Famous ‘ghost’ of woman who died 134 years ago spotted haunting graveyard

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The ghost of a woman who died 134 years ago has apparently been filmed for the second time in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

The appearance of Sue Howard Hardy was photographed as she walked through the cemetery of St. Philip’s Church, built in 1680.

Mrs Hardy died mysteriously in 1888, six days after her child was stillborn with husband Gaston, with theories suggesting she died from complications in childbirth.

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It was reportedly first filmed in 1987 by local amateur photographer Harry Reynolds, with the image of a figure in a shawl leaning over the baby’s grave that cannot be explained.

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At the time, Kodak reviewed and tested the photo and the negatives, but found nothing to explain or disprove what is seen.



This was the first photo taken of Sue Howard Hardy – apparently – in 1987

Now, 35 years later, a woman called Cassie Alexis Lahn has taken the last photo on a ghost town tour.

The image shows a lady in 19th century dress walking through the cemetery with her head bowed and Ms Lahn said: ‘I took this picture as our guide was telling us about a woman named Sue Howard Hardy.

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“If you google her name, there’s a picture of her from the 80s in what appears to be a white dress like this.”

Almost all ghost tours in Charleston stop outside the cemetery gates to tell the story of Sue Howard Hardy.



The cemetery gates of the church where the ghost of Sue Howard Hardy was filmed
The cemetery gates of the church where the ghost of Sue Howard Hardy was filmed

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They typically offer a copy of the 1987 photograph for visitors to pass around and examine.

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But they do offer a warning, with numerous reports of pregnant women having trouble after manipulating the photo.

Some felt like they were suffocating, others felt sick to their stomachs.

Facebook followers quickly nodded in approval of the photo, with one person writing, “Wow! Gave me chills,” while another wrote: “Oh my my my I see the lady as clear as day.

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