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MonsterTalk is the science show about monsters—a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Hosted by Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow.

May 20, 2021


It's been nearly a century since the uncropped photo of the alleged Watertown Ghosts was seen by the public. In that time a tiny cropped version of the original has become an iconic member of the "greatest ghost photos of all time" club.  Blake's research which was published in 2010 showed that the photo was manipulated, but he never forgot the missing uncropped photo and unanswered questions about the case.

But thanks to his research we can now see the original photo in its uncropped state and it's a surprisingly dramatic image.

If you'd like to share the story of this photo with friends please consider checking out his write-up of the case on Medium. "Clapping" for the article and sharing it may help other paranormal enthusiasts see the full photo and new details. 

Below you can see the cropped and uncropped photos:

detail of the "Watertown ghosts" from Fate magazine, 1963.

The uncropped full version of the famous ghost photo, rediscovered after more than fifty years:

Uncropped image of Watertown Ghosts taken in 1925.