Top 5 Best Ghost Photos Ever Taken

It is very, very difficult to capture the actual image of a ghost on film. In order to capture a picture of a ghost, you would have to be in the presence of an apparition, and visual apparitions are extremely rare. I have been ghost hunting for years and have never seen a ghost with my own eyes (and I honestly don't want to) although we have captured several "maybes" on film and one that is definitely a paranormal figure.

There are scores of other people, however, who have captured apparitions on film that are undeniable--the figure is clearly human. Unfortunately, for every real ghost photo there are fifty fakes, stills that are digitally altered and touted as genuine. The spiritualist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was riddled with fraudulent photos created through the "wet glass plate" method, which involved overexposing or double exposing the negatives to create an image in the background. Since that hoax was uncovered, ghost pictures have fallen under scrutiny.

But there are a number of famous ghost photos that have been examined by experts and have stood the test of time, and are considered to be real.

1. The Brown lady

Taken in September 1936 by Captain Provand and Indre Shira

Thought to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Townshend, this anomaly has haunted the oak staircase of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England since the 1700s. Legend has it that her husband, Charles Townshend, suspected his wife of adultery and locked her in a small room of the great house until she eventually died there. When materialized, she is often seen wearing a brown, satin dress. One report tells of her eyes being gouged out.

2. Freddy Jackson

Taken in 1919 by Sir Victor Goddard

A run of the mill group photo of a World War I squadron became infamous when an extra face appeared behind one of the airmen located on the top row, fourth from the left (see insert for a clearer view). The airmen instantly recognized the face to be that of Freddy Jackson, a mechanic who was killed by an airplane propeller two days prior. His funeral had taken place on that day, but apparently Freddy Jackson wasn't aware that he was not required to show up for it.

3. Madonna of Bachelor's Grove

Taken on August 10, 1991 by Mari Huff

During a routine investigation by the "Ghost Research Society" of Bachelor's Grove cemetery near Chicago, member Mari Huff took this photo in an area where their equipment had been acting strangely. The small, abandoned cemetery was empty except for the ghost hunters, and yet when the film was developed this image of a lonely young woman clearly appeared. Bachelor's Grove cemetery is considered to be one of the most haunted in America, and is known for over 100 instances of paranormal phenomena (including apparitions).

4. The Fire Girl

Taken November 19, 1995 by Tony O'Rahilly

When the Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England burned to the ground, local residents took photos of the wreckage from across the street. One resident, Tony O'Rahilly used a 200mm telephoto lens to snap this shot of a small girl standing in the doorway. None of the other onlookers or fire fighters present at the scene remember seeing a little girl, and there would be no reason for her to be in a burnt down building. Dr. Vernon Harrison examined the photo and it's negative and determined that it was genuine. Further research into the young girl's identity uncovered records of a child named Jane Churm who died in 1677 in northern Shropshire after setting fire to a thatched roof with a candle.

5. The Back Seat Ghost

Taken in 1959 by Mabel Chinnery

While visiting the gravesite of her mother, Mabel Chinnery took this spur of the moment picture of her husband, who was waiting in the car. Upon developing the film and noticing the eerie figure in the back seat, just behind her husband's right shoulder, Mabel exclaimed that the ghostly person was her mother. An expert examined the photo for signs of fraud and was noted as saying, "I stake my reputation on the fact that the picture is genuine," adding that the image was not a reflection nor a double exposure.

**Side Note** The "flashing eyes" seen in this shot are a common occurrence when capturing ghosts on film; I have experienced it several times firsthand, but still don't understand why. My theory is that the picture was snapped while the ghost was in the process of either materializing or dematerializing.

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taylorblue 9 years ago from Canada

Awesome pics and hub!


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stubbs 9 years ago from London

great hub! possibly make the picture so you can enlarge them.


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becauseilive 9 years ago from N.J. Author

Stubbs -- point taken! I made the images so they can be clicked and enlarged. Thanks :)


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stubbs 9 years ago from London

No problem, Much better. Best one is the freddy jackson ghost...weird


Alan 9 years ago

Oh my god. that's for real.


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Aphroditei 9 years ago

Great hub! I like the picture of the madonna..and to think it has been taken in the 90's but she looks like wearing a dress of the 50's or 60's and even her hair...

And the last one is quite hair raising..and the one of the Freddy Jackson..amazing and yet sad..

Great hub..keep on writing!!(^^,)..


saadsavino 8 years ago

I always thought the lady/apparition was wearing glasses? ( lady in back seat).


Shanaynay 8 years ago

Well it did freak me out the story of the girl that tryied to escape from the fire but died. I didn't believe until several people told me, and the mother of the girl told me too! She says that every time that she walks near that burned place, she feels a paranormal air, and strange feeling. But she calms down knowing it's her girl...!


Mike 7 years ago

What the heck?This is so fake!!!I rather collect toe nails!!!!


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Yep, these are very common famous ghost photos I've seen all over the net!? Thanks for the story behind each photo!


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Yep, these are very common famous ghost photos I've seen all over the net!? Thanks for the story behind each photo!


Beanie 7 years ago

Erm guys, just something i thought of.. In the 3rd picture, it seems that Freddy Jackson appeared as though he was expected (what i mean is, it looks like the other guys in the picture were aware of him at that time, otherwise they wouldn't have left some space for him to stand right?). Also, if you imagine for a moment that Jackson wasn't standing in the picture, the void that would've been left would be a little unnatural right (considering the fact that everyone in the picture was standing very close to each other, with some even having to squeeze in from behind)? Something to think about indeed...

P.S: I'm not a disbeliever in ghosts by the way


3cardmonte 7 years ago

excellent! love a bit of ghosty jiggery fakery!


nawal 6 years ago

nothin is scary not a thing is scary


Meghana 6 years ago

what's new in this? Ah. boring


gijs 6 years ago

on #3. i see a face on the botom near the tree, and the girl loops priity real to me nothing ghosty bout her


Deborah Sexton 6 years ago

I thought the first photo might either be faked or something wrong with the film.

Anything about ghosts is always fun. Thank you. Great hub.


michael 6 years ago

lol funny i read a book with all photos in it


lorrane 6 years ago

love the photos great hub


kamehameha 6 years ago

me tooo see the face in pic #3 just at the botoom near the tree and i think that the girl is real


charlotte hale 6 years ago

hahaha xD all fakes :D


SLM 6 years ago

The girl in the fire in Wem actually set fire to the town hall the first time in 1677 by accident by dropping a candle. As this was in 1677 can you really claim to have spoken to the girl's mother? (to shanaynay)


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lindatymensky 5 years ago

Really good piece. I'm going to follow you. Keep 'em coming! Linda


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lorddraven2000 5 years ago from Wheelwright KY

These are pretty good. I think you have picked 5 good pictures.


darren 5 years ago

Hi, i took a photo on my digital camera last night of the sky cos it was looking so amazing with so many stars but what came out was very creepy. Can someone please tell me what i should do with the photo or who to show it to?


darren 5 years ago

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Shannon 5 years ago

Hiyah, great photos, but photo 4 of the fire girl turned out to be a fake, here's the link to the website i found whilst looking at other ghost pictures on google, she is from a postcard taken in 1922 in wem. http://www.ghosttheory.com/2010/05/17/wem-ghost-gi...


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AnimeFiguresFan 5 years ago

nice hub and nice selection of photos :)


john cena 5 years ago

yes


girl 4 years ago

awsome


emma 4 years ago

soooo fake!!!!!!!!!!


boombox4ever 4 years ago

wow i cant belive it


Tammy 3 years ago

I thought the first photo was of Abraham Lincoln's wife and his apparition. The story I read was that she carried that photo around with her thinking it really was him. But the mystery of whether the photographer did it or if it was real was the big Question. ??? The photographer burned all his photos and equipment before he died. So the big mystery remains.

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