So here we are now down to my top five ghost photos. If you missed the previous article then you can take a peek at my favourite ghost photos ten through to six right here. The following five ghost photos are the ones that I love the most – either because of the photo itself or the story behind the photo.
Why not leave a comment below to tell me if you agree or if you have a link to your own favourite, then let me know all about it. I’d love to see something new!
5. The Monk of St Mary’s, Northamptonshire
In 1964 Gordon Carroll visited the church of St. Mary and All Saints, in the village of Woodford, Northamptonshire, and took this picture. It appears to show a semi transparent figure who seems to be praying at the altar. This figure was not seen at the time and was only revealed when the printed photo was examined.
This kneeling form is described by some as a monk or knight, but others have suggested a cleaning lady owing to the fact that there seems to be a bucket to the figure’s right.
4. The Amityville ‘Ghost Boy’, Long Island NY
Say what you like about the Amityville Horror haunting, it is a story that refuses to die, and so does the photo of the Amityville ‘Ghost Boy’ which was taken during the time that Ed and Lorraine Warren were investigation the house.
The picture, which appears to be of a small boy with glasses or a man kneeling on the floor with glowing eyes, has been called everything from one of the dead DeFeo children to a demon.
It is alleged that no children were present in the house when this photo was taken although there is an argument that this image simply shows one of the other investigators who were working with the Warrens; Paul Bartz who bears a resemblance to the ghost boy and was dressed in a similar shirt on the night in question.
3. The Enfield Poltergeist, London
While it doesn’t actually show a ‘Ghost’ as such this image of the famous Enfield Poltergeist in action remains one of the most iconic images in paranormal research.
Regarded as one of the most spectacular Poltergeist cases ever recorded the Enfield Poltergeist case lasted from August 1977 to September 1978. During this time Peggy Hodgeson and her four children who were living in a council house in Enfield, London, experienced almost every single Poltergeist phenomenon ever identified.
It appeared that the activity occurring at the home was focused on 12-year-old Janet. This photo is from a series taken by journalist Graham Morris and seems to show Janet being ‘levitated’ out of bed by an unseen force while her sister looks on.
Some believe the images simply show her jumping out. You decide.
2. The Giant Monk of Newby Church, North Yorkshire
In 1963, Reverend K.F Lord Was taking pictures of the church’s interior. He took a picture of the church alter of which he was particularly fond of. However, After the picture had developed a terrifying semi-transparent figure had appeared on it.
Standing at around 9ft tall on the first step to the alter, completely cloaked in a black robe and a face was covered in a white sheet with two depressions were the eyes would be this ‘Ghostly Monk’ image had an immense effect on me when I first saw it as a child.
It has got to be one of the most famous and certainly the most controversial ghost photos in history. The way the photo is framed, the proportions of the figure and the way the figure is dressed all scream hoax, yet supposedly the photo has been scrutinised by photo experts who say the image is not the result of a double exposure.
I have strong doubts about this image but it still ranks among my favourite ghost photos of all time.
1. The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, Norfolk
This is the image that really got me hooked on ghosts and is perhaps the most famous ghost photograph in the world.
The Brown Lady is a ghost which reportedly haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk. It became one of the most famous hauntings in Great Britain when photographers from Country Life magazine claimed to have captured its image. The ‘Brown Lady’ is so named because of the brown brocade dress it is claimed she wears.
Shira and Provand from ‘Country Life’ had already taken a photograph of the Hall’s main staircase, and were setting up to take a second when Shira saw “a vapoury form gradually assuming the appearance of a woman” moving down the stairs towards them. Shira’s shouted to Provand to take another photo and he quickly took the cap off the lens while Shira pressed the trigger to activate the camera’s flash light.
Later, when the negative was developed, the famous image of the “Brown Lady” was revealed.
Experts called in by Country Life stated that the photograph and its negative did not appear to have been interfered with. Since then, however, some critics have claimed that Shira faked the image by putting grease or a similar substance on the lens in the shape of a figure, or by himself deliberately moving down the stairs during an exposure. Others claim that the image is an accidental double exposure or that light somehow got into the camera.
Despite all these theories the image had never been debunked beyond all reasonably doubt and it remains my favourite ghost photo of all time.
They don’t make ‘em like that any more!