8-days of Halloween: Day 7, Ghosts and Poltergeists

This will carry along much of the ‘spirit’ of yesterday’s article about haunted homes as we move into ghosts and poltergeists and other such apparitions.

Ghosts and poltergeists are in so many movies this is going to be difficult to prune through the plethora of films.

I’m going to list these as Comedy(ish), Drama, and Horror. It’s up to you to decide the ‘quality’ of movie you want to watch on your own. 🙂

Funny:

  • Ghostbusters (no, I do not endorse the sequels)
  • Beetlejuice
  • Abbott and Costello: Hold That Ghost
  • Corpse Bride
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Ghost Dad
  • The Frighteners
  • Casper
  • Harry Potter (lol, my husband put me up to this)
  • 13 Ghosts (1960)
  • The Haunted Mansion

Drama:

  • The Sixth Sense
  • Ghost
  • Always
  • Gothika
  • The Gift
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Dragonfly
  • Stir of Echos

Horror:

  • The Shining
  • Poltergeist
  • The Blair Witch Project (I’ll grant more annoying than scary)
  • House
  • Darkness Falls
  • House on Haunted Hill (1999)
  • Pulse
  • Paranormal Activity
  • The Grudge
  • The Ring
  • Silent Hill
  • The Fog (1980 and 2005)
  • The Haunting
  • 13 Ghosts (remake)
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  • White Noise
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • The Changling

From “The UneXplained” by Dr. Karl P.N. Shuker a whole host of spooky spirits hang out in Britain.

Many of Britain’s most famous cyclical ghosts are those of the former monarchs or consorts who refuse to part fully from the mortal plane. A cyclical apparition is a recurring phenomenon, triggered by certain environmental conditions.

Windsor Castle alone is haunted by; Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Charles I, and George III.

George III and George II are seen at Kensington Palace.

Hampton Court houses the spirits of three of Henry VIII six wives; Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, and Catherine Howard.

The Tower of London is a famed haunt having been a prison to nobles and now the ghosts of; Henry VI, Edward V and his brother  Richard, Duke of York,  and Lady Jane Grey.

Mary I haunts Sawston Hall in Cabridgeshire and Mary’s mother, Catherine of Aragon, wisps around Kimbolton Castle.

George IV, who stood in as Prince Regent for George III while he was insane, haunts Brighton Pavilion.

William II haunts the Cadnam to Romsey road.

Lastly, one of the most astonishing ‘royals’ to still walk the land is Boadicea (or Boudicca), Queen of the Iceni, who committed suicide during the first century AD rather than be captured by the Romans. Her ghost can be found emerging from the fog near Ermine Street a Roman road in Lincolnshire.

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A coworker of mine believes a ghost was caught in the reflection of this window when an agent photographed the home to show it met our guidelines for coverage.

Here is the original picture taken of the area:

Pay close attention to the center window pane. No, we're not talking about the reflection of the agent taking the photograph

On the second trip back they had changed some things (Note: we don’t care if people have lawn furniture on their back patio, the agent was photographing the general area of the home).

Boo! See the faint figure in the center of the window? The dark 'rectangle' is a reflection of something hanging off the patio roof, but what is that looking towards the camera??

A closer view of the same image as above.

We may never know.

Stephen Wagner on About.com provides some further ‘photographic’ evidence of ghosts in his article The Best Ghost Pictures Ever Taken.  Here is a summary of what he has to offer for your viewing pleasures. Click the link if you want to see the full list.

They say seeing is believing. And while in this day of digital image manipulation that might not be as true as it once was, these photographs are considered by many to be the real deal – photographic evidence of ghosts. Faking ghost photos through double exposure and in-the-lab trickery has been around as long as photography itself; and today, computer graphics programs can easily and convincingly create ghost images. But these photos are generally thought to be untouched, genuine portraits of the unexplained.

A strange legend surrounds a railroad crossing just south of San Antonio, Texas. The intersection of roadway and railroad track, so the story goes, was the site of a tragic accident in which several school-aged children were killed – but their ghosts linger at the spot and will push idled cars across the tracks, even though the path is uphill.

The story may be just the stuff of urban legend, but the accounts were intriguing enough that I wrote an article about the phenomenon, “The Haunted Railroad Crossing.” The article included a photograph submitted by Andy and Debi Chesney. Their daughter and some of her friends had recently been to the crossing to test the legend, and she took some photographs. Inexplicably, a strange, transparent figure turned up in one of the photos.

This photograph of the Combermere Abbey library was taken in 1891 by Sybell Corbet. The figure of a man can faintly be seen sitting in the chair to the left. His head, collar and right arm on the armrest are clearly discernible. It is believed to be the ghost of Lord Combermere.

Lord Combermere was a British cavalry commander in the early 1800s, who distinguished himself in several military campaigns. Combermere Abbey, located in Cheshire, England, was founded by Benedictine monks in 1133. In 1540, King Henry VII kicked out the Benedictines, and the Abbey later became the Seat of Sir George Cotton KT, Vice Chamberlain to the household of Prince Edward, son of Henry VIII. In 1814, Sir Stapleton Cotton, a descendent of Sir George, took the title “Lord Combermere” and in 1817 became the Governor of Barbados. Today the Abbey is a tourist attraction and hotel.

Mrs. Mabel Chinnery was visiting the grave of her mother one day in 1959. She had brought along her camera to take photographs of the gravesite. After snapping a few shots of her mother’s gravestone, she took an impromptu photo of her husband, who was waiting alone in the car. At least the Chinnerys thought he was alone.

When the film was developed, the couple was more than surprised to see a figure wearing glasses sitting in the back seat of the car. Mrs. Chinnery immediately recognized the image of her mother – the woman whose grave they had visited on that day. A photographic expert who examined the print determined that the image of the woman was neither a reflection nor a double exposure. “I stake my reputation on the fact that the picture is genuine,” he testified.

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These two photos were taken in 1988 at the Hotel Vierjahreszeiten in Maurach, Austria. Several vacationers gathered for a farewell party at the hotel and decided to take a group photo. One of the party, Mr. Todd, set up is Canon film camera on a nearby table and pointed it at the group. (The table is the white band at the bottom of the photos.) He set the self-timer on the camera and hurried back to the table. The shutter clicked and the film wound forward, but the flash did not fire. So Todd set the camera for a second shot. This time the flash fired.

The film was later developed, and it wasn’t until one of party members was viewing the photos that it was noticed that the first (non-flash) photo showed a somewhat blurry extra head! (In the sequence above, the second (flash) photo is actually shown first for the sake of comparison.) No one recognized the ghostly woman, and they could not imagine how her image appeared in the picture. Besides being a bit out of focus, the woman’s head is also too large compared to the other vacationers, unless she is sitting closer to the camera, which would put her in the middle of the table.

The photo was examined by the Royal Photographic Society, the photographic department of Leicester University, and the Society for Psychical Research, all of which ruled out a double exposure as the cause.

These photos were taken by Guy Winters when he and friend were investigating the O’Hare mansion in Greencastle, Indiana. They were told about the old abandoned house by another friend who said he and his girlfriend were scared away from it by some ghostly entity. So with permission of the owner, Guy and Terry went to explore the property. Armed with video and film cameras, the team spend a couple of days, in both daylight and at night, looking for evidence of possible haunting activity.

The above photos are the remarkable result of a picture Guy took of one of the upstairs windows. The image of a vaporous pink ghostly woman is rather clear. Guy did not see the figure at the time he snapped the photo, but saw it only after the film was developed. An analysis of the film determined that the image is present on the film’s negative. The bottom right photo is a digital enhancement, which reveals a skull-like appearance for the ghost’s face.

Several other anomalies and paranormal activity were experienced there by Winter’s team.

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In conclusion, here’s a cute infographic from GraphJam:

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