A man has made the odd decision to live in one of the UK’s most haunted houses and claims he goes to bed every night holding onto a crucifix.
The author, Micky Rawlings chose to live in the spooky house while researching a documentary about the supernatural.
To get to grips with the ghouls, he’s set up home in a sinister property called ‘The Cage’ in St Osyth, Essex. The house is said to be home to poltergeists responsible for attacking, scratching and even biting past residents.
While Micky has been praised for his bravery, he admitted that he does get spooked by his surroundings.
Speaking about some of the unusual phenomena he claims to have seen, he says:
I’ve seen books flying off shelves in the upstairs hallway, I’ve watched doors open on their own, and I’ve even seen a shadow person with my own eyes.
I’m not a religious man and yet I go to bed every night clutching a crucifix for my own safety. After a few days, I got to learn the natural noises of the house. Now the non-natural noises keep my awake at night.
Micky claims that most people think he’s a bit ‘bonkers’ for choosing to live in the property labelled one of the ‘UK’s most haunted houses’ by TV series Great British Ghosts.
So far he’s heard children banging, men growling and most weirdly, a tiny piano playing late at night, which he described as ‘pretty intense’.
He’s also worried that the supposed ghosts may try and kill him, saying:
I’d argue that the place is dangerous – I’m convinced it could end up killing someone one day.
‘The Cage’ became famous in 2012 when its owner Vanessa Mitchell, 40, claimed she was forced to flee the house when she saw black shadowy figure standing over the cot of her son, Jesse.
The house does have a spooky history, having served as a prison for 13 women who had been accused of witchcraft, and chained there prior to their execution by hanging.
The vengeful ghost of one the accused witches, Ursula Kemp, is believed to still roam the house.
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.