Ghost with axe photo and story lacks all credibility

A strange photograph has people online jumping to paranormal conclusions. Are there more obvious explanations? Perhaps the better question to start with is how do we know this even happened?

Ghostly image causes online stir – Yahoo!7.

A photo showing a ghostly figure, apparently wielding an axe, has spread viral goosebumps across the internet and baffled police called to investigate.

The photo was taken on board an old military frigate being broken down for scrap and posted to photo sharing site imgur, where other users helped to enhance the noisy image.

The dock foreman, ‘John’ went on board first with a camera to take pictures of work areas. He took a couple of hundred all in all. This was one of them.

Photo taken inside "empty" ship.

Photo taken inside “empty” ship.

First, this is a friend of a friend story, it was posted on Imgur with a story that someone else took the picture. Is this confirmed? Not from what I can tell. There isn’t even mention of WHERE this boat is docked. The story goes that the ship had been there (where?) two weeks so it was suggested this may be someone who was trespassing but the photographer didn’t see anyone. Of course they say it does not resemble any of the other workers. The photograph was taken in the dark of the ship with a flash so the photographer did not notice the apparent person at the time. The original picture shows a shadow in the distance, enhancement revealed human features and the axe.

Why is this labeled “ghostly”? Sure, if there is someone on board with an axe, that is unnerving but certainly not supernatural. The mystery remains as the police went on board and could not find the person nor did they record anyone leaving.

This is a nice story. There is currently nothing I see to back it up to show it really happened. What will come of it? I suppose nothing, as usual. The main thrust of the story is to be freaky and scary and the media outlets picked it up as such. There is no investigation, no confirmation, it’s just made into a ghost story. Believe or not.


My standards are higher than a creepy story posted to a photo sharing site. Yours should be too. This is not news and it’s not evidence for anything.

  8 comments for “Ghost with axe photo and story lacks all credibility

  1. busterggi
    August 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    If ghosts could decide what they look like (living humans, translucent figures, partial cloudy vaguely humanoid, orbs, etc) they would make evidence for them more convincing.

  2. Brian
    August 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    “The photo was taken on board an old military frigate being broken down for scrap”

    That says it all.

  3. Tribeca Mike
    August 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    The only thing that can stop a ghost with an axe is an ectoplasm with a gun?

  4. Sam
    August 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    So ghosts can return with props? If I could return in any form I’d prefer to be not bald, as I am now, and as the ghost in the picture appears also.

  5. August 3, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    If that’s a ghost then that’s the most solid looking one I’ve ever seen… ofcourse I’ve never seen a ghost before.

  6. L. Barth
    August 3, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Neither has anyone else.

  7. Rich
    August 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    I’d like the words “it was only later that the photographer noticed…” excised from all these sort of reports, just on general principle, because half the time I don’t believe them and the other half there isn’t anything to notice.

  8. Ash
    August 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Clearly hoax. The fact the ship is to be torn apart from scrap says it all. Clearly a few workers decided to take a photo of one of them with an axe (since an axe might come in handy to break something apart no doubt?) and try to palm it off to the media as paranormal activity to try and sell a story or have their fifteen nanoseconds of fame.

    If this is real, then there’s also a bunch of flying pigs out there dropping crispy bacon right out of the sky.

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