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Claim: Photograph shows a tourist who died of fright after being photographed in the Sundarbans.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2003]
There isn't much else to say about this item other than to note that nobody really screamed and died while his picture was being taken in the Sundarbans, leaving behind a mysterious picture with a ghostly image. This item is simply a combination of two bits of supernatural bunkum first popularized well over a century ago:
Police in an Indian city say children have stopped going to school after a local newspaper was duped into publishing a photograph of a 'ghost'.In April of 2008 the photo began circulating with yet another location and story attached:
Officers say the picture, in the Thanthi newspaper in the southern city of Tiruchi, was a computer-generated fake.
The photograph shows a youngster with a legless 'ghost' with long loose hair and empty eye-sockets standing behind him.
The newspaper story claimed the boy was among a group of students from Bangalore who were visiting a picnic spot in the hills and says he went into coma after seeing the image.
The young man in this photo visited a historic site in Georgia called Fort Mountain with his friends and he asked them to take his photo while hiking. While his friend took the photo, he screamed and fainted. Then 2 days later he died from a heart attack.This particular spirit appears to get around quite a bit, and she's definitely not camera shy.
When the photos where developed, in the last photo there was a woman standing next to the young man, even though his friends said there was no one with him when the photo was taken. Many people know of this rumor and the last photo is the result of the blessings of technology. People say its the ghost of Cherokee Chief Ross's wife Madam Firecrochet.
Last updated: 8 May 2008
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