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Poltergeist Taunts Woman For Seven Years

Updated on July 12, 2009

For seven-years a mysterious unseen force taunted a woman by stealing her money, calling her name and moving objects around the home.

Now, for the first time, Joan Coates describes the frightening events that threatened to rob her sanity.

In 1982, June quit her job and moved to the coast to nurse her mother who had become blind and bedridden with illness. Shortly after her arrival strange events began to take place – events that would continue for seven-years.

‘The first experience began when I was getting some meat from the refrigerator – someone called my name. The voice was not at all familiar and it seemed to emanate from nowhere. That voice would call me often over the years,’ June said.

‘Then when my mother died, the room she had occupied became extremely cold. Normally her room was the hottest place in the house, but for nearly a year it was like a freezer. It was then that my four small dogs began to act strangely.

‘They would look at a certain point of the room and bark wildly as if something was there. All the hair on their backs would stand up and they would continue to stare and growl until I pulled them out of the room.

‘I decided then to move into the cabin at the back of the house, and only entered the main residence for a few hours every night to watch television. When I closed the back door on my way out I could always hear strange banging and shuffling sounds inside the house.’

Chapter two was about to begin for June as the mysterious force gained confidence. This time it would taunt June with her very livelihood.

‘One day I was leaving the cabin to go and do some shopping and I remember taking twenty-dollars out of my purse and placing it on my phone-table,’ she said.

‘When I returned home the twenty-dollars was gone. It turned up two-weeks later in another room inside a cut-glass bowl.

‘On another occasion twenty-dollars was taken out of my purse. I became very distraught because it was all the money I had. I couldn’t find it anywhere and in sheer exhaustion I fell asleep. When I awoke my purse and the twenty-dollars were beside me.’

As the presence gained strength June began to witness objects moving around her home. Paintings moved on the walls and cutlery rose into the air.

In 1989, the mischievous presence that had plagued June for seven-years suddenly turned nasty. Her kitten was bludgeoned to death and her dog was strangled.

‘Things were happening all the time but mostly they were just annoying, then everything changed when I bought myself a beautiful white kitten,’ she said.

‘I placed it in the garage one day and went shopping. When I returned home I found it dead. There was a heavy pulley on the floor beside it. The pulley was the type with a large hook at the end. I always kept it on the top shelf in the garage. The kitten’s head had been bashed in with the pulley.

‘A few day’s later one of my dogs was strangled. I’d tied him up in the backyard. Someone or something had thrown him over the fence while he was still tied up. He strangled to death on the chain.’

Things are quiet now for the softly spoken elderly lady. Her life has returned to normal, her dogs keep her company and her friends visit for a chat.

June still remains in the small cabin behind her family home – a home that holds many memories of good times overshadowed by bad.

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    Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    Thanks, Mark, for yet another crop of goose bumps and hair standing on end!

    As one who has experienced having a bedside lamp turned rapidly on and off by an unseen hand continuously for 5 mins or so one night, and variations on that theme (same lamp) on several other nights, I can assure that one commenter that June was NOT making this stuff up, or doing it herself. In my case, however, I knew exactly whose unseen hand was responsible for the "light show" and why, and it was more irritating than scary. In June's shoes, tho, I wouldn't have stuck around for a single minute after the mother died!

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    Thomas Robinson 6 years ago

    Things like that are happening in my house im 15yrs old. today i was home alone and i saw someone climbing out my shed. everynight me and my sister lay awake hearing walking around the house creaking floors and banging on walls and doors. Once a "slim fast milkshake" was flung of the fridge and almost hit me in the head it was flung at such force it had a punch mark in the side of the bottle and it was leaking. non of my family can go down the bottom of the garden because whenever we go down we hear the shed creaping.I hope the thing doesn't get my rabbits i would be destraught. We cant afford to move house, when we first moved in a couple of weeks in 2 hooks hand be placed together in the kitchen on the oven as a cross. i sleep with bibles in my room. which is why the banging is on my door at night. I believe, im been followed in our old house a pale figure of a woman climbed into bed with me when i was just 5 this happened for several months until i started sleeping with the light on.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Poor woman! What a creepy but fascinating hub. Poltegeists and apports are a very puzzling phenomena.

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    Sembj 6 years ago

    Poltergeists represent something more difficult to explain to us who look for rationale explanations. I've always found stories involving poltergeists particularly interesting since they cannot be easily dismissed because of clear evidence. Interesting and enjoyable.

    Thanks, your new follower,

    Sembj

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    Mark Halliday 6 years ago from Australia

    Thank you goody7 - I appreciate your kind words and the link to my article. Happy New Year my friend :)

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    goody7 6 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

    I find this kind of subject fascinating, and your hub catches the essence of it perfectly. I put a link to your hub from my ghostly hub. If you don't like it, then just let me know and I'll remove it for you. Of coarse my hub doesn't get the traffic like your hub does, but it's the real deal, and I can assure you of that.

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    brotheryochanan 7 years ago

    hehe... old bat sacrifice :)

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    Mark Halliday 7 years ago from Australia

    I hope it doesn't catch on - divorce lawyers might be out of a job.

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    brotheryochanan 7 years ago

    suffice it to say.. a good ole dog and cat sacrifice will appease any disturbing presence lol.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    When my grandmother was getting elderly, she reported to us that there were willowy people that followed her around the house and sometimes they would not stop in time and all get bunched up. She also would blame them when the stop was not turned off and other mishaps. Interesting what the mind can do. I enjoy your writing. Aloha!

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    Mark Halliday 7 years ago from Australia

    Thank you mwatkins - perhaps the poltergeist had menopause and that is why it was so nasty. :)

    Glad you liked it.

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    mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

    That was an excellent story! I can't WAIT to read more! you got me at the title - I thought it was going to be about menopause, but it was . . . so much better! Thank you! your writing style is really enticing! I couldn't help but read every word!

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    Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

    Hi, this was certainly creepy, but maybe she was doing it herself? that in itself is very scary. thanks nell

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    nick071438 7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

    A well-written hub. Even without pictures- scenes are clearly illustrated and depicted. To you MarkHall and your loved ones- Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2010.

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    Gina Barbiero 8 years ago from SouthEastern US

    Very spooky story. I'm so glad things have quieted down for Ms. Coates.

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    Hope your goosebumps have settled down - thanks for the comment :)

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    silverwindintx 8 years ago from Burnet, TX

    Gave me goosebumps reading this....glad things have finally quieted down for her.

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    Thanks for dropping by Misty - yes it is sad, but it least it is peaceful now.

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    Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    So sad about the kitten and the dog, but amazing story none the less.

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    Thank you very much. I'm glad you like the story. :)

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    fierycj 8 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

    I love Ghost stories...Poltergeists isn't something so far-fetched. It's a weird world we live in. I like the way you tell a story, Mark. You're talented, obviously.

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    Thank you Stormo :)

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    stormo 8 years ago from timbucktoo, florida

    It takes a person with real backbone to stay and face the challenges that living with a poltergueist presents. I admire this lady. Great story telling mark.

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    I think most people would agree with Zaina. Thanks for reading :)

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    zaina-777 8 years ago

    I would of relocated when I first noticed things happening. I love reading anything that is unusual and extrodinary but I dont feel I would be able to cope with the fear factor if it ever happened to me. Great hub. Thankyou

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    I agree - not sure I would I have lasted that long. Thanks for reading Charia :)

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    Charia Samher 8 years ago

    I was right when I decided not to read it last night.,lol! It's a good thing that she gets rid of the unknown being. But seven years is seven years, that is a long scary years.

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    LOL ... probably a wise decision Charia - sleep well my friend. :)

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    Charia Samher 8 years ago

    I'll be back tomorrow to read this..I don't want to risk a good night sleep! lol!

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    I agree Alexander. :)

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    Alexander Silvius 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

    Although I wonder if the lady was delusional, I was also shivering while reading. Very sad ending to what should have been peaceful.

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    Mark Halliday 8 years ago from Australia

    Yes - it's a fairly creepy story; the chills are my pleasure :)

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    shamelabboush 8 years ago

    I was shivering whille reading this specially the cold room and the scene of the dogs barking! If it were me, I would relocate immediately. Thanks for the chills :)