On the evening of November 13th, Rob Williams was in his Launceston home in Cornwall preparing for bed when he received an alert on his phone that a motion-sensor doorbell camera had detected something.
The camera was pointed towards the stairwell leading up to his apartment and it captured footage of an individual standing at the base of the stairs.
Just as the lights flickered off, the mysterious figure vanished. Rob replayed the footage in disbelief and realized that this strange spectre was not solid; it appeared to be almost transparent! Unsettled by what he had seen, Rob stayed awake all night with his lights on – utterly convinced that a ghostly apparition had just visited him.
The 39-year-old said: “My outside cameras are motion-activated so obviously they only start recording when something is physically there or sets it off as well as the outside lights.
“I was getting ready for bed and I had a notification pop up so I checked it out on live stream to see what I thought was someone standing at the bottom of the stairs.”At first I thought it might have been somebody drunk just standing there but it wasn’t a solid figure.
“I watched it for about 20 seconds and then [the lights] went off and there was nothing there. It proper freaked me out. I couldn’t really work out what it was.
“I didn’t know what it was but it had the characteristics of a person – you can clearly see a head with a hat and the shape of a body but it was slightly transparent.
He added that he phoned his girlfriend straight away to tell her what he had seen.
Rob said: “I literally got on the phone to my girlfriend and told her straight away. I sent her the clip and she was like ‘what the hell is that!’
“It’s pretty creepy. I didn’t get much sleep that night – I slept with the lights on.
“I’ve still got the video saved and I keep watching it again and the more I watch it I think ‘that’s strange’.
“You can trawl the internet for ghost videos and some of them you think ‘come off it’ but [this video is] the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.”
When Rob posted the video online, he was met with some doubt from viewers about what they saw as a ‘ghost’ sighting. Commenters speculated that it may simply be an illusion created by light reflecting off of something else in the frame.
Despite the criticism he received, the forklift driver maintains that his camera and lighting setup has remained static throughout and this was a completely new experience for him.
Viewers were absolutely convinced that the footage revealed a ghostly figure – with one woman going so far as to message Rob, claiming they are a ‘medium’ and had spoken directly to said spirit.
Rob explained: “I had a message pop through [after posting the video online] – I don’t know the lady but apparently she’s a medium. She said she’s always been gifted in that sort of aspect.
“She said the lady that came to visit me is called Helen and she’s got this whole back story that she was a nurse that used to work in the big hospital which used to be probably 30 seconds across from my building.”
The ‘medium’ informed Rob that the gently-natured woman had passed away from influenza at 36 years old and didn’t want to intrude further, so she was refusing to come closer.
Rob has always been open to paranormal activity, just like his family since his mother had an encounter with a ghost when she was younger.
Ever since then, he stays cautious of any other supernatural phenomena near him. Yet, fortunately he has not encountered the spirit again or others and feels secure that nothing threatening lurks around his house.