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New homeowner is shocked to find a rag doll boarded up in a wall saying she killed a family

New homeowner is shocked to find a rag doll boarded up in a wall cavity clutching a note saying she killed a family who lived there in the 1960s

  • Jonathan Lewis, 32, picked up the keys to his new home in Walton-on-the-Hill
  • He decided to examine the void underneath the stairs that had been boarded up
  • Teacher discovered the rag doll clutching a note with a sinister warning


A homeowner was shocked to discover a rag doll holding a spine-chilling note inside the wall of his new property.

Jonathan Lewis, 32, had picked up the keys to his new home in Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, on Friday when he decided to examine the void underneath the stairs that had been boarded up.  

The primary school teacher took to the wall with a hammer and soon discovered the rag doll, dressed in a pinstripe dress and bonnet, clutching a sinister note inside the cavity.

The note described how she had stabbed the original owners of the property in 1961 before going on to say: ‘Hope you sleep well.’ 

Jonathan Lewis, 32, had picked up the keys to his new home in Walton-on-the-Hill when he decided to examine the void underneath the stairs

The primary school teacher discovered the rag doll clutching a sinister note inside the wall cavity

The primary school teacher discovered the rag doll clutching a sinister note inside the wall cavity

It read: ‘Dear reader/ new home owner, thank you for freeing me! 

‘My name is Emily. My original owners lived in this house in 1961. I didn’t like them so they had to go.

‘All they did was sing and be merry. It was sickening. Stabbing was my choice of death for them so I hope you have knives.

‘Hope you sleep well.’ 

Mr Lewis told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I’ve just bought the house and I got the keys on Friday. 

‘I kind of knew there was this void underneath the stairs that had been plaster boarded up.

‘There was a wire coming out where the previous owners had the fridge but I didn’t know where the wire was plugged in so I knocked through a bit of the plasterboard to see what was there.

‘I knocked through a hole about the size of a fist, shone a light in and there was a doll just sitting there.’

Mr Lewis has now been urged by his friends to put his new property back on the market but the teacher said he found the discovery ‘hilarious’.

Mr Lewis said his friends have urged him to place his new property back on the market

Mr Lewis said his friends have urged him to place his new property back on the market

In her note the doll said she had killed the original owners who lived in this house in 1961

In her note the doll said she had killed the original owners who lived in this house in 1961

He said: ‘Some of my friends have told me to put my house back on the market and move out but I think it’s just a laugh.’    

The teacher added: ‘I’ll be honest, I found the whole thing hilarious. I’d probably do the exact same thing.

‘The letter says 1961 but the estate agent said when she was showing me around that the kitchen was only done four or five years ago.

‘I think it must have been put there then because the paper doesn’t look very old and looks relatively recent.’

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