For all time and in all cultures we have been enthralled by the idea of a spirit world. It seems we remain fascinated by the idea of whether ghosts actually exist. Those who claim to have witnessed the supernatural will tell you spirits can take on a surprising number of forms. Sometimes they appear as full bodied apparitions, sometimes they’re just sinister shadows or reflections. But no matter what form they take when the spirit world and the human world collide, the end result is completely terrifying.
If you’re a believer in the paranormal then you won’t need to be convinced that things really do go bump in the night, but just in case here are 25 of the most convincing paranormal encounters ever captured on camera.
1. The Sefton Church Spirit
This spine-chilling photograph was taken in 1999, inside Sefton Church, England. According to the photographer, there was only one other person inside the ancient building but he was standing on the other side of the church when this picture was taken. Many believe the apparition to be that of a former church minister.
2. Myrtles Plantation Ghost
The house standing on Myrtle Plantation is reportedly home to at least 12 ghosts, and the most famous of them being Chloe (whose spirit was captured in the photograph above). The legend goes that she was a slave girl owned by Clark Woodruff, who was brutally murdered after poisoning Woodruff’s wife and two young daughters and is said to haunt the plantation to this day.
3. He’s Right Behind You
Denise Russell took this photo of her grandmother during a family picnic in 1997, just before her death. No one noticed the man standing behind Denise’s grandmother at the time until years later while looking through old family photographs; they finally recognized him to be Denise’s grandfather, who had died back in 1987. Ten years before the picture had even been taken.
4. Toys ‘R’ Us Ghost
This infra-red photograph was taken during a paranormal investigation for the TV show That’s Incredible, at a Toys R’ Us in Sunnyvale, California. The man leaning against the shelves in the background was not seen with the naked eye at any time during the night long vigil. Other shots taken at the same time with high-speed film showed no trace of him.
5. Tantallon Castle Apparition
Taken in May 2008, at the Scottish castle, appears to show a man in period costume peering out of a barred window. No mannequins or costumed guides are employed at the castle, and three photographic specialists have confirmed that no digital trickery was used on the photograph, which continues to baffle paranormal experts to this day.
6. Ghost on the Beach
A mysterious dark hooded figure stands at the water’s edge. The skeptics’ explanation is that the figure is an illusion created by an indentation in the rock face. What do you believe? Ghostly apparition or optical illusion?
7. Ghost In The Car Mirror
A ghostly face appears in a car’s wing mirror. The photographer says no-one else was around at the time and cannot account for the spooky face looking out from the driver’s seat.
8. St Thomas’s Hospital Ghost
During a ghost hunt in an abandoned hospital in Stockport, UK, paranormal investigator Jamie-Leigh Brown captured on camera what appears to be the ghostly figure of a doctor lurking in one of the hallways. Brown only reviewed her photographs after the ghost hunt was cut short when her group fled the hospital after hearing strange footsteps from the empty floor above.
9. Packhorse Bridge Spirit
Captured by members of the Cheshire Paranormal Society took this fantastic picture on Packhorse Bridge, Caergwrle, Wales. 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.
10. The Monk of St. Mary’s Guildhall
This eerie photograph was taken 1985, during a meeting of the Masons in the 14th-century venue, which had once also been used as a prison. Standing in the corner is a tall figure in robes. There were over a 100 Mason’s in attendance that night who all say there was no one in robes at the event.
11. Grand Canyon Ghost
This creepy holiday snap of an unsuspecting tourist at the Grand Canyon was taken sometime in the 80s. The ghostly image depicts what looks like a really tall “man” in a dark cloak, hiding in the bushes directly behind the tourist perched precariously close to the edge of the canyon.
12. Allen County Tuberculosis Hospital Ghost
Taken in the now abandoned Allen County Tuberculosis Hospital in Ohio, the image above was discovered on a photo sharing website. None of the additional pictures taken during the visit contained any other evidence of shadow figures or paranormal activity.
13. Haunted Alcatraz
Taken by photographer Glenn Shelton, he claims to have captured a real Alcatraz spirit on camera. Shelton says he believes this proves that Alcatraz is the” Most Haunted Federal Prison” in the world.
14. Ghosts of Lewistown
During a late night stroll around Lewistown, Pennsylvania this photographer claims to have captured on film two dark ghostly shadows lurking behind trees.
15. The Ghost Mechanic
Not much is known about this photograph. It’s believed to be taken in the 1950’s and shows two mechanics working on a car, but who is the man standing to the left of the photograph looking down at the engine, and why can you see straight through him?
16. Ye Olde Man and Scythe Spectre
A ghostly figure can be seen flickering in and out of sight in this security camera video taken at Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton, England. Tony Dooley, the manager noticed the specter when he checked the cameras in the morning. “I came down and saw a glass smashed on the floor, so I was instantly suspicious and went to check the CCTV and found it has stopped working.”
17. Drinking Buddy
Dating back to WWII, this chilling photograph was taken in Egypt, while a few drinking buddies were having a happy gathering. Notice the translucent gentleman standing in the back behind the smiling men.
18. Grandpa’s Chair
The happy, smiling baby in this picture was born a few weeks after his grandfather’s death. On a visit one day, the boy crawled onto his grandpa’s favorite chair, prompting the mother to take this photo. Did grandpa come back from the dead to pose with the grandson he had never met in life?
19. The Figure in The Underbrush
A man hiking through a remote forest in Toowoomba, Australia, came to a watering hole and decided to rest. But he had the feeling of being watched, so he took a couple of photos of the surrounding forest and moved on. When he went through his pictures later, he discovered what looks like a full-body apparition staring from the underbrush. After doing some investigation into the area, he discovered the area is a hotbed for suicides.
20. The Night Time Intruder
At first cafe owner Dan Clifford thought he had a night time intruder when he reviewed the video from his security camera. Over the previous months, the staff at the Curiosteaz Tearoom in Scotland, had experienced strange activity, then this ghostly figure was recorded.
21. Scottish Soldier Cemetery Ghost
Mitch Glover took this photo at the Neuville-St Vaast German war cemetery near Arras, in northern France. The pale shape seen in the photo is thought to be the ghost of a Scottish soldier. “It looks like they are holding something in one arm,” Mitch’s mother said. “Whether it’s a rifle or something one friend said it looks like he’s stood on guard over them.”
22. WWI Cavalry Soldier Ghost
Taken outside an inn located in Garden Grove, Iowa, the above photograph appears to have captured the spirit of a World War I soldier. The picture was snapped by a paranormal investigator who was participating in a ghost hunt at the inn.
23. The Running Man
On Halloween night, 2015, members of the Sydney South West Paranormal Investigators (SSWPI) of Sydney, Australia were investigating St. Bartholomew’s Cemetery in West Sydney. As the investigators were taking a lot of photographs they heard a whining sound of unknown origin. Upon examining the photos later, they found what looks like the ghostly image of a man near one of the gravestones running from the investigators.
24. Moundsville Prison Shadowman
Taken by Polly Gear of the Mountaineer Paranormal group at Moundsville Prison, West Virginia. This eerie location dates from 1866 and was the home to many dangerous criminals including most recently Charles Manson. The prisons long and dark history includes murders, suicides, violence, and executions and is well known for its extreme paranormal activity. At the time the above photograph was taken Polly claims she was alone in the room and was surprised to see the shadow person captured on film.
25. The Castle Keep Ghost
Snapped during a Haunted City Tour around Newcastle, UK. This photograph appears to depict a ghostly white figure descending the stairs inside the Newcastle Castle Keep.
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