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Witness: Katie
Location: Chenonceau, Loire River Valley, France
Date of Encounter: April, 2004

In April 2004 my mother and I spent a week in France. While there we visited the Chateau Chenonceau which was located in the Loire River Valley. While there, I had an encounter that I will never forget. We were with a tour but somehow we got separated from them. We were taking our time and looking at all the rooms in this beautiful chateau when we came across the bedroom of Louise de Lorraine.

Louise de Lorraine was the wife of Henry the Third of France, who was murdered by the monk Jacques Clément. Before Henry was murdered, he sent a note to his wife telling her to wait for him at Chenonceau, and she did. When Henry did not return, Louise took to her room where she painted it black and decorated it with symbols of death. She only wore white and all she said was prayers for eleven years of her life. She died in 1601.

Anyway, the feeling of sadness and depression hit us as soon as we entered that bedroom and I felt sick to my stomach. Still we looked around the room but as I was walking across the room to look at a chest of draws, I felt this burst of energy come rushing at me. The only way I know how to describe it is like a person coming at you at full speed then boom! I don't really remember anything after that except being in the gardens and wondering how on earth I got there. My mum said I had been wandering around in a trance-like state for about half an hour. That was the first time I had a spirit apparently posses me and I hope it's the last time. It was a frightening experience.

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