Conversations With Two, Eight, Seven - Real Ghost Pictures and Story

Photos of The Spirit(s) in my House

This  mist couldn't be seen with the naked eye. Only on the camera.
This mist couldn't be seen with the naked eye. Only on the camera.
This could be seen with the naked eye, that's what got our attention.
This could be seen with the naked eye, that's what got our attention.
This smokey ball was always in our living room. Not always in the same place, though.
This smokey ball was always in our living room. Not always in the same place, though.
See the face in the window? There was nobody there.....
See the face in the window? There was nobody there.....
Taken in our backyard on a rather "active" night.
Taken in our backyard on a rather "active" night.
This was taken in the yard, you can see the wood fence through whatever this 'thing' is.
This was taken in the yard, you can see the wood fence through whatever this 'thing' is.

Paranormal Experiences...the Spirit Presence was ominous

My landlord (in Ketchikan, AK) called one day and asked if I’d like to make some extra cash by cleaning one of the other rentals. Of course I said, “Sure!” and went on my merry way to the address he gave me.

I walked in and was stunned into silence. I stood in the doorway with the door still wide open as I scanned the front room from corner to corner. It looked like the people who’d left only took what they were wearing because it looked like everything was still there, including the woman’s purse! The TV, stereo, it was all there, including food in the fridge. The landlord explained to me that when the rent for this house didn’t come, he went to inquire and found the house as it was. He waited for three weeks and they didn’t come back, hence his calling me.

I began moving all the stuff outside so I could clean. I can’t clean when it’s all cluttered with stuff like that, and it took me half a day. I figured there must be animals that had gotten in because I kept hearing noises upstairs. I was afraid to see what was up there after looking at the living room.

I went to get cleaning supplies and a large white candle. Something about being in this house kind of creeped me out, but I wasn’t sure why, really. There were lots of noises, like things being dropped upstairs and door closing and such. I lit the candle and said a prayer for protection and went about my work. I tried to pay attention to only what I was working on and nothing else, and it made time go by faster.

It took me three weeks to completely clean that house, and I did find a litter of kittens in the walls of the upstairs. I just knew those little rascals had been what was scaring me.

It Became the Ghost in My House

Two years later the landlord called again, this time to ask if we wanted to rent the big house I’d cleaned before. Another set of tenants had up and disappeared on him and he wanted to get someone in there who was responsible and that would stay.

Compared to our small apartment the house was huge, and we were happy to accept his offer. But, once again I had to clean it out before we could move in. Amazingly, the same thing had happened. The people just left, and left all their stuff.

I was shocked to see that someone else had done such a surprising thing. I knew these people had kids, and all their clothes, toys and everything was left behind. Thankfully, they took their dog and cat.

We spent the better part of the next month cleaning and moving our stuff over - it was only down the street from where our apartment was and it was a slow, leisurely move. The first night in the house made the kids scared, which I didn’t find unusual, they were only 8 and 10.

Haunted by a Ghost; How We Met Two-Eight-Seven

I used to teach creative writing classes online, and I often recorded them so that anyone who didn’t make the class could download it. I was sitting on the couch one day recording the week’s lesson and I kept hearing things going on behind me and in the other rooms. I’d say a sentence, stop the recorder and listen to what I said before I’d move on to the next sentence.

Some of these noises were being picked up by my digital recorder and I was getting irritated. In my frustration, I held out my recorder and asked loudly, “So, if you insist on bothering me, at least tell me, what’s your name?” I held the recorder up as if it would help someone speak better. Of course nothing was said and I rewound it to start where I’d left off, and then I hit play to make sure I got the right spot. I almost wet my pants when I got to the part where I asked the question and I heard a response from a woman on the tape. She said, “My name is two, eight, seven.”

It was clear as day, I nearly wet myself! I got goosebumps and it felt like my heart stopped for just a moment, and I looked around the room, seeing nothing. I wanted to bolt, open the door and run outside until someone else could come home, but I had no where to go, no way to get there and it would be hours before someone came to get me.

I sat with my back against the wall, staring out into the room, hoping someone would come home and make me feel safer. Isn’t that funny? Even a child coming home would have made me feel safer because I wouldn’t be alone, then. Suddenly I thought of my kids living in a haunted house and the thought shook me to my bones.

That Was Just The Beginning of Our Haunted House Stories

I have since gotten more recordings from 287. She was kind and answered questions. And, we found out she wasn’t the only spirit there. There were at least two others, and 287 had said she was there to protect the child from the others. The child?

We heard our dishes rattling, furniture scooting across the floor, someone falling and making a really loud boom, and the faucets would turn on by themselves, and the dresser drawers would open by themselves. At first we were constantly on our toes, wondering what we’ll see or hear next.

After we’d go to bed, we’d still hear all kinds of noises out in the living room, so one night we decided to put up a camcorder and see what we’d find. The next day I couldn’t wait for my husband to get up and I ran to the camera to watch it. I had barely turned it on when a strange voice played. It was a small child who was calling out for “Mommy” as if he were scared.

Our Best True Ghost Pictures Came From This House

We started taking pictures around the house - literally around the house, outside and inside. In nearly every shot we got anomalies. Balls of light flying around or hovering somewhere. Bars of light that came from nothing and even a smoky mist sometimes filled the house, but we could only see it on the pictures and not in real life.

We started recording all the time, it became a part of daily life. 287 constantly interacted in friendly ways and we grew to like her. But we had the strangest house in Ketchikan! Even our friends knew of and had witnessed or heard things in our home.

This is getting too long. I’ll post another one to tell you more. But, while you’re waiting, you can look at all these photos that we took at that house, both inside and out.

I also have the recordings, and as soon as I can figure out how to put them on here, I will. Any pointers?

I have tons and tons of stories and photos to put up here at the hub. Some of the best ones were taken where the Ketchikan Police asked us to find out something from a dead man. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as we enjoyed getting all this evidence.

Stay Tuned For Part Two of Our Life With Real Life Ghosts!


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Cindi 6 years ago

hey sis..i remember those pic..they are just great..i am sure i have them on one of my cd's...cool..


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mega1 6 years ago

Yes, you got my vote. I love stories like this!


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pddm67 6 years ago from Queens, New York

Great hub! I also adore stories like this. I actually captured a "ghost orb' in a completely random photo taken at the Old Burying Point Cemetery in Salem, MA - one night while I was walking by completely alone - it was awesome. Looking forward to the continuing saga. You've got my vote! Rock On :-)


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Miss Belgravia 6 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

Fantastic hub! I can't wait to read the next installment. Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination!


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Gotta say that you deserve to win! shucks, and I had such high hopes...

Good hub, great subject and spooooooky....


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Sandy, you made me curious about this one. Was this your first time you encountered, spoke, connected with spirits? Did 287 ask for any help?

It's quite strange that you see them in photos or hear them in the recordings. The photo in the window...I could really make out the face. Wow.

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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

This is a great hub - right up my alley. I can't wait to read what you can provide (photos and story?) once you have time to give an account of your experiences with the Ketchikan Police.


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Wow this gives me a scare... Two thumbs for a job well done... Great pictures too to make your story even convincing, I hope you will hit the NUGGET !!!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

This is such a great Hub - not in the least because of a family connection. My mother lived in Ketchikan, AK and we visited her often. Got to know the Alaska Ferries well, and some of the local lore.

Congrats on your nomination!


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markminer 6 years ago from Albany, Oregon

This is awesome so far, I've only read this one, but will continue on. But I love the fact that you stuck with it, and that your curiosity was able to overcome the fact that anything might be too frightening. We had a ghost in our house growing up named Roger. Mom nicknamed the ghost that, but Roger was a woman who used to play with me, and would even give me ideas. One day my mom saw me sewing doll clothes for my sister, and asked me where I learned that at. I was seven at the time. I told her Roger and she said, alright. As if it was an everyday thing. Since then I have talked with many ghosts over the years. Anyways, I'm rambling...I'll read on.


ralwus 6 years ago

Kewl! Now you're on my list. Must go to next. Charlie


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freshlaundry71 5 years ago

Stories like these make the hairs on my arms stand up...great account of your experience and the pictures sealed the deal!!


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Bard of Ely 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Voted up for this really interesting hub! I spent the night in a house supposedly haunted by Elvis so have been through similar experiences. All possessions had been left behind. There was a presence there and cold spots.


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

My daughter and I both saw a dark, human-sized shadow at her former residence. I was visiting and didn't want to frighten her, so didn't mention it until she called me and said: "Mom, did you ever notice anything while you were here?" Thank goodness she moved! Great hubs.


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SandyMcCollum 4 years ago Author

Funny, that's how it happened with my husband and I, too! This house had several spirits in it. Never a dull moment lol.


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

We seem to attract spirits, I love and found this article.I wonder though why she gave her name as a number.I believe this because as I said on another hub.I know you we are family. So I saw first hand. Like I said that was one scary house.voted up!


Cargo 4 years ago

Hello, I am also a person that lives with spirits. I need to talk to someone, because i am in contact with ancient people. No joking around. I have proof.....


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SandyMcCollum 4 years ago Author

I would be happy to talk with u. Text me at 503.928.9939 or email me.


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

Very interesting. I like the way you write also. Very calm and comfortable.


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SandyMcCollum 4 years ago Author

Thank you, Enlydia!

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