The Backseat Driver Ghost

The Backseat Driver Ghost

I remember first seeing this picture as a ten-year-old kid, when I was still in primary school. At the time we were allowed to take two books from the library a week, as a kind of school ‘treat’ (yeah – it was a rural school and it didn’t really have that much funding!).

Anyway, there was one book in particular that I used to go for – World’s Unexplained Mysteries (or something close to that title!).

It had a whole section on famous paranormal pictures, including The Brown Lady image and this one – The Backseat Driver Ghost.

I thought it was about time I covered this famous ghost image in an article…


The Visit

Mrs. Mabel Chinnery and her husband were visiting a cemetery in back in 1959, so that she could get a few photographs of her mother’s grave (why?).

Anyway, she took a few snaps of her mother’s resting place then spun around to take a quick picture of her husband, who was waiting in the car.

Pleased with the haul of photographs she had managed to take, the pair of them then returned home.


The Backseat Ghost Image

When the negatives were finally developed, the Chinnerys got a bit of a surprise…

A backseat ‘visitor’ had somehow joined the husband in the photo that Mabel had snapped…

The Backseat Ghost Image

Apparently, Mrs. Chinnery immediately recognized the image as that of her mother whose grave was quite close to where the car was parked.

The image became quite famous in paranormal circles, within a short space of time. It was eventually handed over to a photography expert who concluded that there was no double exposure or odd reflections at play.

You can definitely see the ghostly image of someone in the back seat of the car, but if I’m honest…you really can’t tell if it is male or female (well I can’t, anyway!).

What are your thoughts on this matter?

Do you think that this is the ghostly image of Mrs. Mabel Chinnery’s mother?

Do you think that this is a photographic fault or even a clever fake?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Lord Combermere Ghost Photo

The Lord Combermere Ghost Photo

This article will be taking a look at the image snapped in Combermere Abbey Library in Cheshire, England, in 1891 – frequently referred to as the Lord Combermere ghost photo.

Has this photograph managed to capture the ghost of Combermere, who’s funeral was taking place at the time the image was taken?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Image

The now famous paranormal photograph was taken by Sybell Corbet, sister of Lady Combermere, in 1891. It shows a scene from the Combermere Abbey’s library.

Lord Combermere had died a few days before the photo was taken, when he was tragically hit and killed by a horse drawn carriage.


The Funeral

The photograph was taken when his funeral taking place several miles away. The location was near enough deserted due to his family and his servants attending the event.

His sister, Corbet, had set up the camera and took an hour long exposure.

When she finally managed to get the image developed (it took a while in those days!) she was more than surprised to see the image of an aging man sitting in the lord’s favorite chair.

 lord combermere ghost

She showed the photograph to the other family members, and Combermere’s staff…and they all agreed that the man in the chair bore an amazing resemblance to the late lord.

Skeptics immediately jumped on the case – there was apparently no way this could be a paranormal image.

Most of them put forward the theory that the image was of one of the male staff, that stayed behind to watch the property on the day of the funeral.

lord combermere audlem

This theory was instantly refuted as all the male staff were young and were also warned that the photo was being taken (i.e. they were not to enter the room!).

No it’s over to you – do you think that this is a real paranormal photograph?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Real Ghostly Images – The Belfast Linen Mill Girls

Real Ghostly Images

I’m not going to beat around the bush – running a website like this is pretty good fun, even the research rocks!

Well, that’s what I was doing yesterday when I came across this fascinating picture – researching topics for this site.

Before we go any further with this article, take another look at the picture above…


The Ghost Hand

How many of you eagle-eyed wonders spotted it?

HAVE you spotted it yet?

Okay, let’s make this easier – check out the full image below…

The Ghostly Hand

This is a photo of a group of Belfast linen mill girls taken back in 1900…but who does that phantom hand belong to?

Well the photo was published online by a Belfast website who was covering Irish trades that now no longer exist.

By chance, a Irish lady came across this picture on the site and had the fright of her life – apparently this picture used to hang in her dad’s house for decades, because her great grandmother was one of these young lasses!

She ended up contacting the Belfast website and asking them if they’d spotted the phantom hand in the picture – they hadn’t, and they were suitably shocked to do so!

Unfortunately, that’s all the information I have on this particular ghost image. If you know anything else about this story – please consider leaving it in the comment section below.

The Cooper Family Photo

The Cooper Family Photo

I’ve wanted to post an article on the Cooper family photo for quite some time now but I’ve been put off by a private message sent to me from this site.

You see, ever since I first set eyes on the picture, I’ve had the feeling that something was not quite right – the whole setup of the resulting picture was just too good to be true (from a believer’s point of view).

So, the only way I could post this article with my piece of mind in tact…was to research the information sent to me…and then create the work you are about to read below.

I think it’s quite an interesting outcome…


The Photo Enters The Public Domain

Before we go any further, here is the (now) famous Cooper family photo…

The Paranormal Photo

The image you see above first hit the information superhighway in 2009 – it was thought to have taken some time during the 1950’s.

The story is that the photo was taken as a family portrait by Mr. Cooper the day they moved into a new property – they were attempting to mark the occasion with an image they could look back on in years to come.

Mrs Cooper, grandma Cooper and both of their children posed for the shot.

When Mr. Cooper finally managed to get the image he snapped developed, he was shocked by what he saw. None of the family members were aware of the fifth trespasser when the photo was being taken.

The resulting image seems to show a male figure either falling into, or hanging in the living room.


Who is Sam Gowan?

Sam Gowan is the guy, or pen name, of the photo’s original uploader. He apparently posted the image to the web on the 14th of November 2009.

Within weeks it appeared on a fan website for author Thomas Ligotti with the title ‘A Family Gathering’ applied to it. This resulted in an investigation by it’s members who concluded that Sam was not responsible for the image’s creation.

From here the photo really took off – numerous paranormal websites got hold of the image and believed it to be true. Within weeks it had been posted all over the web.


Fake?

The first red light linked to the image arose from photographic ‘experts’ having problems with the poorly framed result. The family were the center of the picture’s ‘meaning’, yet for some reason they were set to the right side of the photo.

Was the original photo cropped off in this style to allow room for the ‘hanging man’ to be added?

Why were the family not centered in the picture?

My own research of the message sent to me, led me to an article on a rather eye-shattering lime green website which had links to a Facebook page set up to cover the paranormal photograph.

It was here I found a simple forum post from a guy who claimed to be one of the kids from the Cooper photo…

When my older brother sent me this link I was floored. We are the two boys in the picture. Well we were back in 1959. I have many picture like this one, but not this one. My mother had a habit of throwing away pictures that she didn’t like. Eventually the ones she kept were passed along to me. What annoys me is that somebody got hold of a family photograph. The story is almost entirely fiction. Our last name is Copper, not Cooper. Does anybody know who did this?

This really was an eye-opener for me – is the famous Cooper family photo nothing more than a discarded snap that has been ‘photoshopped’ into this paranormal monstrosity?

Here is a photo he sent in with the post to attempt to convince the public he was telling the truth…

The faked photo

Of course, I can’t really be sure that the forum user, ‘Robert C.’, is legit in any way – some people like to get attention on themselves in any way they can!

So now it’s over to you – fact or fiction?

This photo regularly does the rounds on YouTube ‘list videos’ that cover the world’s creepiest photos – are they including a fake?

Please leave any thoughts or opinions on the subject, in the comment section below.