The woman behind a terrifying note left on a toy doll for a new homeowner has explained her thinking behind the practical joke.

On Sunday (September 19) it was reported that a 32-year-old teacher discovered the freaky note in his new home in Liverpool.

Jonathan Lewis got the keys for his new place on Friday. After hammering through a small wall under the stairs he found the beady eyes of an old ragdoll staring back at him.

The note it was holding read: "Dear reader/ new home owner.

"Thank you for freeing me!

"My name is Emily. My original owners lived in this house in 1961. I didn't like them so they had to go.

Woman hid creepy doll with 'sinister' note in wall during drunken prank on new homeowner
Jonathan's mates told him to sell his new house

"All they did was sing and be merry. It was sickening. Stabbing was my choice of death for them so I hope you have knives.

"Hope you sleep well."

While his friends told him to sell his new home, Jonathan said he found the whole thing "hilarious" and that he would "do the exact same thing".

The news led the former owner of the home, who asked to remain anonymous, to come forward and explain why she left the surprise behind the wall, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Woman hid creepy doll with 'sinister' note in wall during drunken prank on new homeowner
The doll was placed there when the old owner was redoing the kitchen

The 48-year-old woman said: "We were in the middle of redoing our kitchen in 2015 and after having a few glasses of wine we thought it would be a really funny idea.

"One of my girls wrote the letter and we put it in the wall and just forgot about it.

"It was a case of we never expected to move on and we forgot it was there, until we saw the article.

"Maybe we watched too many horror films at the time, I can't remember."

She was also keen to reassure Jonathan that it was just a joke.

Woman hid creepy doll with 'sinister' note in wall during drunken prank on new homeowner
Jonathan said he found the prank 'hilarious'

She added: "We didn't mean anything sinister by it at all, I'd probably just had one too many glasses of wine.

"It says on the note the person lived in the house in 1961, but it wasn't built until 1964 and the only things that have died in there are a hamster and a couple of fish.

"We wish Mr Lewis all the best in his new home. We lived there for 25 years and I brought up my kids there, we have nothing but happy memories in there."

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