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 ShiraThought 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 GoddardA 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 HuffDuring 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'RahillyWhen 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.