November to December
2009 Ghost Stories
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Jefferson Davis (25 April 2003)
6 November 2009
FROM: Rachel P
It's been awhile
since we spoke, and I sincerely hope all is well. I just realized that you had a
lecture on the 19th of October, what a shame I missed it...I wish I had known
about it before hand, I would have loved to hear it!
I saw on the
same page that mentioned your speaking engagement that your book Weird Oregon is
to be released this fall! Congratulations to you on this success!!
Is there any possibility that my story made it into your book? Just
curious, as I said I would love to obtain a copy of it.
I should let you
know that I have been trying to do actual research on the house that I had my
experiences. This on my spare time, (which isn't very often. LOL!) The only
thing I've found out is that it was built in 1912. I've also been doing research
on the historic Poulsen House which sits adjacent to the house in which I
had my experiences, as they sit so close to the same property I can't help but
wonder if the haunting isn't more attached to the property. Who knows?
Someday I hope to unravel this whole story and get some answers.
Once again, Congratulations on the publication of Weird Oregon ! I will look forward to reading it even if my story didn't make it in.
for sharing your story with me. I apologize for not emailing back to you
sooner. I hope you forgive me, when I explain that the last two weeks of
October are very busy for me, and I do talks at colleges. I spend all my
time concentrating on the people there, and tend to let my email fall by the
wayside. I am back home now, and recovered from 7 cities in 9 days, and a
bout of flu I picked up in the middle of the tour.
will post your story on my website today or tomorrow. I also wanted to ask
if you would allow me to include it in my Weird Oregon book, which I am writing
I have a
story that I've been wanting to get out for some time now, and with Halloween
just around the corner, well, what better time than now?
years ago I moved into a large house over looking McLoughlin Boulevard, in
Portland, Oregon. It is one of three, very visible houses as you approach the
Ross Island Bridge driving into the city. The most noticeable house is
a gorgeous one with a huge sprawling oak on the corner, perched above McLoughlin
like a Queen on her throne. The house directly to the right of this one, is the
one in which I rented a room, and in which I had the most extraordinary and
intense ghostly experience of my life.
Many strange things
happened in this house. The phone would ring, and no one would be on the other
line. The vacuum cleaner would turn on and off by itself. If I would play a
certain tape in my tape player (some heavy metal band) it would shut off, even
though it would play fine in my car or at a friends house.(only THAT tape!) But
these were hardly the beginning.
One night as I was
leaving to go out, as I got into my car, which was parked directly next to the
bedroom window, the lights in my room flashed on then off then on again!
The door was locked, and I had the only key. My dog was in that room so I rushed
inside, concerned for her safety, and rushed her out with me to the car. (She
was going with me. There was NO WAY I was going to leave her there alone!) Later
of course I returned.
One other evening
my dog started to growl with the hackles raised all up on her back shivering and
staring at what at first seemed like nothing in the center of the room. But then
I sensed a very heavy presence filling the room, and it got cold. It seemed like
a black smoky "blob" cloudlike thing was gathering in the there where
my dog was staring. I got mad because it was scaring me and my dog. "
Whatever you are, I'm not ready to see you. Go away!" I yelled at it.
Fortunately it seemed to listen and the feeling in the room seemed to return to
normal. I had never seen my dog growl ever! She just wasn't the type.
Another night I was
sitting on my bed reading a book. I had a stick I found at the beach to which I
had attached ribbons and charms shells and just random things for decoration.
This stick was wedged in between a nail driven into the window frame and the
wall. There was a knot in the wood which rested right above the nail. The fit
was tight and secure. As I was reading this came flying off the wall
and landed in the middle of the room!!!!!! My jaw dropped. To this day I just
can't believe it. There is NO explanation for it except for paranormal. You
know, all the electrical stuff (lights, radio, vacuum, etc...) I could
rationalize away as old bad wiring or something. But this- this was real. It
really took me by surprise. I was spooked to say the least.
So, at this point I
knew that there was definitely something going on. I started to tune into the
house and discovered that there were two very distinct energies there. One
was dark, malevolent, ominous and felt bad. It definitely resided in the
basement, where the presence was VERY strong. (My dog, by the way, absolutely
REFUSED to go down there!!!! That's where the laundry machine was, so when I
went down there she would freak out at the top of the stairs whining &
barking frantically.) The other was distinctly female. This is how I
became acquainted with the ghost I call Elsa.
I was suffering
from a very bad upper respiratory infection, and one night I was coughing so bad
I couldn't sleep. I grabbed the bottle of cough medicine and drank (like an
idiot) directly from the bottle. About 15 min. later I started to feel very bad.
It felt like glass pushing through my blood vessels, and I started to pass in
and out of consciousness. Apparently I was having an allergic reaction to
the medicine. Fortunately for me I had a friend spending the night who helped me
out. But as I was unconscious I saw this woman come to me. She had dark
brunette hair swept back in a bun. She was wearing a beige colored dress with
red trim from the late 1800's. She said her name was Elsa, and that she had
lived in this house. She showed me why she remained. Through pictures she showed
me that there had been a boating accident there on the Willamette River. Her
Lover was involved and had drowned. I saw them drag the body up onto the grass,
as she did. I could feel her sorrow and heart ache. She showed me that she had
wanted to kill herself from the pain of her loss by jumping from the attic floor
window, but resisted and instead lived the rest of her life and died of old age
there in the house. Her spirit remained tied there. I believe that she also
helped save my life as at one point in my unconsciousness I felt as if I was
going down "the tunnel". I herd her call my name and it felt as if I
was pulled back from that vortex. I really believed she helped me. For the
record, the friend that was with me was a man so I know it wasn't him who was
calling my name.
Shortly after this,
I moved from the house. I will never forget the experiences there, they impacted
me and they were real. I have never investigated the history of that
house, or who owned it in the past. I wish I could, I just don't know the route
to take. I have always wanted to know. Every time I drive by I whisper a
"Hello" to Elsa. I'd rather not remember the bad Entity. I'm sure that
people still rent the rooms in that house, I mean I know people are there
because I see the stuff there. You could probably investigate it if that is
something that you do. I'm sure that there are more stories out there about it
Anyway, thank you
for your time and for reading this. Thank you for letting me share my story.
9 December 2009
We have had many different strange things happening
in our home since we moved in a little over three months ago. I am wanting
someone to come in and let us know what we are dealing with, but am afraid that
I will get some phony person.
Do you have any suggestions?
9 December 2009
I bought a few
copies of your book for myself and for some friends for Christmas presents and
was wondering if there was a map of all the locations that I could download. I
would like to spend next year visiting these places and was thinking of marking
them on a map but thought I'd see if there was one first. Sorry if there are
misspelled words I'm typing this one my phone. I am looking forward to
experiencing your book
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