Tuesday, January 18, 2011

House Of Demons...(Part Two)

“The next event I remember is my brother running very quickly up the stairs, faster than I had ever seen him run before and since,” Wirth said.

His brother screamed he’d seen the “decapitated and bleeding” head of Christ, eyes rolled up into its head, laying under his bed. However, when the boys convinced their parents to look under the bed, they found nothing.

“On a separate occasion, my sister, who is 10 years my senior, was brushing her hair in the downstairs bathroom and while looking at herself in the mirror saw two red eyes form behind her in the shower stall. Just floating there,” Wirth said. “She immediately took off and ran up the stairs, the whole time watching behind her as these eyes followed her and then disappeared as she got to the top of the stairs.”

Shadow People began appearing to every family member and visitors, standing at the top of the stairs, or running from room to room.

“My brother one night woke up to see two of them walking around in our room with one of them reaching up the wall as if to grab something,” Wirth said. “But then he fell back to sleep.”

Although whatever was there had not harmed anyone, the Wirths were frightened of their own home.

“The most terrifying thing I remember was when (my brother and I) were both in the bedroom,” he said. “I was on the bottom bunk bed and he was on the top. He got down to leave the room and I was immediately afraid of being alone, then almost instantly I saw a white mist begin to form in the center of the room.”

Lying in bed, alone in the room, Wirth watched the mist solidify and it took the shape of his brother.

“This thing took on my brother's form, except it had black eyes, very black, like coal,” he said. “And it floated a few inches above the ground. It looked disfigured, not really a perfect representation of my brother, but it got the point across.”

Then it spoke to Wirth, taunting him that he was afraid to be alone. After less than a minute, the thing dissipated and his brother returned.

“I am a skeptic. I think science first and never believe anything unless it's tangible and there is evidence for it,” Wirth said. “But I can't explain these things. Yes it could be true that these things are our minds playing tricks on us or anything else, but paranormal activity has never happened to me since.”

The Wirths eventually moved, but kept in contact with two families who moved into that house – they all experienced the same phenomena.

“People never stay there long,” Wirth said. “I remember having a highly religious friend of the family come to the house to bless it on several occasions and nothing she ever did seemed to have any effect.”

Well, any positive effect. The blessings seemed to anger whatever was in their house.

“The atmosphere, it felt thick at all times,” Wirth said. “I can only best describe it as like walking under water at all times, and when you felt the presence close to you, it was especially thick. I have faced death and never have I been more afraid then when I was dealing with these things!”

The "Thing" On The Stairs

"The house in South Euclid, Ohio, had been on Telhurst Road since the early years after World War I...

 It was a Sears Modern Home, a mail-order house popular before the Great Depression. Nobody lived in the house long, and, during the years of 1967 to 1975, Lisa Falour discovered why.

“The house had already had numerous owners and changed hands often,” Lisa said. “It always felt creepy to me.”

Repairs were seemingly endless; especially the roof. It always leaked. But what bothered Lisa’s family most was the cold.

“It was impossible to keep the place warm enough in winter, and Ohio winters by Lake Erie are deadly nasty,” she said. “The family room was the kitchen, as it was usually the only warm place in the whole house. Even when the living room chimney was lit, what little heat we had ran up the flue.”

The cold continued in Lisa’s bedroom; it was the coldest room in the house and she usually did her schoolwork in the kitchen.

“I spent quiet evenings at the kitchen table, doing my homework. It was impossible to study in (my room),” she said.

But from the kitchen, she could see unwelcomed visitors – black human shapes punched into the fabric of the dimly lighted dining room.

“I constantly saw shadow people walking around in the dining room while I sat at the kitchen table,” she said. ”They were normal sized and silent, and though usually out of the corner of my eye, when looked at straight, they would just quietly move on. It wasn’t a trick of the eye.”

When she turned on the dining room light, the brightness drove these shadows from the room.

“They annoyed me, but it’s hard to know what to do about such a thing,” Lisa said. “I spoke to my mother about the shadow people, and she just calmly said, ‘well, maybe the place is haunted. If they don’t hurt you, don’t worry about them too much.’”

But Lisa had other things to worry about. She also saw a door in the dining room – a door that wasn’t there.

“I repeatedly saw ‘another’ door,” Lisa said. “It may have been at another point in time, as the house was constantly worked on and changed. It was just slightly to one side of the ‘real’ door leading to the bathroom, cupboards, TV room, closet …”

But if her parents believed the house was haunted, Lisa never knew.

“You have to understand, ours was a typical family in denial. Very typical of the times,” she said. ”We just tended not to talk about ‘real issues.’ My father certainly was no believer in the supernatural, as far as I could tell.”

Visitors to the house never knew the things Lisa had seen, and were never told it was haunted, “just that it was creepy.” But every guest she brought home saw something in the house … something that shortened their stays. Lisa’s second husband saw it, too, in her old bedroom while she was sleeping.

“(He) heard a thing climbing the rickety old wooden stairs, then showing itself at my old bedroom door where we were sleeping,” she said. ”He was aghast, and angry at me for subjecting him to this.”

He couldn’t describe the thing in detail. He only said it was a huge creature “and utterly ghastly.” Lisa had heard the footsteps on the stairs while growing up in the house, but never saw what made them.

“I just always kept my eyes closed tight, but I used to hear it creep up the steps and stand at my door,” she said.

Lisa moved from the house on Telhurst Road when she turned 18, “and never lived there again.” She would stay with her parents on short visits, again seeing the shadows that walked in the dining room.

The house is no longer in Lisa’s family, which doesn’t bother her at all. She does, however, wonder if the new owners have experienced shadow people or the thing on the stairs.

“I never heard a sound from the shadow people, and didn’t feel particularly threatened, but I did feel uneasy and not happy they were there,” she said. “It made me not like the house. All I can say is the house was creepy!

Copyright 2007 by Jason Offutt

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