Getting the keys for our new home was so exciting. The flat was in a beautiful Victorian house in Bayswater, London W2. With its high ceiling with cornice, sashed windows that was about 3 meters high and it still had the servants bell. I was planning what I was going to do as soon as I took the keys. Firstly... I was going to clean the flat, then I was going to prepare our first meal as man and wife.
With keys in hand, I kissed my husband goodbye as he had to work that night. The flat was only round the corner from his work, which was handy. I went into the flat. Looked around and saw what needed to be done. I set to work cleaning. The flat was too quiet, so I put on a record from my record collection. I was so happy to be in the flat even though I was cleaning.
Just the small bedroom to finish. I was singing away to the song that I knew so well..."Linda," I heard someone call me. "I'm in here," I shouted back thinking it was my husband... "Linda," I heard it again... "I'm in here," I said once more. "Linda," I heard for the third time. That's Ibrahim I thought to myself. He is messing about. I started to look for him laughing to myself. I went into the bedroom, checked in the wardrobes and under the bed... no-one there.
I went into the bathroom, looked behind the shower curtain... Still no-one there. I went into the lounge where the stereo was playing. I got the shock of my life... From the record that I knew so well it said my name again. I screamed and grabbed my coat. I ran around to my husband with my slippers on.
He thought I was crazy when I told him about what happened. That was the start of lots of unexplained strange goings on in that flat.
Another time, I was in the bedroom and I had the stereo on again which was playing in the lounge. All of a sudden, the music turned off. I thought that the power had gone off so I checked the light but that was working. So I went in to check the stereo. I noticed that the switch on the wall was up which meant it had been turned off. I was the only person in the flat at that time.
My sister-in-law was visiting with her husband. They were staying in the small bedroom at the front of the flat. She was in the bedroom and her husband was in the shower. She had the stereo on which was on the radio mode. All of a sudden, the radio switched to a german radio station and it was on the highest volume. She went in to turn it down and she found the turn table spinning around.
Another time, I was asleep in bed in the afternoon. I found my friend standing over me. I asked her, "How did you get in here?" She said, "You opened the door..." I said, "How could I have opened the door if you have just woken me up?" "When I rang the door-bell, you said, "Who is it?" and I said, "It's me, Jackie," she said. "And then the door opened," she added. I told her, "Maybe you've rang the wrong doorbell and they have let you in," I replied. She said, "I'll check with the neighbours if they've let anybody in..." She had asked them and they told her that nobody had rang their door-bell.
When I was 4 months pregnant, my husband was asleep next to me in the bed, and I was thinking about my new baby and finding it hard to sleep. Next thing I knew, the bed started to bang on the wall. 'bump' bump' 'bump'. It sounded like a heartbeat. I nudged my husband and to wake him up and told him that the bed was moving. He lay there and said, "Oh my God, I can feel it!" It wasn't scary, just unexplained.
Ever since we'd moved in, we'd had lights going on and off, footsteps in the passageway when nobody was there, etc.
A friend of my husband's arrived at one o'clock am to stay with us for a few days. We had all went to bed as soon as we arrived as we had work the next morning. Ibrahim asked me to bring his friend some lunch as he couldn't be with his friend as he was working. When I brought him the lunch, he said to me, "Linda, this place is haunted..." He left that day with no explanation as to what had happened to him.
Another friend of ours came around to stay the night. He had to sleep in the lounge on the sofa. He told me the next morning that he had to sleep with the light on all night as he heard somebody walking around the couch. When he had looked, as you can guess, nobody was there.