In 2013, an antique walnut mirror was acquired by Joseph Birch, and painter Sotiris Charalambous, after their landlord put it in a dumpster outside their apartment in Muswell Hill, London few months earlier. However, it would turn out, was a fatal mistake.
Since they put it inside their home, the duo claim they’ve suffered a streak of bad luck, including financial problems and illness. They both also experienced number of bizarre occurrences such as disappearing objects, loud bangs, and pictures falling off walls.
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Since the grand victorian style mirror was painted metallic silver by Sotiris they began to suffer intense nightmares and their problems escalated.
They said that they have woken up “screaming in pain,” felt “a sense of impending doom,” and spotted “flickering shadows” reflected in it.
The pair say that the radiator below the mirror stopped working despite never having problems with central heating before and that their landline no longer works and the pipes have begun rattling in the flat.
Sotiris said: ‘I think someone could have been murdered in front of the mirror and that’s why it has been haunting our house.’
Joseph said: ‘Since the mirror was put up, everything has gone wrong.
‘A few days after we put the mirror up, both myself and my flat mate have woken in the early morning hours screaming in pain.
‘We both experienced what I can only describe as intense sharp stabbing pains throughout our bodies.
‘They would strike us both at the same time, then disappear as fast as they came.
‘Originally we thought somebody was performing some kind of voodoo or black magic on us, but the mirror gives us the creeps and we started seeing strange shadows in it.’
Later, the two decided to get rid of the bad luck mirror by auctioning it off on eBay, but making sure to fully disclose its paranormal properties.
After listing the haunted mirror on eBay, the seller also experienced horrible nightmares involving suicide, and another set of scratches down one of his legs.
The item has attracted interest from all over the country, with 20,000 people having viewed the item so far.
It’s a good thing there was no profit motive reflected in the eBay posting, but there was only one bid for the item and it was for the original price posted by the two men. The auction for the mirror ended on February 18, 2013, with a single winning bid of just £100.00.
The buyer’s name has not been released. What the new customer did with the mirror and whether he encountered any paranormal activity is unknown.