Shadowy photo called “baby ghost” in Cheltenham (UPDATE: Lame hoax)

‘Baby’ ghost caught on camera in Cheltenham

A GHOSTLY figure has been captured on camera in a Cheltenham house.

The small figure – which looks like a baby – can be seen on the right hand side of the picture taken at the home of John Gore in Hudson Street.

John, 43, who lives with his girlfriend Sonia Jones said: “One of my cats kept scratching at the wall and jumping up in the area and we’re always taking pictures of the cats. When we got it through we were surprised to find the little figure just stood by the sofa.

“I have never really worried or had any ghost sightings before. We have had a few strange things happen before, like the TV kept changing channels and turning itself off.

Tip: @TrystanSwale on Twitter

Photo credit: John Gore

Interesting but not surprising that the news headline proclaims it as a baby ghost without any skepticism. It gets site hits.

Note that the people in the house then started to connect other things they thought were odd — the TV problems and someone said a baby died in the house. This is not a baby (is a small upright figure) and electrical problems happen all the time. “Evidence” is being retrofitted into the explanation. The pieces are likely not related at all. In fact, they are only related in terms of the idea that this is a ghost. Quite the leap to make considering this is a photo of poor quality and it looks like a shadow (note the shadow effect on the left side of picture as well). It could be many different things, and we probably won’t know exactly what. To say it is a remnant spirit form is a pop culture conclusion but not rational one. It could just as much be an alien, fairy or leprechaun. Or just a trick of light.

UPDATE(16-June-2012): Hoax and a bad one. Because of the lameness of this hoax, I’m putting the dude’s name in they keywords. Shame on these people and for the website for posting it without an update to show it’s UNDOUBTEDLY a hoax. Hayley Stevens writes this blog post.

These photos are a result of the ‘Ghost Capture’ iPhone App by ‘GhostsDontExist‘. It’s a funny app and can be good fun, but there is something sinister about somebody using the app to create a simple fake ghost photo, and parading it around as proof that their house is haunted by the previous occupants dead baby.

The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society(one of the RARE excellent investigation groups) also did an analysis. See below.

Courtesy: RMPRS

Update (18-Jun-2012) Hayley Stevens has contacted the news source who says that that homeowner was pranked. Not sure what to believe about who pranked who. But anyway you look at it, it’s a hoax.

Update (19-Jun-2012) Finally, the source writes a followup noting the hoax. Now, will the Daily Mail?

  7 comments for “Shadowy photo called “baby ghost” in Cheltenham (UPDATE: Lame hoax)

  1. Taylor Reints
    June 15, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    It looks like a hoax. It’s as if somebody took a picture of a glass window with a child off to the side of the photographer.

  2. June 16, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    This so called ghost is produced using an app. See article below:
    http://hayleyisaghost.co.uk/fake-ghosts-a-horror-story-in-cheltenham/

  3. Bob Jase
    June 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Can’t be Casper, its head is too small.

  4. Paul V Ruggeri
    June 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Looks nothing like a baby. Looks more like a man in a coat standing w a cup of coffee in his left hand. Might as well call it “The Starbucks Ghost”…

  5. June 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I heard the app uses the likeness of a real ghost. There’s a release form and everything, so it’s all good.

    This will likely become all the rage as more and more ghosts will “farm” out their haunting to iPhone users . . . it will allow the ghosts to cover more ground, and to get much needed rest.

  6. Scott Godlewski
    June 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Lame is an understatement.

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