On April 12, Henry Yau, a tourist from Houston, posted a picture to Instagram of the the staircase of the Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park, CO (The Stanley, for the uninitiated, is the hotel that famously inspired Stephen King to write The Shining, only in the book and movie it's called The Overlook Hotel). It's a pretty normal picture: lobby, sconce lights, rug, staircase, ghostly figure on staircase, just regular, normal stuff.

By golly! I think I may have captured a #ghost at #StanleyHotel. #EstesPark

A post shared by Henry Yau (@ares415) on

Yau claims there were no humans around when he took this picture, but when he looked closely, he noticed something odd (verdict: ghost) at the top of the left banister.


Kevin Sampron, a paranormal expert at SPIRIT Paranormal Investigations in Denver, said that the photo doesn't appear to be photoshopped. "This could be a legitimate ghost, as far as we can tell," Sampron told KHOU News. He and his team examined the photo, and then enlarged it and converted it into black and white, so the details would be easier to see. Afterwards, the team claimed to be able to see a second figure. "To us it looks like the first figure is a lady dressed in black and to the left of her it looks like a child," Sampron said (verdict: TWO ghosts).


This isn't the first time people have claimed that the Stanley is haunted, The Shining excluded. Television shows Ghost Hunters and Most Haunted have also done episodes about the hotel.