Ghosts Caught On Camera At Famed Stanley Hotel That Inspired ‘The Shining’

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A photograph taken at the Colorado hotel that helped to inspire Stephen King’s bestselling novel “The Shining” shows what appears to be two “ghosts.”

The Mausling family of Aurora, Colorado, participated in a “spirit tour” at the 108-year-old Stanley Hotel in Estes Park last month. After returning home, they noticed a photo taken by John “Jay” Mausling that seemed to show a young girl walking down the stairs.

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John claims that there were no young girls as part of the 11-person tour. 

John told HuffPost :

“At first we tried to be logical and think we somehow missed her so we asked our kids, their girlfriends and our friend if they remembered seeing a little girl,” they wrote. “Nobody did. We do not remember seeing anything on the stairs when we took the picture.”

Here is a close up of the mysterious figure. 


Ben Hansen, former FBI agent and host of “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files,” said a careful analysis of the photo turned up no obvious signs that the photo was altered in any way. 

“I really like this photo,” Hansen said. “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.”

In another photo, the tour guide was on the stairs along with another person holding a cell phone. However, you can make out a third pair of shoes and a ghostly figure that appears to be walking past the two ‘real’ people, heading up the stairs. 

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The Stanley Hotel has long been thought to be haunted and last year the world was captivated by the photo below that appears to show a ghostly figure standing on the staircase. Ironically, the ghostly figure depicted is in the same relative area as where John’s photos were taken.

By golly! I think I may have captured a #ghost at #StanleyHotel. #EstesPark

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After staying in the hotel in 1974, King called it “the perfect ― maybe the archetypical ― setting for a ghost story.” King wrote on his official website that he and his wife, author Tabitha King, were the only guests when the hotel was about to close for the winter. 

“That night I dreamed of my three-year-old son running through the corridors, looking back over his shoulder, eyes wide, screaming. He was being chased by a fire-hose. I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over, within an inch of falling out of bed. I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in the chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.”