The Backseat Ghost

The Story

In 1959 a woman named Mrs. Mabel Chinnery visited the grave of her mother and brought along her camera to take photographs of the gravesite. She took a few pictures of her mother's gravestone and then took a picture of her husband who was sitting alone in their new car.

At least, they thought he was alone.

When the film was developed, the couple was shocked to see a figure wearing glasses sitting in the back seat of the car. Mrs. Chinnery immediately recognized the woman as her mother - the very woman whose grave they had visited on that day. A photographic expert who examined the print and negative determined that the image of the woman was neither a reflection nor a double exposure and exactly how the deceased woman's image wound up in the back of the car has never been explained. 

The expert who examined the print determined that the image of the woman was neither a reflection nor a double exposure. "I stake my reputation on the fact that the picture is genuine," he testified.


The backseat ghost is a classic and definitely one of my favorites.  As far as I know, it's never been debunked by an expert and I'll be darned if I can find any obvious trickery with it.

Seriously, what can I say about this photo?  I hold it in high regard, but if someone has an idea about how it might have been faked, I'm all ears.


It just goes to show that you never know when you've got a spirit behind you.

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The Mists of Mystery
July, 2013
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