Chilling walk home
Date 26/11/2003 | Topic: Ghosts
| Usually ghosts are apparitions of people long dead. Think how much more frightening - how disturbing - it would be to see the ghost of someone you know, someone you didn't even know was dead!|
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By Richard Holland
A Mr Williams of Gresford, near Wrexham, had just such an experience back in the 19th century. Not only was it a terrifying experience, it was one which culminated in tragedy.
Mr Williams was enjoying an evening stroll with his friend, Mr Jones, a builder who lived in nearby Marford. They were walking down Little Acton Hill between the two villages when suddenly they saw approaching them through the gathering gloom an unearthly white figure. The men stopped and watched with growing unease as it came closer.
The figure looked like everyone's idea of a ghost - dressed in white and with wild, flowing hair. Was someone playing a prank on them? Then Mr Jones laughed - he had recognised the figure. It was Mr Williams' wife!
"Now you're for it," he joked to his friend. He assumed they had stayed out too long and Mrs Williams was coming to find them. But Mr Williams was not laughing. He could see the expression on his wife's face, drawn and desperate. What was wrong and why was she out in her nightgown?
He moved toward her - and she vanished! The men were dumbfounded. But Mr Williams lost no time. Something was terribly wrong - he knew it. He hurried down the hill the way his wife had come, followed by Mr Jones. At last they reached Mr Williams' home in Gresford. All was dark and cold. There was no supper on the table, as was usual.
His heart thumping, Mr Williams called out his wife's name but received no response. He lit a candle and began to search the house for her. He found her in the sitting room. She was dead, suicide.
The apparition he and Mr Jones had seen on the road must have been that of his wife at the moment of her death, when her desperate spirit had come in search of her husband.
25th november 2003