A Haunting in South Dakota

Posted on February 9, 2011

When the real estate agent was showing me the house, I specifically asked if it was haunted. Or if anyone had died in it. She said no. I liked the house, the price was right, and it wasn’t infested with spirits so I bought it. Everything was fine… for a month or so.

My first indication something was amiss was the simple sensation that I was being watched. Next came the creepy feelings of dread in my bedroom. Now, I’ve always slept in total darkness. When I tried doing just that in my new house, it felt as if someone was hovering mere inches from my body. That and the being watched thing. So the light stayed on. Then there are the footsteps. was in my room on the second floor and heard my partner coming up the stairs. I looked and found nothing. Turns out he was fast asleep in the basement family room.

My son woke up late one night with scratches on his back. They looked like burn welts, and the whole area was red and roughly shaped like a hand. He went into the kitchen and came back immediately to say there was a little girl standing in the back yard. It was 2 am. He said she was dressed in a white sleeping gown but couldn’t see her feet… they weren’t there. We’ve had vases knocked over, heard voices, been touched, and there’s one window in my son’s room that keeps opening on its own. I screwed it closed but a month or so later, I found the screw laying neatly on top of the open window.

I decided to start a blog to keep track of everything (ahauntinginsd.blogspot.com). I also had a psychic visit who heard growling and was totally freaked out by my son’s room. After she left, my son found a child’s dirty handprint on the wall of his room. It hadn’t been there before. It gets weirder. A good friend of mine brought his new girlfriend around. Turns out she used to live in the house with her parents and many siblings. The house terrifies her. She said that’s why she and her family moved out.

She then proceeded to tell us her experiences, which were numerous and scary. The one that really got me involved her and the kids she was nannying for. There were 10. They’d play in the back yard and she’d occasionally look out the kitchen window to count heads. Sometimes there would be 11. She saw the 11th once… a little girl. I’ve put all her stories on my blog to make sure I never forgot them.

The next step for me was to call in the local paranormal investigators, SPCTR, to do their thing. This group is a member of the TAPS family (TV’s Ghosthunters) and were very professional. They caught a lot of EVP’s. One, captured in my bedroom was a child’s voice saying, “What happened?” Footsteps and a loud bang were also recorded (no one was in the house at the time). The local newspaper and local TV station asked to interview me in my house for Halloween stories. They took it seriously and I hoped by doing them, others who may experience strange events in their homes will realize they’re not alone and that they do have options available to them. I still have activity and still report it on my blog (I also review horror movies when activity is at low ebb).

And I still sleep with my light on.

Sent in by Nate Dean, Copyright 2011




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