Originally posted by Dalbeck
The faces of Belmez, anyone ?
Bélmez de la Moraleda, Spain
In a small house in Belmez, the image of a face once appeared on its concrete floor. Its owners tried to remove it, but it persisted. And soon it was
joined by others. And others. Soon, ghastly, ghostly faces were everywhere on the floor, sometimes even overlapping. Small faces, big faces, some
benevolent, some shrieking in horror. They became known as the Faces of Bélmez.
The faces were shown to have been painted on the concrete floor, the first with paint and later with acid, and the woman living in the house found to
be perpetrating a hoax on the public for financial gain. In 1971, María Gómez Cámara announced the appearance of the first face on the kitchen
floor, and psychic believers called it a case of "thoughtography", claiming that Cámara's thoughts had a telekinetic effect and projected images
from her mind onto the floor. When she and her family began charging admission for tourists to see the faces, the mayor had a sample removed for
testing. The hoax was easily revealed, and the city banned any further tourist business from being conducted at the residence. However that did not
stop them, and the faces continued to appear for more than 30 years until Cámara's death in 2004.