The 108-year-old Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which is said to have inspired the Stephen King novel "The Shining," has a reputation for being haunted. Now, a new photo taken by guests on a "spirit tour" has the internet wondering if proof of the afterlife has finally been discovered.
Jay and Jessica Mausling were taking photos of the spooky tourist spot, but it wasn't until they got home that they noticed a spectral figure lurking in the background of their snapshots.
“We were just instructed to take a bunch of photos so that’s basically all I did. I was kind of lagging behind the group and putting myself in different positions,” Mausling told Inside Edition. “I was standing on top of the stairs when I took the picture. I just took a picture of a wall a couple times and under the staircase. We looked at the photos later and sure enough, we caught something."
“At first I thought maybe a little girl ran by,” said Jessica. “I was in shock. How could all of us miss her, especially a little girl in a white gown?”
“By no means did anyone see a little girl in what looks like her pajamas and her slippers walking up the stairs right in front of us,” Jay Mausling added. "Even if you look at the picture, you notice [that] no one is looking there. You just don’t excuse something like that. My initial reaction was, ‘No way!’”
The couple reportedly called the hotel to ask whether any children had been staying there at the time. The hotel staff replied that no minors had been on the premises.
After posting the picture to social media, the couple are being accused of having digitally manipulated the image. They deny that the photo has been altered: “People are like, ‘You photoshopped this’ and I am like, ‘I don’t even know how to use my cell phone,’” Mausling said. “I couldn’t believe it and everyone I show finds it hard to believe.”
Just last year, Houston publicist Henry Yau snapped a similar phantom photograph at the same location after reporting having trouble sleeping:
The Mauslings are now considering returning to The Stanley to investigate more thoroughly.