Concord, MA – Ghostly Skull with Eyes

Skull eyes on Concord gravestone

Ghost hunting becomes routine after years of research in eerie cemeteries. It takes a lot to startle me, but this tall, strange headstone did. And, every time I’ve visited it since then, I’ve felt that something isn’t right about that grave.

The skull is surrounded by a banner that says, “All must submit to the King of Terrors.”

When I took this picture, I was stunned by the emotional impact of the energy around the stone.

But, when I studied the picture, I didn’t see any orbs, streaks of light, ecto, or other anomalies. So, I filed the picture among the hundreds that I plan to use for illustration.

Later, I was using this photo for some digital art. Suddenly when I enlarged the image, the skull’s eyes became obvious to me.

Above (left side of the image), you can see the skull exactly as it was photographed. On the right, I’ve increased the contrast around the eyes, to make them more obvious.

I applied no art or linework to this image. It was a simple contrast adjustment. (You could do the same with the photo on the left, in Photoshop or GIMP.)

To the naked eye and in the cemetery, the eyes are not visible. Like many anomalies in haunted settings, these eyes are only visible in photographs.

How to take your own photo of these eyes:

From Route 128/95, take the Route 2 exit, driving west towards Lincoln.

When Route 2 turns sharply left, don’t follow it. Keep going straight into the middle of Concord.

At the rotary (Concord’s haunted Colonial Inn will be straight ahead of you), the cemetery is at your right. There is a private home on the east side of the cemetery, and a smaller, more empty grave area at the street level.

Hike up the hill, and the headstone will be towards the crest of the hill, and on the west side. The image faces the rotary.

Sometimes, the eyes are clearly visible. On other visits, I’ve left with nothing interesting in my photos. I’d guess that I’ve had about 30% success capturing pictures of the eyes that watch from within that skull.

This the the top portion of this large, eerie gravestone:

Skull headstone - Concord, MA (USA)

6 thoughts on “Concord, MA – Ghostly Skull with Eyes”

  1. I live near Concord and have been up to visit this site. I find nothing paranormal or creepy about it. What I do notice is that the back of the carved eye sockets are fairly smooth and form an almost perfect half-sphere. This curved surface will reflect back the light from a flash to form the light spots shown here in the same way a satellite dish antenna focusses the signal to a point. I haven’t experimented with this yet but I would hazard a guess that this phenomena only appears when the camera is pointed directly at the skull at an optimum angle and not offset too much. Also, there have been so many people up there poking their grubby fingers into the eye sockets that there is some discoloration present. All in all, this is a good example of some very nice craftsmanship, but that’s it.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Dadeus. When you publish your studies of curved surfaces and their reflections, be sure to let us know.

    Meanwhile, whether the effect is subliminal or paranormal, the apparent “eyes” staring at us give us the chills. We’ve never seen this on any other gravestone, including others with eyes in deaths heads.

    Whatever the reason for the eyes on that stone, it’s a “good scare” that we appreciate as something unusual after seeing thousands of photos with orbs and vortex-type streaks.

  3. The eyes are convex, no? How, then, could they form focal points? Yawn…
    That’s a creepy picture.

  4. @Fiona
    There’s no need to be rude or sarcastic. Dadeus’s opinion should be taken seriously. It might just be right.

    1. Jarod,

      What makes you think I’m being rude or sarcastic? (Then again, it is my website, so I can be sarcastic when I want to… though I like to think I’m never rude.)

      I was being serious. The purpose of this website, from its beginnings in the 1990s, has been to provide information that encourages others to do their own, unique, and in-depth paranormal research. Our current theories and answers are generally unsupported in terms of the scientific method. That’s a problem when dealing with skeptics.

      It’s also a major Achilles heel in continuing, extrapolative research in this field. We can’t decide what photographic anomalies are until we’re at least 90% certain what they aren’t.

      In general, the more I research, the more I’m convinced that many of our current answers aren’t quite right. They may even be far afield of what’s really going on at apparently haunted locations.

      I believe in ghosts and spirits. I believe that something is going on at many “haunted” locations. However, we cannot connect the dots between ghosts and hauntings… not with our current evidence, anyway.

      We need more and better research, especially when there seem to be logical, normal explanations.

      Dadeus’ explanations might be right. What I’d like to see (or at least encourage) is Daedus’ study of this area of paranormal research and “ghost” photography. I think we need far more serious, investigative research into the anomalies caused by curved and reflective surfaces. As you saw in my recent book about ghost photos, my own results were a startling contrast with what I’d believed, prior to more than three years of intensive study of anomalous photos, what causes them, and what we’ve blamed them on and — as it turns out — aren’t likely causes.

      Though it’s easy to become dogmatic in this field, since we have so little hard evidence to work with, I’m dismayed when someone thinks I’m being rude or sarcastic.

      It’s been over three years since I made that comment to Daedus.

      He — or she — had said, “I haven’t experimented with this yet..,” which suggested that he was planning to. However, he also said, “All in all, this is a good example of some very nice craftsmanship, but that’s it.” (emphasis added) The latter suggests that he’d made up his mind before investigating the alternatives. To me, that also suggests a closed mind; I don’t have a lot of patience with that, but I do my best not to let that affect the dialogue.

      I’m especially dismayed that no one has posted results from the kind of research I suggested. Curved and reflective surfaces are a topic of significant debate in this field, and my own research has only made this topic more confusing; I’ve merely documented the likelihood that our usual assumptions may be flawed.

      We need more research related to ghost photos, and — in general — we need more serious researchers in this field.

      Fiona Broome

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