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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

September 2, 2004

Paco from Chichen Itza

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Leslie Boyette, Atlanta, Georgia, July 2003,

On our first visit to Cancun, Mexico in July 2003, my partner and I visited Chichen Itza, the fascinating ruins located about a three-hour bus ride from Cancun. My mom collects rocks from places she has traveled, so I thought it would be cool to pick up a rock at these ruins to take back to her. BAD IDEA!
We returned home from Cancun on a Thursday, and went to bed exhausted from the trip home (especially the standing in long lines at Customs at the Atlanta Airport). Sometime during that first night home, objects began falling on the bed from out of nowhere. Paper clips, small batteries, an old handheld Dictaphone -- things that had been lying loosely in a drawer in the bedroom. Startled, we did not know what to make of it. At first, we thought that we were so tired, maybe we were imagining it. We did not know what to make of this, and were pretty disturbed about it. Strangely, nothing else like this happened for a period of about two weeks. 

Then one night my partner got a phone call from his mom, who lives in Texas, on the border of Mexico, and speaks only Spanish. She is pretty superstitious, and was calling because she had been to a psychic that she talks to frequently who had told her that he was concerned for her son that lives in Atlanta. She had gone to talk to him about one of her other sons, who was very sick, but the "witch doctor," as she calls him, would only talk about Francisco (my partner). He told her that Francisco and his lover (me) had gone on a trip to Cancun, and he said, "Two went down there, but three came back." He told Francisco's mother that he wanted to us to call him, because he was communicating with the spirit that had come home with us! Right away, Francisco called the "witch doctor" in Mexico, and learned that this spirit's name was "Paco" and that it had followed us back home because there was something about us that he liked. While he was on the phone, the psychic asked us to turn off all the lights, and he would try to communicate with the spirit. The spirit told him that he was not leaving. He said this over and over to the psychic. The psychic encouraged us to try to communicate with the spirit ourselves, and suggested getting a Ouija board. The next day, we went to our local "Toys 'R Us" -- of all places -- and bought a Ouija board, which I have always had a fear of. I have always believed that they can bring in far worse things than you can imagine. That night, we communicated with the spirit using the Ouija board. We asked the spirit his name, and the board spelled out "P-A-C-O." We asked if we should be afraid of him, and the reply was "NO." We asked what it was that he was attracted to about us, and he spelled out "S-E-X." When we asked if he was ever going to show himself to us, the reply came, "S-T-O-P." Several times, we got this same reply, so we did stop. We were terrified to know that there was actually an entity that had followed us home from Mexico. We wondered was this thing on the plane with us? How did it travel? Did it really come with the rock I had foolishly picked up at Chichen Itza? I called a good friend who has a lot of knowledge about spirits and hauntings, and asked her what to do. She suggested that I get some white sage (found in specialty shops like in Little Five Points), and told me how to perform a cleansing ritual. As I was on the phone with her, talking about how to rid our apartment of this ghost, I heard a loud smack, and saw two limes hit the floor. Francisco, who was watching TV while I was on the phone in the bedroom, said he saw two limes raise out of the fruit bowl on the kitchen counter, then slam into the wall. When I looked down at the floor, one of the limes had actually turned the corner, as if it were coming down the hall toward the bedroom, where I was! Paco was listening to my telephone conversation, and was reacting to it. 

That night we were woke up by a very bright flash of light, out of nowhere. Once we were awake enough to try to figure out what happened, we saw the flash attachment to our 35mm camera laying between us in bed. This flash attachment had appeared out of nowhere, and had gone off all by itself.

The next day, Paco made it very clear that he had no intentions of leaving. He sent e-mails to me and to Francisco that said, over and over and over, "I AM NOT LEAVING." Francisco happened to turn on his PalmPilot looking for a friend's address, and who had added his name to the list of contacts? Paco! He called himself "PacoPaco." Francisco was so freaked out by this that he called MSN and tried to find out where the e-mail had originated from. Paco had created a Hotmail account and was sending both of us e-mails. Of course, the good people at MSN had no explanation for where this address originated.

During all this, Francisco began having dreams -- very vivid dreams -- about Paco. Paco had been a warrior at Chichen Itza, and had apparently lost his life during one of the famous matches on the Ball Court. Over the course of several nights, Francisco was able to convince Paco -- during the dreams -- that he needed to "move on" and that he could never have what he wanted with a living human being. 

Taking my friend's advice, I had gone to a store in Little Five Points called "Crystal Blue" (excellent place) and bought some white sage. I left work early one afternoon to make the purchase, got home, and put the brown paper bag on the counter in the kitchen. I left the room briefly to go change clothes, and when I came back, the bag had completely disappeared. Into thin air. Gone. By this point, we were afraid to go to sleep at night because we might be woke up in the middle of the night by some of Paco's antics. This spirit was in our apartment, and was evening listening to our conversations. We were worried that we may never get rid of him!
The very next day, Francisco was at work when all of a sudden, he heard a man's voice whisper "goodbye" in his ear. At that same exact time, an e-mail popped up on my work e-mail address from Paco, titled, "Please read this because I am leaving." I knew the e-mail had appeared simultaneously with Francisco hearing the voice, because he called me just as soon as it happened. And the e-mail had just popped up on my screen. In his farewell e-mail, Paco said that we should take care of each other. He also admitted to hiding the white sage, because he said he wanted to leave on his own, and not be forced out. We never heard anything else from Paco, in dreams or otherwise, and we believe he has gone to some other dimension. 

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