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This photo was received from Denise Russell. "The
lady in the color photo is my granny," she says. "She
lived on her own until age 94, when her mind started
to weaken and had to be moved to an assisted living
home for her own safety. At the end of the first
week, there was a picnic for the residents and their
families. My mother and sister attended. My sister
took two pictures that day, and this is one of them.
It was taken on Sunday, 8/17/97, and we think the man
behind her is my grandpa who passed away on Sunday,
We did not notice the man in the picture until
Christmas Day, 2000 (granny had since passed away),
while browsing through some loose family photos at my
parents' house. My sister thought it was such a nice
picture of granny that she even made a copy for mom,
but still, nobody noticed the man behind her for over
three years! When I arrived at my parents' house that
Christmas day, my sister handed me the picture and
said, "Who do you think this man behind granny looks
like?" It took a few seconds for it to sink in. I was
absolutely speechless. The black and white photos
show that it really looks like him.
Several unnerving instances of ghost and poltergeist
activity were reported by the management, staff, and
customers of the Godfather's Pizza restaurant in
Ogden, Utah in 1999-2000, prompting an investigation
by Utah Paranormal Exploration and Research (UPER).
The sighting of several spirits
A jukebox that played by itself, even when
A tile floor that bulged up as high as ten
inches, then leveled itself; a later examination
showed nothing out of the ordinary beneath the
tile and the concrete was intact.
Fluorescent light tubes flew out of their boxes
and smashed on the floor
Mysterious whistling was heard from the kitchen
UPER's investigation found that the restaurant might
have been built upon a very old pauper's field -- a
cemetery for the poor. It also resulted in this
photo, taken by Merry Barrentine, UPER's general
manager, in 2000. This misty apparition was actually
seen with the naked eye for a few seconds as it
materialized in the middle of the room.
In 1982, photographer Chris Brackley took a
photograph of the interior of London's St. Botolph's
Church, but never expected what would appear on the
film. High in the church's loft, seen in the upper
right-hand corner of his photograph, is the
transparent form of what looks like a woman.
According to Brackley, to his knowledge there were
only three people in the church at the time the photo
was taken, and none of them were in that loft
According to London Paranormal Database Records, "Mr.
Brackley was later contacted by a builder who
recognized the face of one that he had seen in a
coffin in the church."
Sefton Church is an ancient structure (started in the
12th century and finished in the early 16th century)
in Merseyside, England, just north of Liverpool. This
particular photograph was taken inside the church in
According to Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and
Haunted Places, where this photo was found, there was
only one other photographer in the church beside the
person who took this picture. Neither of them
recalled seeing the ghost or any flesh-and-blood
person standing there who could account for this
image. Because the figure is all in black, it has
been theorized that the apparition could be that of a
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
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 descendant of Sir George, took the title "Lord
Combermere" and in 1817 became became the Governor of Barbados. Today
the Abbey is a tourist attraction and hotel.
James Courtney and Michael Meehan, crew members of the S.S.
Watertown, were cleaning a cargo tank of the oil tanker as it sailed
toward the Panama Canal from New York City in December of 1924.
Through a freak accident, the two men were overcome by gas fumes and
killed. As was the custom of the time, the sailors were buried at sea
off the Mexican coast on December 4.
But this was not the last the remaining crew members were to see of
their unfortunate shipmates. The next day, before dusk, the first
mate reported seeing the faces of the two men in the waves off the
port side of the ship. They remained in the water for 10 seconds,
then faded. For several days thereafter, the phantom-like faces of
the sailors were clearly seen by other members of the crew in the
water following the ship.
Lord Combermere died in 1891, having been struck and killed by a horse-drawn
carriage. At the time Sybell Corbet took the above photo, Combermere's funeral was
taking place some four miles away. The photographic exposure, Corbet recorded, took
about an hour. It is thought by some that during that time a servant might have
come into the room and sat briefly in the chair, creating the transparent image.
This idea was refuted by members of the household, however, testifying that all
were attending Lord Combermere's funeral.
Interesting side note: Lord Combermere is connected to another well-known
paranormal story: the famous "Moving Coffins" of Barbados. The coffins inside the
sealed vault of the Chase family are said to have been moved about by unnatural
forces. The heavy coffins were repeatedly put in proper order, but often when a new
coffin was added to the vault, the coffins were found strewn about. Lord
Combermere, while governor of Barbados, had ordered a professional investigation of
On arrival in New Orleans, the ship's captain, Keith Tracy, reported the strange
events to his employers, the Cities Service Company, who suggested he try to
photograph the eerie faces. Captain Tracy purchased a camera for the continuing
voyage. When the faces again appeared in the water, Captain Tracy took six photos,
then locked the camera and film in the ship's safe. When the film was processed by
a commercial developer in New York, five of the exposures showed nothing but sea
foam. But the sixth showed the ghostly faces of the doomed seamen. The negative was
checked for fakery by the Burns Detective Agency. After the ship's crew had been
changed, there were no more reports of sightings.