The Spooky "Anguished Man" Haunted Painting Strikes Again!

The Spooky “Anguished Man” Haunted Painting Strikes Again!


Last November I brought you a letter sent in to us by a man who came into possession of a haunted painting, believed to have been created with the blood of the artist, the presence of which has resulted in everything from the appearance of faceless men, disembodied cries of anguish, and strange fog, and plenty of other strange occurrences.

The piece of art was titled “The Anguished Man”, a name that did a fine job capturing the creepy portrait.

Sean Robinson, the painting’s owner, had been documenting the haunting with a series of spooky videos before he contacted me with his story, and while the tale of the tortured painting was certainly downright weird, I hadn’t heard from Sean since.


Well, last night, Sean wrote back with an update on his situation. Here’s his email:

Hi Greg,

Just thought I would send you this update on The Anguished Man. I have recently temporarily moved in with my parents and obviously took the painting with me. It was only in the house for a few days when the noises started, the same noises I had previously experienced. Then on the third night my father fell down the stairs, the same as my son did at the other house. Thankfully he was unhurt but I have now moved the painting back into storage.

I have been working closely with John Blackburn and Ian Lawman for the Mysteria Paranormal group, taking the painting to some of the allegedly most haunted locations in the UK, including 35 Stonegate at York and Chillingham Castle in Northumberland.

It was on the evening of 18th May 2013 at Chillingham Castle that a group of people experienced events that were both terrifying and unexplainable. None of the guests were prepared for what was about happen in the early hours of Sunday Morning.

The room went icy cold, a large dark figure appeared in the middle of the séance circle and a large wooden bench banged on the floor of its own accord in response to John Blackburn’s questions to the painting, then suddenly the bench was flipped upside down violently by what was believed to be [the ghost of] John Sage, one of Chillingham Castle’s resident powerful spirits, who we think was showing his anger to a foreign uninvited spirit to his castle.

John Blackburn stated it was the strangest experience in all his years of investigation. There were a least 20 witnesses to these events.

Now that is something I wouldn’t mind witnessing. Well, that and Chillingham Castle, anyway. Any readers in the UK care to pop in the next Mysteria event and bring us a field report?

Thanks for the update, Sean!

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[…] Newkirk over at WhoFortedBlog has received the latest update from the painting’s owner Sean Robinson, which I think you may […]

HIS NAME IS VIGO But seriously, that’s a creepy fucking painting. It’s not as popular a thing now, but haunted paintings were (relatively) common back in Victorian times and such – you know, when paintings were actually done as a family and cultural thing, not merely as a bit of artistic expression. The idea was that the “spirit” would find the image comfortable and latch on to it, or something. Which begs the question – what the hell would find THAT image comfortable? In any case, if this is a haunted painting, are you sure you want to take it… Read more »

Question; Why would they transport this allegedly haunted painting to haunted locations?

Have you ever heard of Richard Dadd?

As usual, I have many questions. Sean says the painting was in his grandmother’s possession when he was a child. Does any one else in his family know where she may have gotten it from? Any way to know what year she acquired it or from where she may have acquired it? It just seems to me that if it were from a regional artist, someone would recognize something about it. Any markings on the painting? Initials? Anything on the canvas to indicate year or supplier? Has the paintig ever been x-rayed or examined in any way to determine age?… Read more »

It is actually not that uncommon for amateurs to not sign their work, or do so in such an obscure way you might miss it. Also if it has ever been restretched for any reason the signature could have been pulled around out of sight.

Kind of looks like the faces from the mermaid show!

If it hasn’t already been tried I would recommend using a black light on the painting. This would confirm, the use of blood in the paint. Along the same lines, using different ends of the light spectrum to view the painting may reveal something hidden under the image such as a signature. These methods have recently been employed to find many interesting things hidden within some of Da Vinci’s works.


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[…] Poi, recentemente, Sean ha portato il quadro a far analizzare, e questa è la sua testimonianza (FONTE: […]

Hi there. I attended a ghost hunt on 31st May 2014 hosted by Mysteria Paranormal where this painting was present. We were at the Ancient Ram Inn in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire (Ghost Adventures visited here a few years ago.) John performed a couple of experiments with the painting but nothing much happened, to be honest. I sat in the attic with 3 other girls for 45 minutes, just us and the painting, and nothing happened. The theory was that the spirits of the Ram Inn intimidated the spirit of the painting (incubus and succubus and witches allegedly reside here)so he was… Read more »

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