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I have been contacted by Simon Brown from Parasearch The Paranormal Investigators who has sent me the following photographs taken during an investigation.  According to Simon it is also about to go into a National Newspaper and a book currently at the publishers. He informed that it was a digital image and has not been tampered with and when it was taken there was nothing in the frame.

17th Nottingham Evening Post
AN eerie image of a figure at the Galleries of Justice has a ghost expert spooked.
The museum has been dubbed the most haunted location in the UK and the figure is similar to previous sightings on the same staircase.
The photo was taken by Simon Brown, a qualified parapsychologist from Peterborough who says he normally argues against the existence of such things.
However, he cannot explain the mysterious shadow in the photo.
Mr Brown said: "When I took this picture there was no one in the frame.

"The figure appears to be wearing clothing which you would associate with a turn-of-the-last-century prisoner and dragging its right leg as if in chains.
"What for me makes this picture really interesting is the figure appears to be transparent. If you look at the head you can clearly see the bars on the window through it."
The photo was taken on Thursday March 11, at about 4.29pm.
Mr Brown was visiting the Galleries with his brother. They took around 100 photographs, but none of the others showed anything unexplained.
"I only saw it (the figure) when I downloaded the picture," he said. "It's unexplained. Is it a ghost? I couldn't answer that as a parapsychologist."
Helen Shepherd, marketing and communications coordinator for the Galleries of Justice, said: "I have seen Simon's photo andthis is indicative of similar sightings on this very staircase by staff and customers, one of many throughout the building.
"This reinforces the fact the Galleries of Justice Museum has been identified by national and international paranormal organisations as the most haunted location in the UK and one of the most haunted locations in the world."


Images are copyright of Simon Brown F.Inst.F.P., Dip. Ppsy and Parasearch

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Re: Nottingham Galleries of Justice

I am sorry but I find it hard to believe that no one was at the bottom of the stairs.  As for period prison costume and dragging a leg as if chained?  Is there a another photograph we have not seen, as I don't see those details at all.

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I see the period costume. Although I'm not 100% sure what prisoners wore at that time, I know they don't make suits/trousers like that any more. Just the way it hangs from the body, that excess material. Clothing these days is more fitted, especially round the back. Also the shoes are very plain and rounded at the toe. Square toed leather shoes are more common for men now a days.

If you look very carefully you can see the right leg is at an awkward angle. Either that suggests the person has a poorly leg or that he is dragging something. However, I can't see any evidence of a chain.


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This looks like a 'night scene' mode photo which combines flash with a long exposure. The area of the shadow appears blurred, compared to the flash-lit foreground, as if through camera shake due to a longish exposure. The blurring may give a suggestion of 'clothing' or 'movement' to the shadow.

The shadow itself appears to be cast by the stonework, from a light to its right. It would be very useful to have other photos of this area to compare it with.

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Without wanting to sound cynical, that has all the hallmarks of a classic fake ghost photograph.

The difference in colour/tone of the "ghost" would suggest to me the cause is someone (deliberately or accidently) walking through a long-exposure shot rather than a shadow.

Isn't this the sort of thing people were impressed about in the 1800s?

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This photograph reminds me of the "ghost" of Michael Jackson caught on film whilst a camera crew were filming at Neverland. I saw the clip on you tube (does anyone remember?)and I have to admit it did look convincing but it turned out to be one of the film crew and they apologised later for this.
I think it's most likely to be a fake.

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It's not a walk through.  His legs and hoes are too clear.  Typically in a walk through, below the waist is the blurriest, because it's where the most motion is.  Further, the 'motion' of the blurr doesn't follow the pattern of someone walking. 

His feet seem to be the clearest part of the image. He's swaying back and forth. 

The camera is not, unfortunetly, focused on that, but rahter on the plank in the center of the image. 

Is it paranormal?  Meh, 50/50.  It's hard to tell for certain, since the camera isn't actually pointed at it.  Could be a ghost.  Could be a long exposure of a man swaying back and forth just out of focus.  . 

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I have to agree with Red Don on this one. I can't see how they can claim the figure is wearing century old prison clothes or appears to be dragging its right leg as if it's chained. Perhaps the fact that the building this was photographed in is the Nottingham Galleries of Justice influences how the brain interprets the image. Also the reputaion of the building is bound to convice a lot of people that this is a ghost even though there may be a logical explaination that hasn't really been looked into in great detail. That corridor at the bottom of the stairs is very well lit. I could be the shadow of someone walking along it, motion blurred because of the camera being on a low light setting, causing a longer exposure length. It being a shadow may also explain the distorted shape of the right leg.

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I know the place well, so from what i can see of the photos is very unfamiliar.



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