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A to Z 2013 : HAUNTINGS

(An A to Z 2013 Challenge Entry)

If there's one thing that can suck up a chunk of my time it's my passion for researching paranormal activity and/or unsolved murders. These obsessive studies come in waves, but once something has struck my interest I become very consumed. I can spend many endless nights attempting to garnish whatever information I can from an incident. From Wikipedia, to articles, to documentaries, to discussions/debates on said topics.

There are many unsolved murder cases that intrigue me; Jack the Ripper, Black Dhalia, and even missing persons cases like Jacob Wetterling. As for hauntings, well there are far too many to list. If I actually had cable and watched TV from home, I’d likely be watching a constant stream of paranormal shows/documentaries. I love almost all of them, though there are some exceptions.

One exception is a show (not even going to respect it enough to look up the title), where the “investigators” look like bodybuilder juicers that are screaming and “challenging” the spirits to come at them. When I would see previews for upcoming episodes, while watching another paranormal series, they would irritate the hell out of me. I couldn’t help but ridicule it to anyone that happened to be around during the time of the viewing.

I just see a scenario in my head with one of these guys yelling: “Come at me, bro! You mad, bro?” I would love to see one of them get served by a supernaturally-charged can of Whoop-Ass. I’d imagine the entity saying: “Da fuck? Oh hell no, I was king of these stomping grounds long before your granddaddy’s granddaddy even knew how to use his penis beyond a fist pump!”

Unfortunately, any actual interaction these guys claim to encounter I blow off as fake. I find it ridiculous, and makes it hard for me to sit and enjoy the program. There are a handful of series about the supernatural that seem to have spawned for nothing more than hack entertainment to garnish the all-mighty dollar. I will admit, though, even some of these are fun to watch.

A Happy Home
I'd buy that for a dollar! Or 80k of them!

One of my favorite haunting tales is The Amityville Horror. Chances are you’ve heard of this story, as there are many books and movies showcasing the events. I think only the first movies of any series were attempting to portray some of the actual occurrences experienced by the Lutz family; the rest just additional cash cowage. I’ve never fully researched this, though. Maybe all the movies are sprinkled with varying “true” accounts.

The story is about the Lutz family and their newly purchased home in New York; A neighborhood dubbed Amityville. The family — a husband, wife, and their three children — struck one hell of a bargain when coming across this house. For what they were getting, the price tag must have seemed too good to be true. In the end, it likely was, since they only lasted some twenty-eight days there.

Once moving in, the family began to be plagued by countless supernatural phenomena. From standard doors slamming, music playing, and property damage to green ooze, secret rooms, and nightmares. These nightmares supposedly played out the DeFeo Murders that had taken place in the house just thirteen months before the Lutz family bought it.

These murders consisted of Ronald DeFeo, Jr killing six members of his family. Check out some of the details in the link, the murders themselves seem shrouded in mystery (though, I'm expecting those familiar with Amityville know of this account). These murders are the basis of which the supernatural occurrences are blamed. The Lutz family had paranormal investigators come out to their property, as well as priests for blessings.

Eventually the family moved from the property, leaving behind their belongings. There are rumors that incidents followed along with them for a period of time before eventually stopping. The events that transpired eventually lead to books, movies, and other commercial endeavors being made. There are many criticisms about the Amityville House/Horror events, but remaining members of the family hold to them as being accurate/true.

The kicker to me is that the family was told about the previous murders in the house. I don’t care how much of a bargain the price tag given on a house is, if a place has a history like that I am saying Hell-to-the-No! An ex of mine expressed a strong desire to own a house with a barn-like front. I guess from my researching here they are called Dutch Colonials? Every time I see a house of this style I can’t help but think of this haunting. Thanks, but no thanks.

These are some trailers of upcoming movies that got me to thinking about this case:

My Amityville Horror:

The Conjuring:

 

Let Me Tell You a Story

Those trailers and talking to a friend about her and a friend’s paranormal encounters inspired me to make this entry about hauntings. I didn’t expect to talk so much about the Amityville House, and honestly I cut it down a ton. I’d like to describe some of the going-ons my family and I experienced while living in the town of Stanchfield, MN.
Even back in the day I was elusive to the camera.

I lived in this house for most of my childhood; from third grade through graduation. I am absent in the picture for some reason, but my brothers; aunt; uncle; and some others are in it. The house was previously owned by the Bieses (spelling uncertain after so long). They eventually bought a larger property just down the road from this previous location.

In the picture you can see the indent, where the door is located. That whole section from there to the balcony was all added on by the previous owners. I believe our doorway leading from one of the living rooms to the kitchen was where the original doorway to the house was. They added a lot to the house. During these additions, supposedly the Bieses experienced some lesser paranormal activity. Things such as doors/cabinets opening, closing, and locking. Furniture and/or belongings being moved/shifted.

I think about the Lutz, and can’t help but think my mother and (ex?) step-father were likely told these things before moving in. Maybe it was one heck of a deal? Perhaps money points make all the difference. Anyway, some history of the house (trying to recollect from memory and mind you never confirming anything - so all hearsay/rumor, but adds to the flavor I guess): a murder, a suicide, and a funeral and/or wake service held inside the house for a baby (which I guess was common practice sometimes back in the day?). I have no idea; just know it involved the dead within the house.

I wish I had a picture of the gnarled, horrific creation of a tree existing just outside the front porch. It always creeped me out, and supposedly that is where the suicide occurred. This didn’t stop me from climbing and playing on the damn thing. Kids can be so fucken stupid.

Anyway, a handful of us experienced some activity in the house, and I remember specifically telling my mother I felt that the house, or something associated with it, was evil/negative. This was in the midst of a lot of family strife mainly existing between our mother and ex step-father and us children and ex step-father. I won’t go into much detail about that here. I just blamed the house for a lot of those incidents.

One of my younger brothers — the one just below me — has had many experiences. He has seen a white outline of a person against the wall (during a period of leaving his room in pitch blackness), which oddity was heightened when our cat would go over to the specific spot to investigate the next day. He also would see a young woman out in the hallway wearing an old-fashioned yellow dress.

He believed that the spirit(s) he was associating with were benevolent (unlike my thoughts of the house). He claimed one — he believes was the spirit of an older woman, the one outlined in white light on the wall — would pat him on the head when he was going to sleep sometimes. I believe also this entity would sit on the mattress. I’d have to reconfirm that last part.

This is the spirit he “invited” to come with him when he moved momentarily into my apartment years ago. When he finally told me this (long since after having moved out) I got upset, because during that period I had the odd feeling of being watched fairly often. I don’t care if supposedly benevolent, I wanted no attachment to that house after finally leaving.

Another of our brothers awoke in the living room, in the middle of the night, to the static, white noise of the TV. When he was about to get up to turn it off, he noticed a shadow (darker than the night outside) standing just outside the bay window. The shadow then moved across the length of the bay window and out of sight. He was too paralyzed to move and stayed in the chair the entire night.

So my own personal experiences? There are only two events that I was “witness” to, aside from the pervasive intuitive feeling of negativity.

Who’s Your Daddy?

To give a basic idea of the house’s layout, when you entered that door in the picture there is a short hall leading to the kitchen. The entryway to the left (leading to the first living room) is the doorway I described as being the original door to enter the house before additions. Directly to the left of entering the first living room was a corner staircase to the second floor. All bedrooms were upstairs. Once reach the top of the landing you could only go right. Straight ahead from there was the two bedrooms my brothers and I occupied.

If you were to wrap around the railing there was a hall leading down to the bathroom and newly added master bedroom.

One day my brother (the one claiming all the benevolence of these freaky deaky spirits) and I were playing with Legos in our bedroom. We usually listened to cassette tapes or the radio as we played, but that day we weren’t. We were home alone — at this point in time I can’t recollect if our mother was working or just running errands; my brother would remember I bet — and enjoying a lovely non-sibling rivalry moment.

All of a sudden there was a kid shouting “Daddy!?” at the top of the landing straight across from where our bedroom was. Our door was open and we were both playing in sight of the landing. I will admit neither of us bothered to look at first. The initial scream scared the shit out of us and we threw blankets over ourselves almost instantly. Then the call for daddy came from what sounded like the kitchen. Soon after, another from what sounded like out in the field (we owned a bit of land). No door slam, no footsteps, and to get out into the field in between the timing of the shouts impossible.

We both eventually got out from under the covers and ran down to the master bedroom to look out the window which overlooked the field. Nothing, of course. In my panicked adrenaline bound craze I thought I saw the reflection of a kid in the window, screamed, and we both hid under my mother's covers a moment.

We couldn't tell if it was the shouts of a little girl or boy, but there was no questioning who they were looking for. So this is where I eventually thought maybe it was the spirit of someone who had passed away in the house. I’d only known of a baby (supposedly) and so that didn’t make sense as ghosts don’t age. Perhaps it was a young child? Or, in addition to the baby, there had eventually been a child passing there.

My brother and I never found out, as these are how these things usually play out. The next occurrence involved multiple people. It’s funny how much more reasonable things sound when you know you didn’t experience them alone.

The Guardians

On this given evening, the majority of my family and my mother’s friend were sitting in the first living room. I can’t recall the conversations, and one of the biggest memory gaps (unfortunately) being whether or not it was storming. I think my mother recalls there being a storm, but I definitely do not. In fact, the lack of the storm is what made this stand out so much to me.

Our house was older, as I’m sure was the wiring, so random little pocket flutters of lights dimming wasn’t uncommon. They weren’t overly frequent, however, either. This night we were gathered in the living room we had a flicker of the lights, but no one thought anything of it. I think having the flickering lights is what makes my mom think there was a storm, maybe?

After a while there was a static feeling in the air and the lights flickered a lot, to where I thought we were actually going to lose power. I can’t fully describe how the air "felt," or the exact feeling I had overcome me. I’ve already explained how I sensed negativity surrounding the house in general.

With this flicker/outage of the electricity, though, the dogs suddenly bolted up and began barking. Not only that, but they raced to the hallway leading to the front door. The dogs weren’t alone either. At the same time as the power fluxed and the dogs riled up our cats did the same. They didn’t meow or hiss, but they became... involved.

One of the creepiest moments for me was when I passed through the entryway to the kitchen, and turned to the right to look down the hall towards the front door. I wish I could say I saw some sort of glowing demon eyes (okay, no I freakin’ don’t) or some apparition, but this impacted me just as much.

Our two dogs — one a Saint Bernard — were silently sitting side-by-side staring at the front door. Just behind them, one behind each dog, our cats were side-by-side doing the same. They were just sitting there; all four of them. We are talking pets that didn’t get along with their own feline/canine brethren, let alone crosswise. Yet, there they all were lined up and side-by-side.

With the pervasive feeling combined with that incident, I can’t help but think they were guarding us from something. Something evil. As though nothing else mattered, all “differences” set aside as they joined forces for one common goal: Protect.

So that is the freakiest moment I had in the house, regardless of screaming ghost children and all.

Sorry, this was such a long post! I will try to make them shorter soon (but I and J are likely to be lengthy, as well). Hope you’ve enjoyed these tales of hauntings that my family and I have encountered. There are more, but these are the most prominent with myself and that house. Screw that place. My ex step-father still lives there, but is a skeptic and doesn’t believe in ghosts; our experiences discarded. I wonder if he's encountered any phenomena over the years. If he has, he likely wouldn’t admit it.

In closing, I have to be honest, as much as I want to see a ghost I don’t think I would be able to handle it. I‘m fine being limited to the experiences I’ve had with no direct confrontation!

Do you believe in the supernatural? If so, any personal experiences? Have any favorite haunting lore/stories?  Do you believe animals can sense the presence of ghosts and supernatural phenomena?

27 comments:

  1. Bout time....been waiting allllll day :p

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    1. Been getting a late start. Same with the next posting :(

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  2. Before my father died, we cracked jokes about whether or not he would come hang out, and how would he let me know he was there? There have been things like rain at significant moments, and odd synchronicities, but nothing obvious. One night, within the month after he died, I was sitting in my living room--dark, except from the light of the TV--and the strangest feeling came over me. I was sure (though it likely could have been paranoia) that if I turned around that I would see him, or something. That he was there. But I couldn't bring myself to turn around. So I told him to go away, and then I felt better.

    Fairly certain, if I feel like believing in it, that I talked to my grandfather through a ouija board. Though my friends might have made some good guesses. I haven't touched a ouija board in the 8 years that my father's been dead though. Don't want to compromise my (sometimes) belief in reincarnation. Ha.

    I have stronger beliefs and feelings about the power of thought and dreams than I do the supernatural. I don't know I that's included in the paranormal. I don't discount the possibility of residual energies affecting out physical space though.

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    1. Hmm perhaps we share the same fear of actually encountering a ghost. I've tried to use a Ouija board a few times, but it was always with friends. I think that is usually the case. Whenever trying, one person would start laughing or something and we would all join in. There was no real focus/seriousness, though I wanted there to be.

      As of now, I am a bit weary of them. My friends have had some interesting incidents involving them.

      I am also very big on positive/negative thought and dreams. I would maybe classify them as being paranormal/phenomena. That is a good question. I have varying theories/thoughts on ghosts. There seem to be a variety of types.

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  3. I loved this post! I am really into this stuff too...true crimes and paranormal. Have you read "The Black Dahlia Avenger" by Steve Hodel? If not...I highly recommend. I grew up in a really creepy house too. Used to have a page up on my blog about it, but I took it down some time back. Tried doing investigations a few years ago and the group that I got involved with was into that confrontational style that I just couldn't stomach. It freaked me out. So I'll just stick to seeing ghosties normally and not go out irritating them into appearing. Seems foolish and dangerous.

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    1. Thanks Tracy,

      I haven't read any official books on Black Dhalia. Though that book may have been mentioned in the numerous articles I've read about the case. I will look it up. One of the main theories I followed involved someone she was dating for a period, but some of the supposed... eh... cryptic messaging via the brutal attacks seemed a bit far-fetched.

      Yeah, I say screw being involved with any sort of investigation team relying on that as their communicative tactic lol I joined a group I found online that investigate paranormal activity, but I've never made it to a meeting/gathering. I'd love to be more involved in those kinds of activities, though.

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  4. Oh, I believe it. No doubt in my mind. I've been in haunted places, with people who have been touched by it. And this post has creeped me out so much I'm afraid to get up and go to bed. I can't imagine living in the house that you did. No stinkin' way. Long story, but I've had a psychic tell me, out of the blue, that our house has the spirit of a man living in our attic. He must like us, though, as he hasn't made himself known. (I wrote about it and another haunting one day around Halloween last year.)

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    1. I hope you got some sleep! I have wanted to go back to the house to investigate, but I've no experience in that field. There are tons of resources now for getting involved with that, though. I am thinking I wouldn't like what could possible be uncovered, which leads me to think I would avoid there altogether.

      Then again, my brother spoke of a house he believes there were demons, and I wanted to go there so... Maybe those incidents in horror movies aren't so far fetched >.<

      I bet you are glad the possible spirit has kept to himself lol I know I would be! Are those stories entries in your blog?

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    2. http://a-fly-on-our-chicken-coop-wall.blogspot.com/2012/10/true-hauntings-for-your-halloween.html

      I'm still creeped out by your stories.

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  5. Dang it, why did I have to read this before going to sleep?? I'm all creeped out now!

    I definitely believe in this kind of stuff, and was riveted by your stories! They have a ghost hunter thing that you can do in an old fort just outside of Detroit. I've always wanted to do it, but at the same time am terrified!

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  6. Hahaha sorry Kianwi :) It seems many people did decide to read this late at night before bed lol

    I got a late start on my blogging today and will be the same or tomorrow.

    As I said above, they have paranormal investigation teams/groups you can join in my area, but I've yet to participate. I think I could handle it a lot better in a group than alone, naturally.

    Another story would have fallen under B or H again, but would have been too long to add to this post. Maybe I can think of another way to present it, or do so after the A to Z.

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  7. I've never seen anything too weird but know there's more to the world than dreamt of in my philosophies (to paraphrase the bard) ;-)

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  8. love crooks! and that you're a grandma's boy! sometimes it takes a second generation to remember whats important. and haunted houses scare me!

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  9. Horror stories freak me out. I am not believing in the existence of ghosts as in dead peoples spirits but I am sure there are some strange things out there that we need to explore...

    I do love to watch these ghost hunter shows sometimes, my house mate and I get a real laugh out of it, but the stories still creep me out when I am alone.

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  10. @rch - Well it may be a good thing you haven't seen too many strange things. Sometimes I think that could be best lol

    @Tara - Thanks! He doesn't share your sentiment, but I do :) I am sure I will be stopping over at your blog again soon.

    @Poke - There are definitely a lot of strange things out there. I have too vivid an imagination that really messes with me after I read a scary book/watch a scary movie. Or just out in the woods alone in the dead of night. Screw that action.

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  11. See, this is why - no matter how many stupid "Ghost Hunters" shows or cheap slasher flicks the studios churn out - there is always going to be a market for these kinds of stories. They overlap with real people's real experiences just enough that you can craft a whole narrative around them (you know, filling in all the "who" and "why" that you never got when you were living at that place) and get scared shitless because your underbrain completely, absolutely buys it. I LOVE this idea, somehow.

    Like, you know, there's 7 billion people on the planet, and everything's cheap/digital/exploited/polluted/Google-Mapped, but deep down, we are still like Beowulf and the freaking Danes huddling in a mead hall and hoping that we don't get snatched by the unseen horrors of the night.

    Terrific post, dude! I'm sorry you had to go through all the scary shit, but I absolutely believe it's made you a more potent writer!

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    1. Thanks Tex! It's true lol Even if knowing a good majority of televised/serialized shows are BS we want to believe it. Referencing the Ghost shows, that is. Even more so, having my own experiences, I'd be more likely to buy into it. Now, as long as everyone's underbrain buys what I write in my fiction I will be good to go!

      Perhaps I should look into supernatural horror :) "Write what you know" and all.

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  12. Heck yeah, I love paranormal stuff. I originally was going to do "Haunted" for H and forgot because I am terrible at planning (though my idea is fun too).

    I really want to share my paranormal experiences with the world. I have so many great tales... My current place is haunted by a spirit that's actually pretty peaceful and fun to have around. They tend to come out when I'm depressed and do things like touch me softly as I'm crying myself to sleep. They will sometimes shake the bed just a bit, like as if it saying "You're not alone". On nights when I can't sleep because my cat is bothering me, I've woken up in the middle of the night to her being shut in my dresser drawer, meowing like a banshee. Or once she was locked in the laundry room out on my patio... no way she could have gotten in there. It's like the spirit is looking out for me. We've heard voices, doors have opened and closed in the night and my dog growls at things that aren't there. Things get moved around too. Oh and when my roommate was screwing me over and almost making it where I couldn't pay rent, I jokingly said "If there's a ghost, I'd love it if you scared the shit out of my roommate".

    A second later, there was loud knocking on the walls in her room. It was 2 am and she was fast asleep. It went on for about five minutes. just getting louder and louder.

    And this is only at this place... I've had paranormal experiences my entire life. I love talking about them too :)

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    1. Awww that would have been awesome if you had done Haunted. Maybe you could do Supernatural or Paranormal Activity? Not sure how far out you were planned. This was an impromptu posting for me. I was afraid I wasn't going to think of an H topic.

      See that doesn't sound like just a ghost... sounds like a possible weapon. As long as no harm came to the cat, all is good, I suppose >.<

      That is pretty crazy, and sounds kind of similar to the incidents my brother had in the house. A lot more benevolent/caring feeling. Still freaks me out a bit, though. The connection with depression intrigues me, I have to say.

      You could do some postings after A to Z if nothing matches up!

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  13. I see great minds think a like. Now I know why you chose Amityville on my post! Great post!

    Karen

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  14. A handful of years ago Matt & I were renovating an 1850's farmhouse in western Massachusetts. We started with the important rooms - kitchen, full bathroom, br, lr - because we were living there at the time. There were many nights I got up to use the bathroom. The full bath was downstairs but I didn't care because I wouldn't use the upstairs half bath until after we were done renovating it. I'd go to walk towards the top of the stairs and would hold on for dear life because I felt a not happy presence behind me on the landing most nights. It was so creepy I stopped wanting to get up in the middle of the night. After we finished renovations i never felt the thing in the house again. We didn't live there long after that and despite repeated attempts to sell we ended up having to walk away from the house. Don't know if it had anything to do with the weirdness in there but I didn't care. I'm just happy it vacated and didn't follow us anywhere else.

    Reading about your experiences is really creeping me out! Glad you finally got out of there, sounds pretty freaky.

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    1. That is scary Jenn. Is that highlighted in your blog somewhere? The experiences you had?

      It seems like during renovations is when activity starts a lot of times. When you say walk away, do you mean never having sold it? Why?

      I am glad I got the hell out of there too... but... I want to go back! To investigate if I could. May not be the smartest idea, though.

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  15. I don't believe in spirits, the afterlife, or the idea that humans have souls. Doesn't mean those things aren't real, but I don't believe in them.

    I don't believe in anything, though. I've either had experience with something, or I haven't. But I've also experienced some really weird shit. How much of that only occurred in my own mind, I can't say for sure, but I'm also not sure how much that matters.

    Rather than paranormal activity and murders, though, my interests lean towards the occult (and, as a younger man, UFOs/aliens). I'm fascinated with the time and energy that has been expended throughout human history in search of the cheat codes for the universe. And I'm not entirely convinced that they haven't been discovered, in various forms and practices through the years, though I'm fairly certain they don't do what most people expect they would.

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    1. Not sure all you are saying you've experienced, but had you experienced them why do you pass them off as just your mind playing tricks or the sort?

      I am curious about your occult obsessions have uncovered over the years. That stuff fascinates me too. I will try to remember to ask soon.

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  16. You forgot a bunch... there was no storm. Tam was there because I had surgery. The lights flickered, tons of static and then totally went out. I calmly walked over and turned them back on. I don,t scare from paranormal activity, it was common knowledge that the house was haunted. Tam refused to stay there ever again.
    We did not know anything about the house until after we bought it. It was a via report so no owners to talk to. It had also been rented out prior to being on the sell market and those people left after the bathroom door slammed shut on them and they could not get out. That was the final straw for them.
    You forgot about the time you guys were "surfing" down the steps...Chevy should have died but never even hit the table...and he should have.
    There were numerous deaths in that house...some from old age because people died at home generally when that house was built. Then there was a murder in the back yard over drugs, never punished because the beises owned everything. then a death from someone getting blown out the door by the furnace and I don't know how the boy died but he was not a baby, he was a small child from the picture. The man who's family originally owned the property way back was the selenes and he was the last servicing member of the family but he too passed before my questions could be answered.

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    1. Thanks for creeping me out! Haha

      Well I didn't know about multiple deaths in the house, which explains the differences in activity we each experienced. Knew about the murder, but wasn't sure why it was unpunished.

      Forgot completely about the Furnace incident I guess. That is odd being I lived in the basement for a while, and while I didn't like being down there, I never had any experiences. That I recall anyways. I seem to have blocked out a lot, which I found out when finding some emails I wrote 10+ years ago describing the occurrences.

      I took the "surfing" table thing as more of a coincidental/luck circumstance. I've had a handful of those type of situations.

      I guess I never saw pictures of the boy either (or don't remember), and am kind of glad now after the fact.

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  17. Very cool post. Glad I took the time to look this one up and read it. We lived in a really creepy house for a couple of years too. Seems like a lot of people have. I know exactly what you mean about the pervading feeling of negativity in the air. When we lived in that house my little girl (four at the time) talked about someone pinching her and grabbing her nightgown at night when she was in her bed. Very creepy stuff. Also, the beds would intermittently shake for no reason. And, sometimes, there'd be loud scratching and knocking in the walls in the middle of the night. NOT like animals. Too loud and deliberate seeming. I was really glad when we moved out of there!

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