About “Real Ghost Security Cam Footage – Florida Condo” (above): This video could be real, not faked. How seriously you take it may depend on whether or not you believe orbs represent ghosts.
The video was filmed in a Florida condo. Other than that, we have no information.
One person commented that it’s a spider walking across the camera lens. That’s possible, but it’d be a very odd coincidence because the orb seems to bump against the left wall, near the conclusion of the reprocessed portion of the video.
Likewise, the explanations that it’s a dog or a rat are possible, but the image is so blurry and apparently translucent, I’m not convinced it’s the explanation. I can’t rule it out, because the orb does seem to run into — and bounce off – the left wall. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orb do anything like that, in a video.
A fleck of dust is a possibility, as is the idea that the whole thing is a fake by someone skilled with video effects.
The person who posted this at YouTube gets points for not using cheesy music or stupid sound effects. On the other hand… well, it’s yet another orb video. It’s not a typical orb video, and that can tilt opinion in its favor or against it.
When I’m looking at orb videos, I look for things that don’t make sense. For example, I want to see dust that defies gravity in a setting where it’s clear that no breezes were likely. I’m not seeing anything impressive in this video.
Is it an orb? Maybe. Does that mean it’s a ghost? Not necessarily.
The presentation leans in the direction of credibility (as opposed to something deliberately faked). However, I’d need far more evidence to believe that site has repeated paranormal activity.
Season 10 of American Idol was hosted in a house that some contestants felt was haunted.
They complained of the following phenomena:
Flickering lights in the house. (Could be a wiring issue.)
An infestation of spiders. (I’ve lived in Hollywood. It’d be an anomaly if a Southern California home didn’t have spiders now & then.)
A door that blew open, even when blocked with a chair, and leaves flew into the house. (I’d start by checking weather reports for that evening. If they didn’t reveal an explanation, I’d suspect a prank.)
A sheet that moved on its own, and possibly flew down a corridor by itself. (This definitely sounds like a prank.)
There was only one event that sounds like something potentially paranormal. According to a report in OK! magazine (USA), some of the American Idol contestants were watching a horror movie. Contestant James Durbin decided to follow-up with a prank.
According to his report, “”I opened the door to the garage – I was trying to freak out Pia [Toscano] – and it freaked me out because something white that looked like an arm that kind of came down.”
Later, another contestant described it as a hand that fell from the ceiling.
That could be something normal, but it’s far more consistent with paranormal activity than anything else mentioned.
Supposedly, the contestants immediately moved out of the house and were given alternate housing.
Since only one incident sounded even remotely paranormal, I’m not sure why this was news. Personally, I wouldn’t investigate a house just because someone thought they saw an arm or a hand appear when a garage door was open.
It seems like at least some of the cast quickly came to their senses, too.
Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures suggested a crossover show, where his team would investigate the house and use the American Idol finalists as triggers for activity. He was turned down.
Since that could have been a ratings bonanza for Ghost Adventures while attracting more attention to American Idol, being turned down increases the likelihood that the whole thing was a prank.
Floating sheets, spiders, and flickering lights sound like something out of a very bad “scare” show on MTV.
The real test will be whether the house’s new owner, Munchkin, Inc. millionaire Steven B. Dunn, encounters anything odd in the house.
Personally, I don’t think he has anything to worry about. He’s a clever entrepreneur with an MBA from Harvard and a noted art collection, so I expect the spectacular views (seen at right) were more important to Dunn that the American Idol connection or the house’s possible ghosts.
The selling price of the house also suggests that it’s not haunted. According to reports, Dunn paid over $11 million for the American Idol house.
For a 15k square foot house on two acres in Bel Air, where houses sell for about $480/square foot, $11 million is a good price in today’s market.
So, I’m not seeing any of the usual indications of a distressed, haunted property.
I’m not sure if the floating sheets and flickering lights (etc.) were a very amateurish effort at faking a haunted house. Surely, the producers could have found some bargain-basement SFX guys from actual ghost “reality” shows…?
If someone is looking for a spectacular haunted house in or near Hollywood, these are better choices:
Harry Houdini widow’s former residence at 2435 Laurel Canyon Boulevard. (Not #2398, as some erroneously report.) [More info.]
1005 Rexford Drive, former home of several personalities including opera star Grace Moore and actor Clifton Webb, both of whom are supposed to haunt the house.
1822 Camino Palermo, where Ozzie & Harriet and their family lived. Apparently, Ozzie is still haunting the house. [More info.]
1579 Benedict Canyon Drive was the home of TV’s Superman, George Reeves. His death was declared a suicide, but most people close to Reeves are sure it was murder. [More info.]
For more Hollywood haunts like these, you’ll find plenty of lists online. One of the most complete is at Haunted-Places.com, but since they have the wrong Houdini address, it’s smart to fact-check any address (and story) on their long, detailed list.
I don’t think we’ll hear anything more about ghosts at that American Idol house. Except for Durbin’s report – the only one with credibility – I don’t see any reason to suspect paranormal energy at the Season 10 house.
“Ghost boy” appeared in a widely-publicized photo in late February 2010.
The story was: A British builder took the photo at a school in England that was being demolished. When he reviewed the pictures he took of the demolition process, he saw the image of a little boy in one photo. The builder claimed that the hairs on the back of his neck went up.
The school was Anlaby Primary School, near Hull, East Yorkshire, in the U.K. Part of the original 1936 building was being demolished. (The rest of the school is still in use.) The site has long had a reputation for being haunted.
At least two major UK newspapers considered the picture newsworthy, The Sun and the Daily Mail. (Click on the Daily Mail screenshot, below, to see the full-sized image and article.)
However, this photo was a fake… one of many hoaxes we’re seeing online.
This particular photo was created with a 99-cent iPod/iPhone app called Ghost Capture. The image of the little boy is at the center of the app screenshot below, in the second photo row from the bottom.
This kind of nonsense is among the reasons why I don’t analyze or critique “ghost photos” for readers.
People send me photos all the time; reporters and journalists are especially eager to get me to say that a “ghost picture” is real, when they know it isn’t. (I’m pretty sure they want us to look gullible or stupid.)
While we want to assure readers when their genuine photo shows an image that they find comforting, we can’t confirm that ghostly images in pictures are really ghosts.
Any photo can be made to look like it has an anomaly. From 99-cent iPhone apps to Adobe Photoshop, these pictures can look utterly fake or convincing. Anyone can be fooled.
I’ve said it before: A ghost photo is only as reliable as the expertise and integrity of the person who took it.
If you want to learn how to evaluate ghost photographs, browse my articles on the topic. I don’t know anyone else who’s spent nearly as many years as I have, trying to make sense of “ghost” photos.
Generally, ghost photos don’t show crisp images of people. At best, the ghostly images are blurry, indistinct, and sometimes difficult to identify unless you know exactly what you’re looking for. (The same can be said for many EVP recordings.)
Though I’m delighted when I see an eerie image in my own ghost photos, many strange photos can be explained as tricks of the light or something natural, rather than an actual haunting.
It’s smart to rule out the normal explanations, before placing ghost photos online.