September to October 2004 Ghost Stories
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Jefferson Davis (25 April 2003)
FROM: Matt F
DATE: 1 September 2004
SUBJECT: Ghost Encountering
Well summer just ended so I was catching up with a friend of mine that goes to my school; I was talking with her online. I asked her if she did anything interesting over the summer. She said she went to Seattle and Chicago. While in Seattle, her and her softball team stayed in Everett, WA right near Seattle I believe. They stayed at a hotel called Everett Inn. While going to the bathroom see saw a ghost that she described as a little Chinese girl clapping and she screamed. Later on, she went downstairs and saw an old picture of the same little girl. The next day the picture was gone. That is all I know right,
am going to ask her more about it later.
Write back if u know anything about this ghost
MY Reply to Matt's Email
Thank you for visiting my website. I am sorry that it has taken so long to >get back to you. I have been involved in some pretty mundane things >recently, such as residing my shop and putting up porches, etc. But now >that the rains have started, I am back on the web in force.
I am sorry to say that I have not heard anything about the Everett Inn. Do you know if that was an older hotel, or a newer one? I'll post your story >on the web and see if I get any further information. Sorry I don't have immediate answers. I would appreciate it if your friend could supply more details.
FROM: Jeanette J
DATE: 8 September 2004
SUBJECT: Wolf Creek, Josephene Countey, Oregon
have a question for you in regard to something posted on your paranormal
website. I'm trying to get
information on Wolf Creek Inn, off I-5 in Josephine County, Oregon.
Specifically, I'm interested in something that made national news.
It involves several hikers a few years ago who were staying at Wolf Creek
Inn. They claimed that while they
were out hiking in the area they saw a "werewolf" with blood all over
its mouth. Later that evening as
they were sleeping in their rooms at Wolf Creek Inn, they claimed several
unusual bites that occurred on their necks in the night.
Supposedly, people at the Inn claimed that they had also had sightings of
what the hiker described.
don't know if you follow "Bigfoot" "Saskquatch" sightings in
the Grants Pass area. But one such
sighting was by a swimmer in the area of Wolf Creek (I'm supposing that it was
the same Wolf Creek), but he was swimming in Coyote Creek near Wolf Creek.
There have been numerous other sightings at Grants Pass as well as Oregon
Caves area. Assuming that Bigfoot
exists, could this be what the hikers saw do you think?
you give me any more information on this, specifically dates, so that I can
check this out in the newspapers. I'm
also curious as to the names of the individuals & hope that the newspapers
will disclose this.
Thanks for writing to me with your
questions. Unfortunately, I've been out of the country for quite a bit,
and I had not heard about a werewolf near Wolf Creek. I will post your
question soon, and hopefully someone will get back with me with links or other
information. The same thing goes for a bigfoot in the area. The
latter does not surprise me. I certainly believe that a primate known as
gigantipithicus could have survived in the Pacific Northwest until recently, and
it is mentioned in the lore of the regions Native Americans. As to whether
they still exist, I honestly don't know. THere are a lot of sophisticated
frauds out there. But I keep hoping.
FROM: Ed L
DATE: 12 September 2004
SUBJECT: My Old House on Officer’s Row
Dear Mr. Davis:
I would like to commend your website; it
really is quite interesting.
Ages ago I lived on Officers' Row and I still
regard the experience as one of the best in my whole life. I lived at 1018
E. Evergreen, the house directly west of the Grant House, from 1957 to 1960.
My dad was a doctor at the Barnes VA Hospital, and the Row was being used as
housing for the doctors and their families at this time. I attended Harney
Is it possible to look up the records for a
specific house on the Row to see if paranormal events have been reported there?
When I lived at this house there were two minor, curious incidents that still
have me scratching my head.
These incidents in no way detracted from my
overall good memories of the place. In fact, last year I paid a nostalgic
visit to the Row and got some pictures. My old house is still there but is
evidently being remodeled. Unfortunately, the cafe in the Grant House was
out of business so I was unable to pay my respects to Col. Sully. Maybe
FROM: Jason S
DATE: 15 September 2004
I was perusing your website and enjoying the stories and since the focus is on the Northwest, I thought you might enjoy the stories I have. I have had a handful of unexplainable experiences in my life as most people here have but there was one occurrence that particularly stands out. I was just heading into the summer before my sophomore year of high school and was nanny for two children of a family friend until school started for extra money. Their house was off of Powel in Portland but unfortunately I don’t remember the exact street they lived on. Any way, they lived in an older home and seemed quite content that they resided with the ghosts of “two old ladies”.
One afternoon the children and I were playing in the
backyard on the swing set when I looked up at the window of the attic (where my
room was set up along with the nursery for the triplets they were expecting,
which led to my help as the mother was restricted to bed rest) and I didn’t
see anything but I got the distinct impression that we were being watched from
that window. I brushed it off as me
being silly and continued on with what we were doing.
Well, later that night I got the creeps to go upstairs to bed.
I can’t explain the feeling except that the further up the stairs I
went the more feeling of anxiety I got. To
try to comfort myself I picked up the family cat to take upstairs with me,
thinking we’d cuddle in bed until I drifted off but the cat wanted nothing to
do with going up those stairs with me and scratched my arms up in protest.
Needless to say I went downstairs and slept with the kids that night.
I figured they just wanted to be left alone that night as I never had any
uneasiness before in the room. A
few days later the kids and I were watching cartoons in the living room when a
picture dropped off the wall onto the ground.
No big deal, right? The
backing was still hanging on the wall and the clips that held the back on to the
frame had been unclipped.
My dad is a very level-headed person as he’s been through quite a lot throughout his life and easily brushes things off but one instance did creep him out. He has been a heating and cooling man for about 35 odd years and was out on a job at the Vancouver Barracks. Well, he could only work at certain designated times so as not to disrupt their schedule. Bubby was a 150lb Rottweiller who was the most docile, mild-mannered dog I’ve ever known. He also loved going with my dad anywhere so he would occasionally take Bubby to jobs if there was no one there or it was a night job. Well, one night my dad was working when Bubby started growling at the corner of the room and soon escalated to a more aggressive stance; i.e. puffing his chest, baring teeth and fur raised. I cannot express how sweet his demeanor consistently was, he loved EVERYBODY! Soon he high tailed it out of there and would not go back into the building. Needless to say, my dad packed up his tools and left for the night.
Sorry my stories were so long, I just wanted to make sure I explained every detail I could remember. Hope you enjoyed them! If you have any questions or want to write me, my email is
FROM: Pete & Marilu
DATE: 15 September 2004
SUBJECT: Maltby Cemetery?
Just wondering if you've accumulated other strange tales from this dark stretch of highway, passing by this very old cemetery? Forgive the spelling, it may well be incorrect, as I'm a "transplant", my husband is from here. He related an experience involving this old cemetery, which he's not likely to repeat. One evening, while driving home past this cemetery, he and his buddy, who was driving, noticed a vehicle on the shoulder of the road, next to the cemetery. As they approached, incredible as it seemed. the station wagon appeared to be covered in mud, vines, and dirt. Even more alarming, their truck, which had no mechanical problems slowed and stopped -exactly next TO the mud and vine enshrouded vehicle.
It being a dark night, the situation, and an undefinable "heeb" made them less curious, than ANXIOUS to be out of there! The windows, shrouded with muck, revealed a figure, hunched over the wheel. My husbands' friend devoted all of his energy to getting his truck started again with MUCH encouragement from my spouse, who was at what would BE eye-level with the slumped "driver" of the station wagon. Upon returning home, a police report was made. Nothing was ever reported back to them of course, other than "unidentified and mysterious circumstances".
The driver of the truck, has claimed to have been surrounded and chased by hooded people close to this cemetery. When he lived close at one time. Needless to say, he's moved, and neither of them go near that place under any circumstances
FROM: Marci S
DATE: 16 September 2004
SUBJECT: Ghost story in Columbia County
This is more of a question than a story. Have you ever had referral to
visit Columbia county or Vernonia or? I lived there from age 7-17. Always felt
strange there through out the whole town. Mostly near the bars and downtown apartments.
At times going through the woods near old railroad track what is now the linear
trail, felt strong negativity. like an angry old man.
Have had lots of strange vibes there, mostly negative... Have you every been referred there or plan to? Curious what a trained person could find there
FROM: Marci S
DATE: 25 October 2004
SUBJECT: Ghost story in Columbia County
Hi Jeff D.
That’s understandable. I saw on your web page that you are part of the reserves in Vancouver, so wasn’t expecting to hear back for while anyhow. Have many friends in the Oregon Guard since been in the guard myself since 1984.
Can other people go on the haunts or ghost hunts? Went on the
Independence ghost walk, was more of a historical walk but did feel some stuff
in the Veteran of Foreign Wars and the Masonic rooms. Seems like a interesting
community now, fun place to visit.
If you need any back ground on the area (vernonia) got some good
stories or know of those who could tell more than I do.
FROM: Jennette J
DATE: 20 September 2004
SUBJECT: Wolf Creek, Josephine County, Oregon
I'm actually not much into paranormal.
I was a little bit involved in Bigfoot research for a while (only moderating a
website) & have talked to almost everyone of note about Bigfoot. I'm
in agreement with you that it's really difficult to the hoax from the real thing
sometimes. Once when I was investigating the finds of a researcher in the
Oregon area, I did find two footprints on a fragile hilly surface (a total right
foot & the heel of the left foot)...so, something is leaving these
things--though some thing it is paranormal.
Anyway, the werewolf thing...some
hikers spotted something they called a "werewolf". It naturally
made me think that they had mistaken a natural critter for a paranormal one. I
was hoping to talk to them. Nobody mentions there names or where they were
Thanks for getting back to me.
FROM: Paul K
DATE: 23 September 2004
SUBJECT: Hood River Hotel
Do you find that most
paranormalists are religious, atheists, or agnostics? I am a Christian so
I filter all of this through my faith, experiences, and Scripture. Not all
Christians think its OK to talk about ghosts much less believe in them.
However, spirits (good and evil) are part of Christianity. I have had my
own personal experience with demons. It’s the only unexplainable,
supernatural event of my life.
DATE: 30 September 2004
SUBJECT: Hi Jeff
IT IS KRISTIE FROM LONGVIEW, WA. I TALK TO YOU A LONG TIME AGO ABOUT MY FARM. YOU MAY STILL HAVE PICTURES ON YOUR WEB SIGHT THAT I SENT YOU. I HAVE HAD TWO GROUPS OUT TO INVESTIGATE, AGHOST & VANCOUVER GHOST ALLIANCE. THEY BOTH HAVE DETERMINED MY FARM AS VERY HAUNTED BY MANY SPIRITS.
I HAVE SINCE GOTTEN USE TO THE IDEA I LIVE WITH SPIRITS. I FIND IT VERY INTERESTING TO RESEARCH. WE HAVE STARTED A NEW PARANORMAL GROUP, SW WASHINGTON PARANORMAL RESEARCH, WITH WHAT WAS THE VANCOUVER GHOST ALLIANCE, & IS NO LONGER. WE HAVE GONE ON MANY INVESTIGATIONS & HAVE CAPTURED SOME VERY GREAT PICTURES OF MANY THINGS.
I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP WHEN I FIRST STARTED FINDING OUT ABOUT THIS STUFF. IF YOU KNOW OF SOME GREAT PLACES FOR OUR GROUP TO INVESTIGATE PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING. I PLAN ON GETTING YOUR BOOKS.
23 October 2004 reply to Kristie
Sorry it has taken me so long to get
back to you. I hope you understand when I tell you that the Halloween book
signing season has caught up with me and I have been busy with that and just
getting my home ready for the coming winter.
I am glad to hear that you have made
some kind of peace, or truce with your spirits. I do have a couple of
pictures posted on my website, thank you for sending them to me. I was not
surprised when you wrote me that you had started your own paranormal
investigation group. If you have a website up, would you send me the URL,
and I'll post is on my next website update. That will take a while, since
I'll be busy through Halloween.
Best to you and yours in the upcoming
FROM: Melinda G.
DATE: 1 OCTOBER 2004
I"m curious about the stories of the old OIT building in Klamath Falls.
it truly haunted. On the shadowlands.com website it states people being skinned
alive and that the occult practiced there. Any insight on the old bldg and why
they shut it down?
DATE: 7 October 2004
SUBJECT: A question, not a story
I am wondering as to the Haunted nature of
Clackamas Community College. People are really tight lipped on campus; I have
asked around about this. I am preparing a legend to go with my club's Corridor
of the Dead fundraiser and canned food drive. I would love authentic facts to
base it on.
FROM: Benjamin H
DATE: 10 October 2004
SUBJECT: More Grant House Information
during the early '90's my father Julian Hobbs gave tours every Sunday.
I remember always going upstairs and having a strange feeling that
something was there. It just never
felt right. It wasn't until later
on when the tours stopped and it was being turned into restaurant. Once
again that my father told me that the room which was being used for a gift shop
was where a general died. I believe
the General's name was Sheridan. Don't quote me, but that is the name that pops
into my head.
The main office for Officer's Row should have more info. Don't know if this will help your website, but there is definitely something there.
FROM: Matt H
DATE: 16 October 2004
SUBJECT: Baghdad Theater
3702 SE Hawthorne in Portland, in 1994 when the McMenamins first acquires it the bizarre happenings had already started. They had to rewire some stuff so they called in some electricians. The electricians cut all the power and started working, but before long, a presence made itself very know. The lights began to flicker on and off, then they stayed on. The electricians checked all the circuits but the wasn't a single volt in the wires.
The second time this prescience was felt was when an employee decided went upstairs to the employee bathroom for a minute. This restroom wasn’t favored due to its poor ventilation. This guy got way more ventilation than he had bargained for. While he was washing his hands, he felt a sudden chill go up his spine. Then a cold wing began to blow through the cold room. It blew so strongly that the towels and toilet paper began to blow sideways. Beware the dark side....
FROM: Kilie C
DATE: 20 October 2004
I don't know quite how to start, so I will start by saying that I'm very pleased that you featured the story about the Indian Hauntings in Ridgefield!!! I look on the web every once in a while to see if anyone’s writing about the hauntings in my part of the northwest, and while we have many in Ridgefield, we are sadly overlooked! I don't know if you have ever taken any time to go out to Ridgefield and walk through the wildlife refuge, or ride though the drive refuge, but both are fantastic sites for paranormal activity. We also have some really neat old buildings and houses that when I was a kid I wouldn't even walk by because they gave me the heeby geebies so bad, my house is one of them.
So the old story goes that our house (the house I was born and raised in) was built over and old Indian burial ground. Now this being native country we have a lot of myths and stories, but my mother swears it's true. I used to have the most vivid dreams about Indians in the house, they’d be in the kitchen, the bathroom, under my bed, I would discount it as being young and all the stories seeping in and causing the dreams, but even now when I go home, I always feel strange in there when I'm alone.
We have had lights go out when I walk in a room, televisions go on and off when ever, we even had a haunted phone that used to ring and come flying off the hook whenever my mom my sister or walked by it (we eventually buried it I think). Oh too much weird stuff to list!!!!
Anyways, I just really enjoyed your website, and I think you should take a trip out to Ridgefield, and definitely try to make it out to both wildlife refuges, Morgan’s Landing is also fantastic, and the city cemetery up on Hillhurst road.
Thanks again for recognizing us out here in the boondocks-
FROM: Rick C
DATE: 24 October 2004
You have a very interesting website and
since I live in Vancouver WA., I read a few of the stories. One question I
have is about the Cape Horn Grange. Where is it actually located? I
drove up there today and looked around. The only Grange I can find is the
Mt. Pleasant Grange a few miles west of the Cape Horn sign you have a picture of
on your website.
I have an experience that when I get
some time, I’ll write about and send to you. This occurred in a place
called Felton California, located in the Santa Cruz Mts., about 75 miles south
of San Francisco. I used to live there for several years starting about
the time I was 5yrs old. When I went back to visit my dad, (then in my
twenties), is when the incident occurred. Felton seems to be a place that
has a lot of strange activities and incidents that have occurred over a century
of time, one of which is quite popular involving the Brookdale Lodge which is
about 5 miles down the road from Felton.
Anyway, thanks for the interesting info
and if you can give me some more details on the Cape Horn location, it would be
24 October reply to Rick C
Thanks for writing, and your question.
I'll see if I can't post both at the next website update. Someone else had
the same question, so I have to address it. The Mt Pleasant Grange and the
Cape Horn Grange Hall are the same building/location. Most local
people, use the proper title of Mt Pleasant, but many others use
"Cape Horn". In all fairness, the interpretive sign, using the
Mt. Pleasant name went up after I was given the story I posted, which used used
Cape Horn. When I went out, there was no sign, and so I used that
The Grange hall was for sale a couple
of years ago and I wanted to buy it, but my wife and friends disuaded me from
buying it. I noticed the last time I drove by that they had recently
repaired the roof, so I hope the owners, whoever they are continue the upkeep.
I would be interested in hearing of
your own experiences, please send them when you have time.
FROM: Tiyeh G
DATE: 24 October 2004
SUBJECT: Baldwin Hotel Klamath Falls, Oregon
Here is my ghost story.
About three years ago my family vacationed in
Klamath Falls. My mom and I decided to take a tour of the Baldwin Hotel
bringing my 3-year old daughter along. The tour began and everything was
going fine. It was quite a long tour and my daughter fell asleep near the
beginning. As we neared the end of the tour our guide began telling us of
an old man who live in the hotel until he became too ill and had to leave.
The man was sent to the hospital, but wanted to go back to the hotel. Our
guide told us that everyday he asked to return to his hotel room. Our tour
guide took us to the man’s small room and began telling us that there have be
reports of the hotel staff seeing the ghost of the man. As we walked in to
the room my daughter woke up a panic. She was crying and yelling “He
wants to go home. He wants to go home” and pointing at the man’s bed.
She cried, screamed, and pointed towards the bed the whole time we were in the
man’s room. When we left the room she stopped and fell back
When we finished the tour we went back to our
hotel room where my daughter told her dad of the man she had seem at the hotel.
She told him that he was crying and telling her that he wanted to go home. The
man must have made quite an impact on her because for the next couple of months
she would just begin talking about the man. Telling us and other family
members about how sad he was and how he wanted to just go home.
FROM: Marilyn Gossett firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: 24 October 2004
SUBJECT: New Happening
First I will tell you that I am a Christian, so
I definitely believe in in demons aka intelligent beings. I know that they hang
around in our world, but have never particularly believed in souls hanging
around as I have always believed that when you die you go to heaven or hell.
The spiritual realm is very much a reality but I haven't had any direct dealings
Ok, having said that, I will tell you my
story. Five women from our lead team from church went up to Zig-Zag,
Oregon near top of Mt. Hood to have a silent retreat. We rented a cabin
from a couple over the phone and didn't get much background on the cabin other
than the fact that it was in the woods, was built by the Jansen family of Jansen
Sportswear years ago. It was very quaint with two bedrooms upstairs and
one bedroom downstairs. The house has a massive stone fireplace that has a
chimney that goes up through the bedrooms upstairs. We broke our silence
on Saturday and after dinner starting praying as a group for our church, our
people, etc.... We sensed that there was something about the house and
kidded about how the Lord wouldn't let any evil spirits in the house.
There were pictures of Indians, totems, medicine man bag, etc. on the walls and
two gargoyles upstairs overlooking the living room below.
We all turned in about 11:00 and I went to
bed closing my door tightly. Our women's pastor was in the bedroom
upstairs next to mine. Anyway, I
woke up in the pitch black dark sometime in the early morning....I laid there
thinking that I would like to go to the bathroom but decided to get comfortable
and go back to sleep. I was laying very still (on my side) with my knees
bent trying to get back to sleep. I felt someone sit on the end of the bed
and then shift weight as if they were moving slightly. I didn't feel
particularly afraid; just unsure that I could have actually experienced what I
thought I had.... The bed was fairly high off of the ground and I had to jump up
a little to sit on it myself. I am about 5-7.
This morning, I went downstairs to join the
rest of the women. I told the two in the kitchen about what I had
experienced and that it was really weird. I didn't really expect them to
believe that it was really anything. I walked out of the room and they
called me back pretty soon wanting me to hear what Connie (who slept upstairs)
had just come down and told them. I asked her what it was and she said
that she was in her room with the door open and a night light on. She was
on her side, opened her eyes and saw a tall native indian man standing next to
the bed with a full white head dress and his arms crossed just looking at her.
Of course I was amazed and related to her what had happened in my room.
Neither of us felt threatened at all. It was as if the figure had only
been allowed to observe us. We take our own protection with us in our
Anyway, when I got home I got online to see
if I could shed any light on what happened and ran across your site. I was
very interested in reading about the woman that had someone sit on her bed three
times and finally looked. I didn't look. I covered my head with the
blanket because I wasn't sure that I wanted to see what was sitting there.
I regretted not looking the next morning. Anyway, I thought you might be
interested in hearing about this. I am not a person that would ever expect
to have this kind of experience. Thank you for your time.
FROM: Tori K
DATE: 25 October 2004
SUBJECT: WALLA WALLA GHOSTS
Dear Mr. Davis;
I live in Walla Walla, Washington very
close to the downtown area. I am curious if there are any places in or near
downtown Walla Walla that are haunted. Are there ghost hunters in my area I can
contact? Also, I have volunteered and toured Fort Walla Walla Museum and
wondered if you have had any ghosts reported there? How can I find out about
ghost tours in my area? The majority of the buildings and houses here are old
and full of history so I would think some of them would have "permanent"
residents if you know what I mean.
13 November 2004 reply to Tori K
I was working on another book of
collected ghost stories when September 11th happened, and the Army sent me away.
Now that I am back, I am going to start back on the book. I have wanted to
visit Walla Walla as part of that investigation. I have seen pictures of
downtown and felt that it would be haunted, just like you do.
Unfortunately, I have not been given
too many stories at this time. Perhaps you could let me know if you
encounter any ghosts. There are a few ways you can check for yourself.
You can go to the library and check though their newspaper archives. Look
for ghost stories around Halloween. You can also visit the local
historical society and read through some of the oldtimers accounts. There
are lots of legends, and interesting events recorded in some of their memories.
FROM: Jason B
DATE: 28 October 2004
SUBJECT: A Question as a Scientist
My name is Jason B. A friend of mine is an amateur ghost hunter, and he has recorded something very interesting. I'm his skeptic/devil's advocate, and I've come up with a few theories in which I could possibly debunk or validate his recording. If I can't refute it, he feels comfortable showing other people.
The recording shows a person crossing in front of a light, taken at triangular field in Gettysburg. The problem is, the light wasn't actually there in normal vision, only through the night vision lens of the camera. As you probably know, Gettysburg is a very popular ghost hunting site.
My theory is this, what was recorded is a person who is possibly ghost hunting using night vision camera and a night vision light ( IR Flashlight of some kind ). The problem I have with this theory is that I cannot imagine why someone who is trying to pick up feint light source such as a spirit is going to flood the area with light of any type. Have you heard of anyone utilizing an Infrared Flashlight in ghost hunting? What would the benefits possibly be?
My friend and I have a few experiments we are going to try to further validate the theory or the recording. Also, in the future he is going to make sure he's going to take a flash light to examine the area of the anomaly after the anomaly ceases.
I appreciate any insight you could give me on this situation.
My Reply To Jason's Question
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you about your question. I think your supposition could be a valid, mundane explanation for the ghost video. Most of the commercial low light, camcorders work through two processes. The unit itself, such as a Sony handycam has internal electronic enhancement sensors within it. They gather in all the available light, and enhance it in the recorded image. This is where the images are shades of gray and green instead of full color. This is all passive. However in recent years they've come with "nightshot". This is the second part of the night vision process. The night shot is actually a low power infrared spotlight, mounted in the front of the camera. The internal sensors of the camera are able to "see" the infrared illuminator light, and enhance the picture. Of course, when you are the camera operator, you do not see this, all you see is the picture you get.
If someone else is out there in the field watching you with their own nightshot camera they see the infrared beam, and you standing behind it, operating the camera. Depeding on the model, it can be like an industrial spotlight or like the Star Trek episode where the television camera picks up the light and corona of the Borg laser sighting beams. I hope that analogy helps.
You can try getting two of those night shot cameras, and recording each other at some distance, to see if you can recreate the light effect. Another fallacy of the night shot camera is that like any light bulb, like a flashlight, the light beam is not all even, there area pinpoint areas of high light, and lower light levels. Some ghost hunters see this variation in their night shot lens, and interpret it as a ghost
FROM: Jodi J.
DATE: 28 October 2004
SUBJECT: They’re BACK
I told you I'd let you know if my spooks came
back. Well, they have. This is the fist thing that has happened
since Jeremy and I have moved into this apartment. Jeremy came home from
work last night. He heard the heater in the kitchen running, but when he
went to turn it off, it was already off. He decided to check upstairs to
see if it was one of the bedroom heaters. When he got to the top of the
stairs, he got a very strong whiff of Lilacs. He went into the bedrooms to
see if he could find where it was coming from. There was no smell in
either room, just at the top of the stairs. It was also very cold.
The heaters were turned off, but they were running, until he went into his
daughters room. It stopped running and the Lilac smell went away. I
guess our "guest" thought we were too cold or something.
FROM: Kathleen K
DATE: 31 October 2004
SUBJECT: Are you still accepting Ghost Stories?
Thank you for taking the time to read
my story. I have been for years curious to know if this was the usual ghost
manifestation or demonic in nature. I will try to tell you as many details as
A little background about me. I'm 47, white,
re-married, no children, and I'm not religious though I do believe in a
higher power. I also do not fool with the occult. It was 1985 or 1986 when my now ex husband & I moved
into the cottage on my grandparents property to rent. The property was bought in
1933 in Marin county CA. It was 24 acres with 2 dwellings. Later on my
grandparents sold 19 acres + the old house and built their own home
and kept the cottage to rent out. When they moved there from Oakland CA., in the
cottage there lived a caretaker and his family. He needed to stay on
because times were very bad. All my mother remembers about him was he was
British and smoked heavily and had a chronic cough.
In 1970-'71 a lady rented from my
grandparents the cottage. She had strange things happen there. She was in her
mid 20's. She saw things and heard knockings, etc. I'm not clear on details
except one thing that stands out vividly. She and her friend were one night in
the backyard when they came running inside after hearing a mans cough. This may
be an important detail for later in this story.
The first thing that I noticed when my
husband and I moved in was objects being moved around out of their places. Then
objects missing - lost. The next
thing over a period of a year were knocking sounds coming from different walls
inside the house. This cottage was small - maybe 850 sq. ft. 2 bedrooms one bath
a kitchen & living room. I couldn't figure out where the knocking was coming
from. Many times I stood with my ear to the wall. Other things began to happen
that were disturbing. Window shades falling, pictures falling off the wall for
no apparent reason, etc.
Once a good friend and I sat at the kitchen
table and between our conversation we both heard a mans cough outside. I will
never forget that as long as I live.
Then around 1986 the nightmares began. They
only happened to me and NOT my husband. Just as I was the only one seeing and
The very first one I remember like it was
yesterday. I was dreaming I was in my bed (just as I was!) opened my eyes to see
this figure, black figure - I don't mean a black man, but a black figure,
standing right over me with a sawed off shotgun in my face. I was terrified. I
screamed so loudly and tried to crawl UNDER my husband who was by now awake next
The dreams continued every night. The same
figure with different weapons. Once a 6 bladed knife ready to plunge it in me.
Once an ex, once a sword, etc. Several times it wore a hat. That may sound odd,
but it looked like a derby.
Jeff, I swear to you, it felt like I was
awake SEEING this thing!
It got to where I was afraid to go to sleep.
One morning, I woke up to see a white
featureless figure standing in the hall by the bathroom. It ran. I jumped out of
bed, grabbed my .308 from under the bed and locked myself in the bathroom for 15
minutes, that is how terrified I was. That was the only time I saw a white
I am getting to the end of this story. The
dreams continued to the end unfortunately for me.
On the morning of Jan. 8 1987 I was laying in
bed half asleep around 7:20am when I heard a noise. I ignored it because being
in the country we had deer and raccoon. I heard the noise again and lo and
behold a voice in my ear said very clearly "GET UP!"
I did. The cottage was on fire.
I got out, we lost everything. That is the end of my story.
About 8 months after the fire, I was at my
grandmothers house when she got a letter from a Mr. Smith who now lived in AZ.
She and her husband had rented that same cottage in the 1950's. The reason for
her letter so many years later was she had waited until her husband passed
before inquiring because her husband forbade her to write. He told her my
grandmother would think her crazy. She wanted to know if anyone had ever
seen anything strange in the cottage. She then went on to detail her sightings.
One was a figure of a man.
Unfortunately since my grandmothers death in
'95 we haven't been able to find that letter.
One last thing about that cottage. After the
fire, it was rebuilt and the property sold in '87, the new owners asked my
mother this year if anyone has had anything odd happen there. Their niece was
staying overnight and saw a dark figure that frightened her.
That is four separate people over a long
period of time concerning that cottage.
Jeff, I am interested to know if it was a
spirit or a demon or both - perhaps more than one entity. I am also
interested in knowing why certain people and not others? Because my parents
lived there right before I was born and had nothing strange happen to them.
Thank you for your time and interest.
13 November 2004 reply to Kathleen K
Your experience sounds like it was
indeed frightening, with the threatening, armed figure. At the same time,
you were warned to get out of the house, which saved your life. I have a
hard time believing in demons, such as the Middle Ages type boggy man. I
do think that spirits are manifested out of the type of person who died,
and their residue was left behind. SO if someone was mean or evil while
they were alive, then they leave something evil behind.
It sounds more like you had two
different spirits in the house, certainly there was a threatening male figure,
who wanted you out of the house. This may have been the residue of the
house caretaker, with the hacking cough. The other spirit was the one who
warned you to get out.
I have talked with many people who were
in the same room when one observed paranormal phenomena, and the other one did
not. Sometimes it seems like a conscious decision to NOT see things on the
part of the non-observer. Other times it seems that they just do not
have the power.
I'll be posting your story soon.
Thanks for sharing.
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