Friends told Jonathan Lewis he should put the house in Liverpool back on the market after he discovered the hair-raising toy and its message buried behind a wall
Image: Jonathan Lewis)
When primary school teacher Jonathan Lewis started a DIY project in his new house he was shocked to make a spine-chilling discovery ike something out of a horror movie.
Just days after picking up the keys the 32-year-old decided to knock through a wall to solve a mystery over a loose wire before stumbling across a scene like something straight out of a horror movie.
For hidden inside a wall was a creepy old ragdoll just sitting inside the voide under the stairs.
And, in a shuddering development, Jonathan soon realised the unsettling doll was holding a note which terrifyingly described how she killed the previous owners… for being “too happy”.
The eerie incident happened soon after Jonathan moved into the property in Walton, Liverpool.
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His friends were freaked out when he told them about his creepy discovery and urged him to move out again straight away.
Jonathan told the Liverpool Echo : “I kind of knew there was this void underneath the stairs that had been plaster-boarded up.
“There was a wire coming out where the previous owners had the fridge but I didn’t know where the wire was plugged in so I knocked through a bit of the plasterboard to see what was there.
“I knocked through a hole about the size of a fist, shone a light in and there was a doll just sitting there.”
Jonathan took a hammer to the wall to make the hole bigger and found the ragdoll with yellow wool plaits sitting on a tiny wicker chair, wearing a Victorian-style green stripy dress, bloomers, apron and cap.
Then he spotted a folded-up piece of paper in her lap.
He opened it to find the blood-curdling note that read: “Dear reader/ new homeowner, Thank you for freeing me!
“My name is Emily. My original owners lived in this house in 1961. I didn’t like them so they had to go.
“All they did was sing and be merry. It was sickening. Stabbing was my choice of death for them so I hope you have knives.
“Hope you sleep well.”
Jonathan, who moved in last September, took the whole thing in his stride, in spite of the ominous note and his friends’ advice.
He said: “I’ll be honest, I found the whole thing hilarious. I’d probably do the exact same thing.
“The letter says 1961 but the estate agent said when she was showing me around that the kitchen was only done four or five years ago.
“I think it must have been put there then because the paper doesn’t look very old and looks relatively recent.”