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Millionaire Spooked from Mansion

by Elizabeth

The BBC reports: A millionaire businessman from Nottinghamshire has said ghosts forced him to flee his 52-room mansion.

Clifton Hall was bought by Anwar Rashid for �3.6m in 2007, but he has now handed it back to the bank.

Mr Rashid claimed that during the eight months the family lived there they were haunted by mysterious figures and found unexplained blood stains on bedclothes.

He called in paranormal investigators and said he stopped paying the mortgage as a last resort.

The 32-year-old, who is worth �25m, made his money through a chain of nursing homes and a hotel in Dubai, and owns 26 properties.

He and his wife Nabila, 25, moved into Clifton Hall - which dates back to the Norman conquest - with their daughters, aged seven, five and three, and 18-month-old son.

When we found red blood spots on the baby's quilt, that was the day my wife said she'd had enough

Anwar Rashid

Mr Rashid said: "I fell for its beauty but behind the facade it is haunted...

"The ghosts didn't want us to be there and we could not fight them because we couldn't see them."

He said the paranormal experiences began on the day they moved in, ranging from tapping on the wall and unexplained voices to ghostly presences taking the forms of their children.

Mr Rashid added: "When we found red blood spots on the baby's quilt, that was the day my wife said she'd had enough. We didn't even stay that night."

Paranormal experts were unable to solve the problem.

The family left in August 2007 and Mr Rashid, who now lives in Wollaton, stopped paying the mortgage in January. The Yorkshire Bank finally reclaimed the hall on Thursday.

He said: "When people used to tell me about ghosts, I would never believe them and would say 'whatever'.

"But I would have to tell any new owner that it was haunted having experienced it."

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My House in Hutchins, Texas

by Brenda P
(Forney, TX, USA)

About 1995 my husband David and I lived in another house that was over 100 years old. This one was in Hutchins, TX. I just love old houses. They have so much personality. This house had many strange things happen. You always had the feeling you were being watched especially in the front room, which was the living room. A lot of times we heard what sounded like a man clearing his throat and we would smell either a pipe or a cigar every time.

Well one night I was home alone and was cleaning house. I was moving my 100-year-old piano (with hardwood floors and wheels I could do it myself) to the other wall. Out of nowhere, I felt kinda like I wasn't alone. I heard what sounded like something falling from the ceiling on the other side of the room. I also noticed a sweet cigar smell all of a sudden. It didn't last very long. I went over to see if I could find anything. Well what I found was a 1977 silver half dollar. I collect old coins and I have a silver half dollar for the years my two kids were born. The strange thing about this was it went missing out of my bag of old coins several months back. This was my lost coin because we had put a red mark with nail polish on it. I guess whoever took it decided to give it back. That was weird! This is just one of several things that happened while living in this house that I will be submitting.

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