The Exorcist Posted January 31, 2015 #1 Share Posted January 31, 2015 (edited) I don't know if this has been posted on UM before, but if it has, I can't find the post. Anyway, I'm interested in your views on this photo. This is what is known about it (+ my opinion in points 3 - 6): 1. The first evidence of this being posted online is from 2009, where it was posted as "Family Gathering" - http://www.ligotti.n...ndex.php?n=2112 - the file name itself is "familywithhangingman". 2. More recently the story of the Cooper (or sometimes Copper) family became associated with it - the story goes that the Cooper family from Texas had just moved into their new home in the 1950s, when the husband took the photo of his wife, children and the granny. After they developed the photo, they saw the figure of a falling man in it (and became scared ****less). Another version goes that an actual body fell when the photo was being taken, but the family realised this only just after the snap was taken. Now this above story actually became associated with the photo a few years after it was posted in 2009, and was not a story originally tagged to the picture. The photo really became popular online starting from 2013 - so probably this is when the "story" was fabricated. In reality, we still don't really know anything certain about the image. It might have been a fake created in 2009 (likely), although I think the actual photo (without the man) is genuinely from the 1950/60s - the crockery, curtains and their attire and hairstyles certainly look very 1950ish. 3. Many people mention the fact that the family are not in the centre of the photo, and that there is a convenient "empty space" where the man is shown falling. This by some is seen as evidence for the photo being a fake. However, there isn't actually an empty space - there are candles shown on the table - so the photographer may have been trying to fit those candles in the photo, to show the atmosphere of the room. Or he may have just been a lousy photographer. 4. None of the above points to the image being genuine, nor to it being fake. So this remains to be proven by analysis of the image, etc. What we do know as being likely is that the "story" was made up later, and does not necessarily really have anything to do with the real story of the image. 5. What I find suspicious about the photo is that none of the people seem to notice anything weird - I mean, by the time that the man would have fallen enough of a distance for his whole torso to be visible, somebody would have realised and looked in shock to their top right. So I find it unlikely that something physical actually fell as the body was falling. What is also strange is the location and direction the body is falling from - it seems to be neither falling to behind the table, nor to on the table (the candles are not disturbed), nor to the forefront of the table (it doesn't look like it's close enough to the photographer to fall right in front of him). This leaves the possibility of either a fake, or an apparition showing up after the photo's development. The vignette of the image has also been said by many to look like it was done with an image-editing programme. Others said it may be genuine. 6. What is that black shape in front of the boy's legs to the left of the table (our right)? It's certainly not the woman's skirt, as it somehow seems to be covering parts of the boy's legs. If you zoom into the photo to a massive degree, you will also notice that most of the this shape remains smooth and does not looks pixelated like the rest of the photo. Can this mean it was added after the photo was taken? But why? What's the point? Edited January 31, 2015 by The Exorcist 2 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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