An interesting story from The Daily Mail tells the story of a pale Edwardian figure who frequented the Heale House which is currently the mansion home of Alan Smith. The ghostly figure was always accompanied by the music of Chopin according to startled visitors who witnessed the paranormal encounters. The ghost story came to light as Smith took the painting to be appraised on the Antiques Roadshow, airing on BBC1.
The ghost’s interest in the house was a mystery until the discovery of a long-lost painting that appeared to feature the very same person, sitting at a piano. When the portrait was returned to Heale House’s drawing room, the sightings stopped. Smith shares his encounters the ghost, saying:
"[She] would walk along the corridors and in the bedrooms, usually at about one o’clock in the morning. She was usually wreathed in a blue haze and just drifted around – you couldn’t see her legs. Sometimes she would even arrive at the bottom of my bed in the middle of the night. I thought there must be some kind of scientific explanation, but other people who visited the house were terrified and they now believe she’s been put to rest because she got her painting back."
Smith and his family had seen the apparition many times at the house near Bideford, Devon, before he was approached by the owner of a local junk shop, who asked him if he was the master of Heales. The junk shop owner had told him she had something that should be returned to its rightful home and showed him the portrait, thought to be by Cyril Roberts, a prominent painter who was based in Paris.
When Smith saw the face in the portrait painting, it was eerily familiar to the woman he and his family had been visited by; the one who was seated at a piano in his drawing room. He decided to investigate the history of the painting and uncovered the sad story of the uninvited guest, unmasking her as Mrs. Bell, the wife of an Argentine beef rancher who lived in Heale House in the early 1900s. Mrs. Bell was one of the 15-bedroom mansion’s previous occupants. She became bankrupted and sold all her possessions shortly before her death, including her beloved portrait.
Smith confirmed that after the portrait was placed in the drawing room, that Mrs. Bell never appeared again even though they tried using a Ouija board to bring her back but it appears she’s gone forever or at least has found some peace.
If you’re interested in watching the episode, BBC1 has a link on their site, originally broadcasted on February 19, 2012.
The longtime co-lead investigator of Ghost Hunters, Grant Wilson officially announced in this past Wednesday’s episode that he is leaving the popular Syfy series this May.
Wilson issued a statement, mentioning how important his fans are to him but feels the need to focus on his personal life:
"While paranormal investigating has always been and will remain a passion for me, after enjoying nearly eight successful seasons on television, I have made the decision to leave the series in order to focus on other aspects of my personal life. I will deeply miss working with Jason and the rest of the dedicated investigators and crew that have become like family, and I wish them all the best as they continue to follow their passion and realize the vision of The Atlantic Paranormal Society. I will also miss interacting with our wonderful fans worldwide. You are all at the heart of what we do on Ghost Hunters, and I’m grateful to have gotten to know many of you over the years.”
His announcement on the episode delivered 2.2 million viewers which is the show’s biggest audience in almost a year, according to Entertainment Weekly. Wilson will appear in six more episodes beginning this April, culminating with his final appearance on Wednesday, May 16 will take over the time slot for seven weeks beginning on Feb. 22.
Are you upset Wilson’s leaving? We can all agree that no one can truly replace him but who do you think could be the one investigating alongside Jason? Do you think the show can go on without him?
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