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Image Of Ghost In Claimed Haunted House

Submitted by on September 4, 2013 – 6:39 AM10 Comments | 5,545 views

Coming to us from New Hampshire is this new image from a reputed haunted house. The photo in question was posted on Facebook and promptly noticed by a friend of the family, Daniel Tanner.

Daniel thought it spooky enough to post on Redditt and the rest is history.

Here is the gist of the story as reported by the examiner:

Ghostly figure found on Facebook profile photo

A New Hampshire man noticed an unexpected guest in one of his friend’s Facebook photos recently. He posted the odd image of his friend and her dog on Reddit last week.

On August 20, 2013, Daniel Tanner noticed a ghostly figure in one of his friend’s Facebook photos. In the photo, Tanner’s friend is seen kneeling with her dog posing for a photo, and in the reflection of the door behind her, a ghost of a young woman is seen peering at them.

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“My friend has been claiming for months that her house is haunted. Her husband took this pic a few days ago,” Tanner said in the post with the attached image under his MulberryPlacebo screen name.

According to Tanner, the only people in the house at the time the photo was taken was the woman and her husband.

One Redditor even analyzed the photo for editing by uploading it to FotoForensics. According to him the photo is genuine.

“Other than the bar that was put over the friend’s eyes, the photo doesn’t seem to be edited. Either it’s a reflection or there is indeed a ghost,” User Kyranmat posted after he uploaded the image to FotoForensics.

User Ariandre pointed out that the ghostly woman can still be seen in the inverted image, only the figure was behind the woman instead of a reflection in the window.

“The creepy thing is the second one you did now makes it look like the girl is in front of the door instead of a reflection. You can almost make out an outline of her whole body,” Ariandre said.

An expert photo analyst with over 15 years of experience ran a detailed analysis of the image.

“In summary, I cannot find any tampering evident in this photograph. Whatever this is, I’m unable to disprove it. The only other thing I can possibly suggest might be going on in this picture is a very elaborate projection set up, but even that I don’t believe is the case because the lighting in the mud room is quite dim. I would expect a projection to cause light glare on the mirror and there is none. I guess I’m saying I believe this is paranormal,” the image expert said.

Continue reading over at the examiner…

So, what are we to believe? We have two analysis points that support some aspects of authenticity, but tools such as fotoforensics are very difficult to manipulate. I use the same type of error correction in some of my analysis’ and admit that it took me months of trial and error to get any sort of repeatable success. Even at that, results can at times still be inconclusive.

When I did pull the photo, I thought it best to concentrate on the alleged ghost. As you can see by the image below, I’ve blown up the door window to show only the subject in question.

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The most obvious problem is that this is a pane of glass, which of course is going to be highly reflective. This means we are at the mercy of the originators. I think we’ve already established to a convincing degree that the picture is real, but what could be reflected in the window is still up for debate.

If we are willing to accept the possibility of something paranormal, there is even more to feast our eyes on than had been previously considered. Here in the next few photos, we begin to see an entire group of what appear to be ghouls and goblins piled up with the ghost girl in a seeming let us in mode.

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Is this a ghostly girl holding back the dregs of hell, or maybe she’s leading them as the least threatening ambassador of the group? On the alternate side, maybe this is nothing more than a photo on the wall, or possibly a statue of some sort reflected in the window with a pantload of pareidolia added by yours truly?

My logical mind tells me to opt for the latter, while my illogical mind isn’t sayin much right now. It’s up to you oh readers of the ‘Theory. Make us proud with your speculative gene-yus.

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  • Thomas Spychalski

    I think as the article said that this is just a reflection. The rest of the ‘ghosts’ in the pic show how much you mind puts together images and patterns that are not there.

    That said, it is one creepy picture lol.

  • IThinkso

    There is also an eye, starrrrrrrring, close to the middle of the right side.

  • The Oshmar

    This is from the fotoforensics site:

    “If an image is resaved multiple times, then it may be entirely at a minimum error level, where more resaves do not alter the image. In this case, the ELA will return a black image and no modifications can be identified using this algorithm.”

    So there are ways around it.

  • Steve M.

    Had something similar happen to a couple friends of mine some years ago. We were going through a bunch of pictures that we had taken. Behind my friend Timm and his girlfriend was the virgin mary clear as day. Freaked out a couple of my more religious friends. Turns out it was just a figurine sitting at just the right angle to make it look like it was floating behind them.

  • Scott_McMan

    Yes, there are and that’s what makes it so difficult to give such analysis 100% support in any situation O.

  • Scott_McMan

    Thomas, what prompted me to circle all those ghouls is even more creepy. The reason? I’ve seen circled spectre #2 before. As soon as I saw it, I knew it, as it was a dead ringer. I saw it much the same way as this time, in an alleged ghost photo. Maybe I can track down where I saw it last. If I do find it, my skepticism will take a serious hit.

    Although I’m still not giving in, it is easy to throw the old pareidolia card around and I’ve done it many times. Maybe, just maybe, there’s a chance that one time it won’t be the product of my imagination.

    Notice the horns on top of the head?

  • The Oshmar

    ELA is a good place to start with most photos to be fair and it does pick up a bunch of hoaxes. It’s no silver bullet though.

  • spfx

    Reflection…but creepy.

  • Ghost1

    If you back the picture up a bit, you can see an elderly man as well.

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