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Revisiting the Ghost of the Capitol Building


Look at the figure below the window on the lower level far left

Back in April of this year, I posted the photos included here in an article titled The Ghost of the Capitol Building. I more or less gave the details of how I got the image, that there were no people around, and that I didn’t necessarily think it was a ghost.


Close-up version of the unidentified terrestial object

At the time, M. Lail, (of the Raleigh Philosophical Society) commented that the place was known to be haunted. Until reading his comment, I had no idea that the place has been rumored to have paranormal activity. Earlier this week, he again mentions the haunted nature of the Capitol Building.

As I briefly alluded to in that post, I do not believe in the paranormal.  Having said that, this photo leaves me scratching my head without explanation.


In the image above, there is no figure, no person, nothing. It was taken at 12:26:01 AM


In this image the figure is in the lower left. This was taken at 12:26:15 AM

Another thing to keep in mind is that the image was taken in an overwhelming downpour. I would have noticed someone standing still long enough for a one and a half second exposure to capture their outline, and thought it to be strange. With so many bright lights around, a person in an exposure of this length would have some color to them, and not be a shadowy figure.

The human eye instinctively sees movement, and I saw none the night I got this image. I didn’t notice anything unusual about the image until after I downloaded it.

What do you think – Photographic evidence? Too busy looking at the in-camera settings and not at the scene? All I know is that I have no explanation for it, but make no claims regarding the evidence this constitutes as to whether or not the Capitol Building is haunted.

Again, I don’t believe in the paranormal.


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