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Child’s ghost


F.L. from San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, sent this image and the following report to the Argentinian website Dios!:

Well, I would like you to answer me what appears on this photo. It was taken by my sister from a cell phone when I was alone on my grandma’s house, and when she came back home to download it, she found this. This happened around five months ago [July 2006], on a Sunday night.”

Dios! graciously forwarded the message to us, and we publish it here preserving the identity of the girls. Except for the ghostly one.

 

Comment: One of the best images I have ever received. There are no signs of digital tampering, the many horizontal lines are common on low quality cellphone cameras, and they are over the alleged ghost in the background. Some enhancing also reveals a reflection on the floor.

This all suggests there was indeed something there. But maybe it wasn’t a ghost, or even a little girl.

Only half of what appears to be the girl’s face can be seen on the image, and all her body is covered by what appears to be a dress. Well, maybe it was actually just the corner of a table or bed covered by a sheet, which by chance (and some pareidolia) happened to look like a girl.

Note how what would be the little girl’s foot may actually be the foot of a table or bed which the “dress” follows closely — and in a very straight manner. Also note how its height is very close to the table that can be seen in the front right of it.

But there’s a problem to interpret it as a table or bed, which is that it would be in front of the open door. That door will not close unless the table/bed/ghost get out of the way.

It’s not that uncommon to leave a table or bed to hold a door open. And we know tables and beds are real. Oh, large dolls are also something you can even buy, if you’re into it.

On the other hand, ghosts…

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