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What Is This and Why?

We purchased a house in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The house, according to history and maps, was built on the grounds where one of the English concentration camps was located in the Anglo Boer War. I don’t know whether that is the cause of all of this (my story), but the whole neighborhood seems a bit haunted. Lots of stories going around. How accurate they are, I do not know. Here is my account of what happened in our house. Oh, and I should mention that we purchased the house from a woman whose husband was murdered, but not in that house. (He could also be responsible)

Everything started after my parents broke through one of the walls and built an extra, massive entertainment room. After that, I started noticing strange things in the house. I don’t know whether the construction of the new room had something to do with this or whether I actually was just old enough to realize these things by then. (Age 12, if I remember correctly) My gran could see spirits and was a firm believer in all sorts of signs. Anyway, that is enough backstory information, I think.

We would start seeing a figure walking/moving from the guest living room to the kitchen. You could only see this briefly through the doorway of the entertainment room. Later on we, I can’t remember when and why, decided that the figure was male. We named him “Die man / Die oom”, translated the “The Man”. We would see him do his thing for years. My friends all got used to him and weren’t bothered by him. One night I recall my one friend hearing cups move in the kitchen and called out, “maak vir ons ook koffie asseblief”, which means “please make us some coffee too”. He said this, because he thought it was my mother in the kitchen, hence the clear sound of cups moving. When he heard no confirmation, he went to the kitchen and found it abandoned. I believe this was the turning point and things started escalating.

One night I was up late playing computer games. I think it was Grand theft auto Vice city, anyway.. While playing the game, the sound went all strange and it sounded as though a very deep voice through the speakers said my name. The name was quite clear though, but the sound went back to normal after that. I was freaked out a bit, but wrote it off to a possible glitch in the game and mere coincidence that it sounded like my name. I must admit, it was very “movie-like”, so obviously telling anybody was just out of the question. I’d be accused of making up stories.

On another occasion, I woke up during the night; not sure what time though. It felt like something was pinning me to the bed. I wanted to scream, but could not move, nor get out a sound. After whatever happed had stopped, the cat that was in the bed with me immediately left the room in a great hurry. Knowing my cat and his reactions, this was him being VERY scared. I followed suit and woke my parents to tell them what happened and informed them that I’ll be spending the rest of the night in one of the other bedrooms. I still have the scar on my one arm where I guess the cat scratched me rather deep while running/spinning off the bed.

A while after that; a long while, I guess a year or two; we were sitting in front of my computer in my bedroom. This was now me and my brother. We heard my dad calling me, but I ignored him at first to quickly complete my task on the computer. After a minute or two my brother said I should probably go and hear what my dad wants before I get into trouble. It turned out that my dad was not back from work yet. I don’t know who or what called me, but it called me on my name, exactly in the same voice and tone in which my dad would call me.

The very same thing happened again, I think about a couple of months after the previous encounter. This time I, my brother and two of my friends heard it. I went to my parents’ bedroom where both of them were on the bed, reading the paper. Both looked very puzzled when I said my dad just called me.

I moved out of the house that December, which I personally think was a good thing, since these things occurred on an increasingly frequent basis. Since I don’t know who or what it is and what it wants or its intentions are, this rather scared me a bit.

The only people with whom I was close with that have passed are my grandmother, mentioned earlier in this email and them my grandfather, who passed before the last two occurrences. I do however doubt that they will feel the need to do something like this in the afterlife, but I won’t disregard the fact that it is possible.

I need the input from an outsider. Someone with no knowledge of all the other things in my family to give their opinion on this please.

Asked by JAT

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Good Spirit?

Hello everyone! First of all, forgive any English mistakes I make. I’d like to talk to you about an experience I had many years ago.

One night as I was sleeping I felt, all of a sudden, like someone or something came and sat on my left hand right below the elbow. It felt very light, like it was just touching me. I immediately woke up from my sleep but I didn’t open my eyes. At first I thought it was my cat but in seconds I realized it wasn’t. So I started feeling scared and I couldn’t open my eyes because of the fear. I was feeling like my head was heating. I was having thoughts that it was a ghost or something like that and I kept having my eyes closed because I was so afraid. Then, this “ghost” kind of blowed right between my eyebrows and whispered “shhh…” right into my left ear, in a very tender manner. This made me decide to open my eyes but unfortunately I saw nothing. However, I heard footsteps on the floor like someone was running (you may think it was my cat running, but as I realized later my cat was sleeping at the corner of my bed). I turned on the lights but I saw nothing.

My question is: have you ever heard of any similar experience? What do you think it could be? I want to believe that it was a good spirit or an angel.

Asked by Catherine

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Knock of Death?

When I was a kid in the 1960s there was a knock on the door that sounded like my Great Aunt. My mom and sister heard it too but were busy doing the wash so I was told to let her in. We lived on the second floor; I ran to open the door to let her in and NO ONE was there. She was in her 80s so she didn’t run anywhere but we found her nowhere after searching the house and yard.

Awhile later she ended up in the nursing home and died shortly afterwards. Years later I was told that this was the so called “knock of death”; letting someone know that a family member or friend would soon die. Just about everyone has their own style of knocking on someone’s door, THINK about it.

Anyone ever have this happen or have any thoughts on this?

Asked by Jim

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Uncontrollable Tears Running Down My Eyes

I’ve been having an unusual and overwhelming emotional feeling (not happy or sad, more like a surge of mixed emotions) this often is followed by uncontrollable tears running down my eyes…

Please can someone explain this to me?


Asked by Amajua

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How Many Souls Are There?

How many souls are there in creation?

Thank you.

Asked by Am_ju

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Out of Body Experiences?

Hey all.

Firstly thanks CT for bringing this forum up after the last one went down, it really shows the dedication you have to people who need answers.

Secondly – let me start by saying that I am familiar with the paranormal but I need serious closure on something that’s been haunting me for a number of years.

When I was 5 years old all the way until I was 7 I experienced “waking up in my dreams” a lot, this would typically happen when I stand up to see myself lying on the bed. Everything around me would be the same way I left it. I always try to switch on the lights but they never seem to work. I would “dream” terrible things.

About 3 years ago I had the same thing but it haunts me all the time – only because it has never felt as real as it did that night.

I “awoke” and tried to switch the lights on, and to no surprise they didn’t work. I don’t even remember feeling like I actually touched the light switch. I felt overwhelmingly anxious and fearful. As I stepped out of my room into the passage, there was a man, all I saw was a knife in his morbidly distorted hand, he seemed to move in a sick, crazy and completely insane way. I remember feeling the uncontrollable urge to run as far as I could but I was restricted to the passage and the kitchen. I couldn’t leave the boundaries – it was just endless blackness out the windows. I looked at the clock as I sat in the corner of the kitchen, 2:15am. As I heard him coming around the corner into the kitchen I had the unmistakable knowledge of what his intentions were, to consume me.

I willed myself awake, feeling sweaty and extremely ill.

I looked at my bedside clock, 2:16am – a minute after the time I originally saw.

My question is this – was I just dreaming? Or was it as real as I think it was? Does this occur often in people?

The house has its paranormal problems, knocking coming from everywhere and nowhere, scratching sounds, shadows – we even have photographic evidence of a half-bodied apparition in broad daylight.

Is stuff like this even possible?

Many regards Sun!que

Asked by Sun!que

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Visions – What Causes Them?

This question is inspired by Lisa. Thanks, Lisa.

What influences visions?

Are they the direct result of communication with spirit or psychometry or telepathically based?

What is the purpose behind visions?  Are there different kinds of vision?

Is there a difference between daydreaming and visions?

Like Lisa, I get random images in my head so I thought this would be a really interesting topic to discuss.

Asked by A. J. Ryder

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Could Spirits That So Many Experience Be Not What They Seem to Be?

Greetings all

First off, please forgive me CT if this is in the wrong post forum, but I have a thought. I’ve been poking around and reading this and that and it dawned on me, how do we really know if a ghost is a ghost, a demon is a demon and so on… which brings me to this. ET’s of another life form, could they take on different shapes and control our thoughts and minds?

I believe in God, I know our world and the human race didn’t just happen, MHO only :)… just like a Christian comedian, Mark Lowery said, suppose you took a Timex watch and put it in a bag and smashed it all to pieces, then waited around a 1000 years and shook it out of the bag, it would still be in pieces. So I do think that there is a greater one out there.

So, what if this was possible, could the spirits that so many experience are really not what they seem to be?

Asked by Lisa (Fawnna)

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What Made These Strange Footprints in the Snow?

Many years ago, my daughter and I were snowed in at our place of employment. More than three feet of snow were on the ground, making it impossible to get home for almost two weeks.

When we finally got back, my daughter went outside to take some photographs (this was before the advent of digital photography) and noticed some large footprints in the snow that started in a certain spot not too far from the house, and went up a small embankment and stopped. None of the rest of the snow in the yard had been disturbed in the slightest.

What could that be? Thank you in advance for any response.

Asked by Christine

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What Was That Ringing Bell Sound?

A few years ago, every night around the same time, my small child and I would hear a bell tinkling outside the window.

We live in a rural area with no neighbors, and it was incredibly perplexing. It sounded like a little hand bell.

Any ideas what this might have been?

Asked by Renirc