The Cooper Family Falling Body Photo

Via The Museum of Hoaxes

familygathering_0350pxThe story goes that sometime in the 1950s the Cooper family of Texas bought an old house and moved into it. On their first night there, the father took a photo of Mom and Grandma posing with the two kids at the dining room table. Everyone was happy and smiling. They were living the American dream.

But when the photo was subsequently developed, they saw, to their horror, that what looked like a body falling or hanging from the ceiling had materialized behind them. It hadn’t been there when the father took the photo. So where had it come from? Was it an apparition of a deceased former tenant of the house? No one knew.

Is any part of this story true? No. It’s pure fiction, but it’s recently become attached to this creepy photo, which has circulated widely online. The story appears to have been invented sometime in 2013. At least, I can’t find references to it earlier than that.

But what about the image itself? It’s definitely older than the story. So what’s the real story behind it?

That’s a bit of a mystery. Its original source is unknown. The family looks like they’re from the 1950s, but that’s just a guess. And various details of the photo suggest that it’s been digitally altered, which would indicate a more modern origin.

For instance, there’s  .  .  .

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5 responses

  1. Do you have other photos to prove that you are the little boy in the photo?

    1. I’m not the little boy in the photo. I don’t claim to be the little boy in the photo 🙂

      1. I was referring to the posting by Robert Copper where he says “We are the two boys in the picture.” If there are other similar photos, it make it easier to prove it is a hoax.

        1. Never mind, Robert provided the photos here to prove he and his brothers are the boys in the photos.

          https://www.metabunk.org/debunked-cooper-copper-family-ghost-photo.t5536/#post-153637

  2. Robert Copper | Reply

    When my older brother sent me this link I was floored. We are the two boys in the picture. Well we were back in 1959. I have many picture like this one, but not this one. My mother had a habit of throwing away pictures that she didn’t like. Eventually the ones she kept were passed along to me. What annoys me is that somebody got hold of a family photograph. The story is almost entirely fiction. OUr last name is Copper, not Cooper.

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