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2010 Encounters:
The Girl in My Wall - Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Bloody Mary's Haunting Us - Colorado

Sam's Angry Spirit - Ohio

Screaming for Help - Needles, California

Captain Eli's Lamp - Belleville, Illinois

Blue Apparition by the Tree - Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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My New Haunted Home - Elmer, Louisiana

Smelling Grandmother's Perfume - Greenwich, Connecticut's 1000th Encounter - Paris, France

Grandmother's Warning in the Cottage - St. Helens, Merseyside, UK

Gore Orphanage Remains - Vermillion, Ohio

The Man at the Foot of My Bed - Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

My Ghostly Handyman - Sarasota, Florida

The Ghost Cat - Belleville, Illinois

Tingling My Skin - Wayzata, Minnesota

My Grandfather's Voice in the Field - Bihar, India

A Vision of Lucifer - Rockford, Illinois

Meeting My Spirit Guide - Arlington, Texas

Our Haunted Adobe - Taos, New Mexico

Huaka'i Po/Night Marchers at Keawaula Beach - Yokohama Bay Makaha, Hawaii

The Demon In My Bedroom - Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Tall Dark Figure - Eagle Pass, Texas

Apparition in Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, California
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The Entity in My Living Room - Aasiaat, Greenland

Dragging Sounds in the Hallway - Monticello, Florida

Blue Apparition in a Park - Henderson, Nevada
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Dark Figures Over the Bassinet - Queens, New York

Hitting a Ghost on Hwy 1942 - Crosby, Texas

The Haunted Reading Chair - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wedding Visitors and Joplin Spook Light - Joplin, Missouri

Dad's Doppelganger - Oslo, Norway

This is My Ghost Story - Milton, Florida
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Attacked in My Room - Malvern, Iowa

The Teddy Bear on the Floor - Milton, West Virginia

Ghosts Watching Me - Cascapedia St Jules, Quebec, Canada

The Crying Baby - Tampa, Florida

The Ghost of Nicole By the Bridge - Rochester, Illinois

The Spirit in My House - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Seneca Spook Light - Seneca, Missouri

The Presence in Our Home - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Civil War Soldier Visitor - Manassas Battlefield, Virginia
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A Ghost at My Birthday Party - Walla Walla, Washington

Visits From Freddie - Youngstown, Ohio

The Face in the Cellar Door - Groton, Vermont
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My Guardian Angel Uncle - Chiloquin, Oregon

The Lady in My House - Greensboro, North Carolina

Pop Pop's Goodbye Dream - Jacksonville, Florida

The Creature in My Lucid Dreams - Thessaloniki, Greece

My Brother's Protective Spirit - Ormond Beach, Florida

Encounters With My Grandfather - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Soldier by the Steam Pipe - West Haven, Connecticut
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The Thing on the Ceiling - Chemung, New York

Our Protective Spirits - McFarland, Kansas

Demon in the Hall Tree Chair - Houston, Texas

The Ghosts Set the Table - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The Dog We Tried to Save - Ashland, Kentucky

The Brown-Robed Figure - Yuba City, California

An Arm Across Our Windshield - Outside Helena, Montana

The Cold, Haunted Mansion - Brevard, North Carolina

Ginger's Nightly Visits - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

One More Snuggle With Critter - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Bowl, Pestle, and Bad Luck - Springville, California

Dad's Spirit at Our Toast - Cincinnati, Ohio
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Blue Man Apparition - Milton, Florida
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Haunting Wearing Me Down - Willow Springs, Illinois

July 22, 2010

Dad's Doppelganger

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Alex Torp - Oslo, Norway - October 15, 1989

I am 33-year-old Norwegian. When it comes to the area of ghosts and other paranormal activity, I am a pretty firm believer keenly interested in most theories and stories that are unexplainable, and most stuff science refuses to get into for various reasons, mainly, I guess because this is something our Western culture doesn't bother wasting any time with. Anyways, I have, I would say, at least one valid reason for believing in ghosts, and this is because of my personal experience. I am not a very spiritual person regarding the aspect of drawing this kind of activity to me. And maybe it is important to point out that I have only a more than average interest for this stuff than normal, and would consider myself a "newbie." I am now kind of just trying to finally figure out and get some kind of name for my experience. I find a lot of the stuff online to be pretty "uhm?," and doesn't give me any specific answer to it, but I will just tell the one experience I had.

I was about 12-13 years-old and staying at home as normal kids do with my mum and dad. This was an just ordinary evening in our house which is not haunted in any way. My Dad worked as a doctor at the local hospital and was at the time on daily "callings," meaning that whenever someone had a heart attack, the hospital would call him, and he would rush away. This was not an usual thing to happen. Anyways, my routine at the time was that I usually put on a movie before my bed-time, and just after my mum and dad had gone to sleep. This was my favorite thing to do, and favorite period of the day as well. So this normal evening I had just launched into one of my video-sessions and chilled in the living room area. After about 20 minutes I heard my dad coming into the hallway that comes from the sleeping room area, and also leads into the living room area. And this is what I consider to be a little freaky, at least in my older retrospect. As with any normal reflection I would turn around from my video and have a look into the hallway. There I saw my dad walking by, as clear as the sky is blue, walking, and on into the kitchen. I guess my thought at the second was, "He is just getting a glass of water before running to the hospital." I then turn around and continued my video session. But after maybe 5-10 minutes I naturally started to think, "Why isn't he coming out from the kitchen, leaving the house, or something?" I then went to have look, just to find out that there was nobody there. I remember thinking, "This is odd." But I went back to my movie, and probably a couple of hours later, I was sound asleep.

My first question the following morning to my dad was, "What happened with you yesterday, didn't the hospital call in a "emergency?" In which he replied, "Nope, after we went to sleep yesterday your mum and I slept like babies until now." Then it occurred to me that I did see him walk by the hallway last night. I would like to point out also that I was at the time as mentioned about 12-13, meaning there was no alcohol or illegal substances involved, I was a kid, a stubborn one, I knew what I saw.

Now more than 20 years have passed, and just now and then occasionally I have tried to figure it out, but to no avail. The closest I have come to an explanation is that similar or such things do happen to many people. It has a name that I have forgotten, it's associated within families and what I did not like to hear was that they happened as a sign, a sign of near death. I cannot recall now whether I did have any death within my family at that time, but there might be a chance that it actually occurred just before my grandfather passed away (my dad's dad). It's just a question I have never asked my mum or dad. After by accident snooping around on the Net, I came over to this site, found it both serious, mature, and professional enough to actually write you an email like I do now. I would just like an answer that is truthful, because I really believe that this stuff happens to a lot of people.

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