The Jim Morrison Ghost Photo

The Jim Morrison Ghost Photo

This article will be taking a look at the famous Jim Morrison ghost photo that ended up in the archives of journalist Brett Meisner’s work. Is this a real image of the paranormal, or nothing more than a clever fake?

Let’s take a closer look…

The Jim Morrison Ghost Grave

Most people know of Jim Morrison due to his time as the famous front man to the musical group The Doors, but he was also considered to be a talented American poet.

He died in Paris in 1971 but no autopsy was carried out on his body. Many believe that he accidentally snorted heroin thinking it was a line of cocaine – resulting in a sudden overdose that ended his life.

He was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery and his grave remained unmarked for many years. There had been numerous headstones placed over his resting place but mad fans had either defaced them or stolen them completely.

The Jim Morrison Ghost Grave

In the end, Jim’s heartbroken father decided to commission a simple headstone for the grave – it simply reads ‘Against His Own Daemon’ in Greek language.

Journalist Brett Meisner decided to visit the now famous cemetery back in 1997. Once there he got a friend to snap a photograph of him with the famous singer’s headstone in the background.

Many years later, Meisner was shocked to notice that his friend had picked up something disturbing in the cemetery shot…

The Jim Morrison Ghost Picture

Several years after the shot was taken, Meisner was going through his photo archives when his assistant pointed something odd out in the Père Lachaise Cemetery image.

In the background, standing in the doorway of a crypt, is a semi transparent figure, with his arms held wide.

The Jim Morrison Ghost Picture
The Right Side of the Photo Contains the Zoomed-in Image

The ghostly figure seems to be looking down towards the ground area to it’s right. It’s arms are stretched out wide and you can clearly make out a rather loose fitting, white t-shirt.

It’s the pose that captures the imagination of most paranormal investigators – it’s a famous pose that Morrison made during a publicity photo shoot when he was alive (see image at the top of this article).

It’s a fascinating paranormal photograph but it certainly does have it’s skeptics – many people believe that this was a way for the run-of-the-mill journalist to get some publicity for his work over the years.

What do you think – is this famous Jim Morrison ghost photo based on fact or fiction?

Could this be the ghostly image of the famous rock singer?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

17 comments on “The Jim Morrison Ghost Photo

  1. I know photography can play tricks, as can those of us behind the camera. But some things just can’t be explained like this. Well it can to half a group but not a whole one. Opinions and all. Plus I’ve got a pic of an x-ray of Kurt Cobain I believe and swear there’s a face that I’ve only show my best friend so I don’t sound too insane, haha.

    But many pictures like this exist and they can’t all be “fake” “manipulated” etc.

  2. What ever happened to Brett and this picture? I’ve heard a lot of different stories through the years. I’m a huge Doors fan and don’t believe it’s real!

    1. What? Just because you’re a Doors fan you don’t believe the image is real? Google is your friend – check out who Brett Meisner is and the image he snapped. There is more out there on this particular story.

  3. Not sure whether it is fake or real, but for sure there are professionals out there that could do a photoshop and create such an image. This was taken quite a few years ago, so not sure if this is possible or was possible at the time it was out in the public.

    But I DO believe in the paranormal, in that there are many things and dimensions that we are not able to see or be aware of, so in that light, it would be interesting to read about or watch a documentary on this phenomenon. I love to spend time on the unexplained, it raises my curiosity factor by ten! 

    Great subject too, by the way, the Doors are one of my favorite groups, and I still have LPs from the days when they were taking the world by storm. These, like that picture, likely have some value to some collectors of such trinkets (but I would never sell these LPs). 

    1. Good on you Dave – I made the mistake of selling a load of my LP’s when the eBay boom hit. Made good money on ’em but I miss them now record players are coming back into fashion! 

  4. I absolutely believe that is a true picture and believe it wasn’t doctored. There is no doubt that there is paranormal activity out there. I know there are non believers and that’s okay because there are even more believers. There is just too much evidence out there to deny such existence. Thank you for taking the time to gather the information and share it with us.


    1. Glad you believe Dave!

      Yeah the image was shot a while back, so I’m not sure there were that many options around to fake those days (software-speaking)

  5. I’ve looked at the picture and it doesn’t seem like a cooked up story. I’m not surprised that the owner of the photo didn’t notice the image until years after. Who takes a picture hoping to see a ghost?

    It’s a pity that people reject belief in ghost and the paranormal because they cannot explain it. Not everything can be explained but I actually believe there are things like ghosts.

    1. You seem to be reading from the same page as me Louis mate – good man! 🙂

      I also believe that this photo was not ‘cooked up’ in any way. 

  6. This is a fascinating photo, and I would think that it would be pretty hard to fake, even using Photoshop, especially as the transparent image was not noticed until many years after the photo was taken.

    I do believe in the paranormal. A while ago my daughter, who is a professional photographer, went to take some photos in a disused chapel which had reported strange sightings. The photos which she took certainly revealed some strange images and lights which she knows she did not originally shoot!

    Many thanks for your really interesting article.

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. Hi Chrissie, 

      It sounds like your daughter has the knack for catching this sort of thing on camera – she should try her hand at it more often! 

  7. This is certainly an intriguing phenomena, Chris! The pose that Morrison exhibits reminds me of Christ’s crucified on the Cross. I know that this could never have been doctored in anyway!

    I too am an avid Doors Fan! They were one of the classic bands of all time. Back then music was music, not of the caliber that is created now. 

    Spectacular insight, both clear and concise!

    1. Well thank you Paul – glad you enjoyed it!

      I’ll let you get back to listening to your Doors albums now then (enjoy!). 🙂

  8. No way a real un doctored pic .Jim hated the whole Doors commercial side so why would a dead jim pose in the famous “jesus” pose . The man wanted to be remembered as a competent if not brilliant writer ,not the bubble gum pin up out of the pop comics in which he despised .Come on real jim fans we all know he faked it and still roams Paris to this day

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