The Haunted House in the Cornfield - Ghost of the Little Girl

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Haunted House in the Cornfield

I was three when we moved into the house where I spent most of my childhood years. I don’t really remember moving in, but I do remember visiting our new neighbors whose house was surrounded by a cornfield, except for a narrow drive leading to the house. It certainly fit the part of an old haunted house. It seems strange that I vividly remember that visit; it seems to be one of my first clear memories in my life. The house was very old and rugged, and there was an elderly couple that lived there; we’ll call them the Smiths. I remember that the stairs were scary because there were a few steps that were broken. I remember playing with a young girl about my age in one of the rooms upstairs, and the room smelled pleasant like flowers or perfume.

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Abandoned House in the Cornfield

Several years have passed now and I’m old enough to be getting into some mischief with the help of my two older brothers. The couple that lived in the old house in the cornfield had passed away shortly after we moved in, so it had been empty for a few years. The old house was quietly hidden in the middle of the cornfield and it looked more haunted than ever. My brothers and I got the idea to go check it out one day so we did. The house was really run down; there were some broken windows and the front screen door hung by one hinge. The front and back doors were locked, so we decided to climb in through one of the broken windows. My oldest brother removed most of the glass that was left so we didn’t get cut climbing through. The inside of the house was much as I remembered it, except it was in far worse condition than before. There were some rotted spots in the floor, and the stairs were falling in, in places. One of my brothers said it was probably haunted, and I remember being really scared and wanting to leave, but my brothers talked me into checking it out with them. We went through all the rooms on the bottom floor then decided to carefully climb what was left of the stairs. There were three rooms upstairs each with a closet. We opened every door in that house except one of the closet doors that we couldn’t get open. It was in the room I remembered playing with the little girl in. I also remember that there were stray cats all over the house.

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The Locked Door

We went back to the house several times in the following months, we tried each time to open the closet door, but we could not get it open. We even risked getting in trouble by getting into Dad’s tools so we could pry the door open, still no luck. That door was sealed tight; we used a three foot pry bar with all three of us pushing on it and still; the door remained closed. As we sat there thinking about the situation; we heard a noise that sounded like it came from inside the closet. We all jumped back away from the door and stared at it in disbelief. I remember getting a cold chill up my spine, as one of my brothers was saying it was probably a cat. We were still a bit freaked out, but were convinced that it was a cat.

Could this be Our Imagination?

The next time we went to the house we noticed that it had been vandalized. Several more windows were broken out and there was spray paint on the walls. By now our favorite place to hang out was the room with the locked closet. We were all just sitting there, when I realized that there were no cats in the room, and I couldn’t remember there ever being one in there. I mentioned this to my brothers and after they thought about it, they agreed that they hadn’t seen a cat in there either. We decided to get one of the cats and bring it into the room. They were all over the house so it was easy to find one; its neck fur began to stand as soon as we got it into the room. We sat it down in the middle of the room, and it immediately turned and faced the closet, after a quick stare it hissed and ran out of the room. Then we heard another noise that sounded like it came from the closet, and there was a pleasant flowery smell. We decided it was time to leave for the day.

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Getting Caught

A few days later a man came by the house and talked to Mom and Dad outside. After he left Dad yelled for us boys like he always did when we were in trouble. He asked us if we had been messing around the abandoned house. We all looked at each other sheepishly and in unison said no. Dad then asked with his angry tone, then how the hell did my pry bar get over there. Then he asked why we decided it would be smart to break out windows and paint on the walls. We all told him that we had been in the house, but we didn’t break or paint anything. He didn’t believe us, we got grounded and had to do extra chores for a week. A day or two later, Mom told us that she heard from a neighbor down the road that old Mrs. Smith claimed that the house was haunted. We figured she was just trying to scare us. We went back to the house a few times, but less than a year later the house was torn down.

Backstory

Years later my Mom and I were talking about the old house; I told her about playing with the little girl the first time we went there, but she said she didn’t remember a little girl being there. I told her everything that I remembered from that day and she was amazed. She said it sounded kind of spooky, and that maybe I had seen the ghost old Mrs. Smith was talking about. I asked her to tell me more about the story she heard. She said the story she heard was that a young girl had been abused there and died of starvation in one of the closets. She also told me that she watched as they tore the house down and hauled the scraps away, while we were at school. She said that a piece of the house about the size of a closet was loaded onto a flat bed truck and hauled away in one piece.

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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK

Very freaky. Good story, enjoyed reading it. What is it about corn fields? Seems that corn fields are always associated with weirdness...


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Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

Good writing, dmop! Voted up and interesting. If the closet sized chunk ended up in a landfill buried under dirt, would that be considered a coffin? Good to see you hubbing again as well as asking questions.


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RNMSN 4 years ago from Tucson, Az

oh my dmop this is such a cool story :) ha as I shiver...you had a real touch with that little ghost girl...poor little thing..


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

Wow! That's a little bit sketchy! You sound like my 2 boys always wanting to go through those abandoned, scary-looking houses standing alone in the middle of nowhere! Yikes!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Electro-Denizen, thanks for stopping by one of my hubs, I appreciate it. I agree that cornfields do seem to have an air of mystery about them; they just seem a bit creepy. Maybe we have just seen too many movies I don't know. Thanks again, and have a great day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Bob, thanks for reading another of Hubs. I been a bit busy with three kids playing ball, all in different leagues. It's not easy to find time to write, but I'm not going anywhere this is too much fun. I think the closet could serve as a coffin, I just hope her spirit is at peace. Thanks again, and have an awesome day.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

You have a straight-forward and engaging way of telling your story dmop. Going to assume this is a true story; animals have a better sense of tuning into the paranormal so its no surprise about the cats reaction; and the little girl? If one cares to study some of the eastern religions or New Age they'll find that people who die like the girl can stay temporarily trapped, so to speak, on the etheric plane, indeed, while there they may not even realize their bodies are deceased. Good read dmop.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

That's creepy! Very interesting hub.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

RNMSN, thanks for reading and commenting. It just makes my day when a reader tells me my scary story gave them a shiver. I thought it was a story worth telling. Thanks again and have a great day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

sallieannluvslife, as a young boy I was pretty brave, I think I actually liked being scared. It is a wonder one of us didn't get hurt playing around in that old house. Thanks for reading and commenting; and have a wonderful day.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Wonderful hub! Whether or not it is made up, it was still a thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing read - and very, very creepy!! Just what I like!

Voted up + awesome!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Alastar Packer, thanks for taking a moment to read and for your thoughtful comment. I will say that this story is based on events that did take place, but written from a writers perspective. Thanks again, have great day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

jennzie, Thanks for taking a moment to read and comment on my Hub, it is greatly appreciated; have an awesome day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Seeker7, Thanks for taking the time to check out my writing, I appreciate it. I'm thrilled that you liked it and found it creepy. Twenty five plus years later I still find it creepy each time I think of it. Thanks again and have a great day.


whowas 4 years ago

Nice writing dmop, I really enjoyed that. I love a good ghost story - and this hub is just that!


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Your gift....is telling a story like you are sitting next to me. Personable, exciting, and leaves you wanting to know more. I'd say that's a natural story teller.

Loved it. Ann Davis...votes up interesting awesome


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

whowas, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I thought it was a decent ghost story, worth sharing at least. I'm glad you enjoyed it, have a splendid day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

anndavis25, thanks for reading and for your wonderful comment. I have lots of stories just got to find time to write them down. Have a lovely day.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Me too, dmop. Time is a problem.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Great story! I always find haunted houses and paranormal stories very interesting. I was always fascinated as a kid and still enjoy hearing about them as an adult.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Kris Heeter, Thank you for taking a moment to read and comment, I greatly appreciate it. I'm glad you liked my story, hopefully I will be posting some more sometime in the near future. Thanks again and have a terrific day.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hi dmop, I loved your scary story. Great way to tell it, just as if you were sitting down after dinner and sharing a childhood memory. Awesome. Voted up.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great hub. Spooky story enjoyed it. You and your brothers sound like my brothers. They swear they saw red eyes looking at them in a spooky house we lived in. To this day they tell that story. Voted Up.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I think when someone dies a violent death that it was not their time. Maybe there is another dimension that they pass into. Who knows? Well, yes, I hope this is true. I don't like being duped, but even if not, there are plenty of unexplained things that happen. I have seen a few!


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Lot Rillera 4 years ago from Philippines

this is a scary story, I believed in Ghost, because I myself have seen it also, I was 6 years old then when I saw my grandfather sitting in our bed, I can't sleep that night then suddenly I saw him. But He already died during that time. maybe He is just dropping by to say Hi ! :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. This was a fascinating read. I have a sixth sense about the world beyond. From what you wrote I'd say you certainly encountered a ghost. That little abused spirit was lonely and wanted to play. The cat certainly felt something because I know for a fact that cats can see spirits and feel them. Thank you for sharing this ghostly tale.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love a ghost story and there is something about kids finding an abandoned house with a ghost that really fills the bill. Loved it!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Cyndi10, Thank you for taking the time to check out my story and leave a comment. I am glad you enjoyed it and hope your day is great.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

moonlake, It's these kinds of experiences that one never seems to forget, and it makes for a fun story to tell and talk about for years to come. Sometimes the story may get exaggerated over the years, but I think most times the basis of them are true, at least in the mind of those who remember them. Thanks for reading and leaving a great comment. I hope you have an awesome day.


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

The Bible states that the spirit goes back to God when the person dies (Ecc. 12:7). Those who follow the Bible may believe this and those who do not may believe another. The best time for things to happen is when it is strongly desired. The mind sometimes gives us what we want if we press it hard enough.

When I was younger, I did not know how to heal from my father's death, so I suffered and longed for him for many years. After reading "The Monkey's Paw," by W. W. Jacobs, I dreamed that I heard a thumping noise like heavy boots kicking the walls in Mom's closet. I hesitantly went to investigate. I opened the closet and saw a skeleton crumpled on the floor. The head was not a naked skull, but my father's live head as it was before he died. He was wearing his sporty Fedora (now called a gangster hat). He didn't look happy. He looked troubled and pained. I felt that he wanted me to help him somehow. He could not talk, but I felt what he wanted. He wanted me to stop wishing for him to come back. I quickly closed the closet because I did not want my dad to exist like that. Somehow, I knew that closing the closet would send him back. After I closed it, my healing began. I accepted my father’s death and let go of a heartache that had almost consumed me.

I cannot say that the form in Mom's closet was Dad's ghost. I can say that God has mysterious ways of healing people. I give Him the credit for the lesson I learned that night while I was asleep. It was not my father who was troubled, but I. He was R.I.P.

Just for the record, I really had that dream, and I really began the healing process aterwards.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

rebeccamealey, I agree that there might be something about a violent death that doesn't allow the soul to cross over as it should have. The story is true for the most part, I'm starting to think I shouldn't have asked that question. I thank you for reading and for the thoughtful comment, have a wonderful day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Lot Rillera, thanks for reading and for the interesting comment. Perhaps you are right and your Grandfather was just saying hello, or maybe he was watching over you, who knows. Have a great day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Gypsy Rose Lee, Than you for stopping by and for the great comment. I agree with you that there was a spirit in that house and she probably was just lonely and wanted to play. Have a terrific day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Dolores Monet, I thought it was a good story, and honestly it has gotten a very good response, I'm glad I decided to share it with my Hub friends. Thank you for stopping in and have a wonderful day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Levertis Steele, Thanks for reading and for your thoughtful comment. I might mention that many believe that there is a state of purgatory, this may or may not explain ghosts, but its an idea to think about. Thanks again, have a great day.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Very engaging hub Dmop.... I believe in the supernatural and I believe in your story!

Very spooky indeed! Must have raised so many questions in your mind...as it does in mine

Great hub


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Wonderful hub! I love ghost stories especially when I believe they are true. I think that the fact the cat hissed at the closet door says it all! Great story, thank you for sharing it with us. Voted up and awesome. Have a great day! :)


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

rahul0324, I appreciate your support though I wonder when you find time to sleep. It seems like you are writing and commenting constantly. I applaud your effort and hope to one day follow in your footsteps. The memory of these events haven't faded one bit over the years, and it does leave many questions, but I don't loose sleep over it. In fact I feel comforted that this is proof of an afterlife of some sort at least. Thanks again and have a great day.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

sgbrown, I love a good ghost story too, and living one really touches home. We knew something was odd about the house and especially that room, but that was what drew us to it. Thanks for stopping and for the lovely comment, have a great day.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

What a creepy story! I believe the story to be true. You write this very well. Voted up and thanks for sharing.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Thelma Alberts, thank you for reading, voting, and for the nice comment. Have a great day.


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Amethystraven 4 years ago from California

Great story dmop. I voted up, awesome and interesting. I also voted true. Spirits do stick around when something tragic has happened to them. It's kind of spooky and interesting. I am drawn to the paranormal for some reason. Take care.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Amethystraven, paranormal stories have always appealed to me, and I agree that spirits seem to get stuck or stick around for some reason when there are tragic circumstances. Thank you for reading, commenting, and for the votes. I hope your day is fantastic.


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Amethystraven 4 years ago from California

So far my day has been fantastic. I went hiking in Boggs Demonstration forest in Lake County and it was beautiful. I found a bountiful amount of obsidian and feathers. Clear Lake California is a beautiful place. Thank you dmop.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN Author

Amethystraven, That does sound like a fantastic day, and you are quite welcome.


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

Hey dmop, what a terrific story. I love hauntings. I lived in an old house that was a church for a short time and it was spookeeee! Our cookie jars would rattle on the counter every night and we didn't live close to any fault lines. Glad to read your work again, the apprenticeship keeps us pretty busy. Great hub! -K


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johnmariow 2 months ago from Connecticut

A very intriguing, well written story. I loved the part about the cat.

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