As a San Francisco native, I have heard rumors about ghosts haunting Alcatraz Island my entire life. The island has a storied past and is best known for being the home to a federal prison from 1934 to 1963. It's legendary, historic, and creepy, really creepy.
Like the Yetti, the Lock Ness Monster, and Bigfoot, people have wholeheartedly believed in the existence of ghosts on "The Rock." But this has just been the fodder for tall tales, until now. A couple from Great Britain believe they have photographic evidence of a ghost on Alcatraz.
Sheila Sillery-Walsh and Paul Rice were taking a tour of the infamous prison when the ghost allegedly appeared. She told the Daily Mail:
I casually stopped to take a snap of the empty visitation block window on my iPhone. 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.
I immediately wondered why there would be a female ghost in an all-male prison, but as it turns out, two women died on the island when it functioned as a garrison in the 1800s. So that makes sense ... that is if you believe in ghosts in the first place. But that is the big issue -- do ghosts REALLY exist?
Personally, I don't think so, and I especially don't believe that an iPhone would capture their image when the human didn't see it. Maybe the "ghost" was a reflection of nearby visitor? Maybe it was some sort of technical glitch with her phone with a superimposed image? Maybe the couple created the image to make some "news"? We'll probably never know, but one thing is for sure, these Alcatraz ghost stories will continue to haunt the island.
Do you believe in ghosts? And if so, do you think you can capture their image on your iPhone?
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