A startled schoolboy spent the night in his mother’s room after a “ghost girl” appeared to him while visiting a playground.
Ayesha Wilson-Bent, 36, was home on July 26 when her son Gabriel Ashmore, 14, sent her a photo of his 12-year-old brother Kristian Ashmore beaming from a tower of tires.
As Kristian was scrolling through photos that night, he saw what he thought was a spider web near his head in that image.
But after the 12-year-old brightened the photo and zoomed in on the mysterious shape, his stomach sank when he saw what actually looked like the face of a young girl looming over his shoulder.
A startled schoolboy spent the night in his mother’s room after a ‘ghost girl’ appeared to him while visiting a playground
Ayesha Wilson-Bent (center), 36, was home on July 26 when her son Gabriel Ashmore (left), 14, sent her a photo of his 12-year-old brother Kristian Ashmore (right) beaming from a tower of tires
Initially wary, Mrs. Wilson-Bent, the stay-at-home mom, questioned the couple whether they’d edited the ominous photo.
The “shocked” guys insisted they hadn’t, a response the 36-year-old was pleased with when she tried and failed to edit the image that way herself.
Kristian was so afraid of the blow that he refused to go to bed alone and stayed in his mother’s room that night.
When the initial shock was over, Ms Wilson-Bent, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, said the family had grown more enthusiastic about the seemingly supernatural image, jokingly hoping Kristian hadn’t “taken anything home.”
The photo has been shared on social media where ghost ridiculers remained divided, with some believing it to be an entity while others claiming it to be the work of an “amateur editor.”
Mrs. Wilson-Bent said, “I do believe in ghosts, but I was a little skeptical.
Kristian was so terrified of the blow that he refused to go to bed alone and stayed in his mother’s room that night.
As the initial shock wore off, Ms Wilson-Bent, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, said the family had grown more enthusiastic about the seemingly supernatural image, jokingly hoping Kristian hadn’t “taken anything home.”
“I was like, ‘There must be a reason for this,’ so I asked them if they’d added the face on Photoshop.
“They were both adamant that they hadn’t. I tried to see if I could edit a face myself, but I couldn’t.
“They were so shocked and scared, I knew they hadn’t messed with the photo. My guys are not advanced Photoshop editors.
“I looked at the times they took the photo and when they sent it to me – it was literally seconds. They didn’t have time to edit it.’
The photo was taken while the siblings were hanging out with some tires on a playground that afternoon – although neither boy noticed anything unusual about the photo until that evening.
Mrs. Wilson-Bent continued: “Kristian looked at the photo and zoomed in on his face.
“He thought there was a spider web next to him, so he took a closer look. Then he ran to me and said “Mommy, look at this”.
‘I said, ‘I can’t see anything’. I thought they had me on. They were like “no mommy, look”. They both looked very shocked.
“I was watching a show at the time, so I got a little annoyed, but I watched it again and I was like ‘oh my god, there’s something’.
“Kristian was terrified. He ended up sleeping in my room that night, he was so scared.’
More than a week later, the family is now raving about their creepy photo.
Mrs. Wilson-Bent said: ‘We are now at the point where we find the picture more exciting than scary. It’s a rare catch I think.
“It turned into a bit of excitement where we were like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe we captured that’.
‘I couldn’t think of an explanation for the face. I put it on a few Facebook groups and sent it to family and friends, they too were panicked.
The ‘shocked’ guys insisted they didn’t edit the ominous photo
Kristian scrolled through photos that night and saw what he thought was a spider web near his head in the image
“The reaction to the groups was very 50-50, a lot of people think it’s real, but a lot of other people were like, ‘no, it’s photoshopped, it’s fake’.
“It’s very mixed, but I’d say most people who commented believed it to be real.
“Some comments said the girl looked angry and she didn’t look happy. I actually joked to Kristian, “I hope you didn’t take anything home”.
“It made me believe in ghosts a lot more.”
Reactions to one Facebook ghost group were mixed, with people divided over the photo’s authenticity.
One commenter wrote: ‘Certainly not fake them, it’s a girl about nine years old. Of course want to play with your sons. As sad as the spirit is lost, bless her… brilliant. Thanks for sharing.’
Another commented, “The negative opinions of Sod people, if you know it’s real, that’s all that matters.”
Other users were not so convinced.
One skeptic wrote, “What a load of nonsense.”
Another commented: ‘Amateur editor at work here* the face was clearly placed there.’