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Ray Feurstein, NY, USA
I have lived in this house for 32 years with my wife and three children. A little history about the house dates back to 1904 when it was built.
A man named Peter Fuller built the house and a mill not far away from the house. He was the main supplier of flour in the area. The mill was on the hill leading to the downtown area of the city. His house, now ours, was at the top of the hill, less than a quarter mile away. He owned the house for 40 years and had one son William Fuller. Peter was born on January 23rd 1888 and died March 12th 1939. His son William kept the house for 15 years and sold it to a Donald Munster, Peter Fullers first cousin, who then sold the house to us. Later after moving into the house on May 16 1975, we found out that Donald Munster was our cousin as well. So this house has been in the family since it was built in 1904.
I went up into the attic one day to see what was left behind. I found an old gas fireplace heater, some books and a box of tintype photographs. I showed my mother and father the pictures and among many of them were my great grandfather and mothers portraits. That was so cool. We have them hanging in the stair well leading upstairs. So now you know a little of the background to the rest of the story.
From the day I moved in, up to present day, there has been many weird things happen. During the many years my kids were growing up, they often came to my wife and me and told us about the people that come in their rooms at night and talk to them. We just thought it was them dreaming and/or half asleep remembrance. As time went by, the occurrences became more frequent and the weird happenings more prevalent. Dressers would shake and the chains and things hanging from the mirrors would rattle. The beds would shake and the windows would rattle. I know windows rattling aren't signs of spirit activity. I would probably agree but the rattling was rhythmic. I mean the there was a tapping sound that could never be mistaken for wind or trucks driving by the house. The tapping took on a rhythmic cadence of five (5) equally spaced taps declining in volume as they played out. Most of the time it was right by me on the window next to our bed. Many times it would keep up until I would say, "Please stop, you're keeping me awake." And all of a sudden the tapping would stop. Weird, huh? Well that's not all. As my daughter grew older and started entering puberty the spirit activity increased. I read that spirits tend to gravitate towards young adolescent girls. There is some kind of energy they give off. Anyway, more distinctive and reoccurring activity started to ramp up.
Now my wife and I were hearing bumps in the night. The back door would open and close, mostly around 2am in the morning. And mainly Saturday and Sunday nights. The door would shut and you could hear distinctive footsteps coming up the stairs and ending at my daughter's bedroom door. Many times she would wake up and someone would be talking to her. Whispering things like "shut the window" or "turn off the fan." The tapping on the window got louder and the rattling of the dressers were more violent. The interesting thing was every time I said out loud, "Please stop!" It did!
My daughter described the one spirit as a tall thin man with a long coat on, long straight hair and he wore a brimmed hat. One other thing, he appeared to have a bottle of beer in his hand. He stood in the corner of her room just inside the shadow and just beyond the light looking out the window. Once in a while he turned and smiled at her. She never felt threatened or afraid. We went to the library and looked up Peter Fullers Mill and hoped we could find a picture of him. We got lucky and there he was, long hair, hat and coat. Just as my daughter described him.
Oh yeah, I did say one of the spirits. There a few here, the one man I just described and at least three others. One other man who doesn't do much of anything but walk around. There was an old woman that live in the basement. I built a kids room down there so they could have friends over make as much noise as they wanted and sleep there. Many times friends that slept over saw the old women. She seems to like the kids and just watches over them. You know she is there because of the scent of flowers. As soon as you smell the flowers she appears. She has a house dress on, you know one piece from the neck to the floor. It has little pink and blue flowers on a beige background.
The last is not so nice. We never really got a good look at that one but it seemed to be who was causing all the rattling and thumping. My younger son had that one in his room quite a bit. It was small and made low growling sounds. He said that it stood by the door in his room to the attic. He also said that this spirit, whatever it was, had red glowing eyes. My son said that it seemed like a little animal more than a human spirit.
Over the years that my children were living with us many spirit experiences happened. As soon as they left one by one to go out into the world the re-occurrences began to fade. I had replaced the old loose fitting double hung windows with replacement vinyl windows and the tapping stopped too. A while later my wife bought this wooden sign and hung it in the upstairs bathroom. I was in taking a bath one morning and all of a sudden the tapping started again on the wooden sign. All I said then was, "Welcome Back."
There were so many spirit happenings during that time it is hard to write about all of them. If you like this story let me know and I will submit more as a continuance to this one. Oh yeah there was one last thing. I try to read books that are not trying to convince me that spirits exist as much as books that tell the why-fors of certain activities of spirits. As I have come to understand there are particular and distinctive traits to different types of spirit activities and spirits in general. I said there were only four spirits in the house but I neglected to tell you of the shadow that runs around here still. Corner of the eye kind of appearances are normal from what I have read. This shadow lingers for a longer period of time and only by the stairs. We see this apparition often. I have kept a log of the occurrences. It seems to coincide with stress in one or more of my family's lives. The more the stress the more frequent the appearances. Go figure.