12 Of The Best Paranormal Photos Examined

12 Of The Best Paranormal Photos Examined

These are some of the best paranormal photos that have been examined and shared across the internet.  You may have seen some of these before or maybe some are new to you.  Take a look below and read the stories behind the photo and judge for yourself.

Ghostly Farm Boy

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This picture was taken by photographer and graphic designer Neil Sandbach in 2008.  He was taking some scenic shots as part of a wedding project at a farm in Hertfordshire, England.  He did not see the ghostly, white child until he examined the photos later on his computer.  He was quite sure there was no one there at the time and to add further corroboration to the authenticity, the wedding party asked the staff at the farm about any spooky experiences they may have had.  Indeed, they brought up the figure of a young boy, dressed in white night clothes, had often been seen around the barn.




Pinklady of Greencastle


These pictures were taken by Guy Winters when he and his friend were investigating the O’Hare mansion in Greencastle, Indiana.  After analyzing the film, it was determined that the image is still present on the film’s negative. The bottom right photo is a digital enhancement, which reveals a skull-like appearance for the ghost’s face.  Several other anomalies and paranormal activity were experienced there by Winter’s team.


Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery


This was taken by the Ghost Research Society. On August 10, 1991, members of the GRS team were at the Bachelor’s Grove cemetery, a small, abandoned graveyard in Breman Township, Cook County, Illinois.  Reputed to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in the U.S., Bachelor’s Grove has been the site of well over 100 different reports of strange phenomena, including apparitions, unexplained sights and sounds, and even glowing balls of light.

GRS team member Mari Huff was taking black and white pictures with a high-speed infrared camera when the cemetery was empty, except for the GRS members. Once it was developed, this image above emerged, a lonely-looking young woman dressed in white sitting on a tombstone. She seems partially transparent and the style of the dress appear to be out of date.


Tulip Staircase Ghost


Rev. Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from White Rock, British Columbia, took this now-famous photograph in 1966. He intended to photograph the elegant spiral staircase known as the “Tulip Staircase” in the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England.  Once he developed the photos, he noticed  the shrouded figure climbing the stairs.  Experts, including some from Kodak, 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.  In addition, this isn’t the only evidence of ghostly activity at the Queen’s House. The 400-year-old building is credited with several other apparitions and phantom footsteps.  In fact, a Gallery Assistant saw one of the doors to the Bridge Room close by itself. At first he thought it was one of the lecturers. “Then I saw a woman glide across the balcony, and pass through the wall on the west balcony,” he said.


The Phantom Pilot


The story behind this photo starts with Mrs. Sayer and her friends visiting the Fleet Air Arm Station in Somerset, England in 1987.  Her friends thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of her sitting in the seat of one of the helicopters.  Of course, Mrs. Sayer would have remembered if someone was sitting right next to her, but she swears that no one was there even though you can clearly see someone in a white shirt.  The only thing she did remember was that it felt very cold while she was sat there.


Specter of Newby Church


This photo was taken in 1963 by Reverend K. F. Lord at Newby Church in North Yorkshire, England. It has been a controversial photo because it is just too spot on. The shrouded, ghoulish face looking directly in the camera makes it look like it was posed and is a clever double exposure. However, supposedly the photo has been scrutinized by photo experts who say the image is not the result of a double exposure.



Ghost in the Choir Loft

In 1982, photographer Chris Brackley took a picture of the London’s St. Botolph’s Church but never expected what might appear after he developed the film. High in the church’s choir loft, seen in the upper right-hand corner, is the transparent torso of a woman. According to Brackley, there were only three people in the church at the time and none of them were in the loft.


Grandpa’s Ghost

Denise Russell

Denise Russell took the picture above of her grandmother.  She had been moved to assisted living for her own saftey and a picnic was being held for the families of the residents.  Denise recounts, “My mother and sister attended. My sister took two pictures that day, and this is one of them.  It was taken on Sunday, 8/17/97, and we think the man behind her is my grandpa who passed away on Sunday, 8/14/84.  We did not notice the man in the picture until Christmas Day, 2000 (granny had since passed away), while browsing through some loose family photos at my parents’ house. My sister thought it was such a nice picture of granny that she even made a copy for mom, but still, nobody noticed the man behind her for over three years! When I arrived at my parents’ house that Christmas day, my sister handed me the picture and said, “Who do you think this man behind granny looks like?” It took a few seconds for it to sink in. I was absolutely speechless.” The other photos are of the couple and her grandfather earlier in life.


Robert A Ferguson

This is actually a polaroid picture so we can already rule out your usual suspect of double exposure.  It was taken in 1968 when Robert A. Ferguson, author of Psychic Telemetry was giving a speech at a Spiritualist convention in Los Angeles, California. Appearing next to Ferguson is a figure that he later identified as his brother, Walter, who died in 1944 during World War II.


Farewell Party at Hotel Vierjahreszeiten


There are two photos here because the flash didn’t fire on the first try.  These were taken in 1988 at the Hotel Vierjahreszeiten in Maurach, Austria. Several vacationers gathered for a farewell party and decided to take a group picture.  It wasn’t until the film was developed that it was noticed that the first non-flash photo showed a blurry extra head. In the second flash-enabled photo, you  can see the woman is no longer there. No one recognized the ghostly woman, and they could not imagine how her image appeared in the picture. The photo was examined by the Royal Photographic Society, the photographic department of Leicester University, and the Society for Psychical Research, all of which ruled out a double exposure as the cause


Cemetery Ghost Baby


In 1946, Mrs. Andrews was visiting the grave of her daughter in a cemetery in Queensland, Australia.  At the time, she did not see anything unusual.  Later, Mrs. Andrews was shocked to see the image of a small child sitting at her daughter’s grave.  In fact, the ghost child seemed to be looking directly into the camera.  Mrs. Andrews said there were no such children nearby when she took the photograph and, moreover, she did not recognize the child at all. She also did not think it was the ghost of her daughter as a child. Much later, Australian paranormal researcher Tony Healy visited the cemetery in the late 1990s and near Joyce’s grave he found the graves of two infant girls.

Decebal Hotel


The Decebal Hotel was under construction and authorities had warned people to stay out.  However, Victoria Iovan was taking pictures of her boyfriend and saw this figure in a long white garb.  “I photographed my boyfriend in the hotel,” said Iovan. “Back home I was shocked to see another woman’s shadow in the picture. She looked like a priestess in long white clothes.”

The spirit of a tall woman in a long white frock has long been reported at the spa. The hotel in Romania is rumored to hide ancient Roman treasure, and the ghost, it is said, appears to protect it from treasure hunters.  Only stories existed prior to this photographic evidence.


So what do you think? Some of these photos have been around for awhile.  Do you think they have stood the test of time and the skeptical eye of scrutiny?