Famous Ghost Photographs
A selection of the most famous ghost photographs in the world!
These are great stories to get you in the mood for Halloween or any other time of the year!
So throw on those costumes and get ready to be scared...
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The Tulip Staircase Ghost
My absolute favourite ghost picture ever
It’s so atmospheric and spooky – it doesn’t get any better than this!
Rev. Ralph Hardy, a clergyman from British Columbia, snapped this image in 1966.
He was photographing the spiral “Tulip Staircase” in the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England.
The photograph shows a shrouded figure climbing the stairs, grasping the railing with both hands.
Experts have failed to find any evidence of tampering or fraud.
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Andrew Ransom's Ghost, St. Augustine
This photo was captured from the St. Augustine episode of The Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures.
Astonishing ghost picture captured by a tourist at Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida.
The team from Ghost Adventures were chatting to Cal Colgan who produced this photograph, apparently showing the ghost of Andrew Ransom, a rather ruthless English pirate, taken by a visitor.
The ethereal figure on the left, who was not seen by anyone else at the time, is wearing the ruffled collar so much of the period that Ransom was in St. Augustine, in the late 1600's. His ghost has been seen numerous times around the Castillo area, by both locals and tourists.
Could this really be him?
Castello de la Rotta Knight
These three rare supernatural images were taken at the Castello de la Rotta near Turin in Italy.
Although quite blurry, I find them very intriguing!
The first picture is thought to be that of Arturo, a hooded knight who gallops around the castle holding his head in one hand. This was captured on film after a skeleton person and horse were discovered.
The other two were captured on film walking towards the chapel and materialising out of a wall.
This amazing castle is connected with the Knight's Templar and is said to have been built at the meeting point of two powerful leylines in order to facilitate paranormal and mystical activity.
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London Underground Ghost
Very compelling photograph taken by Karen Collett on the Bakerloo Line, London, in the early 1980's.
Taking a picture of her family in the train, this eerie image appears reflected in the glass of a man in an electric chair with blue sparks shooting from his hands.
Taken with a 'point and shoot' 110 camera, manipulation is highly unlikely.
A wax figure of Bruno Hauptmann, who was accused of the kidnap and murder of the Lindbergh baby, is in Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and shows him in the electric chair.
The image is identical to the one in Karen's photo except there are no blue sparks in the Museum exhibit.
Despite skeptic's claims that it must have been a poster in the Underground tunnel, Madame Tussaud's can find no record of any such poster ever being manufactured.
Ghost in the Woods
© The Daily Mail
I think this ghost picture is amazing!
I found it on at The Daily Mail, as one of their all-time top paranormal pictures and I have to agree!
There are no details, but it appears that a little girl has been photographed out on a woodland walk.
Zoom in and a ghostly, transparent figure is watching, with big, black eye sockets. Goosebumps!
The Pink Lady Ghost of Greencastle
These amazing photos were taken by Guy Winters and his friend Terry when they were investigating the O’Hare mansion in Greencastle, Indiana.
They had been there a couple of days with video cameras and felt a very spooky atmosphere descend, causing nausea, disorientation and strange scents.
Guy began snapping photos, not seeing anything with the naked eye, and this is what resulted! I saw a clip on Bravo showing the location and these photos and I have to say I was so chilled by them!
The ghostly female figure is believed to be Irene O’Hare, a previous occupant. She was called the Pink Lady subsequently because of the rosy glow around her in the images.
The house, although now torn down, was in the clip and the dark energy was palpable even through the TV.
The bottom photo is digitally enhanced, clearly showing a skull. Professional analysis concluded that this haunting image was on the negative and not added later.
It’s a real shame that nothing remains of this notoriously haunted home.
Tewin Bury Farm Ghost Child
© Neil Sandbach
This astonishing photo was taken by photographer Neil Sandbach in 2006.
He was taking some pictures at Tewin Bury farm in Hertfordshire, England, for friends of his who were planning to get married there.
When looking at the photograph on his computer later, he found an ethereal and ghostly childish figure standing in the corner of the barn.
Neil does not recall anyone, child or adult, being in the vicinity at the time.
The friends he took the pictures for later asked the staff at the farm if there had ever been any paranormal activity, without saying a word about Neil’s picture.
The staff said a young boy had been seen around the area of the barn a number of times, dressed in white night clothes.
A very compelling photo and location.
Caergwrle Bridge Ghost
Members of the Cheshire Paranormal Society took this fantastic picture on Packhorse Bridge, Caergwrle, Wales.
Although this was just a random shot, orbs had been captured by the group already and several members felt uneasy at the time.
It's believed a number of ghosts haunt this bridge possibly in connection with a former burial ground nearby, for which the bridge was the entrance.
Visit the Cheshire group's website: www.cheshireparanormal.co.uk
Pendennis Castle Ghost
© Lisa Murphy
Lisa Murphy from Cornwall, UK, kindly sent this photo into us here at Moonslipper and, to be honest, we're very impressed!
She took the photo in what used to be the kitchens at 16th century Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK.
Lisa was taking a picture of three lit candles on the wall of this supposedly very haunted room and this rather terrifying face appeared on the left side.
The room it was taken in is said to have had various sightings, including a pair of legs seen walking up a spiral staircase which, nowadays, leads to nowhere.
Utah Pioneer Memorial Museum Ghost
This ghostly image was seen on a surveillance camera at Utah's Pioneer Memorial Museum in October 2007.
I think it is just great!
Security officers were first alerted that something unusual was going on when they noticed movement on the monitors.
The Highway Patrol was called in to investigate and as soon as they arrived the face vanished after staying on the monitor for about five minutes.
The building was checked, the camera inspected and there is no reason for this image appearing. They continued to see it for a few more nights but after moving items around in the gift shop, it disappeared.
Is it just a reflection or the real face of a ghost? Perhaps we’ll never know.
~Update~ Donnie emailed us to say he feels this appears to be a digital tampering of the theatre poster for the play entitled," Les Miserables".
What do you think?
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Hospital Ghost Photographs
I had to look at this truly supernatural photo a few times.
Taken from the excellent www.coasttocoastam.com, this is what they say:
"At an ICU in a hospital in Colorado, a nurse was testing her flash in the room with the lights off. Unknown date other then recently. Calendar is on the wall but not sure if it has the correct date on it."
I really like the fact that the ghostly gentleman is actually looking directly into the camera.
photo was taken in the Parish Church Hall in Lyme Regis, England, in 2005. Despite being connected to the church and being used by American troops during World War II, up to now there have been no reports of any paranormal activity.
When this picture was taken, an indoor camping site had been set up. Earlier in the day a small girl had been seen chatting away to herself and when asked who she was talking to she replied, “Sam”.
There was no one of that name in the group or in the hall. Is this a picture of “Sam”? To me it looks a little like an elf or a goblin on his way somewhere! Brilliant!
Jenner Museum Ghost
© Chris Sandys BBC Gloucester
ghost picture taken at the Jenner Museum, Berkeley, England.
Here's what the Culture 24 website says about it:
"There have always been stories of ghosts at the Edward Jenner Museum. We usually take them with a pinch of salt," says Sarah Parker,the museum’s director.
A BBC photographer dropped in to get some snaps of the museum's latest exhibition and when he got back to the office discovered some unexpected and unexplainable shapes in his pictures.
"I don't believe in ghosts myself," says Chris Sandys, BBC photographer, "but this is strange! As soon as I'd taken the panoramic photo, I reviewed the image on the camera, and straight away noticed this strange formation of light, shaped like a figure, through the doorway in the next room".
The figure looks quite large and could be a soldier as graffiti has been found in the attic with names and ranks of soldiers who had stayed in the house, possibly during the 19th century. I really like this photo.
Tantallon Castle Ghost
Photograph taken at Tantallon Castle, Scotland in 2008 by tourist Christopher Aitchison.
According to the photographer, it was taken around 3 pm and there were no re-enactments taking place or any mannequins placed in the castle windows at the time.
Trick of the light, or an actual ghost in period clothes? I'm not sure.
This photograph is one of many that Richard Wiseman, who studies the paranormal, has been collecting for quite some time.
Read more about Richard and what he does here.
This is such a curious ghost photograph!
Following an email from Riccardo in Rome, we can now identify this location as St. Peter's altar in Rome - thanks Riccardo!
The shoes of the ghost that is captured on film are so out of time - at a guess I would say 18th century.
Really great, unusual ghost picture.
~Update~ We received an email from John who says this is a Time Elapse shot, not a ghost photograph and really easy to set up.
We'll leave the decision as to whether it's real or not up to our visitors!
Ghost of Yuri
Wonderful shot taken high above the stage in the St. James's Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand by Carolyn Taylor of what is believed to be the ghost of Yuri, a Russian dancer.
He fell to his death from high up over the stage - around this area - and questions remain as to whether it was an accident or murder.
Yuri has been seen and felt many times and is obviously loathe to leave the stage.
More about the St. James's Theatre here.
Prince Albert Ghost Photographs
This is quite an outrageous ghost picture - so clear, is it for real? I believe so.
This photograph was taken by Grant Wilson of Leeds, England who was snapping pictures of valuables in his living room for insurance purposes. The television was unplugged!
The face, which is strangely like that of Prince Albert, is on the negative also, which rules out tampering at the photo lab and the image is very similar to daguerrotype photographs taken in the 19th century.
Or could it be a case of ghosting?
Many thanks to Grant for his kind permission to use the image.
Moundsville Prison Shadow Ghost
Really excellent and spooky picture taken by Polly Gear of the Mountaineer Paranormal group at Moundsville Prison, West Virginia of a shadow person.
This eerie location dates from 1866 and was the home to many dangerous and dark elements of society including most recently Charles Manson.
Murders, suicides, violence and executions all happened here.
It is extremely paranormally active and as well, noises, voices and odors, shadow people have been witnessed all over the location.
Is this one of them? I think so. Visit Mountaineer Paranormal's Facebook page here.
Riccarton House Ghost
I love this photo taken by Carolyn Taylor of the Ghost Hunt group in New Zealand.
While filming at Riccarton House in Christchurch, Carolyn snapped a few pictures of the exterior of the house, not seeing anything unusual.
Only when the photos were examined was this menacing apparition spotted on the porch. Very scary!
The Madonna of Bachelor's Grove
This fantastic photograph was taken during an investigation of Bachelor's Grove cemetery near Chicago by the excellent
Ghost Research Society.
On August 10, 1991, several members of of the GRS were at the cemetery, a small, abandoned graveyard on the edge of the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve, near the suburb of Midlothian, Illinois and this photograph came out with an image of a ghostly, out-of-her-time, lady.
There was no one else there. Excellent ghost image.
More about haunted cemeteries here.
The Ghost in the Burning Building
In November 1995, Wem Town Hall (dating from the turn of the century) in Shropshire, England burned to the ground.
Tony O'Rahilly, a local resident, was one of many onlookers as the building collapsed and took photos of the event with a telephoto lens from across the street.
One of his photos shows what looks like a small, ethereal girl standing in a doorway.
In 1677, historical records note that a fire destroyed many of the town's old timber houses. Legend goes that a young girl named Jane Churm accidentally set fire to a thatched roof with a candle.
This is a super, clear image of what is probably a ghost.
Update: July 27th 2010. Sadly, this now appears to be a fake. Read about it here.
The Brown Lady
This image of the "The Brown Lady" ghost is one of the best known ghost photographs ever shot.
The apparition is thought to be that of Lady Dorothy Townshend, wife of Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount of Raynham, of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England in the early 1700s.
The photograph was taken in September, 1936 by Captain Provand and Indre Shira, two photographers who were taking pictures of Raynham Hall for Country Life magazine.
This is your quintessential ghost photo!
The Back Seat Ghost
This photograph definitely gives me the shivers.
After visiting the grave of her mother one day in 1959, Mabel Chinnery took this photograph. She had also taken some photos of the gravesite.
On her way to the car, Mabel took an impromptu photo of her husband, who was waiting on his own in the car.
When the photos were developed, they were amazed to see the image of her late mother sitting in the back of the car.
Experts have testified that this photo is absolutely genuine.
This happy gathering probably dates from World War II, over 60 years ago, long before Photoshop etc...!
A group of drinking buddies, with a transparent soldier at the rear, in the middle.
I feel this is authentic, given the age of the photograph and the way the ghostly man fits into the group perfectly, as if he doesn't want to miss the fun! Love it!
~Update~ Samantha from Australia emailed me to say this photo belongs to her friend and was taken by her grandfather in Egypt during WWII. It's wonderful to have the history of this super ghost picture.
A really nice, clear ghost picture I found at www.ananova.com
. From Ananova: "The ghost of a tall woman in a long white dress reportedly watches the hallways and staircases of the Decebal hotel, in the Baile Herculane mountain spa.
The 150-year-old hotel is believed to hide ancient Roman treasure under its foundations and the ghost is said by locals to keep treasure hunters away. Victoria Iovan, 33, from Baile Herculane, said: I photographed my boyfriend in the hotel. Back home I was shocked to see another woman's shadow in the picture. She looked like a priestess in long white clothes."
Very nice shot.
This is a seriously
spooky ghost picture I picked up at GazetteLive.co.uk
From their site: Matthew Summers, 17, got a shock when he snapped seven friends - and eight faces stared back. A haunting child’s face appeared at knee-height in the photo taken before a night out in Billingham. "I zoomed in to my sister’s mate’s little sister who was crying and I saw a face," said the Norton teenager. "You can see all the facial expressions and everything. Usually when you see pictures like that it’s a blur but this one is really weird."
Who knows what or who is lurking behind us right now...
Hull House Ghost
I picked up this excellent ghost photograph courtesy of Coast to Coast AM
This is the background behind the photo:
"My husband & I were visiting Chicago in June '07 and we decide to do a ghost tour. The tour was fun & interesting, lasted about 3 hours.
The Hull House Museum was the last stop, as soon as we pulled up I knew I needed a photo of the staircase. I forgot my camera at the hotel so I had to use my cell phone (which has no flash).
I waited till everyone had moved on to explore other parts of the grounds & such. I got my phone out & said SAY CHEESE and when I got home & blew up the pic on my pc this is what I got. -Erin"
I like it!
I have no information whatsoever on this ghost photograph which I was sent by one of Moonslipper's visitors.
It's an interesting shot, is this group of ghosts watching a game, or is it a detailed hoax? I'm just not sure! It's definitely an eerie photo.
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