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Encounters Archive:

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



June 27, 2007

The Lady that Wasn't There

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Ed, Wailoku, Fiji, July 16, 2006

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a lady who wasn't there.
She wasn't there again today.
Oh, how I wish she'd go away!
-Anon.

I've been meaning to submit my account of this unusual encounter for some time now and have finally decided to document this true story before I forget any of the details. Frankly, I've been reluctant to put this event in writing because just about everyone I've told it to has been skeptical.

It was just before 9:00 PM and my wife had already retired to our bedroom. She said she was extremely tired and intended to get some sleep and would I mind?

My eldest son, Stephen (age 15) was in his room, preoccupied with the computer. His room is adjacent to the bedroom where my wife had just fallen asleep. Steven was blaring the music on his computer rather loudly as teenagers usually do and I was concerned he would disturb Anne's slumber. I entered Steven's room and requested that he not play the music at such a high volume, lest he awaken his mother.

I then walked out of his room and into the kitchen to prepare a cup of coffee. I looked up just in time to see Anne walk slowly past me and immediately knew that she was awakened by the loud music. She probably was not too happy about being disturbed in that manner. I guessed that was why she wasn't talking to anyone. I didn't actually see her face but saw her from the back as she passed by me.

Not turning around, She walked slowly but steadily. She was wearing a blue housecoat over her white pajamas and I contemplated how it contrasted with her hair and how her locks seemed to appear slightly more blond than their usual brownish color. This was odd, because when I saw her before she went to bed, I recalled that she was wearing a white, cream colored housecoat. She was wearing her usual white slippers and the hairstyle was Anne's, even the way she walked was familiar, but something didn't seem quite right.

She didn't say a word or even look back as I watched her walk on into the living room, past my youngest son, Ryan (age 9), who was sitting in a lounge chair. He was watching the TV intensely. She hadn't said a word to Ryan or even acknowledged his presence as she continued to walk right past him, almost brushing against his left arm, straight to the door. She opened it then shut it behind her, without looking back, as she walked outside. I never once saw her face.

Well, by not saying a word or even looking at us as she walked on past and then outside, I surmised that Anne was extremely upset and it might be better if I didn't immediately follow her and ask if everything was alright. She probably had just gone outside to sit at the table that was on the deck, just to get some fresh air.

So I sat on the couch in the living room and pretended to read a newspaper as I anticipated her return after her temper had cooled down a bit. About 5 minutes passed while I sat there so I finally decided to go outside and console her.

I went out the same door she had exited and was surprised and alarmed that Anne wasn't sitting at the table as I had expected. In fact she was nowhere to be seen. It was pitch dark and it didn't make any sense that she would walk off into the night like that. Alarmed, I loudly called out her name a few times but there was no response. Not quite knowing what to do next, I ran back in the house to get a flashlight so I could search for her. Maybe she had walked out to her car, but it was too dark for me to see.

I rushed back into the living room, saw Ryan sitting there and asked him if he had noticed where "Mom" had gone. He proclaimed that he hadn't seen her go outside and as far as he knew, she was still in bed sleeping. I figured that since Ryan was watching TV he was oblivious to all that had occurred. When asked, Steven said he didn't see "Mom" walk past his open bedroom door either.

I ran outside again and called out her name, but there still was no reply.

"Dad, Mom is in bed. She must be, because we didn't see her leave the house," exclaimed Ryan.

"She's not in bed!" I protested. "Steven rudely awakened her and she got upset and walked outside. Are you sure you didn't see her walk right past you and out the door?"

Just to prove to Ryan, Steven, and myself that Anne was gone, I decided to have a look in her bedroom.

And there she was! My wife was fast asleep in her bed! Anne was startled when I awoke her and related what had just happened. Still half asleep, she didn't really comprehend what I was talking about. She told me she had not left the room and I must have just imagined the whole episode.

Was Anne sleepwalking? It's not likely! Anne has never had any history of sleepwalking. Additionally, we live in a small house and there are only two doors. Both doors can be seen from the living room, kitchen, and even from where I was standing outside. Ryan, Steven, or I would have seen her return to the house and to her bedroom. Also, I was right about the housecoat. Anne has a white housecoat.

So who was that "lady"? I've determined that 25 to 30 seconds elapsed from when I first looked up and saw her walk past me in the kitchen, over to Ryan in the living room, then strait to the door, open it, walk outside, and close the door behind her. I also watched her walk past the living room window when she was outside. I was the only one who saw the "lady."

She didn't appear as an apparition but as a real, live, flesh and blood person. I recall clearly seeing her light-blue housecoat moving as she walked by me and remember seeing her hands and wrists protruding out of the long sleeves of the housecoat. I heard the door hinges creak, as they always do, when she opened it. I heard the familiar "clink" when it was closed. No Sir! This was not my imagination running rampant.

I cannot think of any reason for the "lady" to have visited our house. We built this house on vacant land 15 years ago and are the only family that has lived here. I have not found anything to be unusual about this land on which we live. It used to be jungle before it was developed and subdivided into residential lots around 30 years ago.

I've only encountered the "lady" this one time and I've never had an experience like this ever before. I've never been a ghost hunter. But now I am definitely a ghost believer! I just can't help but wonder: Why has this happened? Why was I the only one to see the "lady"? What can I do to meet her again?




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