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Paranormal Experiences Of The Dark Side

Updated on February 18, 2012


There are a lot of things we go through and see in life that we just can't explain or understand. I will be the first to tell you, in the beginning, I didn't believe in ghost. When I was growing up, I was taught to not believe in such foolish things. In 2005, I had an incident that would change my outlook on the paranormal forever. I have learned that it is ok if people don't believe what you say. If they haven't experienced the paranormal, they will not understand you anyway. It is like anything in life, you have to walk those same shoes to fully understand one's perspective.

With the technology that is present at this day and age, we are now able to capture spirits and ghost on EVPs and video. The paranormal world has gained a lot of popularity across the world due to such television shows as Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters. An entire new world and perspective has been open, one that wasn't a decade ago. In saying that, I now invite you to the scariest time in my life. This is my story.


We had just moved to the Courtyard Apartments in 2005 and I was actually on my own for the first time in my life. My wife was pregnant and all the pieces of the puzzle were falling in place. Looking back now, there was always a feeling of despair in that apartment. I never realized it at first. At the time, I had a lot of things on my mind.

I never heard or saw anything prior to my experience. Usually, they are prior events that lead up to weird things happening, but this was not that case. Everything that I experienced was quickly brought on. I always fear the way people will judge me. Will they think I am crazy? I hope I don't get that response. I would like to hear what others have experienced or gone through.

I remember laying in bed with my wife watching television. My wife was already fast asleep and I was tired myself. I looked at the clock and it was 2:23 A.M. I tried to steal some covers from my wife but she wasn't having it. It was a hot night anyway so I did without. I always lay on my left side so I had my back toward my wife. She is always a heavy sleeper. The next thing I know, I feel something touch my leg. I turn around to greet her with a goodnight kiss and she is still in the same position. It puzzled me. I thought it may be from lack of sleep so I just laid back down.

I am once again laying on my left side and I feel something touch my leg again. I turn around quickly and she is still on her right side as before. I look at the clock and it is 2:29 A.M. At this point, I am feeling uneasy. I am trying to figure out what is going on. I keep an eye on my wife, to see if she is messing with me. I tap her and mess with her hair, but no response. I look around the room and it is nearly like I am picking up on something. It's hard to explain, so I would say it is a natural reaction from my body. What's going on?

I lay back down, this time flat on my back. The touches were more like feeling someone grab your leg and squeeze a little bit. I had to get back up at six in the morning so I tried to go back asleep. As soon as I close my eyes, I am grabbed! I open my eyes only to see or hear nothing. The next thing I know, I have lost all motor functions to my body. I can't move at all. I remember being so confused at first. The first thing that comes to mind is to scream for my wife. I tried so hard, but nothing was coming out. The entire time that my body was controlled, all I could do is move my eyes a little to the right and left. I couldn't move them like normal. Out of the corner of my right eye, I see my wife still sleeping.

I was completely helpless. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't do anything. At this point, I am terrified. I wasn't even thinking about what had me. After a minute or two, I gave up. I tried to scream at my wife, but nothing was coming out. I could hear myself screaming inside, but nothing was coming out of my mouth. I thought I was going to die.

The next thing I know, I am threw to the floor. I don't hit the ground though. I am elevated a few inches off the floor. My body is now stretched all the way out and I am elevated off the ground face down. I can't move, I can't scream, all I can do is move my eyes a little to the left and right. At this point, I am watching the floor.

I don't know how long I was in that position. The only thing I remember is having difficulty breathing. I can't breathe no more. It seemed like I was in that position for a long time. I remember feeling weaker and weaker. Then suddenly, I am thrown back on the bed. As soon as I hit the bed, I can move again. I wake my wife up crying.

I never looked at the clock again after that. I guess I was too scared to think about anything other then getting the hell out of that apartment. It was an event that will forever scar me. We actually left for a few days and stayed with my parents, but later came back. A few days later, my wife saw a black mist in the corner of our bedroom. After that, we left for good and never returned.

After all this time, I still don't know what happened that night. I have had encounters after this, such as apparitions and cold spots, but I haven't ever been attacked again. However, my wife continues to see weird things and she picks up on things that I can't. I never tried to look into the history there, but I know there is something dark in that apartment. It would be great to get other people's encounters and experiences. I have always wondered if others have had similar events.



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      Dawn 5 weeks ago

      I had the same experience as a kid, but not the throwing-on-the-ground part. it was scary, I had the same feeling. Like I wanted to scream but I just- I just COULDN'T. I kept knocking on my parent's door, but I was just so small, and so tiny, my knocks barley made any noise. I was crying.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Jennzie, thanks for dropping by and for your time and comment. I remember being confused more then anything. These things are not supposed to happen. When it happened to my wife, I knew something evil was going on. Then it was run baby run!

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      That must have been a very frightening experience. I know if that was me, I would have gotten the hell out of that apartment that same night!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Max, I sure do appreciate you taking the time to read many of my articles:) I truly do. My wife has a gift. She doesn't know how to take full advantage of it or she may be scared, but she picks up on many things. I wouldn't think they are related, but you never know. My wife can point out cold spots, which are cool when it is your first time feeling one. Unbelievable! After this happened, we moved out and left. This was 10 times worse then the UFO experience. I haven't had any issues since, but my wife has. I think it goes back with her gift. She remembers being 5 years old and seeing ghost, the devil once, angels. ect. I know it sounds crazy, but I believe her. She goes into great detail about things. I would advise anyone going through similar events, get out while you can. If we would have stayed, I may not be here today. To be picked up, tossed around like nothing while seeing nobody, that is scary.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Ricky, this is just so creepy and scary, to say the least... (If I wasn't dead from the UFO encounter from your other hub, I would have been dead from this one for sure.) I think this story shows that you are a strong spirit. My grandpa was always saying that things happen in balance and in relation to personal strength, and of course, they happen for a reason. Do you think that this encounter can be linked to the UFO? Though extraterrestrial and demons can be from entirely different dimensions. That was petrifying, I still have icy-cold fingers from reading the story. That was just scary stuff. Does your wife still 'picks up' the signs from another world? Did something happened (significant change in life) after the encounter? It's a common theory that when ghosts go into contact with the living it means that they have some agenda in place, like unfinished business or something. They pick on those who has fine tuning to the other realities. Obviously, you have this trait that attracts them. Did they try to contact you again? (See, I am a nosy one)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Mark, your right on. It has happened enough that I can pick up on it or sense its presence. Appreciate the info Mark. Those of us that have encountered these paranormal events should share what they know with one another, so thanks and I will be sure to check them out.

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      markbennis 5 years ago

      Hello thelyricwriter, oh that was a nasty one, inter-dimensional entity at a guess. The energy signature is heavy and dark, and really creeps up on your intuition radar, just a deep sense of someone or something in your presence.

      Good job you got out of their quickly and I know that was not so easy to do, and explain why, so again well done. I have had many paranormal experiences and have written up on many of them, wont slap urls here but pop on over and have a look.

      You’re not alone with these experiences and if anything, always trust your senses and your intuition, that’s the truth you only need to be listening too.

      Kind regards, Mark.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Writer20, it is possible. All it takes is energy to move objects and it has been documented that they can. It is very possible that you have a spirit. That doesn't mean that it is bad, just means it is possible. I would advise you to research your house. Usually, if there is a spirit, it has a connection to where it is seen. See if your house is old. Try to find out who lived there before. If you saw a young man, you are probably dealing with a male spirit. Did a young man live there? Did he pass sway there? Once you begin asking questions, you will find the answers. You can usually pick up on activity if you pay attention. Listen for noises, speaking, cool air, energy, such as static to raise the hairs on your arms.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Another piece to add on that same night. My walk-in closet is in my bathroom I was looking in the mirror across from the closet and phew I saw a young man in his 20's with glasses looking at me then was gone. Now, I have just noticed one of antique cups missing. Can they take things like that? Joyce.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      *Writer20, wow! That sounds like something paranormal to me. It wouldn't appear to be harmful, not that it can't. If I were you, I would keep an eye and ear out for anything. Not to scare you, but it may be a loved one.

      *Aviannovice, oh my. This may have been her trying to connect with you. The pin only makes me think this more. Our loved ones are always connected to us in Spirit.

      *James, it is a possibility. I have had trouble sleeping, but only in the last 5 months. This was years ago. Although I was in bed, I wasn't asleep when this happened.

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      James 5 years ago

      Look up what's called "sleep paralysis". I think it may be what you experienced, and everything since could simply be histeria from the event. Hope I helped :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Pretty wild. Now, drink this in. My mother passed, but I was not aware of it. She came to me in a "dream," and was floating over me. She reached for me and I almost grabbed her hand, but pulled back in fear, because the whole scenario was just too off the wall. The next morning, I found my grammar school graduation pin on the floor.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Had to write to tell you, last night I was on my own and I had the T.V. muted. I just caught sight of a head bent toward my way then the gray color gown went through the doorway between my kitchen and living room. Upstairs in my bedroom I heard noise like furniturewas being moved. Of course nothing was, Joyce.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      *Xstatic, thanks for dropping by. I have had other experiences, but nothing bad. Good thing I would think. Still have trouble from time to time sleeping.

      *Rasta, ohh I see. Not that I can recall. To be honest, I only remember being scared. It messed with me for a while. Interesting to know though. I wish I could remember.

      *Aviannovice, it would make for an interesting read. Great point. I will have to check on that. I feel that something happened there, I truly do.

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      Deb Hirt 6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Now that was pretty creepy! Maybe you should check out the history of that apartment. That would make a fantastic hub! Voted awesome and interesting.

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Whats up lyric, the reason I was asking you that is because it is believed that the sensation of your head growing larger like in cartoons is an indication of supernatural activities.

      It may be however a temporary random biological malfunction.

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      Jim Higgins 6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I hope you are not "marked" as someone this kind of thing continues to happen to. Scary stuff alright, and riveting. I lived in a weird house as a kid, but that being that lived in the attic was harmless. Good Hub!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Kevin, thanks for taking the time to view this article. Thanks for the advice. I never thought about going that route, but it makes sense. Haven't had a chance to read your expereince, but I will.

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      kevins blog52 6 years ago from southern Indiana

      great read thelyricwriter,I think Raevyn14,is right, You should see a preacher or a priest and ask them what it could have been.Did you read my Hub on my after death experience?

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      *Kash, great to hear from you. That sounds great! I would love to read your story and the feedback it gets. We learn things this way and it could be useful to others.

      *Raevyn, thanks for coming by. I do agree. Something evil, probably demonic, was in that apartment. We could have really been hurt. Anyone that goes through similar events, for sure, get out!

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      Raevyn14 6 years ago from Tecumseh, Oklahoma

      You did not have an out of body experince, you were attacked by something demonic. The fact that she saw something in the corner is proof enough that what ever was in that apartment didn't want you there. There had to have been some way for it to get in

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, Great hub and great read as well. Your hub has inspired my to write a hub on my paranormal experiences that i did have, Now if i only can find the time to write it.

      Interesting and vote up !!!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Vox, thanks for taking the time to drop by and read this article. I do thank God for getting me out of there. I became an instant believer and have been ever since. There is good and bad, light and dark, goodness and evil. Thinking back sends chills down my spine. So, so scary.

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      Jasmine 6 years ago

      This was an interesting read, to say the least. I believe such things are possible. As for myself, I have had paranormal experiences as well, all negative, but not as extreme as yours. Fear is the right word to describe how I felt. I'm very happy that I haven't had them for quite a while. Thank God! It's a good thing that you left that place. Bless you!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      *Nighthag, thanks for taking the time to read my story. I believe many people don't share their story for similar reasons. Glad I chose to leave.

      *Audrey, thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. It was scary. Nothing in my life has came close to this event.

      *Rosemay, always great to hear from you my dear. Yes, I remember your occurences. I really believe something is still there. Perhaps I should have contacted someone at the time.

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi Ricky I have had experiences of the paranormal as you know. This experience of yours sounds extremely scary, you did right to get out of there right away.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      Pretty scary! I can't imagine having gone through that!

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      brave of you to share your experince, many dont for the excat reason you stated above, fear.

      Glad to hear that you heeded the warning, I think if you had stayed it would have only gotten worse.

      and no you are not alone in having an experince, just most are not as full on as this(mine is quite tame in comparison). truly scary indeed.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      *Rasta, thanks for taking the time to drop by. I am not sure I know what you are talking about. I didn't have any side effects, scratches, ect if that is what you mean.

      Writer20, always great to hear from you. Agreed. I noticed a few years after the aparment was still empty. Makes me wonder if someone else has an encounter.

      *AE, it is always a pleasure. It truly is. It is hard telling everything we can't see. There is something out there for sure. I have no question.

      *Prasetio, thanks for coming by bro. Always great to hear from you. It was a bad experience. I could never be so scared in my life then on that night.

      *Sky, thanks for taking the time to drop by my friend. I will make sure I check it out. Thanks for the link.

      *Frank, Frank the tank! I had a feeling that you might end up liking this one. Have a good one and see you soon.

      *Sueswan. thanks for coming by and hope all is well. Yes, those are similar signs that something is near. They shouldn't be ignored.

      *Gypsy, interesting. Like I was saying earlier at the top of the comment, it was empty years later. I came by and my friend's mom lived next door. I didn't think about the child having anything to do with it, but that makes sense. I will have to try and read that book. Do you know if it is based on a true story? Thanks for the info.

      *Alastar, always great to have you come by. I can relate to you cause I have read your encounters. I know from your past hubs that you have had encounters as well. I will be sure to check them out and I really do appreciate the advice. It is always good to hear other experiences.

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      lyric I had a lady comment on one of my paranormal experience hubs and she was touched too but what happened with you crosses the line into something very negative my friend. My best guess on the black mist is the possibility of an inter-dimensional entity. Doesn't sound like a poltergeist. You might want to read up on the Djin and Bell Witch of Tennessee.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Someone or something took control of you and it wasn't the nice kind of something either. Reminded me of the old horror classic Rosemary's Baby and let me tell you you were right to get out and you did it at the right time meaning the baby wasn't born yet. Now it has sometimes happened that the next people in that apartment weren't bothered but considering that whoever was so nasty they got their share too. Hopefully they did something about it meaning got in touch with paranormal experts and cleaned out that apartment. Glad you and your wife got away. We got some spirits living with us of that I'm convinced but they just coexist just sometimes we connect. Like yesterday I saw something like a mist go by me and sometimes I can feel their presence.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Lyricwriter

      What a terrifying experience! I have not had this kind of experience except for the feeling something heavy was lying on top of me and breathing down my neck. I jumped out of bed immediately and went to sleep on the couch.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Take Care my friend

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      yeah I like this hub :)

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      This is where many interpretations of your belief comes into play.

      Well written , I stayed to the end . Just read Micheals dream . Take a look. Bless.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow..this is so scary. Thanks for share your "mysterious incident" with us. I had never find like this in my life. Take care, brother!


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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is scary. I have never had anything like this happen to me. ( Thank goodness ) Who knows what lurks out there? I don't want to know...Cheers

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Jeepers what a creepy night you had. I think I would have left that apartment straight away. Great story.

      Voted up and interesting, Joyce

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      You had an out of body experience. Do you ever feel like your is swelling?