Offbeat Video

By Kim Reader

A couple have captured footage of a ‘hooded shadowy figure’ that they believe is the ghost of an Ancient Egyptian priest haunting the museum where his mummy is kept.

In the video all of the ghost-hunting equipment belonging to Sean Reynolds and Rebecca Palmer can be heard going off before a black shadow is seen ‘walking’ in front of the camera and apparently into a tomb.

Parents-of-three Sean and Rebecca were filming for their paranormal TV show at Leeds City Museum in March this year when the hooded apparition crossed their paths.

The museum holds the tomb of ancient Egyptian priest Nesyamun who died more than 3,000 years ago – and whose spirit Sean believes they encountered that night.

Sean from Liverpool, Merseyside, said: “All the equipment was going crazy and that only happens if something sets off the alarms.

“It was Jane our camera lady who saw the shadow. We didn’t at first so we just had to trust that it would be there.


“When it came to editing the video we were praying it wasn’t just something she had seen with her own eyes. It was great to see we had actually got it and it’s so clear.

“The top of the shadow was in the shape of a pointed hood and it walked straight into the tomb on the right. It’s the tomb of a priest called Nesyamun. I definitely think it could be his spirit.

“From what I know, the museum is meant to be quite active with reports of Nesyamun being seen.

“So our first visit to a museum that’s meant to be haunted by a mummified priest and we managed to film a shadowy figure darting off into his tomb. It was brilliant.

“As much as I believe in the paranormal I like to be sceptical so the first thing I do when we capture something is try to debunk it.

“For one of us to create that shadow there would have had to be light behind us but there wasn’t. And there wasn’t anyone walking behind us.

“And you can tell where there is actually something there, you can definitely sense it.”

Paranormal TV producers Rebecca and Sean use a REM pod, which emits an electromagnetic field, and a shadow detector – both of which can be heard going off in the video.

The couple, who live in a cemetery, started ghost hunting when they got together and have done TV series such as The PAST Hunters and Ghost Dimension.



Sean’s first encounter with the spirit world was when he was 15 and woke in the middle of the night to the ghost of a ‘big fella’ sat on the end of his bed wearing a lumberjack jacket and stroking his dog.

But the dad-of-three didn’t explore the paranormal again until he met Rebecca.

Sean said: “It all started when I was 15. I remember waking up and my dog Sam was asleep on the end of my bed and when I moved the cover I could see this guy sat stroking him.

“A big ghostly fella and he was wearing a lumberjack jacket. Being a teenager I just pulled the cover over my head and went back to sleep.

“But when I told my mum the next day, she told me it sounded exactly like someone she knew who had died.

“I never stopped believing but I didn’t get back into exploring the paranormal properly until I met Rebecca.”

Nesyamun’s mummy was moved to Leeds City Museum in 1823 and has been recognised as one of the most remarkable mummies in Britain.

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said: “Nesyamun has always been one of our most popular exhibits and his incredibly well-preserved remains and captivating story have fascinated generations of museum-goers.

“Whilst we’re not aware of any reports of paranormal activity at the museum, our Ancient Worlds gallery is a very atmospheric place which often captures the imaginations of visitors.”