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OK, here is one of the many spirit stories that make up the tapestry of my life. This is the real deal, no artistic license here.

One night I was staying at my in-laws house with the family. I wasn't feeling well so I decided to sleep in my wife's old bedroom in the basement, so I didn't pass on any nasty germs to anyone. It's a mostly unfinished basement; there's a "bedroom" which was an old workshop, a bathroom, a workshop, and a lot of storage. There's are 2 doors to the basement, one from upstairs and one that goes out to the garage.

So I go down and get as comfy as I can in bed. I'm laying there trying to get to sleep and all of a sudden I hear some shuffling sounds. I think to myself it was probably just my imagination and dismiss it. Then, shortly after that I hear a man cough. I think, ok..maybe it was my brother-in-law coming in through the basement door. It wouldn't have been likely but it would have been possible. After waiting for more noise I finally start to wonder if someone has broken into the house. The stairs to get upstairs are right outside the bedroom door so I make a mad dash upstairs. After we investigate and figure out nobody is there, I go back down to try to sleep again. I am laying there, everything is quiet, and all of a sudden the bed starts to shake. At first it was just a little and it stopped. I tried to dismiss it but then it started to shake again. Not violently, but enough to know that it was not my imagination. It stopped briefly then started up again. At that point I grabbed my pillow and blanket and slept on the floor upstairs. There was no way I was staying down there alone that night.

There were a lot of experiences by others in that house. People would hear the trash can lid bang when no one was in the kitchen, and people would hear the front door open and close but no one was using it. The door was just around the corner from the living room so you would always hear it before you saw anyone. But many times there wasn't anyone there.

In one place where I lived I was in bed one night watching TV. My wife and kids were asleep. All of a sudden I heard a fan turn on in the bathroom. I assumed one of the kids got up to use the bathroom and flipped the wrong switch. After a minute I decided to get up to see what was going on because I could tell that the light wasn't on. Their bedroom was across from their bathroom just down the hall, and we had a bathroom in our bedroom. As I got out of bed and started to go to check it out I passed our bathroom. That's when I realized that the fan was on in our bathroom, not theirs. There was no way that they would have been able to get in there and turn it on without me seeing it. The switch wasn't one that was easy to flip either and it wasn't one that would rest halfway between on and off. It was one way or the other. So someone or something turned on the fan, and it wasn't anyone who was alive.

I've had several other experiences as well. I think that I either attract spirits or I have one (or some) following me.

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Comment by Barry Parsons on December 2, 2009 at 1:21am
No but I haven't done a lot of investigating yet. I hope to get into it more and have experiences like that. I am sure that the experiences I had were intelligent haunts. You don't have to ask and get a response for it to be an intelligent haunt. Something that isn't residual, or an imprint, is most likely intelligent. The fan turning on wasn't a residual thing. It didn't happen over and over and a residual haunt won't have that interaction. If you see something walk through a wall, it's possible that decades ago a door was there and the residual energy still passes through that area.

The experience in the basement wasn't residual either. The cough could have been if it had been heard on other nights (and it hadn't). But the bed shaking was not residual. It happened for a reason and it was a spirit doing it for some reason. Heck maybe someone really was hiding down there and the spirit shook the bed to get me upstairs so I wasn't attacked in my sleep.
Comment by wiffledust on December 2, 2009 at 1:11am
so a residual haunt is more like a leftover imprint but an intelligent haunt is active in the moment like a real relationship? so have you ever had the intelligent haunt where you are asking for interaction and get it???
Comment by Barry Parsons on December 2, 2009 at 12:59am
An intelligent haunt is when you can get a response. You ask a spirit to give a sign that it's there; a knock, opening a door, etc. and getting a response. Usually to be considered successful you have to ask and get a response 2 or 3 times. A residual haunt is a situation where you might see something walking by, hear footsteps, etc. and it's usually around the same time of day. It's when someone leaves an imprint on the place and the action repeats over and over with no interaction.
Comment by wiffledust on December 1, 2009 at 11:07pm
what is an intelligent haunt??? i'm not particularly scared of spirits either. i tend to think they are usually helpful also . but i know alot of people who are scared to death of them. i don't quite see why...
Comment by Barry Parsons on December 1, 2009 at 10:40pm
I am not sure, I think some choose to stick around and others may get "stuck" here by guilt or some need to finish something. Some may just come visit and move on too. But I know stories of what are called an intelligent haunt; there's some interaction and response by whatever is there. It can happen pretty often too so by choice or not, they seem to hang around all or most of the time.

I do doubt that anyone is stuck here beyond their own control, but we all know that guilt or other emotions can trap us in situations and places. That may be keeping spirits around.
Comment by wiffledust on December 1, 2009 at 10:05pm
i think the paranormal is highly under-researched, barry. it's a fabulous subject and the little research that there IS, is really cool stuff. trouble is, there isn't enough of it...enough of the GOOD stuff, i mean. i don't think i believe in people getting "stuck" here after they die. that doesn't seem like it makes sense to me. they probably visit. but what do i know? hmmmmm...you have me thinking
Comment by Barry Parsons on December 1, 2009 at 9:47pm
I don't think they were trying to annoy me. I think they were trying to communicate or maybe warn me. Maybe there was a reason that I wasn't supposed to be down there that night and they were doing something to get me out of there. I'm normally not scared by spirits. It certainly didn't bother me that the fan was turned on in the bathroom. Whatever did that did more than just manipulating electricity. It flipped the switch in the bathroom to turn it on.

I would love to do more in depth paranormal research and be a ghost hunter. I know that we go on when we leave these bodies but I would like to know why some stick around.
Comment by Donna Stumpo on December 1, 2009 at 7:38pm
i don't know much, but this I do believe......we continue on after death....we are forever......
Comment by wiffledust on December 1, 2009 at 6:55pm
donna i have heard of this before, and i have experienced it as well. i have a feeling that the person dying somehow visits people to say goodbye or whatever. your story is documented, i believe. i've had that happen to me more than two times as well. and if this is the case, then consciousness at least survives death, right?
Comment by Donna Stumpo on December 1, 2009 at 6:44pm
Thats just downright scary, Barry.....I would have kept running, not only upstairs to sleep on the upstairs floor, but to the next county, or till I hit a motel. My experiences with the extraordinary are a bit different. I have several stories, and they are all the same sort of thing. It would seem that I can occasionally "know" when there is a death....someone in my family, or a loved one of someone close to me. It scares that crap out of me, because at the time, I don't know whats happening. I just find myself thinking about someone unexpectedly. They're in my mind alot and I almost can't stop thinking about them. Then I find out that there has been a death. Either the person I am so obsessed with in my thinking, or someone important to them. It has happened a few time and I am always completely floored when I discover that during the EXACT TIME I am thinking about them, the death has taken place..........Creepy, huh?

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