On November 19, 1995, the Wem Town Hall in Shropshire was destroyed by a fire. Amateur photographer Tony O’Rahilly took several photos and after developing his film, O’Rahilly produced a picture of a ghostly young girl wearing old fashioned clothes standing amid the flames.
The photograph – nicknamed the ‘Wem Ghost’ got world wide attention and some claimed it was an apparition of 14-year-old Jane Churm who accidentally set fire to the town hall in 1677.
O’Rahilly, who died in 2005, always denied doctoring the photograph, but now Brian Lear claims he has seen the image before, in a post card from 1922 that was printed in a local paper.
The head dress, the front of the shirt and belt match up very well. Oddly, face is more defined on the Wem Ghost photo.
The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena and Dr. Vernon Harrison, of the Royal Photographic Society, previously analyzed the print and negative. Both parties were convinced it wasn’t a fake, a film glitch and was in no way altered or tampered with.
I’m not convinced this is a hoax.