I’m one of them skeptics who don’t believe in ghosts. For me, ghosts are just demons playing tricks on us, playing the game of deception. Demons taking the form of a loved one, a famous person or just some bizarre entity, hoping to instill fear in our minds more powerful that those of God’s. But who can really tell? It’s not like someone died, came to the spirit world – heaven or hell – and then lived again to tell the story. I know we’ve heard stories like that, but most are just I-saw-the-light-oh-god-I’m-dead-but-I’m-alive-again stories, or for most parts, plain hoax.

So, here are some ghost pictures I gathered, and yes, they are all real (unless someone cries foul).

The Brown Lady

The Brown Lady

This photo was taken in 1936 at Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England. This portrait of “The Brown Lady” is arguably the most famous and well-regarded ghost photograph ever taken. The ghost is thought to be that of Lady Dorothy Townshend, wife of Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount of Raynham, residents of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England in the early 1700s. It was rumored that Dorothy, before her marriage to Charles, had been the mistress of Lord Wharton. Charles suspected Dorothy of infidelity. Although according to legal records she was buried in 1726, it was suspected that the funeral was a sham and that Charles had locked his wife away in a remote corner of the house until her death many years later.

Lord Combermere's Ghost

Lord Combermere’s Ghost

Remember how Archie Bunker liked his recliner so much that he never let anyone else sit in it? Well, ol’ Archie doesn’t have anything on Lord Combermere. After being ran over by a horse-drawn carriage he died in 1891. A photographer set up a camera with its shutter open for one hour in the manor’s library while the entire staff was off at Lord Combermere’s funeral, some four miles away. When the plate was developed, the startling image of what looks to be a man’s head and arm sitting in the chair was immediately noticed. Many of the staff said that the image looked very much like the late lord, and it happened to be sitting in Combermere’s favorite chair in the library.

Freddy Jackson's Ghost

Freddy Jackson’s Ghost

Freddy Jackson was a mechanic in the Royal Air Force in World War I. Freddy Jackson’s squadron served onboard the H.M.S. Daedalus. Freddy Jackson was killed in 1919 when an airplane propeller hit him. Two days later when the squadron assembled for a group photo, Freddy Jackson faithfully showed up, grinning behind the ear of a fellow comrade. Guess nobody bothered to tell Freddy Jackson that he was dead. His face was widely recognized in this photo by members of the squadron.

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

Rev. Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from White Rock, British Columbia, took this now famous photograph in 1966. He intended merely to photograph the beautiful tulip staircase in the Queen’s House section of the National Museum in Greenwich, England. Upon development, however the photo revealed a shrouded figure climbing the stairs, seeming to hold the railing with both hands. Experts, including some from Kodak, who examined the original negative concluded that it had not been tampered with. It’s been said that unexplained figures have been seen on occasion in the vicinity of the staircase, and unexplained footsteps have also been heard.

Backseat Ghost

Backseat Ghost

In 1959 Mable Chinnery went to the cemetery to visit the grave of her mother, as any devoted daughter is apt to do. She took some photos of the gravesite and then turned and took this picture of her husband sitting alone in the car’s passenger seat. The film was developed and this came out: somebody sitting in the backseat wearing glasses, clear as day. Mrs. Chinnery swore that the “backseat driver” was none other than her own mother… whose gravesite she was standing next to when she took the picture! Mmm… a live husband and a deceased mother-in-law looking over his shoulder: there’s a joke here, I just know it.

Boothill Cemetery Ghost

Boothill Cemetery Ghost

Back in 1996 Ike Clanton took this photo of a friend wearing western duds, in the middle of Tombstone’s Boothill Graveyard. They swear that nobody else was in sight when they made this picture. Furthermore, some time later they tried to restage this picture with someone standing at the spot where the “mystery man” appears in the background. Ike Clanton says that it was impossible to take such a picture and not show the rear person’s legs. Clanton said he wasn’t so sure about Tombstone being haunted, but this photo made a believer out of him. There’s so much ghostly activity going on in the famous town that Clanton’s set up a special section of his website dedicated to Tombstone’s population of yesteryear.

 Wem Town Hall Ghost

Wem Town Hall Ghost

On November 19th, 1995, Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England was engulfed in flames and burned to the ground. As firefighters tried to stave off the inferno a town resident, Tony O’Rahilly, took pictures from across the street using a telephoto lens on his camera. There, rather clearly in one of the photos, is what looks very much to be a small girl standing in a doorway, with the brightness of the flames behind her. No one ever remembered there being a small girl present on scene, much less in that close a proximity to the fire. The photo and the original negative were turned over to a photo expert who decided that the picture was 100% authentic: “The negative is a straightforward piece of black-and-white work and shows no sign of having been tampered with.” Okay, so what’s a girl ghost doing in such a big fire? Well in 1677 a fire destroyed many of Wem’s wooden houses. The fire was said to have been caused by a 14-year old girl named Jane Churm, who had been careless with a candle. Churm died in the fire along with several others, and her ghost is said to still haunt the area. Whether there’s such a thing as ghosts or not, it must be said: if this is just a trick, an illusion of smoke and fire that happened to be captured on film, it’s a zillion-to-one coincidence that it just so happened to appear in the form of a girl who also died in a terrible fire at the same location. But hey, stranger things than that have happened in this world, right?

The Boy

The Boy

Sent a very nice lady from Ravenna, Ohio, the photo of the front of her home (I cropped this image from a larger photo) was taken by her 14-year old son in early May of 2008 and shows what appears to be a young girl in some sort of blue outfit looking out the window (in lower left and in insert). The woman and her son were the only ones home (she has no other children) and they have no idea who the little girl might be. Notice in particular that the face—and especially the mouth—appears to be somewhat distorted, as though the child has—or had—a deformity (or perhaps as a result of an incomplete manifestation?)

Angel Locsin

Angel Locsin

Angel Locsin (born Angelica Colmenares on April 23, 1985), is a television and film actress, commercial model, film producer and fashion designer in the Philippines. Locsin rose to prominence after being cast as one of the lead stars in the fantasy-themed television series Mulawin in 2004. Soon after, she starred as the superheroine Darna in the TV adaptation of the Mars Ravelo comics. When her contract expired on March 2007, Angel did not renew her contract with GMA Network and signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN despite her booming career on the first. Her first project under ABS-CBN was the television series Lobo.

Please feel free to object to any of these pictures, if you think some of them are hoaxes and what-nots. Thanks!

Disclaimer: This entry is taken from my old blog hosted in Blogspot. This is supposed to be a joke, but received lots of hits. I decided to post it here as well for fun.