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There aren’t many headlines that make me declare “Say whaaat?” while doing a loud but poor impression of Scooby Doo. And my co-workers are grateful for that. But I definitely had a “Ray rhaaat?” moment when I came across this headline in British newspaper The Daily Express: RESEARCHERS CLAIM JIM MORRISON’S GHOST PICTURE IS NOT A FAKE.

Does this mean there really is proof of an after life of some sort? What will this mean for religion? For humanity? For DVD sales of The Doors?

This bizarre, and conceivably life-as-we-know-it-changing, tale hinges around a writer named Brett Meisner. In 1997, Meisner’s assistant took a photograph of him at Morrison’s grave in Paris. Five years later Mesiner looked at the picture (wow, his developing place is sloooow) and noticed a ghostly figure in the background which resembled Morrison. (The young, thin, Morrison. Not the slightly-less-young, much fatter version. Hey, even ghosts like to look good, you know!)

The photograph is one of the images to be found in a new book called Ghosts Caught On Film 2: Photographs of the Unexplained. The Express story states that, according to “researchers,” the apparition in the photograph is not a trick of the light and they’ve also ruled out the possibility that the image has been manipulated. Good for them. But, frankly, I’m not going to be convinced that Morrison is really lighting a fire around his grave until some paranormal researchers I trust (like Dan Aykroyd, or even Bill Murray) say it’s so.

But what say you? Do you think Morrison’s ghost is alive and well (or, at least, well)? Have you ever seen the ghost of a rock star? Am I risking a visit from the Lizard King himself by making fun of this whole thing? Let us know!

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