* Sent in by Samantha Bouncer
In hindsight, I should have been a little suspicious when our neighbour Jacob told me that all the previous tenants of the house we’d just rented never stayed for very long. But at the time I was so happy that we’d managed to find a decent place to rent that I didn’t give it a second thought.
I was pregnant with my first child and my priority was a safe and secure home for our little family. The first four months were quite uneventful for me and my partner Mark, but after our son Jayden was born strange things started happening.
Our near-new television set started flickering when we watched it at night, then it stopped working altogether. I sent it off to be repaired only to have the repairman ring me a few days later to tell me that my TV was in perfect working order and not a problem could be found. So I got it back and it worked again for a couple of nights until it went blank and shut down. I took it to a different repair shop, and exactly the same thing happened. Nothing wrong with it. Within a fortnight our washing machine, dryer and stereo all broke down unexpectedly.
My cat Chloe also started behaving strangely. She had always been a very loving and relaxed cat, but I noticed that she seemed spooked most of the time and didn’t like to spend time inside the house. Chloe would sit staring at nothing and would occasionally hiss and spit and lash out at something (or someone) that we just couldn’t see. She seemed tormented and unsettled all the time so I ended up giving my beloved Chloe to my sister Sarah, where she settled in straight away and quickly went back to her old happy, loving ways.
Not long after Chloe’s departure we started hearing all sorts of noises, banging, footsteps and metallic-sounding scratching and tinging. At times I would notice random unexplainable cold spots around the house. We also developed problems with the door and window locks. I’d o out during the day only to come home to find the front door with open, knowing I’d securely locked it. At other times I would go to get the mail or hang out the washing only to find I’d been locked out of the house. Even when I’d chocked the door open, somehow it would close and lock. I started having to carry a set of keys around with me when I was home.
The windows seemed to have a mind of their own and I’d find them open or closed at any time, knowing that I hadn’t touched them. We’d often hear banging on our bedroom walls and ceiling and doors opening and closing throughout the house. Night times were eerie and creepy and I dreaded Jayden’s night time feeds.
I often felt very uncomfortable during the day when I was home alone with little Jayden. I’d get the sensation that someone was watching me, and I’d feel the tiny hairs on the back of my neck rise every time. I particularly felt self-conscious when I was showering and changing my clothes. It really gave me the creeps.
I got up early one morning and checked on Jayden before making my way into the kitchen. Once there I was confronted with my pots and pans on the floor and all the draws left open. I set about picking up the pots and putting them back in the cupboard, but as I’d put one in, another would fall off the shelf as though an unseen hand was pushing them off. This was happening right in front of me and as much as I tried to hold onto my resolve I ended up fleeing the kitchen and hiding in my bedroom. I rang Mark at his work and told him I’d had enough and wanted out of the house. Now. I’d begun to feel more and more uncomfortable and safe and feared for all of us.
I also rang my friend Gina later that day and gave her an update on our creepy happenings. She told me to leave it with her and she would get back to me later. The following day she called me back with the name and number of a local medium and ghostbuster. I rang and arranged for her to visit as soon as possible.
Within a couple of minutes of the medium entering my home, she commented that a young man in his late teens or early twenties was loitering but did not wish to communicate with her. The medium persisted and walked from room to room. She stopped in Jayden’s room and from the kitchen I could hear her quietly speaking out loud.
Some time later the medium came back into the kitchen and told me that she had tried to reason with our not-so-friendly ghost and convince him to go towards the light, but he had adamantly refused and had told her that he had no intention of leaving. This was ‘his’ house and he’d be staying whether we liked it or not. So, if he refused to leave, then we certainly would. I made arrangements to move into my parent’s spare room right then and there.
Over the following two days we packed up our belongings and left, never looking back.
* Sent in by Samantha Bouncer