Throughout history many people have claimed to snap photos of real life ghosts. Unfortunately, many of these turn out to be hoaxes and fakes. But every now and again a few rare examples can be found of photos that weren’t faked. These pictures baffle the experts and force many to accept the possibility that they are looking at proof of the supernatural. It can be a terrifying idea, to think that extraordinary forces surround us and that our homes may very well be filled with the remnants of ancient spirits. If you’re ready to face up to the possibility of this unsettling truth, then enjoy this list of the most frightening true photos of ghosts!
1. Freddie Jackson
Just after World War 1 in 1919 a group of RAF officers came together to take a photo of their squadron. Sir Victor Goddard was the photographer of this particular gathering. It was only years later that he noticed something strange about the photo. In the background he could see the faint outline of a man’s face. Sir Goddard recognised the face as belonging to Freddie Jackson, an air mechanic who had died two days before the day of the photo. Freddie’s funeral took place on the same day this picture was taken.
2. The Girl in the Fire
This photo was taken by Tony O’Rahilly in 1995 as the local town hall burned to the ground. Taking place in Shropshire, England, the fire was an intense blaze that left the Wem Town hall in cinders. It was only much later that Tony O’Rahilly noticed that one of his photos depicted a young girl standing close to the flames. However, the flames had been so hot that no one could approach the town hall. Tony was as close as anyone could get to the town hall without the flames becoming excruciating. So where did the girl come from? And how did she survive the blistering heat? This photo was submitted to the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena and the Royal Photographic Society and both reported absolutely no signs of tampering. To this day no one can explain how or where this girl came from.
3. The Screaming Man
In 1984 police responded to a devastating fatal car crash that had resulted in the death of a teenager. One of the officers present started to catalogue the car crash by taking photos with a 35mm camera but was terrified to later find one of the photos had some strange markings. The shapes and blurs distinctly resembled a screaming face. Cross-referencing the photo with pictures of the teenager who had passed showed a distinct similarity. Is this the screaming face of the teenager who had passed in the accident?
4. Amityville Ghost Boy
The Amityville House has been the centre of huge paranormal controversy. If you’ve seen either The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle or Annabelle Creation, then you should be familiar with Ed and Lorraine Warren. These were two real-life paranormal investigators whose biggest and most famous case involved the Amityville House. The house was itself the star of a massive movie franchise that began with the legendary Amityville Horror. Supposedly the site of a satanic murder, the house has been plagued by supernatural phenomena ever since, much of which was recorded by the Lutz family after they moved in. It was the Lutz’s who contacted the Warrens and asked for help. Together the Warrens and Lutzs worked together one night and captured numerous photos using a black and white infrared camera. All of the photos were blanks except this one here. It supposedly depicts John DeFeo, a young boy who died during a satanic killing before the Lutzs moved in.
5. The Alcatraz Ghost
Between the years of 1934 to 1963 Alcatraz was the world’s most famous prison. It housed some of the most infamous and evil men of the 20th Century, including notorious gangster Al Capone. Before its life as a prison Alcatraz enjoyed a life as a military prison as well as a military fort. It has since been abandoned and refitted as a tourist attraction and a big part of its allure is that it is one of the most haunted prisons in the US. This photo was captured by one such tourist who peered into the preserved inmates’ visitation wing through a small window. They snapped the picture with their mobile phone and looked down only to see that the photo depicted the startling image of a ghastly woman. When the photographer looked up, there was no one standing there. Talk about spooky….
6. The Waverly Hills Sanatorium
We like to consider ourselves quite enlightened about mental health in this era, but it wasn’t always the case. During the early and mid-20th Century there was much we didn’t understand. Lobotomies, surgery, electroshock therapy, and abuse and exploitation were rife in the asylums of the time. Many people with mental illnesses were essentially discarded by society and thrown into these hospitals where they lived in squalor. Disease was rife in these sanatoriums. In Waverly Hills Sanatorium the conditions were so appalling a specially made underground tunnel was constructed to take the dead bodies out of the hospital and into a nearby crematorium without disturbing the patients. Rumours state that as many as 64,000 people died and were ferried through these tunnels. The above photo was taken in one of these ‘death chutes’ and it depicts the spectral outline of a mournful looking woman. It is likely the spirit of one of the many people who died in this building, suffering terribly from disease and mental illness.