Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Help... Our House Is Haunted!

Fool's Day 2008, Ed Mittelstedt starts a blog called "Our House is Haunted". Four years earlier, Ed had this house built on the outskirts of New Windsor, Maryland - an old town, with a  history dating back to the late 18th century. The house was built on the eastern side of gentle rolling Hawks Hill, overlooking a small valley of corn fields now slowly being turned into a limestone quarry... 

It was the start of a story with the stuff movies are made of, like Paranormal Activity or the Amityville Horror...

Heavy Boots on the Second Floor

On an unusually warm January day in 2004, Ed and his wife Holly brought his parents to the construction site, with the will still only framed out and the floors still plywood. As they were mounting the steps from the garage into the kitchen, they all heard heavy steps, like boots, slow and determined, on the second floor directly above them. Ed and his dad went upstairs, but there was no one. Maybe some local teen had escaped out one of the windows. Although the jump was too high and all the windows were shut...

Four years later, on April 1, Ed realized that this had been his first ghost encounter in the house, that it happened during daylight hours... and that his house was not even built yet, and already haunted.

Why did he suddenly want to expose now to the world what was going on in his house? "I guess because I'm pissed off," he says. "I'm pissed because if I dare stay awake more than 10 minutes after the lights go out at night, I will start to hear things moving around in my room, like someone walking softly on the carpet. I will hear things being moved, picked up, softly put down. It's terrifying. Hopefully someone out there will see this information and will be able to provide some insight into what's going on."

What follows is a story that often sounds like a minor Amityville Horror. On April 15, 2004, Ed and his wife Holly and their three daughters moved into the house that was custom-built. "Little did we know then that only four years later we would be experiencing paranormal activity. And now I ask myself every night: how can my new house be haunted?"

Ghost Stories & Ghostly Encounters

Ed Mittelstedt collected some New Windsor ghost story material. A woman hung herself at the top of the Hawks Hill from an oak tree that no longer existed. There was a barn fire in the 1800s during Christmas season, with a little girl being trapped in it... and still haunting the nearby house. The old New Windsor Road used to be a toll road for carriages, and it was said the road was haunted: at night you could hear the sound of carriages and hoofsteps. That sort of stuff.

The first real "encounter" happened to Shelby and Sophia, some time in 2005 - but they only told their parents about it in 2008. The girls were 7 and 6 when they saw "a shadow person" walking through the bedroom door of their parents out onto the second floor landing, stepping over their toys and passing by them within inches, before disappearing in Ed's office. They described this shadow person as "tall, all black and with a featureless face". Was it the ghost of a Civil War soldier? (In 1864, the New Windsor area was raided by Confederate troops.)
In november 2006 a mysterious scratch appeared on Holly's back. She first noticed it in the shower. The scratch looked like two claws and in 2008 the scars were still visible. One morning in January 2008, Holly heard a sigh from behind her, definitely human-sounding. The dog started to growl and walk around for several minutes, looking for the source of the strange voice. Some time she woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and  when she crawled back into bed, someone whispered right in her face and said: “Hi!”

An Expressway, Ghosts Only...

One night in the spring of 2008, Holly and Ed had a fight and Ed needed to get away to cool off, but he didn't want to drive anywhere. So he sat in his truck in the driveway and listened to some gaming podcasts. It was just past twilight, almost completely dark: "At one point I looked to my left up the hill towards the neighbor’s house behind us, and saw what I can only describe as someone wearing a black cape “floating” very fast up the hill. The “cape” was billowing behind the figure. I thought it was a kid in a Dracula cape running up the hill but it was moving way too fast, and there were no legs visible."

In a few seconds the apparition was gone. It made him remember that Holly thought she had seen "a shadowy dog" run up the hill towards the house. "Is there some sort of "highway" that goes across my property?" Ed asks the readers of his blog. "Is my house smack dab in the middle of ghost expressway? Is the shit I keep hearing at night now just wayward spirits stopping temporarily on their journey?"

Later, and while in the bedroom, Holly would heard out of nowhere a voice calling someone named Melanie.
Was it a mother calling a daughter? Could Melanie be the name of the woman who hung herself at Hawks Hill?


That's when Ed started to record the sounds in the house with a digital voice recorder: "I ended up picking a Sony ICQ-B600 for around $50. It's far from the top of the line, but it stores over 50 hours of sound, and can split recordings on the fly. (...) I have decided to the start recording my house while I sleep, just so I can prove to myself and hopefully others that something is going on in my house. (...) I want to know what's in my house."

Here are some very strange EVP Recordings.

And this is the peculair story of Sleepy Time Ernie. 

Click on the title to get the latest news from "Our House Is Haunted".

1 comment:

  1. not sure if you got any answers yet. your home is not haunted...the property and the area around you is. this is not a ghost rode to up your hill, but many spirits roam your area. if your religous or faithful you can ask a catholic priest to bless your home, make sure he walks around the outside of your home as well....if not so much spiritual, use salt...salt in front of every doorway in your home include outdoor doors basement and will see a huge differance.....these do not come to me as evil in anyway,more after you do this and you get a stray one here or there flat out say you are in my home leave now...they you they are in your them they are out wandering, doing what they did in their time... hope this helps