| Watch out Ebenezzer -- Another Christmas Ghost I love ghost stories -- the news story below is probably a hoax. They swear it is not. I must admit, it's a little freaky.
Cameras capture Hampton Court 'ghost'
Saturday, 20 December , 2003, 18:15
London: Hampton Court Palace in southwest London has always been at the centre of contention for ghostly activities. Although, never before has anything truly suspicious been captured on film. According to a report in Telegraph.co.uk, closed-circuit security cameras captured a mysterious pale figure, dressed in a long black coat, tampering with a set of fire doors.
"We are baffled too. It's not a joke. We haven't manufactured it," Vikki Wood, a Hampton Court spokesman said when asked if the photo the palace released was a Christmas hoax.
"It is incredibly spooky because the face just didn't look human. My first reaction was that someone was having a laugh, so I asked my colleagues to take a look. We spoke to our costumed guides, but they don't own a costume like that worn by the figure. It is actually quite unnerving," one of the security guards said.
The palace, built in 1525 on the River Thames about 15 kilometres west of central London, is a popular tourist attraction. The former home of Henry VIII has been the scene of many dramatic royal events and already is supposed to have a few ghosts.
Henry VIII's third wife Jane Seymour died there giving birth to her son and his fifth, Catherine Howard, was held under house arrest before her execution.
Though the palace has maintained the footage provided conclusive evidence that ghosts exist, Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychology researcher from Hertfordshire University, cast doubt on the footage.
"It is either a publicity stunt by the Palace, which I doubt, or it is a member of the public thinking they were being helpful by shutting the doors," he said.