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Ricardo Diaz's Ghost ( it's not a mod. )

Ricardo Diaz's Ghost is an unlikely myth in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.


Initially the myth was described as possible but over the lapse of time, multiple demonstrations have been presented that largely discarded the authenticity of the myth, revealing that several glitched textures and lighting effects in the mansion may initially lead one to believe in a paranormal haunting. Technically, no such entities are present in the mansion, but the myth itself has been a cause of serious debate between gamers but none has ever presented bona fide evidence including the most technical of players in the game.


Many players have reported seeing his ghost in the Vercetti Estate and reported hearing windy voices and strange whistles all over the mansion. It is believed to be the ghost of Ricardo Diaz since he was murdered in his mansion during the end of the mission, Rub Out.

Diaz's ghost is believed to roam around the mansion at late hours. He was of cunning nature, so his ghost can get hostile at times.

The Portrait

A strange observation can also be made on the first floor of the mansion, a religious portrait that can be found hanging on the wall. Religious portraits are often used for the avoidance of any demonic activity within the possessed object or region. This could be plausible that Vercetti Estate is haunted by ghosts. It is named bible1 in the internal files of the game.

It is also plausible that it belongs to Ricardo Diaz, a conceivable Catholic. Literally, the name Ricardo is a frequent Spanish name, meaning Powerful Leader and Diaz described to meant Son of Diego, with Diego being the primordial Roman Catholic Saint in America,

The mysterious religious portrait.

it can be very well perceived that the portrait has something to do with Diaz's religious personality.

Besides, Diaz always wears a Crucifix locket, as evident in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, causing serious damage and furthermore abandoning the ghost theories.

The ghost could also be a poltergeist. Similar to poltergeist activities, players have reported that his ghost is the one behind changing the portraits from their initial positions. This fact is also discarded, as many players hold their opinion that the portraits were displaced by the Vercetti Gang, after their takeover.


Evidence Analysis Conclusion

Green Glow
In the following picture, an inexplicable green glow can be observed, which can only occur after Vercetti's takeover. Due to this fact, this glow has interconnected with the Ricardo Diaz Ghost. That could be a plausible fact, as green glow occurs in paranormal regions. Players have interlinked this glow with Ricardo Diaz's myth, and this fact could also be conceivable, with respect to the reason that this glow can only be observed after Vercetti's takeover. That is more likely a transparency glitch that players mistake for the ghost, as evident from the game files. A waveband of red, green, and yellow colors include in the texture files of the stair railings in the game, specifically for transparency purposes.

The Bulb
In the second picture, the light bulb behind the stairs is non-functional, but the light still glows within the area from an unknown source. It has been speculated to be a slightly occult occurrence, although that fact has also been disputed. It has been concluded that the bulb may be non-functional due to a probable development error.
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Strange Smoke on The Stairs
A photograph, featuring a strange smoke was uploaded on the web. The authenticity of the evidence has yet to be disclosed. The smokey figure was captured on the main stairs of the Vercetti Estate. Still unknown, however, due to a modified weapon present beside the stairs, this can be speculated that the user may be modding the game.

Another skeptic thesis demonstrates the image blurred in an absurd way to give an impression of a shadow.
None of these theories has been approved or discarded by the user who captured the picture.

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