Daily Mail “Ghost Boy” Hoax Revealed

Look familiar?

Look familiar?


GhostTheory readers are a sharp bunch!

Today we received a comment from “Txurruka” from Spain. He/She points us to the source of the “Daily Mail Ghost”. An Itunes application called “Ghost Capture”.

Full source: Itunes

Create realistic paranormal photo manipulations right on your iPhone and iPod Touch**!

With Ghost Capture, you can manipulate any photo from your iPhone photo album. After choosing an image, (or taking a new photo directly through Ghost Capture) select a ghost to superimpose onto the photo. Choose from creepy Victorian children, faceless torsos, Civil War soldiers, ghostly orbs, and more. After placing the ghost, slip the horizontal, adjust the size, rotation, and transparency to achieve the optimum effect. Don’t like the way your ghost is turning out? Hit the reset button to put it back in the center of the screen for you to start over or even select a different ghost! Save and email your creation to your friends, and let them judge for themselves!

You can also submit them to us for the gallery!

Check out what other people are doing with the app. From jokes to flat out creepy. At times pictures are done so well it’s almost a ‘Where’s Waldo’ game when trying to locate the ghost.


Film: Ghost Don’t Exist

Ghost Capture is brought to you by Ghosts Don’t Exist, an independent film by 19th + Wilson—executive produced by Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins. The story revolves around a popular TV ghost hunter losing faith in what he believes. After announcing his retirement, he decides to take one last case when a potential client guarantees to provide the proof he’s been looking for. Upon arriving at the home, the client announces that he will make good on the promise by contacting the team himself—from the beyond.


“Fluffet” from BadPsychics left this comment:

It’s been debunked as a total fake created with an I pod app called Ghost Capture over at BadPsychics.com
The image of the boy is one of the stock images included in the app and if you head on over there you’ll see the proof 🙂

The picture that was submitted to the Daily Mail looked highly dubious to all who initially saw it here. John Fores is the 47 year old worker who was demolishing a building near Hull, East Yorkshire. He had told the Daily Mail that he was not aware of the “ghost” that was in the picture until uploading the images to his computer at home.

‘John Fores: I took the pictures just after noon. I took a few and at the time didn’t notice anything.
‘When I put the pictures on the computer and I saw the figure, the hairs on the back of my neck stuck up.
‘I couldn’t believe what I had seen. I didn’t believe in ghosts, but since I got this picture I am not so sure.’

John Fores

John Fores

I would say that the Daily Mail should have known better than to publish utter rubbish, but Mr. Fores should be held accountable as well for trying to deceive the (gullible) public in such manner. There are a lot of phone applications out there that can “add a ghost” to your images for fun, so this case should serve as an example to all of the online press to stop publishing these types of photographs. The Daily Mail keeps losing credibility by accepting these overly sensationalized images just for the online traffic. Lets start holding accountable the bad press. As these types of entertainment applications come out, we will see more and more of these ghost photos. Websites like GhostTheory will continue to expose the truth with the help of the online community.