Posts Tagged ‘Satanism’

Carrying on from Part One. 

In January 2007 Anwar Rashid brought Clifton Hall for £3.6 million, he had made his money from nursing homes in Dubai and by no means had to worry about finance (and still does not I believe). The pan was to use the Hall for both living and wedding events. 8 months later, the story goes, the family left the property, defaulted the mortgage and refused to go back. He had called in a local paranormal team and said that he had found blood marks on a quilt that was being used for his 18-month-old son, a the time it was quoted like he felt like it was the film “The Others” (side note – not a bad film!)

T.A.P.I.T (The Ashfield Paranormal Investigation Team) based in Sutton in Ashfield were formed in 2006, by Lee Roberts. I listened to an interview he did with at Parasearch Radio and I will go into that in the last part of this little series but before that lets recap and look into more of this story.

Anwar Rashid brought the property, he already had a 25 million fortune and brought the 52 room Hall with 17 bedrooms, a gym, cinema, 10 reception rooms and 10 bathrooms. At the time he was a 32-year-old businessman, with a 25-year-old wife, three daughters and two sons.

He brought the Hall in January 2007, from day one they believed it could be haunted as they said on the  first evening he heard a voice “is anyone there?” but could find no source and so tried to ignore it, he said that it was a man’s voice and that was not the only time they heard it. Nabila Rashid (his wife) saw her eldest daughter watching television at 5am downstairs, she went upstairs only find that she was asleep in her own bed. They also say that some of their family and friends outright refused to stay there to.

May 2007 – the planned license for marriage ceremonies was refused by the council but that didn’t stop them coming up with ideas for other uses on a commercial level.

Stories and dates are quite ambiguous because when I breakdown dates you may find they seem messy and I want to acknowledge that. One report says they left in August 2008 but TAPIT says they left in October 2008 as an example. On report says they stopped paying the bills in January 2008 but that doesn’t fit if they defaulted and left 18th September 2008 when Yorkshire Bank reclaimed the Hall. I believe that this would seem fairer as it coincided with the idea of them handing the keys in during August 2008bu either way they had defaulted and gone in 2008.

21st September 2008, Sky News covered the story, “Millionaire Flees Haunted Mansion”.

“When people used to tell me about ghosts, I would never believe them, and they would say ‘whatever!’. But I would have to tell any new owner that it was haunted having experienced it.”

Darren Brookes, manager at a security firm that used to manage Hall security also supported this view, “a monk walking through the grounds, a woman in the graveyard falling over, and chairs moving in one of the rooms”.

Dark Mansions – “During their stay, the family called paranormal investigators, but these experts could not drive the spirits from the house. In fact, two investigators, fainted after seeing the ghost of a boy”.

This is mentioned in the Parasearch podcast but outside of that I found collecting ‘evidence’ to be more rumours etc but not actual fact or evidence, however TAPIT have not released anything else I could find and I believe it is because Lee Roberts is planning to write a book on the matter and probably holding it all back for that reason.

Another small side note of interest that I found; it was mentioned about rumours of a heart in a casket at the church. The church has not precise date of founding so it was possible that the site was used for worship and predates the church being erected, again the earliest notation comes from the Domesday book, but we can likely designate the transition to a Christian church being around 1150, but before 1200. If you like local church history, I think this would be for you, but I am concentrating on the rumour of the heart.

The Clifton Book – 1906 says that the south side doorway is dated 1632 and opens into the Clifton vault.  There are 25 coffins noted in the book and he states that resting among them is the small leaden casket, he says that from the size and shape it “doubtless” contained a heart, this heart was believe to be from Sir William Clifton, a crusader. There is another mention – 1790 report by Throsby, saying that there was a lead coffin shaped to receive the head and shoulders, for Sir Gervase Clifton who was beheaded after the Battle of Tewkesbury but he did not see it himself.  I think there is genuine merit to the rumour and whilst it won’t be possible to confirm as the vault is going to be tended, and fortunately preserved, by the incumbent clergy it is highly probably this exists.

 The last part of this series is going to be write up of what I listened to, the notes I made and a link to that podcast. Overall, I found it very hard to get enough footage, pictures or further information supporting all the local rumours and events. I don’t dismiss that there have been multiple experiences, but I cannot find you anything more than those reports. BUT I hope you liked the deep dive and you like my photos from a wintery Nottingham village.

                  
         
Sources: 

Wikipedia                            savills.com               History of Nottinghamshire, Vol 1

Telegraph.co.uk                mysteriousbritain.co.uk                nottsalgia.com

Haunted rooms                 theparanormalguide.com            Clifton-vollage.org.uk

Paranormaldatabase.com            Dark Mansions – Dinah Williams

BBC News                           kids.kiddle.co                                    officialleeroberts.com

Google                                 Fortean Times                                   alchetron.com/chek-whyte

Paranormal Network      Find A Grave                                      Parasearch Radio

Sky News                             nottinghamshistory.org.uk          The Clifton Book 1906. Rev Rosslyn Bruce


The Manor/Hall of Clifton is located near the city of Nottingham, the manor now known as Clifton Hall, and for the ease of reading will just be Hall in this blog, was mentioned in the Domesday Book, 1086 and is located at the back of the River Trent and is a Grade I listed building. There is a cliff overlooking the river and in the 1086 Domesday book is noted as being at the top of a hill at the cliff edge of Clifton Village, most likely as this made it a more easily defendable position and is described as a fortified tower house.

It was listed as three stories high and was remodelled in the 18th Century in the Georgian style of architecture. It was largely done between 1778-1797 by Sir Gervase Clifton, he employed architect John Carr of York, it was here that the original house was predominantly demolished. The original domed Hall, built by Sir Robert Clifton was saved and used, the south Hall in Carr’s work and the north wing is of a later date.

The de Clifton family had brought the property from the de Rhodes in the 13th century. In 1896 Sir Harvey Juckes Lloyd Bruce succeeded Henry Robert Clifton. The early Bruce years at Clifton are recorded in the book Silken Dalliance (1946) written by Henry James Bruce. In the 1940’s Lieutenant Colonel Peter Thomas Clifton started to sell off the property and the Hall was sold in 1958, this ended 700 years of the Clifton family ownership.

In 1958 Clifton Hal’s Grammar school for girls opened, for girls aged 11- 18 years and it closed in 1976. The head teacher for the school when it opened was Miss Heron, she died of cancer and was succeeded by Miss Squire, this happened around 1970. I could find no solid date online when I searched. 13th January 1970, a sixth former and 17-year-old, called Sandra Simpkin married 22-year-old Allan Barnes, a widow and she was given a day off from her lessons. The Grammar school closed in July 1976, and another Alumini of note that went there was Jayne Torvill (ice skater).

The Nottingham Trent University, then Trent Polytechnics, used the Hall after that until 2002.

Chek Whyte (Anthony Beardsley) then redeveloped the area, building houses on the ground, converted the Hall into two luxury apartments and 14 houses were listed as build on the south east of the Hall area. In 2007 he appeared on Secret Millionaire, he was then declared bankrupt in 2009 and was £20 million in debt but seems used to the life of a risk taker noting in a statement that he had been in the position before.

In 2007 Anwar Rashid purchased the property for £3.6 million and the family moved in, they used one wing of the Hall as a residency and planned to use the rest as a wedding venue or place for ceremonies. The Clifton Hall profile was raised again when the family left in 2008, having defaulted on their mortgage and allowing the Yorkshire Bank to repossess it, and it is listed for sale at £2.5 million, the reason was not cited as financial difficulty but the persistent danger to the family from paranormal threats. There is a current listing on Savills for the property.

I went to the area, Dec 2019, to look as the rumours about the place have reached an international interest historically and a friend of mine requested this as a blog. So here goes! The church, cemetery and Hall are at the end of the road and parking up I was greeted by a pleasant village view of the church and grounds entrance. St Mary’s is a pleasant churchyard and well kept, it sees current use and I took the time to photograph some of the graves for the website, Find A Grave. I also immediately heard voices in the trees, it was easy to work out that the source of this was ground workers, it was mid-day and there was traffic going into the workplace but it does come across a little weird and eerie as you hear it carrying across from the woods.

The place a history of ghosts and unusual events, Haunted Rooms had an entry, so let’s begin with that. A brief over-view of the history is there and mentions that in 1632 King Charles occupied the bedroom at the top of the winding stairs. I will be mentioning the stairs again later in one of these blog series. The quick summary here says there are dark apparitions of children, unexplained banging or tapping on the doors/walls, unexplained voices like low conversations and bloodstains appearing on bedclothes and floors.

The Paranormal Database also has an entry – The Clifton Family are said to have been warned about an impending family death of a sturgeon [fish] was seen swimming upstream of the Trent.

Local rumours?

One is that a painting used to be in the hall for the daughter of the Colonel, she died in a riding accident at Clifton Grove. Tracey Collins was a pupil there and said that the panting was rumoured to have been of his daughter but she died in a riding accident, instead they painted over the partially done piece and as a tribute a female foot on the colonel is actually what is left of her in her memory. This local legend has been disproven but the story still knocks around, the reason it was disproved as down to the fact that both daughters outlived their father and went on to marry. There is also nothing supernatural about it, but it is another weird local legend.

I also found a story from the Grammar School era about a bricked-up room, there are two stories that seem to centre around this theme. One is that there is a bricked-up room where a crying baby can be heard, not depending on the source it is either in the Hall or it is in the tunnel under it. This sort of ties in with the story of a tunnel that goes beneath the Hall to the church which also has a rumour that black magic rituals/satanism occurred there. Rumour also has it that this was in the stables as a witness say blood on the floor, there was a smell of burning herbs and all seems to link back to a crying child. I found nothing about this for any solid proof along with no named witnesses.

There are mentions of maids/women who grab up a child, in some local stories it is her jumping from a third story window with the child as a release from the Lord, in others it is a maid that jumps from the cliff into the river.

VWGolf (nottsalgia) refers to one of the bricked-up rumours potentially being a more mundane explanation. In the hall is an Octagonal dining room, and a creative centre piece which he says was all on a column in the middle of the room. It had statues and reliefs and upon searching around I found some photographs of it, Clifton-Village.org.uk seems to have supporting photographs at least.

Anwar Rashid and his family got unwanted fame about the Hall, along with Lee Roberts from TAPIT who was not so shy of being involved. The profile-raising section of this story and the paranormal side of Clifton Hall seems to have become more entrenched in modern history with their side of the saga and this is something you will have to wait more to hear about…

Part two coming soon.

 

 

Sources:
Wikipedia                            savills.com                                          History of Nottinghamshire, Vol 1
Telegraph.co.uk                 mysteriousbritain.co.uk                 nottsalgia.com
Haunted rooms                 theparanormalguide.com            Clifton-vollage.org.uk
Paranormaldatabase.com            Dark Mansions – Dinah Williams
BBC News                           kids.kiddle.co                                    officialleeroberts.com
Google                                 Fortean Times                                   alchetron.com/chek-whyte
Paranormal Network      Find A Grave

So I rarely try to pick current things that are still likely to come out of the woodwork with more but I’ve decided that since I have read a fair bit about it,why not? Where applicable I have linked in as much as I can.

So many of us gamers like a weird addition to our day, the old creepy ones that are indie-made can become very popular. Take Slender Manor Kraven Manor as a couple of examples of this. Games that you can play free and add to your youtube channel etc. So when Sad Satan came up naturally it was going to be played if people could get hold of it…

There’s just one snag, footage of it appears to be rare to find and in fact the first set appeared to be by a youtuber ‘Obscure Horror Corner‘. I am subscribed and he seems happy to play lots of these types but Sad Satan came up and people asked why and where it was coming from.

The basic claim is this, via the Tor/unlisted Surface web down where the bad stuff goes came this game. The game has many references to what we would consider the terrible side of humanity, such as references to Charles Manson, graphic real life horror stock and weird sound-bites (there’s also rumour of child pornography and I am NOT going to look into any of it for this reason).

OHC claimed that he was playing the game and filmed some of it, he then deleted the games and links. The link he said is now a dead one. This story was picked up by the website Kotaku where it gave the information from Jamie (OHC) but later on the supposedly given link was questioned about it’s validity. The reason for this (I am no guru here just summarising) is that the game link had a letter 9 in the link thread, but the way they work for .onion links there is that the digit 9 makes it a false or invalid link.

Not long after the website 4Chan had a user that claimed they had provided the original link to OHC and they gave a link, naturally people of the curious nature went a little click happy downloading it. They found that the files contained some graphic pictures and the aforementioned CP (I feel a little queasy writing that let alone anything else). So there come more stories about it affecting computers to the point of needing to rebuild their windows etc. or strange files occurring.

In response to the link going up OHC responded via Otaku that he had provided the broken link to avoid people downloading the files, that clearly contained content that was not legal or was in fact dangerous to the PC. The scepticism remains given this information and others, they wonder if he hadn’t just done this to prolong his hoax. So far there seems to be a cleaned up version that was made by reddit use /u/blindstark that has been made available for download and removed all the graphic images. To download the cleaned up version a user needs the terror engine and link.

Here is the information if you really want to get a copy

So in fact it seems that the general consensus is that someone created the game, when it was challenged he released a far worse version upon the unsuspecting crowd.

Why is this of interest? Well let’s be honest, if you are reading this you are probably already a curious individual and aware of how these things can end up as their own meme. Look at Slenderman as a comparison for how a story can become something engrained in fact, the lore was birthed and watched on the internet by an avid crowd. This appears to be similar though it’s entire motivation has yet to be (or may never be) resolved.

Audio:

Within the gameplay there are various components, suggesting to me that the creator rather likes the curious as well as the gross. In the first of OHC’s video’s the Numbers Station creation is used, the Swedish Rhapsody. Then part of it is from a song by Lynch Mob, KMFDM which was supposedly the favourite station of the Columbine Shooters. The last one on the first clip is a man talking in Russian which has been reversed and again is a Numbers Station ‘RussianMan‘. I can’t help but think the numbers station thing is more because there’s no one likely to claim copyright on them and they can make an eerie effect for noise. And finally his first clip ends with the use of a Led Zeppelin song, Stairway to Heaven.

On the second part most of the audio seems to be a speech by Hitler that has been slowed down, alongside further use of Stairway to Heaven. The third part uses the phrase “If I started murdering people, there’d be none of ya left” which is part of an MSNBC interview with the notorious Charles Manson. There is also further use of this interview. The other audio source appears to be use of a Chinese song, I love Benjamin Tienanmen, possibly due to being a loose reference to the controversy of Tienanmen Massacre.

So part four audio, not a great deal more in here again but there is a reversed speech from Johnny Rotten, The Sex Pistols, this links into the idea that he was aware of the Jimmy Saville scandal way back in the day. After that is more audio that sounds like an English man in an interview, having listened to it, it sounds like someone saying “Do you think you can just wake me up?” probably Rotten himself, it sounds similar enough. The other part of the audio is that there is someone sobbing/crying and then again it plays more Stairway to Heaven.

The fifth and final part (so far or possibly the end) uses a slowed down audio of Simon and Garfunkel’s song Scarborough Fair, the next one that is used appears to be a reversed and slowed down version of the Doors song, Alabama Song. Finally another and the last bit identified is that of Jimmy Saville, now more famous for being announced as using his status as a celebrity to engage in under-age sexual acts, amongst other allegations. The extract is an interview, it is here he points out a quote “Haven’t broken any laws have you? None whatsoever “ which given the events is pretty creepy.

Imagery

In the first part there is an image regularly used, of a photograph by Walter Sanders taken of Franz Joseph, 9th Prince of Thurn and Taxis. Other than being a little creepy thanks to the antlers there’s really nothing more to it. Most of the video other than that is exploration. 

In the second part we see an image of JFK before he was shot, there is however reference to the president in regards to loose conspiracy theorists/claims etc. of paedophilia. (Again merely a speculation I have seen come up about the CIA covering this up). An image by photographer Roger Ballen, “Shadow Chamber” is used showing a picture of a child that has their head in their clothes giving a strange impression they are headless. The collection itself is really very interesting – Roger Ballen. 

Jimmy Saville with Margaret Thatcher is seen in another image used, Saville was an English DJ and was also in a show called ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ where he arranged for children’s dreams to come true. Sadly it was seen that he was not always the thing of dreams, facts came to light afterwards that were nightmare fuel. Over 450 people had made complaints about his conduct and Thatcher had tried to get him knighted whilst she was Prime Minister, alongside the idea that she was directly involved in the cover ups. So again the image links into the idea of child abuse. (again if you want more Reddit user Hyper_Reality used sources in their discussions).

In the video the words In Nomine Dei Satanas Luciferi Excelsi show up, this is effectively translated as a In the name of our god Satan, Lucifer on high. Effectively this has been cited as part of a Black Mass ritual. This seems to be more an extract simply lifted because it either sounded cool or they wanted to throw in a bit more of the underground culture vibe. In all honesty the Sad Satan idea seems to be a reason to vaguely link it and nothing more.

The third video provides more, so there are some bits of coded text that were translated into “I can track you”, “U are on my list” and “5 victim” (citation was reddit user Cyberham) and seems to be a suggestion to some that the game has been made with a coded ability to follow and track a user that downloads it, and also that the number 5 is to do with the Satanists of Ash Tree Close. In regards to this it is sometimes also mentioned that Jimmy Page (Stairway to Heaven etc) was was somehow involved.

Are you still reading? I know there’s a lot here isn’t there? So part four then gives an image of Rolf Harris, another man who was brought to the forefront about child molestation charges. For anyone that is in my age generation we grew up with both Saville and Rolf Harris on TV, to see the news was quite an intrigue. I always did find Saville a bit creepy… anyway moving on! He is in the image there and again that’s a strong theme throughout the videos currently available.

In another frame we see Lady Justice, perhaps this is the image that is supposed to be there to point out the abhorrent themes and nature of those things in the game. The idea that this one flashing image offsets the rest, if I am honest, is pretty pathetic but the flash frame does provide at least some incite to the idea that the themes are morally and legally outrageous.

Part Five – it seems very strange that in the fifth one we get an image of Andres Escobar who was famous because he was shot and killed after shooting an own goal back in a football (Soccer) match in the USA. After his death his family started to teach disadvantaged children to play soccer under his name, I don’t know if this is supposed to link to the idea of there being good people for children or the creator is trying to put a sinister light on it.

Further into the last part that got uploaded, there was a picture of Roman Polanski who was arrested for the rape of 13 year old Samantha Geimer, in 1977.

One last image that was involved is that of druids, now this I think might be linked to some of the suggestions that the druids may well have been involved in cannibalism and child sacrifice. Since the links involved mostly seem to include anything to do with child scandals this is where I presume the link comes in.

Recent evidence that Druids possibly committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice—perhaps on a massive scale—add weight to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery, archaeologists say. Article this was in is Druids Committed Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism? James Owen, National Geographic News. Related TV show Secrets of the Druids, 2009.

Summary so far?

Honestly this is probably a lovely hoax written by someone with an eye for a little artistry, and who has spent a little time getting to grips with the Terror Engine. It’s a creepy little thing made more intriguing because the OHC poster claims it came from a site not found on the surface web.

Now to make things a little easier to understand on that level = this doesn’t mean it’s going to be a criminal activity it is more that pop culture and popular opinion sees it that way, thanks to news releases about things like Silk Road being closed down over drugs. Quite often the reason these things are so darkly alluring is because we truly do not understand it, much like medicine in the dark ages, so it frightens us. We assume a great deal of things, ALL of it must be bad, because SOME of it is listed as bad. Not the case… there’s a lovely site there about over 2000 cat facts. Yes it’s open to abuse, clearly, but there’s also a reason it might not be listed that is more mundane, it was never listed to be found there.

Of course now that someone has either created it via a replication of the video’s seen and it has gained interest the abuse factor raises. Downloading the links you see on forums can do one of two things… give you a game that has some files in with with disgusting pictures for the sake of it, OR probably filled with malware and other things to attack your PC. So in summary you can download it at your own risk, but the link I gave above appears to be the safest one so far.

So what facts do we actually have?

  1. OHC has five videos claiming to have found the game, he hasn’t got the original downloaded and yet released videos after the claim he had, either he was editing them or it’s false. Given that there seems to be no editing in the games this might raise suspicion.

  2. The links now found are pretty much the one above from a reddit user that cleaned up the files he downloaded for folks and the other one with CP images and gore.

  3. The overall theme is definitely about children, you could say they might be a victim of this theme or perhaps more disturbingly just find this a great fuel to get people interested, and you know what it has? I mean here I am writing it up as an example.

  4. The Deep Web/Invisible Web blah blah makes it more of a talking point, if it was just uploaded it would likely have even garnered a fraction of this interest.

  5. It actually looks boring… sorry I have to be the one to say this. All my interest was going on about how it might end up being shocking but other than images and loud noises the overall theme is pretty poor, the game has zero direction in the extracts provided so what exactly happens at the end? It seems like someone created an exploration game and threw in as much dodgy dark-subculture as they could to get a rise.

  6. If you are the creator and went to all these lengths to troll and get attention, I say hats off sir/madam. Achievement unlocked.

Got any comments or views on the matter? I’d really love to hear them and if you have got the end then sure send me information. Want to keep yourself anon from posters? Send me an e-mail silentthrillblog@gmail.com