When I first started this website, finding material to write about was pretty easy, especially when it came to this site’s most popular category, Ghostly Pics.
From years of casual paranormal reading, I had a mental list of the infamous purported paranormal photos I wanted to write about: The Toys R Us Ghost, The Tulip Staircase Ghosts, The strange figure captured on CCTV from Hampton Court and of course, the photograph this site has become most ‘famous’ for covering, The Amityville Ghost Boy.
However, one photograph, which happened to be one of the creepiest pics I had ever laid eyes on, eluded me. Not because it did not have a great story behind it or because the image was not available to me, but because News From The Spirit World has always taken a skeptical approach to the paranormal, albeit with a ‘I want to believe’ attitude as well.
Recently this photo appeared on Reddit’s /r/creepy sub, and it came with an explanation in the comments about a picture that still gives me the chills every time I look into the eyes of this almost demonic looking old woman.
It gets creepier when you realize this image may have been the last thing a man saw before he vanished off the face of the Earth.
This one will be short and sweet because honestly this is just a horrible example of a possible paranormal capture.
First of all the video quality is atrocious and secondly there are so many explanations for this slight anomaly in the video that it boggles the mind that anyone buys this stuff. It could be a bug close to the camera, it could be a reflection from something (a crib mobile?) it could be Elvis returned from the dead to make a new album.
Even most of the comments posted on the You Tube link below say this is either fake or even worse most can’t even spot the ‘ghost’ content in the video at all.
But here it is in all of its…ahem…glory:
First let me say that I DO believe in psychic phenomena.
Personally my intuition once basically saved my life as a teen plus I have always felt that the mind has more power then we fully understand.
A couple of my own paranormal experiences are why this website is not totally skeptical about ghosts, UFOs and other strange events.
However, most psychics today are out there for one reason and one reason only: Bucks, dollars, shrapnel and cash. Whatever term you want to use, most paid psychics are out there looking for the bottom line.
To get your money, they will tell you that your lost and beloved bike is in the basement of The Alamo.
They may tell you they can contact your dead relatives, but really they are interested in portraits of dead people on pieces of paper in your pocket, purse or wallet.
Which is why comedian and prankster Tyler Fischer went out into the streets of New York City to do something similar to what Houdini once did during the psychic and spirit photography boom of his time.
To prove that a majority of them are downright fakes.
If you grew up in the last half century or so, the tradition of checking your Halloween candy after coming home from Trick or Treating was a commonplace event of your childhood.
There could be a razor blade stuck in your Taffy Apple or a loose wrapper on your peanut butter cup that may mean poison.
Like most things though, especially those connected to a holiday like Halloween, truth is often stranger (and sometimes scarier) then fiction.
The first question is: Has a child ever died from candy connected to the holiday of Halloween?
That fact stated, the truth behind the fear of a murderer targeting children through poisoned holiday sweets is a bit more complex and interesting…
Halloween is a time for some creepy urban legends, most of which are more fiction then fact.
Recently, I wrote about my own Halloween related childhood urban legend for the Dolphin Talk newspaper out of Seadrift, Texas. It involved a reported ‘Witch’ who pulled kids inside her house when they went Trick or Treating.
This of course, was all hogwash, rubbish and fantasy.
It has been said however that truth can be stranger then fiction.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including their paranormal tales and urban legends. Why have just one ghost when it could be a whole school bus of children, who tragically got hit by a train while crossing a set of tracks just outside San Antonio?
That is the basis for one of the most interesting tales of paranormal activity in the modern era as well as one of the most captivating photographs of purported ghostly phenomena.
This is an urban legend I once fell hook, line and sinker for.
I first heard of the ‘ghost boy’ who appeared in the film Three Men and a Baby when my dad told me about it after reading the story in a magazine. The story said that if you went to a certain part of the movie, a little boy could be seen in the background and that little boy had died in the apartment the film was shot in.
In short, the little boy in the background of the film…was a ghost.
The Amityville Horror haunting is still a very popular subject both inside and outside the circle of paranormal researchers and enthusiasts.
It is the story of the Lutz family, who went through a nightmarish twenty-eight days inside the house at 108 Ocean Ave in 1975 has become known world wide. The house had previously been the residence of the DeFeo family about a year or so before the Lutz’s moved in, that is until twenty-three year old Ronald DeFeo murdered both his parents in their beds as well as his four siblings: Dawn (eighteen years old), Marc (twelve) and John Matthew (Nine).
Since the Lutz’s fled the ‘Horror House’, the story of what occurred to the family in less then a month’s time in Long Island has been turned into a book, made into a movie and spawned the name of a famous fictional horror movie franchise.
As we have noted on this blog before, the case also has many side trips and legends, some of which you have to read to believe.One of the most popular has to be the Amity ‘Ghost Boy’ photo, which has sparked debate in the Amityville and paranormal worlds for some time now.
It is also one creepy photo.