I’ve mentioned before that I love these kind of stories, mostly because to me, they seem like unsolved riddles. Sure, a ghost in a photo is certainly possible, but has anyone ever actually been able to prove without a doubt that a ghost was caught on camera? No. In fact, most “ghosts” in pictures are either dust, bugs, water, dirt, or a hoax. And with that, we come to this story from Alabama:
Throughout her lengthy career as a Walker County bus driver, Kathy Pate said she’s seen some interesting things, but nothing more interesting than an image that showed up in a photograph taken on her bus late last year.
Pate said during the Christmas holidays a photograph was taken of her 2-year-old grandson, Noah Pate, inside her bus.
“He loves that I’m a bus driver, and I wanted to get a good picture of him on the bus,” she said. “My daughter-in-law took a picture on her new iPhone, and we noticed something in the picture that we didn’t expect to see.”
Pate said the image of what looked like a young lady was in the photograph.
“It’s very obvious when you see it,” she said. “It looks like a young girl and she looks like she’s wearing a very old fashion dress.”
Now my first concern (besides the fact the child looks like its got some sort of tumor or wearing a giant condom on its head) is the fact that the photo was taken on an iPhone. Not exactly the best piece of equipment to capture paranormal activity. Taking into the consideration the quality of the camera on the iPhone – which isn’t bad, per se, but isn’t the best – if you look carefully at the photo, you can tell it’s a hoax. How? Look at the difference of the quality of the “ghost’s” clothing in comparison with the child’s face.
The problem is that the “ghost” is TOO clear. The ghost is clearer in the image than the child. The child’s face is clear enough, in that you can tell where her eyes and mouth and nose are, but beyond that, the details are hazy. The ghost’s clothing is very clearly marked, to the point that you can see the collar disappearing behind the neck. Why would the “ghost” be the clearest thing in this picture, when it is the only thing in the picture that is semi-transparent?
A rule of thumb I generally follow is that if anyone goes to the media with a photo of a ghost, it’s a hoax – for money, for (temporary) fame, or anything else. But the stories keep popping up, and I’m going to keep writing about them, because it gives me great pleasure.