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Creepiest Ghost Photos Ever: The Specter of Newby Church

Today's hair-raising ghost photo was taken in 1963, in a church in England with reportedly no history of paranormal activity...perhaps until a spooky specter appeared to have its photo taken.

In 1963, Reverend K.F. Lord took the photograph above inside the Newby Church in North Yorkshire, England. It has been a snapshot surrounded by controversy, for an obvious reason—it just looks too good to be true, because of how the specter appears to have posed. Many believed it was a fake, and nothing more than the product of a cleverly done double exposure.

However, Reverend Lord maintained that he saw nothing out of the ordinary when he took a picture of the altar. But after the film was developed, a semi-transparent hooded figure with a strange appearance emerged, standing menacingly at the corner of the altar.

The photo was placed under the scrutiny of photography experts for possible tampering or alleged double exposure. Their verdict? The photo was not taken in double exposure fashion. There were also people who analyzed the ghost photo and found out something even more strange: based on the proportions of the altar and other surrounding objects, the spooky specter stands around nine feet tall!

The Newby Church, constructed in 1870, makes it a prime location for ghost sightings and other paranormal activities. Even so, the church had no history of any spooky phenomena, perhaps until Reverend Lord took this eerie photograph! The ghost snapshot remains one of the most popular around the world, because it looks so perfect and it’s most likely genuine.

Real or fake? Tell us what you think with a comment below!

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

Sources and additional readings:
Specter of Newby Church — Paranormal Phenomena, About.com
Specter of Newby Church — Fanpop
Newby Church — Ghosts Wikia

written by plasticpopsicle


  1. aoizumi


    The height reminds me of the slender man...

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  2. welland


    Its making me tingle. Look at the colouring on the brass handle behind the figure, It goes darker where he is. It could be a long exposure with someone moving out of the way

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  3. domo-guy


    It looks like an alien...

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