A widow said she spotted her late husband’s dead bell in a promotional video for an Indian restaurant that the establishment claims was filmed earlier this month.
Spice Cottage in West Sussex, England, received its Facebook page with the comments after Lucy Watson commented that she saw her late husband and son in the video – but that he died nine years ago.
“How old is the footage? My late husband and son in the first shot and he died in 2014??” Watson, 59, captioned the video.
The restaurant responded to the widow, writing: “Hi Lucy, sorry to hear about this. This footage was recorded last week.”
The video was posted to Facebook on January 16 and has garnered hundreds of comments from people wanting updates on the mystery.
On Tuesday, Bader Al-Islam, the restaurant’s manager, posted an update from their perspective to “clear up some misunderstandings.”
“I manage the social media side of the company and recorded a promotional video filming our new wood tables and interior renovations. The renovation was completed early January 2023 and the promotional video highlights these changes. All videos used in the video were recorded January 9th, 2023.”
Islam continued, “Before January 2023, all our tables were covered with white and red cloths, and from now on, these shots are obviously recent.” “This is a very unusual situation and we hope this clears up any confusion.”
Several commenters have come up with their own theories about how the pair got access to the video, with one comparing it to John “Canoe Man” Darwin, who faked his death in a life insurance scam in 2002.
“Lucy Watson, we need an update! Was his body found, or just a dinghy?” The person commented.
Another said that the person who appeared in the video was her father and brother – not Watson’s late husband, to which some people responded that the commentator must have been Watson’s wife’s son.
But Watson dismisses all “ridiculous conspiracy theories” and said her husband, an award-winning journalist and popular local personality, is “instantly recognizable”.
Harry Doherty was born in Northern Ireland and won several awards for his coverage of the Troubles – also called the Northern Ireland conflict – before moving to England to be a music journalist and work for Melody Maker magazine, according to the Daily Mail.
He founded his own rock magazine and wrote a book about Queen, which led to his friendship with guitarist Brian May.
“I don’t really use Facebook aside from snooping on friends or catching up with people. I was scrolling through and the video came up,” Watson told the outlet. “The minute I saw the thing I thought, ‘Oh my God — that’s Harry.'” “It was awhile. I didn’t even have to think. Korma is going to eat chicken because that’s all I’ve ever eaten.”
“I had no doubts that it was my husband. I couldn’t pause this thing, so I had to restart it about 30 times, and each time I was more confident and secure,”
Watson explained her late husband was a “special” man, and she even recognized the sweatshirt he was wearing in the video, as well as his son Alex, 39 – with whom she said she lost contact after his father’s death.
I thought it must be an old video and decided to ask “out of interest”.
“Then it all went crazy. It upset me when they sent a message saying it was filmed last week. It can’t be like that,” she explained.
Watson claimed the restaurant wasn’t that busy these days, and apparently posted the video to attract new customers.
“They just don’t get that many people in there anymore. I guess they picked and chose from different videos. I’m sure it’s a montage. It’s the only explanation I can think of,” she said. “I’m totally confused by the response. I don’t get how people chose it that way, to be completely honest, and there are all these crazy theories out there.”
Although there are conspiracy theories that her husband may still be alive, she said there was “no doubt” that he died in 2014.
“He’s been seriously ill in the hospital for the past few months. They were going to get a liver transplant, but he didn’t,” Watson shared. “He was as thin as anything before he died, so the video must have been taken a few months earlier.”