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Witness: Jeanne
Location: Sunnyvale, California
Date of Encounter: 1989 – 1995

As a child, one of the homes I grew up in was a 1970s three-bedroom. The house seemed normal enough, but eventually strange occurrences started to happen. I was stirred awake every night by the sound of footsteps in the hallway. They would stop in front of my bedroom door, my door would open a crack, and I would see a man who I assumed was my father checking on me. One night, I asked him for a glass of water and got no response. I got up to get it myself and was stunned to see the door to my sister's room across the hallway opening by itself. I wasn't afraid but was rather extremely curious. I peeked into her room and saw that her rocking chair was rocking by itself and the window was open. As she was a baby, I bravely closed the window for her and ran back to bed. The next night the man came to check on me again and this time I rushed to the doorway. I found that he was in my sister's room rocking in the chair and her window was open again.

This happened every night for the entire duration of our stay there. My father never believed my stories and said that I was dreaming. One night, I awoke to hear running footsteps in the hall and a giant crash, like a window breaking. I ran out of my room to see my father standing with a baseball bat. He apparently heard it too, but nothing was amiss in the house, and, alas, there was no intruder.

We also felt rushes of cold air at times and I found strange, cryptic writings on the walls of my closet that appeared out of thin air.

We eventually moved out of the home and years later were reminiscing about the house. My father got very quiet and white as we spoke. He slowly told us that, unbeknownst to us, he had rented the house for a very inexpensive price because a death had occurred there. The man living there before us had committed suicide in the garage, and he was a father of two daughters.

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