It's Pitch Black, Raining In Maine, Around Midnight..A Constant Banging On The Back Door Scares You.

Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759


My secretary came in this morning saying her sister woke up to banging on the front door around midnight last night.

Her husband is an over the road long haul trucker and gone so her sister with two kids alone at home was frightened. She hoped the banging was a dream and did not get up...just hoping the knocker went away. The persistent back door greeter trotted around to the front door of her Littleton ME country home. Her sister picked up the phone to call the police. The line was dead. All of us have watched enough chiller Stephen King type shows to think "oh oh" if that happened to us in real life. This is not good. Not good at all and thoughts of the line being cut, protecting your kids all swirl around your head at this point. The banging on the front door continues with a determined beat.

     A quick check of the dooryard with a motion sensor mercury light that did not activate. It showed no illumination to help her make sense of it all. To prepare for whatever was about to happen. Her heart was in her throat. 

She rubbed her eyes, reached for a cell that was not in the bedroom...that was parked on the kitchen table. Where she did not want to take a stroll at this hour, with these conditions to get.

Peeking around the bedroom curtain, the shadow of a car shape in the back yard showed dimly. It looked like a Maine State Police cruiser. She looked from her room toward the front door and could tell the early trick or treater had on a hat...a trooper's hat. Now instead of fearing an intruder, the sick anxious feeling shifts from defending her home to why is there a trooper on my front doorstep at this hour? Thoughts of something has happened to her husband, there's been a fatal accident, etc. Something is wrong with the father of the kids still sleeping in the two bedrooms start churning, whirling. A Maine state trooper in your yard could be along the same lines of a serviceman's parents getting a front door visit from someone else in military fatigues, delivered in person.

    Answering the door with her mind racing, the state trooper apologized for the late night stop, but that the maine state police houlton me911 emergency dispatcher had said there were repeated calls on that hot line from this address coming in. And as a trooper serving the public, he had to be determined and knock, try to raise someone inside to find out why. Evidently, water from recent rain had gotten into her outside phone terminal box or line and caused the 911 short circuit. Troop F is the Maine State Police Barracks in Houlton ME.

     The kids missed the whole ordeal. Kept sawing logs, counting sheep. The trooper says weather causes this situation to happen more than you would think. Can you imagine a knock "knock knock" at a late hour, your phone line not working and thinking it had been cut..that the worse was about to happen like all those Halloween horror movie releases being previewed like Saw 6, etc on the tube these days?

Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers - Maine, Simple, Down To Earth, Easy Rural Community Living Here.

Comments (10)

Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

We cannot be too careful.  Better safe than sorry, and not watch too many of those late night horror movies.  Great post.

Oct 01, 2009 01:29 AM
Kim Sellers
Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow

Good post, I would have been just as cautious, but all is well that ends well.

Oct 01, 2009 01:32 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Maine is the 4th lowest crime state..Aroostook County half that figure again due to 11 people per square mile so any crime is a rare thing here! No one carries a taser.

Oct 01, 2009 01:35 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

That is scary.  It actually happened to me once years ago.  I was fast asleep when I heard a pounding on the door.  It was pouring rain and the sound set my heart racing.  When I glanced at the clock it was after 2 a.m.  Finally summoning the courage to take a peek out the window when the insistent rapping wouldn't stop, I saw a man in a rain slicker standing at my front door.  Terror struck, I went to the door and asked, "who's there."  "Police," was the reply.  Still afraid to open the door since I saw no police uniform, I asked what the problem was.  He told me calls had come in to 911 from my phone and he was checking to make sure everything was alright.  I assured him I'd made no such calls and was certain my dogs didn't dial.  He then told me this sometimes happened in a storm. 

Scared the bejeebers out of me.

Oct 01, 2009 01:38 AM
Richard Shuman
The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts - Lake Mary, FL
Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals

The mind often creates a much worse senario than life does.

What freaks me out is that there are people out there that actually think of these warped, demented, psycho movies.

Oct 01, 2009 01:39 AM
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Andrew, Oh, we all hate those late night knocks on the door. I received one 2 weeks ago at 11:00 at night. It was a police officer.  I know the sinking feeling that comes with the vision of him standing at the door.  I stuck my head out and he told me that my inside light of my daughters car was on. He didn't want us to wake up with a dead battery.  Your story does have all the makings of a scary Halloween movie. GULP!

Oct 01, 2009 03:07 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Andrew, this one is a total page turner!  You out Stephen Kinged Stephen King!  I think this kind of thing must be totally scary in areas with almost no crime.  Here in DC, we just kind of deal with crime stuff with out burglar-eating dogs and eardrum piercing alarm systems. 

Oct 01, 2009 03:48 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


That would be pretty frightening; it's safe to say she did not go back to bed right away.

Oct 01, 2009 10:19 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

After some warm milk, another session of counting her blessings, saying her prayers, yup!

Oct 02, 2009 12:54 AM
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

I've had police check out 911 calls inexplicably emanating from my number...during the day, thankfully. But, better to have police checking than no police! They can be a great comfort when you need them.

Oct 02, 2009 02:10 AM