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.
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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.
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?