grim granite obelisk, said to have been cursed by Queen Cleopatra
herself was originally one of two erected at the entrance to the Temple
of the Sun in Heliopolis in ancient Egypt some 1500 years BC. Later
moved to Alexandria by the Roman Emperor Augustus, it has stood on
the Thames Embankment since 1878.
Cleopatra's Needle has long been
a favourite place for suicides and some of these have returned in
Passers by have declared hearing
keening, low moaning and strange laughter, while others have seen
the ghost of a tall naked man who leaps head first into the river
without creating any splash.
One foggy night during World
War II, a policeman patrolling on nearby Waterloo Bridge was approached
by a hysterical young woman who informed him that someone was about
to commit suicide and begged him to save them. Sprinting to the dark
monolith, the constable was just in time to pull a woman to safety.
When he shone a light on her
face he was astonished to find that she was the same young woman who
had pleaded with him on the bridge. Turning towards the bridge, he
saw that the first woman had vanished. Turning back to the young woman
he thought he had saved, he found that she also had disappeared.