There were three children in the family of Alexander and Eleanor
Pistolkorss - a daughter and two sons. Both boys were close friends
from early childhood. They both studied together at the local school
and later at the University. The elder son Erik loved lively companions
and parties most of all. But Max left for the Caucasus to participate
in the organized Army manoeuvres. Soon the family received a tragic
message that Max had committed suicide at the place where he was
serving in the Caucasus on May 12, 1911. His brothers death absolutely
shocked Erik. He fell into a deep depression. Only because of the
care of his relatives and the peace of Birini manor was he able
to slowly get better.
At that time his sister Renate had a lovely girl as a maid, who
took care of Erik during his illness. Soon his family noticed that
the relationship between both young people went further than simple
friendship. Some time later Erik announced his wish to marry the
servant girl. His mother would not even consider the possibility
that her son would marry a girl from a lower class, and hoping the
girl will leave the manor in shame, decided to use lies and treachery
against her. She wrote a counterfeit letter supposedly composed
by Erik before his departure. It said that he had decided to marry
a woman of his own class. His mother did not know that the girl
was pregnant. Being unable to endure the bitter disappointment and
oncoming conflict, she hung herself in one of the rooms of the Castle.
When Erik returned to the Castle, it was too late. This tragedy
completely left Erik out of his mind. Not able to imagine his life
without this beloved person, he shot himself in the manor park in
the winter of 1912.
At that time men, who had taken their own lives were buried outside
the cemetery. Since the young baron belonged to higher class he
was buried in the family crypt and a priest read the service for
No service was held for the young maid. Therefore to these days,
on restive full moon nights, her ghost wanders through the Castle
looking for her beloved.