Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Restless Ghost

The pale apparition, accompanied by the music of Chopin, appeared frequently in the mansion. Her appearance at Heale House had always been a mystery until the discovery of a long-lost painting solved the ordeal.
Mr. Smith’s family had seen the apparition many times at the house near Bideford, Devon, before he was approached by the owner of a local junk shop who asked him, “Are you the master of Heales?” She told him that she had something that should be returned to its rightful home and showed him a painting. The face in the painting was eerily familiar to Mr. Smith and he quickly realized that it was the same woman who had been haunting their home.
Smith said her ghost “would walk along the corridors and in the bedrooms, usually around one o’clock in the morning. She was usually wreathed in a blue haze and just drifted around - you couldn’t see her legs. Sometimes she would even arrive at the bottom of my bed in the middle of the night. I thought there must be some kind of scientific explanation, but other people who visited the house were terrified and they now believe she’s been put to rest because she got her painting back.”
Smith was so fascinated he decided to investigate the history of the painting and uncovered a sad story behind the music loving ghost. He identified the woman as a Mrs. Bell, the wife of an Argentine beef rancher and one of the fifteen bedroom mansion’s previous occupants. She had been bankrupted and forced to sell all of her possessions, including her beloved portrait, shortly before her death in the early 1900’s.
When he took the painting of Mrs. Bell home and hung it in the parlor room, her ghostly appearances suddenly stopped. Smith even confessed that the family tried to communicate with her spirit using a Ouija board on several occasions, but they had no luck reaching her. Apparently, all her ghost wanted was to be recognized as a resident of the house. She is at peace…for now.

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