This paranormal investigation video — “GFI Catches REAL Ghosts and Shadow Creatures on Video!” — includes two clips from Poasttown, Ohio. The first one is good, but I’m not certain it’s ghostly. The second one… maybe I’m not seeing what others are. Either way, this highlights how closely you need to study videos, to see anomalies in them.
Also, I recommend muting the music. (When I’m analyzing a video, I’d rather not be distracted by tinkling music. However, I understand that most viewer probably aren’t going to dissect a video the way that I will, so the music is campy and kind of cool.)
Above is a screenshot from the corridor, when it’s normal. This is at the end of the first clip.
Like most night-vision videos, the angle of the light, where the camera is focused, and normal shadows are always an issue. Ditto matrixing… looking for form and meaning in something that’s merely odd (not paranormal) at best.
What I’m seeing is a door that has a window, and a somewhat reflective surface on the door itself. The floor is shiny and reflective as well. Both of these could explain what happened in this video clip.
The next photo shows the point that interests me the most. In it, a shadow figure seems to cross in front of the door, below the height of the door handle.
It might be a normal shadow. If someone ducked down and walked in front of the video camera, that could cast a shadow in the light, even though the person’s body wasn’t seen in the video.
Or, the shift in camera position could account for different lighting effects that simply look paranormal.
So, there’s nothing conclusive here.
To get a better understanding of what I’m looking at, here are two annotated screenshots.
(It’s dark. You may need to watch the video again, and adjust your screen settings to see it.)
I’m looking at a shadow that crosses in front of the door. At its tallest, it’s about two feet, maybe two-and-a-half feet, tall. (Less than one meter.)
Then there’s the darker area in front of the door.
Let’s say it is an apparition or shadow figure. The question is: Is the figure at the door, and it’s reflected in the shiny floor? Or, is the figure nearly human-sized, but closer to the camera?
Simply, does the oval include the shadow figure plus its reflection, or does the oval include the entire figure, with no obvious reflection?
Except that I discount what seems like easy matrixing, several other frames in this video offered some strange images. One looked exactly like a line drawing of a head and torso, extending all the way up to the window in the door, and the shadow was in front of it.
Also, I can see a variety of figures — some upside up, some upside down — in the reflection or possible shadow figure in front of the door.
They’re adding speculation on top of out-on-a-limb speculation. That doesn’t mean they’re not real, or actually there… those images simply aren’t credible enough to include as evidence of… well, anything.
But, let’s not get that serious. I think it’s important to as “what if…?” about even the threadiest evidence. (And, frankly, this video is better than many — and maybe most — that I see.)
You never know where the questions will lead. They may not apply to the evidence in question, but they may trigger ideas for fresh investigation techniques, or new things to check for in old evidence. (This is why I urge people never to delete old photos, videos, or EVP recordings.)
So, let’s say that the shadow figure is directly in front of the door. Why would it be that small?
Here are a few explanation:
1. The ghost is walking on a level that existed in his lifetime, and only his upper body extends above the current floor.
I’ve seen this phenomena among apparations in homes where the floors changed, due to a structural change in the building.
For example, when a Victorian home (with high ceilings) is converted so the attic becomes a new living space — by lowering the floor — or the height of the foundation changes (common in homes renovated after flooding), the ghosts may be walking where the old floor was.
(Similar reports around York, England, describe half-bodies of Roman soldiers, still marching where the ground used to be, but it’s been filled-in, since.)
2. It’s a faerie. Some of them, especially in categories like gnomes, are about two or three feet tall.
3. It’s another kind of entity, also small in stature. (See my book, Ghosts – What They Are and What They Aren’t.)
At this point, as a researcher, I’d need more evidence to be sure that this video is showing something paranormal. I’d need simultaneous EVP, or regular flash photos capturing the figure, or additional videos with the same phenomena.
This video is odd enough to make additional research a priority. Something seems to be casting the shadow, but — without further evidence — it’s difficult to tell if it’s a normal shadow, a shadow figure, or something else.
It looks like a typical evening in our Florida kitchen, when we were dealing with mice that looked disturbingly like Mickey Mouse. (When I set them free, far from our house, I think they just returned to my kitchen, rather than heading to Disney World.)
In this video, I see something rush out, pause, and then rush back into the wall or a doorway. To me, it looks like a mouse or a rat… a rodent with large-ish ears, whatever it is. Varieties of mice with ears this large include Gremlin mice.
That’s an enlargement of the screenshot, at right. To me, it looks like a mouse on his hind legs, with his ears at full alert, watching the person in the doorway, further down the hall.
Then, he drops back down on all fours, and scurries back to the room or opening where he’d emerged from.
Of course, in this kind of video, with a really shiny floor, it’s difficult to evaluate the figure’s height.
Maybe the anomaly is something else in the video. I’ve watched it several times, and the mouse attracts my attention every time.
If there’s something else in this video that I’m not seeing, please let me know. I’d hate to miss a really good anomaly.
Fiona’s “Scary Ghost Videos” analysis
The first segment in this YouTube video shows something odd enough to make follow-up investigations imperative. Though I can explain the shadow in a variety of ways, I’d want to go back and test them:
- Have someone cross in front of the camera, but just beneath the lens, to see if that creates a similar shadow.
- Deliberately film from a variety of angles, filming constantly, to see what happens with shadows and reflections as the focus and angles of light vary.
The second segment — the b&w one — the activity at the left side of the screen looks too much like a mouse or a rat. But, as I said, maybe I’m missing a truly interesting anomaly in another part of the corridor.
The take-aways from this video are:
- Examine each video very carefully. Sometimes, the anomalies are really subtle.
- What you think you see in a video may be influenced by what you saw when you were at the site, or your teammates’ opinions.
- When you post a video online, it’s good to include an arrow or other indication of where we’re supposed to look. That’s not mandatory or even typical, but in this situation, it might have been helpful. But, I know that other people don’t want to point to what looks anomalous to them, so any comments weren’t helped with clues.