Kidnap attempt caught on camera

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There are lots of click-bait titles with the words ‘ghost caught on camera’ floating around on YouTube, but are any of those vids the real deal? Well, it might surprise you to learn that a good chunk of those popular vids have some solid evidence behind them. You might have even seen your fair share of ghosts caught on tape without even realising it!


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These days, anyone with a smartphone can capture strange phenomena any time – but it’s also a lot easier to make fakes with camera tricks and modern editing programs. So how can you tell the difference? Look through our list to test out your ghost busting skills!

1. The Bloody Mary Challenge

A little boy films himself while performing the Bloody Mary ritual in his bathroom.

The Story: The legend of Bloody Mary goes way back, so YouTubers challenged each other to film themselves doing it for fun.

Creepy Rating: 2/10

Real or Fake: Though convincing at first, a closer look reveals her defined features. Could it be just his sister helping him make a cool video for subscribers?

2. Ghost Of Man Haunting A Forest

The transparent head and hands of a man are floating around in the forest.

The History: Legend claims this was the spirit of a man killed while crossing the train tracks and dumped into the river.

Creepy Rating: 3/10

Real Or Fake: There’s an eerie feeling from watching this video, but does it look like the work of amateur special effects?

3. Child Ghost Captured On Security Footage

A CCTV camera captures a ghostly child roaming the streets alone.

The Story: This is a fairly recent video with little context. But seeing how the kid is aimlessly crossing the road, it looks like he may have died there in an accident some time ago.

Creepy Rating: 3/10

Real or Fake: This video looks real and unedited, but it could still be a fake.

4. Little Girl Ghost at Haunted Hotel

In 2010, an Australian ghost hunter chased a little girl in an abandoned 5-star hotel.

The Story: His video description claims that the hotel had closed down because guests reported sightings of the little girl. He ends up getting trapped somewhere in the dark but escapes.

Creepy Rating: 4/10

Real or Fake: There’s something weird about how the little girl in pyjamas looks at the camera and runs away. Did he edit her in to get more views?

5. Little Japanese Girl Sees Her Uncle

The girl talks to her mom when you see the faint figure of a man through the doorway, standing in the other room behind her.

The Story: The girl’s uncle passed away in the house, but it looks like he’s still around to watch over his sister and his beloved niece.

Creepy Rating: 6/10

Real or Fake: The video looks authentic, but they showed it on a Japanese show for entertainment. Is it scripted?

6. Halloween Ghost in Australia

On the night of Halloween in Adelaide, a group of friends saw a figure walking around the Morialta Falls Conservation Park.

The Story: Teenagers heard of a friendly spirit roaming the area. They watched the silhouette walk through the field and fade away.

Creepy Rating: 6/10

Real or Fake: With such low-quality footage, we can hardly see anything but the legs. Could it just be a prank?

7. Peeking Through A Castle Window

A personal coach finds someone looking out an ancient castle window in England.

The Story: In 2018, Tony returned to the castle he had visited before. While filming, he spots what he believes to be the ghost of the caretaker he had met during his previous trip there.

Creepy Rating: 7/10

Real or Fake: This made headlines on ‘Inside Edition’ and seemed quite believable, but was it just another tourist?

8. Mother With Baby Carriage

A couple driving through a tunnel in Japan sees a mother pushing her baby carriage.

The Story: Dressed in black, the woman wears a vintage attire. Could they have been a mother and child that lost their lives during that time period?

Creepy Rating: 8/10

Real or Fake: This video is absolutely terrifying, out of all the footage on this list, we think this one has the highest chance of being real!

9. Lady Curled Up In The Dark

A man explored an abandoned warehouse when he sees a woman in the corner.

The Story: Japan is fascinated by ghosts, and some curious people like to explore creepy places for fun. This guy encounters a dark and faceless woman hunched over in the corner.

Creepy Rating: 9/10

Real or Fake: This one made our hearts jump, but could it just be his friend posing for the video?

10. White Lady Peeking Through Door

A man hears crying noises from the apartment next door. He investigated it and a white-faced lady answered.

The Story: After the encounter, the landlord stated that it was a vacant unit. The woman who used to live there had died, but she continues to look over her home.

Creepy Rating: 10/10

Real or Fake: This is a chilling video that seems like they took it out of a horror movie. What do you think?


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Thanks to a surveillance camera in a California cell phone store, a recent attempted kidnapping has been caught on camera.

The attempted abduction took place at Macias Cellular & Computers in Victorville, California, on Friday. If you watch the surveillance footage in the video below from WPVI-TV, you’ll see a 4-year-old girl standing in the shop with her mother, who is also holding a baby. Suddenly, an arm reaches into the store and snatches the toddler. The mother and another customer go running out the door after the kidnapper.

San Bernadino County police say the abductor quickly lost grip of the girl as she tried to pull away, according to a report by KABC-TV. In the video, you’ll see the mother and her two children return to the store, with the toddler crying and holding on tightly to her mother.

NBC4 News reports that the other customer and the store owner’s husband were able to chase down the suspect, 24-year-old Terry Ransom, and hold him there until officials arrived. Ransom, who the police believe was on drugs at the time of the incident, was arrested.

The footage captured by the surveillance is downright terrifying, but we’re really just so glad the 4-year-old is safe: Police say the toddler was shaken, but she didn’t suffer any injuries, KABC-TV reports.

This is the second attempted kidnapping caught on camera that has made headlines within a month. The first happened in June, when a man tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl at a Dollar General Store in Florida. Luckily, her mother was able to grab her just in time.

Heather Finn Content Strategy Editor Heather Finn is the content strategy editor at Good Housekeeping, where she heads up the brand’s social media strategy and covers entertainment news on everything from ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor’ to Netflix’s latest true crime documentaries.

Las Vegas kidnapping captured by home security camera

A doorbell camera in Las Vegas captured dramatic video of a woman running up to a house and banging on the door for help before a man rushes up and kidnaps her violently.

The woman, who runs from a white sedan at about 12:45 a.m. on New Year’s Day, pounds on the front door and screams for help while the man pursues her, the footage shows.

“Stop! Stop! Stop! Please!” she pleads.

The man responds: “You always (expletive) do that!”

He then pushes her to the ground and kicks her, the video shows.

“Get in the car!” he shouts, then picks her up, grabs her by the hair and hauls her away.

The victim, who is white, is believed to be in her 20s. Police said she was wearing blue ripped jeans, a dark-colored long-sleeve shirt and dark boots when she was kidnapped.

The suspect is a black male with short black hair and is about the same age as the woman, police said. He was last seen wearing a white shirt with dark-colored horizontal stripes, dark-colored pants and brown dress shoes.

His vehicle is believed to be a white Hyundai Sonata with a sunroof and unknown plates.

Woman Arrested in Kidnapping Attempt Caught on Camera at McDonald’s

A woman suspected of attempting to kidnap a 4-year-old child at a McDonald’s has been arrested, Los Angeles police said.

Maralyn Ramos, 33, was arrested Wednesday night in downtown Los Angeles and booked on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, police said. Bail was set at $100,000.

Ramos has lived in Arizona. It’s unclear how long she had been in California, police said, adding that she was arrested after investigators received a tip.


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Details about the arrest were not immediately available. It was not immediately clear whether Ramos has an attorney.

In security camera video captured Tuesday afternoon, a woman can be seen carrying a 4-year-old out of a McDonald’s restaurant located in the 1300 block of East Olympic Boulevard. As the woman attempted to enter a parked vehicle, a witness stopped her and she fled on foot from the area, the LAPD said.

The owner-operator of the restaurant issued a statement early Thursday.

“Our biggest priority is always the safety and well-being of our customers and employees. We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement during this investigation,” said owner-operator Veronica Sanchez.

Police said Thursday that they are still searching for a woman in a second kidnapping attempt that was reported Wednesday on Martin Luther King Boulevard and San Pedro Street in Los Angeles, police said. The kidnapper in that case pulled a 4-year-old child’s hand and attempted to walk away with the victim while the boy was walking with a family member, police said.

The woman was stopped by a witness in the area and again fled, the LAPD said.

Los Angeles police said Thursday they have found security camera video on the kidnapping and expect to release it soon.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is urged to contact Robbery Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, Detectives F. Arroyo, Serial No 26531 and D. Moreno, Serial No. 32580 at (213) 486-6840. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also go to, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article indicated the woman arrested Wednesday was suspected in the attempted kidnapping at Martin Luther King Boulevard and San Pedro Street. Police later said she is not suspected in that investigation.

Outdoor home surveillance camera footage released by the Los Angeles Police Department captured the sounds of an unseen woman screaming in terror in what police believe is a suspected kidnapping.

The screaming woman may be the victim of a possible kidnapping that occurred on Nov. 12, police said via a press release.

Another woman can be seen in the video standing on what appears to be a front porch and looking towards the direction of the screams. An LAPD spokesperson told ABC News that the woman in the video is the owner of the home with the home surveillance camera.

The video also shows a car speeding away from the camera’s view.

Police provided more details in a press release about the possible kidnapping.

“Witnesses on the 3000 block of 3rd Avenue heard a female screaming, ‘help me, somebody help me,” the statement read.

“At the same time witnesses observed a possible 4-door white Prius with two occupants inside, speed off southbound 3rd Avenue,” the statement continued, and that a woman with “dark braided hair” was believed to be in the front passenger seat.

A witness observed the woman’s hair being pulled backward while she was screaming, according to the statement. “Witness-1 observed plastic wrap over the front passenger side window from a possible prior traffic collision. The Suspect was heard shouting, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry,'” the statement also read.

The LAPD spokesperson said there was no new or additional information about the suspected kidnapping.

“I’m bothered, I’m really bothered,” said witness Denise Bingham to ABC News’ Los Angeles affiliate KABC. “Her screams, I can’t forget it. I can’t forget it.”