It all started in 1959. Mabel Chinnery was still a young girl visiting the grave of her deceased mother in Ipswich, England. When she got back to the car, Mabel, with a camera in hand, was ready to take a picture for her husband and did not know the scary thing had entered her lens.
After that, Mabel and her husband returned home together, washed the photo but still did not realize the odd thing. It was not until they sat down with their friends that they discovered the “uninvited guest” inside the car. Mabel said that at the time, she and her husband were only in that area, but a friend pointed to a strange figure of someone sitting in the back of her husband’s car.
Mabel took the story back to her husband and both agreed that it was the figure of her deceased mother. Mabel’s mother enjoyed sitting in that position in the car when she was born. This story was spread all over the place.
Mabel and her husband, Jim, were also invited to participate in the TV show World of Strange Powers in 1985. There, experts conducted research and dissected the image to see if it was a phenomenon. supernatural or not.
Dr. Steve Gull and Tim Newton used computer software from the 1980s to examine images. Both noticed that the lines in the image were not seamlessly connected together as if part of another photo was merged into the original image. This detail led 2 experts to believe that the appearance of the silhouette is a double exposure phenomenon.
It is known that double exposure is a technique of taking photos superimposed, utilizing two light sources with different intensity and duration of illumination on the same film. This usually occurs when the photographer forgets to move to the next frame for film cameras. This explanation received a lot of agreement, but some people choose to believe in the original hypothesis.
A prime example of the double exposure technique.
Until now, the photo of Mabel and her husband is still frequently mentioned by netizens. Although Mrs. Mabel and Mr. Tim have passed away, but cannot help the curiosity to clarify the top of Blake Smith, an investigator has a passion for strange phenomena.
In 2015, Blake learned about a photo of Mrs. Mabel, starting with the car Jim drove. Thanks to the help of everyone around, Blake finally found a similar version of the car and then took a photo from the right angle that Mabel used to photograph her husband. Next, Blake placed the photo Mabel took next to the photo he just obtained to see if it was a double exposure phenomenon or not.
Blake confirmed the results showed some typical details of the double exposure technique, especially the scarf of “Mabel’s deceased mother” as if encroaching on the frame. Then, Blake went to a store selling cameras to ask about the camera Mabel used to take pictures of her husband. Here, an expert told him that double exposures are very common with the Eastman-Kodak Brownie series that Mabel used to take the controversial photo.
After some time finding out, Blake also came to the conclusion that there weren’t any ghosts in the photo. He thinks that Mabel and his wife must still miss their deceased mother so much that they mistakenly think that figure is the deceased. However, some people left more harsh feedback and assumed that Mabel was a liar, deliberately crafting this story to attract everyone’s attention.