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> Haunted Skulls <

Tales of bewitched objects seem to defy rational explanation. Among the many stories of gruesome relics which have brought misfortune on their owners are several cases of 'haunted' skulls recorded by ghost-hunter Robert Thurston Hopkins.
One famous tale involves the Victorian 'Red Barn' murderer William Corder, who did away with his lover in Polsted, England, in May 1827. Some 50 years after his execution the preserved remains of Corder's body were acquired by a certain Dr Kilner. The doctor duly severed the skull from its skeleton, polished the pickled scalp to a gloss and proudly exhibited the macabre trophy in his surgery.
Kilner also prided himself on his detached, scientific view of the paranormal, yet nothing could prevent him from being severely disturbed by the events which followed. First, both he and his maid saw a stranger wearing Victorian clothing near the surgery, and he became plagued by breathing and muttering sounds. Finally, he awoke one night to crashing noises in the room below.
Descending the stairs, Kilner was met by an icy gust of wind. He went on to find the display cabinet open, the box which had contained the relic smashed, and the skull itself magically transported to a nearby shelf from which it appeared to be grinning malevolently at him.
After a later search revealed no signs of human entry, the terrified doctor passed on the remains to Thurston Hopkins' father, who gave them a Christian burial. The disturbances ceased.

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