Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ghost?



(ABOVE: Wait for the first full screen to go away and when it goes to four screens, look at the upper left screen)

Puckett’s Auto Body, a wrecker service in Oklahoma City, did what any other business does by night; it videotaped sections of its junkyard to be certain no one was sneaking in and taking expensive parts. One night in 2002, however, something came out on one of the cameras that defied logic. An overnight dispatcher watched it live on film and was astounded.

Most of us caught a glimpse of this on local news stations on a quiet news night. It caused a stir of skepticism and excitement. A family came forward. Their daughter had died in the car above which the figure was floating. They believed she was making one last showing for her children.

Skeptical teams came forward to examine the tape and realize that it was a live tape, so the explanation had to be something in the lot. They tried a fishing pole and a toy on a string in front of the camera with a different looking very solid looking object moving quickly in order to keep it in a circular motion. They couldn’t recreate the look of what was found on the tape. Thus far, no one's come up with a real explanation for what was caught on film.

So, what happened that night on the car lot? I’d like to hear your theories.

14 comments:

  1. It is difficult to tell because the footage is blurry. The fact that the figure seems to almost pivot on 4 points makes me think it is a hoax. Perhaps some fancy trick with lights or reflections but I'm not entirely sure.

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  2. It does move rather jerkily, hmm? Of course, who's to say phenomenon wouldn't be intermittently visualized? My first impression had been a plastic bag in the wind.

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  3. I tend to agree with Panademona. I'm kinda skeptical. I've never seen Images of Spirits turn in sharp angles. They seem just to float or walk in a flowing motion. Humm . .?

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  4. Les;
    You're no nonsense. Yeah, it does look rather jiggy, but I also am not sure the tape was tampered with, but perhaps something occurred down below that is explainable...

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  5. On the other hand, what would be the point of a hoax, especially in a junk yard--not the place we would expect to see a ghost.

    The mechanical movement doesn't disqualify it. Stories of hauntings often tell of repetitious movements, as if on a recorded loop. But who knows. (I wasn't going to comment until I saw the word verification: inkin.) Rob

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  6. I admit, I left this one open-ended for everyone to come to their own conclusions. Originally when I saw it, I got a shiver down my spine. I have to admit that I am extremely skeptical, but my instincts are pretty good. Something about it rang true for me, but it also doesn't make a lot of sense. We videotape in haunted places all the time and never get something this good. The way it circles around and around seems to me like someone trying to stay within the view of the camera. Not sure. Over time, I've come to get past the weirdness of it and really try to look at how it was filmed. I don't think it's a hoax, but I'm also not sold it's paranormal either. There might be a logical explanation like retaping over a previous tape or some kind of moving light on the metals or flying debris... I've never closed the book on it. Hoped someone could come up with a new one I hadn't thought of.

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  7. I'm no expert, but looks like a hoax to me. The movement as others have said is weird. It's as if the image was placed in the different spots to make it look animated.

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  8. I thought it just looked like a guy walking around and climbing on the cars, but with the footage not being a steady stream, giving it the jerky appearance.

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  9. Honestly, I wish ghosts were that easy to get on film, but if they were GH would have cornered the market with all the cameras they have on where they're looking. Instead, they generally show up as dark shadows. Jeff, you might be onto something. This film could be done at a frame rate that's every few seconds and so it would look jerky. Of course, it does look to me like someone in a billowy clown costume--which makes it every creepier. I think it's something the people inside saw as it was happening live, but they were seeing the same "live" film we were seeing, so it looked weird to them too. They did check the lot and nothing was afoot, but it could have been a plastic grocery bag caught in the wind. Who knows. Even if they could name all the things it wasn't and were left only with the paranormal, this is another example of proof of ghosts is damn hard to convince.

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  10. the frame rate would explain the weird movement.

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  11. Mythbuster's recreated this exact video quite easily using a string and a doll. The episode aired sometime last year. Their recreation was pretty convincing in debunking this vid, at least in my opinion.

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  12. Hi D;
    I saw that one too. It wasn't quite right with the transparency and the texture of it and the jerkiness, but it definitely opened the conversation for just which ways it could have happened. I have to admit that my gut tells me that the junkyard had nothing to do with the hoax if that's what it was. It makes no sense in that--they hardly need business. But, someone could have done something in their lot or something natural occurred or something videographically went wrong.. (jeez, is that a word?)

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  13. Being a bit blurry and the figure moving around in a strange jerky motion, it doesn't look like a real ghost.

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