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2008 Encounters:
Ghost in the Cheney Mansion Mirror - Jerseyville, Illinois
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Accidental Automatic Writing - Pickerington, Ohio

Ghosts in Our House - Clintonville, Wisconsin
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The Old Woman Who Passed Through a Car - Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Old Hag Syndrome - Little Rock, Arkansas

Phantom Footsteps at HMCS Acadia - Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Woman in a White Robe - Sheffield, Alabama

Strange Lights on Cuba Road - Barrington, Illinois

Wilderness Battlefield Apparition - Locust Grove, Virginia
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Lighting Candles - Rochester, Minnesota

Pulling My Son's Leg - Chester, Arkansas

Mom's Visit - Rockland, Massachusetts

Shadow People Following Me - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Girl Playing the Flute - Honolulu, Hawaii

A Haunted Desk? - Stoughton, Massachusetts

Being Watched - Moore, Oklahoma

A Haunting Melody - Nebraska

Two Black Wolves - Goldsboro, North Carolina

The White Glowing Entity - Danvers, Massachusetts

Haunted Person or Haunted Place? - British Columbia, Canada

Tormented - Warren, Pennsylvania

Ghostly Mist at a Pub - Carrollton, Texas
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It Crawled Into Bed With Me - Bono, Arkansas

Grandpa Joe's Coma Visit - Cincinnati, Ohio

Ghost Cat Presence - Novat, California

Psychic Impressions at a Victorian Home - Peoria, Illinois

A Disappearing Car - Duluth, Minnesota

Black Mass Filmed During Investigation - Northern California
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Mildred's Ghost - Licking, Missouri

Glowing Figure on the Porch - Niles, Ohio

Tag Aboard the Star of India - San Diego, California

Ghostly Image Caught at Gym - Overland Park, Kansas
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My Floating Sister - Leavenworth, Kansas

My Aunt's Spirit at Meling School - Bmlo, Hordaland, Norway

A Scary Sleepover - Billings, Montana

Socks Back From the Grave - Kellogg, Idaho

Meeting Great Great Gramma - Freeport, Florida

The Man in Mum's House - Castleford, West Yorkshire, England

Haunting at the Silver Queen Hotel - Virginia City, Nevada

My Haunted Childhood - Norfolk, England, UK

An Angry Little Girl - Valentine, Nebraska

The Girl With the Ring - York, England

Oatman Hotel Ghost - Laughlin, Nevada
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The Falling Lamp - Southampton, England

Laughter on the Spiral Staircase - Springville, New York

I Miss My Dad EVP - Northwest Ohio

The Toowong Experience - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

A Glowing Cigarette - Phoenix, Arizona

Black-Hooded Entities - Kentucky

A Civil War Soldier - Gladstone, Virginia

Ghost Boy and Girls - Chicago, Illinois

The Man in Blue - Rock Rapids, Iowa

My Son's Spirit - [location withheld]

A Misty Oval - Los Chavez, New Mexico

An Unruly Customer - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pirate Ghosts - Milton, Florida
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Shadow Person Passing By - Medford, Massachusetts

Haunted Chair? - Gainesville, Florida

The Shadow - Pluckley, Kent, England

Various Encounters - Anoka, Minnesota

The Scarecrow and Mr. Lincoln - New Bern, North Carolina

The Boy in the Mirror - Los Angeles, California

Red Flashes on Video - Milton, Florida
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Dad's Home Early - Pontiac, Michigan

Old Man in a Flannel Shirt - Millbrook, Alabama

The Old Lady With a Lantern - Tampa, Florida

The Thing From the Ouija Board - Upstate, New York

Civil War Soldier's Ghost - Gonzales, Louisiana

Scared and Annoyed - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Waverly Hills Sanatorium Sighting - Louisville, Kentucky
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Angel of Death in the Courthouse - Washington, DC

The Shadow Man and Nun Statue - Cortez, Colorado

The Figure in the Window - Amherst, Virginia

The Hovering Sadness - Alabama

The Girl That Wasn't There - Dunedin, New Zealand

Unseen Helping Hands - Albany, Oregon

The Crash in the Hallway - Lake Charles, Louisiana

Apparition in Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Virginia
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The Shadow Behind the Door - Martinez, California

A Hotel Guest's Final Goodbye - Derbyshire, UK

The Little Man in Our Room - Brazil, Indiana

Dark Figure in Chicago Museum - Chicago, Illinois

Thanksgiving Ghosts - Colorado

Three Knocks That Saved Me - Round Rock, Texas

The Man in My Closet - Arlington, Texas

The South Bridge Poltergeist - Edinburgh, Scotland

Shadows in the Closet - St. Theresa Point, Manitoba, Canada

Looking For the Bars - Williamsburg Hill, Illinois

The Man at the Top of the Stairs - Carthage, Missouri

My Fear of the Supernatural - Lebanon, Kentucky

My Friend in Time of Crisis - Waterbury, Connecticut

Old Jim on the Warehouse Floor - Rochester, New York
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My Spirit Contacts - Kentwood/Middleville, Michigan

Watch For the Lady in the Bird Cage - Tombstone, Arizona

Faces in the Camouflage - Taqqaddum, Iraq
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A Skeptic Near Pinewoods Cemetery - Troy, New York

Shoe Shopping From Beyond - Huntington Beach, California

The Man in My House - Welland, Ontario, Canada

A Haunting Near Channel Road - Sanger, California

Faces in the Mirror - Billings, Montana

Sharing My Bed With a Ghost - Mexico

The Slender Spirit - Pembroke Pines, Florida

Shadows in My House - Ocala, Florida

My Haunted Office - Las Vegas, Nevada

Shadow in the First Baptist Church - Boise, Idaho

The Little Girl's Shadow - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Knocks at 2 AM - Naples, New York

A Possessed Patient - Ashland, Kentucky

A Haunting in The Booter - St. Andrews, Scotland

Ghosts at Union Station Hotel - Nashville, Tennessee

My Family's Haunting - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Happy 2008 to the Spirits on the Land - Milton, Florida
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The Tall Man Gatekeeper - San Rafael, California

The Evil Force - Marin Headlands, California

Cold Wet Grandfather's Visit - Oostende, Belgium

Haunted Barracks - Dermott, Arkansas

Cell Phone Calls From Beyond - Simsbury, Connecticut

A Little Girl at Stone's Public House - Ashland, Massachusetts

Bones in the Basement - Kansas City, Missouri

A Woman's Voice - Richmond, Virginia

A Dark Mist - Barbers Point, Hawaii

The Hanging Soldier - Nyack, New York

Shadows in My Home - Tijuana, Mexico

July 11, 2008

Haunted Chair?

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Votes:57 Rating: Rating = 6.86 Ratings Breakdown
Ellen, Gainesville, Florida, May 2008

My daughter and I have lived in a charming two-bedroom apartment for the past two-and-a-half years. It felt very homey from the first time we saw it, and we have loved it here. Nothing strange happened at all until she brought home a chair about nine months ago. My daughter and her best friend found some chairs that had been left behind by someone moving out. They were in perfect condition and very clean -- small, plastic wicker-weave lattice with black steel legs. My daughter kept one and her friend took the other.

From the first night the chair was in her room, my daughter complained that she felt like someone was watching her. She had never felt that way before so I wondered what was happening. She complained about it on and off over the next few months, but I never felt or saw anything, and our cat would even sleep quite comfortably on my daughter's bed, even as she had these creepy feelings, so I wasn't terribly worried. After a while, she decided to rearrange her room and had no room for the little chair so I took it and made a little reading corner in my room with it. Immediately, I felt like someone was watching me from the chair. It didn't feel evil or threatening -- it just felt unfamiliar, like having a neighbor or a co-worker show up in your bedroom at night. You know they won't hurt you, but you know they don't belong there either. I kept the chair in my room, thinking the feeling would go away but it never did. I had to cover the chair with a blanket to sleep. Then one night as I was in the shower, I heard a very loud bang on the bathroom door and it flew open, as if someone had slammed their fist against it. I jumped out of the shower to see what was going on but there was no one there. I wrapped a towel around myself and ran out to the living room to see if my daughter was looking for me. She was sitting at the computer, head phones on, a blanket draped over her lap, and her legs tucked under her. There's no way she could have banged on the door and gotten back to her seat in that time. Our cat was asleep on the sofa. All the doors were locked from the inside, and there was no one else in the house. I got rid of the chair that night. My nephew took it, even though I warned him that it was haunted! He just laughed and thought it would be cool to have a ghost in his apartment.

I checked with him a while later to see if he noticed anything, and he said he has seen someone sitting in the chair, and he has also seen the chair rock back and forth (it's not a rocking chair). He isn't scared of it but he says there is definitely something in that chair. Once the chair was out of our house, the feeling went away and all was calm again until recently. My daughter has the feeling of someone hovering over her bed at night again and now she won't sleep in her room alone. I told her that it won't hurt her; it just seems to be a curious spirit that likes to watch her, but she is spooked. The first night she slept next to me, I felt uneasy as well. When she woke up in the morning she said, "Mom, it followed me into your room and sat in the corner by your closet all night." I decided at this point that we needed to claim back our house and we started talking to the spirit, telling it to go to the light and that we are the living and this is our space, not its space. We made salt circles around our beds and invoked Archangel Michael for protection.

The feeling seems a little weaker now, but we have also started to notice something touching our hair. First, I felt something tap my hair, as if a large bug landed on my head. I swatted at my head but there was nothing there. A few days later, I felt something run down my hair, as if someone was gently brushing their finger over my head. My daughter also had the feeling of someone running a finger through her hair down the back of her head. It isn't a scary sensation -- just odd.

I went into her room one day when I was alone and had a very calm talk to the spirit, telling it that it wasn't welcome, that we release it with love and good will but it is frightening my daughter and I can't have that. I told it to go to the light where friendly spirits will guide it and it will be safe and welcome there. I turned and walked out of the room and, as soon as I sat down in the living room, I felt someone very gently, almost affectionately, run their hand down the back of my hair. Yesterday, my daughter was in her bathroom fixing her hair when she felt the presence behind her. She spoke to it calmly and said, "In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to leave us." As soon as she uttered the words, her bathroom cabinet door gently swung closed. It feels to me like a gentle old lady spirit and it doesn't frighten me but I know it doesn't belong with us. I have an appointment with a spirit counselor tomorrow who has experience with these things and he says he can help. I'll keep you posted!

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