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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 27, 2010

Dragging Sounds in the Hallway

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Votes:42 Rating: Rating = 5.47 Ratings Breakdown
Blayne - Monticello, Florida - November 1974

I was staying at my step grandfather's house. It was an old house built in the 1860s. It was a shotgun house with 20-foot ceilings. There was a huge hall down the center of the house from the front to the back. It was my first overnight stay at my step-grandparents' house. My younger brother stayed also in my grandfather's room on a twin-sized bed. I got my stepfather's old room across the hall. The room was located toward the back of the house. The next doorway to the back opened to an old porch. I got into bed with nothing on my mind but girls (I was a teenager with raging hormones). As I lay there trying to go to sleep I started hearing a noise... kerplunk… ching… kerplunk… ching… kerplunk… ching over and over and over. I lay there trying to rationalize the sound (which was fairly loud) because I immediately knew what it sounded like, but tried to come up with a logical explanation. The TV show Gunsmoke was popular at the time. The show started with boots and spurs walking on wooden sidewalks. The sounds I heard were practically identical. After listening and rationalizing for a while I determined either somebody or something was walking with boots and spurs toward the back of the house -- possibly to the porch. I got up my nerve, opened the bedroom door, and dashed across the hall to my grandfather's room. I awoke him and told him of my experience and my concern (Hell, I was downright scared). My grandfather was a tough, crusty sort and scolded me (I won't repeat the language) and told me it was my imagination, and to get back to bed. I grudgingly did so. I went back to bed and was relieved that the footsteps had ceased.

Just beyond the bedroom door on the same side of the wide central hall was a huge solid, wood table (I guess it probably weighed at least 300 pounds). As I tried to go to sleep I heard this table (which was only the thickness of the wall from the bed I was in) being dragged across the wooden hall floor. That was it...I was done... my heart was racing and I was totally petrified. I got out of bed, cracked the bedroom door, peeked toward the table, and made a mad dash across the hall to my grandfather's room. I didn't bother to wake him. I just told my younger brother to scrunch up on the small bed and make room or else I was going to sleep on him. There was no way I was going back across that hall.

The next day I went out back and looked for anything that could have made the boots and spurs noise. I saw nothing that could have been blowing against the house, especially nothing that could have made the spurs sound. Watching Ghost Hunters on TV brings this back to my mind especially when they hear the footsteps.

Today, I would probably want to investigate. Back then as a teenager I was scared to death. I have never experienced anything else since. At the time I didn't think so, but I feel honored to have had that experience. I've related this story to family and friends over the years and invariably I start getting strange looks (like Wow, what's wrong with this guy?). Despite the skepticism, I know what I heard. The old house had to be moved for a highway project. My grandfather sold the house and it was moved to a nearby community and restored. I don't know exactly where. I often wondered if the new owners experienced any of the same or similar phenomenon.

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