Haunted House Story

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Mortgage and Lending with Bank of England (NMLS#418481) NMLS# 1046286

 

 

 

 A ghost appears

 A Ghost On Arsenal Street

 

 

I just read a blog that had a supernatural element to it and it reminded me of a story that happened to me.

A few years ago I was looking to buy a house and had looked at quite a few when I came across a home that met all of my needs and was priced considerably below market.  I asked my agent what was the matter with it and she told me that, as far as she knew, there was nothing "wrong" with the house.

I wrote a full-priced offer on the property located on Arsenal Street in St. Louis, MO and I moved in a few weeks later.  

The next day after I had moved in I took the day off from work to recuperate from the move.  I was laying on my bed when I heard a clinking noise coming from the bathroom.  I couldn't imagine what it was, so I got up to investigate.  I looked at all of the things in the room that could have accounted for the noise.  The window was shut and secure.  The medicine cabinet was closed.  The light bulbs were intact and the glass light covers over the bulbs were just the way that they should have been.

I went back to my bed and soon heard another, louder clink.  I then hear the sound of glass breaking in the bathroom.  I jumped up to investigate and found one of the glass light covers broken, with the light bulb still in tact.

I scratched my head and couldn't figure out why the glass light cover had broken, but didn't waste a bunch of time worrying about it.  That night as I laid sleeping I heard a commotion coming from the bathroom.  I ran to the room and found a newspaper that I had folded shut and sat on top of the ca mode scattered on the floor, the shower curtain, which had been tucked inside of the tube, pulled back and outside of the tub and a plastic soap dish, which had been inside the tub - behind the shower curtain across the room on the floor.  Hmmmm, the window was closed, the home had hot water heat so there was no wind coming from any duct work and I was alone in the house????

Over the next several days there were a couple of other odd happenings.  Door knobs shaking, doors slamming, items moved, etc.  Again, I lived in this house by myself!

I decided to investigate and called my title company and they faxed me the abstract of the title that showed where a Nicholas and Anna had bought the house together approximately 50 years earlier, but only Anna had sold the house to the people that I had bought it from.  

I asked my next door neighbor what had happened to Nicholas and my neighbor, who had lived in her house for about the same length of time that Nicholas and Anna had lived in theirs, started to cry.  She told me that Nick had died on the way to the hospital after having had a heart attack in the house.  Mystery solved.  Nick hadn't died on the way to the hospital, he had died in that bathroom!

I decided to have a talk with Nick.  I called out to him and told him that if he was there that it was cool, but that he couldn't go around breaking things.  If he happened to see a light, that he should go to it!

After our "talk" things calmed down.  Occasionally Nick would make his presence known (He especially liked freaking my son and my nephew out), but he never broke anything else.

I lived in that house for 5 years and during that time Nick came to almost be like a really quiet roommate.  It might have been my imagination, but it seemed to me that he became a benevolent force in the house.  I think that he came to like me and my family.  When it came time to move, I was sad to go.  I was going to miss the old house, but more so I was going to miss Nick.  I hope that he found peace and if it was possible and he wanted to, I hope that he moved on to a better place.

Many of you, especially ones of you who have read my other posts, are not going to believe this story.  All I can say is that I have no reason to lie.  Oh, I did disclose Nick's presence to the couple that bought the house from me.  As far as I was concerned, Nick was one of the homes best features!

R.B. "Bob" Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Luke Constantino
Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate - Brooklyn, NY
Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY

This is the second haunted house story i've seen on ar in 2 days...

I'm going to check my houses from now on

Most were built befor or around 1920 where i'm from.

Mar 28, 2007 07:27 PM #1
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Melody Young
Milestone Motoring - Auto Broker/Dealer - Westlake Village, CA
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Thanks for a great post.  I'll sleep with the light on.

Melody Young

Mar 28, 2007 07:37 PM #2
Rainer
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Laurie Manny
Long Beach CA Real Estate - Long Beach, CA
Kewl story.  One of the other members has a haunted house page on her website, don't remember who, but it was fun.  
Mar 28, 2007 08:05 PM #3
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Paul Hill
the Property Owner's Network & IREBCO - Boulder, CO
I have had many paranormal experiences in the homes I've been in, and have become a researcher and investigator of this phenomenon.  Usually these kinds of stories start to pop up around Halloween in the real estate press, but since the subject has come up now, I think I'll post an article I wrote some years ago on the subject of haunted houses.  Watch for it...if you dare!
Mar 30, 2007 06:13 AM #4
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Paul Hill
the Property Owner's Network & IREBCO - Boulder, CO

OK, ghostbusters, I've posted my article about things that go bump in real estate.  Check it out at
http://activerain.com/blogsview/67046/How-Not-To-Buy

 

Mar 30, 2007 06:02 PM #5
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Bob,

I have a client that I sold a house to several years ago and she swears that the house is haunted.  It is on New Florissant Road.  She says that the entire family, except for her husband, has seen and felt the "presence" of someone and they see shadows.  The dogs also have taken on strange behaviors too.  Of course, I asked if I could come and stay at the house on Halloween.  She told me to bring some candy for the trick or treaters... 

A fellow STL agent- Shanna

Apr 02, 2007 04:52 PM #6
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John McKenna
InfraredClass.com - Dallas, TX
Bring some large diapers... you might need them.
Apr 02, 2007 05:14 PM #7
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