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By Robert Verrall

Photo © Alison Oborn

Before the main event of the night two of our regular guests, Daniel and Robert, had gone straight to the church to investigate with Anna while Alison took the tour.  Eventually Alison arrived with the tour at the cemetery where she was about to tell the stories.. As she began, there was a scream from within the church followed by the sound of running and Daniel exploded out of the Church to join us.  This is their story.

10th Dec 2011

That time in the church with Daniel and Anna was quite strange. During that time I felt really protective toward Anna, thinking if Daniel was going to lose it, I was closer to him anyway. I wrote all that down afterwards, too, so this is from that...

We were asking questions of the Ghost Box and my name kept coming up. I was asking questions like "what do you want with me" and stuff like this. The freaky thing happened when I asked: "What do you want me to do? You're mentioning my name so what do you want me to do?"

"Leave," came the reply. Then underneath Anna's response to that, I heard "go". Words like that came up a couple of times when I was asking specific questions about what I should do and why it was interested in me.

In fact, we really never got an answer to that. With the Ghost Box stuff all it wanted me to do was leave.

Oh, there were other things while I was asking the questions… I could hear anti-gay stuff and it was those words I don't like (the F-word). I don't know if Anna heard them and chose to say nothing or what. It seems Daniel didn't hear it. But it was really abusive with the swearing and stuff.  It was saying fuckwits and the C-word as well.  So seriously abusive stuff.

Anna started to feel unwell, too. She felt as though she was going to faint. When we got back for tea, she still wasn't right and I could see it in her eyes she wasn't right. I pointed that out, too, and she said she felt it most around the eyes. Now that was interesting.

Then when we were asking questions, Daniel got up and started to go towards the table. He stood there and stared at us. According to Anna, Daniel initially looked in the direction of the pulpit area. He then looked at us with the most malevolent look on his face. Anna kept trying to get his attention: "Daniel… Daniel are you all right?"

No response.

When I looked at the face I'd seen that look before of him when he's really shitty with something. It's this kind of thin lipped pissed off look. Hard to describe, I know, but that's the best way I can describe it.  I guess disdainful of us is probably the best way to put it.

At the same time I knew I had to remain calm about it. I also knew if he did go stupid I was between him and Anna so I would have protected her anyway. In fact, I felt really protective of Anna at that point.

Then on the Ghost Box, I heard "torch" and instinctively I shone the torch right in Daniel's face. That seemed to snap him out of it, thankfully. "Wha… what happened?" and all this stuff. "How did I get over here?"

Anna, still really quite worried, asked him some questions along the lines of "don't you know what happened". She went through the whole thing with him and he had no recollection of what he had done. He said afterwards he felt he was a bit dirty, actually, like he needed a shower.

He really did blank out but the one overriding thing he said he felt was anger. Essentially he felt like we were a couple of idiots. Ironically, we were discussing this thing prior to that, I think, though my timeline on that could be a bit askew.

I think we did go outside to discuss it, I can't remember. Anna said out there she couldn't believe I was "so cool about it". I guess because I really didn’t quite know what was going on. And, again, I felt I had to be cool about it for her benefit – at the same time I'm not really an "Oh my God" reactionary type. You know something is up in a major way if I'm doing that.

Anna was genuinely concerned Daniel was going to punch her or something. She kept asking him questions he couldn't answer. He couldn’t remember anything about it at all. The thing is he didn't get annoyed at her over that, he was concerned himself he couldn't remember.

The interesting thing was when the Ghost Box was going through the stations, it stopped on this awful low guttural voice Anna and I really didn't like. It sounded really demonic. It seemed to be at that point Anna started to feel unwell and Daniel started to zone out.

We all went back into the church and I started to get that hate feeling myself. A few of us had to leave because we weren't feeling too great.

I'm glad I wrote all that stuff down as I don't remember a lot of it - especially when I was affected.  At the same time I still feel really awful and embarrassed at not accepting that apology. That really is out of character for me!  

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