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Ghost Under Bed Chain Letter

Outline
Email chain letter that includes an image of a ghostly figure under a hospital bed warns recipients that the ghost will collect their soul if they do not send the message to five people.



Brief Analysis
Although it may look a little scary, there is nothing supernatural about its origins. The image is derived from the DVD cover illustration for a 2003 Thai horror film entitled "The Unborn." Nothing dire will befall those who do not pass on the message.

Detailed analysis and references below example.
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Last updated: 14th Januaury 2012
First published: 13th February 2005
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Status:
False

Example:(Submitted October 2005)
Subject: Fwd: FW: Fwd: Fw: Read before opening picture

True or not - this is pretty creepy - & just in time for Halloween!

Subject: FW: Read before opening picture

This photo was taken in a hospital after the patient in the bed was in an accident where he was responsible for a young woman's death.

It is said that when you receive this image and do not send it to at east five people, the woman will look for you during the night to collect your soul.

A couple in a western suburb area of Sydney received the message and deleted the picture without sending it to at least five people. This couple was murdered by their 15 year old neighbor who claims to have been possessed by the woman.

A 28 year old woman in Whittlesay Road, Cambridgeshire, England, was run down by a car driven by another female that fit the description of the woman in the photograph, the police investigation revealed that the murdered lady had received this picture only 4 hours before her untimely death and did not pass it on to at least 5 people.

Ghost under Bed




Commentary:
This chain letter, which features an image apparently depicting a "ghost" under a bed, has circulated, mainly via email, since 2004. Like many chain letters, the email warns of dire consequences for those recipients who do not forward the message to others. The email claims that the ghostly woman will look for you and collect your soul if you do not forward the email to at least five other people. Presumably, the un-dead have email and Internet access as well so that they can keep track of who sends the message and who doesn't.

Although the image does look rather frightening, there is, not surprisingly, nothing even remotely supernatural about its origins. The image is in fact derived from the DVD cover illustration for a 2003 Thai horror film entitled The Unborn. Although the picture in the hoax message has been reversed, it is clearly the same image:

Unborn DVD Cover



This hoax is quite reminiscent of another ghost chain letter set in the Sundarbans, a National Park in Bangladesh. The Sundarbans version also includes a fake photo of a ghostly girl and promises bad luck for those who do not forward it to others.

Chain letters that threaten recipients with bad luck or even death if they break the chain are certainly nothing new. In fact they were around long before the advent of email and the Internet. Then, as now, the best thing to do with a chain letter is to throw it away rather than send it to others. The more superstition among us might question the wisdom of such advice. All I can say is that I've deleted literally hundreds of these nonsensical messages over the years and, last time I checked, I was still alive, I'm fairly confident that my soul is still intact, and my luck has remained consistently average!

2004 Example:
Subject: scary!!

This photo was taken in a hospital after the patient was in an accident where he was responsible for a young woman's death.

It is said that when you receive this image and do not send it to at least five people, the woman will look for you during the night to collect your soul.

People in Laredo, Texas, received this image and did not send it and were killed outside a bar; it looked as if this woman killed them. Send it to five people or the woman will look for you.


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References
Movie Asia- The Unborn
Sundarbans Ghost Chain Letter



Last updated: 14th January 2012
First published: 13th February 2005
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer