Although hauntings are fairly common, the photograph of a ghost is rarely claimed. When a ghost photograph is discovered that defies explanation, they are almost always photographed by accident. The photograph above was taken by Denise Russell of her grandmother on August 17, 1997. It wasn’t until three years later that she noticed a mysterious man standing behind her grandmother. When she took a closer look, she realized that it looked identical to her grandfather. Why is that strange? Her grandfather died on August 14, 1984, more than thirteen years before the picture was taken.
According to Denise, “The lady in the color photo is my granny. She lived on her own until age 94, when her mind started to weaken and had to be moved to an assisted living home for her own safety. At the end of the first week, there was a picnic for the residents and their families. My mother and sister attended. My sister took two pictures that day, and this is one of them. It was taken on Sunday, 8/17/97, and we think the man behind her is my grandpa who passed away on Sunday, 8/14/84. It took a few seconds for it to sink in. I was absolutely speechless”.
The skeptic in us wants to dismiss this photo almost immediately, but we’d like to keep an open mind about it. What vested interest could a person with no special knowledge of the paranormal have to want to share personal photos to the public and hold them up to scrutiny if this image was a hoax?