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Was A Real Ghost Caught On Film At The Hotel That Inspired 'The Shining'?

A family claims to have caught a ghost on film, and it's not surprising considering where they took the picture. The family was vacationing in Colorado at the historic Stanley Hotel, the hotel that was made famous because it inspired the book 'The Shining'. There are many who truly believe that this hotel is a haunting hot spot.

The Stanley Hotel is in Estes Park, Colorado, and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Rockies. At the turn of the century, the lavish hotel catered to the upper crust, but you can't judge a book by its cover. The Stanley reportedly has some dark things going on below the surface and is not what it seems. It's purported to be haunted.

Famous horror writer Stephen King went to visit the hotel with his wife in the 1970s and the couple didn't realize they'd be the only guest in the 142-room hotel. It was October 30, and the place was nearly deserted, preparing to shut down for the winter. King says he had the 'worst nightmare of his life' that night, and he was inspired to write the book 'The Shining'. It was later made into a popular film by Stanley Kubrick.

After 'The Shining' came out, The Stanley gained a reputation of being haunted. Paranormal investigators began booking rooms and poking around. The hotel embraced its new dark reputation. It's opened its doors to many ghost hunters, and even now offers guided 'Ghost Tours' for visitors.

The Mausling family from Aurora, Colorado went on the hotel's 'Spirit Tour' and didn't think much of it at first, but when they got home they noticed something very strange in their film. John 'Jay' Mausling was browsing through his photos and caught what looks like a young girl going down the stairs.

The image of the girl is blurred and slightly translucent, making her look very different from all the other amateur ghost hunters in the background of the photo. She looks like she must be around the age of 10 or 12.

Jessica Martinez-Mausling, John's wife, says she's puzzled; there were no young girls in the ghost tour group that night.

“At first we tried to be logical and think we somehow missed her so we asked our kids, their girlfriends and our friend if they remembered seeing a little girl,” wrote the family. “Nobody did. We do not remember seeing anything on the stairs when we took the picture.”

Ben Hansen, host of 'Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files,' examined the photo and says there's no obvious signs of trickery. Hansen is a former FBI agent and thinks this photo might be a good example of a paranormal event.

“I really like this photo,” Hansen said. “Assuming that it’s not doctored, it ranks up there as one of the best photos of possible paranormal evidence I’ve seen. If it is faked, I’ve got to hand it to them for their level of detail and creativity because there’s usually enough easy signs to suggest hoaxing.”

Upon examining the photo more closely, another spectral figure was discovered. It looks like a transparent woman walking up the stairs. Hansen says when he first saw it, he assumed it was just a person walking up the stairs, giving them a motion blur, but then he noticed that you can only see a torso.

“Through the stair railing posts you should see the lower half of this person like you do the tour guide and the shoes of the person on the stairs... but I can’t make out any lower half,” said Hansen.

With Halloween coming, the ghostly visitors might be gearing up for their favorite season. They might even be fans of ‘The Shining’, coming to check out the hotel.

Source: HuffPost
Photo: John Mausling

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