November 16, 2012

the spirits of China Camp


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photo by Donald Kinney

Long before the White-man and Chinese immigrants arrived, Coastal Miwok Indians lived, hunted, worshiped, and buried their dead at China Camp.
Location: north of San Francisco on the western shores of San Pablo Bay, which is the northern "thumb" of San Francisco Bay.



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photo by Donald Kinney

Some say China Camp is haunted, and there is a lot of folklore about ghosts and spirits. Murders too. In 1975 two teenagers, boyfriend and girlfriend, killed the girl's parents, wrapped them in a carpet, doused it with lighter fluid, then burned them to a char in a barbeque fire-pit at Miwok Meadows.



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photo by Donald Kinney

But as for things spiritual, I've always thought that you get just about as much out of the spiritual world as you put into it. There is no free lunch. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


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4 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The murder story sparked my interest and a Googling of it revealed this detailed account.
http://chipsfromdovetail.blogspot.com/2005/11/tragedy-of-marlene-olive.html
I was not aware of this story even though was living in the North Bay at the time. Like that last photo.

AphotoAday said...

Hi SINBAD'S DAD -- Yeah, the "Olive Murders" were quite a shocker at the time. I think both teens were involved in Satanic rituals -- their parents HAD to be killed. There was a book written about it called "Bad Blood".

Don said...

Intriguing combo- beautiful sky photos and nasty murder.

Anonymous said...

YOUR birds against the clouds should have taken the Ansel Adams Grand Prize!!

JB

 
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