Stunned at how such a brilliant mind like Doyle's could be fooled by "by our Elsie, and her at the bottom of the class!" He always believed that the photos were fake and asked the girls why there was paper in the first photo.
After the appearance of fairies on the second photo he stopped the girls from using the camera again, especially when they refused to admit they were playing a joke.
Till his passing in 1926, he was fearful that the whole family were to be exposed as frauds. He prevented Elsie from taking money for the photos but a war bond of £100 was given to her by Doyle.