PHOTOS REAL GHOSTS! "A skeptic
is one when faced with the handwriting
on the wall, claims that it is a forgery."
Specter of Newby Church
This photograph was taken in 1963
by Reverend K. F. Lord at Newby
Church in North Yorkshire, England.
It has been a controversial photo
because it is just too good. The
shrouded face and the way it is
looking directly into the camera
makes it look like it was posed
– a clever double exposure.
Yet supposedly the photo has been
scrutinized by photo experts who
say the image is not the result
of a double exposure.
The Reverend Lord
has said of the photo that nothing
was visible to the naked eye when
he took the snapshot of his altar.
Yet when the film was developed,
standing there was this strange
Church was built in 1870 and, as
far as anyone knows, did not have
a history of ghosts, hauntings or
other peculiar phenomena. Those
why have carefully analyzed the
proportions of the objects in the
photo calculated that the specter
is about nine feet tall!
Story by Jason
hundreds of terrible faked and forged
haunted photos out there claiming
to be authentic real photos of ghosts
and many of them are not. Do we really
know whats real? Are Ghosts just in
the eye of the beholder? The camera
has become one of the most important
tools that a ghost hunter uses in
every investigation. The camera's
ability to freeze time may also combine
with the intense energy pattern of
the ghost, which somehow imprints
itself on film. As many have come
to know, real ghosts and their images
are captured on film by accident.
that trying to take photos of ghosts
is not an easy process. Many investigators
only use their camera when they encounter
anomalous readings with their equipment
and still others cover the alleged
haunted location with their camera
to document as much of it as they
can. You just never know what might
turn up on the developed film.
America--and more specifically, spirit
photography-- was taken to court in
New York City in 1869. The case: a
preliminary hearing for William H.
Mumler, who was charged with fraud
for selling photographs that he claimed
included images of ghosts or spirits.
Testimony and arguments lasted for
seven days. On Mumler's side, witnesses
included a prominent former judge
who was also a spiritualist. Among
the opposing witnesses were several
photographers who explained how the
same effects could be achieved by
darkroom tricks, and P. T. Barnum--who
said he purchased some of Mumler's
photographs to exhibit them in his
museum as specimens of humbug.
In 1875, late in
William Mumler’s career in spirit
photography, he advertised the ability
to take photos of persons who were
not dead, but were simply somewhere
else at the time—across the
Atlantic, for example. He seems to
have arrived at the idea from reading
a letter in the spiritualist press
from William Stainton Moses about
Monsieur Buguet, who had already taken
up such trans-Atlantic and cross-Channel
photography. Around the same time,
another similar phenomenon began to
be reported in spiritualist papers,
which continued for years afterwards,
the “spectral appearances on
window panes” of images of the
faces or forms of spirits, lightly
etched onto the glass. Sometimes the
images were permanent. It was a kind
of glass plate photography, but without
chemicals or light.
hearing attracted nationwide attention,
including the full cover page (and
back-page cartoon ) of the mass circulation
the end, the judge in the case reluctantly
decided to drop the charges against
Mumler, citing a lack of evidence.
According to The New York Daily Tribune,
the judge explained "however
he might believe that trick and deception
had been practiced [by Mumler], yet,
as he sat there in his capacity as
magistrate, he was compelled to decide...the
prosecution had failed to prove the
Both sides were
thus able to declare victory. The
prosecution had exposed Mumler, revealing
that the same "ghost" appeared
in certain photographs taken in Boston
and New York-- a "spirit"
who turned out to be very much a living
mortal. Mumler went back to spirit
photography and gloated a bit in a
pamphlet he published in 1875. But
his brush with the law took its toll,
both to his reputation and to his
finances. Mumler never recovered from
the $3000 cost of his defense, a staggering
sum for its day. He destroyed all
of his negatives shortly before his
death in 1884.
Henry Jotham Newton
(1823-1895), a New York inventor who
had made a fortune in piano manufacturing,
turned to photography as a hobby,
and in the late 1860s and early 1870s
made some important discoveries in
photographic chemistry, which allowed
the widespread use of the dry-plate
process, a revolutionary development
in the history of photography. He
became a leading figure in the American
Photographical Society and the Chairman
of the Photographical Section of the
American Institute of the City of
interested in photography, he had
taken up spiritualism. By the time
he was disseminating his innovations
in dry-plate photography, he had become
the President of the First Society
of Spiritualists in New York City.
He became fascinated
by Mumler’s and others’
seeming abilities at spirit photography.
Newton investigated and found some
fraudulent practices in the “art,”
but also became convinced that some
spirit photography was genuine and
he worked to achieve some success
in it himself.
But as they
say a picture is worth a thousand
words. Many speculate why if you show
a picture from a bank robery of the
bank robber it's proof they did it.
But capture the image a ghost on the
same camera and it's considered faked
forged or just a glitch.
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are the most important things to
be careful of when experimenting
with taking ghost photographs:
1.Make sure that you have nothing
protruding in front of the camera
lens. Know where your camera strap
is at all times! Notice how many
so-called "ghost photos"
that you see look like camera straps
or like a finger.
2. Be sure that your lens is clean
and covered when not in use.
3. Make sure that the weather is
cooperating with your photographs.
By this, I mean make sure that it
is not raining or snowing. Round
balls of glowing light that are
photographed during a rain storm
are not exactly overwhelming proof
of the supernatural.
4. Make sure that conditions are
not damp, promoting moisture on
your camera lens.
5. Be sure to point the camera away
from reflective surfaces when using
a flash. Avoid mirrors and windows
in a house and polished tombstones
when shooting at night in a cemetery.
The light from the flash bouncing
off this surface can refract back
onto your camera lens and create
"orbs" that are not of
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and many
other famous people worked together
to debunk fakes. The Society for
Psychical Research was founded in
1882. Some of the original members
were the poet Tennyson, Prime Minister
Gladstone, the scientist J.J.Thomson
(discoverer of the electron), Mark
Twain, William James, Lewis Carroll,
John Ruskin, and Sir Oliver Lodge.
and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln
and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln."
Between 1920 and 1930. The American
Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular
Entertainment, 1870-1920, Library
Houdini was a well known debunker
of fake mediums and spiritualists.
His interest began after the death
of his mother, Cecilia Weiss.
Because of his background as an
illusionist, he recognized the techniques
of mediums who claimed to have contacted
the spirit world. Houdini became
a crusader against these charlatans
who bilked grieving families of
their money. He frequently attended
seances in disguise in order to
expose the mediums.
Houdini who could wriggle out of
almost any situation knew every
trick in the book. Margery, an American
medium, claimed she could summon
ghosts with the help of her dead
brother, Walter. The day Houdini
locked her in a wooden box, she
couldn't summon a single ghost.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator
of the famous Sherlock Holmes character,
was a contemporary and admirer of
Houdini's. Ironically, Doyle was
known for the logical explanations
in the Holmes stories, yet he believed
that Houdini's escapes and illusions
were a supernatural phenomena.
These Real Ghost Photos?
1959 Mable Chinnery went to the
cemetery to visit the grave of her
mother, as any devoted daughter
is apt to do. She took some photos
of the gravesite and then turned
and took this picture of her husband
sitting alone in the car's passenger
seat. The film was developed and
this came out: somebody sitting
in the backseat wearing glasses,
clear as day. Mrs. Chinnery swore
that the "backseat driver"
was none other than her own mother...
whose gravesite she was standing
next to when she took the picture.
photos are they definitive proof?
Of course not, since photos and
recordings can be hoaxed, and many
are open to interpretation. But
the photos in this article, are
considered to be authentic; that
is, not deliberately hoaxed or fabricated
digitally. The compelling aspect
of these photos is that, like the
ghost or spirit phenomenon itself,
they happened spontaneously. The
photographers were not trying to
take pictures of ghosts. Rather,
the photos were taken and quite
unexpectedly, the apparitions were
photo was taken in 1936 at Raynham
Hall in Norfolk, England, by two
photographers of Country Life magazine.
Raynham Hall was long reputed to
be haunted by the ghost of Lady
Dorothy Townshend, who died in 1726.
The ghost had been seen on many
occasions throughout the years when
it was spotted descending these
stairs by the Country Life photographers,
who quickly took a snapshot. This
is considered by many to be the
most highly regarded and reputable
one became fairly well known after
it was released in December of 2003.
Hampton Court, near London, was
one of Henry VIII's favorite hangouts
(it's because of him that Anne Boleyn
is now a headless ghost roaming
the Tower of London). A fire door
inside the castle kept being opened
when no one was supposed to be around.
Guards checked the security cameras'
videotape... and spotted this figure
in period costume walking through
the door. Castle personnel swear
they don't know who did this, noting
that they don't even have a costume
that looks like this. Security was
concerned about a fire exit that
was often found open and checked
the footage to find this ethereal
figure opening and then closing
the doors. The figure appears to
be wearing long, flowing robes,
and could be a woman - maybe King
Henry's 3rd wife, Jane Seymour who
died on the premises shortly after
giving birth. This footage was taken
in December, 2003.
Jackson was a mechanic in the Royal
Air Force in World War I. Freddy
Jackson's squadron served onboard
the H.M.S. Daedalus. Freddy Jackson
was killed in 1919 when an airplane
propeller hit him. Two days later
when the squadron assembled for
a group photo, Freddy Jackson faithfully
showed up, grinning behind the ear
of a fellow comrade. Guess nobody
bothered to tell Freddy Jackson
that he was dead. His face was widely
recognized in this photo by members
of the squadron.
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I was recently on a mission
trip to south-eastern Iowa.
The house in which I was staying
noises were frequently heard.
We continually heard laughter
coming from the guest bedroom
which was not being used. Footsteps
were also heard, although less
frequently than the laughter.
The feet outside our door were
usually heard shortly after
the laughter. It would occur
from 2am to about 5am. It happened
most of the nights we stayed
in the house. The woman that
owned the house told us that
the house was the site of a
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