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Karly Rayner

Even if you are a dyed in the wool skeptic, the prospect of spending the night alone somewhere 'haunted' is still a chilling one.

The fear of the paranormal seems to be hardcoded into our very existence, but what if the ghosts we fear were proved to be as real as creaky old houses and eerie thunderstorms?

So far, there is no concrete evidence that ghosts exist, but these pictures claim to give us a window into the world of the supernatural. The question is, do you believe them?

The Brown Lady

This 1930s supernatural snap is probably one of the most famous ghost pictures of all time to this day, despite being over 80 years old.

Believers claim that the hovering translucent being is Lady Dorothy Townsend, the original owner of Raynham Hall in England where this photo was taken.

There have been recorded sightings of the ghost since 1835, but skeptics claim this image is the result of an accidental double exposure or grease on the lens.


Grandad's Back

The intentional subject of this image is Denise Russel's 94-year-old Grandmother, but it is the figure in the background that holds the real mystery.

Russell, who took the photo, claims that the family noticed the man looming behind Granny Russell on Christmas Day 2000 and they all agreed it bore a striking resemblance to their Grandfather.

That would be totally sweet, until you learn that the snap was taken in 1997 and Grandpa had died way back in 1984.


Romanian Wraith

This picture was taken in 2008 at the 150-year-old Decebal Hotel in Romania that was closed for reconstruction at the time.

Locals claim that ancient treasure was buried under the hotel and the ghost stalks the premises to keep treasure hunters away, and many back up this claim.

Along with this picture, others claim to have seen or felt the presence of the ghostly woman. Victoria Lovan claims:

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


Backseat Driver from Beyond the Grave

In 1959, a woman named Mabel Chimmeny was visiting the grave site of her mother to lay flowers and she took her camera along to take some photos of the newly decorated grave site.

After paying her respects, she returned to the car and took a snap of her husband who was awaiting her, but when the image was developed, it seemed like someone else was there too.

Mabel instantly recognized the bespectacled woman as her own mother and a photographic expert at the time made the statement that:

I stake my reputation on the fact that the picture is genuine

According to this analogue photo expert, there were no double exposures involved.


Handy Bureau

This photo was taken at the request of an early 20th century furniture dealer by the respected photographer Montague Cooper.

Despite his expertise, Cooper was totally at a loss to explain why a translucent hand had appeared on the bureau.

Was he simply trying to hide a professional blunder (photography was expensive at the time for even a single shot), or was the previous owner reluctant to let this beautiful possession go to a new owner?

Either way, I probably wouldn't have bought it!


Masters Favorite Chair

This image was intended to be a poignant image of Lord Combermere's chair after the owner had died, but it seems like he wasn't ready to leave just yet.

The photo was taken by Sybell Corbet on the very day that Combermere's funeral was taking place a few miles away.

Corbet himself said that the photo took an hour to expose which prompts skeptics to claim that a servant sat in the chair briefly during the long exposure, but the rest of the household staff at the time were adamant that everyone was at the funeral to pay their respects to their departed master.


Buried at Sea

In the late '20s, James Courtney and Michael Meehan were killed by a gas leak on board the SS Waterton and were buried at sea because the ship was deep in the open ocean.

Apparently, they weren't best pleased by their watery graves though. Other crew members reported seeing the unmistakable forms of human faces in the water surrounding the ship.

The captain took several photos in an attempt to prove the phenomenon and you are looking at one of them in the image above.


Diane and Peter Berthlot visited Worsted Church in England in 1975, but despite the building being empty apart from their 12-year-old son, someone else appeared in the family album.

Disturbed by what they saw, the Berthlots returned to the church the next summer to show the picture to Reverend Petitit, the vicar in charge of the church. The holy man explained that there is a local legend of a White Lady who appears when someone is sick and needs healing.

Despite not knowing anything about the myth, Diane Bethlot and her family could clearly recall that she was ill on the day the photo was taken and was taking antibiotics to recover from a serious infection.


Lest We Forget

Taken in 1919, this ghostly photo of a Royal Air Force squadron from World War One has a face that shouldn't be there in the picture.

The mystery man was identified by squadron members as Freddy Jackson and they all thought he had shown up for the picture unannounced.

Little did they know that Freddy Jackson was killed by a airplane propellor two days before this photo was taken.

If you want to do a bit of ghost spotting in the non magnified version, Freddy's ghostly apparition appears behind the airman in the top row, fourth from the left. You can just about see him with a particularly keen eye.


Do you believe in ghosts?

(Source: Viral Nova, The Living Moon, Paranormal, Angels Ghosts and Buzzfeed)


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