To our good Mods: I’m not sure this is the proper forum for a topic like this. If any of you feel it is unsuitable, by all means, please move it.
Are there any people out there who could honestly say they’ve been witness to something they’re convinced is ghostly, or otherwise paranormal?
I’ll open with two of my own experiences to start things off. Any stories from others, or comments, are welcomed.
While reading up on the thread about “Childhood Creepies”
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=59108 I was reminded of a river I grew up next to as a child with my grandparents. I had heard on and off as a child from not just them, but from other people in the “Village” that the Weeping Woman (La Llarona) of ghost-lore fame could be heard haunting the river at night, searching for her eternally-lost children.
I’m both a big skeptic, and an open-minded person. But I was -17- years old (I’m 18 now) when I stayed overnight in that old house and, while up late watching TV–was suddenly startled by a shrill scream from outside my window (the edge of the house was barely a few yards from the river).
The sound was very vaguely human, but not quite. And it was unlike any animal I had ever heard before. And I’ve seen and heard a lot of animals, including the local fauna. It scared the bejeezus out of me–and it recurred about 15 minutes later–and again about an hour later. I’m still convinced that whatever I heard wasn’t normal.
My second paranormal memory- My house was always creeped me out a little bit. It seems like when I’m home alone–not all the time, but sometimes, things start getting weirder. I hear the sound of heavy breathing coming from somewhere in the livingroom—I see something move out of the corner of my eye…while in my bedroom at the corner of the house I hear the faint sound of footsteps or drawers opening and closing in the kitchen. A light that I could have sworn was on a moment ago is suddenly off.
Strange–but since nothing incredibly weird has happened, I’m willing to believe it’s just my poor mind being paranoid and overactive…but -this- is harder to explain:
On a rainy night–I lay on my bed, listening to the raindrops landing in the swimming pool on the other side of my window.
“Drip drip drip drip drip”
Startled, of course, I look out the window, but other then the raindrops, the pool is perfectly normal. I even go outside to check. This happened again a second time–during the day–when there was no rain. A loud, heavy-sounding splash coming from the swimming pool. I go outside to check–and the water is perfectly placid.
What makes it more intriguing? While idly discussing creepy things with my family sometime afterward–I mention this in passing, and my mother immediately claims that -she- had heard the same phenomena.
So what about you? Any stories of your own, or do you think I’m just losing it?