Watch: Clown doll allegedly possessed by a dead child appears to move on its own at museum

The musical clown, known as Bob, is kept at the Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre in Hinckley, Leicester — believed to be the first museum of its kind in the UK.

                            Watch: Clown doll allegedly possessed by a dead child appears to move on its own at museum
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This is the moment a 'possessed' clown doll appears to move on its own — allegedly haunted by the spirit of a dead child who doesn't like the toy to be moved.

The musical clown, known as Bob, is kept at the Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre in Hinckley, Leicester — believed to be the first museum of its kind in the UK.

Bought in a box of old antiques, team member Sam Littlejohns claims it was a medium who was able to first connect with Bob and discover his past — who is a renowned 'character'.

Sam, 40, says the doll's music often starts playing on its own and it is said the little boy attached to the clown does not like his toy being moved so will often move it back himself.

Eerie CCTV footage shows the clown visibly lurch forwards during a paranormal investigation last month, which the team believe could have been Bob moving the doll back into place himself.

Jason Wall, 46, was the investigator nearest the clown when it moved and has struggled to explain how it could have happened.

Jason, from Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, said: "We had a table with three dolls on there and one of them was this clown. It's been said that if you move the doll that it will move back to the position that it wants. One of the people at the investigation picked it up and when she put it back she turned it round 90 degrees to see if we could prompt a response. In the middle of the table we had a device that measures temperature and environmental conditions and also lights up if there's any type of vibration."

"The lights lit up a few times when we were waiting for responses to questions. I went back to the table to check that it wasn't our movement on the floorboards that had caused the device to light up. You can see me moving up and down to see if it got a reaction from the device but nothing happened.

"But as I went to turn around, the doll caught my eye and it was as if something had twisted it at an angle slightly. If that had been because of my movement then it would have fallen over as it was not on a stand, it was just standing on its own two feet. It was a defined movement and it stopped me in my tracks. But when I looked it was as if it had been caught moving."

"So then I rushed into the other room to tell the others what I had just seen, which you can see me do in the video. We all went and looked at the CCTV coverage but unfortunately the back of my head obscures the movement I saw. But as I walked away you can see a second movement, which I didn't even know had happened.

"It was completely by accident that we caught the second movement. The movement caught on the video is different to the first one that I saw. I thought I saw a deliberate twist, whereas this one we have captured is much quicker."

Despite the footage showing the clown distinctly moving on its own with no one touching it, Jason remains open-minded on what the explanations could be.

Jason, who was with his HauntedLive group investigating the doll, said: "It's a strange thing really, we can't really describe what it was. That's why we've put it out there for people to look at. I'm not a believer but I'm not a disbeliever. I tend to believe my own eyes. I'm not someone who jumps to say it is paranormal straight away. That's not my belief.

"I tend to look at things logically, which is why I was looking at the clown in the first place to check it was not something we were doing that caused it — which it wasn't. It's almost as if I'd caught them out. As soon as I realised and looked directly at the clown it stopped [moving] and it didn't rock. It was still in position."

"It's like something was moving it slowly and deliberately back into place because it didn't like [where it had been left]. But as soon as it saw it was moving it stopped. I can't say it's paranormal because I can't prove anything like that. I would never say something was paranormal without complete and utter evidence. The fact we got something that I didn't see backs up what I saw and backs up the previous stories about the doll being moved and put back in places again.

"Whenever we get something on camera like this that someone says is evidence for paranormal activity, some people take it with a pinch of salt and from some there can be a backlash. For me, it's just vindication that what I saw happened again straight afterwards."

Sam, from Leicester, is part of a team of eight who run the paranormal centre and she claims that there is now so much activity the members cannot enter on their own.

Sam said: "You will hear Bob's music playing and it's quite unnerving. No one will be there and you will hear the chimes play. He is quite a character. I wasn't surprised by the footage because that particular week we had groups in every single night so the energy in the building was quite high."

"It was really active [paranormal-wise]. Lots of people had reported things so when Jason said he thought the clown moved I was not surprised and said we could look at it on CCTV. Jason gets very freaked when he stays at the centre. I do get unsettled too when I'm there. As a team we don't go on our own anymore, we have to go in pairs."

Ben Canham is another volunteer at the centre and feels sorry for Bob, who is believed to have had a tormented life before he died and became supposedly attached to the clown.

Ben said: "Bob is a musical clown and one time when I was there he started playing on his own when no one even touched [him] or was in the room with him.

"[Bob] has a sad story, bless him. He was bullied and was rejected by his family and it is believed this is why he became attached to the doll in the afterlife."

Author: David Keane

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