Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Late at Night

I had owned a home that was set back from the street several hundred yards, and was surrounded by woods and a stream. It was a beautiful setting, beautiful mature plantings, azaleas, huge pine trees, wild flowers, an old willow tree with a swing on it, and an old cement pool 20 x 40. Two decrepit sheds sat on the property. The house was a ranch, in which the main part of the house was over 80 yrs old, and was an old ranger station at one point. It had since been added on to. A new bedroom behind the huge stone fireplace, and an extention added to the master bedroom. They had put in a door-sized greenhouse in there, and you could see the back yard. It was so neat to see the deer come in the yard. There were floor to ceiling bookcases on either side of the fireplace, and it had a galley kitchen with honey pine floors and counters. I fell in love with the place.

One evening, my cousin had come over to visit, and her and I were sitting in my kitchen having coffee, it was somewhere around 10 pm or so. I sat facing my kitchen door, behind which sat my tiny laundry room, two steps down to the left. The exterior back door was to the right. There was access to the crawlspace in the laundry room.. The interior door didn't sit flush on the floor, and I always kept a light on in the laundry room. Anyway, we sat there talking, when I stopped mid-sentence and started frantically waving to her. She kept saying what?? I said shhhhh, and kept pointing. She turned around in her seat and I pointed to the bottom of the door.

There you could see what looked like someone's feet standing there on the other side of the door. I kept mouthing to her, someone is there,,,,,,well, we didn't know what to do, so my first reaction was to grab hold of the doorknob and pull on it tight to keep it closed, as there was no lock. So there we stood for I don't know how long, and I said do something! She went to my stove and handed me a frying pan LOL,,,,I just looked at her and whispered, go call the police. I only had one phone in the living room so off she goes, leaving me standing in the kitchen with God knows what behind the door, holding on to the knob with one hand and the frying pan with another. I could hear her talking, saying we think someone is in the house. She was gone for what seemed like an eternity, and in the meantime I had set the frying pan down and kept holding the doorknob. As God is my witness, it started to turn, and it was NOT my hands turning it,,,,,,I was about to pee myself,,,,,

Finally, she comes back to the kitchen but not before arming herself with a huge knife. Then, she hands me the knife and leaves the kitchen,,,I was panic stricken,,,then, I hear a noise in the laundry room, and by now I'm freaking out, and she's yelling to me from the living room to open the door, I said are you out of your mind???? she said open the door, I said what????? she said it's ok, the cops are here. So in the fleeting moments I'm thinking, she's telling me to open the door, whoever's there will burst in, cause I was still thinking there was someone there, and we'll be murdered before the cops arrive. Suddenly, without warning,,,the door flies open, and who is it but the cops. Two of em, GUNS drawn! By this time, my daughter, who was a teenager at the time woke up, came out to the kitchen to see what was going on, and got the scare of her life, cops in her house with guns,,, I had to calm her down and explain what was happening,,,

Stranger Than Fiction

Now, this is where it gets strange. I KNOW the outside back door was LOCKED, so I have no clue how they came in through my back door. Not only that, there was nobody in the laundry room, only the cop who had come through it.

Well, they proceed to ask us what occurred, and we explained what happened. They told us they searched the entire property and found nothing, oh, and by the way, it was winter with snow on the ground. There were no footprints. He asked me did anyone wish me harm? I said well I don't think so, but I had thrown out my boyfriend, and he knew my house inside out. But there were no signs of anyone. So, now that we're feeling kinda foolish, the cop asks, are you girls drinking? Very indignantly, we said NO absolutely not, we're having coffee. Then he says, well, were you watching a scary movie? Well the nerve! He thought, apparently that we were just two old ladies who imagined something and blew it out of proportion. I told him, there was someone in here, and how the doorknob turned without me moving it. And he gave me a look, you know the one, 'the raised eyebrow',,,

So, he took his little report, and told us perhaps we should consider retiring for the night. Right! we'll get right on it! Go right off to 'sweet dreams' after being scared out of our wits,,,,geeze,,,

Mystery Solved?

Did we ever find out what really happened? no, sad to say. But a few days later, I was outside my daughter's bedroom, and saw what looked like a piece of wood poking out from beneath the pine needles, and I picked it up, and sure enough it was a handmade cross, maybe two feet tall, with a name and date '1948-1960' on it. I don't recall the name anymore, and I thought oh heavens, are we on top of an old cemetary or something? I should have researched the history on the house, but I never did, and I convinced myself that the gravemarker was for someone's beloved pet.

I have since sold the house, as it was getting way too costly to maintain, but I sure do miss it.

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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I heard this story before, but not quite the same way. I knew about the turning handle on the door, but not about your cousin and the knife!

At the time I heard this story, I believed everything you said, and I believe it now, still.

How dare the cops question two sober ladies who'd been drinking coffee, for Pete's sake.


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donnaleemason 8 years ago from North Dakota, USA

that would have been pretty darn scary. We had one in our house and he scared the living bejeebers out of me one night. But I haven't seen him for 5 yrs so.....

Neat story, definitely thumbs up.

Donna


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

A very entertaining read. That would have been so scarey.


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

well i was reading this before going to bed and now I'm scared to go to sleep. ahhhhhhh nothing like a good ghost story. I believe you! Marisue

now how do i go to sleep?


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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs

Ok, I am SO GLAD that I never heard this story. I loved that house, too, Trish, and having a perfect visual of your story doesn't make it any less creepy! Did you ever hear or feel anything else after that night?


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Sally,,,

I forgot to mention, those mean ole cops also suggested that maybe it was just a cat who had come in through the broken window (which was broken prior to this story) standing on the other side of the door,,,,I looked at him like he was nuts and replied, I hardly think so! cats do NOT wear shoes! lol,,,,

Patty


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Wow, Donna,,,,,,well I guess it's time for you to write your story!! I'd love to hear it :)

thanks for the comments!

Patty


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Hi Shirley,

Yes, it was, and I hope to never experience something like that again lol,,,,

Thanks for the comments,

Patty


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Hi Marisue,,,,

Gee, I sure hope you were able to sleep. All I can think to suggest is make sure all your windows and doors are locked, and go to bed with a big ole cast iron fryin pan! lol I really don't know what my cousin and I were thinking, armed with kitchen items, cause, the door in question had no lock and it was one of those hollow interior doors, all anyone had to do was just lean on it and it would have opened lol,,,

Thanks for believing me, and for future reference, don't read scary stories right before bedtime lol

thanks for the comments!

Patty


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Dear Anne,,,

Now that you mention it, one other odd thing happened. I had gone in the kitchen for something, weeks later, and sitting on the counter was an old fishing knife, with my hubby's initials carved on the handle. I swear, I do not remember ever seeing it when I packed up the old house, not unless I'm now senile and don't remember, lol, but I'd like to think that was his contribution to the situation I had found myself in, you know, to use for future protection maybe? who knows lol

Thanks for your comments as always,

Patty


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

hmmmm you've got some vibes goin' on there from somewhere Patty....does the house have cold spots? lol ya never know.... did you get the feeling it was an actual body behind the door? or a "spirit?" either way its a bit spooky but I know there are many mysteries in the great beyond....=) i'm sleepin' with the light on....Marisue zzz zzzz zzzz


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Hi marisue,

The house never had cold spots, and yes, both my cousin and I both felt it was a real body behind the door, you could distinctly see two feet in the middle of the light surrounding it. Guess I will never know what 'it' was lol, and as I mentioned, the cops certainly doubted us. They probably thought we had 'spiked' our coffee with liquor or something,,,bet they had a good laugh writing up that report!

Thanks for writing,

Patty


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whitneyawhite 8 years ago from Northern Idaho

We owned a house in Viriginia for 4 years. During that time, I would wake up out of a sound sleep to see someone standing at the footof the bed in the dim light. It was always a woman,rather large with dark skin. And my oldest daughter, who was 2.5 years - 6.5 years old while we lived there, would often cry from her room that someone was in there (once when my mom was visiting, so she got there first. It freaked her out because my daughter was just in hysterics over the woman that had been in her room!). I would swear that it was the deceased wife of the man we bought the house from. About a year before we sold the house, I just stood in my daughters room and asked out loud for her to be left alone, that she was really scared, and it never happened again i her room. The whole thing still creeps me out, and we sold the house almost 3 years ago!


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Hi Whitney,

Wow, that is scary! Did you ever research any further? Were you able to positively identify the woman? and how long it had been since she lived there? Maybe that's all she needed was for you to ask her to leave you alone.

I forget who it was, which member of my family, but they had stayed over in the house I raised the kids in, and said they saw a man also at the foot of the bed, I figured it was my husband. I've never personally had a visit from anyone.

Scary stuff! Thanks so much for your comments!

Patty


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moonlake 8 years ago from America

Enjoyed your hub. Scary. The house sounded great. Our daughter owned an old Victorian house, when she put it up for sale the first thing buyers would ask her "Are there any ghost."


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

hi moonlake,

I truly loved that house. To this day it makes me sad that I couldn't hold on to it.

I love Victorian homes and reading about mysteries and hauntings. It has always fascinated me. I hope your daughter doesn't have any regrets about selling her home. I bet it was lovely. She must have had a laugh when people asked her about ghosts, unless, that is why she sold it :)

Glad you enjoyed this hub and thanks so much for commenting,

Trish


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christine almaraz 8 years ago from colorado springs

I really liked your hub. Your great at telling a story! I just love writer's, don't you? Anyway I'm glad you lived through it. I probably would have passed out and have to be rushed to the hospital!


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Well, Christine, thank you!  It was quite an evening to say the least.  To this day I am convinced that someone was behind the door.  However, I'll never know now.  One day I'd like to make a day of visiting haunted places.  NJ has a book about all the locations and it sounds really exciting.

Welcome to HubPages and thanks so much for commenting :)


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AEvans 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I would have freaked out and moved out as that would have defintiely scared the daylights out of me and I could not have slept. You should go back and visit your old house and talk to the people , you know non-chalantly bring up how things are going etc. and see if they have seen it. :)


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Trish, it is strange and a bit wierd, Not something that you wish to happen to you, but it does, I too have had several experiences of that sort as well.

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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Hi AEvans, Well, I wasn't too freaked out because when the officers were there, they asked me did I know anyone who would want to bother me, and I had just broken up several months earlier with a live-in boyfriend. He knew my house inside out, so I kinda chalked it up to it must have been him. I never go past the old house because I still miss it too much, and it just makes me sad. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)


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trish1048 8 years ago Author

Hi Rodney,

No, I can't say that's ever been a wish of mine.  That kind of stuff does fascinate me however, in fact, I one day would love to go visit some haunted places.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)


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Benjimester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

When I was little, my older sister told me that she got up in the middle of the night one night to go to the bathroom, and as she was on her way, she looked in my room and said that she saw a "blue woman" standing over my bed. Without doing anything, she bolted back to her room and hid under the covers :) Now, I'm kind of skeptical of blue people in general :) but I've since heard consistent reports of sightings of "spirits" that are almost always blue. I guess that's the color they like, haha. Strange huh? Thanks for the entertaining story.


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Wow!  I don't know what color they are, other than the ghostly white that is most typical.  I once had a relative sleep over my house after my hubby passed away, it was his sister.  She told me the next morning she'd never sleep there again as she saw a man standing at the foot of her bed.  Unfortunately for me, cause I am intrigued by stuff like that, I've never had a visitation from anyone :(

Thanks for the heads up though, I'll be on the lookout for 'blue people' LOL


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

great story which makes me think of an encounter I had.Sorry I am only new to this and have responded to all my comments on the other person's page.THankyou for yours also


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi! I'd like to hear about your encounter. Perhaps you could write a hub about it :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Great ghost story, Trish!  You had me sitting on the edge of my seat when you were holding the doorknob and she was calling the police! 

My son died on the property we live on just 5 years ago and I sense his presence sometimes, but I dismiss it as 'memories' and 'longings' for him.  But, my current husband who never knew my son (since we met after that time), says he often 'sees' my son walk by our bedroom door at night.  My husband stays up late at night and is often the only one awake at night.  He says he's also felt my son standing over him.  He said when he first moved here that he felt like my son was really watching him closely, but at some point seemed to give his approval.

I find it comforting to think that my son does hang around for our protection.  All my writing is done from his room. 


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

i don't care how silly it sounds, but i sure believe in ghosts, my parents' condo- of all thngs - was haunted for a while by a benevolent spirit, many people felt her presence and 'enjoyed' her company.


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi KCC,

I tend to think they aren't just memories.  He is no doubt there.  Your son truly loved you, and I find it so touching that he would be there to make sure you were safe with the new man in your life, and, that he would allow himself to be seen is even more amazing.  My heart goes out to you KCC, you were certainly blessed to have him for as long as you did.

hugs,,,


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi Delores,

It's not silly.  You have a lot of company.  While I've never experienced seeing one, I do believe in them.  For me, it's hard to believe that we're the only ones on this planet.  It's especially nice to know there are many good ones that watch over their loved ones, and even strangers at times.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Trish, that house sounds so beautiful! And what a story! You get the frying pan and your cousin gets the knife! Was it an iron skillet? ;) That must have been an embarrassing situation with the police, but you had to call them. It could have really been an intruder.

I didn't believe in ghosts until I experienced it myself many years ago when living in a very old farm house. Lots of things i would discount, but there was no explanation for some of the things that happened. I eventually got so spooked that I moved out.


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

hi Pam!  so nice to see you :)

Yes, the house was lovely, old, decrepit, but very charming.  The setting couldn't have been more perfect, what with the woods surrounding me and the gurgling stream behind me.  I miss it terribly, it's one of my biggest regrets.

Anyway, yes, the frying pan was cast iron LOL.  And you're right, when the cops got there and questioned us, they made me feel like a fool, since they couldn't find a thing, no footprints, no messing with doors or windows.  Worst of all was they were sooo condescending, asking us had we been drinking, or perhaps watching a scary movie.  The nerve!

I'd love to hear more about your experience, perhaps you could put a hub out here for us to enjoy.

Always nice to have you stop by, thanks for commenting.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

I believe. yes


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi C. C.,

Nice to meet a fellow believer.  I'd be interested to hear why you do, and whether or not you ever had any strange encounters.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Hey Trish, it's really awful for the police to have treated you that way. :(

Yes, i will share! There was a request about this that I was thinking of answering, but if I don't, then i'll come back and share. :D


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi Pam!

Yes, they were very condescending! 

Ok, that sounds great, I look forward to it :)

Thanks for responding!


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Yip I did. scared? nope. family scared shitless tho. new dog got rif of ghost. end of story


sandra rinck 7 years ago

OMG, great story! Sorry it scared the holy moly outta ya, I have been scared for less than that. :)

Do you ever intend to find out the history of the house or just leave it as a memory?


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

LOL C. C., a man of few words I see :)

Great dog!! 

Thanks for sharing!


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi Sandra,

I am leaving it as a memory, and keeping the many nice memories I have of living there tucked away.  I probably should have researched the history of the house when I lived in it.  Leaving that house is one of my biggest, saddest regrets, so the less I think about it the better.

Nice to meet you, and thanks for stopping by and commenting!  :)


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I definitely believe! I lived for 12 or 13 years in a house that had ghosts. Some of the encounters were pretty darned scary. You get a thmbs up from me!


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Wow! how exciting! How about putting a hub together about it? :)

Thanks so much for commenting and the thumbs up! Nice to see you here in my hub :)


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I wrote a hub about it. I think it was for the Halloween hubmob. It was actually a little disturbing, going back and looking at all of the events at once.


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Oops! I forgot! I will definitely read it! Thanks for reminding me :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

That is one unsolved mystery. Did you ever get a chance to dig further into the history of that house i.e., who lived before or where there any peculiar incidents like yours earlier? Personally I am one of the few who neither believe nor disbelieve. Thumbs up for a "spooky" hub.


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

I've had a lot of freaky incidents in my life. My first one stretches all the way back to being about 2 and still in a crib bed.

However, my overall scariest occured when I was eight or so. I kept telling my parents I saw black shadows entering and exiting my closet. I started to put my toy chest in front of it every night. Well, one night as I drifted off to sleep the toy chest flew across the other side of the room, causing a loud crash. My mother came running and shortly thereafter we had a Native American do a sage smudging ritual.

Most of the activity stopped until we were packing up to move. But it never again reached that level of crazy.


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi CW,

No, I never looked into it, and I really don't know why.  It certainly wasn't because i was afraid to, I just simply didn't.  I am sometimes on the fence about whether or not there really are ghosts, but mostly I believe.

Before moving here, I had a house I shared with my hubby and raised my kids in, which sits by a bay.  Once after my hubby died, some relatives had spent the night, and told me they wouldn't be doing that again any time soon.  They stated that they saw a man standing at the foot of their bed in the middle of the night.  Their experience didn't frighten me, as I believe, and they agreed, that it was no doubt my husband.

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi Generique, Wow, that is scary! Did you ever find out whether anyone else experienced something like that? Do you know if it had a history of hauntings?

I once bought sage from an Indian souvenier shop, because I liked the idea that burning sage somehow cleanses the home. I still haven't used it, however. I sure hope you didn't suffer nightmares from your experience.

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Welcome to HupPages. I hope you're enjoying your experience here :)


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

trish,

Thanks for the welcome. =)

Yes, when we first moved in (and later when we started to do a bit of renovating) lights would turn off and on, fans would go..etc, etc. Nothing too major, stuff that if you really wanted to you could chalk it up to an overactive imagination.


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi Generique,

Reminds me of all the spooky movies I've seen, creaking doors, lights flickering, candles blowing out, footsteps.  As a kid I loved watching Frankenstein, Dracula, all that stuff, and it was best watched on a windy, stormy night. The imagination is a crazy thing.

You're welcome for the welcome, and I meant to say HubPages, not 'HupPages' lol.

Thanks for stopping back :)


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

trish-

I know how it is, I used to watch a lot of scary movies (mostly 80s stuff, being I was born in '84) when I was a kid. Child's Play, Friday the 13th, etc. But I fell in love with the classic movie channel a few years ago during halloween..I've seen Universal's version of the wolfman and Dracula..and I've Nosferatu on DVD. ;)

And then I used to read Goosebumps..which actually weren't so scary.

Have you heard of the movie "The Haunting in Conneticut"? Its out today and its based around a true story. In fact, the gist of the whole thing was a two hour special on the Discovery Channel sometime in 2001 or 02. I think you'll find it terrifying..but in the end, of course, light always outshines dark. =)


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi Generique,

Actually, yes, I was flipping through channels and came across it.  I chose not to watch it because I had seen it before.  Besides, the weather wasn't cooperating :)

Thanks for stopping back!


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum

Its hard not to believe in ghosts when you're a history major. Nice ghost story. Glad to read that you didn't pee your pants.


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

History is fascinating.  I enjoy the history channel once in a while.  There's another show called Investigation Discovery, and they will, at times, do shows on people who investigate mummies, trying to determine their age, what they died of, etc.  I have yet to see a ghost, but am hoping one day to have that experience.

No,,,,I didn't pee my pants LOL

Thanks for taking time to read this and commenting.


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summer-snow 7 years ago from London

I have to say it's thanks to ghosts (and that kind of thing) that I really started to call out for God!! Had a couple of petrifying experiences in my childhood home. Thanks for sharing your story!! :)


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

Hi summer-snow, Oh my! I'm glad to see you got through it. Perhaps you could write a hub and share your experiences. I'd love to read it.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, and welcome to HubPages.


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quicksand 7 years ago

I don't believe in ghosts at all! But I wouldn't dare to read this hub either! LOL!


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trish1048 7 years ago Author

hi quicksand,

But you did read it :) Are you convinced there are no such thing as ghosts?

After my experience, I lean more toward believing.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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quicksand 7 years ago

Hi Trish,

I believe ghosts exist in the mind only. Well ... just like everything else!

Cheers!


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Nevada Logan 6 years ago from USA

Great story! I grew up in a house that was built in late 1700's. It was an old farm house and it was used for several things although I never really researched it. I just heard it but I experienced a lot of wierd things too. I was the only one though, my sisters and brothers didn't, which is why they all think I"m crazy....lol.


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trish1048 6 years ago Author

Hi Nevada, nice to meet you :)

I seem to have an affinity for ghostly tales and stories, many of which I believe, and some I don't, as in some of the ones that are shown on tv. I seem to think some of those shows use actors.

In any case, where you lived sounds absolutely spooky! 1700s? I would love to be in a house that old. You know, there is a show that gets shown often, and the story was called A Haunting in Georgia. It involved parents and two kids, who bought a house that they came to discover was an old funeral home. Well, the son had all sorts of things happen, and like you, his family didn't believe him. That is, until things kept getting worse and finally the parents had their own frightening experiences.

So no, you are not crazy! :)

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