Ghosts & Hauntings
Couple claims 'ghost' left messages on their computer
By T.K. Randall
March 23, 2022 · 27 comments
The messages were received on a BBC Micro computer. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Barney Livingston
Ken Webster and Debbie Oakes claim to have received numerous messages on their 80s BBC Micro.
The mystery, which has endured for more than 30 years, began after the couple moved into an old cottage on the North Wales border back in the 1980s.
While outside in their garden one evening, they noticed a peculiar green glow through the window.
After venturing back inside, they found that someone had written a message on their computer:"True are the nightmares of a person that fears./ Safe are the bodies of the silent world./ Turn pretty flower turn towards the sun/ For you shall grow and sow/ But the flower reaches too high and withers in the burning light...
Over time, they received several other messages from what they believed to be the ghost of an individual from the 16th-Century who identified himself as Lukas Wainman."What strange words you speak,"
it wrote in one message aimed at Ken."You are a worthy man who has a fanciful woman, and you live in my house - with lights which the devil makes - it was a great crime to have stolen my house. L.W."
Even stranger still, Ken also claimed that the couple had been receiving messages from another individual - this time someone claiming to be from the year 2109.
It has since been suggested that the house may exist on some sort of cross-section in time, enabling messages from different time periods to appear on the computer.
To date, however, no definitive explanation for these phenomena has ever been found.
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