In Estes Park, Colorado, the Stanley Hotel invites guests just five miles away from the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The historical site provided the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s 1977 bestselling novel, The Shining.
The hotel seems to be dishing out real-life horrors. A recent photo, captured during a ghost tour by John Mausling, shows what is speculated to be a real-life ghost caught on camera. Ben Hansen, host of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, who also happens to be a retired FBI agent, combed through the photo but could not turn up any signs of photo manipulation.
Hensen said: “I really like this photo. Assuming that it’s not doctored, it ranks up there as one of the best photos of possible paranormal evidence I’ve seen. If it is faked, I’ve got to hand it to them for their level of detail and creativity because there’s usually enough easy signs to suggest hoaxing.”
It’s hard to notice, but the photo also features a second figure on the opposite end of the staircase. Hensen also regarded this as a mystery, as it has the same motion blur as the rest of the people around, but he found that the second blur had no bottom half, adding to the mystery. As for the Mauslings, John and his wife don’t necessarily believe in ghosts but are open to the idea. The guests at the hotel could not recount if there were any little girls in nightgowns in their tour party.