Personal Hauntings by Kitty: The Stalker-Spirit and the Territorial Ghost in Florida

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The Arden Avenue Stalker or Shadow Man

After leaving Maryland at the age of 19, I moved to haunted Tampa, Florida to attend school and make a life of my own. I lived in a few campus-owned apartments while I was first going to school and then ended up moving into a rental home on Arden Avenue in Tampa. This part of Tampa is not that great of an area, economically or crime-wise; however, the street and neighborhood that the rental was located in was a decent working class to lower-middle class family neighborhood. The houses on this street are fairly well-kept, with green yards and quaint little homes. The house pictured to the right is not the actual house I lived in at this point, but it resembles it...minus a pretty blue paint on the siding, bigger and nicer porch, and a nicer yard in front. Most of the homes on this street were built in the late 1940s and early 1950s and when you step inside, you almost feel as if you are going back in time.

Obviously I loved the look and feel of this house, as I am an addict for anything from the 40s and 50s. I had a room on the first floor, with a huge walk-in closet...the window frames were the originals and the ceilings were fairly high. It was really a very pretty and old-world looking room...my favorite in the house. I shared this rental with three other young ladies my age, two of whom were close friends for awhile. For many days and nights I felt very comfortable in my room, I would open my windows to the side yard and listen to the rain hit the tin roof. I would take naps and paint and do all of the things that I don't have time to do as an adult now. I felt connected to that house in a weird way...but one night my comfortable connection with the Arden Ave home began to diminish.

If you have read any of my earlier hubs, you will know that I am a lucid dreamer, and used to be a very avid lucid dreamer a few years back, and also more importantly to be noted that I was during this time of my life. Usually my lucid dreams are pleasant or enlightening, even the frightening ones seemed to have no oppression over my innate awareness and ability to overcome obstacles while dreaming. However, one night my lucid dreams took a turn for the worse...a terrifying turn.

I woke up to a tapping sound on my bedroom's window...a bird? No, it can't be...it's too loud to be a bird...then the blinds flew up on both of my windows and a pair of eyes accompanied by what seemed to be an evil man was staring at me through the old glass pane. I was so frightened, my heart was pounding out of my chest and I tried to get up to run away...but I was paralyzed. I couldn't move a muscle...I just lied in my bed...motionless...trying to scream out but my vocal chords weren't even functioning. I felt like I was suffocating...then...I really woke up. Phew...the whole thing was a dream...a very lucid and vividly terrifying dream, I thought the next morning.

That whole day I tried putting the dream out of my mind...I just wanted to forget about it, but the idea of being paralyzed in a dream was frightening to me...it was new. I couldn't figure out this strange occurrence but I knew it would be the only one I would have to tolerate. My mind was quiet for at least week...no crazy sleep paralysis inducing dreams...so I was back into my mellowed state of mind. One night I laid down in my bed and fell asleep listening to a celtic flutes album, when a familiar noise woke me from my sleep...and this time I wasn't dreaming that I had woken up...I was really awake. Tap...tap...tap. I felt as though I was re-living my nightmare from the week before...I couldn't move. I heard the tapping noise again on my window...the same window from my dream! There was someone outside of the house...tapping ever-so-gently on my window. Is it a bird? No...the sound was too dull for a bird's beak. A cat? Cat's don't knock...they don't have knuckles! My whole body was shaking and the paralysis crept over me in reality this time...I waited until the tapping noise ceased and then could not sleep for the rest of the night. In fear that the window-tapper would come a-calling again. I was never comfortable in my own room or house following these incidents and I ran away from the house a month later. I had to get out of there...it was like everywhere I went, I felt as if someone was watching me, following me. Like I had an invisible stalker who could invade my mind and dreams...and physically knock on my window to instill real fear in my mind like I could never explain.

During this scary time in my life, I was having regularly occurring nightmares and bouts of sleep paralysis...I started believing that I was under a psychic attack of sorts...though I honestly didn't know of anyone who would want to bother me. Years later, after this occurrence and after reading a lot about paranormal experiences, I think that maybe it might not have been a person messing with my mind...that it very well could have been a darker entity that didn't like my existence in that house...maybe it knew that I could sense its presence and took pleasure out of scaring me? I have no idea what really happened but I know that these experiences were very real...and very frightening. I hope I never experience something to this degree of horror again.

A Mischievous Ghost

After my Arden Avenue haunting, I grew up quite a bit and settled down to have a family and start a career. We moved into a house in Florida, not too far from Tampa and we were very happy with the house that we had chosen. Our daughter was a young infant at this point and the house was just the right size for the three of us. The energy of the house was captivating and the moment I stepped inside of it, it felt right...it felt like home. The house was in a small neighborhood in a suburb of Tampa and was built in 1954...being home to an elderly couple first, before any renters moved into the home. Supposedly the elderly couple was our landlord's grandparents and they passed in the house.

When we first moved in, I had the creepy familiar feeling again...like someone was watching me. I ignored it, knowing it was my wild imagination running away with me. Following our move-in, less than two weeks after my "being watched" feelings, I was standing in the kitchen microwaving something and my husband was sitting in our living room. We were talking about things being moved or maybe about the AC being turned on too high (when we both swore we didn't do it) when I said, "Maybe it's the ghost." Immediately upon my tongue hitting the "t" in ghost, the electricity in the kitchen went out! I gave out a little yelp and ran into the living room, where my husband was seated. We both thought that experience was very creepy...just the timing of it freaked us out a little bit.

The electricity randomly going out occurred again, one night when my husband was gone and I was home with my daughter. She was sleeping and I foolishly was watching "A Haunting in Connecticut" by myself...and the electricity shut off...but only in the living room where I was sitting. In the rest of the house the electricity was still running. Needless to say I was freaked out again and stopped watching the horror flick. I had this feeling that maybe there were some spirits hanging around the house that maybe just needed to get used to us being in their home. Call me crazy, but I talked out loud to them...just letting them know that we were a family and we liked it here and asked for permission to share the home with them. Ever since that day, we are living comfortably in the same home and are very happy...with minor things occurring here and there but no more creepy feelings or random power outages.

© 2011 Author Nicole Canfield

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What are your personal experiences with ghosts? 29 comments

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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

Wow! Scary. Thanks for sharing.


Shelby 3 years ago

Very creepy, but interesting experiences. I'v never seen a spirit (to my knowledge), but the house I grew up in had a lot of very strange things happening in it. A few times over the years I'v been woken up by an angry male voice screaming something at me. I could never tell what he was saying. No one else heard it, but I heard it very clearly for several seconds after being fully alert and moving. Also, once when I was at a friend's house, I felt someone poking me repeatedly very hard in my side (it actually hurt) and shouting insults into my ear. There was no one else in the room though. I said a protection prayer and it stopped right away.


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mark4740 4 years ago

Great hub, I just posted one about my paranormal experiences if indeed they are paranormal.


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Cameron Corniuk 5 years ago from Painesville, OH

By default, yes. Not last night, but sure felt like they were here. I don't call them shadow people, though, just shadows--about the farthest from people as they can be. Been considering writing about some of the more interesting experiences from when I was younger.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Whoa...a little bit alarming! Do you see shadow people?


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Cameron Corniuk 5 years ago from Painesville, OH

Yup...middle of the desert with nothing nearby, weird--just weird.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Hi, Cameron. That's very spooky...you're sure it wasn't a branch or something? Too weird....


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Cameron Corniuk 5 years ago from Painesville, OH

Freaky...as I was reading this, maybe around the second or third paragraph, I start hearing a tapping on the sliding glass door a few feet to my left. It seems to have stopped now that I'm done reading....*shudder*


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Hey, Jamie. Nice to see your face again! :) Yes, it was probably one of the most frightening experiences in my entire life...the tapping, that is. A Haunting in Connecticut is actually a movie, and a very scary one at that! I don't recommend watching it alone and in the dark. :) Thanks for stopping by.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

Love your hub.. thank you for sharing this. I would have been scared out of my mind to hear that knocking and then once again real life... I notice you said you watch A Haunting.. I've seen several of those including A Haunting in Connecticut...I think that is one of the better made for TV series. How weird the elec. picked right then to go out! Just glad everything is working out better now for you and your family :)


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS... I went ot your hub about the 5 haunted places in Florida ... I did my norm. 6:41 studied the pictures at 6:58 I went back to comment made it all the way to the final observation went to print Alot of people have died here and did not complete the last sentence because at 7:00 my computer went crazy and froze then completely shut down at 7:04 now it is 7:24 and I just came back up so I am heading back over to theat hub. OHHH

My daughter is going to send the pictures I told you about from her computer so don't delete. Her name is Sydney but I think her computer name is Kappytain.. Look for it. I am sending the ones we took at nightfall in March. Full moon. Ritual at midnight. Graveyard as always and the day we took pics.. Look at them you will be surprised. Also look closely tell me what you see...

Love:

LeeLee


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

It actually tapped on all three windows I would say about 8 to 10 times. What's so funny is even though I have been doing this for years, YES I still get scared too!!!

There is one shadow man that has been with you for awhile actually a long time. He is waiting for you to say hello and wave.

Has your computer ever lit up when no one was on it and your mouse move? Mine has and every single person in my house saw it. My son is also into the paranormal. My husband was not period. After watching that happen he says nothing anymore.

Now my love of graveyards is because I love how peaceful and quiet it is, I love looking at the graves and I love the calmness I feel when I am there.

You used to go to a graveyard and wander. Where is your grandmother buried? The headstone is stand up ( East Coast ) and in black marble. There is a design on the front like lines or roses....

If you want I can touch the Ouija Board for you... Let me know I will tell you the time etc... You can just meditate. You will feel such a sense of closure wash over you...


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kyenny0927 5 years ago from Ohio

Hi Kitty! I'm kyenny, and I'm the one that LeeLee got crossed wires with you LOL this was an interestin hub and I can't wait to read more!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

I do see shadow people. I've seen them in the past but not so many recently.

Something tapped on your window? How many times? Has that happened to you before?


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

She just came on hubs not to long ago. Her name is kyenny0927..... So NO shadow people at all? Hmmm. That is weird... NO... Sorry I talk like you are sitting here.. UMMMM how far is the graveyard from you? Tampa right? No NO NO.... This is so out of the ordinary for me! That I would cross connect wires... Like with you and kyenny... OKAY the graveyard damn WAIT.. Something is not right... YOU BOTH dealt with something strong that YES I can correct BUT why I have crossed signals is for me alone to deal with. OMG... I am cool.. Tell me kitty more... Because they are strong too. Very strong... So are you.... I had something tap on my window Monday...........................


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

NO way! Who is this other hubber may I ask? Is she a follower of mine, too? I'd love to talk to her on here, as well! I think you're right..I should face the facts that I've never quite been the same as everyone else...in the area of sensitivity to others' feelings and to energies of a place...even spirits and entities. I do get fleeting and strange thoughts sometimes just when looking at someone on the street...things that I push out of my mind because I think my mind is just making up these things. Maybe they are real!

Yes, the old roomie was pretty cruel. Not a happy person at all. I'm not sure what all she was into, but there definitely wasn't a good light emanating from her at any time that I knew her. She seemed quiet and sort of like she was hiding a secret that she didn't even know how to hide. Yes, one other roomie moved out of that house after I did...probably very soon after though I'm not sure how soon because I stopped talking to every one of them after my move.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Well I do all of it. I was really selfish when I was young so my experience on the Ouija Board was to humble me. It worked. I still have the board I received much later. Do not fear how deep it gets. The Ouija Board? That is the last thing you should ever fear. You are so much stronger. Forget about the cards. I can read people just by looking at them. I just got my wires crossed with another hubber that I told about this house. I was adament that she knew this house. I could describe it right down to the doorbell. Then I read your hub and the house was staring at me. I e-mailed her and said check out kitty's hub. My advice STOP running from what you can not change. You have a gift that you need to embrace it is not a bad thing. Trust me I have helped people only to have them either turn on me or come back to me crying because they did not listen... You will say no I am sure. You need to just TOUCH a ouija board and when you do in your mind say I am stronger than you. Accept that you are gifted.

Now your old roomie OHOH she was into stuff you knew absolutely nothing about. She was mean. Nasty. Said and did horrible things. She showed you some of this behavior. Also she did not get along with another roomie either. How many moved out right after you left?


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Ahhh, the roomies. I liked and was on good terms with two of them, but one...not so much. We never really truly got along...she wasn't really into anything out of the ordinary. She did a lot of partying and worked at a gym. She criticized my lifestyle and hobbies...but I didn't particularly care! She had a dog that she didn't take care of, that I would take care of...the list goes on. Weird about the ouija board picture, I wish google wouldn't place those stupid ads on my hubs. I don't like ouijas nor do I recommend them to anyone!

Ahhh...it's funny that you asked me the question about what I can do in the paranormal world. I used to read people's tarot cards but I gave it up because it just got TOO deep...and frightening in two cases. It dredged up things that they didn't want to talk about and things I did NOT want to know. So, I threw the tarot cards out. I'm not exactly sure what my gift is, though I've always been sensitive to energies and spirits...I think I may be a bit of an empath too? Yes, I see shadow people...I've seen a few in this house that I live in now specifically. They don't ever do much but look at me, and they don't really look like people...more like mists of energy. What is your gift? You have one for sure! What do you think mine is? It's sort of hard for me to "diagnose" myself! Thanks for your wonderful comments, you've really brightened an otherwise irritating morning! :)


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

OKAY again my votes disappeared.. 11:43... Best thing you did was "talk" to it. You acknowledged their presence. Also when I read the other hub, there was no Ouija Board picture period. Yet I just went back to that page or rather hub and boom there it was! HUH... Love it. Now what can you do in the paranormal world? Meaning Tarot cards? ( oohh cool breeze on my lower legs.) Runes? Aura's? Reading people? What is your gift? Also do you have shadow people??? I bet you do...


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

11:33 50's your there more than the 40's. You love both but you are drawn more towards the 50's. Anyway Dark Entity? NO... What about your roomies? Which on did you not like? She did not like you either. What was she into? You did not care for one another from the initial get go but for rent, the place etc. it was fine... HUH what was she into?

Your house when you had your daughter. Well so far I picked up on an elderly gentleman... I will close this out so I can finish and comment on the rest. Voted staright across the board!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

hey, sj! haha...brave or just plain whacko! sometimes i can't tell which...maybe both? anyway, thanks for the compliments as usual! sometimes the uninvited guests are friendly...sometimes not! thanks for stopping by. always nice to talk to ya.


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

Wow, Kitty, you're a brave girl talking to them. Very interesting. My experience has only been in getting rid of them :-). But I definitely know what you're talking about here, I'm not one to really get into my own experiences, but I've talked to a lot of people who've had to deal with "uninvited guests" in their home. Fantastic writing!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

hey, goody7...thanks, links are always a good thing.


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goody7 5 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

Great hub, I loved every word of it. I'm truly fascinated about this topic. I've put a link to your hub from my own ghostly hub, which has turned into ghost central here on the hub pages. Hopefully you'll get even more traffic this way. If you don't like the link, then please let me know, and I'll remove it for you. Keep on hubbing.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

cogerson - yes, strange things were afoot, to be sure! hehe...thanks for reading...you rock.

fossillady - the tapping freaked me out extensively. i think i might write a short story called "the tapper". i've been reading a book lately (now i can't remember the author) but she talks about how she's communicated with spirits and it seems to help.

fluffy77 - you are an adamant commenter...i appreciate that! very true...when you feel like you're being watched, be it stalker or spirit you feel as if you have no privacy whatsoever.

nell rose - hi, nell! always good to see your smiling face on here! it was very frightening indeed...at least the first experience was. the second was scary but felt a little less threatening and invading. i must find out more about this telekinesis link with teenagers/adolescents that you seem to talk about a lot. thanks, toodles!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this was a scary experience, I do know what you to, things have happened to me before, and as you say, if you tell them something about yourself or ask them to stop it tends to work, whether it is ghosts or telekinesis somehow it seems work, chilling story! cheers nell


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

I can really relate to this, hauntings are very scary and you have no privacy any more. I have been through this before, and I always hope and pray that it will never happen again. That seems to be working for me too. Voted up and useful, thanks for sharing here with us.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Aha, How frightening to hear a tapping on the window! I'm glad everything turned out okay in your present home. I think it's a good idea that you opened up to the possible entities lurking in the house and showed them you meant no harm.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Interesting hub. Strange things were happening in those two houses. I am glad you have found a happy medium for house husband and entity. Voted up

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