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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

August 4, 2010

The Haunted Reading Chair

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[Name Withheld Upon Request] - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - January 2002 - 2004

I lived in an old house in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia for several years. It was a "twin" style building and the house on our side of the twin had been divided into flats. My husband and I lived in the top floor apartment and experienced a long-term haunting.

I don't remember a clear beginning to the feelings and events. Just ill ease, a feeling of not being alone and oppression that slowly gained strength over time. However, the haunting seemed to ramp up after I acquired an antique chair that I placed in a corner under the eaves in our bedroom as a cozy reading chair. I would feel uncomfortable, ill at ease, pushed at, whenever I tried to sit and enjoy a book. I began to feel watched, oppressed, and depressed in our bedroom. At night I would see amorphous white trails moving across the ceiling of the room. Both my husband and I on many occasions experienced being woken from a deep sleep by someone urgently whispering our name close against our ear. One night I woke from a deep sleep to see my sleeping husband bathed in red light that emanated from the corner where the reading chair was located. I felt cold, and when I looked at the chair I saw the silhouette of a tall man (like a dark, opaque figure) sitting in the chair, back lit by dark red light. I began to feel more and more oppressed by heavy dark feelings and depression whenever I was in the apartment, especially the bedroom. I finally began to talk out loud and tell the spirit to leave me alone, that it was frightening me. But to no avail. My father visited and saw (in his mind's eye as he was trying to sleep) a man dressed in World War I clothing standing over him while he lay in bed. I had not mentioned any of the problems we were experiencing to my father before he told me of his vision. Other friends and family expressed that they did not like our apartment, that it made them want to leave. The haunting seemed to extend to the twin house next door as well. Our neighbors experienced sounds, oppressed and depressed feelings, and two different people saw a tall man/beast on the third floor of their house adjacent to our apartment. I was touched and pushed in the twin next door while visiting. Finally we moved! Now I wish we could go back and do a paranormal investigation of that building. Now that I'm out of the environment, I'm very curious what is going on there.

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