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2003 Encounters:
Haunted House and Failed Exorcism - La Plata, Maryland

Mt. Iron Apparition Caught on Videotape - Mt. Iron, Minnesota

Dissolving Figure at Fort Garry Hotel - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Dark Specter on Charles Island - Milford, Connecticut

Little Girl, Long, Red Hair - London, England

Poltergeists and Shadows - Iceland

Shaking Beds and Psychic Visions - Chino, California

Circling Chinese Bride - Shandong, China

A Name Called and a Bloody Nose - Princess Anne, Maryland

Unwanted Ghostly Roommates - Naples, Florida

Haunted House in Rochester - Rochester, New York

Ghostly Meow - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Breath of the Soul - Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Annoying Entity - Indiana

Spirits Magnet - Hopkins, Minnesota and Joshua, Texas

Ghostly Escape From Alcatraz - San Francisco, California

Basement Gravestone and Haunted Noises - Collinsville, Connecticut

"Help Me, Mommy!" - McCalla, Alabama

Spooked in Forest Park Cemetery - Brunswick, New York

A Protecting Shadow - San Antonio, Texas

Cat Haunting? - Battle Creek, Michigan

Warm Breeze From a Fallen Friend - Fillmore, California

A Ghostly Fight at St. Francis Hotel - San Francisco, California

Chicken Skin in the Mango Tree - Haleiwa, Hawaii

Tormented by Tall Shadow Man - Manchester, New Hampshire

Mom's Visit and the Smell of Gardenias - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Granville State Forest Orb - Granville, Massachusetts

Evil Voice Over Neil Sedaka - Indianapolis, Indiana

Cochem Castle Ghost - Cochem, Germany

Evil Stocky Specter - Iowa

Rage at a Malignant Presence - Noblesville, Indiana

The Haunted Farnsworth Inn - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Drawn to Psychic Energy - Herndon, Virginia

Ghost of Mars? - Hooe, England

A Sign from Pappaw - Texas

Ouija Boards and a Shaking Bed - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Misplaced Objects and Strange Events - New Hope, Pennsylvania

The Haunting That Follows - Norman, Oklahoma

Woman's Mocking Laugh - York, Pennsylvania

Evil Apartment - Phoenix, Arizona

Troubled House Spirits - Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Gabrielino Indian Family of Spirits - Pico Rivera, California

Capital Memorial Parks Cemetery Mausoleum Visits - Pflugerville, Texas

Spillway Light - Cave Run Lake, East Kentucky

Rafter Man at Summer Camp - Dahlonega, Georgia

Winnipeg's Haunted Fort Garry - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Swallow Hill Road Haunted House - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Slapped in the Face - New York, New York

Shadow Figure at a German Manor House - Outside of Hamburg, Germany

Visit From the Angel of Death - Tel-Aviv, Israel

Ouija Board Warning - Ontario, Canada

Psychic Energy Cloud - Los Angeles, California

Heavy Breathing and a Flying Penny - San Roman and Edinburg, Texas

Scratching Around the Room - Walnut Creek, California

Ghostly House Guests - Arizona

Family's Guardian Angels - Mesa, Arizona

Eerie Premonition - Paralowie, South Australia

Angry Spirit with Black Eyes - Columbus, Kansas

Ghost of the School Caretaker - Fermanagh, Ireland

Forest Park Cemetery Shadow - Troy, New York

One Last Visit From Daddy - Monticello, Arkansas

Vicious Hag - Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Phantom Tennis Court - North Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mural Orb - Palm Beach County, Florida

Civil War Soldier Ghosts - Marietta, Georgia

Supernatural Magnet Dog - Indianapolis, Indiana

Late-Night Footsteps - Bethel Island, California

Haunted Bathroom - Orchard Park, New York

China Hutch Orb - Chisholm, Minnesota

Creepy Childhood Home - Indianapolis, Indiana

Puppy Orb - Minersville, Pennsylvania

Family Spirits at a Birthday Party - Princeton, Illinois

Spectral Attack at Forest Park Cemetery - Troy, New York

Hong Kong Master, Protecting Spirit - Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Greyhound Orbs - Canastota, New York

"We'll Never Get Out of Here" - New Jersey

Louden Road Ouija Board - Fredericksburg, Texas

Midwestern Georgia Ghost Hunt - Georgia

Dreaming Man - Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Night Shadow Man - Ontario, Canada

Brooklyn Doorman - Brooklyn, New York

Nightly Horrors at 1:15 AM - Brisbane, Australia

Prankster Boy - Hopkinsville, Kentucky

The Hand in the Dresser - Livonia, Michigan

Childhood Orbs and Mist - Hibbing and Chisholm, Minnesota

Tagging Along and Playing Pranks - Central Illinois

Spirit Send Off - Lowell, Massachusetts

Attacking Old Hag - Bradbury, California

Back Porch Woman - Greensboro, North Carolina

Returning Grandfather - Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Ireland Ghost Bus Tour - Dublin, Ireland

Halloween Work-House - Penicuik, Scotland

Held Down Sleeping - Souderton, Pennsylvania

Visiting Christmas Mist - Fairborn, Ohio

Added July 14, 2003

Ghostly House Guests

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Janie, Arizona, July 1, 2003,

I just moved into my house one month ago. The night we moved in, I was excited and could not sleep -- I was laying in bed with my husband and he was asleep. At around 11 PM I heard scratching on the wall behind me. I laid there still, and scared, but figured it was a tree branch or something. I must have dozed off a while, at 4:45 exactly, my garage door opened completely and then closed. I thought I had imagined or dreamed it somehow, but in the dark not even realizing he was awake, my husband's voice asked "was that the garage" (that alone scared me) I said "Yes, did you lock it?" He said, "Yes." (We do not have an electric door opener yet.) He got up and nothing was different or missing -- like if we had been robbed. There wasn't enough time to have robbed us anyway, it happened fast. Everything was as we left it. We tried to sleep that night.

A few days passed and my husband asked me why I put all the boxes up against one wall of the garage (we had them organized by room to move them easier). I went out there and every box was stacked to the ceiling in perfect rows. My husband and I have three children, all of which are under five years of age, so we know they didn't do it, and we had no visitors.

My two year old son barely speaks yet, but about two weeks ago he started talking to no one. Just looking strait into a wall and said, "Hi," paused and then said "Ashton," (which is his name). I asked him who he was talking to, he just said him and pointed. No one there. I figure he said "Hi" and some unseen person asked what his name was. He just looked so sure he was looking at someone.

The entire month I've been here I always feel like there is someone looking at me -- like I'm being watched. My dog barks at the walls and scratches the floors for no reason. Also I constantly have the feeling of "Did I lock the doors and windows tight enough?" We are in a much nicer part of town so that shouldn't be such a worry. I catch movement out of the corner of my eye and nothing is there when I turn to look. I just don't feel comfortable or "at home" yet. (Which could be just a normal thing after a move but it's different and hard to explain how.) I also see a ripple, like from a pool, run across my mirrors when I'm putting on make-up and stuff, it happens in a part of the mirror I'm not directly looking at.

Finally two things happened yesterday (which drew me to look for ghost sites for info). I was in the shower and my husband and children had gone to the park, so I was alone. I heard a knock in the bathroom and I thought the family was back so I said, "come in." The door was already open a crack but then it slowly opened all the way. The bathroom got very cold, even with the hot water from my shower, which had fogged up my glass shower doors. I felt scared and quickly finished up my shower and got out. When I was drying off, I looked at the shower door and in the steam it said "Ashton not home". I was so freaked out I ran over to the park in just my rob and made my husband and family run back home. I raced into the bathroom and the steam was gone, but you could still barely make out the name on it. I pleaded with my husband to say if he had done it, but he swears he didn't.

Later that night I was making dinner, and the room got cold -- like a chill or draft, and I could smell perfume. I felt threatened. A different feeling then before, like I was in someone's space. I was so frozen by fear that I stopped cooking and we went out.

I hear children see purely and are able to see things due to an innocent, open mind that we adults don't have; that they can see things and believe things adults have been trained to not see over time. This just proves it to me. Both my kids have been caught talking to "no one" when they are supposed to be sleeping.

I'm ready to move now. My husband thinks I'm going nuts, "All these things can be explained," but no one can explain the feeling I have. Until I can find an explanation I'm going to continue believing we have a couple of house guest... or are we the guests?

Added September 4, 2003:

I wanted to show you the picture I got back on a roll of film. No other picture had this weird fog, even pictures that were taken seconds before or after.

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014