After getting the painting back he decided to put the painting in the spare bedroom on the third floor of his house. After a short period of time he and his family started hearing strange noises, loud unexplained bangs and odd scrapping sounds like nails scratching on fabric. Sean's dog refused to go to the top floor even though she would normally follow him everywhere.
Sean had always liked the odd looking oil painting in his grandmother's home which was hidden under lots of curtains in the basement. He found himself drawn to it by a unusual force and spent a bit of time alone staring at it for hours.
When his grandmother passed away she left the painting to him. He was told by his grandmother that a friend has given her the old oil painting over twenty five years ago. She advised Sean that the painting was called 'The Anguished Man' and that the artist had used his own blood mixed in with the oils, he also committed suicide shortly after completing the painting.
While the painting remained upstairs the whole family experienced feelings of being watched. Sean also began to experience intense feelings of dread and having anxiety attacks he also suffered from terrible nightmares. For a while he felt like he was being violently lifted up out of bed and slammed back down. He also recorded several strange light anomalies.
A few days after he had packed up the video equipment Sean heard his sons footsteps coming down the stairs and suddenly he stumbled and fell down the last few steps. His son was ok if a little shaken up and seemed a bit quiet. After a few hours he asked his son if something was bothering him and after persuasion he told him that he was walking down the stairs when he felt pressure on his back and was pushed forward and felt a strong force behind him. Sean was obviously concerned about his families well being and the painting was placed back in the cellar and activity stopped.
Sean updated his information in 2013. He had to temporarily move in with his parents and took the painting with him. Having only been in their house a few days noises started again and then on the third night his father fell down the stairs luckily he was ok and he had the same experience as my son. After this he put the painting in storage.
Sean had been working closely with John Blackburn and Ian Lawman of the Mysteria Paranormal group, taking the painting to known haunted locations in the UK these included 35 Stonegate at York and Chillingham Castle in Northumberland.
He recorded that on the evening of 18 May 2013 at Chillingham Castle a group of people experienced terrifying and unexplained phenomenon. The guests were unprepared for what would happen in the early hours of Sunday morning. The room went icy cold when a large, dark figure appeared in the middle of the seance circle.
A large wooden bench banged on the floor by its own means in response to John Blackburn's questions regarding the painting. All of a sudden the bench was flipped upside-down violently by what was believed to be John Sage, one of Chillingham Castle's resident powerful spirits, who it was thought showed his anger to a foreign, uninvited spirit to his castle.
Investigator John Blackburn stated it was the strangest experience in all his years of paranormal investigation and the experience was shared with approximately 20 witnesses.