The images below were submitted by Stephen following a discussion that took place in the comment section of my blog post Haunted Locations of Victoria, Vancouver Island. The first two Images are from Ross Bay Cemetery. Stephen says that these were taken on a clear night. Ross Bay Cemetery is believed by many people to be haunted by the spirits of David Fee and Isabella Ross. Apparently, the apparitions of an elderly couple have also been seen.
The final image is from Hatley Memorial Gardens. This cemetery doesn’t have the same reputation of being haunted as Ross Bay Cemetery or Pioneer Square Cemetery does. There are other images which have been posted online, however, from another individual who believes he captured an apparition (link).
Stephen says this photograph was taken on a foggy night. Despite the fog, he does say he can see images in the picture.
I should mention here that, in general, cemeteries are usually not believed by professional investigators to be haunted. This is because the location’s not where the person actually passed away. There was an informative post by PSICAN founder Matthew James Didier on this topic where he made a strong argument against cemetery hauntings – which has also been supported by years of first-hand experience.
Many people do go to graveyards to ritualistically speak with dead relatives or to honour the dead. Could a spirit follow them there? Could it choose to stay? Like everything paranormal, the more I read the more uncertain I become. I certainly don’t have any of the answers. I still question my own experiences constantly. There are more graveyards in the world, however, believed not to be haunted than there are reputed to be haunted. That’s indisputable. This is something to keep in mind.
Over the last year, there’s been a lot of traffic to my Haunted Victoria and Haunted Vancouver Island blog posts. I’ve received a lot of messages and comments – but these are the first pictures that anyone’s actually shared with us. Stephen’s only request has been that others provide feedback – as to what they see – before he shares what he believes he captured. Having had the time to look at these in detail, he says that he noticed the images are clearer on certain monitors.
As always, I ask that all comments be of a community-spirited nature. Whether you believe in spirits or not – or agree with what the photographer believes he captured – is irrelevant. Any point can be made in a respectful manner.
I would also like to inform any new investigators who may want to try capturing images, as well, that there are certain rules you should follow as an investigator. You should never trespass on private property without permission, and should adhere to times posted at any historic location, cemetery or park. It’s never a good idea to go alone either. It can be considered both unprofessional and dangerous. You should always bring at least one other person with you. Also, always be respectful, to both the living and the dead!
Thank you Stephen for the images, and thank you for your comments!