Before the statement, Jonathan mentions that Sasha has taken the day off, meeting with Tom, her boyfriend, although neither he nor Martin have met him. Martin tries to convince the Archivist to meet with Tim, which he refuses.
Darren Harlow was a cleaner for the University of Surrey. He got on well with the scientists at the Psychology Department so he knew about most of the ongoing experiments. Dr Elizabeth Bates explained about her post-graduate's latest study, which was remarkably similar to ESP research: if the feelings of the people in one room affect the experience of someone else in a nearby room.
In the experiment, they would placed Annabel Cane in a room, and an arachnophobe, referred to as a projector, in the next room, watching videos of spiders. The arachnophobe were to direct their feelings through the one-way mirror to Annabel.
Darren doesn't know exactly what happened during the tests, but other scientist said that Annabel was experiencing heightened stress and unease. As the trials continued, Darren ended up cleaning more cobwebs than normal, although he only saw glimpses of the spiders.
Annabel started to have nightmares about spiders, although she wasn't informed of the fear of those on the other side of the mirror. The post-grads started adding more arachnophobes to the group, and although this improved the results initially, eventually they started to get different responses which were not related to fear.
Darren bumped into Annabel one afternoon. She walked strangely as though her clothes didn't fit, her knees bent in strange ways and she scuttled her fingers along the wall.
A few days later, the post-grads tried with a group of 19 projectors. When Darren came to clean at 9pm they were still there. The cleaner went to see what was happening. He found them in two circles, one inside the other, with interlocking arms in a web-like structure. They slowly rotated. Mark, one of the post-grads, stood in the corner as though in a trance.
Annabel was in the room opposite, her body hunched and contorted with a hint of more eyes. As Darren entered, all the projectors dropped their arms and turned to him. Then they turned to Annabel, and smashed their heads against the one-way mirrors to allow Annabel to crawl out the room. When she was a foot away from Darren, she stood over him, much taller than she used to be. When she looked into his eyes, he felt spiders crawling in his head and his hands crept up his body and started to strangle him.
As Darren started to suffocate, Mark charged into Annabel, causing her head to crash into the wall. As she hit her head, the projectors and Darren's hands fell, but he looked on in horror as Annabel started to stand, a hole in her head showing a skull full of webs. Darren fled. He never saw any of them again.
The university contacted Darren to say that, if he valued his job, he wasn't in the building, which Darren conveyed to the police. The official line was that Annabel had suffered a psychotic break, broken the window, beaten Mark and fled. Mark and Elizabeth haven't returned to the University and Annabel seems to be on the run still.
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Darren's statement was corroborated by various sources. Mark Voits testimony was incomprehensible and Elizabeth Bates refused to give a statement. Mark was able to confirm Darren's presence, however.
Annabel was never found, and each of the projectors have disappeared.
Jonathan hasn't been back to the tunnels because he is afraid. He has determined to not ask the others for help, though and says that he needs to know what is down there.