Father Of Boy Killed In Moore Tornado Claims Son Is Watching Over Him, Evidence Will Give You Chills

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I don’t believe in supernatural phenomenon as a rule. I am a firm believer in science and logic, and rarely get moved by spooky stories, or stories about ghosts. But this next story left me with goosebumps. The family of a boy who tragically perished in the tornado that decimated Moore, Oklahoma is claiming that their son appeared to them in a photo taken months later, and honestly, the evidence is jarring.

Nicholas McCabe was just 9-year-old when he was killed by a tornado last spring at Plaza Towers Elementary.You might remember Nicholas as the boy whose funeral was protested by the Westboro Baptist Church. Hundreds of bikers came to the funeral procession to block the protesters, which you can see in the video below. Now pardon me while I go bawl my eyes out over that once again.

The photo in question was supposed to be one of Nicholas’ cousin Madison playing with a fourth of July sparkler, but the shocking thing is what else you can see in the picture. According to Nicholas’ father Scott McCabe, the photo also shows Nicholas, standing over his cousin, as if a guardian. IF you take a look at the photo, you can clearly see what he’s talking about. *Chills* According to McCabe:

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Nicolas loved the Fourth of July and he loved firecrackers. My brother, when he saw it, he said the hair stood up on his neck.”

When McCabe was shown the photo, he was blown away:

“I was in awe. It touched my heart. It’s obviously not Madison. It’s obvious there are two people there or one person there and one spirit there.”

Like I mentioned before, I don’t really believe in the supernatural, though I have always wondered if perhaps there might be a scientific explanation for certain phenomenon. The photo is compelling. The face above Madisson is clearly a different skin tone, and you can ever see a glimpse of red, similar to the red shirt Nicholas was buried in last spring.

Now, was this simply a double exposure that caused the illusion of a ghost? Seeing as his was a cell phone, no. Was the photo manipulated? We’re not sure. The photo hasn’t been verified by experts (yet, there is no word on whether or not McCabe is going to go that route). There are plenty of skeptics (as there always are in these cases), and honestly, the photo is too blurry to make anything concrete out. But McCabe has obviously found comfort in it, and I would never want to take that away from him.

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  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    Even if it can be explained, I think skeptics should hush. It’s helping this family’s grief. Personally, I think it’s totally possible, and since there’s nothing to be gained from naysaying, I’m going with believing in the photographed spirit.

    • Paul White

      Depends on context. If it’s them saying it/feeling it, I won’t intrude. But if it’s someone trying to use it as proof of God, or an afterlife, I will damn well speak up.

      As a Christian, there is NO theological justification to assume our dead relatives watch after us when they’ve passed on. And preachers that appeal to people on such grounds are despicable.

    • Michelle Pittman

      that’s where the debate about what happens when we die comes in — some Christians believe that when you die, you “sleep” until Jesus comes back and all of the dead rise to Heaven at the same time — others believe you go to Heaven as soon as you die — i forget the Bible verse that talks about the sleep — maybe if that’s the case, that’s how loved ones can watch over us? i’m not debating or arguing either case — just playing the Devil’s advocate :-)

    • Shelly Lloyd

      I agree with you. I’m a skeptic and I am skeptical about this photo. But I would never walk up to the family and tell them that. I have had similar events in my family history where after the loss of a family member someone in the family will find some shaky evidence that the one who passed away is still looking after the family. I smile and nod and give them a hug. I wouldn’t take away their comfort in a million years.

  • AP

    I’m going to say it’s fake. I use the various modes on my camera fairly often, and the few night/candlelight/starlight modes you’d select to photograph a child playing with a sparkler often cause that kind of distortion when the subject moves.

    You can tell it’s in a slow-shutter night mode and the girl is moving because the sparkler is a giant line, instead of a circle or orb of light the way it would show up if she was posing completely still or moving with a faster shutter speed. The second face is her face, but it’s illuminated differently because she’s moving the sparkler, so the facial color shows up differently.

    That it comforts the family is fine, but going to the media was a poor choice as it opened a private moment to the public for criticism.

    • chickadee

      I’m glad you said that, because I simply don’t understand why the family felt compelled to contact the media about it. They’ve taken what was already a public grief, due to the nature of the child’s death, and made it into a spiritualism circus — how does it help to open up your private comfort to public skepticism in all its forms?

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      I agree. I don’t understand why they went to the media. They must have known that people would be skeptical/debunk it/etc.

  • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

    I do think we keep a piece of our loved ones around us. I’m not surprised at all that they are convinced this is an image of their son – as human beings it’s totally normal to cling to anything physical and tangible that we can after we lose someone we love.
    I don’t care if it can be explained – and I don’t know why anyone would want to take something like this away from a grieving family.

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  • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

    I don’t think it’s fake, but I don’t think a spirit or whatever is in it either. It really looks like the girl was standing straight with her eyes shut and then moved, moving the sparkler (source of light) as she opened her eyes again and stooped over. The movement of the subject and light source creates a blur that most of us who have seen the way children freak the fuck out over sparklers are familiar with.

    I don’t say that to shit all over their grief, it’s just clear (to me) that that’s what’s going on in the picture. It’s clear to me because I’m not grieving over a child and subconsciously looking for clues that they’re not gone from my life forever. That’s one of the few bones our mind throws us. When the person I felt that I was going to be with forever died, I had a dream not too long afterward that he visited me and told me he’d be around. I don’t believe in the supernatural either, but it felt so real and helped me get over a really dark period that I probably wouldn’t have seen the other side of without.

    Our minds give us things like that when we’re mourning, whether it’s a scent that triggers our memories, a disputable face in a photograph, dreams, or whatever. Even if we’re not spiritual, I think things like that are proof of the vital bonds we forge with others and how strong our love for them is.

    • katieee

      but the face behind the little girl doesnt look like her at all, looks like the little boy, shaved head I totally and 100% think this is real.

    • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

      The shutter speed isn’t fast enough to capture movement, which causes something called ‘double exposure’.

      Her head, not shaved but with hair in a ponytail, is closer to the source of light as she’s bending back. When she stoops forward and moves the sparkler away, the flash goes off and creates said double exposure, which is why one set of eyes is glowing (red) and the other isn’t.

      This is a sad story but such photos are super common and it’s important to decode the technical reasons for them because there are a lot of unscrupulous people out there taking advantage of people in grieving. How many ‘psychics’ do you think have tried to bilk these people out of money now that their belief in the supernatural has been reported in the media?

    • Shelly Lloyd

      As a hobbyist photographer I agree with you. This is esp. true with camera phones that do not have a good shutter speed. Heck I do not think they even have shutters per say. And as long as this is just something the family is seeing to help them through their grief I would not say anything, but it is when charlatans and others use images like this to bilk people out their money that pisses me off.

    • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

      Ugh, yes. Those people are the worst, and I hate to burst the family’s bubble, but hucksters are cruel and cold reading can be so believable to someone in mourning who is looking for any proof at all that their loved one is with them somehow.

      A media story like this is just bound to get “volunteers” to contact that poor dead boy.

    • pixie

      I actually didn’t see the face at first until I paused the video and really looked at it. Once I saw what they were talking about, I had the same thought as you.
      I don’t tell people that their supernatural experiences with loved ones they lost are fake. I’m not a heartless person, but for myself, I don’t believe in supernatural phenomena. Everybody has the right to grieve in their own way and I’d never take that away from them. The human mind is a wonderful thing that can create sensations out of memories when we need it most, whether it’s seeing a face or feeling a presence.

    • http://anniedeezy.tumblr.com/ Annie

      Completely. And again, I don’t say that to shit on their grief, it’s just that so many people out there are more than happy to grift others for money or attention.


  • gothicgaelicgirl

    I totally believe this.
    We’ve all had incidents we cannot explain.
    A year to the day of my best friend’s death, I was reading and listening to the radio. His favourite song came on, and I swear, I could smell him, smell his apple shampoo and his leather jacket.
    I thought maybe I was imagining it, until his mother called me a split second later and said I swear —– was just here checking up on me.
    I told her I had experienced the same. I found out a few days after that her other son had experienced the exact same thing.

    I also had a dream a few weeks after I found out he had passed (he was my best friend since I was 7, he died aged 22).
    I hadn’t slept properly in a long time, as I was plagued with nightmares about finding his body.
    I had a dream where he was there, laughing and smiling at me, telling me not to worry. I started crying in my sleep and woke up bawling my eyes out.

    Freaky stuff