Tom Johnson  

Masonic Temple-Scary thoughts by Tom Johnson

April 2021 - Masonic Temple-Scary thoughts

April 2021 - Tom Johnson


April 2021 - Tom Johnson

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April 2021 - Tom Johnson

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About the Image(s)

Here is the image that shocked the heck out of me.

About 5 years ago I developed a fascination to check out old abandoned buildings in Downtown Detroit. I took some historic pictures of the Eastown theater (Alice Cooper played there in his prime) before they demolished the building and the Packard building (security kicked me out). I found myself going alone. One day I ran into a guy on the street and he told me they are now given tours of the Masonic temple in Downtown, Detroit. I thought nothing of it at the time. So I decided to go with my Nikon 7000 camera. I toured with a group of people. As we moved to the upper floors I seemed to feel a level of unpleasantness. Weird thoughts. We went to the RED room (or the REDRUM-the main picture) and all I could think of was the movie "The Shining". I still think that movie is the scariest movie of all time-now a classic. I watched it with my sister when I was younger and had nightmares every night for a bit. I truly thought the twin girls (Delbert Grady daughters from room 237) were going to come out of that main door. IT FREAKED ME OUT. I lost the tour group while I was taking pictures. I was then lost. I walked into a larger room (THE GOLD ROOM) and it took me back to the thought that the bartender (named Lloyd) from "The Shining Movie" was going to come out like the movie. (it looked just like "THE GOLD Room"). I was having STRANGE thoughts. I never felt this way before. I finally found the tour group and we walked into this temple room (pic 3). The tour guide said they have buried dead elite members in the floors. YIKES. We then went up another floor and then I could not handle another negative thought. I decided to slip away from the group and then run down the stairs and out of this building. When I was outside-my heart rate went down to a very calm level and was so happy to be outside of that building. Later that evening I had a old friend call me. He noticed he had seen some old demolished pictures on my Facebook Website. He stated he would prefer not for me to go into old buildings alone in Detroit anymore. Trust me--I totally agreed with him and then I told him this TRUE story about what just happened.

Moral: Sometimes in life you have to experience bad things to have a change in attitude about things. I have not been in an old abandoned building(s) ALONE-since that incident.

4 comments posted

Deborah Milburn   Deborah Milburn
WOW - what a story. Despite the experience, the images are great. The Red Room is well done. Excellent image.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:50:36

Kathy Brand   Kathy Brand
Great story and picture. There is so much detail in the photo that you could crop and concentrate on various portions of it. The couch and table behind it appealed to me the most. I would crop so that it would be the main focus but leave in the picture on the wall and the bust and you would have a good picture of a scene from The Shining.   Posted: 04/10/2021 17:11:37

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
Wow, your story takes the cake! Maybe you have a different sort of affinity to old abandoned buildings. They have never appealed to me, but neither do graveyards! I like your main image the best. Well-done, and thanks for the info.   Posted: 04/10/2021 18:27:20

Steve Jacobs   Steve Jacobs
now that is a story, I may not go into an abandon building again.
The picture really fits the story very nice   Posted: 04/14/2021 13:56:42


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