Since the birth of photography pushy ghosts have been showing up on holiday snaps, CCTV and home movies. The results are some of the world’s most famous and enduring ghost mysteries. Here’s our rundown of famous photo-ready spooks keen to show their ghostly good side
The Amityville Horror
Thanks to the blockbuster book and supremely creepy film, Amityville is probably the most famous ghost story of the modern era. In 1975 George and Kathy Lutz, along with their three children, moved into a distinctive detached house in Long Island New York. The previous owner of the house had killed his father, mother and four siblings at the house in 1974. After 28 days the Lutz’s left the house, driven out by multiple paranormal events, including swarms of flies, demon eyes appearing, noises, smells and slime leaking from a wall. The final piece of evidence? Perhaps this image of a small boy, captured while paranormal investigators monitored the house.
The Hampton Court Ghost
Captured on CCTV in 2003, this ghost first called attention to itself when the fire alarms sounded at Hampton Court Palace. After searching the premises, the security guards found no opened doors – the usual reason for the alarms sounding. However, the security footage captured a skeletal figure in long robes flinging open double doors into a courtyard. When the team arrived to investigate, the doors were closed and the courtyard empty. Eerie stuff!
The Brown Lady
One of the most famous – and oldest – examples of a ghost caught on film is the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall. Indre Shira and Captian Hubert C Provand were photographing the stately home when Indre spotted a spectral figure on the grand staircase. The Captain snapped a picture which appears to show a shrouded, transparent female figure. The theory is that it could be the ghost of Lady Townsend, who died in 1726 after being confined to the home by her husband. #ScaryCanary
Freddy Jackson’s ghost
A 1919 group shot of a World War 1 squadron is poignant enough. Taken at HMS Daedalus training camp, the photograph appears to show an extra face in the crowd, looking over the shoulder of a man in the back row. The theory is that Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who had been tragically killed in an accident just two days before, was making one last appearance for posterity. Enough to make your blood run cold!
3 Men and a Baby
If your pulse is racing while watching this 80s classic, it might be down to more than Tom Selleck’s manly moustache. Did a fame hungry ghost actually made it onto the film in once scene? As a camera pans across the set it passes and empty window, but as it returns it appears that a small boy is standing behind the voile curtain. That’s the legend, but sadly, in this instance, it seems a rogue cardboard cut-out is the more down-to-earth answer.