First I would like to tell you how much
I have enjoyed your site. My fiance and
I are planning a honeymoon trip to New Orleans
after our wedding this coming August, and
your site has really helped us put together
just the kind of off beat trip we enjoy.
I have an interesting story that I would
like to relate to you and hope you also
find it interesting and maybe your staff
or one of your readers might have some input.
When my fiancé and
I became engaged this past February we began
looking for a place to make our home. We both
grew up in the suburbs but have always talked
about finding a nice place in the city that
has a more bohemian feeling.
When we found the house on Spruce Street
we were sure we had just what we wanted.
It is a duplex with an upper and lower.
When we went to see it, only the upper was
available. We fell in love with the place
right away and liked it’s stucco walls
and the wooden floors.
When the landlord showed us
the apartment we could rent we were surprised
to find some furniture still in it. Now that
I think about it the landlord sounded like
he was apologizing about this, but the moment
we saw the furniture we were both thrilled.
In the kitchen was one of those 50’s
style dinner tables, with the metal rims and
a set of four chairs covered in the most garish
yellow vinyl they could find. We loved it!
There was also a huge sideboard type of thing,
it looked like it had once belonged to a whole
dining room set and was very overdone. But
there was nothing else in the room that seemed
to fit it.
But the best surprise was finding a beautiful
burled wood bedroom set in the bedroom.
The bed was huge, one of those big head
board affairs with carvings. It had actual
ivory inlays and the designs looked kind
of like something you’d see in African
furniture or Indian, maybe. In addition
to the huge bed there was a colossal stacked
chest of drawers that looks like two whole
pieces on top of each other.
This is when the landlord explained that
the previous owner had left all this furniture
because it had been too hard to move. When
he had taken over renting the house, he
just left the stuff in place hoping that
whoever rented the house would like the
style and keep it there.
We looked it over and looked
at each other and agreed that we would take
the duplex with the furniture too, and we
went about getting settled in.
We weren’t in long when we began
to notice some strange occurrences. First
it was little things like lights being on
in different places after we’d go
out and come home, sometimes I’d pour
a glass of tea and next go to reach for
it and find it on another countertop or
on the other end table. Stuff like that.
But soon it began to get really weird, especially
in the bedroom.
My fiancé had been working the day
shift and when he was put on the night shift
about a month and a half after we moved
in, the problems began to really start for
can see a face at times are
the shape of a person. I know
this is just the flash of the
camera but I still see more
then just that here!
When I would settle in to sleep at night
I was usually uncomfortable without my fiancé
there but could eventually drift off to
sleep. Once in my sleep I distinctly heard
the sounds of him coming home, undressing
in the dark and FELT the sheets moving as
he got into bed with me. Then, literally
hours later I would be awakened when he
ACTUALLY came home!
One night I was particularly
rattled by sharp knocks on the headboard of
the bed. I sat up in bed and then jumped out.
It took me some time to settle down and when
I finally did, I thought I had dreamed it
but something kept telling me in my mind to
keep to my “own” side of the bed
- I had been sleeping where my fiancé
Lately the problems have been getting worse.
We decided to rearrange the furniture and
believe me that was a chore. Now we know
why it was left! Now that the bed is in
a new place, there is actually more noise
coming from the corner where it used to
be. There’s a scratching and a sound
that sounds like sniffing, as if something
is hunting for what used to be there. But
I think they’ve found it now, since
the knocks are back on the headboard - my
fiancé heard them himself, and more
than once we have both watched the edge
of the bed depress like someone is sitting
there, and once my fiancé said his
foot was lifted right off the bed and held
in the air by something totally invisible.
The latest incident is that there looks
to be writing on the headboard. I usually
wax the bed whenever I do my housework and
it takes on a great shine, but I noticed
what I thought were streaks and when I went
back across the room to wipe over them I
distinctly made out letters. First I wiped
them away, but they immediately came back.
Nothing is spelled out, but I can clearly
see the letters S and R and what looks like
an I and an E.
I have contacted a local psychical research
society and have even posted to various
chat rooms about this problem. The psychics
came out and were able to determine that
someone had died in the house and they said
it was the feeling that the person was an
invalid and spent all of his or her time
in the bedroom. Suggestions from other sites
about burning sage or white candles only
seem to annoy the presence and I get a night
of no sleep out of it.
It’s becoming more frightening
than curious and I want to find a way to put
a stop to this. I have contacted Mickey of
Miami and am waiting for a reply from her.
In the meantime, I don’t know what to
do and have thought of moving or selling the
furniture. We can’t afford to move and
would end up sleeping on the floor, but this
seems better than what we’re going through