Ghosts and mysteries

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Many years ago I and my young daughter were looking for a place to rent. I was in the middle of my postgraduate studies and she was about to start her second year in the Mittelschule. After a long, fruitless search, we found that woman who gave us the keys of her late ex-husband’s apartment and asked for a very modest rent. The man died in September, and we got the keys the following July. The apartment was stripped almost empty, but if we really needed anything, we could ship some stuff from our own home, so I agreed and we moved in.

The worst piece of furniture was an old bed. I timidly inquired  whether the old man died in there,  but was told that it happened in the next room and his bed was dumped. Needless to say, we made that room a non-living zone.

The said bed didn’t look like the one in the picture, but it was still very old, so I though I would use this image to create some suspense, since the story is actually scary and difficult to believe.

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That first night nothing happened – or so I think. I arranged for a children’s bed to be delivered, and until then my daughter and I shared the old wreck. It was our second night in the place. My daughter was already asleep when I switched off the light and joined her. Trying to be quiet, I covered myself with a woolen spread and the same second I heard distinct heavy footsteps coming from the kitchen. I stopped breathing. The footsteps walked into the room and my hair stood on end. I was waiting, breathless – I would fight hard to protect my daughter. The footsteps never stopped and went straight to the next room. I didn’t move. After a minute or so the footsteps made it back and disappeared in the kitchen exactly the same way they came.  Here is the path.

ghost pathI was listening for the door to unlock, but there was no sound. Being completely shattered I fell asleep.

The following day was a torture. I already realized that my visitor didn’t belong to this world, but this realization didn’t give me a clue how to stop him from coming. Besides, I was not sure he wouldn’t venture to our bed to say hello one night. I discussed the situation with my friend, and she suggested lighting a candle in church. The candle didn’t help.

For the rest of the summer, every single night he was there shortly before midnight. I was so grateful that my daughter was always sound asleep by that time. I have never looked at him – I was not sure if he liked attention.

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But I did talk to him – after a month or so. “For God’s sake,  I would tell him in a hushed voice, why are you walking here instead of resting in peace? You are a grown up man, shame on you! Don’t you know I have a 8 year old child here, and you can scare her! What are you looking for here? Just let me know and I will take to your grave whatever stuff you need.”

He kept coming until his one year anniversary, and I kept giving out to him for that. Then he just stopped coming, and that was it.

Some mysteries can be explained though, like the ones in the books of Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes

These pictures were taken in the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London, England. It opened in 1990 and is situated in Baker Street, bearing the number 221 B, as per books, although it lies between numbers 237 and 241. The Georgian town house was formerly used as a boarding house from 1860 to 1936, which covers the period of 1881 to 1904 when Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson were reported to have resided there as tenants of Mrs Hudson. The museum is run by the Sherlock Holmes Society of England, a non-profit organisation. I guess they actually have some profit since the tickets are overpriced, but it is not that  I am complaining – the museum was a #1 item on my London list.

This is the monster from The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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The Red-Headed League

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A criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty

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I read all the Sherlock Holmes books when I was a young teenager. People read a lot at that time. Not that I am a hardcore Sherlock fan, but I enjoyed reading the novels way before I saw my first movie: for that, I consider myself lucky. And I did want to visit the museum because I love the idea of the monuments and museums dedicated to the fictional characters.

It is why the reviews in the Trip Adviser upset me. Especially one like this:

“I think it’s interesting if you’re a big fan and know all the stories. If you’re not (like me) you’ll learn nothing.”

For Goodness sake! Sorry you learned nothing, man.

But there was one review that  I loved. A very long one, and I want to quote a part of it here, because I couldn’t say it better myself:

“…I’m sorry that you probably live in a world where people insist that Sherlock Holmes is not real. I invite you to live in my world instead, my friend. Because in my world, people can fall from waterfalls and 15 story buildings and live to solve crime another day. In my world empty hearses are not creepy precursors to post apocalyptic zombie films. In my world one landlord can be both Mrs. Hudson, AND Mrs. Turner, because the hell with continuity! The difference between fiction and real life is that fiction has to make sense, and when did Sherlock Holmes ever make sense? Never! If that’s not confirmation, I don’t know what is.

Anyway, they’ll try to tell you this is a “museum”, but whatever. You know that the great detective and his dear friend Doctor Watson have just stepped out on a consultation at Scotland Yard. And don’t you ever forget it.”

Bless you, young lady.

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Sherlock Holmes

I want to share some soundtracks to the different Sherlock Holmes movies.  Which of the soundtracks is your favorite?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985), Granada Television,  starred Jeremy Brett  and David Burke/Edward Hardwicke. Composer Patrick Gowers.

 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1979-1986), Lenfilm, starred Vasily Livanov  and Vitaly Solomin. Composer Vladimir Dashkevich.

BBC Sherlock (TV series) 2010. Starring  Benedict Cumberbatch  and Martin Freeman. Composers  David Arnold and Michael Price. This is actually a cover, but I think it is brilliant – Sherlock Medley on Violin – Taryn Harbridge

And this one is from the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Composer Hans Zimmer

The living room and all the familiar items are on display – you can sit in the chairs, put on the hats and even play the violin if you wish.

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The maid is real.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

If you don’t mind wax figures, Madame Tussauds museum is some 10 minutes walk from here.

Sherlock Holmes

And you know what? There are people who still write to the famous Detective.  Blessed readers – I am sure that most of them are readers.

Sherlock Holmes

So, that’s the story. Some mysteries still remain unsolved…

Sherlock Holmes

The Rocky Road to Dublin by The Dubliners – this song was used in the Sherlock movie.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a wonderful weekend!

88 comments

    1. Thank you so much. Yes, it was a relief, but also a disappointment in myself – I should have looked at him, at least. Now I don’t even know was he visible or not!

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    1. The thing is that I had already had some experience with magic a few years before the events. I don’t know if I am going to share that, lets just say – the ghosts didn’t scare me much since. I wouldn’t like them jump out of my closet, but otherwise I give them room to exist.

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        1. Oh I shouldn’t have started… It involves other people, and it is a too long story. If I outlive all involved, I might write a novel. Just for you: magic exists, people are not always what they seem, good people might bear dark secrets.
          Hugs! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Suzanne. I loved the museum. Hope you make it there one day. Wax Figures are just 10 minutes walk from there too, and they have a new display dedicated to the history of London. It is quite amazing.

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      1. We weren’t too far from the museum but we were so tired from taking buses and trains the whole day. We stayed in a hotel on the opposite side of the water from Buckingham Palace. We spent a lot of time on public transportation. Their trains are 100 times worse than New York City. I was pushed and prodded. People didn’t walk around me but through me. If I go back, I refuse to take another city train or bus.

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  1. Wow~ You are so brave!!! I’d be out within a week!!!
    I personally had experiences with ghosts.., or should I say, spirits, so I can relate to your experience. The reason why ‘he’ stopped coming to his old home, perhaps he reincarnated?!!!

    Vivienne X

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    1. Thank you for your comment Vivienne! He stopped coming exactly after his 1 year anniversary. Probably moved on, finally. I don’t think he was reincarnated though. He was not ready spiritually – too attached to the earthly things. Way to learn 🙂
      Inese

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  2. What a story! You are so brave, If that happens to me then I think I will move out soon 🙂
    Oh I love Sherlock Holmes stories too! I don’t like the new TV series about those modern Sherlock Holmes though – just weird and it feels like forgetting the originality of Sherlock Holmes..I guess I am bit old fashioned that way..

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Indah! You are right, I should have moved out. I can guess the reason of the low rent she asked 🙂 Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything else close to my daughter’s school, and by that time I already had at least two big encounters with paranormal, so that a rogue ghost wouldn’t make a difference 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I love the first and the second ones – I think both are conveying the spirit 🙂 Russian actor Vasily Livanov became an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, and of course Jeremy Brett is Holmes himself in my opinion 🙂

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  3. It has to be the Jeremy Brett version. Maybe because I remember seeing it waaaay back when 🙂

    And I loved (hmmm, not the right word!) your personal ghost story. So glad after the anniversary he was finally outta there.

    I cannot believe all the items in that house. Looks like a very thorough portrait of the pair.

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    1. These are not all the items. They have Dr Watson’s room, Ms Hudson’s room and even a bathroom, and some more rooms I already forget about – it was a good couple of years ago. You just know you are in the book when you are there 🙂
      I was lucky the ghost minded his own business.
      It was my first experience with paranormal. Now when I have lived long enough nothing can surprise me anymore.

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  4. Another interesting blog! Definitely scary! I too read the Sherlock Holmes stories. We have a series in the US called Elementary which is loosely based on the Sherlock Holmes character and not too bad.

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    1. Thank you! I have to google Elementary to check out the soundtrack for the show. “Elementary, Watson” was a very popular phrase in my school back in the 1970s 🙂

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    1. Thank you Olga! It was some story 🙂 Do go to the museum. The ticket is 15 pounds which is wickedly expensive for such a short visit, but some places just have to be seen 🙂

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  5. You shared your ghost story Inese 🙂 It must have been terrifying for you at the time, I’m glad that he hopefully finally found his peace. And great pics of Sherlock Holmes – I’m torn by the music – I like most of them!

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    1. Thank you Andrea! Yes, I finally shared one of the stories 🙂 I was afraid he’d scare my daughter. As to myself, I am sure I would look at him after a night or two. I am very curious 🙂
      Glad you loved the music. Great memories! Some fictional characters are more important in our life than the real ones 🙂

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  6. It’s a mystery that sherlock would have loved to solved ! haha ! I love Sherlock holmes, and I also read all the books when I was a teenager 🙂 It was so so enjoyable. I also love the TV show sherlock, it’s quite clever and pleasant to watch 🙂 Better than the films.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I too love the shows – you can enjoy the story slowly and with more detail you remember from reading the books. Yet for those unfamiliar with the books a movie would do just fine 🙂

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        1. Yes, I too vote for the show 🙂 The theme music will sit in my head forever. We wouldn’t miss a single episode 🙂 The same was with Nikita – these two shows were watched religiously 🙂

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        2. It is La Femme Nikita, USA/Canada, the 1990s, based on the French film Nikita by Luc Besson. About a girl that was recruited to a secret organisation. Great stuff.

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    1. Wow, Derrick, thank you for sharing the link! It took me years to start sharing my story. Such stories don’t give one much credit, do they ? 😉
      I am really glad that everyone who commented on this loves Sherlock Holmes. My idea was to share and compare the music, because it is a great tribute to the beloved Detective. The actors’ work was brilliant in all these movies. Jeremy Brett didn’t play Sherlock. He was him 🙂

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  7. Hello Inese,
    Thanks for the interesting post. Always good to be able to look back on a ‘ghost’ encounter like that to remind us all that we understand very little about the ‘world’ around us…in spite of what we might think.
    Re the music, whilst I’m a Hans Zimmer fan, I think I preferred the violin
    based piece, which I hadn’t heard before. Always look forward to your well researched pieces,
    BW
    Julian

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  8. My Dad used to read us in middle elementary school age Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Inese. Your ghost sounds like you were nervous more due to your daughter than its haunting you. I am smiling at a comment you made about wanting to guide it to the light. I have a strong belief this is possible.
    My favorite Sherlock is Benedict Cumberbach in the BBC episodes. I liked Robert Downey, Jr. with Jude Law as his Watson. I watch Elementary with Jonny Lee Miller and like Lucy Lui. This post was fun and my favorite Sherlock story is the Speckled Band. It is a tricky story until you find out how the person was killed. I don’t think this crime could be carried out, currently due to the entry into a locked room. Outdated method but I always remember the way I felt when my Dad asked us to think about it before he read the story’s ending the following night.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! The ghost was apparently attached to the place where he died, and couldn’t move on – may be because they took his bed to the dumpster. He didn’t have any interest in us – he didn’t know us.

      I am so glad you love Sherlock. Speckled band was sort of a horror story for me – I am afraid of all the sleeky wriggling creatures 🙂
      I love the music to the movies – all of it. It seems that each composer is fond of the famous Detective 🙂
      Thank you again! Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! It is the first time that I share this story with such a huge audience 🙂 I waited some fifteen years before I shared it with my daughter. Thank you again!

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    1. There are a few more paranormal stories and I will share them one day. All of them are true.
      Speaking of banshee – I was sure I heard one and I even prepared to die, but… I mastered some courage to look outside, and it was a howling fox standing there right behind my window.

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  9. Thank your for the tour of 221B Baker Street (aka the Sherlock Holmes Museum)! I have read and reread the Holmes stories many times. Something will remind me of one of the stories and I’ll have to read it again. I never saw any of the movies but I’ve enjoyed the BBC’s Sherlock series a lot!

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  10. I liked the first composition by Patrick Gowers. I read The Red-headed League and I enjoyed it. But I’ve to admit to haven’t explored more about the universe of the detective. Perhaps because I like so much fantasy I was more attracted to Chesterton and his stories with Father Brown.
    Your story is really scary, it was quite interesting to read and I find curious that it seems when we read mystery tales or novel life gives us a mystery we cannot fathom.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I really like it that each composer added a touch of the era, some violin, and some smile :). All composers agreed on the fact that the famous Detective was a heroic figure, even some sort of the royalty, and you can hear it all in their music – different, but undoubtedly written for one and the same character.
      My story is still haunting me 🙂 It was a fun time with many amusing happenings… After we returned home our life changed dramatically, and there was no fun anymore.

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  11. Inese, I do love Sherlock. What a fun and charming post! Well… except for your unwanted visitor. Glad he finally lost interest. I’ve had good results using the words “Move on into Light. You have work to do elsewhere,” as everyone has a purpose, so to speak.
    Mega hugs my friend. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Teagan! I think he was confused serving his first year up there 🙂 At that time I was a devotee of Theosophy, and I was lecturing him and coaching him to the light, but nothing worked. Thankfully it only lasted some 2-3 months. I regret not seeing him. If I were on my own, I would dare to face him. Well, if he was visible at all.
      Hugs!!!

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    1. Thank you Cindy! I started speaking to him only after a good couple of weeks when I knew that he was harmless ( at least towards us, the people he didn’t know). And he was truly annoying – because of him I had to go to bed earlier, and I had to make sure my daughter was asleep by the time of his appearance. Well, I even don’t know if he was visible – I never dared to look at him. So many questions are left unanswered…

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  12. By strange chance the next street next to me was the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived after graduating from University.

    It has a statue of a unicorn at one end. I like to shot odd glints of light and reflections, when i walk along it. Reminds me of his beliefs and interests.

    Large parts of the neighborhood are unchanged since his day. When you walk about the misty streets at night, past the pubs and theater, wonder how much a similar walk through the city effected Doyle and his imagination.

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  13. OK, now that I know that it is there, it is now also my #1 spot to visit in London. I too read all the stories when I was young and for a time WAS a fanatic. I love the Jeremy Brett versions, they were very accurate. But I also like the Robert Downey Jr versions (awfully good fun) and even love the new versions from the BBC (Cumberback) and the US (Johnny Miller.) The US version is interesting. Johnny Miller is actually very much to the original Holmes character and I love the idea of a female Watson. What great memories these stories are…

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I am so glad someone else (except my own daughter) shares my love for the books. I too like all the movies and the great music to them – I shared these videos because of my favorite soundtracks. Each movie just adds to the image of our favorite man:) Thank you again!

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      1. Wonderful ghost story…. So intriguing… You totally caught my attention, dear Inese… I also liked the photographs!!!. Great post, my friend. Happy weekend ahead & best wishes, Aquileana ⭐

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