Paranormal investigators snap 'undeniable' evidence of Cassiobury Park ghost

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Paranormal investigators had to hold their breath to snap this spooky shot of midnight mist, which they say is "undeniable" evidence that spirits haunt Cassiobury Park.

Jamie Burnell, lead investigator for Watford Paranormal group, was one of nine people ghost-hunting in the park between 9.30pm and 3am on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old said the park is haunted by the ghost of Lord Arthur Capel, who was a Royalist during the Civil War and met his end when he was beheaded in 1649.

Mr Burnell said that legend has it Lord Capel’s heart was removed after his death, placed in a silver casket and eventually hidden in Cassiobury Park.

ALSO READ: Top six Watford ghosts, with pictures.

Paranormal groups meet every year around March 9 trying to spot the headless spirit of Lord Capel, as that is the anniversary of the sightings.

Mr Burnell said: "People don’t realise the rich history of Cassiobury Park and they don’t understand the negative side of the place.

"When I went to the park four years ago I took a medium with me and she said there were murders, rapes and sacrifices that took place in there. It’s a very strange place after dark."

Speaking about the photo, Mr Burnell said: "The more I look at it the more I believe the spirit entities were trying to show themselves.

"There are so many faces that I can make out, it’s almost undeniable proof.

"There are faces on their sides and I can see almost a full body apparition. The more I look at it the more I see into it."

Mr Burnell said that a member of his group, Alexander Ray, had to keep holding his breath when he took photos because they did not want to compromise the picture at all.

The group did not see the mist appear before them and it was only when they looked back at the photo that they saw the haze.

The picture was taken at Lady Lock, by the canal and the mist was said to have lasted just three or four seconds.

The event was organised by Will Elliot, of the Independent Paranormal Research group in Watford.

Members also had a "spirit box" which scans radio frequencies and is used to detect voices.

Mr Burnell said: "We usually get some sort of indication on the spirit box and there is usually some sort of interaction between us and the spirits but it was very tranquil and very quiet and peaceful when we captured this image."

Have you captured a spooky encounter on film? Contact the newsdesk on kathryn.snowdon@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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2:05pm Wed 12 Mar 14

francowatford says...

its smoke...thats all
its smoke...thats all francowatford
  • Score: 9

2:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Smilingburkinshaw says...

Just looks like the camera man was smoking a fag.

'Undeniable proof', it is not!
Just looks like the camera man was smoking a fag. 'Undeniable proof', it is not! Smilingburkinshaw
  • Score: 13

2:14pm Wed 12 Mar 14

inayellowshirt says...

I must admit I have a similar picture of mist from near the canal there from Dec 2009, but I've put it down to my breath being caught by the camera.
I must admit I have a similar picture of mist from near the canal there from Dec 2009, but I've put it down to my breath being caught by the camera. inayellowshirt
  • Score: 3

2:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

ralear49 says...

Cold temperatures; a body of water ; hmm... could it be mist?
Cold temperatures; a body of water ; hmm... could it be mist? ralear49
  • Score: 6

2:36pm Wed 12 Mar 14

BazEndean says...

"Paranormal investigators" says it all. You can't investigate things that don't exist. It's an oxymoron.
"Paranormal investigators" says it all. You can't investigate things that don't exist. It's an oxymoron. BazEndean
  • Score: 10

2:39pm Wed 12 Mar 14

angryangryangry says...

Who you gonna call......GHOSTBUSTE
RS!

What a load of tosh! It is just mist, or breath on a cold day, or smoke from a fag!

As for the history of the park - that is obvious, wide open space, rapes, murders etc. Oh and yes a park is very weird place in the dark. The Watford Paranormal group can be contacted in the mental health ward of the hospital no doubt - ParaNOTnormal more like!
Who you gonna call......GHOSTBUSTE RS! What a load of tosh! It is just mist, or breath on a cold day, or smoke from a fag! As for the history of the park - that is obvious, wide open space, rapes, murders etc. Oh and yes a park is very weird place in the dark. The Watford Paranormal group can be contacted in the mental health ward of the hospital no doubt - ParaNOTnormal more like! angryangryangry
  • Score: 4

3:55pm Wed 12 Mar 14

TRT says...

Did they earlier encounter some spirits in the One Bell?
Did they earlier encounter some spirits in the One Bell? TRT
  • Score: 21

3:57pm Wed 12 Mar 14

WatfordBandB says...

I was a sceptic previously and doubted anything paranormal, this however is compelling and categorically proves that there is and are such things as Ghosts. I am heading to Church on Sunday as my conviction is now absolute…

A bit of fog in a park, LMAO
I was a sceptic previously and doubted anything paranormal, this however is compelling and categorically proves that there is and are such things as Ghosts. I am heading to Church on Sunday as my conviction is now absolute… A bit of fog in a park, LMAO WatfordBandB
  • Score: 4

4:14pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Smilingburkinshaw says...

If that is undeniable evidence of ghosts, I'm going to send a picture of me in my football kit to Watford FC as that will surely be undeniable proof I'm good enough to play pro football.

What a ridiculous statement.
If that is undeniable evidence of ghosts, I'm going to send a picture of me in my football kit to Watford FC as that will surely be undeniable proof I'm good enough to play pro football. What a ridiculous statement. Smilingburkinshaw
  • Score: 7

4:28pm Wed 12 Mar 14

holywell_boy says...

I can actually see something. It looks like a person standing next to a car. There is also some writing....

Hang on, I'm looking at the pop-up Kia advert.

THERES FU
I can actually see something. It looks like a person standing next to a car. There is also some writing.... Hang on, I'm looking at the pop-up Kia advert. THERES FU holywell_boy
  • Score: 5

4:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

holywell_boy says...

holywell_boy wrote:
I can actually see something. It looks like a person standing next to a car. There is also some writing....

Hang on, I'm looking at the pop-up Kia advert.

THERES FU
THERES F##/< ALL IN THE PHOTO EXCEPT SMOKE!!!! Undeniable proof that these people are nut jobs.
[quote][p][bold]holywell_boy[/bold] wrote: I can actually see something. It looks like a person standing next to a car. There is also some writing.... Hang on, I'm looking at the pop-up Kia advert. THERES FU[/p][/quote]THERES F##/< ALL IN THE PHOTO EXCEPT SMOKE!!!! Undeniable proof that these people are nut jobs. holywell_boy
  • Score: 3

6:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

D.unstable says...

They also heard a thousand voices whispering the words 'bring us back our gates' spooky but anybody have any idea what they may have meant?
They also heard a thousand voices whispering the words 'bring us back our gates' spooky but anybody have any idea what they may have meant? D.unstable
  • Score: 9

7:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Wacko Jacko says...

It's all smoke and mirrors, just like a UKIP manifesto
It's all smoke and mirrors, just like a UKIP manifesto Wacko Jacko
  • Score: -4

8:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Nascot says...

Just what does our prospective mayoral candidate have to say on this local matter?
Just what does our prospective mayoral candidate have to say on this local matter? Nascot
  • Score: 2

8:43pm Wed 12 Mar 14

alexray says...

Guys, I took the photo above, I was part of the group that was there that night, and I can tell you right now, I don't smoke, nor have I EVER, and I most certainly was not under the Influence of drink when I was out there, I cant explain this pic, it was one of a series of 8 or 9 that I took on the bridge NONE of the other pics have this kind of mist in them there was no mist rising from the Canal, when this pic was taken it was still reasonably "warm", and the pic immediately after was clear. I'm quite happy to send you the pics via email if you want to, so you can all look for yourselves!!
As for it being my breath, i can also say it wasn't, I'd had a couple of shots earlier in the night where you could see my breath, my camera takes a few moments to reload between shots, so I was timing my breathing between shots, so that this wouldn't happen. I have got shots that have my breath in, they look nothing like this, this has at least one discernible face that i can see, plus streaks of colour, the shots with my breath in are just white.
Believe what you will, but I was there, I know what I saw,and I Just cant explain this pic in any rational way. . .
Guys, I took the photo above, I was part of the group that was there that night, and I can tell you right now, I don't smoke, nor have I EVER, and I most certainly was not under the Influence of drink when I was out there, I cant explain this pic, it was one of a series of 8 or 9 that I took on the bridge NONE of the other pics have this kind of mist in them there was no mist rising from the Canal, when this pic was taken it was still reasonably "warm", and the pic immediately after was clear. I'm quite happy to send you the pics via email if you want to, so you can all look for yourselves!! As for it being my breath, i can also say it wasn't, I'd had a couple of shots earlier in the night where you could see my breath, my camera takes a few moments to reload between shots, so I was timing my breathing between shots, so that this wouldn't happen. I have got shots that have my breath in, they look nothing like this, this has at least one discernible face that i can see, plus streaks of colour, the shots with my breath in are just white. Believe what you will, but I was there, I know what I saw,and I Just cant explain this pic in any rational way. . . alexray
  • Score: -7

8:43pm Wed 12 Mar 14

watfordrick says...

I don't think its a ghost - maybe just a spirit of some kind in non ghostly form (possibly a waif).
I don't think its a ghost - maybe just a spirit of some kind in non ghostly form (possibly a waif). watfordrick
  • Score: 0

8:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

TRT says...

I've seen these wraiths myself, drifting across roads caught in the headlights, usually next to streams or brooks.
I've seen these wraiths myself, drifting across roads caught in the headlights, usually next to streams or brooks. TRT
  • Score: 2

9:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Smilingburkinshaw says...

Sometimes I can make out a face in the vinyl on my bathroom floor, don't think it's a ghost mind. That is not a face!
Sometimes I can make out a face in the vinyl on my bathroom floor, don't think it's a ghost mind. That is not a face! Smilingburkinshaw
  • Score: 2

10:59pm Wed 12 Mar 14

D.unstable says...

Seriously I think I can see a dog on the right hand side of the photo, maybe a pitbull. Anybody who has had their dog died in the park should take comfort from this.
Seriously I think I can see a dog on the right hand side of the photo, maybe a pitbull. Anybody who has had their dog died in the park should take comfort from this. D.unstable
  • Score: 5

11:07pm Wed 12 Mar 14

D.unstable says...

alexray wrote:
Guys, I took the photo above, I was part of the group that was there that night, and I can tell you right now, I don't smoke, nor have I EVER, and I most certainly was not under the Influence of drink when I was out there, I cant explain this pic, it was one of a series of 8 or 9 that I took on the bridge NONE of the other pics have this kind of mist in them there was no mist rising from the Canal, when this pic was taken it was still reasonably &quot;warm", and the pic immediately after was clear. I'm quite happy to send you the pics via email if you want to, so you can all look for yourselves!!
As for it being my breath, i can also say it wasn't, I'd had a couple of shots earlier in the night where you could see my breath, my camera takes a few moments to reload between shots, so I was timing my breathing between shots, so that this wouldn't happen. I have got shots that have my breath in, they look nothing like this, this has at least one discernible face that i can see, plus streaks of colour, the shots with my breath in are just white.
Believe what you will, but I was there, I know what I saw,and I Just cant explain this pic in any rational way. . .
You admit then that you had a few shots early on, washed down with a few beers through to the early hours me thinks. Sorry just not seeing it.
[quote][p][bold]alexray[/bold] wrote: Guys, I took the photo above, I was part of the group that was there that night, and I can tell you right now, I don't smoke, nor have I EVER, and I most certainly was not under the Influence of drink when I was out there, I cant explain this pic, it was one of a series of 8 or 9 that I took on the bridge NONE of the other pics have this kind of mist in them there was no mist rising from the Canal, when this pic was taken it was still reasonably "warm", and the pic immediately after was clear. I'm quite happy to send you the pics via email if you want to, so you can all look for yourselves!! As for it being my breath, i can also say it wasn't, I'd had a couple of shots earlier in the night where you could see my breath, my camera takes a few moments to reload between shots, so I was timing my breathing between shots, so that this wouldn't happen. I have got shots that have my breath in, they look nothing like this, this has at least one discernible face that i can see, plus streaks of colour, the shots with my breath in are just white. Believe what you will, but I was there, I know what I saw,and I Just cant explain this pic in any rational way. . .[/p][/quote]You admit then that you had a few shots early on, washed down with a few beers through to the early hours me thinks. Sorry just not seeing it. D.unstable
  • Score: 8

11:16pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Manwell Al says...

alexray wrote:
Guys, I took the photo above, I was part of the group that was there that night, and I can tell you right now, I don't smoke, nor have I EVER, and I most certainly was not under the Influence of drink when I was out there, I cant explain this pic, it was one of a series of 8 or 9 that I took on the bridge NONE of the other pics have this kind of mist in them there was no mist rising from the Canal, when this pic was taken it was still reasonably &quot;warm", and the pic immediately after was clear. I'm quite happy to send you the pics via email if you want to, so you can all look for yourselves!!
As for it being my breath, i can also say it wasn't, I'd had a couple of shots earlier in the night where you could see my breath, my camera takes a few moments to reload between shots, so I was timing my breathing between shots, so that this wouldn't happen. I have got shots that have my breath in, they look nothing like this, this has at least one discernible face that i can see, plus streaks of colour, the shots with my breath in are just white.
Believe what you will, but I was there, I know what I saw,and I Just cant explain this pic in any rational way. . .
"8 or 9 that I took on the binge...", "I'd had a couple of shots earlier..".
Bet you had Alex.
[quote][p][bold]alexray[/bold] wrote: Guys, I took the photo above, I was part of the group that was there that night, and I can tell you right now, I don't smoke, nor have I EVER, and I most certainly was not under the Influence of drink when I was out there, I cant explain this pic, it was one of a series of 8 or 9 that I took on the bridge NONE of the other pics have this kind of mist in them there was no mist rising from the Canal, when this pic was taken it was still reasonably "warm", and the pic immediately after was clear. I'm quite happy to send you the pics via email if you want to, so you can all look for yourselves!! As for it being my breath, i can also say it wasn't, I'd had a couple of shots earlier in the night where you could see my breath, my camera takes a few moments to reload between shots, so I was timing my breathing between shots, so that this wouldn't happen. I have got shots that have my breath in, they look nothing like this, this has at least one discernible face that i can see, plus streaks of colour, the shots with my breath in are just white. Believe what you will, but I was there, I know what I saw,and I Just cant explain this pic in any rational way. . .[/p][/quote]"8 or 9 that I took on the binge...", "I'd had a couple of shots earlier..". Bet you had Alex. Manwell Al
  • Score: 5

7:46am Thu 13 Mar 14

barnet123 says...

You've got to be kidding me
You've got to be kidding me barnet123
  • Score: 4

10:29am Thu 13 Mar 14

WirralHornet64 says...

I can see a Union flag top middle !!
I can see a Union flag top middle !! WirralHornet64
  • Score: 2

11:16am Thu 13 Mar 14

angryangryangry says...

WirralHornet64 wrote:
I can see a Union flag top middle !!
Nope its a purple flag being waived by someone who got stabbed in the town centre on a night out and managed to crawl through the park before they died!
[quote][p][bold]WirralHornet64[/bold] wrote: I can see a Union flag top middle !![/p][/quote]Nope its a purple flag being waived by someone who got stabbed in the town centre on a night out and managed to crawl through the park before they died! angryangryangry
  • Score: 3

1:53pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Hairy Hornet says...

Scooby Dooby Doo where are yooooo!

And if it wasnt for those meddling paranormal investigators Mr (Jones )would have gotten away with it!!!
Scooby Dooby Doo where are yooooo! And if it wasnt for those meddling paranormal investigators Mr (Jones )would have gotten away with it!!! Hairy Hornet
  • Score: 8

3:07pm Thu 13 Mar 14

garston tony says...

You know the other day I was walking along and saw a cloud that looked vaguely like a rabbit. Having read this amazing story I now realise it was the spirit of the rabbit I had as a kid trying to communicate with me. If only i'd had a portable radio on me so that I could try and tune in to it.

Seriously, its a picture of a random bit of smoke or whatever in which (much like you can do with clouds should you so wish) you can 'see' whatever you are minded to. Or nothing.

And ghosts communicate via the radio do they? Seeing how many radios there are out thereif there were such things as ghosts youd think that people would be hearing them left right and centre. But they dont. Maybe when Mr Burnell gets to speak to one he can ask them if they're planning to go digital!
You know the other day I was walking along and saw a cloud that looked vaguely like a rabbit. Having read this amazing story I now realise it was the spirit of the rabbit I had as a kid trying to communicate with me. If only i'd had a portable radio on me so that I could try and tune in to it. Seriously, its a picture of a random bit of smoke or whatever in which (much like you can do with clouds should you so wish) you can 'see' whatever you are minded to. Or nothing. And ghosts communicate via the radio do they? Seeing how many radios there are out thereif there were such things as ghosts youd think that people would be hearing them left right and centre. But they dont. Maybe when Mr Burnell gets to speak to one he can ask them if they're planning to go digital! garston tony
  • Score: 6

3:32pm Thu 13 Mar 14

TRT says...

garston tony wrote:
You know the other day I was walking along and saw a cloud that looked vaguely like a rabbit. Having read this amazing story I now realise it was the spirit of the rabbit I had as a kid trying to communicate with me. If only i'd had a portable radio on me so that I could try and tune in to it.

Seriously, its a picture of a random bit of smoke or whatever in which (much like you can do with clouds should you so wish) you can 'see' whatever you are minded to. Or nothing.

And ghosts communicate via the radio do they? Seeing how many radios there are out thereif there were such things as ghosts youd think that people would be hearing them left right and centre. But they dont. Maybe when Mr Burnell gets to speak to one he can ask them if they're planning to go digital!
Poor, dead Radio DJs might have a go...
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: You know the other day I was walking along and saw a cloud that looked vaguely like a rabbit. Having read this amazing story I now realise it was the spirit of the rabbit I had as a kid trying to communicate with me. If only i'd had a portable radio on me so that I could try and tune in to it. Seriously, its a picture of a random bit of smoke or whatever in which (much like you can do with clouds should you so wish) you can 'see' whatever you are minded to. Or nothing. And ghosts communicate via the radio do they? Seeing how many radios there are out thereif there were such things as ghosts youd think that people would be hearing them left right and centre. But they dont. Maybe when Mr Burnell gets to speak to one he can ask them if they're planning to go digital![/p][/quote]Poor, dead Radio DJs might have a go... TRT
  • Score: 0

9:00pm Thu 13 Mar 14

dontknowynot says...

Nascot wrote:
Just what does our prospective mayoral candidate have to say on this local matter?
whats that coming over the hill is it a monster??
[quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: Just what does our prospective mayoral candidate have to say on this local matter?[/p][/quote]whats that coming over the hill is it a monster?? dontknowynot
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Fri 14 Mar 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Oh, I've got one of these in my home. It uses my toilet every night... )):):):
Oh, I've got one of these in my home. It uses my toilet every night... )):):): LocalBoy1
  • Score: 1

12:07pm Sat 15 Mar 14

MW1234 says...

Sorry, but it's a little early for your April Fools Day story...

We have a similar 'mist' all over the town and county the other night, most of us normal people call it 'fog'.
Sorry, but it's a little early for your April Fools Day story... We have a similar 'mist' all over the town and county the other night, most of us normal people call it 'fog'. MW1234
  • Score: 1

12:11pm Sat 15 Mar 14

MW1234 says...

Sorry... I meant...

We HAD a similar 'mist'....
Sorry... I meant... We HAD a similar 'mist'.... MW1234
  • Score: 1

8:44am Sun 16 Mar 14

dimples says...

Me and my friend has seen this ghost about midnight as we was walking through the park... We just came off the underground station and was heading to North Watford by foot we probably got half away up the foot path when this massive thing came bouncing towards us , we both looked at each other "screamed" we turned back the other way and ran for our life screaming, I remember dropping my fags but I didn't care or look back.
Me and my friend has seen this ghost about midnight as we was walking through the park... We just came off the underground station and was heading to North Watford by foot we probably got half away up the foot path when this massive thing came bouncing towards us , we both looked at each other "screamed" we turned back the other way and ran for our life screaming, I remember dropping my fags but I didn't care or look back. dimples
  • Score: -2

12:51pm Sun 16 Mar 14

LocalBoy1 says...

dimples wrote:
Me and my friend has seen this ghost about midnight as we was walking through the park... We just came off the underground station and was heading to North Watford by foot we probably got half away up the foot path when this massive thing came bouncing towards us , we both looked at each other &quot;screamed" we turned back the other way and ran for our life screaming, I remember dropping my fags but I didn't care or look back.
The ghost probably just wanted a smoke..):):):) Hahahhaahah, sorry couldn't resist that.... smoke?? Oh well..
[quote][p][bold]dimples[/bold] wrote: Me and my friend has seen this ghost about midnight as we was walking through the park... We just came off the underground station and was heading to North Watford by foot we probably got half away up the foot path when this massive thing came bouncing towards us , we both looked at each other "screamed" we turned back the other way and ran for our life screaming, I remember dropping my fags but I didn't care or look back.[/p][/quote]The ghost probably just wanted a smoke..):):):) Hahahhaahah, sorry couldn't resist that.... smoke?? Oh well.. LocalBoy1
  • Score: 1

8:54am Wed 19 Mar 14

marypaquette says...

To the right, I see eyes and nose of a dog , with it's head wrapped in a blanket
To the right, I see eyes and nose of a dog , with it's head wrapped in a blanket marypaquette
  • Score: 1

5:38pm Tue 8 Apr 14

plumsparkle says...

What were they actually photographing at the time? Background for a spooky scenario, methinks.
What were they actually photographing at the time? Background for a spooky scenario, methinks. plumsparkle
  • Score: 0

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