Leanne Denikin's grandfather, Nikolai Denikin, died in August 2004. As she was not very close to either of her parents but spent a lot of time with her grandfather, she took the death hard. He had been a carnie most of his life and travelled around Europe with various groups. He left his house to Leanne in his will.
The attic had always been locked, but whilst moving boxes around the house, Leanne took a pair of bolt cutters to the lock and stored some boxes there. In the attic she found a bright red calliope organ and a steamer trunk. In the trunk were 23 dolls, 22 of which had their lower jaws removed, and one of which was a very old clown doll, hairless but with a pointed hat and a red smile painted across its mouth. The calliope organ had a brass plaque reading "The Calliophone" with writing carved into the cover "Be still, for there is strange music".
Leanne played a tune her grandfather had taught her, getting faster and faster until she fumbled. She turned to see the steamer trunk open and the clown atop it, even though she had closed the lid. She noted that afterwards she discovered that you cannot play a calliope organ without the blower working, which she didn't setup.
She took Josh, her partner, to see it, but he was unsettled by the clown dolls, and when she played the organ he said that he wanted to go.
A few weeks later, Josh and Leanne split up for undisclosed reasons, although in the last days of the relationship he broke down, saying that he could still hear that calliope music, as though it was getting nearer.
Later, whilst packing more boxes in the attic, she saw the clown doll again out of the steamer trunk, this time reaching for a doll that looked exactly like Josh. She padlocked the trunk later that day.
A week later, Leanne returned to the house to find it broken into. Nothing had been taken or disturbed, save for the red calliope and trunk, both of which had been taken. She provided a copy of the police report in which a neighbour explains that she saw two men taking the calliope out, piece by piece and taking them away. The organ was never found.
4 days later, Josh was found dead in his room, his throat crushed by a rope made from thick wool, with his lower jaw torn off and missing. Leanne swears she had nothing to do with it.
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
The police report that Leanne provided is corroborated by Irene Harlem, so the calliope definitely existed.
There was no DNA evidence in the room that Josh was murdered in.
Tim said that the calliope reminded him of travelling circuses in the early 20th century in Poland and Russia. On page 43 of Freaks and Followers book by Gregory Petry, Jonathan Sims found a black and white photo of a travelling circus troupe: a contortionist, two strong men, a fire eater, a ring master and an organist, from 1948 in Minsk, Russia. The organist and ring master are named as Nikolai Denikin and Gregor Orsinov and the troupe was called
Tsirk Drugovo (Цирк другого): Circus of the Other другой Цирк ('Drugoy Tsirk', or 'Another Circus') [this was corrected on the forums by Jonny], which rings a bell with Sims.
Leanne went to south east Asia so wasn't available for a follow up interview. Jonathan Sims explains that the calliope organ is in storage in the Magnus Institute's Artefact Storage, Elias suggested that the answer to how it got there is in the archives somewhere.