As evidence of life after death, most paranormal images tend to be pretty inconclusive. With anyone able to manipulate images today with the barest of skill, most images I come across simply cannot be viewed without suspicion. Once in a while though, you come across an image that seems like it has the hallmarks of authenticity. Although I could never in good conscience say that I believed this picture was 100% genuine or that it presented any real proof of life after death, it is one of the more startling “paranormal” images I have seen that aren’t blatantly obvious photo manipulations.
Louise Murphy and her 9-year old son Owen were visiting The Riverside Museum in Glasgow when they entered the Mitre Bar, one of the museum’s seven Victorian-themed reconstructions as part of their “step-back-in-time” main street project. Murphy took photographs of the pub on her Galaxy S5 phone and claims that only she and her son were in the room and nothing unusual was seen while the pictures were being taken.
When reviewing the images later, Murphy found this image of what looks like a little girl in a flowered dress waving at the camera.
In answer to skeptics that claim that the photo has been manipulated, Louise Murphy has responded that she doesn’t know how to use Photoshop, and is willing to submit the image to experts to verify her claim of authenticity.
The Daily Record interviewed Murphy and one of the former owners of the pub, who claims that there were “stories and alleged sightings of a young washer girl who tragically died in the area during the Victorian period.”
Could it be a hoax?
We simply don’t know yet. What would be Louise Murphy’s motivation for the hoax? Was she paid money by Mercury Press for the photo? Is she looking for notoriety? Is it possible that this image was produced to drum up business for the museum? These are all valid questions.
UPDATE 9/4/16: Awesome blogger and artist/writer Sally used her magic with Photoshop to test the waters and see if she could create something relatively similar as the above image. She claims she produced the picture below in only a half-hour and all I can say is WOW.
Sally’s work has now made me re-evaluate the museum image. If Sally can produce the image below in less than 30 minutes, what could a team of dedicated graphic designers do with unlimited money, technology and motivation?
You can read the original news report at the Daily Record here.