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2007 Encounters:
Marlene and My Daughter - San Leandro, California

Dad's Still Watching Over Us - Randolph and Milton, Massachusetts

Meeting Grandpa - Jerome, Idaho

The Woman Who Protects Me - Stuart, Florida

Glowing Eyes At Grandparents' House - Barto, Pennsylvania

The Presence in Room 3 - Nicosia, Cyprus

Grandpa Checking On the Kids - Hazel Park, Michigan

La Llorona on Channel Road - Sanger, California

Uncle George's Last Visit - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Hear the Storm - Sebago, Maine

Hearing Voices - Riverside, California

Smoky's Return - Invermere, British Columbia, Canada

My Brother's Abilities - Poulsbo, Washington

A Dissipating Girl - Northwest Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Haunted Staples Receipt? - Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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The Ghosts of Harrison House - Columbus, Ohio

Lights in the Woods - Mechanicsville, Virginia

The Shadow Monster - Bronx, New York

The Haunted Room at River's Edge Plantation - Fayetteville, Georgia

Ghost Lights By the Church - Southampton, England

The Phantom Stage Coach - North West Ireland

Glowing Red Eyes - Savannah, Georgia

A Warning of Earthquakes - Cleveland, Tennessee

Mists Around Jesus - Milton, Florida
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Our Haunted Car - Queensland, Australia

Our Haunted Apartment - Edison, New Jersey

Red Eyes Under the Table - Connecticut

A Face in the Water at Disney Land - Anaheim, California
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Bell Witch Cave Encounter - Adams, Tennessee

Our Little Girl Spirit - El Monte, California

Canyon Sprit - Antelope Canyon, Arizona
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Yellow Eyes - Wildomar, California

Challenging Our Ghost - Newell/Fonda, Iowa

A Spirit's Warning - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The Boy at the Foot of My Bed - Northern England

Gliding Down the Steps - Barre, Massachusetts

Daddy's Still Hanging Around - Rosebud, Texas
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A Glimpse of Arthur - New York, New York

View from a Baptismal Pool - Mobile, Alabama

Grandma's Angel of Death - Orange, California

Hell Hound - Hazard, Kentucky

The Misty Old Man - South Australia

Footsteps and Door Slams - Corona, California

The Man in the TV - London, Ohio

The Magic Spot - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Our Haunted House - Suffolk, England

An Angel Took My Baby - Bloomington, Illinois

Civil War Soldier in My Bedroom - Waukesha, Wisconsin

Papa's Scent - Highland, Michigan

A Pinstriped Ghost - North Miami Beach, Florida

A Ouija Board Fright - Pippa Passes, Kentucky

Unhappy With Pig Boy - El Dorado, Arkansas

A Nasty Poltergeist - Northeastern Portland, Oregon

A Ghost-Inspired Song - Longmont, Colorado

Strange Demons at Waverly - Louisville, Kentucky

Trapped Spirit in Our House - Kokomo, Indiana

The Woman in My Room - Marble Falls, Texas

Hank's Last Breath - West Haven, Connecticut

An Infant's Cry - Cloudcroft, New Mexico

The Wisp in the Window - Oklahoma city, Oklahoma

Charlie's House - Pepperell, Massachusetts

Uncontrollable Crying - Houston, Texas

Dad Got Home Safe - Cicero, Illinois - Michigan

Dad Came to Visit His Granddaughter - Michigan

The Black Dog on Richmond Bridge - Tasmania, Australia

The Lady that Wasn't There - Wailoku, Fiji

"Gonna Teach You a Lesson" - South Holland, Illinois

Strange Tapping Sounds - San Diego, California

I Floated Down the Stairs - Ohio

Footsteps and Falling Boxes - Needles, California

Whispers in the Song - Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Footsteps Behind Me - Livingston, California

The Little Girl at Disney World - Orlando, Florida

A Demon in My Bed - Puyallup, Washington

Our Haunted Funeral Home - Rochester, Pennsylvania

The Gesturing Girl - Springfield, Ohio

Stop! - Pomona, California

My Dad's Kitchen Visit - Mission Viejo, California

Playing Pool With Grandpa - Pacific, Missouri

The Voice on My Cell Phone - Cannonball, North Dakota

A Lively House at Ft. Sam Houston - San Antonio, Texas

Shadow People and Creatures - Torrington, Connecticut

Demons Around My Child - Northern Mississippi

Black-Hooded Figure - Cleveland, Texas

The Man in the Cabin - Near South Indian Lake, Manitoba, Canada

Daddy Donald - Carlotta, California

My Love Coming Home - Memphis, Tennessee

Three Signs From Mom - North Easton, Massachusetts

The Grandmother I Never Knew - Minto, North Dakota

Spirits and Statues on the Land - Milton, Florida
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Footsteps in the Snow - Arapaho National Park, Colorado

The White Lady in My Room - Port Hope, Ontario, Canada

Sierra Vista Apparition - Sierra Vista, Arizona
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The Old Lady and Shaking Bed - Northern Ireland

The Victorian Lady - Liverpool, England

The Dark Monkeys - Ogden, Utah

Haunted Red Brick Building - Pflugerville, Texas

The Other in the Auditorium - Clarkston, Washington

Corrina's Butterfly - Norwich, Connecticut

The Lady in Black - Rosebud, Texas

Phelps Mansion Man - Stratford, Connecticut

Who's Been Sitting in My Chair? - Three Rivers, Texas

One Night At Lemp - St. Louis, Missouri

Shadow Figures on Sycamore Street - St. Paul, Minnesota

Boy from the 70s - Newark, Illinois

The Torso That Walked By - Mesquite, Texas

Haunted El Centro Bungalow - Hollywood, California

Disembodied Ghungroo Sounds - Kolkata, India

The Hooded Figure - Rockwood, Michigan

Grandmotherly Visitor - Cudahy, Wisconsin

Little Girl in My Aunt's House - Lawndale, California

Orbs in Haunted San Diego - San Diego, California
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Ghost in the Car - Newburyport, Massachusetts

The Man By the Window - Sunnyvale, California

Our Haunted Apartment - Dallas, Texas

The Boy Liked to Burn Things - Leesburg, Georgia

The Poltergeist Room - Clyman, Wisconsin

The Spirit Dogcatcher - Southwest side of Chicago, Illinois

Pole Dancing Ghost Video - Massachusetts
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Becoming a Believer - Essex, Connecticut

Calls from Jaron - Plaistow, New Hampshire

The Man on the Ceiling - Elgin, Illinois

Desks in a Pile - West Bend, Wisconsin

Nana's Warning - Melbourne, Australia

The Spirit of Louise de Lorraine - Chenonceau, Loire River Valley, France

A Flower at Rockton Cemetery - Rockton, Illinois

The Ghosts of Butler Hall - Morehead, Kentucky

Dark Figure in the Barn - San Antonio, Texas

Noises In the Attic - Chicago, Illinois

Late Night Intruder - Wayne, New Jersey

It Left the Seat Up - Deltona, Florida

March 5, 2007

Haunted El Centro Bungalow

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Votes:45 Rating: Rating = 6.58 Ratings Breakdown
Gina, Hollywood, California, April 1990

We were unpacking boxes again -- another Hollywood bungalow, another set of crazy neighbors. We were just a block from Paramount Movie Studios, and from our painted tight windows you could see the famous water tower and first generation palm trees. The old neighborhoods attracted musicians and actors like us -- vibrant with echoes of the Hollywood dream, charming 1926 architecture, cheap rent, and located in the heart of the action.

Tim was in the bedroom, and I was in the tiny second bedroom -- we both had heard a voice in the living room. He thought I had let someone in -- I thought he had let someone in. The voice was with a heavy accent and that of an old man who was whisky drenched and had smoked forever -- coarse and guttural. When we both came into the living room there was no one, but an air that someone had just passed through... like you could smell the smoke. I was convinced the landlord had let himself in, and hot and bothered stomped into the kitchen ready to chew him out, but found only our large grey cat hiding at the very top of the kitchen cabinets. I ran out the back door and looked both ways up the fenced in alley - no one. We went to the front door, thinking that we had heard someone from outside -- but saw only a young couple doing some serious kissing. We looked at each other and said, "That was weird."

That night, my husband Tim, crawled back into bed shaking. "What happened?" I asked turning on the light. "I took a swing at someone in the living room." Terrified, I turned on the light and his already light complexion was completely drained of blood. "There's no one in the bungalow," Tim said reassuringly, while pulling the covers nearly over his head. I turned on the light in the living room, had a look around, sensing something... but having been a major skeptic about ghosts and all that jazz... I went to warm up and read in front of the old-world wall heater. There was ice-cold air directly in front of the wall heater -- hot heater air turning icy cold. "Must be a draft or something," I rationalized.

This was just the beginning... though we never heard its voice again, our cat, Compton, could see the spirit. He would sit on his back legs and paw the wall waiting for it -- then chase it around all the rooms and watch it circle above as though he could see it quite clearly. People would always ask "What's wrong with your spastic cat?"

Then the spirit decided to impress us -- I had taken a shower one day, and was drying my hair, when I saw in the reflection a towel behind me lifting up on its own as though going to be removed. I couldn't breathe... I froze as the towel stayed suspended for at least five seconds that seemed like an eternity. When it flopped down, I sprinted outside half-dressed, for some reason still holding my breath, doing my nutty neighbor impression.

My sisters and their friends would come down from the Bay area for visits to see our bands' gigs and nearly all have some story to tell. One time, just for my sister, Lynda, it moved an entire basket of recycled bottles and cans clear across the room and over onto the floor as we all (including the cat) sat watching TV. She got in her car in the middle of the night and jetted home.

Our nutty neighbor, Tommy had once lived in our bungalow, and confessed that there had been something "not right" inside, and had moved to a different, smaller unit after just one night in our place. The woman across the street told us that some people had only made it a few nights in the bungalow and our landlord finally confessed that "for some reason" renters were reluctant to rent the place claiming it had a bad vibe. Several overnight visitors had the same dream of someone hiding in the bedroom closet, then being smothered by the intruder. I was so uneasy in the big bedroom that I had moved into the little bedroom and there had my last encounter with it -- perhaps it said good-bye giving a final icy pass underneath my sheets.

We lived in that Bungalow for two years, all the while fixing it up, trying our best to bring it back to its Hollywood splendor, then moved to the bungalow next door and renovated that one as well in exchange for cheap rent. We never experienced any disturbance in the second bungalow, and for our remaining year at El Centro, the center bungalow where we had become believers stayed empty. Sometimes Compton would sleep on the front porch, and paw at the door, as though missing an old friend.

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