Friday, October 31, 2014

Scariest Ghost Pictures Ever

It's my favorite holiday of the year!



All month, I've set aside Fridays for scary places. To celebrate the best October Friday of all, I'm celebrating by posting some of the scariest pictures ever taken. One thing you should know is that most pictures involving orbs are pure junk. Usually it's just the reflection of the flash. But people love posting pictures of orbs and claiming those dots are ghosts.




I decided to look up some of the scariest photos ever taken. While there's no way to prove these are 100 percent authentic, many were taken during a time when digital photography and Photoshop hadn't yet been invented. 

Perhaps the most famous is the Brown Lady. The photo was taken at Raynham Hall in England. Many believe the apparition is Dorothy Townshend.



The below photo was taken in Franklin, Tennessee, at a Confederate cemetery. Note the sepia-toned soldier in the upper-right corner.



What's spooky about this picture is that one of the men pictured in the back row (inset) had died two days earlier. He's hiding back there behind the soldier's head. See him?



I've found the scariest images are much more subtle. One of the images I find scariest was captured on video by the TV show Ghost Hunters. An unmanned camera captured what appears to be an apparition moving toward it in the snow.



What's the scariest ghost picture you've ever seen?

62 comments:

  1. That one of the soldiers is rather creepy.
    You always wonder how much of that is real. Or how little.

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  2. Always interesting to see. Many things out there, so you never know. My question is why aren't more ghosts caught on camera? Billions of people have died. The odds are way too high for only a few to get caught on camera. And always human ghosts, why not giraffe ghosts or rat ghosts? lol

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  3. I think some people believe animals don't have souls? To me, most of the older ghost pictures just look like an issue with the printing process... I honestly am surprised a ghost would ever be captured on camera. Seems like something you'd only be able to see with the naked eye.

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  4. Very creepy stuff! The only scary photo I've seen is one someone I knew as a kid who posted it on FB. It's a photo of his Grandma, with him and his brother in her lap. On one side, you see her hand around them in a hug, but the other side, it looks like a man's hand! His Grandpa was dead at the time, so they think it was his ghost hand in the photo!

    It's realllllly weird!

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  5. Ooh, I like that! That does sound like a spooky thing to see.

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  6. The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall was one of the first ghost photographs I ever saw. It's in a book of ghosts and hauntings that I loved reading as a child. It always gave me the creeps. There are so many stories of ghosts on staircases, I wonder if it is because they are a means of getting from one place to another, maybe one plane to another as well?

    I love being scared, so Halloween is brilliant, all the ghost stories on TV and people willing to chat about scary experiences :).

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  7. What gets me is that people see what they think is ghost wearing cloths. Cloths is a solid material that reflects light but when there's no real cloths there how could it be seen by our eyes or captured on camera?

    The imagination is a potent thing but we can't see it.
    This ghost apparitions is just so complicated, lol.
    Happy scary night.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  8. There are theories that ghosts you see repeatedly are "residual hauntings." It's energy that has been trapped. Some building materials are thought to hold energy like limestone. I don't fully understand the theories behind all that but I do remember that with a residual haunting, someone is repeating an action he/she did many times during his life, especially if that action is associated with a traumatic activity, like falling down the stairs.

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  9. (I'm fascinated with this stuff but I also wrote a fiction series about ghost hunters and spent months researching it!)

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  10. OMG now I'm even more afraid of the darkness than I was before....

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  11. It is funny that Theresa from LONG ISLAND MEDIUM at TLC, who talks with the dead, always says that people have difficulties taking photos of her because there are so many ghosts always around her. The photos are always blurry or bad.

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  12. I have a few orb pictures, but I don't believe they are ghosts or spirits. I've heard the scientific explanation awhile back, has something to do with the camera's flash causing a reflection to dust particles in the air.

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  13. That IS weird, Dezmond. I can't watch Long Island Medium because I always think of this SNL sketch about her:

    https://screen.yahoo.com/long-island-medium-000000870.html

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  14. Yeah, Adam, that whole orb thing is ridiculous. I know the guys at Ghost Hunters completely dismiss any photo or video of orbs because they say most of the time, it can be explained by just what you said.

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  15. Those are some great pics! I'll admit to being a total scaredy-cat and not looking at many, but they are interesting!! :)

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  16. Yikes! Those are pretty scary. I used to totally geek out on this stuff when I was in middle school, but I kind of grew out of that stage. Kind of. ;)

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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  17. I think The Brown Lady gets my vote for scariest. LOL I can imagine myself having a heart attack at the bottom of those stairs if I looked up and saw that!
    I've enjoyed your October series. Happy Halloween!

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  18. I've never really seen a picture that I totally believed to be truly an apparition - but the soldier that died two days earlier - WOW. The Brown Lady looks pretty spooky, too.

    Thanks, Stephanie (you were mentioned in my post yesterday, btw!).

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  19. That sepia soldier flipped me out..wow. Insane!

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  20. That's interesting with the soldier picture! I can't say I've seen any ghost pictures, I usually try to avoid them if possible! Happy Halloween!

    betty

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  21. Those images were right up there on the creepy scale! You've set the mood for my Oct. 31!

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  22. I'm glad you're having fun.

    Happy Halloween to ya :O)

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  23. I never trust photos because you never know who messed with them. It's too easy to manipulate photos now.

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  24. Those are really creepy! Especially the one with the soldier. I was just listening to a radio show this morning about a jail in Charleston, South Carolina, which is supposed to be one of the most haunted places in the world. The audio that was captured by a visitor was completely freaky!

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  25. Love these! I have seen that soldier one before (the group pic) very crazy! All of these (except maybe the first one) gave me goose bumps! I love seeing stuff like this one film, well as long as it isn't the pictures I am taking. ;)

    Happy Halloween!!

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  26. I actually believe in ghosts, although I'm highly skeptical of any reports of same.

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  27. That picture of the man behind the other is just totally freaky! I have seen the ghost woman before. I have seen a picture of men in the water but they died a few days before but you clearly see them in the water-freaky! I also saw a picture of tiles with ghostly faces on them. A woman noticed them on her tile floor and started to try to mop them out but the more she mopped the more the images became more weird looking. More faces came out. It got the attention of a psychic team ( I think this was in Mexico). They could not find any reason for these pictures but they clearly looked like men and there was one woman. Finally they dug up her floor and found an old grave yard. It was found that her home was on top of a gravesite where the town hung witches

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  28. I have reservations about ghost photography - but an open mind about their presence. And I loved Pat Hatt's comment about ghost animals. And would appreciate it (so much) if some of the animals I have loved over the years would/could come back to me.

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  29. I love spooky stuff like this!! If it's authentic it's so awesome! Cause I believe there are ghosts among us!!! Happy Halloween!

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  30. That last one is scary.

    I always wonder about the authenticity of these.

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  31. I was worried these would be too scary for me! But they weren't at all! =) The last clip was kinda spooky though.

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  32. It's not a ghost picture, but a drawing that I found frightening. When my paternal grandfather was a little boy, an artist made a very large charcoal drawing of his entire family, including a little girl named Mabel Mae who had died. She was drawn in, sitting on her mother's lap. I always thought that was kind of freaky. Many times I've shown the drawing to people who don't know the story and they've said, What's with the little girl? She looks like a spirit.

    Love,
    Janie

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  33. Thank you for sharing.
    For my sister today...a scarey sight was a bunch of snow and driving to work. She lives in Central Wisconsin and received an early snow storm.
    We live in Western Wisconsin, we did not get any snow.
    October has been beautiful with temperatures in the 70's which is not normal ~ we enjoyed it! :-)

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  34. The old pictures are definitely interesting, since you are right, they were before digital where anything can be put in a picture...

    I don't have a scary picture story but I have an eerie story I'll have to share sometime :)

    Happy Halloween :)

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  35. No scary picture stories but I do believe!

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  36. Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Mine too!!! Altho, I love Christmas for what it is, Halloween just has so many spooktacular happenings and fun. I've showed a lot this week, =the past two blog posts= about my favorite stuff.

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  38. The one of the soldier is pretty spooky.
    In "Three Men and a Baby," it is rumored there is an image of a little boy's ghost during filming. He apparently committed suicide in the apartment where they shot the movie. Here is the website if you want to check it out and draw your own chilling conclusion.
    http://www.castleofspirits.com/threemenbaby.html

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  39. The freakiest thing I recall seeing was on television and it wasn't of a ghost, but it was an impression of Jesus on his death shroud.

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  40. Oh, those are fun. The one with the soldiers is amazing. No doubt, it was a mistake in film exposure during development but it's certainly creepy.

    I've enjoyed your spooky Friday series very much, Stephanie!

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  41. OMG. This post gives me the creeps reading it at 1am. Fortunately, the hubby is beside me on hia laptop gaming with loud game noise. I've seen some of these photos before but still, they never fail to creep me out. I also enjoyed reading all the comments here. The topic of the supernatural never fails to enthrall me.

    Thank you for your comment on my blog a while back. I'm honoured to make acquaintance with an author! WOuld definitely love to keep in touch with you.

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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  42. I've just followed you so that we would be able to stay in touch. I would really appreciate if we could keep up with our 2-way communication. Have a gorgeous weekend ahead!

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  43. A very scary post. My scariest picture has to be George W Bush winning the US election in 2000. You look at his face and there's a man wondering how on earth he pulled off that trick. As we later found out there was a ghost in Florida involved... :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  44. The scariest picture I ever saw was one on my sister-in-law's camera...that she claimed she never took...

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  45. You have officially creeped me out, and THESE are the scariest ghost pictures I've seen. Thank you, Stephanie. Really. This was a great post.

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  46. I love Ghost Hunters. I've never seen a ghost myself, but I'd like to. The scariest photos to me are ghosts looming over children. I was never scared of those kinds of photos until I had a kid! Hope you had a wonderful Halloween. :)

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  47. The face of death thing on the Exorcist flipped me out when I was 13. Had nightmares for years.

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  48. Yeah, those are some good shots. The creepiest one I saw was from the era where people took pictures of the dead. Standing next to a dead girl was the ghost of the girl, and she looked pissed.

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  49. I love the creativity of this post. But I'm not into any of the scary stuff and don't even like Halloween. Now, I said it! Being Swedish is my excuse, there we do have goblins, trolls, and fairies to scare us. And this creature that plays a sad tune on his violin while captured in a stream. You know, I haven't felt creative for months now, but you truly inspired me to do something. Thanks. Hope you had a scary time!

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  50. Those are really scary pics. The one of the Raynham Hall lady on the stairs especially. Gives me cold chills.

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  51. Oh those are creeptastic and I agree the subtle ones, like those of a mother and child and the dead father appearing standing behind them..yep creepy!

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  52. Spooky!! I've seen lots of ghost photos in books. They freak me out.

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  53. I grew up down in Southern California, and we had a lighthouse in my city. People said they saw a ghost there, and a story developed. It was said a woman haunted the lighthouse, waiting for her husband to return. It turned out, it could all be explained scientifically. It was the reflection of a lens or something. Still, it was so spooky to think about as a kid. I don't remember if I saw pictures of it, but it was kind of fun and scary, imagining a real ghost. :)

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  54. Interesting collection of photos, but for some reason ghost don't seem that scary. Maybe I watched too many episodes of Casper as a kid.

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  55. When I was twenty back in the early nineties, I woke up in de middle of the night because someone big was staring at me. I couldn't move, I was that afraid. And then it disappeared. Just thinking about it still brings tears to my eyes.

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  56. That reminds me of Gerald's Game. She keeps waking up in the night to see someone in the corner, watching her. In the end, it turned out it was someone who had been sneaking into the house to watch her. I think he ended up being a killer of some sort, but he didn't kill her.

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  57. I'm a scaredy cat, but I'm also a cynic, lol. Maybe I hide behind cynicism when it comes to ghost tales. ;-) In spite of that, I thoroughly enjoyed this post, Stephanie. I want to be proved wrong. I want to see things like this that force me to entertain the plausibility of there being more than just this mortal plane in which we exist. :-)

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  58. Oh those are creepy! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to see what the boyfriend, who is a photography expert, thinks. A lot of "ghost" photos turn out to be double exposures.

    What drives me crazy is the skeptics will always say, "Where is the proof? Where are the pictures and videos?" And then you show them stuff like this and they automatically go, "Aw, that's fake." You can't win!

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