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British Couple Captures Alleged Alcatraz Ghost On Camera (Photo/Video)

British tourists claim to have photographed a ghost at San Francisco’s infamous former maximum security penitentiary, Alcatraz.

“Whilst doing an audio-tour of the place, I casually stopped to take a snap of the empty visitation block window on my iPhone,” Sheila Sillery-Walsh, a teaching assistant from the UK, told the Daily Mail. “When I glanced at the photo on my mobile, I saw this dark female figure in the picture. I looked at the window again and there was no-one in the room. I knew straight away that the woman in the photo was a ghost and showed the snap to Paul.”

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Paul Rice, Sillery-Walsh’s partner, says he never really believed in ghosts until the image was taken.

"I have no logical explanation for the girl in the picture — I'm baffled by her! It's funny because she's staring right at the camera, with a knowing look," Rice told the newspaper. "I was really skeptical about ghosts before but I'm a bit more of a believer now. I do think that the woman in the photo is a ghost.”

According to the Huffington Post, Alcatraz is an island in San Francisco Bay, and housed some of the most notorious inmates from 1934 until 1963. Today, it’s managed by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; the park is also open for night tours.

KRON 4 News notes while Alcatraz officials dismiss reports of ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, former guards and park rangers say that the site is haunted.

Do you believe in ghosts? What do you think of the image Sillery-Walsh captured?


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