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Champ Sighting | Lake Champlain's Mysterious Photo

“I’ve learned patience. I’ve learned humor through it. And I’ve learned tolerance. If you want to ridicule me, that’s okay. It’s fine. But I think I opened the door for others to come through and tell. To me that was the biggest success: that people were now comfortable enough to say, ‘I don’t care if you believe me or not. I’m telling you I saw something.’ And that’s why we have so many eyewitnesses now. And I’m not taking all the credit. I’m just saying that it takes only one person sometimes to open the door. And it takes guts to follow through that door.”

I ask whether she’s had one moment of doubt since that day. “The doubts are that if I hadn’t taken that photograph, would it be as big as I remember?” she tells me. “Would it be as prominent? Would I have dismissed it as just something else? The photograph is what grounds me to the fact that this is what I saw, period, the end. Nothing else. This is what I saw.”

I ask whether she loves the photo. She laughs: “I don’t even have it hanging in my house. I’m not emotionally attached to it. What I have is here,” and she touches her eyes and her heart. “That I love. I love that a lot. I know it’s there. I will go to God and stand before Him and say, ‘God, why me? Now tell me what it was.’ The photograph keeps it there. So I know I saw that.

“I know this: Lake Champlain has something–a secret, a hidden treasure. And it’s wonderful and it’s magnificent, even if you don’t believe it’s there. Someday I’ll be vindicated. And people will say, ‘Remember that old lady from Vermont?'”

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Updated Thursday, February 17th, 2011

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3 Responses to Champ Sighting | Lake Champlain’s Mysterious Photo

  1. John Dough August 31, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    The Mansi photo is a hoax and their story a lie. Sandra Mansi’s story changed more than once during interviews. She claims they kept the photo hid away in an album somewhere, but told another interviewer it was kept tacked up on a bulletin board in their kitchen, where their kids often brought friends in to see it. She has also told two different stories about the location. One is that they couldn’t remember the exact location and looked but couldn’t find it again. But when questioned by another source, pointing out that it wouldn’t be that hard to locate the site again, she claims they knew where it was but she didn’t want to tell because she “was afraid some nut would go there with a gun and shoot it”. The biggest red flag however is that they destroyed the negative because she knew people wouldn’t believe her. So, you keep and show the photo, but you supposedly destroy the negative because you didn’t want to be ridiculed? The whole thing is a hoax, and a poorly perpetrated one at that.

    • Gay Ludington September 9, 2015 at 12:44 am #

      Just curious, but what is your interest or expertise here? Are you an authority in sonar, any kind of marine science, photography? What you’ve set out above is nothing more than your bare opinion, based on third-party hearsay from which you conclude that Mansi is lying; in fact, your accusations come rather close to actionable slander.

      I am myself a diehard skeptic, and it would take a lot more than a photograph – professionally analyzed though it has been – to convince me of the existence of Champ; on the other hand, I try very hard to keep an open mind about things like this. It’s very possible something extra-ordinary is in the Lake; your opinion doesn’t change that.

  2. Donald Fingers May 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    I am not in the position to prove or disprove a person’s claim on any such event, but I keep wondering, If you watched the creature for a full five minutes, why is there only one picture taken? If the answer is “We ran out of film”, my second question is, who goes to the lake on vacation without a supply of film?

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