Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dumas Brothel, Butte

This photo was forwarded to me by a member of a ghost hunting team from F.O.G. Paranormal that did a recent investigation of the old Dumas Brothel in Butte, Montana. The woman in the photo was not a member of the team, and no one remembers seeing her there, nor was there a picture on the wall behind the man. The photo appears just as it was forwarded; the oval was added by the team.

This is a detailed view; I blew it up in Photoshop and increased the contrast to look for any obvious artifacts along the edge of the man's head that might have shown obvious manipulation of the photo. Other than the overall graininess of the image due to low light conditions and the original size of the photo, I see no obvious tinkering.

And the close-up of the woman's face looks even more disturbing. Her nose is not merely red; it looks like her nose has been cut off, with the black nostril holes set back in her face. And her dead and horrible expression is frightening, and looks much like one would imagine someone might look after someone cut off their nose. Was this an image of the spirit of a Dumas Brothel prostitute who had her nose cut off? Perhaps in a jealous rage from a customer?

If this is authentic, and I was assured there was no doctoring of the photo, this is perhaps the most incredible photo of a Montana spirit I have ever seen.


wcgillian said...

Very interesting!

Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Rudy Giecek and I own the Historic Dumas Brothel in Butte/ When this photo`was taken thr imvestagaters were im the Dumas with the doors locked!The wall behind the lady is painted white. In the photo it shows wallpaper! I scraped some of the paint off and you can see the same wallpapeer! You can see many more Ghosts of the Dumas by going to our website at

Lance Michael Foster said...

Thanks, Rudy, you have a very interesting site!