Afraid of ghosts? You may not want to see this
The world is filled with unexplainable paranormal activity. From time to time, spectral apparitions are caught on camera. Are these ghost-like figures the result of a malfunctioning camera, an odd light source or purposeful deception from the photographer? Or are they indeed spirits from the afterlife that are reaching back into this realm? You decide! We pulled modern and historical images of alleged ghosts. Use your own judgment to determine if they are real!
First up is this photo from 1919 of Sir Victor Goddard's Royal Air Force squadron.
The face you see behind this airman is believed to belong to Freddy Jackson.
Jackson was a mechanic for the squadron. He died two days before the photograph was taken.
Porch at night
Reddit user Thoreson22 provided this photo.
It appears to be a normal porch, until you zoom in on the doorway.
A figure watching...
Sitting in a chair is what at first glance seems to be a witchy, demonic figure.
Thoreson22 says his friend took the photo while walking home, and it gives them chills every time they look at it.
Grandpa in the sonogram
Reddit user Shantel Carrillo shared this incredible image.
It features a comparison between the ultrasound of her second daughter and a picture of her father.
Despite her father's death, it appears as though his outline shows up in the top left of the ultrasound.
Is this her father pushing through from the afterlife or is this an incredible coincidence?
Spectral images aren't just for humans.
In 1939, "Life" magazine ran a print story about this canine oddity. The magazine said the terrier pictured on the left was a playmate of the dog on the right.
Canine coming out the backside
When the terrier died, its friend was heartbroken.
Then this photo was taken, where the little terrier appears to be sitting atop the big dog's backside.
The Davenport Hotel
Reddit user Larrygirl99 shot this photo at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Wash. which is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Ellen McNamara.
McNamara crashed through a skylight and died in front of guests of the hotel in 1920.
An eerie shadow
Guests have long reported seeing a spectral image of a woman in 1920s attire.
Do you think this modern image is an odd shadow, or McNamara's ghost?
Camp of nightmares
Reddit user Aracnel posted this photo on the r/Ghosts subreddit.
They took the photo in New Jersey in the late 1990s.
Aracnel claimed the camp where the photo was taken was haunted.
They also say they do not remember seeing this figure while out with their girls and have no explanation for what it could be.
Reddit user Wchollins took this photograph at the Jerome Grand Hotel in Arizona.
The Jerome Grand Hotel used to be a hospital, where many people passed away. For that reason, it's believed to house many spirits of the dead.
Wchollins claims nobody was in the hallway when they took the photo.
Is this an odd shadow, or a soul lurking in the land of the living?
Trying to enjoy a peaceful meal
Wchollins also took this photo while staying at the Jerome Grand Hotel.
In the top left corner, there appears to be a floating torso and head of a man.
Blue man out of nowhere
Wchollins took multiple photos of their food, and this figure was not present in the first.
Can you explain how this figure appeared?
Early spirit photography
William H. Mumler was a 19th-century spirit photographer who benefitted from people who had lost loved ones during the Civil War.
His most famous photo is of Mary Todd Lincoln, with the apparition of her late husband behind her.
Mumler was tried for fraud but acquitted.
Did Mumler manipulate the development process, or are his spirit photographs real?
Gill Bonnamy captured this photo that contains an odd blue light source.
He took the photo with a Canon G7x.
Bonnamy says he asked professional photographers for an explanation of what could have caused the blue form, but found no answers.
He then posted it on his Instagram page. Do you know what caused this floating blue light effect?
Family portrait with a guest
Reddit user Kugelschlag posted this photo to the r/Ghosts subreddit.
It's a portrait of his father-in-law's family in the 1940s.
A mysterious boy
There appears to be a ghostly apparition in the background.
Although there are clearly some other oddities due to the long exposure cameras required back then, Kugelshlag says his family has no idea who the boy in the background is.
Amateur photographer Sybell Corbet took this photo in 1891.
The subject is the Combermere Abbey Library in Cheshire, England. Lord Combermere was Cobert's brother-in-law, who died days before the photo was taken.
Back from the dead
However, there appears to be an apparition seated in Combermere's chair.
It allegedly looks like the late Lord Combermere, perhaps returning to haunt his library.
What are you looking at?
The daughter had kept looking up "at something" while they were sitting by the fire.
It appears as though the outline of someone materialized through the red flame exposure.
Chris Schaffer provided this photo.
In it, his family visits the grave of his little brother.
An attempt to reconnect?
There is an orb of light floating over the gravesite.
Schaffer says they took more than 50 pictures and this was the only one that featured this orb. It could be a lens flare, but he likes to believe it is his little brother reaching out.
The Crewe Circle
William Hope was another spirit photographer that belonged to the "Crewe Circle."
The group from Crewe, England claimed to be in touch with the spirit world. Hope became well known for his ghostly photographs, like the one seen here.
The photo shows Mrs. Hortense Leverson, with her late husband hovering above her.
A man named Harry Price accused him of fraud after a 1922 report showed he used double exposure to create the images. His followers continued to believe in him long after his death; do you?
Next on the slide
Reddit user Miserable-Ad1849 posted a creepy video on the r/Ghosts subreddit.
In it, a doll-like figure appears behind her neighbor's children as they use the slide.
They thought they were alone
Miserable-Ad1849 claims that no other children were playing at the time.
As disturbing as the video is, it looks as though the figure is casting a shadow in the bottom right of the photo. Do ghosts cast shadows?
This spirit photograph was taken around 1925.
In it, a ghostly figure watches over a woman while she reads.
From the grave
Jojo Hart and Caspian Faye, who make up The Ghost Trail YouTube page, submitted this photo for Instagram.
While shooting a short film, a photographer snapped a photo that features an odd blue mist in the bottom left corner.
Bathed in blue
Hart and Faye noted that the picture was taken in a historic graveyard in Ireland.
Is this a coincidental lighting effect, or someone from the grave making their presence known?
Reddit user Kirksta1986 shared this frightening alert from her camera.
The security cam picked up motion, despite no one else being in the room.
Above her as she sleeps
Upon closer inspection, there appears to be an apparition of some sort above her as she sleeps.
Kirksta1986 says she does not recall raising her hands like this either.
Reddit user Fedora-sharK used a 1985 Polaroid Supercolor 635CL to snap this shot of an abandoned house near a Norwegian sea town.
It's possible the orb seen is an effect created by dust between the camera rollers. However, some believe it is a ghostly presence making itself known.
Something in the shadows
Reddit user Europe_Is_My_Nation provided this photo from 2015.
In the background of this family gathering, an eerie figure appears in the mist.
Civil War soldier
The photo, taken in Kentucky, appears to feature the apparition of a Civil War soldier holding a musket.
Europe_Is_My_Nation said in the post his family theorized the property could contain a Civil War graveyard, but that was never proven.
Instagram user Rockshow92 posted this photo back in 2013.
In between the smiling couple is what appears to be a third face.
The feeling of being watched
The photo was taken at PennHurst Haunted Asylum in Pennsylvania.
The facility gives paranormal tours. Is this a real ghost, or just a genius marketing tactic?
Ghost in the tub
Instagram user Mailemalin posted this eerie photo of herself in a hot tub back in 2017.
She captioned it: "Apparently ghosts like hot tubs as much as I do."
No time to relax
Is this a light source playing tricks on the camera?
Or is it a spirit rising from the vapors of the tub?