Thanks to Paula from Nassau County, Long Island for this story!
Paula grew up in an old farmhouse that was built in the 1900s. It has four floors including a basement, the first and second floor, and an attic. Paula is more sensitive to psychic impressions than most of her family members. She could always tell that her house was haunted.
Most of the paranormal activity happened on the first floor when there wasn’t anyone else down there. Paula would hear chairs move, as if someone had just scraped them along the floor to get up. Or there would be the vibrations of footsteps walking along the hallway between the main hall and the kitchen. Sitting in her room and hearing these noises coming from downstairs, Paula would think, “As long as whatever it is doesn’t come upstairs, I’m okay.”
Some of the sounds were so commonplace that they literally became a part of the background noise of the house. She’d hear dishes rattling in the cupboards and chalk it up to “old house sounds.” It was only as she got older and started talking to other people about this, that Paula discovered that those things generally don’t happen in houses.
The house has a tragic past that the residents are familiar with. Somewhere between 1915 and 1920, a young woman committed suicide in the master bedroom. When Paula was growing up, her family did some remodeling of the house and found a box of love letters and old-fashioned clothes from 1906. Apparently, the woman was unhappy in her marriage and had possibly planned to run away, but never found the opportunity to do so.
Another sad event took place in the house in the late 1990s. A young man died in the basement from complications related to alcohol poisoning. Paula states that up until this moment, the ghostly activities in the house were almost peaceful or non-intrusive in nature. After the sudden death, odd things started happening in the house.
There is an apartment in the basement that family members use on and off. Paula’s brother, Max, and his girlfriend, Michelle, were living there with their baby girl for a while. Electronics would behave abnormally. Sometimes, the ceiling fan would turn itself on and spin much faster than it was supposed to on the normal setting.
One evening, Max was in the shower and Michelle was lying down in bed. Someone called out to her. Thinking it was Max trying to get her attention, Michelle sat up in bed. As she did so, she both heard and saw the light switch turn itself off. Freaked out, she went and asked Max why he had played that trick on her, but he was still in the shower and there was no one else in the basement with them.
About a month later, Michelle was asleep in the basement apartment. Max was upstairs, keeping watch over their child through the baby monitor. Suddenly, he saw a pair of legs kicking as if someone was in distress. He hurried downstairs to find that Michelle was completely fine. He roused her, told her what he saw, and they both went upstairs to check the baby monitor.
Staring at the screen, they watched something invisible move on the bed. Then a brilliant, zigzagging light started zooming around the room. Fearful that whatever that was might mean the baby harm, Michelle went and got their daughter and took her back upstairs with them. They have felt an uncomfortable energy in that apartment ever since. Even the family dogs absolutely refuse to go down into the basement.
Paula definitely believes that there is more than one energy in the house now. The change in the ways the hauntings demonstrated themselves makes me think that the first one that she grew up with is more of a residual haunting. The second one with the electronics turning themselves on and off and the partial human-like apparition followed by a fast moving light, sounds more like an active haunting. What do you think? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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