Paranormal phenomenon is notoriously hard to capture on camera, but among the rising number of hoaxes there are a handful of ghost photographs that can send shivers down your spine and involuntary make you ponder the things that go bump in the night.
Experts and sceptics alike have spent their careers testing thousands of images of the paranormal, debunking some and failing to disprove others, here however are 10 most famous ghost pictures that have stood the test of time.
1. The Spectre Of Newby Church (1963)
Taken in 1963 at the Newby Church in Yorkshire, England, this famous picture depicts a nine-foot-tall figure wearing a cowl and standing at an altar. Several photography experts have scrutinized the image and have declared it is not the result of a double exposure or other photographic tricks.
2. Lord Combermere Ghost (1891)
Taken by Sybell Corbet in 1891,the figure of Lord Combermere can be faintly be seen sitting in the chair on the left in the library in Combermere Abbey, England. His head, collar and right arm on the armrest can be clearly made out.
The second Viscount Lord Combermere died after being struck by one of London’s first electrically powered motor cabs. It said that while Sybell Corbet was taking the above photograph, Lord Combermere’s funeral was taking place four miles away.
3. Corroboree Rock Spirit (1959)
Taken by Reverend R.S. Blance at Corroboree Rock, at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia in 1959, this famous photograph appears to show a woman holding her hands toward her face, peering out into the distance.
4. Freddy Jackson (1919)
Freddy Jackson was a mechanic for the Royal Air Force had been killed in a freak-accident by an aeroplane propeller, but Jackson did not let his death get in the way of him showing up on time for the group photo two days later. Several of the other men in the photo confirmed that it was in fact Jackson’s face in the background of the picture.
5. Baby At The Gravestone (1946)
Taken by Mrs. Andrews who was visiting the grave of her teenage daughter in Queensland, Australia. At the time Andrews claimed she saw nothing unusual, however after getting the photos developed she was astonished to see the image of an unknown infant sitting at a gravestone and looking at the camera.
6. The Backseat Driver (1959)
This famous ghost photograph was taken in 1959 by Mable Chinnery. After visiting the grave of her mother, Mable turned and took a picture of her husband, who was waiting for her in the car. What Mable didn’t expect was her mother coming along for the ride in the backseat.
7. The Amityville Horror Ghost (1976)
Widely believed to be the spirit of John Mathew DeFeo who was only nine years old when he was murdered by his older brother just a few short years before the Lutz family moved into the house and the Amityville horror began.
8. Phantom On The Farm (2008)
9. Tulip Staircase Ghost (1966)
The original negative was examined by experts, including some from Kodak, who deemed that the photo had not been tampered with. People have reported seeing unexplained figures and the sound of footsteps in the same vicinity for years prior to and after this picture was taken.