Joshua Gillespie and a group of friends travelled to Amsterdam to celebrate their graduation from Cardiff University. One afternoon, Joshua wandered off alone and got lost in the backstreets of the city. After finding his way back, he went to a café to unwind and encountered a man who referred to himself as John. John was short, had short brown hair, was clean shaven and had 'an odd density' to him. Saying he was "an Englishman inside a foreign land" and from Liverpool (though without any accent), he told Joshua he was looking for a friend to look after a package for him. He offered to pay £10,000 for this favour, which Joshua accepted. As John left, Joshua immediately regretted the decision but was not able to leave to chase after John.
Joshua resolved to give John back the money but didn't see him for the rest of the trip. A year later he used the money for the first time for the deposit to rent a single-bedroom flat in Bournemouth, where he was to start his first graduate job. The house was just off The Triangle. A week after he moved in, there was a knock at the door. Two red-faced men, both over 6 feet tall, carried in a heavy cardboard box, approximately 2m x 1m x 1m.
There was no return address on the box, so Joshua opened it after the delivery men left. Inside the box was a coffin made from unvarnished yellow wood. There was a thick iron chain around the coffin with a padlock and key, as well as a note from John: "Delivered with gratitude, J". On the coffin was carved the phrase "Do Not Open" in 3 inch high letters. There was no smell from the box, so Joshua suspected it did not contain a corpse. The wood was warm to the touch but the chain was as cold as you'd expect. Joshua removed the key and resolved to not open the coffin, moving it into the living room.
The coffin made Joshua nervous. One day he unwittingly put a glass of orange juice on top of the coffin, which resulted in a soft but insistent scratching. He moved it somewhere else on the coffin lid with the same result, but the scratching didn't stop for 5 minutes.
When it rained Joshua could hear a soft, melodious moaning, like muffled singing.
The coffin, or its occupant, seems to have had an affect on Joshua's psyche. He once drank a scalding hot drink without realising, and kept waking up in a panic, unable to breathe. He also started sleepwalking, each time getting the key and attempting to open the lock, leading him to freeze the key in a bowl of water at the back of the freezer, with the chill waking him up before he could extricate the key.
About 18 months later, on a rainy day that dawned without the accompanying moaning, there was a knock at the door, which turned out to be John and the delivery men. They seemed surprised to see him and said they hoped the coffin hadn't been too much trouble. Joshua gave them the key but didn't accompany them into the living room, so when screaming started he didn't see who had screamed or why. The delivery men brought the coffin out, putting it into a van with the name 'Breekon & Hope'. There was no sign of John, though.
Post-Statement Follow Up Edit
Tim did some digging into this case; he found Breekon & Hope were a delivery company based in Nottingham that went into liquidation in 2009, making it impossible to look into their records.
The housing association that owned the flat Joshua lived in kept extensive records and it appears that he was the only tenant in the 8-flat building for the two years these events took place. No one has lived there since and the building were eventually demolished.