THE CRCMH - A PARANORMAL REALM?
people. This page exists to cover an assortment of mysterious tidbits
that don't really belong anywhere else. The accounts of The
Flincher reside in their own section for the reason, if nothing
else, that they are quite celebrated these days (and indeed were
the central cause for this website coming into being). Similar treatment
has also been given to the security guard's account of The
Soldier of Ward 13 and the seemingly impenetrable force-fields
around Taplow Lodge. However, not every unexplained occurence at
the CRCMH should be automatically attributed to The Flincher
or The Soldier.
unexplained things connected to the hospital - conveyed either through
writing or visuals - have a habit of emerging every now and then
from a variety of sources. And this is the place in which you'll
find the more specific and intriguing phenomena (for more common
tales, such as general feelings of "eerieness" or hearing
loud bangs, check out the Your
Tales section). Some of these seem truly laughable, whereas
others might make your spine tingle. So let your own judgement lead
the way as you prepare to enter the potentially paranormal realm
of the CRCMH...
In The Shadows
More Mysterious Shapes
Who Is Colin - And Why Won't He Leave?
Cause Or Effect?
Coming Soon - Actual Ghost Photos?
Dr Kaye - Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire
Dr Kaye - Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire
Dr Kaye - Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire
Ethereal Noises and Glowing Faces
Dr Kaye - Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire
The White Figure at the Corridor
The Gates of Doom
In The Shadows...
is well documented in the tales of The Flincher that, "nice"
though it is to imagine a beast with black wings and red eyes,
nobody has ever actually seen The Flincher. However,
new photographic evidence has come to light that appears to
show, well... "something." Could it be The Flincher,
or a different apparition? Or is it just a trick of light, a
routine casting of shadows? Read on, examine the evidence, and
decide for yourself...
Owen has been sifting through a large number of recent photos of
the CRCMH site. Whilst
doing so, he had an uncanny feeling that in one of the photos he
would come across something standing in the distance, lurking in
the shadows. And Lo and Behold - there was. Or so it appears. Take
a look at these (click on thumbnails to enlarge):
||This is the whole photo
in question - a view of the "sentry box" near the
old entrance. Look in the bushes on the far right, about the
height of the sentry box's window. Anything of interest?
||Here we see a close-up
taken from the above photo, featuring an even closer zoomed-in
area of the "apparition." Fluke or not? It's blurry,
but either way, it appears to have a face similar to a couple
of things you may have seen before...
at the top is perhaps the most famous ghost photograph ever
taken. The Reverend K. F. Lord was photographing the interior
of his church at Newby, North Yorkshire, in the early 1960s,
and saw nothing unusual at the time. It was only when he developed
the films that he found a ghost on one frame, an eerie hooded
figure standing close to the altar. Many people assume that
it is a fake, but when Kodak tested it for the absolutely
wonderful "Arthur.C.Clarke's World of Strange Powers"
TV series in the early 80s, no evidence of tampering with
the negative was discovered.
that we have that ubiquitous horror mask from the movie "Scream".
Both icons appear to bear some similarity to the shape in
the photograph. So, what do you think?
all seriousness, it is of course very very likely that what we can
see in this photo is an interesting random form created by shadows
from the bushes. I don't think that any of us would like to destroy
people's opinions and thoughts about The Flincher by proclaiming
that this is definately an actual photo of The Flincher - because
it most probably isn't. It is nevertheless a bit of fun, and rather
intriguing...or not, depending upon how much like an inanimate blob
you think the image is.
Evidence? Judge for yourself...
there's only two options really. I mean, it has to be either a friendly
a terrifying underworld being. It also looks quite skeletal from
a certain angle too. But I think I'd be far more frightened if I
knew that The Flincher looked like the Newby ghost. Even if it was
a fake, it is still just about the scariest image anyone has ever
come up with - give me black wings and red eyes any day. Still,
my motto is "never say never', so I'll leave it at that.
us if you have any thoughts or comments on the mysterious shadow
in the photograph.
I don't think
that these are "supposed" to depict anything out of the
ordinary, but we'll chuck them here for want of anywhere better
for them. What we have is two photos taken by CRCMH enthusiast Bob
Hurley (no relation to our own eccentric intrepid explorer), and
this is what he had to say:
that I'd put something back into The CRCMH Shrine. I have some pictures
of the hospital from when I went there in December 2001. They aren't
that good - they've been exposed etc. The first shot is of the Animal
Lab, the first building I saw when I entered. The second is of the
end of one of the wards to the south. Regards, Bob Hurley.
not quite like any other photos on this website, I'll give you that
much. But they are rather atmospheric and seem to be full of interesting
shapes and things. The first one seems to have almost the same general
effect as the front cover of Black Sabbath's first album (i.e. just
a tad eerie). It's nice to see some trippy hospital snaps for a
change anyhow. And if you look closely enough, who knows - you might
even spot yourself a Flincher or two (or indeed none). Enjoy...
These 2 photographs
Bob Hurley 2001-2002
Is Colin - And Why Won't He Leave?
was just wondering if anyone has recently visited the hospital and
discovered any inmates in there. I don't know exactly where we were,
but it was somewhere near the nurse's rooms when a northern-accented
voice started calling at us. Naturally of course, after a few seconds,
we pegged it and got lost. I doubt that it had anything to do with
The Flincher, as firstly it was on the other side of the building,
and secondly it sounded like Johnny from Big Brother! Who ever heard
of a scarey brummie? What baffles me is who the hell in their right
mind would sleep in a place like that? Just wondering if this could
have been Colin, as we had earlier noticed graffiti on the wall
saying 'Colin will not leave'.
I saw something move from inside Ward 13 (coincidently the location
of the soldier ghost sighting), but when we went to have a look
there was no one there. We were filming at the time, but unfortunately
you can't see anything on the video. I only saw something move in
the shadows, I didn't actually see anything in particular. And by
the time I moved the camera in that direction, there was nothing
there. I reckon Colin was stalking us! WHO IS COLIN????
Damon says: It's altogether possible that there's a deranged
monster like Sloth from "The Goonies" locked-up in the nurses' block.
It's equally plausible that its name might be Colin. It's an eerie
Hurley-Castle adds: Indeed - I've also read his message and
have a photo of it somewhere amongst the thousands (literally thousands)
that I've taken. I have a subtle feeling that this "Colin"
may have been lying... or perhaps he starved to death as there's
only empty Lucozade bottles left to munch upon in the Canteen these
days. Oh, and the occasional box of Myron Heel-Seats™
but I foraged them for Webmaster Owen as he does enjoy a sweet tasty
heel-seat. Perhaps he is hiding in the recesses of the recently
named 'Wheel Room'...? Colin? Coooolllliiiinnn? Pardon my possible
illiteracy but perhaps 'Colin' is actually a coded anagram for 'The
Flincher'? Maybe one (or both) 'C's in CRCMH actually stands for
'Colin'? Just in case, from this day on, my pet name for the hospital
shall be Colin. Fare thee well, and fear not, for it may be that
you are actually mad.
James, Antony & Chris write:
October 2002, we all went in through the main entrance and up to
the canteen. Jack and Antony were looking at the sign which says
"canteen and shop" when all of a sudden we heard a smashing
sound. We then saw two dog-like creatures jump out the window and
set off in different directions. One had a big fluffy tail and looked
like it was hovering in the air with no legs. It turned left and
then it disappeared around the corner. Everybody saw the other one.
It ran around a green abandoned Beetle car (Webmaster: It's
actually a Morris Minor) and kept on running for another 100
yards before disappearing into the trees.
Damon says: Hmmm... plausible I guess - because it seems to
me like a similar sort of beast to the one encountered by our very
own Ray Hurley-Castle earlier this year, his account of which reads:
"...at the gap between ward 11 and 12 something new was spied.
And this time it had legs. And wasn't a table. Some creature, possibly
a wild dog, maybe a discoloured fox, too large to be a domestic
cat. Low to the ground, large and fast, maybe a mutant leopard or
something. You know the type. Sandy in colour it seemed - a kind
of dark tone of lion, and it darted for cover in the now-thick undergrowth
quite noisily just after it had been spotted and it spied us. Damn
thing was too impolite to pose for a photo. I decided against going
'here beasty beasty, let me get a piccy.' Typical. But now you know
the exact location of where I encountered the infamous Taplow Beast."
goings-on indeed. Thanks for your note guys.
Hurley-Castle adds: Further to the above mentioned incident,
I also encountered something similar in the central courtyard, behind
the main entrance. This time I didn't actually see it but didn't
need to as it was stamping around quite belligerantly, definitely
letting me know that it was there and that it didn't mind me knowing
either. It probably had fangs as long as my arm. I bravely threw
my porter - Dolmal Filfan Carrond - into the fray, but the damn
thing was tricky and must have a lair there somewhere, be aware.
graced with this message from "M.K" on November 2nd:
was exploring the hospital today in Cliveden and we heard lots of
things and then we saw a black figure zoom quickly across infront
of the main building! Then we threw a rock or stone at the lodge
and it came flying back at us!! I was shit scared!"
Webmaster Damon says: Yes, I nearly died laughing - but please
refrain from sending us similar literary masterpieces. Unless they're
true, that is.
so the following might not be a classic tale of the paranormal (or
even strictly speaking "unusual" given the routine nature
of death in relation to hospitals), but it is the sort of eerie
information that makes you pause for thought...
"My mother had an operation at the CRCMH in approximately 1982.
Immediately after the operation, the surgeon jumped into his car,
turned right out of the hospital, and drove a short distance towards
Maidenhead. Misjudging the tricky S-bends (you surely know the ones
I mean), he ran into a tree on the left of the road and was killed."
Hmmm. Was "something unexplained" lurking around the hospital
the true cause of the accident? Or is the accident the true cause
of "something unexplained" lurking around the hospital?
Perhaps neither, or perhaps both. You decide.
SOON - Actual CRCMH Ghost Photos?
Sunday 24th November 2002, a group of three explored the ruins from
approximately 3.40pm until 4.20pm. During this time we covered the
hospital's central structure including the wards, theatre, maternity,
x-ray, reception and the animal testing labs.
entering Ward 13, several photographs were taken, as were several
in the x-ray area and maternity. Two 24 exposure films were used
and 5 pictures were identified as having unusual discoloration and
misting that cannot be explained.
professional photographer from Reading College could not identify
the 'errors'. 2 photos were at the entrance to Ward 13, 2 by the
animal testing labs and one in the "Flincher area". The
latter photograph seemingly shows either a figure or a face - and
both can be seen when looking from a distance. Just prior to this
photo being taken the party felt unusually uneasy and hurried past
the area. One of the group who had experience with the hospital
felt particularly spooked.
suggested we venture down into the heart of x-ray, which he had
done previously, and he simply replied...'no fucking way'.
Owen says: Very Doomy. Interesting photographic occurrances
indeed! We'd LOVE to see your psychokinetically charged pics. Do
you know whether the 'errors' were only from one film, or scattered
over both? Did the face in the Flincher area look human? What expression,
if any, can you see on it? Feel free to give us a more in-depth
account of your experiences, as we are always seeking more information
on esoteric CRCMH happenings - and this one seems to be a pretty
Damon says: I wholeheartedly agree with Owen's sentiments. It
sounds fantastic, and I can't wait to have a look. All along, I've
had this incey-wincey feeling it wasn't just me who thought that
strange things were afoot inside the CRCMH. And now the mystery
UPDATE - February 2003: Although we hoped to be able to display
copies of these intriguing photographs for you here on The Shrine,
we are still yet to hear anything back from the elusive Mr Keep.
So, John, if you're reading - do get in touch, because - provided
that they actually exist - your photographs would make a very interesting
additiion here indeed.
UPDATE - May 2003: Ditto. Perhaps it ain't ever going to happen...
Kaye - Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire - Pt.I
following first appeared in the Hole
in the Roof update of Sunday 22nd December 2002, where it remains
in the archive. However, we also thought it would be appropriate
to include it here as well - all in the name of a laugh of course.
A reader writes...
Dear Damon and Owen,
recently took this photograph of a ghost at the Canadian Red Cross
Memorial Hospital on a ghost hunting trip. Find it attached. Regards,
Dr. Spencer Kaye
(Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire)
Kaye - Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire - Pt.II
well - here we are in February 2003, and the good doctor is at it
once again. His first "ghost photograph" may have started
a debate on the messageboard of late, but I can assure you that
his latest effort - revealed here for the first time - surpasses
it and then some. To say that the following had me in stitches is
an understatement. So enjoy - and do keep up the, er, ... "hunting",
Doctor - because it's "nice to see them (to see them, nice!)"
etc etc. Ah, my liver hurts...
Damon and Owen,
was recently on another ghost hunting trip and took what turned
out to be some very interesting photographs. When looking
closer at a particular photograph taken in the Flincher's 'home',
I noticed a spooky face on the floor of the corridor.
the latest digimazoom-phonolomotographamy techniques, I zoomed in
on and enhanced what looks like Bruce Forsyth's lovely face. From
this evidence, I have proposed a theory that explains the exact
identification of the Flincher.
believe the 'flinching' that you speak of is in fact the sporadic
motions of Bruce's legs as he tap-dances his way around the corridors
of the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital. The noises you
have heard may just be the echoing of his taps combined with his
hideous singing. Also, the strong gusts of wind could possibly
be explained by his toupee flapping about as he dances so gayfully.
am honoured to have shed light on the Flincher and I hope to be
researching more into this theory in the upcoming weeks. I
am as fascinated as you are as to why Bruce may be hiding out there,
or indeed why he tap dances around instead of walking like any other
other person would.
have also heard rumours that Lionel Blair joins him every third
Wednesday for a 'tap-dancing marathon' (a tap-a-thon) - in which
the last person standing is declared the winner. This will
also be researched soon.
Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire
Dr Kaye - Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire - Pt.III
Damon and Owen,
was lucky enough to capture on film the person who committed the
arson attack on the CRCMH. This photograph was taken just minutes
before the attack, and it clearly shows that the arsonist is no
other than CBBC's Arthur.
in case you can't quite see him, Boo Boo is kindly pointing him
out. If I were you, I'd print this picture out and take it to your
local police station.
Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire
and Crime Stopper
Noises & Glowing Faces
from April 2003 comes from Darren and features a potentially interesting
photograph at the end. Read on...
an internet search on Skindles and being amazed at the amount of
decent bands (Buzzcocks, Thin Lizzy, Stones, Stranglers) that had
played there in the past, I somehow discovered the CRCMH where I
was born in 1970.
I had never
seen the place let alone been inside and wasn't even sure if it
was still standing. So, after being engrossed with the idea for
a good week, I was driving nearby and decided to look through the
was amazed to see the place standing there silent.
out how to get in and looked for any presence of security. Suddenly,
I saw movement - then a group of school kids came running over to
the gate - looking a bit freaked out. Their faces were a picture
when they saw a head poking through the gate - they didn't know
which way to run. I had to shout at them it was okay.
to find out if they had ever seen workmen or security. They told
me that there were loads of kids from their school in there with
catapults, and by the sound of it, they were wrecking the place.
After chatting for a while I told them about the website and the
ghost stories - The Flincher and the Solider on crutches. After
seeing there reaction, I think at least half of them won't being
going back again.
fancy going in while there were loads of school kids around so I
arranged with my brother to visit once again, early on a Sunday
morning. We pulled up and parked in the Feathers car park under
the sound of a woodpecker pecking away. We walked down to the hospital,
over the wall, and we were in. We instantly headed over to the main
foyer and took a couple of photos. I had forgot my map so I would
have to refer to my memory.
inside to have a look about and then decided to walk around the
southern section - the maternity wing (Was this Ward 19? My mum
says she was in 19 and then Ward 1). Had a good look around the
lab and then walked up along the west hand side before re-entering
again towards the boiler room, taking a good look down the very
impressive long corridor. We went back out towards the front, taking
in the collapsed Stage Room and out by the nurses' rooms.
the stairs on the outside of the building, bearing in mind I was
assured by other stories this was as far from The Flincher as could
be, and felt most at ease knowing this. We found nothing too interesting
apart from the smell of an old bonfire, probably from kids the night
before, so we headed back to the main entrance and headed upstairs.
As I had
a hat pulled over my ears my hearing was not quite as good as my
hatless brother. We ventured in a few of the rooms taking in all
the junk including an old mattress. At this point I heard a strange
noise (bearing in mind it was early on a Sunday morning and there
wasn't much traffic on the road). It was a quiet but deep rumbling
noise as if an underground train had just past by beneath us. I
turned to by brother and said "What the hell was that?"
the first time I had heard it, but he had heard it a couple of times
before as we were climbing the stairs and again when we were in
another room but didn't want to say anything in case it spooked
me out. Well once I had heard it too, it spooked us both out, so
we made our retreat down the stairs and over the wall.
was over but there was so much more I want to see. Still, when I
was scanning the following photo in, I noticed a strange glowing
face-like image in between the pillars on the right hand side of
the door on the second floor. Cue shivers down the spine - zoom
in and have a look.
Hmmm... it is indeed a strange one. I doubt that it could be a reflection
of the pipes on the ground because the angle would be wrong. Perhaps
the window was ajar and it's a reflection of the pillar. Or an undead
menace from the otherworld, naturally. Thanks for that though Darren.
Oh, and if you find the history of Skindles interesting, check out
the former Old Trout/Thames Hotel in Windsor - everyone from Hendrix
down to me played there and it was great. It's now been bastardised
by a generic restaurant chain of course, pretty much like everywhere
Kaye - Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire - Pt.IV
2003: and on and on and on and on he goes...
Damon and Owen,
photograph and story you were sent recently by some chap who goes
by the name of 'Darren' intrigued me. I could not see a 'glowing
face-like image' no matter how close I zoomed in. All I saw was
what could be described as a 'glowing blur-like image'. I think
someone is pulling your proverbial legs.
upon closer inspection, I spotted the small and vague sideways profile
of my good friend, and fellow Ghost Hunter, Morgan Freeman - you
know, the nice chap from "Shawshank Redemption".
Is Morgan Freeman actually dead? Or has 'Darren' kidnapped him and
locked him inside the hospital.
Only time will tell . . .
Ghost Hunter Extraordinaire, Crime Stopper & friend Of Morgan
White Figure at the Corridor Window
Andy G says:
I was in the hospital last year and we took about 100 photos. In
looking at them more closley, one of them looks like there is a
spook at the end of a hallway! Have a look and see what you think.
Close-up of strange figure
Click on thumbnail to view larger version of
the photo - 37kb
Indeed. This is perhaps one of the most interesting "supernatural"
images to come from the hospital that I've seen for some time. The
"spook" can be seen through the window at the very end
of the corridor (which looks more like the eastern (Flincher) corridor
than the western (Grand) corridor. A seemingly human-shaped figure
draped in a cloak with a raised hand - it almost looks like one
of those Virgin Mary sightings which keep popping up all over the
globe. Or a statue of Jesus perhaps.
It's also worth bearing in mind that a colleague of the security
guard interviewed here on The Shrine said she thought
she saw a spectral nurse pushing a pram down in that area. Provided
I'm correct with my inkling that this new photo shows the eastern
corridor that is. What if the white figure is the nurse and the
pram is the dark object (complete with white "baby's head"
no less) in the bottom right of the window? Well, it all depends
upon how the shape might be interpreted of course.
Is it just part of the hospital fittings? Is it an action figure
toy sitting on the window ledge? Or is it something far more sinister?
Who are we to guess? Either way, it's probably the first "mysterious
blob" photo from the CRCMH that I've seen which actually has
some conceivable form. Whatever it might be - thanks Andy, it's
a nice one.
Gates of Doom
friend and correspondent Jeanne Hopkins didn't intend to send us
a "supernatural" photograph. Having very recently visited
the hospital environs for the first time in half a century, she
told us about a digital photo that her daughter had taken of the
boarded-up entrance gates which appeared to show strange images.
These were subsequently examined by a well-known Cornish writer
and lecturer who interpreted them as...
angry nature spirits guarding the hospital. And the hospital has
more than one owner. So beware those that dare trespass!"
forwarded us a photograph of the same gates that she had taken herself
with a trusty old Canon, stating that there was "not a nature
spirit to be seen." Well, perhaps she was right, but upon
closer inspection the image seemed to reveal something different
- and rather sinister in itself. For example:
A pair of devilish gargoyles lurk near the
base of the right-hand gate.
Click on thumbnail to view full photo
An imposing - almost bird-like (Flincher-like?)
face - outlined here - guards the right-hand side of the gate.
Now, I don't
think for a moment that Jeanne was particularly aware of these intriguing
shapes (presumably they are a different sort of thing from that
which appeared on her daughter's photo) - but they certainly appear
to be there, along with many other possibilities if you look
closely (there's some deep-set eyes on the left gate for instance).
Are they the Evil Guardians of Eternal Doom?
Or just tricks of light? It doesn't really matter either way (he
says talking rubbish - because if it's the former, I think we'd
all like to know!) - but, hey - it looks groovy doesn't it?! - and
perhaps we'll be able to contrast it with the "nature spirit"
photo at some point in the future.
Has anybody else ever noticed anything strange about these gates?
SOON: Hopefully some potentially real ghosts for a change,
and not just made up or incredibly dubious ones. This naturally
depends upon you keeping them coming. So, without trying to encourage
people to start intentionally faking them, please
do send us any genuinely interesting images from the hospital that
you've taken and cannot explain. Why? Because we all love a good
ghost photo, don't we?