Like a specter in the dark of night, Halloween’s slow creep will be upon us before we can even muster a substantive “Boo”! Orange is quickly becoming the seasonal color of choice, and we’re not talking about Clemson football. It’s all about creating a picture perfect Halloween. So as we continue our foray into the supernatural, what could be more intriguing than purported pictures of those ghostly beings? (Certainly not the constant barrage of naked Miley Cyrus drug videos!)
This week we’ll take a look at three of our favorite ghostly photos that appear to include more than meets the eye. We’ll let you be the judge.
First up is the photo taken by Ike Clanton, a cousin of the legendary Clanton Gang of the Earps and Doc Holliday fame, and the gunfight at OK Corral. Ike is an actor, recording artist, and cowboy poet. At the request of a friend who wanted to be photographed in authentic period clothing, Canton took this photo at Boothill Cemetery. After developing the film at a local drugstore, it appeared the two were not alone that afternoon. Among the gravestones, just to the right, appears the image of a thin man in a dark hat. Judging by the apparition’s apparent height, he appears to be either kneeling or rising up out of the ground. “I know there was no other person in this photograph when I shot it,” Clanton insists. And he believes the small figure in the background is holding a knife. The twosome attempted to recreate the photograph without success.
Second in line is this photograph taken in 1997–certainly digital photography was still in its infancy. The woman in the photograph is 94 years old and was photographed by her granddaughter at a picnic held by the retirement home to which she had recently moved. Three years later on Christmas day, while browsing through family photographs, it was then that the image directly behind the woman was even noticed. Imagine the family’s shock to discover the image of their deceased grandfather hovering directly behind his wife. And his mug was even clearly visible on the negative!
Lastly, we present the one of the most well known, and revered, ghost photographs. In 1995, Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England burned to the ground. Many spectators gathered to watch the old building, built in 1905, as it was being consumed by the flames. One of the onlookers photographed the blaze from across the street using a telephoto lens. When developed, one of the photos showed the figure of a small child standing in the doorway to the Town Hall. Experts declared the photograph authentic.
Was history repeating itself? Perhaps. In 1677, the town was ravaged by fire, apparently accidentally set by a young girl by the name of Jane Churm. Legend has it that her ghost has haunted the area for many year
Fast forward fifteen years to a commemorative newspaper article detailing Wem’s past, and reproducing several early postcards of the town. One eagle-eyed reader noticed the similarities between a young girl featured in one of the postcards and the Wem Town Hall ghost. If you compare the two photographs, the likeness is unmistakable. Still, there are those who cast doubt on the story, and others … well, who are more attuned to a visit from the great beyond. Photographed a ghost or found a strange image on picture? Tell us about it!J.L. Mann (Bubba) Cromer is an Attorney in Columbia, whose practice focuses on DUI Defense, Criminal Defense & Probate Administration and Estate Planning. Admitted to practice in South Carolina, California & The District of Columbia, “Bubba” has been in practice for 26 years. In addition to his Solo Practice at Cromer Law Offices, LLC, Bubba Served as the only true Independent In the S.C. Legislature from 1990-1998. For the past 16 years, he has Served as the Reading Clerk of the House.Bubba resides in Columbia, S.C and Rosman, N.C. where he built a cabin 4 years ago. Bubba lives with his Hungarian Golden Retriever Casper (pictured).