Spooky ghost video caught in historic English pub (UPDATE: Easy to fake)

The latest “haunted pub” video is making the rounds. It’s pretty neat but videos will never be suitable as evidence for the paranormal. However, they do make for some nifty publicity.

Has a ghost been caught on camera at ‘haunted’ pub, Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton, Greater Manchester? – Manchester Evening News

Spooked staff at one of Britain’s oldest pubs believe they have caught a ghost on CCTV.

The freaky footage, which appears to show a shadowy figure flickering into view by the bar, was filmed at Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton.

Manager Tony Dooley spotted the spectre when he checked the cameras on Friday morning and found they had mysteriously stopped recording at 6.18am.

“To be honest I was a bit concerned – I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to ghosts but you become more of a believer when you see things like that.”

“There have always been rumours it is haunted and we’ve had psychic readings done here in the past,” said Tony.

The pub has a rich history and several deaths connected to it. But that isn’t really all that uncommon when you consider the place is the 4th oldest pub in Britain and has been around since 1251. Really, people died everywhere in the world. It’s rather normal.

The 7th Earl of Derby, James Stanley was executed in the pub in 1651. The chair he was executed in is still there, which must obviously mean, so is the ghost of the late Earl.

But that’s not all. A woman is said to have hung herself in the cellar hundreds of years ago and hundreds of soldiers and civilians died outside the pub during the Bolton Massacre in 1644. No wonder the place is [assumed to be] haunted! It’s not clear if these deaths have been confirmed but there is no plausible connection between deaths and ghosts, as common as that belief is, it’s just folklore-based.

As far as the video is concerned, I’m unimpressed. It’s hard to tell just what is going on, since it’s in night vision (are CCTV cameras normally in night vision?) but also because it’s sped up like crazy. This could have been a deliberate publicity piece made to enhance the reputation of the pub (though the place looks cool enough without a fake ghost). It’s really easy to put these videos on YouTube and pass on the story through the media. But if the owners are serious, they need to hand over the original tape (and NOT to paranormal investigators, but to professionals) and do some other experiments to determine what may be happening. Most often, it does not go on to this stage. Pro-paranormal investigators volunteer their services and “confirm” a paranormal presence. The legend grows.


UPDATE (25-Feb-2014) You can recreate this video in short order, just like Rocky Mountain Paranormal did.
New Twist In 'Haunted Pub' Mystery.

“It was done with multiple shots that were composited together and then adding the time stamp to show that it was all one piece. It was actually about eight different shots of the same area,” he told The Huffington Post by email. “It took us less than 45 minutes to shoot and about an hour to edit together.”

The best part is the glowing green neck tie at the end. If you know Bryan and Baxter, then you will laugh. Nice job, guys.

  5 comments for “Spooky ghost video caught in historic English pub (UPDATE: Easy to fake)

  1. February 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Haha, I’ve been drinking there. I used to live in a town next to Bolton.

    Never felt something weird was there. Just drank my pint and left.

  2. Tom
    February 18, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    I notice that the “ghost” flickers at the same speed as the lighting along the sides of the room.
    This is probably a a brighter “flicker” illuminating a piece of furniture or equipment

  3. February 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    There have been some commenters on the video who have CLEARLY noted the video was tampered with. Those comments were deleted from the YouTube page, so they say. But it’s a likely explanation. Ghost pubs are all the rage. Why not this one?

  4. Sam
    February 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I’m not familiar with security cameras, but it looks like the camera is recording and playing at regular speed, but with a large fraction of each second omitted. That might account for or exaggerate the flickering effect.

    I like to imagine what the motivation could be for some of these ghosts’ strange behaviors. “I’m roaming a really rad British pub for all eternity, so I’m just going to walk up to the bar and stand there for a few seconds…”

  5. Anon
    February 20, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    I’ve been in that pub many times. In fact I work on the same street it’s on, can see it from our window. This is a publicity stunt, and it’s working. It wasn’t that long ago that the pub temporarily shut down because of financial difficulties. There are plenty of explanations for the video – live bands make use of strobe lighting, this looks quite like that.

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