In the summer of 2010, UK resident Sean Robinson inherited an eerie painting previously owned by his superstitious grandmother. She kept it locked up in her home out of fear that it was a haunted object that attracted the presence of a shadowy, ghost-like figure. The painting was called "The Anguished Man," and she believed it was inherently evil.
Robinson was skeptical about its horrific origins but kept the painting regardless - he simply didn’t believe in objects that are cursed. However, he and his family started noticing strange things happening from the very day they brought the painting home. They noticed doors shutting on their own, strange ghostly lights appearing around the painting, and the sound of a man crying. They even claimed to witness a dark figure of a man, who accompanied the painting wherever it went.
The Anonymous Artist Allegedly Mixed His Own Blood Into The PaintVideo: YouTube
According to Robinson’s deceased grandmother, the anonymous artist who originally created the painting was incredibly disturbed. The painter was so obsessed with his creation, he even mixed his own blood into the paint. Tragically, he took his own life shortly after completing the painting.
She stated she had received the painting as a gift from someone, but she was so creeped out by it, she kept it under lock and key in the attic for 25 years.
The Owner's Grandmother Claimed A Shadow Figure Always Accompanied The Painting
Perhaps the creepiest anecdote Robinson’s grandmother noted about the painting was the fact that it came with a visitor. She said the moment she brought it home, she started to see a dark figure of a man in the corners of the house. She also began hearing strange, unexplainable noises, such as crying and moaning. These all occurred mostly at night. After Robinson took the painting, his family saw and heard the apparition, as well.
The noises have been getting worse. We have heard crying coming from the corner of our bedroom. We started seeing the dark figure standing at the bottom of the bed, just staring at us. It seems to be a middle aged man, but his features are not very clear.
The Painting's Owner Uploaded Footage Of The Alleged HauntingsVideo: YouTube
After the family started noticing strange occurrences around the house, Robinson decided to set up a camera to record it during the night. When he reviewed his footage, he was shocked at what he saw. Objects moved around, weird noises were heard throughout the footage, and ghostly lights kept appearing around the painting.
He then decided to keep a video journal of the painting and recorded it to see what else it would do. He uploaded his videos to YouTube, where some of them garnered over a million views.
The Owner’s Wife Reportedly Refused To Be In The Same House As The Painting
Due to all the strange occurrences in the home, Robinson’s wife was understandably creeped out. What may have pushed her over the edge was one experience in which she woke up in bed, and a frightening figure was laying beside her. She was so traumatized by it, she didn’t want to be in the same house as the painting.
As a compromise, Robinson offered to keep the painting in the basement. It didn’t stay there long, however - the basement was suddenly flooded, and they were forced to relocate the painting back upstairs. According to Robinson and his family, the hauntings came back along with it.