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Arthur Conan Doyle Ghost Pictures!
Examining the Ghost Pictures of Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for his books about famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes,
defended spirit photography and the ghost photographs that were circulating during his time.
We decided to take a look at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ghost pictures and explore some of
his thoughts about the subject matter, namely ghosts.

During the rise of spiritualism in the mid-1800s and into the early twentieth century, there
were mediums who claimed they could speak to the dead and bring forth oddities from the
other side of the grave. There were also photographers who produced intriguing psychic
photographs of the deceased who were appearing beside loved ones. Arguments ensued
about whether or not these paranormal claims were true. Arthur Conan Doyle found that a
group of mediums called the “Crew Circle” and one of its members in particular, psychic-
medium Billy Hope, had come under strong attack by now legendary ghost investigator,
Harry Price, of the
Society for Psychical Research. Price was claiming Mr. Hope had
switched photographic plates during Price's investigation of him. Doyle elected to defend Mr.
Hope and “maligned members of the Crewe Circle” by publishing evidence in support of the
ghost photographs being produced by the group.
Doyle the Spiritualist
Arthur Conan Doyle was a spiritualist who
believed that ghosts and spirits could be
contacted by use of a psychic-medium. To
prove this idea to others, he elected to
personally investigate the production of ghost
pictures from mediums who were adept at
creating this phenomena. His findings were
published in 1923 in a book entitled,
The Case
for Spirit Photography
. Today, copies of his
book can fetch between $150-300, depending
upon condition.
In The Case for Spirit Photography, Arthur Conan Doyle explains his intentions to defend the
Crewe Circle,
Medium Billy Hope and spirit photography:

“I hope to make it clear to any unprejudiced mind that there is overwhelming evidence that
we have in Mr. Hope, a man endowed with most singular powers, and that, instead of
persecuting and misrepresenting him, it would be wiser if we took a sympathetic view of his
remarkable work, which has brought consolation to the afflicted, and conviction to many
who had lost all belief in the independent life of the spirit.”

Mr. Hope, following on the heels of famed spirit photographer, William Mumler, at the time of
Doyle's investigation, had been producing ghosts in photos for 17 years. He had been tested
by the experts of his day who were proficient in photography, science, and investigative
journalism. Arthur Conan Doyle tested Mr. Hope and his ghost picture process by
purchasing, opening, marking, and inserting his own photographic plates into Hope's
camera. After medium Hope took a picture with the plates, Doyle removed them, developed,
and fixed them himself. The pictures would reveal a smoky presence Arthur Conan Doyle
called “ectoplasm,” evidence of spirit presence.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle continues detailing other experiments involving Mr. Hope and the
Crewe Circle, including the examination of their character. By the end of the book, we read
numerous personal testimonies corroborating Doyle's conclusions. The testimony of George
H. Lethem, at the time serving as Justice of the Peace for the City of Glasgow, was highly
credible. Lethem also examined the entire process of the Crewe Circle members and came
to the following conclusions about their photographs:

1.The plates were not faked before exposure.
2.There was no substitution of plates.
3.There was no double exposure.
4.There was no double printing.
5.The plate was not faked after development.
Mr. Hope was never proven a fraud. His process went with him when he left this earth in 1933. Doyle's book survives
today as a positive testimony of Hope's legacy. The debate about the validity of ghost and spirit photographs still
continues to be waged today by both skeptics and believers.
Arthur Conan Doyle Ghost Pictures
The following photographs appear in the book The Case for Spirit
and are presented as photographic proof by Doyle
that ghosts exist.
Each image can be selected to learn more about it
and view it in a larger size.
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Spirit Photography Cover Arthur Conan Doyle Ghost Photograph Conan Doyle Ghost Face Picture
Spirit Photography Cover         Doyle Ghost Picture                 Doyle Ghost Face Photo
Crewe Circle Ghost Faces Ghost Psychograph Writing Ghost Handwriting Ghost Writing Analysis Ectoplasmic Veiling: Bag
Crewe Circle Ghost Faces      Ghost Psychograph Writing    Ghost Handwriting                     Ghost Writing Analysis             Ectoplasmic Bag Photo
Ectoplasmic Veiling Pic Ghost Likeness Picture Ghost Likeness Pictures Psychic Photograph Spirit Likeness Photograph
Ectoplasmic Veiling Pic            Ghost Likeness Picture           Son's Ghost Likeness             Psychic Photograph                  Spirit Likeness Photo
Ghost Mother Picture Ghost Mirror Handwriting Ghost Faces Picture Mediumship Ghost Picture
Ghost Mother Picture                Ghost Mirror Handwriting        Ghost Spirit Likeness               Ghost Faces Picture                Mediumship Ghost Picture
Husband Father Ghost Picture Psychic Likeness Photograph Psychic Face Picture
After viewing the ghost pictures and
evidence that Arthur Conan Doyle puts forth
in his book, do you believe he has proven the
case for spirit photography? Were the photos
just hoaxes, or were they real evidence
produced by members of the Crewe Circle?
You decide...
Husband Father Ghosts         Psychic Likeness Photo          Psychic Face Picture
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