A WOMAN claims she captured a ghost peering through a window after taking a photograph of her husband standing outside an abandoned house.
Kristie Ranieri, 50, was on a walk with husband Michael Sharf, 52, when they passed the dilapidated building in Lake Forest, Illinois, and stopped to take a look.
It was the summer home of socialite Ginevra King, who had a two-year romance with author F Scott Fitzgerald and was his inspiration for The Great Gatsby.
Kristie, of Lake Forest, says her husband spotted the apparent apparition of a female face when flicking through their pictures later that evening.
The personal chef is convinced that the image of a woman staring out of the dormer window proves the socialite, who passed away in 1980, haunts her former family estate.
Kristie said: “I visit the house every year but I skipped it last year because it had been abandoned and had really gone to pot.
“But this year, with the fall colours looking so beautiful, I walked around it with my husband and took some pictures.
“Michael was going through the pictures that night, zooming into the windows to see if he could see the interiors and that’s when he spotted her face.
“We definitely got chills. Neither of us believed in ghosts but we were really freaked out.
“I knew what Ginevra King looked like because I’m interested in local history and she grew up in this area.
“When I saw that picture, I immediately Googled her and we both agreed it has to be her.”
The couple even returned to the 14-room mansion, built in 1905, the next day to see if the face was still there.
Kristie said: “We rushed back to see if we could spot her again but of course she was gone.”
She now hopes to approach experts who evaluate pictures of the paranormal.
She said: “I want to talk to some experts in this field and I want to let the local ghost hunters know.
“I imagine this will now become a spot on the ghost hunting trail.
“I was a sceptic before but seeing that image, I know that it is her ghost looking down.”
The mansion used to be part of the 47-acre estate that the King Family used as a summer home and called Kingdom Come Farm.
It was sold to a developer in 2016 who hopes to find a buyer for the home which has stood uninhabited for almost a decade.
Fitzgerald visited King at the home in the summers of 1915 and 1916 but Ginevra broke off their romance in 1917.
The following year she married William Mitchell, the son of her father Charles G King’s business associate.
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Fitzgerald never forgot the slight and went on to model the character of Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby’s unattainable love interest, in his famous 1925 novel on King.
Ginevra’s father reportedly told Fitzgerald: “Poor boys shouldn’t think of marrying rich girls.”
Although Fitzgerald did not include the line in his famous novel, it found its way into the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby starring Mia Farrow and Robert Redford.
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