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Personal Hauntings That You've Experienced...

Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:36 am

The Queen Mary topic got me thinking - how many of us have personally experienced paranormal activity? Ever "seen" a ghost, heard strange noises or seen lights that can't otherwise be explained? Ever seen a UFO?

I can't really add much to this topic as I have not knowingly witnessed anything like that - and I'm not even convinced that such things exist. I realize that this topic literally opens the door for all kinds of crazy fabrications but hopefully if you have any personal incident that you can add to this topic, please do.
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:47 am

No ghosts, but have seen UFOs twice....once from my bedroom window when I was about 11 (memory is a bit fuzzy on that one) and the second was about 8 years ago. I saw it outside the lving room window, flying west to east, bright greenish light and moving at incredible speed. It was a good distance away from the house, probably over the ocean, but I remember waiting to hear an explosion because I thought it was a plane crashing. Needless to say, no explosion....but an article in the newspaper the following day about the number of people who had seen it.
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:56 am

When my ex Mother In Law comes to visit my daughter................
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:03 am

Saw a UFO just last week at my in-laws house. Had other people there and no one could figure out what is was. It was a dark object with no light, looked like a bunch of black balloons bunched together in an interesting shape. And it was moving at a good clip.

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Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:10 am

I work midnight shift for a university police department. There are several buildings at our school that are haunted. Some more than others. I still maintain I don't believe in ghosts but these are the ghosts I have personally encountered.

The first building is the library. I Think the year of the event was 1999 anyway, there was a murder-suicide in the building. A gay guy (who was not good at breaking up) shot his boyfriend, then himself in one of the front offices on the second floor. Go in the building when it is shut down and you will hear footsteps. Some other people have reported seeing a reflection in a window only to turn around and have nobody be there. Sometimes, when the HVAC system is shut down there will be a sudden, gentle movement of cold air where you are standing.. Even though the building has been totally still and unoccupied for 12 hours.

Our downtown campus has the most hauntings. The most prominent of which is the building housing our Downtown admin offices. The story is a housekeeper died by stepping on a power line when stepping off the bus outside the building one morning. Apparently she always listened to a walkman and loved to vaccum. Also, she smoked. Anyway, if you are on the 4th floor of this building (the floor she worked) some nights you will hear vaccuming. Also, almost everyone who has been there more than a year has heard music, smelled cigarette smoke, or heard doors close. We go through verifying the building is empty and nobody left a radio on every time we get someone new.. then we tell them the story.

Another building at our downtown campus had a worker die when he fell off the building while roofing a glassed in stairway. We don't use this stairway at night becuase everyone who uses it at night swears they hear voices in it- myself included.

A third building at our downtown campus is haunted and we have absolutely no idea what the story was behind it. Everyone who patrols this building at night will eventually see a man dressed as a clown on the third floor. He will duck into the stairway at the end of the main corridor. We have had people call this out on the radio more than a few times, only to have us all respond, sweep the building, and find nothing. It is by far our most strange haunting.

Another building downtown has elevators that will randomly move around. Also, the emergency phone in the elevator will periodically activate in a totally empty building. This building is a new acquisition by the school, so we don't have any background on if this is a haunting or just faulty technology. We like to think faulty technology because the building is a piece of crap, but every other building we have downtown seems to be haunted.

Also, our hauntings do not go hand in hand with someone dying. Two other buildings have had a total of 3 fatal accidents during construction or renovation. There doesn't seem to be any paranormal activity in these buildings, at least not that anyone has found- these 3 deaths are probably less than 3 years old.
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:15 am

I ain't afraid of no ghost.  Wink
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:21 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
I ain't afraid of no ghost.

Hell, after seeing pictures of the big butt girls you like, I'm not surprised a ghost doesn't scare you.....  Big grin  Wink
 
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:25 am

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 6):
Hell, after seeing pictures of the big butt girls you like, I'm not surprised a ghost doesn't scare you.....

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RE: Personal Hauntings That You've Experienced...

Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:39 am

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 6):
Hell, after seeing pictures of the big butt girls you like, I'm not surprised a ghost doesn't scare you...



Quoting Richierich (Thread starter):
Ever "seen" a ghost, heard strange noises or seen lights that can't otherwise be explained?

When I was 17, just passed my driving test, I took a couple of friends out at about 11pm one January night. It was a very cold night, and there was a very thick fog in the area (not unusual as I grew up along the banks of the Windrush River). Anyway, one of the guys piped up about going down to the Minster Lovell Ruins. These are the ruins of a 15th century manor house.

The story of this place says that Lord Francis Lovell lived there sometime around 1435 onwards. He was declared guilty of treason at some point in the 1460's and when he heard the sound of the King's horsemen riding along the nearby road late one night to come and arrest him, he killed himself in the underground vault of the property. Lovell's personal guards then went out and fought with the King's guards, killing them and the horses they were riding.

Legend has it that Lovell and the slaughtered King's guards now haunt the area, and the sound of galloping horses are often audible.

So that night we drove to the ruins and parked in the public car park at the end of the path that leads to them. No flash lights, no street lights, and thick fog, we couldn't see a thing, but being 17 year old guys not wanting to wimp out in front of each other, we decided to take a walk along the path. So we set out from the car and get perhaps 200 yards along the path. We were deliberately scaring each other along the way, and jumping at the various noises made by wildlife. There's a point where the path becomes very narrow and has high hedges on either side. As soon as we reached that part of the path, we heard what sounded like distant horses galloping on concrete. We freaked out and walked back a little. Convinced it was just a coincidence, we kept on going, and once again entered that part of the path. Again we heard the horses but the worst part of all was the very real presence of other people around us. We all felt like there were other people walking with us, and when we stopped to listen to the horses again, my friend Chris felt something very distinct brush against his back, pull on his jacket a little, then brush the back of his head. He screamed and legged it as best he could back to the car. We followed. When we got back to the car, we drove it as far down the path as we could with the lights on high beam. It was still very foggy, but it was clear there was no-one and nothing down there.

Of course the next day we spread the story around college and it's become something of a school legend, but since that time there have been several other students over the years who have gone and done the same thing and had similar experiences. Very weird and rather scary.
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:01 am

I've seen plenty of ghosts and spirits, not many in real life though, most of it on the "A Haunting" programme on the Discovery Channel.  Smile
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:22 am

I experienced a (short-lived) haunting shortly after my grandfather died in 2003.

It was the day after he died (May 4) and I had a friend over for the night. At about 23:45, I noticed my dog was acting strange, whining, going around in circles, chasing his tail, that sort of thing.

When I went to go get some Coke out of the fridge, I head my dad's cell ring. This is what really freaked me out (I was 12-13 at the time): the cell phone wasn't turned on. Maybe it was my grandfather calling to say goodbye to us, maybe it was my imagination. Who knows? My mom says it's a haunting, I say it was just sleep deprivation.

Anyway, that's my haunting experience for the day.

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Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:22 am

I used to be a sceptic- I then accepted a dare to do my 9th grade working experience session with a clairvoyant...

We went out to a house the first day to "cleanse" it. She (the clairvoyant) did the cleansening ceremony, and 2 minutes into it, the distinct sound of someone breathing heavily reached my ears. I looked at the owners of the house- an elderly man and his wife- but they were breathing rather normally- as was the clairvoyant. When the cleansing ceremony was over, I asked the husband if he had heard anything. He confirmed. As did the wife and the clairvoyant.

The day later, I met up with the clairvoyant again- she had decided to quit cleansening ceremonies. Why? Apparently, the ghost we had been working with yesterday had attached itself to her. She had woken up in the middle of the night, hearing the breathing sounds again. Suddenly, it felt like someone was strangling her, and it didn't stop until she was almost unconscious. She had some bruises on her neck to show for it.  Sad Let's just say I wasn't a sceptic any more... I didn't have the guts to continue the working experience either...  Wink

Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 9):
I've seen plenty of ghosts and spirits, not many in real life though, most of it on the "A Haunting" programme on the Discovery Channel. Smile

Don't think that counts  Wink
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:37 am

Just visit "Pitch In Cemetary" outside of Cissna Park, Illinois!!!
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:09 am

When I lived in my old house (which was almost 100 years old), I used to hear footsteps in the attic and saw mysterious lights a few times.

Also, I used to go to Grey's Armory in Cleveland, OH (built in 1837) for CAP meetings. The armory was known to be haunted. So much, that even document files and photographs were taken. I heard footsteps in that place, but never saw anything. Interestingly, a group of people saw a apparition in a Union Uniform (Civil War) one night.
 
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:12 am

I once stayed in a beautiful old house in the countryside of Sweden. I was sleeping in what was the maid's old room. Apparently, the house was haunted by the ghost of the maid, and was even included in a Swedish book about haunted houses. The owner of the house related how she often heard footsteps in the house when she was the only occupant.

I don't know if it was my imagination or not, but as I was lying in bed that night on the verge of sleep, I felt something tug sharply on my toes, which instantly awakened me. I put this down to one of those spasmodic jerks that you sometimes get when you sleep. Again, as I was on the verge of sleep, I saw a pale image of what looked to be a figure in maids clothes move by the side of the bed. That was it for me, the lights were turned on for the rest of the night  Wow! !

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RE: Personal Hauntings That You've Experienced...

Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:29 am

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 4):
I work midnight shift for a university police department. There are several buildings at our school that are haunted. Some more than others. I still maintain I don't believe in ghosts but these are the ghosts I have personally encountered.

The first building is the library. I Think the year of the event was 1999 anyway, there was a murder-suicide in the building. A gay guy (who was not good at breaking up) shot his boyfriend, then himself in one of the front offices on the second floor. Go in the building when it is shut down and you will hear footsteps. Some other people have reported seeing a reflection in a window only to turn around and have nobody be there. Sometimes, when the HVAC system is shut down there will be a sudden, gentle movement of cold air where you are standing.. Even though the building has been totally still and unoccupied for 12 hours.

Our downtown campus has the most hauntings. The most prominent of which is the building housing our Downtown admin offices. The story is a housekeeper died by stepping on a power line when stepping off the bus outside the building one morning. Apparently she always listened to a walkman and loved to vaccum. Also, she smoked. Anyway, if you are on the 4th floor of this building (the floor she worked) some nights you will hear vaccuming. Also, almost everyone who has been there more than a year has heard music, smelled cigarette smoke, or heard doors close. We go through verifying the building is empty and nobody left a radio on every time we get someone new.. then we tell them the story.

Another building at our downtown campus had a worker die when he fell off the building while roofing a glassed in stairway. We don't use this stairway at night becuase everyone who uses it at night swears they hear voices in it- myself included.

A third building at our downtown campus is haunted and we have absolutely no idea what the story was behind it. Everyone who patrols this building at night will eventually see a man dressed as a clown on the third floor. He will duck into the stairway at the end of the main corridor. We have had people call this out on the radio more than a few times, only to have us all respond, sweep the building, and find nothing. It is by far our most strange haunting.

Another building downtown has elevators that will randomly move around. Also, the emergency phone in the elevator will periodically activate in a totally empty building. This building is a new acquisition by the school, so we don't have any background on if this is a haunting or just faulty technology. We like to think faulty technology because the building is a piece of crap, but every other building we have downtown seems to be haunted.

Also, our hauntings do not go hand in hand with someone dying. Two other buildings have had a total of 3 fatal accidents during construction or renovation. There doesn't seem to be any paranormal activity in these buildings, at least not that anyone has found- these 3 deaths are probably less than 3 years old.

Very interesting. Are you at UTSA? I'd like to come down there and experience that sometime. I'm completely neutral on my belief of the paranormal - I've had one occurence that really sticks out in my life. It's a decently long story so I'll type it later.



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Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:12 pm

Alrighty, same story pasted yet with a lot of touch-ups from what I posted nearly three years ago - it remains, among several "little" weird things, the most profound experience I've had with what many would consider a ghost.



Let me start off by informing you that every year we make several driving trips from Austin to Amarillo to visit relatives.

This happened nearly 7 years ago in the fall, when I was doing the 7-hour drive back down to Austin by myself, after visiting friends and family in the panhandle. I was driving in my parents Chevy Astro van - they had left in the morning with my mom's car - I stayed behind so I could hang out with an old friend and have some maintenance done on the family van.

I didn't leave Amarillo until late that evening, so it was a night drive all the way into Austin. The incident occured on soutbound Highway 83 between Guthrie and Aspermont around 1am.

So here's what happens:


I'm on the road about 20 minutes from Aspermont, cruising along at 75mph with the high-beams on looking out for deer or anything else. Haven't seen a car in what feels like an hour. I glance at the temp display on the overhead every once in a while as I look around staying awake - I began noticing it was dropping steadily, about a degree every two seconds down from 75 to 60 degrees F. I didn't think anything of it until the gauge jumped from 60 down into the 30s in an instant. I thought the gauge sensor was screwing up or something, but to make sure, I rolled down the window, and sure enough, it was suddenly damn cold outside. My first thought would be a fast moving strong cold front, but it was August, and I had checked the weather before getting on the road........no cold fronts or bad weather. I stopped on the side and stepped out of the van to actually see if I was daydreaming or something.

It was cold, felt definitely freezing - the gauge was not lieing. I was wide awake, I had plenty of rest before this trip, so I wasn't imagining this weather. I blink my eyes several times, slapped myself, I wasn't imagining this vast change in temperature. I got back in the van and decided to ignore it and get back on the road. Without noticing I was doing 100mph hauling ass - I guess my gut didn't feel right. I began concentrating on the speed and slowed back down to 75 right in time to see a white figure in the distance moving - more like hovering over the road. By hovering I mean - not visibly above the road, but as it moves, it isn't exactly walking - just hovering over the pavement like a hovercraft. No muscle or leg movements.

There was no car that I could see, and no good place to pull a car over on the 2-lane road. I concentrated on that hovering object for a second and then came to be, slammed on the brakes. I never pick up hitchhikers, but I looked as I was drove by it slowly around 30mph - this was an old lady that seemed to of had the face of almost a pure skeleton with only some skin, and was completely white, so white she was even glowing in the dark a little. She was wearing a white puffy gown. She didn't look up at me or anything, acting like she didn't notice a van going right by her.

This scared the living shit out of me, I kept my eye on her in the mirror as I sped up away from her, and she faded away almost instantly--disappeared in the mirror as quickly as she appeared in front of me. I continously hit the speed limiter in that van several times before I saw the lights of Aspermont ahead.

The temperature had warmed back up at this point. As I pass through the down, I saw a DPS cruiser for the county and flashed by brights at him, waved him down. Told him that I saw an old lady walking along the road about 10-15 miles back, no car or anything was in sight. He told me I was the SECOND guy to tell him this in two days, so he told me to follow him to show exactly where, we both sped out to the area. When we got there, we got out flash lights and looked around for a few minutes. Nothing, no broken down car or anything, the temperature was fine the entire time.

Apparently 2 days before me a motorist flagged the deputy down and told him about the same thing - he saw something, stopped, and got out of his car into a freezing cold air. He freaked out and left.

So - a old woman "hovering" over the road in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night. No car, no evidence of any human activity. I can't help but think it was ghost.

Needless to say I didn't sleep well the next week or so after arriving home. Did some research, turned some rumors that an old lady went missing in that area about 30 years ago and that her and her car were never found. I haven't confirmed anything to this date.




So, yeah.



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Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:19 pm

My grandparents saw a UFO once. They are both college educated people, my grandpa was a college prof. for a time, and they were coming home one night, and they saw a UFO the size of the college campus south of their house. (Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT) It just sat there. They went and got my uncle, and the three of them just sat there and watched it. They said that no cars passed at all, nobody else showed up. They called up the newspaper (the Gazette), and the person on the other end just laughed at them.
Another time, my dad lived out in Maui. He and his friends shared a house there, and one of his friends worked as a security guard at the Mahana hotel. One night, while doing the rounds of the place, he saw an old lady hunched over at the side of the swimming pool. He went over to tell her to leave, and she looked up at him and her head was a skull. The Ghost just chased him across the lawn and he ran inside, and it just disappeared at the walll. When he went in to resign the next day, his boss asked him if he quit because of the ghost.

Pretty creepy stuff.

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Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:20 pm

I lived in a large old house in Ensley with three other guys for a while, and I had the two upstairs bedrooms over the living room. One night when I was in the house by myself lying in bed reading, I heard someone walking around in the other upstairs bedroom. I grabbed the baseball bat I kept beside my bed (Ensley isn't the best of neighborhoods) and went to investigate.
Nothing was out of place, but the closet door was open. The closet in that bedroom opened into the attic over the rest of the house, so I closed the closet door and latched the lock on the outside of it, thinking that if anyone was in there they'd make a heck of a racket getting out. I then went back to my bedroom and resumed reading.
After a few minutes, I heard footsteps in that room again. I went to investigate, but still nothing was out of place and the lock on the closet door remained latched.
I told my roommates about this the next day and they just laughed it off, assuming that I was trying to scare them. I said "Fine!" and didn't mention it again.
A week or two passes and I came home late from work to find all three of my roommates sitting in the living room and giving me a surprised look as I walked through the front door. One of them asked "How did you get outside?". I told them I had been at work and asked what they were talking about. All three of them said they had heard someone walking around upstairs and thought I was already at home!
After that we all heard the disembodied footsteps upstairs in the unoccupied bedroom on a semi-regular basis, not every night but always between 12:30 and 12:45 am. Frankly, we got used to it and didn't think any more about it.
We realized just how passe we had become when our friend Wendell heard the footsteps and asked who was upstairs and we all said "Oh it's just our ghost making his rounds. He'll stop in a while". Wendell looked at the four of us like we were crazy and left the house without another word. Big grin

A few years later I lived in Savannah just off Bonaventure Road, which was originally the driveway of a large plantation that burned to the ground during a party in the 1800s. One night I awoke to the sound of lots of conversations and I thought "Wow, one of my neighbors must have had a party that is breaking up late". When I opened the curtains to see who it was, the sound immediately stopped and I saw only a quiet deserted street with no-one outside at all.

I moved from that house to one on Bolton Street, which is on the border between the Historic District and the Victorian District in downtown Savannah. I saw and heard so many strange things there that there is no point going into them except to say that one has to elbow ghosts out of the way to walk down the street in downtown Savannah.
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Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:22 pm

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 16):
So, yeah.

Dude, that's fucked up. Scary.

I remember watching Ghost Hunters a couple of years ago and them explaining that sudden drops in temperature is normally associated with paranormal activity, but from 70 degrees down to 30 degrees...holy cow.
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:30 pm

I saw a UFO once at my school. During recess I was on the swing and I looked up at the sky and saw an object. Airplanes always fly over my school, but it didn't look like an airplane. It didn't move for a long time. When a cloud passed by it was gone.
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:10 am

I've experienced paranormal activity at Tutbury Castle, in Staffordshire. Not only did I see a ghost moving at the top of a hill near an oubliet, I also felt immense emotions whilst in the King's Bedroom at the Castle. I could feel the presence of a female, and she was immensely depressed. I also felt a hand hold on to my hand - there was no one around me at the time!

My father died in 1991, when I was 10, but I regularly feel his presence around me. I have seen him once - in a reflection in a window on a coach - since he died, but feel him around me regularly.
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:27 am

I've had a LOT of experience with the paranormal in my life, but I'm only going to tell one story, unless I'm asked for more. The building my Civil Air Patrol unit meets in is an armed forces reserve center that was built during the Vietnam War. There's one hallway of picture of Marines from the unit there who received the Congressional Medal of Honor during World War II, and EVERYONE I've ever spoken to feels something in that hallway. strange thing is that isn't where my story happened. After our meeting one Friday night, my dad, squadron commander and I were the last ones there finishing up some paperwork. As we go out to our cars, the CO looks up and sees the light on in one of the classrooms we use. I told him that I was positive I shut it off. Nonetheless, he gave me a building key, and told me to go shut it off again. I go up to the classroom, and I see someone in Vietnam-era greens. I say, "Excuse me sir, is there something I can help you with?" It turns around, looks at me, and disappears into thin air in front of my eyes. Let's just say that I got that light off, and made it back out to my dad's car in MAYBE 10 seconds.

Like I said, thats only my most recent story. If anyone wants more stories, or has questions about this one, let me know.

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Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:12 am

My little brother passed away at the age of ten back on April 11, 2006.

A few months later, it was a calm, cool, summer night and I was in our 'entertainment room' watching TV with my dad. My mom was in our living room reading something on the couch. All of a sudden, we heard something smack to the floor, something shatter with a large glass-crackling pop, and something popping and falling...all within less than ten seconds of each other.

What were they?

1- Picture of my little brother fell off an end table onto the floor.

2- The candle that is always light by his inside memorial shattered into pieces, and the flame went out.

3- A stained-glass angel that was suction-cupped onto a window fell off onto the floor. This window is also the one that a 'spiritual consoler' told us that he looks in from time to time in.

Needless to say, it scared the crap out of all of us, yet at the same time it was somewhat calming to think that he was visiting us.
 
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:07 pm

I was flying on an Eastern Airlines L1011 (I think it was N318EA) back in 1973. I saw a captain come out of no where and sit in the seat next to me, then he simply disappeared.
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:18 pm

I'm not a great believer in the paranormal (though my parents are) but I've definately experienced some weird things. Near my parents house is a country lane that goes past the remains of a Roman villa and several people have reported hearing sounds of marching and some claim to have seen a ghostly legion of soldiers. Pish Posh was my reaction until summer 2003 when I was there on my own doing some surveying for a school project and could hear several footsteps coming down the path. I looked around but there was definately no one there and the steps were coming from extremely close to me. When I told my parents they shrugged their shoulders and said 'happens all the time!'

My other main experience came in 1997 when I was staying at the Britannia Hotel in Manchester (think thats what it was callled). My parents were going out to the theatre so I was in the room alone when I went to bed. As soon as I lay down I could hear the sound of someone breathing and it certainly wasn't me. I held my breath and could still hear it. I tried to kid myself that it was someone in the next room but since when can you hear breathing through a wall. I checked through the room and there was definately no one else there but I could still hear breathing. Needless to say my parents came back to find me there very freaked out.
 
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:46 pm

Quoting AA787823 (Reply 24):
I was flying on an Eastern Airlines L1011 (I think it was N318EA) back in 1973. I saw a captain come out of no where and sit in the seat next to me, then he simply disappeared.

I'm guessing this would be the infamous Ghost of Flight 401, the Eastern Airlines L1011 that crashed in the Everglades. I would love to hear more about your experinces with this one. Did other passengers see him also?
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:17 pm

Many, many years ago my parents had a couple of very good friends, Jack and Mavis White. My mother and Mavis had met when they were both in hospital delivering their first babies -- my elder brother Peter and Mavis' oldest daughter Sue. This was in November 1949.

If they visited us in winter, Jack always walked into the living room and warmed his backside in front of the open hearth. Unfortunately his health was not too good. Jack had already suffered three heart attacks before one of his daughters rather unwisely bought him a greenhouse for his birthday in February 1976. Being the stubborn old git he was, he insisted on putting up this greenhouse himself. Unfortunately it cost him his life. Jack left a wife and three daughters behind, and his elderly mother. His wife, poor thing, already had problems with manic depression and she never really recovered again.

A few years later my parents had gone away for a weekend break, and I was walking back home after having dinner at the neighbour's. As I walked along the footpath that runs parallel to the house, I glanced into the sitting-room, and, unmistakably, there was Jack standing in front of the hearth warming his behind as usual. But it was Summer -- no open hearth. I ran inside and into the sitting-room, but of course he had disappeared. That day, Saturday 12 July 1980, his mother had passed away. Very unnerving.


My current home was built in 1899. I haven't gone into it yet, but I'm sure it has a colourful history. Anyway, in one particular spot in the sitting-room I regularly smell the sweet almost sickly smell of lilies. Not all the time, but in exactly the same place. At this moment there is only a vase of decidedly unfragrant peonies. Strange.

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Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:19 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 19):
Dude, that's fucked up. Scary.

I remember watching Ghost Hunters a couple of years ago and them explaining that sudden drops in temperature is normally associated with paranormal activity, but from 70 degrees down to 30 degrees...holy cow.



Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 19):
Dude, that's fucked up. Scary.

I remember watching Ghost Hunters a couple of years ago and them explaining that sudden drops in temperature is normally associated with paranormal activity, but from 70 degrees down to 30 degrees...holy cow.

Yeah, it was............something else, at the least.


These are interesting stories - anyone else have anything happen?




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Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:11 pm

So many interesting stories, thanks for sharing. I don't have any myself but my father recently had an odd experience, as did my wife. Firstly my father...

He works in West London and his office is a short walk from his company parking lot. He is always very punctual and one morning very early he drove into the lot (one way in, the same way out) and parked his car in the space. He noticed he was parked slightly askew so checked over his shoulder before backing out and noticed a car behind him stationary which was strange for several reasons, firstly because he didn't notice one follow him into the car park. The car was a green Vauxhall Omega, with a chauffeur in the front and a passenger in a suit in the rear. What was most odd was the car was heading towards the dead end in the car park! To get out again it would have had to turn around. My father looking over his shoulder waited for it pull away, all the while neither driver nor passenger looked over in his direction. In the split second it took my father to change from looking over his left shoulder to his right shoulder the car had disappeared. He immediately got out of the car and scoured the car park but with no signs of the car. There was no chance the car pulled in to a space, or turned around in the split second it took him to turn his head.

The other story is from my wife. Her great grandfather had just died and on bad terms, family issues etc. and ther parents and her had just returned to Virginia after sorting out his estate in Florida. My wife went upstairs to her bedroom and before turning the lights on noticed a white mist at the end of the landing. The mist came towards her at breakneck speed, went right through her and down the stairs and out of the front door. It scared the bejesus out of her and she slept downstairs for about a week afterwards.

A second hand story but my father used to work for a company in Chertsey, not far from Heathrow. One of his colleagues was a young lady who lived by herself and was talking about an apparent ghost that lived in her house. She said she'd return from the supermarket and find shopping moved to the kitchen and little things, nothing that would scare her. She said she'd sometimes hear sobbing and a voice saying 'it was all my fault'. My father who is also an aviation enthusiast of sorts noted that her house was very close to where the BEA Trident crashed out of LHR in the 1970s, something attributed to pilot error. It wasn't until a few weeks later she saw a a figure of an individual wearing a pilot's uniform....

Off to bed. Those are my most interesting three!

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 16):
So, yeah.

Holy crap. That gave me chills down my spine just reading it....
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 1:15 pm

As someone who more or less believes it's a real species, I wouldn't call it a paranormal experience, but I've had sasquatch encounters on the Olympic Peninsula and in British Columbia. I haven't seen anything, but I've definitely heard things (wood knocks, howls) that are often attributed to the creatures. Lots of great stories here, good thread.
 
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:43 pm

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 16):
So, yeah.

Fuck man. That sent chills down my spine.

I've only got one story, and today it still scares me like no other. Every April my father, brother, and I go to a camp spot we like in Nevada. It is located about half way between Boundary Peak and the city of Dyre, in Esmeralda County...basically the middle of no where. Anyway, we camp in a canyon that is about a mile wide and is only accessable by four wheel drive vehicles. Being so remote, we love to bring all of our two assault rifles, two shotguns, three high powered rifles, and two pistols, and basically "shoot shit." We shoot off to the other side of the canyon enjoying the echo's and nature targets we can get. So anyway, at about ten in the evening we are sitting down at the fire after just getting back from hiking and firing off a few rounds. All of a sudden the fire goes out, instantly. This was the first odd part because it wasn't exactly a tiny fire or anything. Then it started to get extremely cold extremely quick. So we are sitting there and out of the middle of fucking no where there appears this round aircraft like thing floating in the middle of the canyon. It is making no noise what so ever. It then beings flashing a light at us, so bright it was almost blinding. We were sitting there paralyzed, in awe. Then it began to come closer, mind you it was still about a good thousand feet or so away. We could start to see blue and pink lights to the side of the blinding light. My dad finally came back to reality and picked up his Colt Sporter .223 and fired off a shot into the air. The thing stopped moving, sat there for seven seconds, I remember counting, and then made the loudest screeeeeeeech I have ever heard and was instantly gone. Afterwards we were completely and totally freaked out. We packed up 4 days worth of stuff in about 10 minutes and drove backwards to Bishop in about a half hour, normally an hour drive, and stayed the night in a hotel there. We haven't been back to the spot since, but I want to try again in April 2008.

To this date, I still have no idea what in the world this was. Part of me suggests it was a UFO, and the other part reminds me that Nellis Air Force Base is relatively close airplane wise (we see flights all the time). So who knows what it was. I have never been more scared in my life.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 3:23 pm

In my parents first home we had a ghost.

Strange things would happen, windows open, doors open and slam and the Keys would go from the kitchen bench to in the door lock and would be turn around and thrown on the ground in front of you.
My parents actually recorded it onto a VCR and its scary watching it.
The door bell would also ring all day and all night.

My Aunty also lived in a 100+ year old house.

The ghost was an older lady who apparntley died in her sleep 20 odd years before my aunty moved in. The ghost would tuck my cousins into bed and my aunty also had exchange students who would ask why someone tucked them in and folded their clothes.

Heres the weirdest thing, the clothes got folded and the washing machine and dishwasher would get turned on when no one was home.

I wouldnt be complaining if a ghost done housework for me!! but extremely weird stuff.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:14 pm

Well I think I can throw in my story; It was when I was in 6th or 7th grade IIRC, we had moved from Islamabad to Lahore, Pakistan not more than 2-3 years ago and were living in a house on rent that was in ways small for the stuff we had brought over. It was a small, two story villa with 2 bedrooms on the top floor, one of which remained furnished but vacant most of the time. The other was converted into a storage, with packed boxes and 2 huge metallic chests. Everyone used to sleep downstairs. At that time, I had never lived in a room of my own and some how I came up with a brilliant idea to start sleeping in that room every night only because I thought this would slowly get rid of a general fear of darkness and ghosts etc that kids usually suffer from. I was, if anything an above average brave individual, but I had the obsession of permanently getting rid of that sense of fear I too was often bothered with when alone in darkness etc. I placed a single size mattress on one of the chests which fit perfectly to make a bed, made a hand drawn skull and bones picture in red with a warning to stay away from my territory and pasted it on the outside of the door which I closed every night. I kept a blanket with me even in summers to hide in when I felt afraid because I knew it will be very hard for me to get out of the room and go down when I felt afraid. Not to mention I had never confessed to being afraid and did not tell anyone why I was doing what I was doing.
I am sure the first days or a week or so went fine, not that I did not feel afraid, but then I started to hear this laughter that sounded feminine and particularly evil right in the middle of the quiet night. At times, it used to wake me up, and no I was not getting nightmares when I used to wake up. I still remember as I used to pull my blanket over my head which used to make me feel less exposed. I used to gather myself very sanely without making a noise and trying to shake myself to consciousness even if I was already awake when the laughter started just to make sure that it wasn't my mind playing tricks on me. But no matter what I did, it kept coming and would go away with nothing else changing.
I did not let this scare me from sleeping there, and over a period of time I almost became used to it and it seem to happen less and less often, later at times I even managed to get my head out and see if there was anything around the window most of the times it seemed to be coming from. I never saw anything.
I never had any regrets staying in that room particularly because within a month or two, I had gotten rid of any fear of anything I possibly had and it has served me well since. I did not tell anyone until years after we had even moved out of that house, and only then just to prove to everyone that you can rid your fears by standing up to them.
That general area as I later found out was all built on flattened graveyards mostly hundreds of years old. Also not far from that home, there was a very famous 'haunted house', a large modern looking normal house in the middle of a crowded community where no one seemed to be able to live for long, the owners has tried renting it for a long time and finally given up as one after the other tenants were scared away. I never found anything different around there night or day except that it was always empty and it had the Muslim Shadat posted like an advertising board on its roof. There are many wild stories about it but I disregarded them because they were all hearsay. Among them was one that the owner had spread these kinda stories themselves to keep people away and were doing something illegal there. But then, the Police and local authorities had a good eye on it.
With the exception of that firsthand experience, my combined family is full of stories of their own.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:45 pm

Never Experienced any hauntings till date.But had one unexplainable event at the Airport Backdoor enterance of noticing a person go around a corner after smoking a ciggeratte & when I reached the corner that person was not around.There was an open ground ahead so no place to hide.

Still can't explain the disapearence.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 5:43 pm

Had lots of experiences but I'll only mention the one thats affected me the worst:
A few months ago I was lying in bed and I could feel someone standing in my room, I looked and saw the silouette of a man in his 20's but the moonlight didnt cause any shadows unlike the rest of the things in my room. I saw him take a step torwards me and stopped looking at him and as I stopped looking I saw a glance of a person that wasn't me in the window. The man kept on trying to tell me something but the paranormal scares the living shit outta me so I ignored then I looked at my watch and it said 1.56am, straight after I looked at my watch I had a headache so bad I couldn't see anything and my ears were ringing so bad I couldn't hear. Suddenly it stopped and my watch had just turned to 1.57am. My stereo and tv were both making a static noise even though they were turned off and I had to unplug them at the wall to make the noise stop. In the morning I also found that all of the batterys in my room were dead flat and the rest of the batterys in the house were a small bit flat.

The scary part is my house doesn't have a history and the land use to be bush before it was built. I also get different genders and ages of ghosts haunting me at all of the houses I've live at so it means that they are coming to visit me and I can't just move house to make it go away.
 
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:49 am

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 22):
Like I said, thats only my most recent story. If anyone wants more stories, or has questions about this one, let me know.

I would love to hear more. I find it fascinating hearing other people's encounter with the paranormal.
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:46 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
I ain't afraid of no ghost.

Got that on Beta!

I have had two ghostly experiences, but both may have been electrical problems.

Three years ago I was at my buddy Paul's bait and tackle shop. He was painting the ceiling in the bathroom and I was handing him the paint bucket to pour into the pan. All the sudden the light went off the the bathroom. I went to the switch and it was off. There is only one switch for that room. The front door was locked and nobody else was there. His store was built in 1948 and was a Sunoco gas station until 1977. So who knows what is lurking in there.

The other was an old lake freighter I worked on in Toledo, the SS Willis B. Boyer. Once there was a light on in one of the deck hand's compartments, but the only switch for that area was shut off. Turning the switch to on and then back to off shut it off. Kind of odd, but the ship was built in 1909-1911 and rewired in 1952 so you have to expect weird electrical issues.
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Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:16 pm

I used to live in a large apartment in Cape Town which was built in the 1930's. In June 1996, the old man who lived in the apartment died in the hospital after he was assaulted by homeless people living nearby under a bridge. He had been living there for over 50 years (amongst others, with his two sisters who passed away long before him - this I did not know). The landlady showed me the apartment shortly after he died. It has never been renovated in over 50 years so you can imagine the condition it was in. I only saw the potential and told her I'll take it once the renovations had been done.

So two months later, I moved into this two bedroomed apartment along with a flat mate. Though the lease was in my name, for some or other reason unknown, I did not want the master bedroom but chose the second smaller bedroom for myself, leaving my flat mate to take occupation of the main bedroom. The main bedroom was at the end of a long corridor and to get to the kitchen, bathroom and toilet, you had to go past my smaller bedroom. So we settled in, my flatmate sleeping on his mattress on the floor in his room and I in my bed in my room. As you all know, one does not sleep as deep in a strange new place as when you are used to it. So the first week or two, it was light sleeping all along...

I noticed that my flat mate was using the bathroom (I assumed) quite a lot during the night, now I mean he walks past my bedroom at least 4 to 6 times during the night. We had wooden floors and I could hear him walking past and then some time later back to his bedroom through my closed bedroom door. EVERY TIME I would wake up. So after a week or two of this, I just could not take it anymore. So the morning at breakfast, I try to be diplomatic, saying maybe he needs to get a prostate and bladder examination because it is not normal to use the bathroom that many times a night.

BIG was our surprise as he thought it was me using the bathroom that many times per night. He told me he NEVER gets up during the night to use the bathroom. We then realized there is something real weird going on. He also told me that during the night, he can feel someone stepping/sitting on his bed, and he initially thought it was me trying to make a move on him... Each time he would open his eyes, no one would be in his room.

Sometime after that I went to see a psychic who told me that she sees me living in this apartment that is sparsely furnished and she went ahead and described the whole apartment in detail. She then says to me, there used to live a man and his two sisters, and that one of the sisters haunts the apartment, specifically the main bedroom (God, I'm getting goosebumps as I am typing this). So then I told her this whole story and she says yes, it is the sister that walks the corridor at night and that she suffers from depression. She told me what to do to get rid of the haunting (which did not work). Shortly after that, my flat mate moved out and I moved into the main bedroom, doing all the things the psychic told me to do.

After that the hauntings subsided somewhat, except for two prominent instances: My mom was visiting one Easter and my sister and brother was with. We were all sitting one evening in the kitchen which was a large room with a high ceiling. All the rooms had 3m/10' ceilings. We were talking and having a glass of wine. Suddenly I became aware of a pink ball of light floating in the corner up at the ceiling behind my brother and my mom. My sister (who is quite sensitive to paranormal things) was sitting next to me. I turned to her and not disturbing the flow of conversation, said to her in French so that my mom and brother cannot understand "do you see what I see?". She looked up into the corner, smiled and said "yes". Of course my mom and brother wanted to know what was going on, but we just told them it was a private joke.

A few years later I had another flat mate who had a VERY shy girlfriend. She would come in with him and go directly into his room without greeting me. So one evening, I'm in the kitchen and my flat mate comes in through the front door. He goes to his room to put things down (judging from the sounds) and then comes to the kitchen. We were standing there and talking for some time, when I saw out of the corner of my eye, movement of a figure in the corridor. It was like someone was coming around the corner, then seeing us and turning around and going back. I asked my friend whether his girlfriend was there and JUST as I asked it, I saw EXACTLY the same movement again out of the corner of my eye! He said no she did not come with him. I nearly freaked and told him what has just happened. We both had a very stiff drink that night...
 
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RE: Personal Hauntings That You've Experienced...

Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:14 am

I do have a ghost story to relate but it's too long to post here.

One thing I would say is don't you think some countries feel right for ghosts and others not. The UK and Ireland are ghostly , but Scandinavia and Finland are not ghostly at all. Anyone agree?
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