To mark the end of July, we bring you the third and final part of A Haunting in Dumfries…
Read on to learn more about our intriguing paranormal investigation of a Dumfries Town Centre building…
As our dowsing session progressed, the spirit person named ‘Dorothy’ told us she had been happiest in her teenage years and was a dancer by profession, not a total surprise given the enchanting physical effects she had triggered in Mark. She confirmed her second name as being ‘Scott’, giving us an angle for further research. Mark asked Dorothy if she had experienced leg pain prior to her death to which she replied (through the pendulum) ‘yes’. During this question, Billy and Kathleen heard a sound; Kathleen described it as a ‘knock’ – she thought it had come from the landing.
Mark’s desire to dance was replaced with pain and discomfort in his legs; he was very restless and likened the unpleasant sensation to sciatica. Jane, once again, felt emotional and we tried to establish who or what was causing this. The pendulum gave a strong response that another female spirit was present. The unknown presence gave a ‘yes’ when asked if she was affecting Jane. We noted the pendulum had a greater level of energy about it.
According to the dowsing pendulum, we were now in contact with the ‘singing’ lady. Kathleen reported feeling shivery. Mark asked if there was only one person in the room and received a ‘yes’. To Mark, it felt like Dorothy had gone; his legs had stopped ‘bouncing’ and didn’t feel as sore. He began asking her about the man with the moustache; the pendulum remained steady until confirming she was not allowed to talk about him – did she feel frightened or intimidated?
Mark asked the lady to sing for us and the pendulum indicated ‘yes’. Kathleen, Billy and Mark heard a voice, momentary and faint; the sound made the hairs on our necks stand up. We invited the lady to enable other team members hear her voice. John reported the sound of faint singing; we are aware there were revellers out in the street, however John was convinced it came from inside. Kathleen and Billy heard a noise; Kathleen described it as ‘shuffling’ and felt shivers right though her body, she also felt emotional. Billy noted the pendulum responses becoming weaker – could this reflect fading spirit energy?
For our final vigil, we returned to the stairwell, an area which had been very active throughout the evening. Billy continued to dowse and we picked up a male spirit. John reported a smell, ‘not a pleasant smell’ but not as bad as the one encountered earlier and Mary began to feel breathless. The spirit agreed to communicate; we found out he was a butcher and Jane picked a smell which she described as similar to a butcher’s shop. The butcher gave his name as ‘George’ which tied in with some of our research on the property.
Jane took a turn at dowsing and George agreed to walk up and down the stairs; Billy heard a creak from up above him, somewhere on the staircase. Mary could smell aftershave; to our knowledge, none of the male team members were wearing any. From the responses, we gathered that George was the moustachioed man Jane witnessed on the stairs; he didn’t mind her being there although he minded Mark being present. George didn’t like Mark; he viewed himself to be the man of the house and felt threatened by Mark; he also admitted to moving our marbles.
Around this point, Billy heard a whistle in the stairwell. Mark caught a whiff of pipe smoke as if it had been blown in his face and asked George about this. Seemingly, George had smoked the pipe during his life. Mark left us alone for a bit to see if this might increase our chances of activity. A creak was heard on the stairs by various members of the group, which the butcher claimed to have caused. Billy told us he heard a ‘high pitched whine’ a bit like a squeaky hinge without any obvious source. A moment later, Jane heard footsteps. We agreed to conduct a short experiment whereby the three ladies would remain alone in the stairwell. John informed us the bell was moving erratically, both ways and vibrating, it seemed unusual and we’d been careful not to disrupt it.
Jane, Kathleen and Mary re-commenced the vigil; George felt happier with this arrangement. Jane felt his presence standing close and we noted the bell continuing to move in an erratic manner. Mary felt warm and conversely, Jane felt cold and asked if George had walked ‘through’ her. We remarked on how quickly the pendulum settled before giving a ‘yes’. He agreed to let us hear his voice and Mary smelt what she described as butcher’s meat, but no voice was audible. Pamela felt someone touching her hand; George admitted responsibility. He now wished to be left in peace and we thanked him for his efforts to communicate and respected his wishes. We hoped to speak with him again and received one last response – ‘yes’…
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