While visiting San Francisco, California last April, British couple Sheila Sillery-Walsh and Paul Rice decided to check out Alcatraz Island and its infamous former prison. It immediately left an impression. “Alcatraz Penitentiary is a must-see for any tourist,” Ms. Sillery-Walsh told the Daily Mail. “However as soon as we entered the prison, everything felt very eerie. I didn’t feel comfortable there.” If you think the photograph Ms. Sillery-Walsh is what she says it is, you won’t blame her for feeling uncomfortable.
With her iPhone out and taking pictures, Ms. Sillery-Walsh snapped shots of a window from inside the inmates’ visitation waiting room. When the tourist looked at the photo she had taken, she noticed what appeared to be a dark figure in the picture. Nobody was in the room behind the window. Her significant other, Paul, thinks it was a ghost. “When I first saw the photo, I tried to rationalize the female figure away by saying it was just Sheila's reflection,” Mr. Rice told the Mail. “But with closer inspection, it's obvious that this is not the case at all. The woman's hair and clothing is from a different era - it looks like she's from the 1930s or 40s….I do think that the woman in the photo is a ghost.”
KRON 4 News points out Alcatraz officials have dismissed claims of ghosts and other supernatural elements in the past, but notes that former guards and park rangers swear that the island and prison are haunted.