When Sean Robinson’s grandmother passed away, he inherited a painting that had been in her attic for over 25 years. The piece entitled, The Anguished Man, had been an unwanted gift from a friend that Sean’s grandmother stowed away in the attic insisting it was “evil”. She claimed a dark figure had been lurking through her house ever since she received the painting and that strange noises such as crying were coming from it. The artist who created The Anguished Man was an incredibly disturbed individual who mixed his own blood in with the oil paint when painting the piece and committed suicide immediately following its completion. Sean Robinson, being a skeptic, did not believe in his grandmother’s story or the supposed paranormal events she experienced after receiving it. Shortly after Sean displayed the painting in his home, he and his wife began seeing a dark figure, as his grandmother had claimed seeing. The couple said strange noises seemed to be coming from the painting including scratching an a man crying. Sean described, “We have heard crying coming from te corner of the bedroom. We started seeing the dark figure standing at th bottom of the bed, just staring at us. It seems to be a middle-aged man but his features are not very clear.”. Sean’s wife was so unsettled by the happenings in their home she refuses to live with The Anguished Man. Mr. Robinson, on the other hand, has gained quite a bit of attention on the web from filming supposed activity surrounding the mysterious painting and releasing the “evidence” on YouTube.
Unfortunately, chances are the “haunted painting” is a hoax. After all, no one even knows the name of this twisted, tormented artist who created the painting with his own blood before dramatically taking his own life. Nevertheless, it has gained a substantial amount of attention from the paranormal community, being studied by Ian Lawman and John Blackburn of Mysteria Paranormal. Lawman and Blackburn have taken The Anguished Man to some of the most notoriously haunted locations in the United Kingdom including 35 Stonegate at York and Chillingham Castle in Northumberland. During the investigation at Chillingham Castle on May 18, 2013 John Blackburn along with more than 20 witnesses claim the room went icy cold during a séance and a large, dark figure appeared in the middle of the circle. Following a series of questions from Blackburn directed towards the painting, a large wooden bench bangs on the floor, seemingly in response. The bench then violently flipped upside down by an unforeseen force. John Blackburn said the events of that evening were the strangest thing he’d seen in his time as a paranormal investigator. While I do not necessarily doubt the events witnessed by over twenty paranormal investigators at Chillingham Castle, it is difficult to say whether or not they were brought on by the painting. As most ghost believers and enthusiasts know, Chillingham Castle is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in the world and has provided solid evidence of the existence of apparitions over the years. Fact or fiction, the tale of The Anguished Man is certainly one of the more morbid and unsettling stories of the spirit world.
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