Since the invention of photography back in the 19th century, numerous mysterious photos featuring unexplainable things have been taken. These days, with all the modern technologies, and sophisticated photo editing programs, almost every “mysterious photography” is immediately accused of being fake or a hoax. In past decades though, there was no such thing as Photoshop and yet, a number of old, in some cases even black and white photos with disturbingly baffling content have survived until the present day. As these pictures could not have been edited back in the time when they were taken, some of them have never been explained (at least not convincingly).
From eerie ghostly figures and time travelers to unexplainable natural phenomena, sea monsters and extremely strange deaths, all of the photos featured in this post have left experts baffled, lacking any definite explanations to what really happened in them. If you like eerie stories and creepy mysteries, you will certainly enjoy these 25 Mysterious And Creepy Photos That Might Never Be Explained.
Hook Island sea monster
In 1964, French photographer Robert Serrec spotted and took a quick picture of what resembled a giant snake-like creature resting on the sea floor off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Some sources claimed it could have been a long tarp or something similar. However, no credible explanation has ever been found for this bizarre photo.
Coopers´ family photo
Back in the 1950´s, the Cooper family from Texas moved into their new house. Once there, they took a family photo but when the picture was developed, the image of a body falling from the ceiling was clearly visible. As further investigation on this story has brought no plausible explanation, there exist many speculations; including one that argues that the shadow is the ghost of the previous owner of the house.
Falcon Lake incident
In 1967, Stefan Michalak reportedly encountered an unidentified flying object near Falcon Lake, Canada. Michalak was close enough to touch the object but then, it suddenly lifted off, knocking him on his back. Michalak claimed to have been burnt by the object´s exhaust vent that was covered with a grid. The hot gases even left burn marks on his chest as it can be seen in the photo. After this bizarre accident, Michalak got very sick, suffering from symptoms typical of radiation but the nature of the burns has remained a mystery.
Hampton Court ghost
This ghostly figure was captured on a security camera at the Hampton Court, a royal palace located in the Greater London area. The figure appeared to be closing one of the palace´s doors but when the guards arrived at the place, nobody was there. As the palace has a long and violent history, the figure is believed to be one of several ghosts that are rumored to haunt the building.
One of the world´s most famous mysterious photos, this image was taken by Jim Templeton near Solway Firth in Cumbria, England in 1964. Behind Templeton´s daughter who was supposed to be the only figure in the picture, there is another entity resembling a spaceman. But Templeton insisted he did not see anyone else present when the photograph was taken. Modern analysis suggested that the figure might have been the photographer’s wife, standing with her back towards the camera, but not even this explanation is convincing enough.
Freddy Jackson picture
In 1919, Freddy Jackson was accidentally killed by an airplane propeller while working as an air mechanic. Two days later, his squadron took a group photo but when the photo was developed, Freddy Jackson was in the photo. The shocked crew confirmed that the man in the photo was indeed, Jackson. In fact, the picture was taken on the same day as Jackson’s funeral was held. It is believed that Jackson’s spirit was unaware of his death and showed up to have his picture taken as scheduled.
Tulip staircase ghost
Rev. Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from White Rock, British Columbia, took this famous photograph in 1966. Originally, he only wanted take a picture of the elegant Tulip Staircase in the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Upon development, however, the photo revealed a shrouded figure climbing the stairs. Experts who examined the original negative concluded that it had not been tampered with. The vicinity of the staircase is rumored to be haunted and unexplained footsteps have often been heard there.
Battle of Los Angeles
Also known as the Great Los Angeles Air Raid, the Battle of Los Angeles was a rumored enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage which took place from late 24 February to early 25 February 1942 over Los Angeles, California. According to some modern UFO-logists, the picture of the supposed attack that appeared in local newspapers back then might have actually shown an extraterrestrial aircraft.
Time travelling hipster
In a picture taken on the occasion of the re-opening of the South Fork Bridge in Gold Bridge, British Columbia in 1941, an alleged time traveler can be seen. It was claimed that his clothing and sunglasses were modern and not of the styles worn in the 1940s. The camera that the man is holding in his hands also looks inappropriately modern and advanced for that period. As the photo went viral on the internet recently, the man is now often referred to as time-travelling hipster.
The Babushka Lady is a nickname for an unknown woman present during the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As she was seen to be holding a camera, she might have photographed the events during the assassination. Even though the shooting had already taken place and most of her surrounding witnesses took cover, she can be seen still standing with the camera at her face. Neither she, nor the film she may have taken, has yet been positively identified.
Mysterious 9/11 attack survivor
In this picture, a woman is standing on the edge of the demolished South Tower as it was hit by an airplane in the 9/11 terrorist attack. Waving and probably calling for help, the woman obviously survived the initial attack but it is unclear how she made it or what happened to her after.
Death of Evelyn McHale
In May 1947, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York and landed on a limousine parked at the curb. Photography student Robert Wiles took a photo of McHale’s corpse just a few minutes after her death and – to his shock – her body was unnaturally intact, considering the enormous height she fell from. Consequently, her death is sometimes referred to as “the most beautiful suicide”.
Worstead church ghost
In 1975, Diane and Peter Berthelot visited the Worstead Church in north Norfolk, U.K. While in the church, Peter took a photo of his wife sitting and praying on one of the church benches but when they developed the film, they found out there was a bizarre ghostly figure sitting right behind Diane. When they got back to the church, a local vicar told them it was the White Lady, the ghost of a healer who was believed to haunt the church.
Bachelor´s Grove figure
In 1991, several members of the Ghost Research Society investigated the Bachelor´s Grove cemetery outside Chicago that is generally considered one of the most haunted places in the US with over a hundred of reports of various supernatural phenomena. One of the members took a picture of the cemetery that was empty at that time but when they looked at the photo, they saw an image a white ghostly figure sitting on a tombstone.
One of the most recent photos that have baffled many internet users, this seemingly ordinary photo shows four youngsters posing for the shot. But if you look carefully, you will notice there is what appears to be an extra thumb next to the kid in black on your right. The boys as well the person who took the picture claimed they had no idea whose thumb that was.
25 Mysterious And Creepy Photos That Might Never Be Explained