause.] I don't know the song.
KFL: "Bondy Campbell. Accomplished
PPL: What are the dates?
KFL: '53 to '99. Huh.
PPL: "Do Not Remove." I
wonder what that marks?
KFL: It's a vampire stake. [Pause.]
There's a grave there. That looks like a grave right there.
PPL: Yep. Could be it's waiting for
that's coming back.
KFL: Did you see this one with the
guy's picture on it? And his hairstyle
that's about 1979.
[Pause.] I like this cemetery.
MSR: [???] Look at this one.
KFL: "Memory Lane." Oh,
look at the bookends. "Book of
bookends, it's books. "Book of Life." Only one of them's
[Sound of an insect buzzing.]
PPL: Walking down Memory Lane.
KFL: Huh. These people aren't gone
[Considerable wind noise. KFL says something indistinct.]
PPL: That's rather old looking for
MSR: Isn't that great? Hey, Patrick,
come here. That's the weirdest thing I've ever seen.
NDR: The weirdest
KFL: They are really into the-
MSR: They're into the
KFL: There's someone watching TV and
somebody cooking and somebody hunting and fishing.
NDR: Somebody around here is making
a good business.
MSR: Oh, well two of them are still
alive. William, Verny, and Jesse.
[Camera shutter clicks.]
MSR: Uh, that's the parent's thing
[???] was married over
PPL: Too bad it doesn't show a favorite
MSR: Yeah, exactly, like with little
[???] on it.
NDR: Yeah. William liked to fish,
Verny liked to cook, and Jesse liked to watch TV.
KFL: It's funny, the 1984 ones are
all about the same
NDR: Or still likes to, I suppose.
PPL: Is he still alive?
NDR: Uh, I think, yeah, they're both
alive. Only William isn't.
[KFL says something while to MSR while NDR is talking.]
MSR: Yeah, I think maybe the World
War Two ones, like this
KFL: Yeah, they all - when they die,
you know, in like 19- in the 80s, but they all look the same. So
the army must
MSR: Yeah, I think they're all, like,
they're all army [???]
KFL: They must provide that for them.
MSR: 'Cause that one looks just like
the tombstone that, uh
[Indistinct talk between MSR and KFL.]
PPL: There's a hunter. [Pause.] Wait,
Missy. Crouch back down, where you were. Up a little bit.
KFL: It's an interesting shape, it's
PPL: There you go.
KFL: On that tombstone.
[Camera beeps and shutter clicks.]
MSR: Uh! How strange. Did you read
MSR: Everybody [???] point the [???].
But it says on the bottom: "Only sleeping."
KFL: Let's see, this is
KFL: That's creepy, too.
KFL: So many babies.
MSR: Yeah, this family didn't have
much luck with kids.
KFL: Hmm. Did you get pictures of
the handmade ones?
PPL: I did.
KFL: Oh, this one
Look at the
color in theirs.
NDR: There's somebody else here. We
MSR: Oh yeah, there's somebody else
PPL: Okay. [Sound
[Noise of microphone being removed. Recording ends.]