We’re plenty skeptical about the paranormal — most people’s photos and theories sound like a load of bullsh*t. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get rattled by something eerie every once in a while. Sure, there are coincidences and weird things that just can’t be explained, but sometimes, we can’t shake the feeling that else is going on.
That’s definitely the case with Melissa Kurtz, a mother of two from Florida who found a ghost boy sitting in the backseat of her car — maybe with a purpose in mind.
Kurtz’s daughter, Harper, took this (totally normal) selfie in the passenger seat of the car. But the photo she took just seconds later was anything but normal.
Not seeing it? Look closer:
Yes, that would be a little ghost boy in the backseat of the car, leaning against the back window.
Kurtz didn’t even notice the unexpected visitor in the photo until she was going through photos on her camera a month later. “It was a real ‘Oh my god’ moment,” Kurtz told The Daily Mail. “I was really shocked by it, incredibly shocked. I ran into the other room and said to friends who were staying with me ‘you have to see this.’ Everyone was awestruck.”
Kurtz believes the little ghost showed up to warn Harper to wear her seatbelt.
“[Wearing her seatbelt] is something I yell at her about all the time,” Kurtz told The Daily Mail. “I’ve had 13 traffic tickets in two years due to her not wearing one. She is very stubborn though – I’m always trying to catch her when she hasn’t got it on.”
Paranormal experts, if you will, have weighed in on the photo.
According to The Daily Mail, Greg Pocha, director of parapsychology, afterlife and paranormal studies at Eidolon Project Canada, believes that the ghost was indeed warning Harper about the seatbelt. Apparently, this kind of analysis of paranormal motive is called spectral profiling.
Here’s where things get really spooky.
The location where the photo was taken has a tragic past. “Where the picture was taken there was an automobile accident one year ago exactly,” Kurtz said. “When I looked into it, someone had been medevaced away in a helicopter. However, they would not tell me any specific details when I enquired, which leads me to believe that it was a child.”
And, according to Pocha, this would explain why the ghost boy was still there. “Ghosts such as the boy are prone to remain earthbound when the soul is literally ripped or thrown from the body in an accident,” he said. “Chances are that he does not know that he has died. And chances are good that he will haunt this part of the highway forever.”
We’re still not sure we believe in the paranormal, but you can but we’re not sleeping again for a while. (h/t daily mail)