- The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration behind Stephen King's novel 'The Shining'
- A Colorado family thinks they snapped a photo of two ghosts while on a tour
- An expert in the paranormal believes the photo could be legit
If ghosts do exist, and we’re firm believers that they do, it would only make sense that the undead would hang around places that people already believe to be haunted—especially super famous locations and touristy attractions like the Stanley Hotel in Colorado.
The Mausling family recently participated in a “spirit tour” at the 108-year-old Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The Stanley Hotel helped to inspire Stephen King’s bestselling novel The Shining. When they returned home and found a picture taken on the tour, they noticed a photo where it appears as though two young kids are walking up and down the stairs.
The problem? There were no young kids, at least no girls, in their tour group or anywhere around when John Mausling snapped the photo.
The Mausling family told the Huffington post…
“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. Nobody did. We do not remember seeing anything on the stairs when we took the picture.”
The photo above appears to show the presence of two spirits, at least according to the Mausling clan. The first is alone and standing on the second set of steps. On the first flight of steps, the photo shows two people—a tour guide and another guest—coming down the steps. In front of them appears to be another “spirit” ascending the steps. Double creepy.
To get to the bottom of the mystery, HuffPo enlisted the help of a former FBI agent who now works in the field of the paranormal. The expert said he found no obvious signs of trickery and the photo “ranks up there as one of the best photos of possible paranormal evidence” he’s seen so far.
The Stanley Hotel was built in 1909 and was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in the 1977 bestseller by the famed author and the 1980 film adaption. It was also the location for the 1997 miniseries. Since joining film and literary history, the hotel has gained a reputation for being a landing spot for apparitions and the undead.
While there’s no real way of knowing if the two ghosts did appear that night, the expert who spoke to HuffPo did have this little bit to add to the mystery.
“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,” he explained, “but I can’t make out any lower half.”
Do you believe these ghosts are real or just a photographic trick? Tell us in the comments.