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Statement of Paul McKenzie, regarding repeated nocturnal intrusions into his home.


Paul MacKenzie lived alone, after his son, Marcus, moved out to live with his fiancée and his wife, Diane, passed away in May 2003.

One morning, he awoke to hear something on the top step of his staircase and saw the handle to his room start to turn. He leapt out of bed and held it closed, feeling sweat on his hands. When the handle stopped turning, he discovered that his hand was covered in blood, not sweat. He called the police but they found nothing.

He spent much of the following day looking for the key of his bedroom's door lock, having never used it until now. The same thing happened the next night, as the lock held despite the violent attempt at opening the door. It only stopped after the police arrived, and they hinted they would try and move him to a retiring home if they kept getting these reports from him.

The handle turning happened repeatedly for the next month, although it didn't happen when his son stayed over. Paul tried to record it but the footage showed nothing out of the ordinary, except for a few frames in which a shadow on the wall looked like a screaming face.

Paul is adamant that he wouldn't leave the house, as this was where he and his wife had lived most of their lives.


Jonathan Sims wants to believe Paul's story, but thinks it is more likely to be a case of dementia. Paul died from a stroke 2 months after making this statement.

Sasha confirmed the police had been called out to the house.

Martin called Marcus, who said that he had already made a statement.

Sarah Carpenter, a researcher at the Magnus Institute, investigated the house and even stayed overnight, but was unable to find evidence of anything supernatural, although John notes that in her photographs there was no lock on the door in question.


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  • Related Entity: The Spiral
    • Marcus McKenzie's statement appears in MAG 146, where Helen also confirms that Paul McKenzie was being haunted by the Distortion.
  • MAG 167 reveals that Emma Harvey convinced Sarah Carpenter to stay overnight in the house, hoping she would be eaten by "a hungry door".


  • Epiphany, the first winner of the Patreon fluff competition, takes place around the same time as this episode.