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The First Spirit Photographer

Category: Fakes, Frauds and Hoaxes

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Paranomal Atlas

In 1862, William Mumler, a jewellery engraver, discovered a faint shadowy human figure standing next to him, upon developing a self portrait.

The Spiritualist Church claimed it was the first photograph taken of a spirit, and before long, Mumler left his engraving job to become a full-time 'Spirit Photographer'. Within a year he was brought up on charges of fraud...

What happened at the trial to allow both sides to claim a victory?



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