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Creepiest Ghost Photos Ever: Tulip Staircase Ghost

Moving onto the next creepy snapshot for this Halloween series, let us take a look at a gritty black and white photo showing a phantom figure clutching the staircase railing. Prepare to be spooked by the Tulip Staircase Ghost!

The Tulip Staircase Ghost. Photo via Paranormal Phenomena, About.com

The photo above was taken by Rev. Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from British Columbia, Canada. During a visit to the National Maritime Museum in England in 1966, his wife recalled a photo she’d seen in a magazine, featuring the beautiful spiral staircase called “Tulip Staircase” inside the Queen’s House section. Hardy wanted to take a similar photograph, however, according to stories, he was not able to do so. The magazine photo was taken from the top of the staircase, which was off limits. Even the stairs were said to be blocked to keep people from going near them.

Instead of a copy shot, Hardy took a photo from below, with the chandelier above him. Since it was cordoned off, no one was on the stairs. When the film was developed, it showed an eerie ghostly figure by the staircase, clutching tightly on the railing with both hands…or as some people believe, there are actually two (we dare you to look closer!).

The Hardys only discovered the scary figure (or figures) upon their return to Canada. They sent the negative, along with the negatives of the photos before and after the ghost photo to England’s Ghost Club. The club in turn handed them over to Kodak laboratories for expert analysis. Their conclusion? It’s not a tampered photo, and the only possible explanation was that there was someone or something (or some people) in the staircase.

Real or fake, we know how centuries-old houses and properties seem to be prime places for paranormal phenomena. The Queen’s House building itself is 400 years old, and there are many ghost stories told about the place—the most interesting perhaps is the legend that 300 years ago, a maid was thrown down from the highest point of the stairs, diving 50 feet to her demise.

So, creepy or tricky? Tell us your verdict with a comment below!

Also, don’t forget to check out the others featured in the creepy series!

Sources and additional readings:
Tulip Staircase Ghost — Paranormal Phenomena, About.com
Tulip Staircase Ghost Caught in Photograph — Ghost Pictures
Tulip Staircase Ghost: Truth or Tin-Foil? — Ghost Mysteries

written by plasticpopsicle


  1. blu132


    All in all its a nice shot.
    The staircase looks very interesting i would like to take a photo of it :)

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  2. skyphos


    that's so creeeeeepy!!!!!!!!

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  3. 12_12


    It really does look scary!

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  4. boobert


    nice story.

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  5. feelux


    Freaky! Nice article though.

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  6. dez-crawford1

    Clearly those are not both hands of a single figure gripping the rail, but a RIGHT hand in TWO different positions. The history on this shot is a one-second exposure -- which would be interesting if the figure were drifting UP the stairs. This is one of the best-investigated ghost photos available. I've been able to debunk most that I have seen, but not this one.
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  7. dez-crawford1

    Pardon, me, a LEFT hand. Not enough coffee in me yet. A faint right hand is visible between the two left hands, at the point where an arm would naturally end if BOTH hands were gripping the rail.
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