Famous Ghost Pictures Analysed
Psychic Medium Craig Hamilton-Parker looks at famous ghost pictures and reveals the ten most spooky ghost pictures of all time. Are they real or fake, phantom or fraud? You decide: vote to confirm or debunk these pictures.
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. I have a monthly newspaper in Take a Break’s Fate and Fortune Magazine called ‘Phantoms on Film’. Have you got a snapshot that spooks you out? I have studies thousands of paranormal photos, so send yours to the magazine and I’ll give you my expert verdict. You can send in your picture at the magazine’s website linked from my contact page. Or you can also have your picture analysed on our ghost picture forums.
Let’s Analyse some Famous Ghost Pictures
Now it’s your turn to analyse the Top Ten Famous Ghost Pictures of all time. I have given my verdict – what do you have to say? Are these real ghost pictures with a psychic origin or are they just oddities that we can explain away or should simply ignore? Please post your comments at the bottom of this article.
The Ghost on the Stairs – The Classic of Famous Ghost Pictures
In 1966, a retired Canadian Clergyman Ralph Hardy photographed the staircase at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. He saw nothing unusual at the time of taking the picture but was horrified to see the strange ghostly figure lurking in the shadows. This has become one of the world’s most famous ghost pictures.
Although experts at the time concluded that no one had tampered with the negative I have my doubts. The shots are famous real ghost pictures but smack of trickery as it is just as you would expect a ghost to look. During nearly 30 years as a medium I have never had a communication from a spirit dressed in spooky hooded clothing. This is the stuff of fantasy.
The Back-Seat Driver Ghost
In 1959 Mrs Mabel Chinnery went to the cemetery to visit her mother’s grave. She took a photo of the grave, then a picture of her husband who was sitting alone in the car waiting for her. Mrs Cinnery’s mother appeared in the back seat of the car when the picture was developed. An expert who examined the photo and negatives declared: “I stake my reputation on the fact that the picture is genuine!”
Craig’s Response: This could be a real spirit communication. I believe it is possible for a spirit to appear on film to give comfort to their loved ones and this could be one of those instances. Or could it be that this is a case of a mother-in-law nagging from beyond the grave.
The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
This photo was taken on September 19th, 1936 at 4 P.M. It was a photo shoot for Country Life Magazine and taken at Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England. The ghost had been seen on several occasions by credible witnesses.
The photographer reportedly saw her coming down the stairs, and began yelling to a colleague, who claims she did not see anything.
It has been argued that this photo is a double exposure but many other photography experts think otherwise.
I have seen similar effects to this caused by a smudge of Vaseline or fingerprint on the lens. At the time a professor was asked to look at the photos and claimed they we fakes. I am however a bit sceptical of the sceptics used in this debunk. The ‘professor’ was not a ‘professor’ of photography or of ‘hard science’, but of English.
The Borley Rectory Ghost
The Borley Rectory is near the river Stour, Essex. It was the most haunted house in the UK until it mysteriously burnt down in 1939. It is one of the place to generate the most famous ghost pictures with people visiting the derelict site today in search of catching a phantom on film. At least two thousand Poltergeist phenomena were experienced at the Rectory between October 1930 and October 1935. This was during the tenancy of Lionel and Marianne Foyster. Many of these were investigated by the famous parapsychologist Harry Price.
Poltergeist activity may not necessarily be caused by spirits. Often it is the energy of living people. This psychic energy is projected into the environment and causes objects to move. There was so much press hysteria about the haunting at the time that is now hard to sort the real phenomena from the fantasy.
The Ghost on eBay
This modern photo was as part of an auction on eBay. There are two strange figures near the grave one appearing to lean over the grave and the other of a woman who is looking at us from beside the tree. Both are in modern dress and very life-like.
It is certainly an intriguing image that has done its rounds on the Internet but without more background information it is hard to know if the image is faked. I would class this picture as a ‘Simulacra’ – is a Latin word originally meaning an object representing something for example when you see faces in the clouds or the face of Jesus in a slice of burnt toast.
The Alberta Ghost Train Spook
This photos was taken in 1960’s on the last trip of the famous Alberta Steam Train made before being retired from service. Some of the train drivers believed that the train is haunted and this picture appears to show the culprit. A nearby pub is called the Flying Scotsman and is where many ghosts are seen.
The picture was posted to my website by the son of the man pictured. He said: “I will vouch for the fact that there was no trickery involved or photo retouching.”
It has been picked up by other sites and is now considered on of the most famous ghost pictures.
The Rain Forest Spook
This photograph became part of the archive of famous ghost pictures when millions of people forwarded it to one another on the Internet.
Part of the message read: “ We were three friends Gaurav, Akshat and Chetan. We went on summer holidays to Sunderbans (INDIA) a rainforest reserve. We were taking each others photographs when Chetan asked us to take his photograph. We took his photograph but suddenly after that he said why did u take this photograph when u could see this woman standing next to me. Three days later Chetan died.”
An obvious a fake.
The Ghost of Lord Combermere
This photograph of the Combermere Abbey library was taken in 1891. The figure of a man can faintly be seen sitting in the chair to the left. His head, collar and right arm on the armrest are clearly discernable. It is the ghost of Lord Combermere – a British cavalry commander in the early 1800s who had investigated the famous “Moving Coffins” of Barbados.
This is probably an accidental double exposure cause when using a slow shutter speed. A servant might have come into the room and sat briefly in the chair, creating the transparent image.
Sir Victor Goddard and the Ghost Squadron
This photo is a group portrait of Sir Victor Goddard squadron, which had served in World War I aboard the HMS Daedalus. However an extra face appeared on the photo. The sitters said that this is the face of Freddy Jackson. He was an air mechanic who had been accidentally killed by an airplane propeller. His funeral was taking place on the day the picture was taken.
During WW1 it was commonplace to use the new and exciting technique of superimposing images of family members who had been killed at the front into family photographs. These images are not supernatural. They are a ‘token of remembrance’. Maybe the photographer was trying to be helpful? Or maybe the ghost of Freddy dropped in to reassure his friends that he had survived death.
Photo Makes Murderer Confess
This is a very early photograph from a glass plate. The picture was taken in Brazil. These early pictures required the sitters to stay still as the image was taken. The photographer was not a Spiritualist or medium. He claimed that he saw, through his camera lens the woman who has transposed herself onto this photograph. Two weeks after the photograph was taken the man confessed to the spirit extra’s murder.
It is much harder to tamper with glass plates than with negatives or digital images. The picture looks like a double exposure. Perhaps the photographer set a trap or could it be that the spirit world found a way to point the finger? Be sure your sins will find you out!
Now tell me what you think. Are these phantoms or fakes?