The Transcription Project
Transcription #4: Mt. Comfort 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 at different
times by Nathan and Missy. All editorial notes and sound descriptions
have been added by Patrick.]
[Considerable microphone noise.]
MSR: Where's the cenotaph? Oh, it's
[More microphone noise.]
PPL: All right. It's, uh
microphone noise.] One, two, three
too dark to
read my watch
KFL: Five forty-five.
PPL: Five forty-five, Sunday, same
as all the other recordings. Um, Mount Comfort Cemetery. [Sound
MSR: Do you know who
[???] which one?
KFL: Oh, no, I don't remember the
MSR: It's not behind this.
MSR: Do you think it's March 1926,
that one? Milford Todd?
PPL: Once again I'm attaching the
[KFL and MSR are talking, but it is obscured by some microphone
noise. Camera beeps and shutter clicks.]
MSR: It's probably [???]
[???] So it's Josiah.
KFL: Okay, Josiah's siblings. See
all those kids' names? [Sneezes.] Um, born 1733.
[Sound of camera beeping, shutter clicking, and then film automatically
PPL: Wow. I didn't think I was out
of film yet. [Pause.] Lot of stars. [Pause.] This is actually a
much better cemetery for this sort of thing. There's no leaves.
It's very large. This is probably the sort of place we should, should
come to for these. [Pause.] And it's also a lot creepier. With a
MSR: 'Cause it's so big?
KFL: I'm not sure if the older ones
MSR: What, this?
PPL: This is a big ol' tree. [Pause.]
Do you hear that?
MSR: Hear what?
MSR: Okay, this is about the time
when we all start scaring each other.
PPL: Uh, boo!
KFL: This is a pretty old one, maybe.
MSR: One? 1809 to 1851. I don't know
PPL: Fifteen years? What are those?
Are those heads?
KFL: She's not fifteen, she's
MSR: Says fifteen.
PPL: Oh, it's a tree.
MSR: Yeah, it's a tree. Yeah, it says
"Aged 15 years."
KFL: How could that be?
MSR: She was born in 1809 and died
KFL: That can't be right. Maybe it's
seventy-five years or something
NDR: What's it say?
PPL: Well, that wouldn't
MSR: Yeah, it's more like seventy-five.
NDR: Forty-five is what it says.
MSR: Yeah, forty-five years.
PPL: That, that would, uh
And who's taking the GRE here?
Okay, maybe these are the two people who had their thing replaced.
Nah, it's too old.
MSR: It, it's this
PPL: Nah, it's been broken.
MSR: It has to be that cenotaph thing.
KFL: It says, "Oh Mother Dear,
far? What's that say?
MSR: A short farewell
that we may meet again
above, and rove where angels love to dwell, where trees of life
bear fruits of hope.
KFL: That's the mother. Who is this
next to her?
MSR: I don't know. James
KFL: Oh, that's her father
MSR: Wife of James, yeah.
PPL: That has a lamb on top of it.
MSR: Yeah, those are children.
PPL: This one's been freshly visited.
But I can't see his name
PPL: Dorothy's still alive.
PPL: Hey, is that not creepy? [Sound
MSR: That moon?
PPL: See the glowing light?
PPL: Maybe it's
I think it's
the, uh, headlights shining-
MSR: Ah, I see
PPL: -- glin-- glimmering off of a
MSR: That's right, the
PPL: Oh, is it? It looks far away,
MSR: That's 'cause it's a skinny little
cobweb. I think it might be coming off the tree. I can see what
you're talking about.
PPL: Here, take the flashlight, don't
it disappeared when the flashlight went on.
MSR: No, it's still there. I can see
what light you're talking about--
PPL: Like a sort of orangey
PPL: Way out over there? You think
MSR: Well, but it might be one of
these road signs obscured by a tree. They're reflective. Now I can't
PPL: You can see it real good right
here. It moves. It's a, uh
MSR: It's a cobweb.
PPL: Yeah, but it's not in a line.
I think it's the top of a tombstone, glistening.
MSR: It's possible. It's real shiny.
PPL: But it looks really
PPL: Do you see it?
MSR: Yeah, I saw it too.
PPL: Well here, let's walk over there.
MSR: Funny how you can't stay in the
Library, but a cemetery at night is fine. [Sound
should turn the headlights
off in case someone
PPL: Well, anyone who would come up
here and find us, they'd shoot us first, so
NDR: I think it's the top of this
PPL: Well, I'm getting good and spooked,
so I say we investigate this and
MSR: And go!
[Indecipherable muttering between PPL and MSR for a couple of seconds,
probably accompanying pointing and gesturing.]
NDR: It was this.
MSR: Oh, yeah, 'cause it's slightly
PPL: Oh, it's over there.
KFL: Straight ahead, what is that?
Is that new or old?
NDR: Well, it's the same sort of thing.
KFL: Is that a tree trunk, what is
MSR: No, it's just marble.
PPL: I think that is cobwebs, maybe.
No, it's not.
PPL: It's something very shiny.
NDR: No, it's this. As I was walking
towards this it happened on this one as well.
MSR: Oh, yeah, it's just the, it's
the, the polished tops.
PPL: Yeah, they're catching the, uh
maybe it's the moonlight. That would be doubly creepier. You could
be out here with the, uh
KFL: Jesse [???]
KFL: Died 1863, aged thirty-five years.
KFL: Infant son, 1877.
MSR: Hmm. That one's interesting.
KFL: Do you hear that low hum?
PPL: It's a truck.
MSR: It's like a car or something.
[???] diamond there [???].
PPL: I was fiddling with my button
there, if there's any funny, fabricky sounds. All right, well.
MSR: Bye, everybody!
PPL: Farewell Mount Comfort. We'll
have to come back here.
KFL: I wonder if they're comfortable
here? Mount Comfort.
NDR: Well, I cert-