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U.K. Viral ‘Ghost Photo’ Explained

Benjamin Radford is a research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and author or coauthor of seven books, including Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment.

Q: Have you seen this latest ghost photo from England? There seems to be some sort of mysterious figure in a window, and it was even on Good Morning America.

A: A “ghost photo” taken by a British woman named Natasha Oliver circulated in the news media and social media in late July 2015. It depicted about a dozen friends on a lawn and what appears to be a human head and torso in an unfinished building in the background. The form is too dark and fuzzy to be identified, but some have claimed it looks like a ghostly mother and baby. Oliver’s photo was taken in 2010 but recently got widespread attention after she commented on a Facebook post about a ghost picture she thought was fake—and offered her own.

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