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2003 Encounters:
Haunted House and Failed Exorcism - La Plata, Maryland

Mt. Iron Apparition Caught on Videotape - Mt. Iron, Minnesota

Dissolving Figure at Fort Garry Hotel - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Dark Specter on Charles Island - Milford, Connecticut

Little Girl, Long, Red Hair - London, England

Poltergeists and Shadows - Iceland

Shaking Beds and Psychic Visions - Chino, California

Circling Chinese Bride - Shandong, China

A Name Called and a Bloody Nose - Princess Anne, Maryland

Unwanted Ghostly Roommates - Naples, Florida

Haunted House in Rochester - Rochester, New York

Ghostly Meow - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Breath of the Soul - Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Annoying Entity - Indiana

Spirits Magnet - Hopkins, Minnesota and Joshua, Texas

Ghostly Escape From Alcatraz - San Francisco, California

Basement Gravestone and Haunted Noises - Collinsville, Connecticut

"Help Me, Mommy!" - McCalla, Alabama

Spooked in Forest Park Cemetery - Brunswick, New York

A Protecting Shadow - San Antonio, Texas

Cat Haunting? - Battle Creek, Michigan

Warm Breeze From a Fallen Friend - Fillmore, California

A Ghostly Fight at St. Francis Hotel - San Francisco, California

Chicken Skin in the Mango Tree - Haleiwa, Hawaii

Tormented by Tall Shadow Man - Manchester, New Hampshire

Mom's Visit and the Smell of Gardenias - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Granville State Forest Orb - Granville, Massachusetts

Evil Voice Over Neil Sedaka - Indianapolis, Indiana

Cochem Castle Ghost - Cochem, Germany

Evil Stocky Specter - Iowa

Rage at a Malignant Presence - Noblesville, Indiana

The Haunted Farnsworth Inn - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Drawn to Psychic Energy - Herndon, Virginia

Ghost of Mars? - Hooe, England

A Sign from Pappaw - Texas

Ouija Boards and a Shaking Bed - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Misplaced Objects and Strange Events - New Hope, Pennsylvania

The Haunting That Follows - Norman, Oklahoma

Woman's Mocking Laugh - York, Pennsylvania

Evil Apartment - Phoenix, Arizona

Troubled House Spirits - Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Gabrielino Indian Family of Spirits - Pico Rivera, California

Capital Memorial Parks Cemetery Mausoleum Visits - Pflugerville, Texas

Spillway Light - Cave Run Lake, East Kentucky

Rafter Man at Summer Camp - Dahlonega, Georgia

Winnipeg's Haunted Fort Garry - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Swallow Hill Road Haunted House - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Slapped in the Face - New York, New York

Shadow Figure at a German Manor House - Outside of Hamburg, Germany

Visit From the Angel of Death - Tel-Aviv, Israel

Ouija Board Warning - Ontario, Canada

Psychic Energy Cloud - Los Angeles, California

Heavy Breathing and a Flying Penny - San Roman and Edinburg, Texas

Scratching Around the Room - Walnut Creek, California

Ghostly House Guests - Arizona

Family's Guardian Angels - Mesa, Arizona

Eerie Premonition - Paralowie, South Australia

Angry Spirit with Black Eyes - Columbus, Kansas

Ghost of the School Caretaker - Fermanagh, Ireland

Forest Park Cemetery Shadow - Troy, New York

One Last Visit From Daddy - Monticello, Arkansas

Vicious Hag - Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Phantom Tennis Court - North Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mural Orb - Palm Beach County, Florida

Civil War Soldier Ghosts - Marietta, Georgia

Supernatural Magnet Dog - Indianapolis, Indiana

Late-Night Footsteps - Bethel Island, California

Haunted Bathroom - Orchard Park, New York

China Hutch Orb - Chisholm, Minnesota

Creepy Childhood Home - Indianapolis, Indiana

Puppy Orb - Minersville, Pennsylvania

Family Spirits at a Birthday Party - Princeton, Illinois

Spectral Attack at Forest Park Cemetery - Troy, New York

Hong Kong Master, Protecting Spirit - Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Greyhound Orbs - Canastota, New York

"We'll Never Get Out of Here" - New Jersey

Louden Road Ouija Board - Fredericksburg, Texas

Midwestern Georgia Ghost Hunt - Georgia

Dreaming Man - Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Night Shadow Man - Ontario, Canada

Brooklyn Doorman - Brooklyn, New York

Nightly Horrors at 1:15 AM - Brisbane, Australia

Prankster Boy - Hopkinsville, Kentucky

The Hand in the Dresser - Livonia, Michigan

Childhood Orbs and Mist - Hibbing and Chisholm, Minnesota

Tagging Along and Playing Pranks - Central Illinois

Spirit Send Off - Lowell, Massachusetts

Attacking Old Hag - Bradbury, California

Back Porch Woman - Greensboro, North Carolina

Returning Grandfather - Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Ireland Ghost Bus Tour - Dublin, Ireland

Halloween Work-House - Penicuik, Scotland

Held Down Sleeping - Souderton, Pennsylvania

Visiting Christmas Mist - Fairborn, Ohio

Added October 13, 2003

Evil Stocky Specter

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(Name withheld upon request), Iowa, 1999 - 2001,

I don't know if I believe in ghosts. My Christian beliefs tell me I shouldn't -- that it's not true, or just evil. But, throughout my life, so many unexplained things have happened that paranormal phenomena seems to be the only explanation. I have even been told by some people who notice weird things when I am around (that's comforting!). Most places I have lived have been creepy but nothing holds a candle to our house in Iowa.

We only lived in the house for a year -- actually, I left after five months because it was just too creepy. I refused to be alone there. It just had a very mean, evil feeling, no matter what we did to the house.

I had the feeling that whatever was in the house was a woman -- I don't know why. But, my then-boyfriend lived with us for a while and strange things used to happen to both of us (typical lights being dimmed, creaks, light footsteps, etc.). But the most petrifying event took place after my boyfriend had moved back to California. He and I were on the phone -- it was about 10 PM his time, and midnight my time. My phone was on the wall in the kitchen with a chord that stretched to the dining table. About three feet away from the table was a door that led to the basement staircase. The house was dark because my parents were trying to sleep when suddenly I heard someone coming up the basement steps. I freaked out. My first thought was we had an intruder because the basement steps led straight to the garage -- which didn't have a lock on it.

The steps were so clear that I told my boyfriend that I thought there was a burglar in the house and to stay on the line while I got my step dad. I ran in to my parents room and tried desperately to wake them up. Finally, my step dad came out and checked, but there was no one there. I still thought someone had been in there and escaped when they heard me talking. So I turned the light on and kept talking to my boyfriend. I was telling him about the incident when the footsteps started again. I got totally silent and listened as the "thing" came all the way up the steps, into the kitchen, past me, out the front door (without opening it) and down my driveway. I never saw anything! The event was so clear, so real, so undeniable that I am having a lot of difficulty writing about it. There was nothing faint or questionable about it. Someone or something walking through my house. I have never, ever, been that terrified.

Another incident which was beyond terrifying for me was when my mom and my boyfriend had gone into town to buy a television and I was left home alone (this was actually before the footstep incident). I was in the kitchen making rice and I could see the dining area in my peripheral. Suddenly... and I mean suddenly... there appeared a short, stocky, shadowy figure with a very distinct face which looked mean or evil, or both. I saw it glaring at me through my peripheral. The manifestation was so sudden that I jumped and dumped the rice on the floor. When I turned to look at it, the figure was gone. I was so distraught by the event that I went out and sat on the porch until my mom and boyfriend came home. The strange thing is my grandmother had passed away in the house a month or so prior. She was a short, stocky woman but in no way mean or evil. The glare that the "thing" was giving me was most certainly not something my grandmother would have done. My grandmother helped raise me and never showed anything but love toward me.

The house was not normal... that's for sure. They have trouble keeping people in there. People will move in and move out within a year or so. And this is not rental property! As it turns out, years ago a man owned the house who was extremely crooked and "evil." He actually swindled so much money from a local college that it had to shut down. The guy was just all around horrible and, if I am not mistaken, he died there. Maybe that explains the evil feeling of the house.

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