A widow said she saw a dead ringer for her late husband in a promotional video for an Indian restaurant that the establishment said was filmed earlier this month.
Spice Cottage in West Sussex, England, has had their Facebook page flooded with comments after Lucy Watson noticed she had seen her late husband and his son in the video – but he died nine years ago.
“How old are the images? My late husband and his son are on the first shot and he died in 2014 ?? Watson, 59, responded to the video.
The restaurant responded to the widow, writing, “Hi Lucy, sorry to hear this. These images were recorded last week.”
The video was posted to Facebook on Jan. 16 and has received hundreds of comments from people wanting to keep up with the mystery.
On Tuesday, Bodrul Islam, a manager at the restaurant, posted an update from their point of view to “clear up some misunderstandings”.
“I managed the social media side of the business and shot a promotional video to showcase our new wooden tables and interior renovation. The refurbishment was completed in early January 2023 and the promotional video highlights these changes. All footage used in the video was shot on January 9, 2023,” the comment reads.
“Before January 2023, all our tables were covered with white and red cloths, henceforth it is clear that these images are recent,” Islam continued. “This is a very unusual situation and we hope this clears up any confusion.”
Many commentators have come up with their own theories about how the husband ended up in the video, with one comparing him to the John “Canoe Man” Darwin, who faked his death in 2002 in a life insurance scam.
“Lucy Watson, we need an update! Was his body ever found, or just a canoe?” the person noted.
Another said the person in the video was her own father and brother – not Watson’s late husband, to which some people replied that the commentator must have been Watson’s stepchild.
But Watson dismisses any “ridiculous conspiracy theories” and said her husband, an award-winning journalist and popular local figure, is “instantly recognisable”.
Born in Northern Ireland, Harry Doherty won many awards for his coverage of the Troubles – also known as the Northern Ireland conflict – before moving to England to become 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 him to befriend guitarist Brian May.
“I don’t really use Facebook other than poking around friends or catching up with people. I was scrolling and the video came up,” Watson told the outlet. “The moment I saw the thing I thought, ‘Oh my God – that’s Harry.’ It was so instant I didn’t even have to think He would eat a chicken Korma because that’s all he’s ever eaten.
“I had no doubt that it was my husband. I couldn’t pause the thing, so I had to replay it about 30 times, and each time I was more and more sure,” she continued.
Watson explained that her late husband was a “standout” man, and she even recognized the sweatshirt he was wearing in the video, as well as his son Alex, 39 – who she said she lost contact with after his father’s death.
She thought it must be an old video and decided to ask “out of interest.”
“Then it went completely crazy. I was annoyed when they sent back a message that it was filmed last week. It can’t be,” she explained.
Watson claimed that the restaurant is never that busy these days, and that they “obviously” must have posted the video to bring in new customers.
“They just don’t get that many people in there anymore. I think 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 am totally stunned by the response. I don’t understand how people have picked it up this way to be honest and there are all these crazy theories.
While there are conspiracies that her husband could still be alive, she said there is “no doubt” he died in 2014.
“He had been seriously ill in the hospital for the past few months. They were supposed to do a liver transplant, but he didn’t make it,” Watson said. “He was as skinny as anything before he died, so the video must have been taken several months before that.”