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The Case of the Haunted Mirror

The case of a so-called "haunted mirror," which occurred about 10 years ago in London, has raised the question of whether or not objects can be the target of "hauntings" - otherwise known as demonic infestations. The answer to this question might surprise you!

For those who have not heard of the story, the Daily Mail reported on a pair of roommates from London who said they were plagued by all kinds of strange manifestations ever since acquiring an antique mirror about five months  prior.

The owners, Joseph Birch 20, a student, and his roommate Sotiris Charalambous, 34, claim that ever since the mirror came into their possession they had nothing but bad luck.

"Since the mirror was put up, everything has gone wrong," Birch told the Mail.

"A few days after we put the mirror up, both myself and my flat mate have woken in the early morning hours screaming in pain. We both experienced what I can only describe as intense sharp stabbing pains throughout our bodies. They would strike us both at the same time, then disappear as fast as they came."

At first, they thought someone was performing some kind of voodoo ritual upon them.

In addition to personal attacks, they were also the victims of a variety of calamities such as a broken radiator and telephone line, rattling pipes, and items such as keys and cell phones that were constantly missing.

"I went into the bathroom one morning after hearing a loud bang. I found objects strewn out across the floor, and a tub of shaving foam, which had been on the other side of the room, down the toilet," Joseph said.

He began to hate being alone in the apartment. "I became paranoid and had the uneasy feeling that I was constantly being watched."

His anxiety levels rose so high his doctor had to prescribe antidepressants for the first time in his life. Both he and his roommate say they both felt drained of energy all the time, but would feel fine the minute they left the apartment.

The two also claimed they could see "flickering shadows," "glimpses of black darkness" in the mirror and orbs of light in the room.

These problems heightened after Charalambous decided to paint the mirror frame silver. After doing so, the two began to suffer intense nightmares and Joseph was attacked in his sleep by something or someone that left him covered in scratch marks.

They finally decided they had enough of the haunted mirror and auctioned it on eBay with a price of £100. They revealed the truth about it because they felt full disclosure was only fair.

Since then, Charalambous developed his own theory about the mirror. "I think someone could have been murdered in front of the mirror and that's why it has been haunting our house," he said. "I don't think it the mirror likes it since I painted it silver. I took it to an antique dealer who said it was worth £100 once and that's why we're asking for the price, but we would ideally like it to go to someone who has experience of the paranormal."

He would be better off seeking out the help of a Catholic priest.

In his book An Exorcist: More Stories, Rome exorcist Gabriele Amorth says that objects can indeed be infested (see page 159-160).

"In theory, every object can be cursed through a satanic rite performed by a witch doctor or anyone who has tied himself to Satan in any way."

He goes on to clarify: "When I say that an object is infested, I do not mean that the devil is in it! I simply mean that it was exposed to an evil rite, generally with the intent to harm a particular person, and with the intention of achieving a determinate goal; therefore, it was made particularly harmful."

He also warns that these infestations are very rare and a person should be aware of giving way to "useless fears, groundless suspicions, and insinuations."

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