July to August 2005 Ghost Stories
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Jefferson Davis (25 April 2003)
DATE: 7 July 2005
FROM: Tyler S.
SUBJECT: In Regards to Ghost Hunting
my name is Tyler and Iím an amateur ghost hunter. I've been hunting now for a
couple months and have become very interested.
I've purchased three of your four books and have read about most of the
locations around Vancouver/Portland (where I live).
Iím really curious about, is how did you get the chance the stay the night in
the Hospital at Fort Vancouver, or even gain a tour of the place?
I talked to a security guard one night while hunting on the grounds late
at night, and he told me that he himself had indeed seen strange things behind
the windows, which even spooked him. Then
he told me the place had been locked up and closed for quite some time. Any
information would help me greatly.
I've recently taken a picture of the Howard House at Fort Vancouver, and in the photo three of the windows have what seem to be faces. One of the windows has a head, which takes up nearly the entire pane, and is hard to miss. The details are incredible (at least to me). You can see eyes, nose, mouth, hairline, ears. It's crazy! During the day, the same day we took the pictures of the house, my two partners and I were inside the house talking to the receptionist. I had my digital voice recorder in hand, recording everything. During the time in the room with the receptionist, you can hear a man screaming in the background. The recording is plain as day, and you don't even need headphones to hear it.
recently made contacts with another woman in Hazel Dell, and while at her house
did a few recordings. She claims that the entire apartment complex is haunted.
She stated that her doors/windows will become unlocked. TV's unplugged etc. And
on the recordings that we took, it seems that this ghost is "playing"
with us? As we ask a question or make a noise, it responds by knocking on things
Sorry for rambling on, but I just wanted to say that your books and websites have been a great help in my hunting. And if it would be possible to give me any information on the right people to contact about the Fort Vancouver Hospital.
Also, have you ever heard of camera's batteries dying while trying to take pictures where ghosts are supposed to be? It's happened now twice to me, and Iím beginning to become curious.
Thank you once again, and happy hunting!
DATE: 8 July 2005
FROM: Sharon A.
SUBJECT: Msg from Sharon A.
live in a large apartment complex in Vancouver, Washington that appears to have
ghosts in several of the buildings, including mine.
I became aware of this phenomenon about two years ago when I came home on
different occasions to find things out of place.
Such as, sliding glass door and bedroom window unlocked, TV and radio
unplugged, and various items in my apartment out of place. The big topper was
when I woke up one morning to discover the cold-water valve unplugged under my
bathroom sink. As time when on, I
listened to the stories of various tenants in this complex.
One young tenant even attempted to conduct research on this particular
property by utilizing the resources at the Clark County Historic Museum Library.
Discovery Park Apartments are located one block East from Highway 99 in Hazel
Dell. The cross streets are 88th St. and 15th Ave.
Presently, I am assisting three young Clark College students with their research of ghostly activities in the Clark County area. However, they cannot seem to locate any information about this particular piece of property in which I live. If you have any information about the history of this land, or where else to research, I would greatly appreciate it.
DATE: 8 July 2005
FROM: Christine S.
SUBJECT: Old City Hall Tacoma Washington
you for your help
DATE: 8 July 2005
FROM: Julie S.
SUBJECT: Feedback on an old photograph, please
just read your web page on photographic mistakes that can be interpreted as
"ghostly,Ē and I wanted to ask you a question about this photograph.
(I didn't take it, and I don't even know if it was digital or film.)
Is there some simple explanation for that glowing spot?
the singer in this photo, was the life partner of Dave Carter, a phenomenally
talented singer and songwriter. He
died suddenly of a heart attack, just as their career was starting to get really
big, leaving Tracy alone and somewhat without direction.
Dave and Tracy are both very kind, VERY spiritual people.
This photo was taken in one of the very first concerts that Tracy did
alone after Dave's death, and I've always interpreted that glowing orb as a
visible sign of Dave's presence, and his love and support (which was almost
tangible, especially during the early shows.)
a link to their web page. There's
more info about Dave, and some links to the songs.
------- some articles
written about them
<------- clips from the songs, and the lyrics. Particularly check out "When I Go", from the album
of the same name, and "Gentle Soldier of My Soul", the last tune on
the last album they recorded together, Drum Hat Buddha. Somehow, I'm sure that Dave knew that he was destined to die
several years after Dave died, Tracy ended all her shows with "Gentle
Soldier", as well as performing it (beautifully) at Dave's memorial
service. I can't imagine how she
did it. She's an amazing person,
and a phenomenal musician.
Jeff. I've been curious about this
picture for a while.
looked at the photo you sent me, and I hate to say this, but I think the orb is
a bit of dust in front of the camera lens. Sometimes the flash on a
digital camera is so close to the camera lens that the light hits pieces of
dust, illuminates them, but they are so close to the lens, that they are out of
focus, and instead of solid specks, they turn out looking like transparent
so, I do not doubt that Dave continues to watch out after Tracy. Thanks
for sending me the photo, and sharing her story with me.
DATE: 12 July 2005
FROM: Jenne W.
I recently had an odd experience which I am not sure was paranormal, or a dream, though still is very uneasy for me. I was lying in my bed a bluish gray light came into my room and I became paralyzed with, I think, perhaps fear. I was very warm and felt a soft hot pressure on my side where I believe whatever it was in my room was touching me with hands. You'll have to excuse me, I am paraphrasing. I tried to scream, but the harder I tried, the more quiet I became until I could hardly breath. I eventually passed out. The next day I believed it to be a dream but all my muscles ached as if I had been doing some sort of strenuous exercise. I don't know what this is, and any advice or anything you might know about it would be appreciated. Please write back.
Sincerely, Jenne W.
21 JULY 2005 JEFFíS REPLY
you ever suffered from sleep disorders like sleep walking, sleep apnea or
insomnia? I do not know how old you are, but when some people reach their
late teens, they can develop these problems. There is a rarer sleep
disorder called sleep paralysis, where your body is still asleep, and your
biological switch that allows you to move is turned off, but your mind is awake.
When some people reach that state, it is like they are in a sensory depravation
tank, and they can develop hallucinations and false feeling sensations.
do not know if this is true in your case. Have you had something similar
happen to you before or since? Had you been without sleep for a long time
before this incident? I am sure you would rather find that this was a
natural sleep disorder, rather than a paranormal event.
DATE: 18 July 2005
FROM: Adele H.
SUBJECT: Hauntings on a farm
I lived on a blueberry farm in North King County for a year from 1987 to 1988...it was a truly haunted place and I suppose because of my great faith in God, I never felt threatened except after we moved out. It was to be the reconciliation place for my second husband and I to start over again after being separated for about two months.
was an old farmhouse and like some other old places I've lived in, it had it's
peculiarities as far as noises and just being down right weird looking.
The things that happened when we lived there were so many that I filled
up two sides of a legal pad sheet of paper and that was just the outlines or the
titles of the happenings. I hadn't
even gone into detail...but here is how I had them listed in bold....then I go
into detail in regular font:
The first night there: Lots of activity in the house at night. Heavy footsteps in the hallway, living room and noises coming from the basement. You could hear things through the heat registers for the oil furnace - it was summer time and we did not have the heat on.
The beveled mirror top to my dresser crashing down in the middle of the night - it was propped up against the wall: The address (which it didn't dawn on us until after we moved out): 20911
exotic bird going crazy in his cage the first night there: Our
bird was going back and forth on his perch the first night he and my husband
spent alone in the house. My
husband was not one for believing in anything supernatural so for him to mention
it was something else.
Noises coming from the living room and it was empty: I was always hearing things in the living room and when I would go out there, there was no one.
screen door: When my
husband was at the house alone painting inside, he heard the screen door slam
and creek on the back porch...it was propped up against the detached garage
down the steps of the porch. There were no screen doors on our immediate
neighbor's trailer. Other houses
were too far away to be able to hear their screen doors slam and creek.
creaking of the hallway floorboards and a huge cold spot: At
night you could hear like someone with heavy boots on was walking in the
hallway and when I would get up to investigate (even try to surprise them) there
would not be anyone visibly however the hallway was cold even on hot August
lamp in the spare bedroom falling over 3 times and always around 3 am:
My daughter had a torchiere lamp with a large round base on it.
3 times that lamp fell over even after she moved it the first time and
she nor anyone else was near it so she didn't kick it over in the middle of the
night...and she told me it was always around 3 am that it would do that.
nightmare I had the 3rd night we lived there:
I dreamt I was standing on the back porch looking out over the back 40 acres and
it was a bright moonlit night. I happened to see my husband and some guy
standing out there looking down at something in the ground. I floated off
the porch and flew over to them and hovered in the air above them - they could
not see me. They both bent over to pick something up and when I
looked it was the naked body of a dead girl and they swung her back and forth
and then dropped her in this grave they had dug. My husband said
"That will teach the bitch."
reeled back really fast in the dream back to the porch in horror and then I woke
up with sweat from head to toe. He was in reality sleeping next to me
snoring. I was soaked from head to
toe with sweat and I had to get up out of bed it was so horrible.
Later on after we moved out, I found out from the previous tenants that a
dead girl's body was found on the property when they lived there - she had been
killed somewhere else and her body dumped there in the back part of the
blueberry bushes. I didn't find out about that until after one year
after my dream
The pool table balls rolling around downstairs: My neighbors kid liked to hang out at our farm so she came down one night to spend the night and was sleeping on our couch in the living room which was directly above the room in the basement that had a pool table in it. She woke me up in the morning and told me she could hear the balls rolling around and clinking next to each other like someone was down there. You had to go through the outside door to get in the basement and we kept it locked because of my husbands upholstery equipment down there. He said he hadn't been down there all night - I knew that already because he was asleep next to me and I'm a light sleeper.
He went down there to investigate it and he came back upstairs with his face all white...I asked what was wrong...he said the balls were strewn all over the table and not in the triangle holder like he always did when finished. I asked if he simply forgot and he said no, that our friend Larry was teasing him the night before about making sure everything was all wracked and ready to go again the next day. There is still no explanation as to how that happened. It was a regulation pool table and was on straight ground - we had made sure with a level when we first set up the table.
clanking of the pipes:
After about two weeks of living there, we would hear loud clanking of the pipes
at night and I thought it was just old pipes that were creaking from using the
The old fashioned window shade flipping up into the roll at exactly 11:02 pm two nights in a row: After the second night of this happening, I went and stood in the middle of the living room and said "You will not chase me out of here...it is time for you to go now." The shades never flipped up again.
The new tenants dogs wouldn't come into the house: After we decided to move out and split up, the new tenants came by a couple of times when I was cleaning up. Their two large dogs would not step foot inside the house - they would stand by the back door and whine, but not go in.
heard the same sounds we did late at night while they were working on the house:
The screen door, the clanking of the pipes, their dogs' peculiar attitude about
the house. She was afraid of the
little cupboard in my daughters room...she said every time she opened it up, she
got a really creepy feeling. I didn't but that doesn't matter I
guess. My daughter kept her shoes in there but she thought it was
odd also but that was because she thought the whole house was weird.
(Later on, I found out from the same person who rented the place before us, her
husbandís grandpa and grandma lived and sharecropped on that farm for years -
Grandpa died in that room that my daughter was in and it was early morning
person/figure in the window as I was driving away the last night:
The very last night I was there to pick up some things in the outside garage.
I was driving out of the driveway and I happened to look back at the
house and the spare bedroom had a dim light on (or it could have been the moon.)
I definitely saw a figure of a man/shadow in the window and nobody was in
the house at the time. The new tenants had the only keys to the house.
landlord telling me "the house loves you, why couldn't I stay? You
had brought it back to life again."
When I was gathering up the last of my stuff at the house, the landlord showed
up and asked if there was anyway I could stay there by myself without my
husband's help and I said No I can't afford it and I can't take of 40 acres of
blueberries. I told him I loved the house (I did a lot of work before we
moved in including stripping all of the wood floors inside and we all painted
the outside of the house - some said it looked like the house years ago when it
was newer). When I told him I loved
the house, he said "The house loves you too.... it has come back to life
since you moved it.Ē Creepy....
the hair on the back of my neck stood up.
A portion of the blueberry bushes I would not walk...later found out there used to be sacrificial rituals in that field next to the blueberry bushes. Some investigation of the place later on after we moved out turned out that occult worshippers used the land for live animal sacrifices and bones were found all over the property. This is just hearsay and I don't have proof of that but knowing what I do know about the place, I wouldn't be surprised.
animals around the house in a perfect circle.
The new tenants told me over the phone that the last night they were there to
pick up their stuff and not move in, there were dead birds, a rat, a chicken and
a "mink" in a circle around the house and there were no birds up in
the trees or around the property that they could hear or see.
New tenants after us gave up a $900 deposit and first month's rent after they had their minister research the place and he wouldn't even step foot on it to bless the property. He gave them a blessing to say. They were freaked and told me that they went back to the house that same night I was there for the last time and they said no lights were on.... the fan they had left running in the bathroom was running when they got there. They said the whole time they were gathering up all of their tools and equipment to get the hell out of there, the whole house came alive with noises and they literally left the house running - even left the washer/dryer they bought from me that was in the basement. I never went back and got it or the double stove I had purchased.... I just left it there also.
I'm not one to get run out of a house but we were divorcing and I couldnít' afford it but I don't think I could have stayed there alone with my daughter after all that had happened.I hope you believe my story because it is all true and when I doubted anything or thought there could be another explanation I have noted that. The one thing I can tell you is that my husband's temper got worse when we moved there. He got really mean and even got sick one week with a really high temperature and became despondent. He wouldn't let me take him to the hospital so I just kept giving him water and finally he came out of it a couple of days later but I had never seen him so sick as that week
DATE: 22 July 2005
FROM: Karl W
Me and my brother were going to sleep one night as I roll over to get comfortable my brother starts to freak out and cry mumbling to himself "no, no don't touch me." I roll over to see what the hell was going on and crawling on the floor looked like a crazy twitching body crawling close to my brother when I see this I canít speak. Iím in a frozen state, my dad hears my brothers sobs and comes running in to the room. That night I slept in my dads room and my brother moved away with our mom I never slept in that room alone again. I've asked my friends if they have seen anything weird go on in my house and to my surprise they saw the same thing in the middle of the night
DATE: 25 July 2005
FROM: Jenne W.
recently got your email, and what you said really helped a lot.
I just got back from a mission trip to Mexico and before I went I had to
have a physical, and my doctor asked me some questions about my sleeping habits.
Of course, I hadnít told him about this particular dream, thinking it
would have nothing to do with it. My
sleeping habits, he said, didnít seem normal, and he wants to do a sleep study
on me. I had no idea that what I
described could have been part of a sleep disorder, so now I know that I should
tell him! I am in my late teens; 17
years old and I have been suffering from a sleep disorder since I was 12, as it
turns out. I wake up late in the
night and can't get back to sleep for hours and I always have really bad dreams.
that I know it's something that is serious, I can tell my doctor that, so thanks
a lot! I'm really glad you told me
that, I certainly had no explanation, and I'm glad to know that itís not
something weird, that it can be treated. Thanks a lot for your help,
DATE: 27 July 2005
FROM: My Aunt Betty
Been trying to get
through to you for months now but didn't think of the web search until last
night. Have spent half the morning
reading some your material on ghosts. How interesting. Intend to finish up with
reading over the rest of your web sight to learn more.
I've known about your books and sorry to have missed the
"signings" and the television appearance I learned of.... always after
the events are done and over with.
6 photos taken at my Rossiter Lane
address within the last 3 years. There has been about 12-13 disposable cameras
involved so cannot pin-point exact dates or which cameras took how many of the
pictures. Will venture the first 4 pix were taken with at least 3-4 different
cameras though. A completely different camera took the last two pictures on
November 26, 2004, in the front yard. They were taken about 3-5 seconds apart as
a matter of fact.
Shaun, my youngest
daughter, and I had an actual physical experience together on or about September
5, 2003. Shaun was about 6 months
pregnant. Two different events at
the same time. Actually, it was quite pleasant for both of us.
interested in this please let me know and I'll send an email explaining the
events and the pictures as briefly as possible.
DATE: 29 July 2005
FROM: Adele Hall adele.hall@Metrokc.gov
SUBJECT: Haunting on a farm
The house and farm was torn down a couple years later after we moved out to build a huge Fred Meyer store. By the way, my second husband that lived at the blueberry farm with me committed suicide a few years after we moved out. Forgot to mention that...he was definitely a tortured soul. Not sure if it had anything to do with the farm but he gradually got worse after we lived there. When my daughter and I moved away from the farm and rented a townhouse in downtown Bothell, I called the Catholic Church to see if a priest could come and bless our townhome as I wasn't sure if the entities had followed us there (I read someplace that sometimes they do).
The priest recommended we come to church as they do not go out and bless homes any longer....even after I told him what had happened at the farm. Go figure....I guess you know I didn't step foot in their church. I just prayed and drank for the next year or so until my daughter decided to move to California to live with her Dad as I had become too weird for her. I did finally get sober and started going to AA which did me a whole lot more than if I would have started going to that church - they didn't get me sober. I was able to piece a lot of things together after that. Anyway, blessings to you and thanks for replying
DATE: 2 August 2005
FROM: Aunt Betty
I lived at XXX Rossiter Lane one year before moving
across the street to XXX Rossiter Lane.
I began cleaning and painting the new apartment September
2001 to finish by October 1st and move in. While painting the kitchen
I looked out my patio door to see a neighbor standing at her front door watching
me. I was experiencing major hardships climbing up and down the ladder at
this point and was extremely embarrassed to find someone watching
me struggling so I closed the curtains. Didn't see that neighbor again.
Three months after I moved into this apartment I learned that neighbor had died in her apartment. Could not get the manager of those apartments to give me any information about the woman or details of her death. Whether this is connected to the apparitions or not is anybody's guess.
Once moved in, after several months I noticed opossums and raccoons foraging
through my back yard and managed to capture what I thought were several
nice pictures of these nocturnal creatures. Over a period of about 2 1/2 to 3
years, and 12-13 disposable cameras later, I thought it time to develop the
pictures. Some went to Fred Meyer 1-hour service and others to the 2-3 day turn
around. I am unable to specify which pictures were taken with which cameras nor
am I able to pin down a specific date for at least 4 of those pictures. Just
making a broad guess, those pictures were taken between January 2002 and February/March
The picture of a rose bush? Close look at the bush shows half the leaves
are deformed while the other side is normal. Even the flowers reflected this
abnormality. The bush grows right at the point of most of the strange mist
sightings and if you look closely enough you can see raccoons and opossums
behind the mist in some of the pictures.
The last two pictures were taken on November 26, 2004 about
8:00-8:30 am. (a full moon was scheduled for that night).
My daughter, Shaun and her 2 boys were visiting from Yakima and had never seen my apartment decorated for Christmas. To save lengthy long distance calls describing the lights I'd decided to take some pictures in the early morning hours hoping to get some nice pictures because I didn't have special lens or what ever it takes to take night pictures. Those two pictures were taken in the front yard about 3-5 seconds apart, if that much. I wanted as many lights to show in the picture as possible and thought I'd taken the blank bedroom picture.
I took one huge step forward to get past that bedroom window. As you can
see, the morning was clear in the first picture and we have this huge
cloud of mist that appears to be rushing into the view of the camera to
have its picture taken in the second one. Looking close, you can see there
isn't much difference between the two pictures except the big puff of mist that
looks like it was rushing to get in front of the camera for the picture.
The first 4 pictures were taken with disposable cameras. I now have
a digital and am sure I won't capture any more apparitions. When I found these
strange formations in the pictures I was surprised. I did purchase another
disposable camera and took pictures 3-4 every night between 9:00 and 11:30pm
until the film was gone. Absolutely nothing strange happened. That's why it
was a complete surprise when the mist appeared in the front yard for those November
WE HAD EXPERIENCES:
September 1-5, 2003, Shaun and the boys were again visiting,
this time for Shaun's birthday. Shaun was 6 months pregnant. Not
feeling well she had gone to bed early and I followed about 10:30-11:00 pm. Leaving
the lights off so not to wake Shaun, I walked past the foot of the bed and I
felt my cat rub against the back of my hand and wrist with a "kitty headbutt."
At this same moment Shaun burst into giggles. When I asked what was so
funny she told me how I'd just poked my fingers between her toes and tickled
her. She thought it was funny and laughed.
Shaun couldn't explain how I could have accomplished this feat
without her feeling me lift the blankets in the dark to place my
fingers between her toes without fumbling around to find them. And, we both knew
there wasn't much chance that I stuck my fingers through the blankets to do
this either. Yet she insisted she felt my fingers between her toes and it
So then, I described my own experience to Shaun. When that
"kitty" rubbed against me to "headbutt" I had this momentary
flash thought of 'how odd the whiskers felt'. My cat is a light-weight, fine,
furry hair-ball of a cat with very soft whiskers. What I felt was an animal
a bit larger than my cat. More like a small beaver, an opossum or even a
raccoon. The whiskers were very wiry and very stiff. Larger than you'd
find on my average size cat.
At first Shaun was scared and she didn't like talking
about it. I reminded her that her experience had made her giggle and I thought my cat
was expressing his love for me. Neither of these experiences seemed
threatening or scary. We had an excellent nights sleep without further incident.
Shaun and I have had a few experiences like this when we are together. Usually not frightening. Sometimes, like this one, kind of pleasant.
Let me know what you think.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN. Hope to talk to you soon.
DATE: 2 August 2005
FROM: Natalie S
I have this ghost in my house and I know its there. But the thing won't show itself to me like most of them do. Also it's leaving the front and back door open to the house when we aren't home and when we are asleep in bed, breaking planets, killing my pets one by one slowly, reset the clock's, and set's the house alarm to go off. This has been going on for at least a month. Itís starting to get a little out of hand. I really don't see how we got a ghost because my parents build it there so we have been living there for 16 years.
So I want to know... how can I get the ghost to stop? Also how can I find out why its there?
DATE: 31 August 2005
FROM: Rodney B
I know this is still a fairly fresh site, but you may want to investigate more after the trial is said and done, thereís a cop guarding the site momentarily. Onto the story and location. my girlfriend is native to this area so knows alot about it. I, being in the air force, donít. She took me out to show me where the really good steak house was in Wolf Lodge Idaho so I could take my parents there when they came up for a visit. We got up there and saw it, and she mentioned looking for the Groene house. Which Iím sure you heard since it was on national news, is where the guy killed the adults with a hammer and kidnapped the children.
We drove down the road about a half-mile and there it
was... All boarded up with a cop sitting out there to make sure no one disturbed
the site. We sat there for a
minute, and we both kinda freaked out. Now, I believe in ghosts and paranormal
activity, but even I canít say if it was just the thought of what had happened
there or if it was something extra special.
But, we both had extreme chills and felt an urgent need to leave.
Even right now Iím getting heavy chills as I recall it all. Iím certain, because of the violent nature of the deaths, that the place is haunted now. I was reading a book a friend brought into work tonight about ghost stories in Washington and it reminded me of that. I decided to look up some of the stuff online today and it brought me to you. I have never seen anything weird, just felt things. Id like to see proof someday that my feelings on this subject are right. But, Id prefer it to be with a benign entity.
Anyway, its the end of my day and I was tired, so if I rambled I apologize. Just thought I may interest you with a new site to keep your eyes on.
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