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‘Blood splattered face’: Tales of terror in Indonesia’s haunted diplomatic outposts

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 31, 2019   /  02:55 pm
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The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia occupies the former Walsh mansion, located at 2020 Massachusetts Avenue along Washington, D.C.’s “Embassy Row.” Built as a private residence at the turn of the 20th century, the building is now known as a historic landmark in the nation’s capital.(Wikimedia Commons/Josh Carolina)

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