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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

August 26, 2005

The Ghost Who Pinches Toes

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Amethystmyst, Birmingham, England, September 2003,

I moved into a small 2-up 2-down town house with my 3 young children. Light and airy, it was a nice abode. I had gone through a messy divorce which had affected my babies quite a bit but we had got away and were excited about starting our new lives in a new, little rented house!
On the day we moved in, I walked through the house to check for carpet burn and other items on the check sheet from the estate agents. The house was in good check and there were no objects from the previous tenant left in the house except a large glass fruit bowl that was in the kitchen. So I started to bring my bits and bobs in. After the first week of staying there, I began to feel a little uncomfortable in the house at night. And once all the kids were tucked up in bed I felt weird sitting downstairs on my own. I figured it was probably just me being daft!
So I went to bed and sat in bed with my curtains open so I could see the street. The kids' bedrooms were adjacent to mine with a staircase between them that was enclosed and led into the kitchen. My little girl was particularly unsettled in the house and woke up a lot saying that someone was pinching her toes. I would go down and top off her drink and pass it to her and tell her to go back off to sleep. This went on for a while. All night long she would wake up, ''Mommy, it's pinching my toes again." I would say, "It's just a cramp, sweetheart," and pat her back off to sleep then walk past the stairs and back to my room.

On a few occasions I had felt uneasy doing this as I had thought I had seen someone on my stairs a few times (though I assumed I was just over tired).

My mom was babysitting for me one night and me and my new fella were off to a wedding over night. My mom later told me that my little daughter was waking her up saying she was being pinched! So My mom had decided to sleep on my bed so she could sort her out if she woke up again.

Something happened that night which I would not learn about until the day I moved out. A couple of months later I decided I didn't want to be in the house any longer as I felt not right there. I moved in with my fella and the kids into his home.

On the day I moved out, my mom took me aside. She looked a little wary and I asked her what was wrong. She said, "Janie, you won't be staying here at night again will you?"

"No," I replied. "Why?"

She continued, "You know that night I looked after the kids?"

"Yes," I replied.

" Well, we had a little problem here, but I didn't want to worry you while you were still living here!"

"What are you on about?" I asked with a smile on my face. (My mom is as straight as they get, so I have to believe her).

"That night I had the kids, I was laying on your bed as Fay had kept waking up and I was having to keep running up and down the stairs. Well, I must have dropped off to sleep. But then I woke up to this really loud noise of what sounded like a lot of people running up the stairs. I sat up to a start to find 3 people: 1 woman and 2 men, standing at the bottom of your bed! I could barely speak and I didn't know what to say. I just managed to ask, 'W...w...what do you want?'" The woman replied to my mom, "We have come to get my glass bowl!"

My mom said, "I'm sorry, you will have to leave. This isn't my house and you shouldn't be here!" At which point they all 3 turned and seemed to drift silently out of the room and down the stairs. My mom was crying and utterly petrified! She waited a while and called my dad on her cell phone to come round. They turned all the lights on and checked around, but there was no forced entry or anything.

My mom was horrified as she knew now that she had seen something not right. She had kept this quiet because she had not wanted to frighten me as she knew I was unsettled there anyway. After hearing this I replied to her, "Mom, did you know that the only thing that was in the house when I moved in was that big old glass bowl in the kitchen?" Well she had not known this and she gasped, "My blood just ran cold!" Needless to say, I moved out gladly and made sure the bowl was kept nice and safe in case our visitors should come back again.
After moving out I asked the landlord of the house if the bowl was his. He said, "No, it was here when we bought the property so we just left it here for tenants to use."

"Could I trouble you further and ask you who owned the house before?" I asked.

"Why yes," He replied. "It was owned by a lady who lived here with her two grown-up sons. After she died the sons sold the house, and moved away, and I bought it." 

I replied, "Well, I think she still lives there." I gave him a smile and thanked him for the rent of the house. He looked quite stunned and shouted, "Oh my life, don't tell the estate agents -- no one will want to rent it!"

Since I moved out of there my little girl has not once complained of her toes being pinched.  

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