Ghost Photo: The Maid of Tryon Palace

The video still below of a ‘ghostly maid’ wandering North Carolina’s Tryon Palace is generating a lot of press in English tabloids. But does it actually show a ghost?

The claim

“The footage shows the ‘ghostly figure’ of what appears to be a woman in period dress walk past the doorway,” The Sun reports.

“The pair [who took the photo] believe the lady could be the spirit of a servant who perished in a blaze at the palace in 1798, which began in the cellar and engulfed much of the building.”

Similar ghostly reports appear in the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Metro.Co.UK, and the Mirror.

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Wem Ghost Picture Debunked?

fire girl ghost picture

In 1995, a mysterious fire erupted in a town hall in Wem, England. Resident Tony O’Rahilly snapped a picture of the inferno, but the photo he developed contained a chilling surprise: a bonnet-clad girl standing in the flames. Tony shared his creepy capture with friends, and the ghostly image soon made headlines around the world.

Some say the ghost belongs to Jane Churm, a 14-year-old girl who accidentally started a fire in the old town hall in 1677. Others insist the photo is a fraud. Why? In 2010, a newspaper in Wem ran an old photo from the 1920s. In it stands a bonnet-clad girl whose clothing and features closely resembles the figure in the fire. It seems O’Rahilly inserted the girl, if she is indeed the same person, into the picture of the fire. Do you think it’s the same girl?

wem ghost fire girlCropped version of famous Wem ghost picture

wem girl pictureHistorical photo with girl allegedly used in Wem ghost picture

wem ghost picture debunkedClose up view of Wem fire girl and Wem town girl. Is it he same person?