Do you believe in ghosts? Check out this creepy appearance in the background of a photo of a group of women by Loch Eck in Scotland. In one photo, the women stand together with a picturesque backdrop of lake and mountains, posing by an area of chopped wood. The second row of women appear to be standing on the wood stumps and some of the ladies are holding paper masks. One of the masks gives the appearance at first glance that the woman is holding a head, but a closer inspection reveals it’s just a picture. There’s also a paper mask on the ground by their feet.
Okay, what’s with the masks? Before that becomes your main question, however, it’s the second photo that has people talking, as a small boy is seen crouching behind one of the tree stumps. Where did he come from?
The women looked into the boy’s appearance and found mention of the legend of “Blue Boy,” about a child who drowned in the lake in the 19th century. The child, who was four-years-old when he died, is said to haunt The Coylet Inn, located near the lake.
The story was made into a 1994 film starring Emma Thompson, called The Blue Boy, with screenwriter Paul Murton explaining:
“I was talking to the hotelier about it and he mentioned the Blue Boy. This, he said, was a young child who had been on holiday with his parents in the hotel and he had been sleepwalking during the night. He had strayed outside, fallen into the loch and drowned. When they found his body it was blue with the cold.”
He added: “Hotel staff had noticed that things like cutlery and plates were often out of place for no apparent reason – perhaps more sinister than that was the fact that they sometimes found wet footprints upstairs in the corridor.”
Ladbible.com notes that, according to the book Scottish Ghosts, by Dane Love, Blue Boy “roams through the rooms in search for his mother.” The author added: “He also has a habit of shifting objects around, so that items left in one room mysteriously vanish and reappear in another. Staff have encountered wet footprints in the upstairs hallway, there are none on the stairs leading to it.”
He continued with the tale, explaining the details of the boy’s drowning, and adding: “When his corpse was found the next day it was blue from the cold. Since that night, guests and drinkers at the inn have experienced his spirit from time to time.”
One of the guests at the get together posted the images on Twitter, writing:
“Mansion on a lake in Scotland. No one around for miles. Hen-do. Self timer, 3 seconds apart. Look at what’s changed. Never sleep again.”
One person responded to her post, asking; “You’re telling me this isn’t photoshopped or anything and that’s not someone’s kid? I’m fully shook.”
She explained later that no photo manipulation was in play, tweeting: “a photoshop professional has looked into these photos, they’re legit. He’s called the Blue Boy of Loch Eck, he drowned in the lake.”