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2005 Encounters:
The Old Man in Our House - Edmonds, Washington

Grandmother's Angry Goodbye - Woodbury, Minnesota

The Fourth Kitty - Jasper, Tennessee

Dad's Kitten - San Diego, California

The Shadow and the Footsteps - Queens, New York

The Faucet Turned Itself On - West Virginia

The Dark Phantom at Paris Les Halles - Paris, France

The Haunted Family Home - Exeter, United Kingdom

Mysterious Footprints - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Precognitive Dream About my Sister's Passing - Orlando, Florida

Remembering G.G. - Long Beach, California

1700s Ghost Lady - Dublin, Ohio

Dad's Message - El Dorado, Arkansas

The Graveyard Woman - Indianapolis, Indiana

Apparition at Senator Bard's Mansion - Ventura, California Ghost picture

The Vanishing Soldier - Posovina Corridor, Bosnia

Belleview's Haunted Biltmore Hotel - Clearwater, Florida

In Memory of Uncle Fred - Shelby Twp., Michigan

Floating Down the Stairs - Omaha, Nebraska

Our Old-Time Visitor - Savannah, Georgia

The Footsteps and Opaque Mist - Fraser, Michigan

Graveyard Shift at the Water Plant - Dayton, Tennessee

University of West Florida Pirate Apparition - Pensacola, Florida Ghost picture

The White Lady of Easton - Easton, Connecticut Ghost picture

A Spirit Saved My Life - Austin, Texas

My Sign From Dad - Kansas City, Missouri

Gram's Warning - Philidelphia, Pennsylvania

Jordan's Vigilant Watch - Tehachapi, California

A Strange Light in Willer Hall, Quincy University - Quincy, Illinois

Dad's Spirit - Navasota, Texas Ghost picture

The Rotating Bed - Virginia

Poltergeists at the Desert Sands Inn - Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Reclining Ghost - Gresham, Oregon

The Hand Grabbed Me - Salt Lake City, Utah

The Dark Figure - Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Grandpa's Late-Night Visit - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Second Sight After Surgery - San Diego, California

Mom's Goodbye Kiss - Virginia Ghost picture

Encounters At My Grandparent's House - Lumber City, Georgia

The Spirit Girl Who Lived With Us - Flagler Beach, Florida

My Cousin By the Pool - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Doppelganger - Perth, Western Australia

The Orb Brushed Beside Me - Blooming Grove, New York

The Old Beauchamp House - Grove, Oklahoma

Knocks, Shadows, and Apparitions - Alexandria, Minnesota

The Misty Working Girl - Chicopee, Massachusetts

The Shinto God at Tojinbo Cliffs - Tojinbo, Fukui Prefecture, Japan

My Car Crash Premonition Dream - Atlanta, Georgia

The Ghost Who Pinches Toes - Birmingham, England

A Voice In My Ear - Sitka, Alaska

The Entity From My House - Georgia

Talking to Grammy - Evanston, Illinois

The Ghost Followed Me Home - New Orleans, Louisiana and Santa Rosa, California

The Man in the Pool - Marietta, South Carolina

The Girl at the End of My Bed - Louisiana

Fog of Spirits on the Graveyard Shift - Springfield, Pennsylvania

Floyd and the Walking Horse Hotel - Wartrace, Tennessee

Rattling Cabinets From Mom - Pensacola, Florida

The Basement Girl - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Scarborough Beach Restaurant Apparition - Scarborough Beach, Western Australia

The Ghostly Ballroom - Delevan, Wisconsin

The Haunted Garden - Cornwall, England, UK

Gale Force Phantom Winds - Sussex, England, UK

Tomkins Square Park Apparition - New York, New York

The Girl in the Pilgrim Dress - Griffin, Georgia

A Late-Night Visitor - Loveland, Colorado

The Mohawk's Cry - Altamont, New York

Granny's Passing - Jonesboro, Arkansas

Anna Tried to Show Me - Rochester, New York

The Shadow in the Kitchen - Elgin, Illinois

Bessett House Orbs - Bannack, Montana

My First Haunting - Wareham, Massachusetts

Our Haunted Office - Ocala, Florida

James's Last Call - Austin, Texas

Great Grandmother's Ghost - Mendoza, Argentina

Channel Road Apparition - Sanger, California

Haunted Practice Space - Massillon, Ohio

Strange Sounds in Our House - Portland, Oregon

Paris Theatre Orbs - Paris, France

My "Daughter" Sarah - Somersworth, New Hampshire

My Creepy Apartment - Amherst, Massachusetts

Nan's Ghostly Girl at St. Mary's - Jersey Channel Islands, United Kingdom

Greatmother's Message - Pittsburg, Kansas

Bessett House Orbs - Bannack, Montana

The Disappearing Battery Pack - Honolulu, Hawaii

Paul's Goodbye - UCONN, Storrs, Connecticut

My Haunted Life - Orange County, California

My Ancestors' Spirit at Ruthin Castle - Ruthin, Wales

The Little Red Rocking Chair - Brooklyn, New York

My Uncle's Visits - Wiggins, Colorado

Strange Sounds at The Rock - San Francisco, California

A Visit From Ole Pete - Sharpsburg, Virginia

Shadow Figures - Sykesville, Maryland

Flagler Museum Energy Ribbon - Palm Beach, Florida

Phantom Perfume at the Whaley House - San Diego, California

Floating Red Eyes - Uvalde, Texas

Ivy's Watchful Vigil - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Mists and Streaks in the Philippines - Cebu, Liloan, Philippines

Six Days of Torment - Old Wethersfield, Connecticut

Scratching Torment - Palm Coast, Florida

Granny's Bouncing Lights - Jemison, Alabama

Visions From Lourdes - Lourdes, France

The Evil Eyes - Northern Ireland

Sleeping by Camp Letterman - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Living With Spirits - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cozy... Haunted, But Cozy - Warrensburg, Missouri

My Grandmother Walked By - Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

Entities at a Prayer Meeting - Salem, Illinois

The Foreboding House - North Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK

Waverly Hall Cemetery Anomalies - Waverly Hall, Georgia

The Island Ghost That Follows - Wrentham, Massachusetts

The 4:05 AM Banshee - Suffolk, Virginia

My Cousin's Ghost - Bronx, New York

Do Orbs Mean a Haunting? - Newton, Iowa

A Guardian Angel and Haunted Home - Massachusetts

The Spirit of Mrs. Rogers - Wakefield, England

Conjoining Mist Spirits - Chesterland, Ohio

My Family's Clairvoyant Gifts - Region 1, the Philippines

The Queen of Hearts - Irwin, Pennsylvania

"Little Chicken" at Hotel Meade EVP - Bannack, Montana

My Two Haunted Houses - Bridgend, Wales, UK

The House Of Ludington Ghost Video - Escanaba, Michigan

Dad's Ice Cream-Eating Angel - Barboursville, West Virginia

A Phantom Leg Rub - Sheridan, Michigan

The Ghosts of Iversons Pits - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Spirits on the Land - Milton, Florida

The Ghost Who Doesn't Like Men - Neptune City, New Jersey

The Old Aunt's House - Indiana

The Ghost of Opus - Nashua, New Hampshire

Dad's Last Visit - Cliffside Park, New Jersey

The Glowing Window - Glendale, California

Grandmere's Gift - Louisiana

Blizzard's Ghost - Lynn, Massachusetts

Contacting Sam - Stinson Lake, New Hampshire

Grandma's Dusty Sign - Scituate, Massachusetts

The Face on the Floor - Southampton, England

The Ghostly Roommate - Channel Islands, UK

Captain Tony's Saloon's Haunted Bathroom - Key West, Florida

Grandma's Last Call? - Grapevine, Texas

The Front Porch Moaning - Managua, Nicaragua

The Crystal Curse - Chesapeake, Ohio

Bringing Evil Home - Denver, Colorado

Mr. Ruckman's Mansion - Runge, Texas

Brown Robed Figure - Fremont, California

The White lady of Old Burial Point - Salem, Massachusetts

July 15, 2005

The Mohawk's Cry

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Jonathan, Altamont, New York, June 2005,

This encounter was recent, but for it to make sense I'll start from the beginning. I'll also note that I have never been one who is "in touch" with the paranormal, and until relatively recently in my life I haven't had many paranormal encounters.

About a year ago, me and four good friends were relaxing in my basement music studio (two of them were in my band) and we needed to get out of the house, so we piled in a car and drove up on nearby Settles Hill where we parked in a farm access driveway near the road. We backed in, so that if a farmer came we could get out of there in a hurry (after all, we were trespassing). Turns out this was wise.

We had been there about half an hour when out of nowhere came one of the strangest sounds I've ever heard in my unearthly shriek. It sounded like the cliché vulture sound you hear when you think of the deserts in the southwest, combined with the scream of someone being tortured. It had no place or presence, it just was...but it echoed. I was seated in the far right back seat of the car with two of the guys on my left. When I heard it, although it didn't really have a direction, it seemed to come from my left so I looked at them and said "Was that one of you?" They simply looked at me stumped and countered, "No, it wasn't you?" We were out of there. I grew up in this village and around farms, I'm an avid outdoorsman, and have been in the wilderness in many places, so I've heard some strange animal noises. This was nothing I've ever heard and definitely didn't come from an animal!

It wasn't until recently that I started getting to know more people around the village that I found out this isn't an uncommon thing to hear, and that it is rumored to be a Mohawk Indian battle cry. Some say if you go in the woods at night you hear drums and chanting. But something that seems to be consistent is that the only time this shriek happens is when you are up on Settles Hill in an area near an old Indian village, and when you are with a person of Mohawk blood (myself being one). What's also interesting is that descendants of the Mohawk Indians are never scared by this, but the others are. When it happened to me, I wasn't frightened initially...but I became scared when everyone else in the car freaked out.

Recently, when I found out other people have experienced strange things in the woods around the village on the old Indian lands, I began spending more and more time out in the woods. I discovered a beautiful, scenic area that is only a short hike and so I had been out there writing poetry and relaxing for some time.

I went out there one day around noon and it was slightly sunny and a cool day in the seventies. I had a good sized campfire going for myself to keep the bugs away and was situated at my favorite spot atop a hill on the side of the mountain overlooked a waterfall. I was on my cell phone telling my friend Andrew (who had been in the car next to me a year ago that night on Settles Hill) what I'd been hearing from people about what that apparently was. In retrospect, I was being less than respectful in the way I speaking about the spirits and natives of the land during the conversation. I didn't notice immediately, but when I hung up the phone I realized that the temperature had dropped about ten degrees, the sky had clouded over heavily with gray, low-level nimbostratus clouds (but not precipitation), and the wind had picked up violently. It was a perfectly calm sunny day before that and in college I took meteorology courses so I was immediately sure this was highly abnormal. As I said, I'm an avid outdoorsman and pride myself on building strong campfires even when it's wet out. Something put my campfire out during the ten minute conversation. I don't just mean the flames...the whole fire was clean out. No embers, no heat, no steam, no smoke. It was just out. 

The fire clued me in to my verbal disrespect regarding whatever is out in those woods and I started speaking out loud in desperation to the spirits of the land since I was actually worried about the violence of the wind and me being out in a forest. I apologized and explained my intentions for being on their land and all, and upon concluding the wind just died out. Dumbstruck, I went back to relighting the fire (it started back up with no problems) and by the time it was going again, the temperature had come back up and it was sunny again. Whatever I angered was apparently satisfied with my explanation, thankfully.

When I came back down off the mountain into the village, nobody else had noticed anything odd with the weather (believe me anyone would've noticed what I experienced). Never in my life of living here have I seen weather patterns like this. I learned my lesson though, and I will never again go into the forests and hills around here with anything short of total respect. 

If anyone has information on the Mohawk Indians in this particular area or similar experience, please feel more than free to contact me! I'm still figuring this out, as well as a few other things that have happened to me and people I know in the woods here.

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