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Brown Lady of Raynham
This picture of the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is among the best known of all alleged ghost photos. The story goes that the spirit is that of Dorothy Walpole, a one-time resident of the manor located in Norfolk, England. The ghost was first sighted in 1835, when a house guest claimed to see a phantom wearing a brown satin dress, noting that her eyes that had been gouged out. The Brown Lady was reported on several subsequent occasions, making Raynham Hall a favorite spot for ghost hunters. Dorothy Walpole's ghost was even said to be doing double duty, haunting Norfolk's Sandringham House as her young, happy self, and appearing at Raynham Hall as an old, bitter hag. In 1936, magazine photographers Captain Provand and Indre Shira were on a shoot at Raynham when Shira reportedly saw the ghost on a staircase. Provand then took the picture shown here. This is unlike the majority of ghost photos, in which the ghost  is generally undetected by the photographer until the film has been processed. The Brown Lady photo has been widely hailed as one of the most undeniably authentic ghost photos ever taken. But many experts, including investigative writer and photo analyst Joe Nickell, have agreed that the image was faked by composting two images together.

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