Now, you and I may have never seen a ghost before, but that's not to say they're not real. Maybe we've never seen one before because we're not 'ghost hunters' who know the best 'haunted houses' to search at?
One such ghost hunter by the name of Jason Whitnell reckons he's snapped a childlike spectre outside 'The Home of the Black Monk' in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, UK.
The 49-year-old and his team were taking 'routine pictures' at the site in the middle of the night when he reckons they beheld a vision 'you simply can't unsee'.
He said: "We always knew there was more to this house than history would have you believe.
"When we arrived, we set up our equipment and split into two teams to try to increase the chance of obtaining some evidence.
"For the best part of the evening the house seemed very quiet and after five or so hours of investigations we rested. It was just after 3am that we had a cup of tea and decided to get an hour of sleep.
"All four of us settled down in the lounge, two fell asleep pretty much from the off but myself and another just couldn't settle. We went outside and stepped away from the house to take pictures of it.
"You can see the figure of what looks like a child standing there looking directly at us - it was a female figure staring our way.
"We have looked at the front of this house many times and have scoured it from top to bottom to confirm there's no mistakes.
"You simply can't unsee it once you've seen it."
Funny innit how these ghosts always come out in the middle of the night, you know, when you can't see properly?
But while it may be easy to dismiss this spectre as just a bit of dimly lit hedge, perhaps we should give the mysterious shape more credence, given the building's paranormal history.
The seemingly ordinary house first came under the ghostly spotlight in 1966 when the Pritchard family moved in. They said all sort of weird shit used to go on: water pools formed, lights turned off and on, furniture flipped, pictures were slashed, objects levitated, foul smells travelled through the house and heavy breathing sounds were heard.
Paranormal investigator, Tom Cuniff, subsequently spent years investigating the house, clearly unsatisfied with the explanation that Mr Pritchard was a sleep walker/snorer/farter.
He concluded that the spookiness might stem from the fact the town gallows used to be opposite the property. Specifically, he reckoned the Pritchards were being haunted by the Black Monk, a Clunaic monk who was hanged for the rape and murder of a young girl.
With the benefit of the above knowledge, maybe you should go back and take a long hard at the hedge and tell me you don't see a female child spectre.
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