A supposed ghost inhabiting the attic studio of an apartment building in Luxembourg City is simply a new arrival who’s been stuck working from home since he moved here two months ago, it has been revealed.
The case, known as the “Haunting of Hollerich,” had baffled and excited residents of the building as well as people in the street who often saw the phantasm standing in the window.
“I was sure it was a ghost,” said Evaristo Nunes, who walks his dog in the neighborhood. “He never appeared to shave or get dressed, and his eyes looked dark and heavy as if he suffered from a terrible and hellish ennui.”
Kristana Ivanova, who lives just below the attic studio, says that in the middle of the night, she used to be woken up by frightening sounds coming from above, including crying, screaming, and moaning – as well as gunfire, car crashes, and explosions.
“Turns out he just stays up late watching Netflix or playing video games,” she said. “What else is he going to do if he’s stuck at home, everything is closed, and he doesn’t know anyone?”
“I thought it was a poor, tormented soul upstairs, and it turns out it was, but not in the way I imagined,” she added. “I hope he makes some friends. There should be some kind of government help for cases like that.”
Gina Ettledorf, who lives on the bottom floor, says that prior to learning the truth, she believed she had made actual contact with a being from the afterlife.
“One evening, I was getting home from work, and there he was, floating out of the shared laundry room,” she said. “At first I was scared, but he looked so sad and lonely that I could only feel pity for him.”
“I said hello, and he looked right at me, his eyes full of shock as if he didn’t believe I could really see him,” she said. “Now I understand that it was because he hadn’t had a face-to-face interaction with another human for months.”
“And he’s probably the one who’s been stealing my laundry soap, not a poltergeist, as I’d thought,” she added.