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Alcatraz ghost caught on camera

Published time: June 18, 2014 15:28
Edited time: June 20, 2014 15:36
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A British couple claims that a digital photograph they took during a recent tour of the infamous Alcatraz prison captured evidence of a ghost.

Teaching assistant Sheila Sillery-Walsh from Birmingham was touring the San Francisco, California jail facility in April with her partner, Paul Rice, when she snapped a shot through the window of a prison block with her iPhone 5C mobile phone.

“When I glanced at the photo on my mobile, I saw this dark female figure in the picture. I looked at the window again and there was no one in the room,” she told the Daily Mail

“I knew straight away that the woman in the photo was a ghost and showed the snap to Paul,” she said to the paper. “From that point onwards, I wasn't interested in the Alcatraz tour anymore. I just kept looking at the picture over and over again!”

A copy of the image provided to News Dog Media shows what appears to be a young, dark-haired woman staring back at the camera from the other side of a solemn cell at what’s been called one of America’s most haunted sites.

Although the island penitentiary has not been operational in decades, visitors claim to have spotted apparitions numerous times in the past, and New York Magazine went as far as to say years later it “remains ultra sinister, perversely fascinating, iconic.”

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Fascinating, indeed — Sillery-Walsh said she’s curious to know who the mystery woman was, and suggested to the Mail that “perhaps she was a female visitor of a prisoner and kept returning.”

“‘I would love to know why she’s shown herself in my photo,” she said.

"When I first saw the photo, I tried to rationalize the female figure away by saying it was just Sheila's reflection,” added Mr. Rice. "But with closer inspection, it's obvious that this is not the case at all. The woman's hair and clothing is from a different era - it looks like she's from the 1930s or 40s.”

“I have no logical explanation for the girl in the picture – I’m baffled,” he said. “She’s staring right at the camera, with a knowing look.”

Comments (31)


Colorado 20.06.2014 19:06

Anybody who can look at a bogus picture such as this one and connect it to the spirit world is just as gullible to connect a man made religion to god, there is no sense in attempting to have a realistic conversation with them.
Even if I believe in god which I do, all of this spirit, soul, ghost knowledge is still human made fantasy as any human made religion. Attempting to insult the creator is why the creator has religious people killing one another.


Denis Viktorovich 20.06.2014 18:40

Thorndyke Pinkerton 19.06.2014 03:59

wel l forget about heaven then, unbeliever.


So simple, yet so true. Many in this life are too attached to material world. They have no clue who they are and why they are here. Eyes are the window of the Soul. Look them in the eyes. You shall have your answers.

Those, who lack Faith in God (and/or Love for God) fear Death. Yet believers know that Death is not the end. Neither Birth is a beginning, but a repetitive cycle of such. Spirit is Eternal. Flesh is temporary.

This spirit in the picture is stuck in this world. Grief? Pain of Loss? Suicide?.


Thijs Pieters 19.06.2014 11:04

Well i think it is her own reflection. The photo is too dark to see the style of clothing very well. As for the hairdo, I think she is looking at the reflection of the headphones used in the audio tour. At least the person is wearing headphones (the reflection is visible on the top of her head) , and i don't think ghosts have much use for those.

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