292 Loyd Bridge Road
Cheneyville, LA 71325
|The door to the right is the one mentioned that contains the|
markings from the arrows
The teacher who lived here was said to have been in a relationship with a Union soldier who chose to stay behind after the troops left. He was often seen on the front porch, serenading the teacher with a violin. It is at this point, that history in unclear. Some sources say that the soldier was then shot by the teacher's sister, while others say it was an angry neighbor that committed the murder. Needless to say, the soldier was, in fact, shot on the third floor and was actually buried under the house. Years later, his remains were exhumed and moved to an undisclosed location. What was left was a large stain on the third floor, said to have been the blood stain left over from the murder.
For years, guests and staff of Loyd's Hall have claimed to have experienced numerous
|The Mysterious Blood Stained Floor|
(Site of the Soldier's Demise)
During our years of operation, we have always claimed to use scientific and analytical methods to conduct our investigations. Hardcore skeptics love to attack this claim as they arrogantly bark, “You are no scientist and nothing you do is science-related. You just use electronic devices not intended for their original purposes to claim there are ghosts!” As I hop on my soapbox, let me remind people that I have never claimed to be, nor do I want to be, a scientist. Using the standard scientific method, consisting of a hypothesis, tests, and results, while trying to rule out logical explanations is what our group seeks to accomplish. This is, by far, different from what many groups out there do. It is just unfortunate that the above mentioned skeptics and trash talkers lump us all in the same category without doing their own research. Now, off my soapbox!
As our initial investigation commenced, the first matter at hand was to attempt to put to rest a long lasting rumor: Was the stain on the third floor actually blood? To test this accusation, we decided to take a page out of an episode of "C.S.I." and turn to a tool often used by crime scene investigators; luminol. Luminol is a versatile chemical that exhibits chemiluminescence, with a striking blue glow, when mixed with an appropriate oxidizing agent. It is a white to slightly yellow crystalline solid that is soluble in water and most polar organic solvents. Luminol is used by forensic investigators to detect trace amounts of blood left at crime scenes. It is also used by biologists in cellular assays for the detection of copper, iron, and cyanides. The question was: Could luminol detect traces of blood that was approximately one hundred and eighty years old? After interviewing a Criminal Justice professor, who had experience with luminol while he was a detective, it was learned that we could, in fact, be able to pick up blood that would be that old.