|Face in the Courthouse Window|
A photo of the face
|Theories|| · Spiritual imprint|
The Face in the Courthouse Window is a strange phenomenon that has manifested at the Pickens County Courthouse in Alabama.
In November 1876, the old courthouse burned down. Suspecting arson, residents wanted to punish whoever was responsible. After more than a year, a former slave named Henry Wells was arrested and taken to the newly-rebuilt courthouse.
By this time, a mob had gathered outside to hang him. From an upstairs window, Wells was reportedly peering down at the angry crowd when a bolt of lightning struck near the courthouse and somehow etched the expression on Wells' face into the glass.
The phenomenon is described as the image of an anguished face in the lower right-hand pane of the upstairs window of the courthouse. Over time, "people have tried to clean the image from the window, some scrubbing it with soap or rubbing with gasoline, but the face remains unchanged." (Weird US: The ODDyssey Continues)
There are several explanations as to what the phenomenon could be. Theories include:
- A spiritual imprint
- A coincidence