|A Few Tales...
||[Jul. 9th, 2006|03:17 pm]
|||||Would? - Alice in Chains||]|
I just found this community today and am fascinated by what I have been reading thus far. I thought I would post a few stories of my own.
St. Andrews Church: When I was younger, my father would tell me a ghost story involving he and his friends visiting St. Andrews Church in the 1960s. They were there out of curiousity...having heard of all the ghost tales that we are familiar with today. They arrived around midnight and in those days, the Church was not locked afterhours. They went in and were probably joking with each other, as teenage boys are wont to do. There are two staircases (left & right) just past the entrance which they heard someone coming down shortly after entering. In a state of panic, they tried to dash out of the place and were met by a "white haze". When they arrived at the car in the parking lot, all of the tires were slashed.
My father first told me this tale when I was about 7 or 8. Years later, as a teen, he told it to me again word-for-word. If it were just a story/joke, I doubt my father would be able to remember all of the details. Even if asked today, he stands by the tale (apparently, so do his five friends that were there that night). Also, to know my father is to know someone who doesn't believe in or follow paranormal activity too much. He tries to rationalize what happened, but even he tends to think there was something supernatural going on.
Downtown Apartment: A former co-worker told me their local encounter a few years back, which happened at a downtown-area apartment (can't recall exactly where, I would have to ask them again. I know it was near the river). He lived at this place for a few months and noticed how his pet cat was often "skittish", dashing across the room at times and hiding under furniture. Then one night when he was lying in bed, his cat darted in the room and hid under the bed. Awakened, he looked up and before him in the doorway was a woman in a wedding dress. Startled, he blinked and she was gone.
This encounter happened a few more times. When my friend finally had enough, he asked the building manager if she ever noticed some "strange things" happening around the apartment. The building manager responded with "you've seen her, haven't you?". Apparently, the lady in the wedding dress has been haunting this particular apartment block for years and every tenant was familiar with her.
LaBarriere Park: Last summer I took my dog for a walk around LaBarriere Park at around Noon. There were no cars in the parking lot, I was alone. Feeling confident I could let my dog run free without worrying about him bothering anyone, I reached down to unhook the leash. As I did so, I heard what sounded like two girls talking. I stopped and looked around - I couldn't see anyone, but there is a large forest so perhaps they were in there, I thought. I walked alongside the forest for a few feet when suddenly I heard branches snap. The sound was coming from all sides. I was quite startled and peered into the forest, looking up, down, right, left, etc. There was nothing there, not even a small squirrel dashing about. My dog took on an air of alertness and started to growl.
I was a little unnerved, so I decided I would walk into the large field adjacent to the forest so that I could see everything around me. We got about half-way through the field when my dog suddenly turned around and started growling/barking like he was on the attack. I have never seen my dog in that state before. He sensed something. At this point, I was really afraid and made a beeline back to my car. I was scared to go back to LaBarriere Park for quite sometime and only recently have I ventured back there (there has been nothing strange to report since). I know the area has had it's share of murders/suicides and I always feel that hanging in the air.