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2004 Encounters:
Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus in the Window - North Baker, Pennsylvania

The Little Girl in the Red Dress - San Jose, California

The Scream Orb - Indianapolis, Indiana

Tyler's Torment - Sterling Heights, Michigan

Ribhu's Last Visit - Siliguri, West Bengal, India

Grandmother's Shadow? - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Woman of Whiskey Row - Prescott, Arizona

Dad's Helping Hand - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Great Grandfather's House - Spartanburg, South Carolina

Family's Mysterious Mist - Glenville, West Virginia

Grandma's Goodbye Hug - Bellingham, Massachusetts

Jimmy and Jacob's War Games - Toledo, Ohio

Sachs Bridge Ghost Mist - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Man in the Overcoat - Chicago, Illinois

Witch Bertha's Flying Orb Video - Coleraine, Minnesota

Auditorium Shadow Video - Hibbing, Minnesta

The Apartment in the Former Morgue - Marlborough, Massachusetts

My Father's Visit - Spring, Texas

Knocks, Bumps, a Cemetery, and a Book - Banks, Oregon

The Chase Through Enchanted Forest - Pasadena, California

Ghostly Wisps of Blonde Hair - Ellicott City, Maryland

The Mist of Gunntown Cemetery - Naugatuck, Connecticut

The Cold Wind and Haunted House - Porterville, California

The Cloaked Figure in Nesbitt Elementary - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Tormented in My Bedroom - Grand Prairie, Texas

The Little Girl of Grants Pass - Grants Pass, Oregon

Stephanie in the Window - Painesville, Ohio

Phantom Funeral Pyre - Nagaland, India

The Visiting Nun - Des Plaines, Illinois

The Nazi Belt - Georgia

Forest Park Cemetery Chase - Troy, New York

Sarah's Nightly Visits - Lawrence, Kansas

My Sixth Sense - Chicago, Illinois

The Old Prisoner - Indianapolis, Indiana

Fast Food Victorian Ghost - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Camarillo State Mental Hospital "Pipes" - Camarillo, California

The Insistent Spirit - Litchfeild, New Hampshire

Disembodied Voices Speak - Flubdun Township, Pennsylvania

Thomas Edison Museum Orb - Ft. Myers, Florida

The Old Hag Who Lifted Me - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Ghosts of Fort Pulaski - Savannah, Georgia

The Blithe Spirit - Portland, Maine

Paco from Chichen Itza - Atlanta, Georgia

Footsteps in the Forest - Hooks, Texas

The Phantom Maid of Melville - Melville Hotel, Saskatchewan, Canada

Grandfather's House Full of Family Spirits - Cheektowaga, New York

The Spirit of Anne - Norfolk, Virginia

The Shadow Man's Hand - Verden, Germany

Murderous Mirror Message - Jefferson, Texas

River Styx Cemetery Face - Wadsworth, Ohio

The Phantom Sentry - Israel

The Flash at Devil's Den - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Little Man of Bihar - Bihar, India

Chesterland Cemetery Mist - Chesterland, Ohio

The Thing in the Woods at Camp Morgan - White Mountains, New Hampshire

Mom's Cat and Pennies from Heaven - Lindenhurst, Illinois

The Haunted Apartment - Brooklyn, New York

A Friend's Goodbye - Chicago, Illinois

Temporary Possession - Believe It, Or Not - St. Augustine, Florida

The Douglas Arms' Ghostly Argument - Banchory, North East Scotland

Mystic Pizza Place - Saratoga, California

A Sleeper's Disembodied Hands - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Ebne Baviie Cemetery Orb - Tehran, Iran

Sean's Visit with My Daughter - Norman, Oklahoma

A Crying Mary Statue - Lyons, Illinois

Mischievous Boy Ghost in the Pub - Brighton, England

Dad's Answering Machine Message from Beyond - Knoxville, Iowa electronic voice phenomenon (evp)

Haunted High School - Slinger, Wisconsin

The Angry Man in Brown Flannel - Everett, Washington

The Boy on the Rock - Forests near Trichur, Kerala, India

Cemetery Orb - Las Vegas, Nevada

Amli Apartments Ghosts - Kennesaw, Georgia

Gawler's Tree Ghost - Gawler, South Australia

Granny's Bouncing Green Lights - Jemison, Alabama

The Ghost of Ceely Rose - Lucas, and Lima, Ohio

Ghostly Stalker - Nashville, Tennessee

Jerry's Visit to Say Goodbye - New Mexico

Grandmother's Premonition - Spring Green, Wisconsin

Grandpa's Message - Los Angeles, California

Seeing the Light - Perham, Minnesota

Amanda, The "Imaginary" Friend - San Jose, California

Swan Lake Cemetery Energy - Swan Lake Cemetery, Hibbing, Minnesota

Grampa's Painting - Greely, Ontario, Canada

Haunted Homes I Have Lived In - Washington D.C and Las Vegas, Nevada

The Rapping and Disembodied Voice - Troy, New York

Tall Man at My Door - Tampa, Florida

Grandmother in the Shed - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Orb in the Wardrobe - Hartlepool, England

The Third Eye Opens - Orion, Bataan, Philippines

Aunt Flo's Saving Grace - Lackawanna, New York

Mom's Visit With Talk of Love - Alva, Oklahoma

Stuck Out of Body - Sunnyvale, California

A Confederate Solider Followed Me Home - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Walking Boy - Edina, Minnesota

Haunted Statue - Punchbowl, NSW, Australia

Missing Hot Sauce and Candied Hearts - Brooklyn, New York

Ghostly Girl from the Well - Milford, Massachusetts

Precognition of Dad's Death - Southington, Connecticut

Red Dot in a Fog - Granbury, Texas

More Pennies From Heaven - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mother's Kept Promise - Reynella, South Australia

Sensing a Previous Tenant - Los Angeles, California

Shaking Red Couch - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Discovered Room Unleashes Spirit - Toledo, Ohio

Graveyard Ectoplasm - Indianapolis, Indiana

Ghost Woman on Video - Chatham, New Jersey

Pennies from Heaven - Cincinnati, Ohio

Blurry Nap-Time Visitor - Boise, Idaho

Vanishing Girl - Davao City, Philippines

Black-Hooded Ghost - Hamilton, Ohio

Ka Huaka'i Po (The Night Marchers) - La'ie, O'ahu, Hawai'i

The Lady in the Blue Dress at Captain Tony's Bar - Key West, Florida

Haunted House in Princeton - Princeton, West Virginia

August 19, 2004

The Shadow Man's Hand

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Mick, Verden, Germany, August 17, 2004,

This morning, after my husband, Felix, left for work I went back to bed. (I had gotten up for some tea, to help my throat and stomach ache.) I went back to bed and went to sleep. I had a dream that I was at my grandmother's house (present time) and my grandfather came home from the hospital. (The thing is he died several years ago, but I never actually saw his body.) Anyway, he came home, and I was told he still had cancer and had been expected to die years ago, but he just went on living. My grandmother explained that they had only told us he was dead because they didn't want us children to see him suffering for so long. (I was like 11 or 12 when he died, and the oldest of my siblings.) So, I wanted to find my grandfather to talk to him. I asked where he was and was told that he was outside working in the garden. I was like, 'What is he doing? He's ill! He shouldn't be doing that!' So, I went out to help him. And then I talked to him. I asked him why he let me believe he was dead for all these years and then come back home. He said that he missed us or something -- I can't remember exactly. But that he wanted to be there for me. I said to him something like, 'How can you expect everything to just go back to the way things were, when I barely remember you? I only remember little pieces of life when you were here before.' (I don't really know exactly what we talked about, but it was along those lines.) Then, he felt bad, and came over to me and put his hands on my face. At this point I woke up. (I'm about to start crying again and I don't know why. I'm not even sad.)

So, I woke up. I was still half asleep, just starting to wake up, my eyes were still closed and I felt a hand on the left side of my face, stroking the side of my face and head. I thought for a very brief moment that Felix was home from work. At this point I was awake completely and I could also lightly feel a hand on the other side of my face, too. I opened my eyes. when I did, I saw for the briefest moment the outline or shadow of a person standing over me, the person's arm reaching over so the hand could be on the left side of my face. I only saw the person's form for a short moment, but in that time, I could tell the person was tall. (Both my husband and my grandfather are very tall) I also know it was a man because I could feel that the hand (I felt the hand on my left side most) was a man's hand, larger, the finger's not as thin as a woman's. Anyway, I was so afraid. All of this happened in less than a minute. For a moment I was unable to move. Then, still terrified, I turned away, to the left. (I sleep on the right side of the bed, and the person was standing on the right side of the bed.) As I turned, I felt the man's hand move down to my neck. I had a sudden, faint fluttering or spasm type feeling where the hand had come to my neck (I'm not sure if I imagined it or not), and I felt like the man was trying to choke me, however, I was sleeping with a scarf around my neck, so I think the pressure that felt like strangling was from my scarf, but at that moment when it happened, I hadn't realized I was wearing the scarf, and I just thought the man was trying to choke me. As my fear increased, suddenly, the man vanished completely.

He was gone, but I was still so afraid. I wanted to get up and call Felix, but I was too afraid to move. Then I started thinking about what happened. Remembering the dream, I thought, maybe it was my grandfather, or maybe it was a totally different person, and rather than the dream being related to what happened when I awoke. Maybe my dream was influenced by what began to happen just before or as I awoke, because in the dream when my grandfather put his hands on my face, and when I awoke to feel a man's hand stroking my face, these two things happened simultaneously. The other possibility that I thought of, was that something bad had happened to Felix and it was him, in spirit. 

After some time, I fell back asleep. Later, when I awoke, I called Felix. He's fine, so it wasn't him. It was either my grandfather (most likely), or someone entirely different.

When I called Felix, I told him what had happened. I had been thinking about it for some time, and then when I told him, I got all emotional, like speaking it aloud made it more real or depressing or something, and after I finished telling him, I just started crying, and the thing is, I don't even know why I was crying!

This is the first time, that I know of, that something like this has ever happened to me! It was such a shock. When it happened, I had been thinking it was maybe my grandfather, and in a way, I was glad if it was him, but because I hadn't been expecting it. I freaked out, panicked. It scared me so much. I could feel this man's hand on my face! I could feel it as if it were real, but different, and I knew it was a man's hand!

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