Newfoundland unexplained -
A little over 40 years ago, a series of mysterious events were reported in a house in the community of Bishop's Falls. The house in which the visitation took place still stands, though apparently its ghostly activity ceased many years ago. Nonetheless, it remains a remarkable account of the paranormal, and one which remains of interest even though many years have passed.
The woman who told me the story was only seven years old when her family moved into a two-storey house in Bishop's Falls, some time around 1965. She lived there from the age of seven to 11, but to this day remains fascinated by the events that took place there.
The front door to the family's house opened revealing a stairway which led to the upper floor. The upper storey had four bedrooms, one on either side of the staircase and two at the other end of a hall. The story that went with the house was that an old man, a previous occupant, had died there and that one of the rooms at the end of the hall had been his bedroom.
It was this room that was the focal point of the house's haunting. The other three rooms on the upper storey were also bedrooms, but the "ghost's bedroom" was never used as such. The room was very plain, and had a simple old door with a distinctive squeak when it was swung open.
Not long after the family moved into the house, they began to hear the sounds of the front door of the house opening, followed by the noise of footsteps climbing the staircase. The footsteps would continue down the hall, and would then be joined by the squeak of the door opening. This happened many times in the four years the family lived there.
On one occasion, the family's grandmother stayed at the house for the night, sharing a bed with her grand-daughter. She, too, heard the same noises and footsteps, but she also experienced a far more intense visitation. She had listened to the footsteps drawing closer down the hall, but instead of continuing on to the rear of the house, they paused just outside her door.
After a brief pause, the eerie steps continued into the room. Next, the woman could feel the coldness of the air play against her as the sheets rose. This was not the end of the event, however. She then felt the sensation of the bed settling down as if the weight of another body had been added to it.
The grandmother was not the only visiting family member to come face to face with the spirit. One evening, an uncle was babysitting. It was quite late when the parents returned. Rather than journey back to his own house, he decided to spend the night.
In the middle of the night, the uncle leapt from his bed and hurried home, rather than stay in the dwelling another second. He refused to ever spend another night there, and also refused to describe exactly what he had experienced. Reportedly, from that point on, he always felt quite uncomfortable in the building, even when visiting in the bright light of day.
Other than annoying neighbours and terrifying uncles, the ghost never caused any damage or really bothered anyone too much. But the fact he was around at all was enough to be disturbing.
Eventually, the mother of the family decided that it was pointless to have an unused room in the house. After she made up her mind to renovate the empty room at the back of the house, she started to strip the walls. It was during this renovation that a letter was discovered sealed up in the wall. The woman brought the letter to the landlord and related the story of its discovery.
From that day forward, the noises stopped. The family came to the conclusion that the ghost of the former resident had been coming home searching for the letter, and that when it was uncovered, his spirit had been released from the house.
Dale Jarvis can be reached at email@example.com.