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Class: Euclid

Date and Time Event(s) took place: Happens currently if person(s) are present in the house, not time dependent but phenomena increases at night, also during and after Halloween.

Type: Location, building

Special Containment procedures: A building and its surrounding grounds in an undisclosed location made inconspicuous to any passing members of the public by the SCP. The SCP has sealed the buildings grounds with wire fencing and security cameras. Windows and doors have been barred and barricaded. Motion detectors with silent remote alarms have been left in potential entry points around the building and its perimeter in order to remotely alert the SCP about unauthorised entry, if the perimeter is breached.

Despite these security measures it has been decided that it is extremely unlikely that any unauthorised entry will occur. The local authority and community are indifferent to the building and its history and only one attempted break-in occurred in 1999. Despite this, containment procedures are in place to the foundations standards.

Description: On 02/04/1989 the local council surveyed the building and its site for possible demolition. During this survey a team of three civil servants reported the haunted house phenomena to their superiors. No action was taken by the council regarding the reports and the buildings perimeter was secured to council standards.

An SCP investigation on 13/04/1989 reported that the building will generate noises such as footsteps, voices, knocking, laughing and spitting. It will also provide visual phenomena such as figures ascending and descending stairways, furniture moving, doors opening and closing violently and faces and figures seen on reflective materials in certain rooms.

The following is the report produced following the investigation:

Report by SCP personnel (13/04/1989):

Upon arrival at the building, phenomena began almost immediately. At 9:25am three human faces were seen at a 2nd floor exterior facing window. They were observed by two members of the team, several photographs and five minutes of footage was taken until the faces faded slowly from sight.

Entering the main vestibule, a noise sounding like a male voice shouting “out” emanated from the high ceiling of the room. This was heard by members and also recorded by digital audio devices carried by the team. While the team were investigating the rooms systematically from ground floor up, many noises were recorded. The noises comprised of tapping, bumping, furniture being moved, laughing, footsteps and scratching.

Several figures were seen either standing motionless or moving up and down stairwells. Faces were seen on reflective surfaces on various furniture remains left in the building. Upon further investigation throughout the day and into the night, the team experienced the events escalate in frequency. Below are four investigations which focus upon the more frequent and easily triggered phenomenon experienced:

Case 1:
Initial observations -
Early on in the investigation all members of the team were witness to a regular knocking noise and a vocal sounding “out”, which were heard primarily in the vestibule but also throughout the building.

Examination and conclusions for Case 1 –

Following sustained observation of the suspected source of the phenomena, the team discovered the noises were caused by an Iron structural support beam running through the centre of the building. The beam had degraded to a point where cracks ran along the length of the exposed metal and concrete girder. Any combination of wind or temperature change would cause stress on the beam resulting in a knocking and thumping sound which resonated through the building, as far as the beam stretched. This noise would occur at irregular times throughout the day and night. At times, when there was increased movement of the team in the vestibule of the building, the beam would emit a noise which sounded like a male voice shouting “out”. This was caused by air movement and temperature changes making the beam arch by several millimetres. This created the vocal sounding “out” noise.

Case 2:
Initial observations -

As a member was examining a damaged and timeworn mirror with several large pieces of glass still attached to the frame, she noticed a figure standing behind her. When she looked where the figure would be in the room the figure was gone, but looking into the mirror the figure was still present.

Examination and conclusions for Case 2 –

Upon calling for assistance and further investigation using digital recording and image enhancement equipment, the team discovered that the figure was created by a combination of environmental factors. The remaining glass in the mirror was significantly old and the reflective material applied to the glass was wafer thin. The thin reflective material and a combination of dirt, shadow and light created a convincing image of a figure standing in the room. The image was recorded by photograph and by film and has been studied further. Conclusions to the further studies have deduced that it is a phenomenon of environmental circumstance.

Case 3:
Initial observations -

During a discussion between two members of the team in an upstairs bedroom, both members began to hear a faint laughing and then spitting noise coming from an adjacent bedroom. Upon entering the room the noises stopped immediately. As they left the room the noises began again. The noise continued at an intermittent frequency while the members were outside the room or in the hallway.

Examination and conclusions for Case 3 –

To study this phenomenon the team pushed a telescopic “snake” camera under a crack at the base of the outside wall of the room to peer inside while no members were present and while the audible phenomena was occurring.
Upon examination and further study of the video obtained from the camera, the study construed that a combination of environmental factors in the room and surrounding rooms caused the noises. The room with the phenomena is referred to in the following paragraphs as Room A and the adjacent room which the members were initially standing in as, Room B:

As the members were in Room B they created weight and subsequently enough stress on the floorboards to minutely tilt the wall of Room B by several millimetres. This caused the floorboards in the outside hall to bend and arch by several millimetres, subsequently causing the eroded base of the wall in Room A to tilt by several millimetres. The floorboards of Room A were also affected by the angle of the wall, causing the curtains in Room A (which were draped over the back of a metal chair) to sway, brushing the metal seat of the chair. This noise was amplified by the seat of the chair, which was below a light fixture shaped like a cone. The light fixture was angled toward the doorway of Room A, amplifying and directing the sound out of the room.

The team were satisfied that environmental factors caused the spitting and laughing noise.
When the curtains were moved and the light fixture angled away from the doorway, the noise stopped.
Despite the elucidation to the phenomena, on returning to the corridor outside the room several hours later, the team heard the same noises again. On examination it was found that the new position of the curtains, the moved chair and light fixture, all began to create the same noises that were previously experienced. Further tests were carried out on this particular room and any combination of the position of objects in the room began to create the same noises when advertent and inadvertent manipulation of the floorboards took place.

Case 4:
Initial observations -

A stairway at the end of a long corridor produced a frequent sighting of a figure running up the stairs.

Examination and conclusions for Case 4 –

Cameras were positioned at the top and foot of the stairway and members of the team stood at the other end of the corridor to “trigger” the sighting. The team discovered that the figure was a combination of air movement and displaced dust. A current of air was created by standing in the corridor at a certain junction; this blew the dust off the stairway resulting in a human-like figure ascending the stairs. The dust settled in the same place to enable recreation of the animated figure every time the air current was produced.

When the dust was removed and a member of the team triggered the sighting by standing in the corridor, the current of air was created but did not create the figure ascending the stairs.

On returning to the same area several hours later the phenomenon had returned. This time a similar looking figure was seen ascending the stairs. On further study of the stairs, no dust had settled but several Domestic house spiders had travelled across the foot of the stairs creating a network of web lines. When a current of air was created by standing at the same junction at the other end of the corridor the air lifted the web line structure simulating an animated figure ascending the stairs.

The House spiders were not found following a search in the surrounding corridor and adjacent rooms.

Conclusion:

In regards to this report and its case studies, the SCP has deemed the building Euclid due to the frequency, potential escalation and unidentified cause of the phenomena. To this date, no reports of any persons who occupied the house, through tenancy or investigation, have been harmed directly by the phenomena. Despite this, due to the abnormal behaviour and overall inconclusive outcome of the investigations, the house should remain contained for observation and study.

The Case studies above successfully explain how the phenomenon is produced, but not why they regularly occur at the same place and in a similar fashion each time. Even after direct interference of the objects and environment, the phenomenon recreates itself. Cameras placed inside the building have recorded no audible or visual phenomena when the building is empty.

It is still unknown as to why phenomena increase at night and during and after Halloween.

Additional to report (added 14/08/99):

Recent studies into the origins of the house have established it was built in 1889 by Victor Robert Ludlow, a private insurance company director. The building was to house the insurance company headquarters and operated for many years until the director’s death in 1929. After his death the building was sold as a freehold site and the new occupiers converted the building into a family residence in 1933. There are no known reports or living witnesses of the phenomena occurring in the building during its occupation by Ludlow, or in its empty state between 1929 and 1933.

The last occupants who inhabited the building, left in 1979 and moved for unknown reasons. Attempts to contact members of the ███████ family are inadvisable due to the risk of agitating local council authority.