Most Haunted ‘Ghost on Stairs’ Video Debunked

UPDATE 24/04/2017
Most Haunted have now been officially contacted to request that the raw footage is released to us for a detailed investigation and analysis. We will update everyone once we receive a response.
UPDATE 28/04/2017
Antix Productions, the production company behind Most Haunted, have been given several opportunities to comment and respond to the request for raw footage, to which they have refused. We therefore conclude that Most Haunted have clearly got something to hide and they have not captured any ghost.

Paranormal Truth Investigation

In the last 48 hours, a huge stir has been caused in the wake of the Most Haunted episode in which they claim they have captured footage of a ghost for the very first time.
Firstly, what I would like to state is that I’ve had a fascination with the paranormal for many years, even more so before the likes of Most Haunted. When Most Haunted hit our screens in 2002, I was hooked. I loved the show and was a die hard fan. That is why I am extremely disappointed to be writing this article, because things didn’t have to be this way.
We’ve had a few Most Haunted fans contact us and tell us that the footage isn’t fake, despite having presented the evidence that clearly shows the evidence has been fabricated. For those of you who enjoy their show, at least listen to the facts about the show. Most Haunted is a programme produced for entertainment purposes and is not real. Ofcom stipulate that Most Haunted include this disclaimer before the start of any episode, so they can in fact get away fabricating events.
For those of you who haven’t seen our video debunking the Most Haunted ghost, I’ve included it just below for you.

The Ghost of Stuart
Additional evidence has surfaced on the back of the stir that has been caused, which shows a comparison between the Most Haunted ghost and Stuart Torevell, one of their camera crew.
Most Haunted Trickery
Most Haunted Ghost, also known as Stuart Torevell
As you can clearly see from the above image, the figure seen is without a doubt the same thing, only the one on the left is said to be a ghost, or the Stone Tape Theory replay of Stuart as Most Haunted have stated. The figure on the right is Stuart Torevell running after said ghost after spotting it walking up some stairs at the end of the corridor.
Mitigating Factors
There are a number of mitigating factors here, and I’ll talk about them individually.
Overlay Trickery
As I have explained in the video, Most Haunted have used an overlay technique to produce the ghostly figure walking up some stairs. We have demonstrated and provided a detailed explanation in the video about how this effect is achieved, but in brief, it’s 2 pieces of footage laid down on top of each other, with the top layer opacity or transparency set to a low percentage, around 20/30/40%. This will produce the below, which is a screenshot from the video we produced.
It’s also strange how they laid the camera down before the ghost appeared, which is one of the requirements to create the overlay technique as unsteady cameras don’t allow the same effect.
Usually they hold the cameras, don’t they? Why not on this occasion?
Dale the ghost
Is it a ghost? No, it most certainly is not.
Raw Footage
Glen Hunt and Yvette filmed a response to the people saying it isn’t a ghost, in fact they knew they would receive a backlash about it, so they filmed it prior to the episode going live. Glen claims that the footage on the card cannot possibly be modified in any way, because all they have done is copy the footage to a computer.
The only issue is, they didn’t think people would spot the file time stamps from Windows Explorer. On the video, you can clearly see that the footage in question had a “Date Modified” attribute of 9th April 2017, whereas the rest of the footage on the card had a “Date Modified” attribute of 4th April 2017. If it’s raw footage, the dates should all be the same, so it actually looks like the so called raw footage has been copied to a computer, put in the edit and had an overlay added to the clip, then transferred back to the memory card.
Not so raw footage
Raw Footage Screenshot from Windows Explorer, showing the “Date Modified” attribute differing from the rest of the footage on the memory card.
Stone Tape Theory
The Stone Tape theory is the speculation that ghosts and hauntings are analogous to tape recordings, and that electrical mental impressions released during emotional or traumatic events can somehow be “stored” in moist rocks and other items and “replayed” under certain conditions.
The idea was first proposed by British archaeologist turned parapsychologist Thomas Charles Lethbridge in 1961. Philosopher H. H. Price also invented a similar concept in 1940. Lethbridge believed that ghosts were not spirits of the deceased, but were simply non-interactive recordings similar to a movie. The idea was popularised in 1972 in a Christmas ghost story called The Stone Tape, produced by the BBC.
Most Haunted claim that the ghostly figure is Stuart Torevell, but in the form of a replay as a result of the Stone Tape theory.
Criticism from Most Haunted Fans
I’ve seen a lot of comments on Twitter, Facebook and on the internet in general about people being jealous or bitter because Most Haunted have captured a ghost, and people can’t accept it.
People like us here at Paranormal Truth, and elsewhere in the community, actually care about the paranormal community and when organisations like Most Haunted blatently lie to people in the name of getting good ratings on TV, it does nothing but make a mockery out of everyone else in the paranormal community.
There are people out there who take things seriously and when Most Haunted take liberties and dupe the public with cheap video editing techniques and pass it off as a ghost, it does nothing but tarnish the community, and all those people who are serious and have a genuine interest in providing the existence of an afterlife.
Nobody is saying don’t watch Most Haunted, all people are trying to do is enlighten the viewers who genuinely believe the evidence that Most Haunted fabricated.
We’ve presented the facts, you make up your own minds as to what you believe.
Concluding Thoughts
What I would ask of Most Haunted is to release the so called raw footage and allow people like us and other experts in the field to look at the data in great detail. If we conclude that we are wrong, then we will issue an apology. That’s more than fair, right?
Over to you, Most Haunted.


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27 thoughts on “Most Haunted ‘Ghost on Stairs’ Video Debunked

  • April 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I agree if they fabricate this what else have they fabricated not to mention does that mean all paranormal shows do this? Should I doubt ghosted ventures, paranormal activity and ghost hunters?

    • April 23, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. This is one of many occasions that Most Haunted have used trickery in their show to boost TV ratings, and as you’ve rightfully guessed, sadly they are not the only ones.

    • April 24, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      ALL these shows are in the “entertainment” business. They ALL fake their evidence. Would you watch a show where nothing happens?

      • April 24, 2017 at 6:42 pm

        That’s not the point here. The point is, people are being lied to and believe that most of this stuff actually happens. phenomena DOES happen, but it’s very few and far between and not to the degree that organisations like Most Haunted make you believe. It’s an embarrassment to the people in the community who are serious about it and invest a lot of time investigating to capture evidence.

  • April 23, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    They like performing their tricks on stairs, remember 30 east drive!

  • April 23, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    As soon as I saw “the ghost ” I said behave that’s Stuart !!!! ???

  • April 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    When first watched i did think the man walking up the stairs was too fluid and the steps he made did not sit perfectly on the steps he was putting his feet on. it did look like a pre recorded film. i still watch for the entertainment purposes which is all this is really.

    • April 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Well spotted Debbie, and yes, fully agree with you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • April 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Did anyone notice that Yvette mentioned at least three times that the ghost of a large man was often seen within the building? I have tried to find independent corroboration of this but without any luck.
    Preparation perhaps?

  • April 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    when the ghost was seen on camera going up stairs I said at the time that it was Stewart and not a ghost and I still believe that. I still love the Most Haunted Show.

  • April 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I watched most haunted when it was the earlier episode years ago I thought then it was nonsense and not a serious programme and a vast amount of programmes are similar so I do not watch any at all. I would not waste my time. I have just watched your feedback and I agree with what you have shown.

  • April 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Awesome investigation on this! It’s such a shame that they continue to fake evidence and harm the field. Sadly due to things like this when someone does finally capture a ghost it will never be beloved because too many other before have ‘cried wolf’.

  • April 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    What have they done there name is in the toilet now am thinking they need to do something to get viewers there’s so many good ones on tv most haunted is out dated its sad state of affairs but still the show must go on

  • April 24, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Aaaah this is not the first time they have come under fire. I used to love the show & it was responsible for getting me interested in the paranormal. Unfortunately I grow more & more sceptic as the years roll on!

  • April 24, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I agree. Undoubtedly film overlay.
    I’ve come across the Most Haunted crew on two occasions personally.
    1. I was present for the filming of a live episode in one of our properties. We saw crew knocking on the ceilings during filming but the most hilarious faking was Derek Acora. Supposedly possessed and foaming at the mouth the program went to a commercial break at which point he promptly got up off the floor and went for a cigarette. When the commercial break was due to end he came back in, lay on the floor and recommenced his ‘possession’.
    2. I was fortunate enough to go to 30 East Drive shortly after they filmed there and could clearly see the damage done by their rope-hauling of Karl up the stairs. I was also told exactly what they’d done by one of the ‘permenant’ hosts there.
    But we really should bear in mind that MH is nothing more than entertainment. That said, what I object to is their approaching national media with this supposed story. Surely someone could have thought that this would lead to a further degradation of their reputation?

  • April 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I knew it was Stuart even before you posted any of this.
    Karl and Yvette don`t care. Have you seen the big house they live in?

  • April 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I stopped watching years ago – just fabricated the lot of it !!!

  • April 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    I’ve always believed it to be a load of fabricated rubbish. I am a practicing medium and if Yvette Fielden is genuine then I’m Santa Clause. She calls the spirits forward and the minute the slightest thing happens she runs off screaming. They are always saying they have heard a noise but no one watching ever hears anything. Its utter rubbish.

  • April 24, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Yes,it’s all faked on this show.there was one episode i saw,years ago,in a the corner was a tv that just had snow on the screen….suddenly it turned itself off!..Every Tv engineer in the country knows that a Daewoo tv/video combi will do this after four mins of no signal!,and Yvette made a big fuss over that.
    Paints a bad picture(no pun intended)for those who want to believe,but with all this fakery,no wonder the curious think it’s all a load of rubbish.(I do know otherwise it isn’t)

  • April 24, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    So glad people are at last seeing the truth of how most haunted fake everything they do.

  • April 25, 2017 at 1:08 am

    I’ve always been a big fan of the show, but I think this will be their end! That is clearly Stuart and yes I do believe in the stone tape theory to a degree, but this is clearly a case of a need for something sensational and ratings.. such a shame.

  • November 27, 2017 at 11:38 am

    They did this at a hall recently. Karl moved the camera and a door slammed he moved it back and the door was shut. Unfortunately for MH they forgot to change the time on the clock. Two minutes that they can’t account for. It’s basic stuff really.

  • December 22, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve just watched Most Haunted: Hill House pt2. The crew go to a corridor and find Karl holding his forehead and in his other hand is an adjustable spanner that allegedly hit him on the head, knocking him down. As filming continues, I noticed there wasn’t even a mark on Karl’s forehead. I can assure you, if he’d have been hit hard enough to have been knocked over, he’d have had a lump if not a cut/bruise. Total sham!

  • January 6, 2018 at 6:14 pm


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