The terrifying mystery came to light a little over five years ago, when a UK man named Sean Robinson inherited a macabre oil painting from his grandmother. The untitled piece — which has since been dubbed “The Anguished Man” — is said to be a self-portrait of the deeply disturbed artist, who had supposedly mixed his own blood with the paint to create the tormented face screaming out from the canvas. The unnamed painter reportedly committed suicide shortly after completing it.
According to Robinson, his grandmother had stashed the grotesque work in her attic for over 25 years, after she was convinced the painting housed a disturbing presence… a presence which, she claimed, roamed her house by night, crying in anguish. Locking up the painting seemed to be the only solution to silence the nocturnal voices.
Shortly after acquiring The Anguished Man, Robinson began to report almost the exact same phenomena: a man’s deep, pained voice, crying and groaning throughout the house in the dark hours.
Then, according to the new owner, late one night in June 2010, the man himself appeared.
Robinson and his wife were sleeping when they heard the voice more clearly, this time coming from a dark corner of their bedroom. They claim a dark figure stood up at the foot of their bed… and though it was hard to make out his physical features, he appeared to be a middle-aged man.
The video below, posted by Robinson in 2011, supposedly documents similar occurrences taking place in the presence of the painting over a period of three nights.
Robinson welcomed multiple paranormal investigators to study the painting, several of whom asked to bring it to a séance in 2013, held in the allegedly haunted Chillingham Castle. With over twenty witnesses present, a dark figure reportedly manifested within the summoning circle, and large items of furniture began to move about the room — including a heavy wooden bench, which was suddenly and violently flipped over.
Skeptics maintain that the painting’s nightmarish story is a hoax fabricated by Robinson — who may have painted it himself — in an effort to sensationalize its reputation and increase its value. We may never know for sure…