Ghost Photobombs Group Photo at Haunted Newsham Park Hospital

Smiling Ghost Photobombs Paranormal Investigation of Newsham Park Hospital and Orphanage

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There are good ghost photos, and then there are fantastic ones, and a set of pictures snapped during a recent investigation of the abandoned Newsham Park Hospital and Orphanage in Liverpool are a perfect example of the latter. The images, which were captured during the Haunted Happenings public investigation this past spring, are some of the creepiest to hit the internet this year.

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The Newsham Park Hospital and Orphanage is a 99,000 square-foot labyrinth of corridors, hallways, hospital wards, chapels and mortuaries, and when you consider the building’s turbulent, 138-year history, it’s no surprise the location is crawling with paranormal activity. The institution opened its doors in 1874 to 321 orphaned children, all of whom lived in the building under some pretty cruel conditions. At its peak, there were over a thousand kids living together inside the cold, grey building, often neglected and uncared for.

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Since it’s closure, paranormal teams have flocked to the hospital hoping to make contact with the spirits inside, and many of them have been successful, experiencing phenomena that range from from hearing the phantom sounds of children laughing to witnessing tall shadow figures skulking up and down the abandoned corridors. Its not uncommon for visitors to report the sensation of being watched, or to even feel their clothing or hair being gently tugged at by a pair of unseen hands.

One of the most common reports include that of “a small child on the top floor corridor and shadowy figures on Ward G”, and brave investigators who sneak down to the basement have recorded mysterious dragging noises emanating from the Dining Room, even when the room is clear. 

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The latest piece of spooky evidence comes from a group of 29 investigators who recently spent the night exploring the dark hallways in search of paranormal phenomena. It wasn’t until one of the event goers returned home from the hunt that he realized two mysterious visitors had photobombed their group photo at the end of the night. It appears that some of Newsham Park’s resident ghosts decided they wanted to take part in the fun.

“Upon inspecting the photograph yesterday morning I noticed, almost immediately, the grey girl in the center of the image, and then the face directly below her,” the amateur ghost hunter told reddit.  “If we include the grey girl and the face below her, that gives us a body count of 32 people (including the camera operator), which was impossible because there were only 30 people on the premises at the time.”

A close look at the photo shows two faces (one more clearly than the other) peeking out from between two of the investigators, both with toothy smiles that are equal parts hilarious and terrifying.

“We have not manipulated this image in anyway,” he added. “I, quite frankly, am computer illiterate, and I couldn’t successfully use Photoshop anymore than I could fly a 747.”

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I don’t know about you, but I think its pretty safe to say the ghosts of Newsham Park seem to be getting a kick out of all the attention, and after that photo, there’s a very good chance they’ll be getting a heck of a lot more as ghost hunters flooding in to investigate.

[Photos via SuperWoosh_LG / Imgur]


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1. What a gorgeous old building. Too bad it – like so many other abandoned historic buildings – has such a terrible history. I could spend hours just taking photos (and then another few hours wandering around in search of para activity).

2. Holy $#%+!!! If that photo is real, it’s pretty amazing. The less clear image can easily be written off as pareidolia, but the top is quite clear. I’ve never seen an image so clear, except that Amityville ghostly boy image (which was later revealed to be an actual boy). I really want to believe this one.

I wouldn’t describe them as toothy grins, you make them sound like vampyres…I see the genuine smiling faces of two happy spirits, a young lady and an even younger Lad.

Why the photos without ghosts are clear and sharp but those with the ghost are blurry and unclear? what kind of camera they used? one of the ninthteen century?

Because the photos of the building are stock photos which were taken in the day. The group photo was taken in poor lighting on an iPhone prior to the investigation beginning, and the other image is simply a zoomed-in version of the original, hence the quality. It has passed photoshop tests, so we truly are stumped. (i’m the OP)

I see a face also just behind, which is partially obscuring the face of the blond haired woman with dark glasses. Look at her lower face. Blow it up and you’ll see what I mean. It’s getting weird how I have gotten so good at seeing these. I’m a 56 year old journalist and mom, not some ghost hunter. But things lately have caused my interest.

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