Ghost Hunter tricks ‘Black Monk of Pontefract’ in photo, leaving him in ‘tears of fear’

A ghost hunter believes he tricked the infamous “Black Monk of Pontefract” into posing for a photo.

John-Paul Newlands, from Lincolnshire, says he was left “almost in tears of fear” when the apparition was captured in one of his photographs last month.

The 40-year-old ventured into what has been called one of the country’s most haunted houses, 30 East Drive, Pontefract, East Yorkshire, to see if he could coax the spirit for a wink of eye.

And he claims to have done just that, catching what he says is the terrifying figure lurking in the corner of one of his photos.

Jean-Paul says the photo shows the “black monk” wearing a long hooded robe and standing with his arms raised in the air.

Recalling the moment he came face to face with the ghost, the paranormal expert said: “When I saw the picture, my heart sank. I’m not going to lie, I was really surprised and I was at a point where I was almost in tears.

The house is said to be haunted by the ghost of the infamous ‘Black Monk’. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

“I don’t know if it was because I was happy or scared. I couldn’t tell at the time. I just ran down the stairs yelling ‘I found it. ! I found it ! I got it !”.

“At the time I took this picture, we all said there was just something wrong with that room, and then bang.

“I think [the monk] was caught off guard. I don’t think he wanted to show off. I used the mirror as a false sense of security for him and understood him that way.”

However, although he is sure of what he saw, Jean-Paul says he will not impose his belief on others.

He said: “I won’t say it’s a paranormal image because I spotted the picture and I don’t like forcing people to see what they don’t see.

“I’ll leave it to the imagination for now.”

Legend has it that the house was the site of “the UK’s most violent haunting”, when a family was terrorized by the ghost shortly after moving in in 1966.

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The spirit was “tricked” to appear, says Jean-Paul. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Jean and Joe Pritchard say they saw the monk numerous times, even floating above their bed.

Other occasions, however, were far more ominous, with clipped footage and gasping heard throughout the house.

The story was even the subject of horror in 2012 When the lights go out, and the house is now open to visitors.

Experts say the city gallows was at one point opposite and the monk was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young girl.

Discussing the latest sighting, current owner Bil Bungay said: “It’s a fascinating image for several reasons.

“First of all, it’s shot in daylight, so if it’s anything paranormal, it challenges the convention of ‘ghostly activity only happens when the lights are out’ – which is actually not the case at 30 East Drive.

“Secondly, it’s not uncommon for a fog to be captured by our guests. This image definitely has a haze that is weird to the right and hard to explain in an age of digital photography where chemical anomalies are no longer a factor. .

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Jean-Paul says he was almost in “tears” when he came face to face with the spirit. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

“Finally, the white monk shape in the lower right ignores the general acceptance that the entity in the house is a black monk and not a white one, and the hood is Diddy Man tall, not a Cistercian monk at all.

“It makes me feel like it might have a little something to do with the curtains in the window where the light source is coming from. That said, it is indeed a very particular anomaly, so it’s difficult to explain.

“Thousands of visitors will testify that 30 East Drive is indeed a very special place, and let’s face it – who really knows what the truth is?

“It’s equally plausible in my opinion that John could have captured something real that we have no understanding of. The spirit is breathtaking.”

Jack C. Nugent