Haunted Apartment Part IV

By Theresa Rutherford

Once again I awoke screaming and crying with my husband (James) trying desperately to wake me. I know he had a very difficult time getting me out of this one and was quite disturbed by it.  

This is Part IV of a four part story, please consider reading Part I , Part II & Part III before going further.

We’ve moved into our new place about three weeks ago and are pretty much settled in.  We just have a few more transfers of  “stuff “ from the suite and then back again for the final clean up.

When we first moved into the new house the atmosphere was very different than at the suite. It was happier, lighter with no negative feeling. Each time I go back to the suite I can feel the darkness/negativity again, I also feel like I am being watched or observed in some fashion. The back of the garage (which leads to the big rock in the basement) along with the stairwell (which goes over the big rock) still feels very unsettling.  I was avoiding the upstairs because of my fear that what ever this is follows me to the new place but I’m not sure yet if this avoidance has worked. 

For the greater part of the three weeks in the new place I was sleeping very well but about three nights ago I started dreaming of my deceased family members again. The first night was not too disturbing but the second night was terrible.  In this dream I was being pursued by four entities in the basement of my deceased Uncle’s home. In my dream I knew that if they caught me I would die. The floating figures had featureless faces and were tall but for the most part they looked like black silhouettes with some sort fiery white/blue plasma type flames emanating off them. They looked very much like the entities I dreamt about in the upstairs of our rental house, except these beings were in the house and not just looking through the windows trying to get in. Once again I awoke screaming and crying with my husband (James) desperately trying to wake me. I know he had a very difficult time getting me out of this one and was quite disturbed by it.  James ran to get me water and ordered me not to go back to sleep again until he came back so I know he was really freaked by it. Once I was out of this dream state I had to walk around to shake it off but I was quite afraid to go back to sleep again. This nightmare crap is making me kind of angry.

Yesterday I waited until my husband stepped out to take the dog out for a walk. I stood in the living room and told whatever it is that has followed me to go back where it came from and that it’s not welcome in my house.  I strongly stated that this is my home! I never invited it in and I want it to get out!  Sounds silly I know, standing by myself in my home talking to something or someone I can’t see and telling it to go away. I felt a bit foolish, but my anger certainly trumped that initial feeling. I had a good night’s sleep last night so maybe it worked. 

Hopefully I’m done with whatever is trying to invade my space but I will keep you posted should something change.

This story was originally published by the Ghost Story Guys Podcast – Ep. 35 May, 2018 – Thanks Brennen and Ian!

Haunted Apartment – Part III

By Theresa Rutherford

Justine began to see entities in her bedroom. She described them as silhouettes and lights and they terrified her.

This is Part III of a four part story, please consider reading Part I & Part II before going further.

In The Haunted Apartment Part II I mentioned that our landlord friend (I called her Justine) came home for a visit this past week. We had a great time visiting with her; both upstairs in her place and downstairs in our suite. Thankfully most of our visits were in our suite, which I am more than okay with.  

Justine has now gone back but the night before her flight out we were having a few glasses of wine down in our suite. Our topic of conversation was light and easy so I thought it might be a good time to broach the subject of my experiences upstairs. I did not go full out here, I just started out describing how I had a hard time sleeping upstairs during the two nights I stayed in her place. I described how I experienced scary nightmares, which became absolutely terrifying on the second night. I then laughed about how I scared my husband by waking up screaming. I kept it light and didn’t give her too much more info as I was testing the waters to see what her reaction might be.  I was truly surprised when Justine turned to me and point blank said “You’ve seen them then.” I was shocked but I continued to probe her for more information. Only after she was done did I feel comfortable telling her the rest of my experiences. I’m glad we talked.

Justine went on to tell me how in the first few years she could feel “something disturbing” in the house especially the kitchen area. She then started having nightmares. Justine began to see entities in her bedroom. She described them as silhouettes and lights and they terrified her. It then escalated to hearing voices. One night she awoke to hear a loud voice that simply yelled “WHITE CRYSTALS!” Her husband (whom was also sleeping in the room at the time) never saw or heard anything so he of course put it down to some kind of nervous manifestation resulting from the stress of their recent move. He was more than a little incredulous when she started placing crystals around the house. Justine described her situation as knowing she had a problem that needed to be resolved and was being told there was nothing to worry about. “What do you do with that?” she said, “I didn’t know what I could do to stop it!” 

After some research and talking to a local spiritual healer she protected the upstairs (especially the kitchen) with crystals and then smudged the house. I guess you might say she stood her ground. She is no longer having issues and is now feeling comfortable in her own home. So this leads me to this question, why am I having these experiences here and why are others in my family also feeling something here? Is it still here (whatever IT is) and just not bothering Justine anymore? We are starting to move into our new house on Tuesday of next week, I certainly hope this thing does not follow me over there. 

My husband is out of town tonight so I am in the house totally alone and I am a little nervous about it (scared really), I won’t be going upstairs that’s for sure. 

Interesting side note:

During Justine’s research she discovered that our nearest town had a violent past between the logging company and an aboriginal settlement that lived there at the time and it was not good. I now wonder if this may have something to do with what is going on here?

The people who helped Justine resolve her issues with the house believed that the problems lay in the land the house is built on, not in the house itself. Either way it’s not good.

This story was originally published by the Ghost Story Guys Podcast – Ep. 31 Apr 17, 2018. Thanks Brennen and Ian!

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The Painting

By Theresa Rutherford

I was staring straight into the face of this creature like thing that I had created and to me it looked like it was smiling. 

I am the creative sort and I always have been for as long as I can remember. It was my thing. My creativity crossed over many genres, from music to sketching, painting, sculpture, anything I could get my hands on. This story is about one of my creations, a painting. I’m not sure where this this story fits in the paranormal realm but it’s one that bothers me even after many years.

I was a young single with a beautiful curly haired blue-eyed baby boy and he was my life and my joy.  My peers were still sowing their wild oats, out partying and generally doing what people do when they are young. To me that was okay, I didn’t need that because I had my little boy and he was my world. 

My baby boy and I lived in a small rental house in a rough neighborhood so we pretty much kept to ourselves. I still saw some of my closest friends on occasion and of course they would try to pull me back into their world, as they didn’t think I should be spending so much time alone. I always politely declined; I was happy spending my time with my little guy. 

Once my boy was asleep that’s when my creativity would flow. One night, New Year’s eve, I was a feeling bit down as it was the first time I would spend this annual celebration alone. I didn’t have much money so I rummaged around the house for materials to settle in for an evening of painting. In the basement I found a large piece of cardboard, it was not a canvas but it would do. I also found a few tubes of artist’s oil paints (probably from an old paint by numbers set) and set about to do some painting. I had mostly white, a bit of black and some red so in my mind I though maybe I could paint the portrait of a French street mime. The hours passed and the painting I was creating on the board became more and more strange looking, to the point it became… well how should I say, kind of hideous. The portrait of Dorian Gray couldn’t have looked more horrifying.  After it was complete I stood looking at the thing in front of me and a cold shiver ran through me. Maybe I was just tired; I covered the painting and climbed into bed thinking that it will look different in the morning.

I was awakened early to the sound of the phone ringing and I scrambled out of bed to answer. The painting was in the kitchen and as I ran past to grab the phone I noticed that it was no longer covered and this gave me a start. 

The call was from my Mom and she had bad news. My Aunt (with whom we were all very close) had become ill and was taken to the hospital. The strange thing was that it was so unexpected; she became very confused and was saying and doing very bazaar things, the doctors were not sure what was wrong. As a stood listening to this horrible news on my phone I was staring straight into the face of this creature like thing that I had created and to me it looked like it was smiling. 

Fast forward many years I am now happily married with a family of three energetic kids. My Aunt, had long recovered from this mysterious illness of which the Doctors could never determine the cause and was healthy and happy.

My husband and I were excitedly preparing to move into a new home. We were very content in our world filled with family chaos, the children and their friends now noisily running about the house. I went downstairs to pack in the basement and to get away from the circus on the main floor. I was just starting to look around, checking every nook and cranny for the many items families collect over the years when something caused me to pause. I could see in the dark part of the basement that something was stuffed behind the furnace.  My mind went back many years remembering; I knew exactly what was hiding there in the dark. 

I went back to that small rental house and I was just hanging up the phone after talking to my Mom. I grabbed the painting and was preparing to destroy it, but for some reason I couldn’t. I suddenly had this crazy idea in my head that if I destroyed this painting my aunt would die. I don’t know why I thought this but I did not like the way it looked back at me with a smirk of – I don’t know victory maybe challenge? All I know is it scared me to my core. I quickly wrapped it up took it downstairs and stuffed it behind the furnace. Now years later: here I am face to face with this hideous object and it looked even more terrifying than it did when it was first painted it so long ago.

I shuddered and wondered how I could have created something to disturbing. I quickly wrapped it up and packed it for its move to its new home, behind a furnace of course.

That picture came with me through several moves, each time hidden with care. Over the years I don’t believe anyone in my family ever saw the abomination and I wanted it that way. A few years ago my lovely aunt, after many happy years spent with the family, became ill and ultimately passed away. We were very lucky to have her for all those years. 

Sometime after her death, and very late one night I quietly crept downstairs after the family was asleep. I removed the offending portrait from behind the furnace; and then after looking at its smug smile one last time I destroyed it. As I tore it up into small and insignificant pieces – I believe I was smiling.

Haunted Apartment – Part II

By Theresa Rutherford

I try hard not to look at the vacant windows of the structure. I just can’t shake the feeling I’m being watched and I imagine I’ll see a ghostly face peering out at me.

Please read Haunted Apartment Part I before you read any further.

You may remember in Haunted Apartment part one that my husband and I moved to Vancouver Island a few months ago and are currently renting a beautiful walk out basement suite from friends. It’s a beautiful suite with a lovely ocean view. We moved here shortly after we sold our house and at about the same time our friends moved back to the prairies as he was offered a temporary three-year position and we are now alone in the house.

Very early on I started to have strange feelings about the place, which caused me to avoid going upstairs alone. I also began to have disturbing dreams that got worse the longer we stayed here. I find it very odd however that I always feel better downstairs in my suite than I do upstairs in the main house. I still dream about deceased members of my family but the nightmares have toned down a bit and are not quite as scary as they were during the few nights I slept upstairs (see part one). The funny thing is though that my husband has also started dreaming of his deceased family members and he considers himself a non-believer in all things paranormal. 

I found out a bit more about the cabin. It was originally owned by a local logging company and was built in about the 1890’s. It was about 50 feet higher in the lot than it is now situated. It was first used as a bunkhouse, was added onto and made into a cookhouse to feed the loggers.

The cabin was abandoned by the logging company and was eventually dragged down to the spot where it currently resides by the new landowner. He used the building for many years as an office for his architectural design business; it was then rented it out to a young woman who briefly resided there. It now sits vacant at the end of our friend’s driveway in a state of disrepair. Broken windows, padlocked doors and sagging roof add to it’s creepiness. I have stopped walking my dog late at night toward the cabin as it negatively affects us both. The closer we get to the cabin the more he acts up pulling on his leash, sniffing at the walls, consistently checking out a hole under one of the doors of the structure while I try hard not to look at the vacant windows of the structure. I just can’t shake the feeling I’m being watched and I imagine I’ll see a ghostly face peering out at me.  Nope, nope, nope, far too creepy for me; now I just let him do his business under the lights closer to our suite

Our friend’s wife is currently back home here (for about a week or so). There is one thing I have noticed which I believe is worthwhile mentioning here, she never spends much time alone in the house! She is always away from early morning to sometimes well after supper. We are good friends and she has often invited me out with her so I know she is attending classes, visiting friends and participating in many other activities. She could be just a very busy person or maybe she just doesn’t like being home alone. I hope someday she will feel comfortable enough to tell me what she is feeling in the house that has caused her to have it smudged and protected with crystals (see part one). Recently a plate under glass that is filled with crystals and other protective stones now resides in her kitchen so I suspect there is still something going on up there.

It sounds like we will be moving into our new place very soon so our time in the suite will soon be coming to an end. Perhaps after we are in the new place she will feel it’s ok to talk about it to me. I believe she just doesn’t want to scare us while we are still here.

This story was originally published by the Ghost Story Guys Podcast – Ep. 31 Apr 17, 2018

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The Thing on the Side of the Road

By Theresa Rutherford

The Thing on the Side of the Road
As he approached closer he attempted to make out facial details and was horrified to see nothing but blackness, almost like a hole where the face should be.

This story is not my own, it was told to me by my uncle who has since passed on. My Uncle Frank was a well-loved member of our family. He was funny and always made us laugh. He was also very musical; playing any instrument he picked up. We looked forward to spending time with him and his music at our family gatherings. 

Frank was a long-haul trucker and he quite often would have a story about his time on the road. I was very young but I still remember many tales being told. Unfortunately some of the stories have faded over time but one has always stood out and truly scared me, I still remember it well, as if it was told to me yesterday. Even today when driving on any highway late at night I think of this tale and picture in my mind the thing he described seeing on the side of the road, then I step down just a bit harder on the gas.  

It was very late at night and Frank, a veteran driver, was in his semi trying to get his load to its final destination. He didn’t like driving this late but he was a bit behind schedule. He linked up with a small convoy of late night truckers. Working a long haul can be rather lonely especially at night, so many drivers would talk away the miles together on CB radios. Frank and the driver of the truck directly behind him started up a friendly conversation. After introducing themselves they talked about many things; what they were hauling, where they were headed and who was waiting for them once they got home again. They were both thankful to have each other on this night for radio companionship.

Once the banter slowed down Frank was left for a time with his own thoughts. The road he was on was dark and narrow. He was thinking how it really seemed kind of creepy tonight as he was keeping an eye in the truck behind him. It was then he noticed that his friend was slowing down, dropping back a bit from their now convoy of two.  Frank started to slow down himself to let his friend catch up a bit and to make sure everything was all right.  

As Frank’s truck geared down and he was deciding if he should pull over to the shoulder when he noticed his lights reflecting on something in the ditch up ahead.  As he drew closer he could see what he thought might be a person. Its shape was very much like someone standing in the ditch beside the road.  His truck continued to slow down and he was now close enough to see even more details. What he saw frightened him more than anything he had ever witnessed before. In the ditch was a huge figure about seven or eight feet tall. It was loosely shaped like a person but the head gently sloped down on either side to the shoulders, as if it was wearing some kind of garment that flowed covering any details of a neck.  As he approached closer he attempted to make out facial details and was horrified to see nothing but blackness, almost like a hole where the face should be. Frank’s heart raced – he was not pulling over here. He stepped on the gas and could not get away fast enough. 

In his rear view mirror he watched while his friend too passed the thing on the side of the road. Did he see it too? Frank jumped when his CB radio loudly cut in, “Frank you there? OVER”. Frank quickly picked up the CB microphone “Yes I’m here, you doing okay back there? OVER”.  Frank did not want to be the first to talk about what he saw but when his friend answered he could hear the fear in his voice, “Yes, I’m good. Hey there’s an all night diner ahead, do you want to stop for a coffee? OVER”.  “I’ll see you there. OVER.” responded Frank.

Frank was the first to pull into the diner parking lot. He stepped into the warmth of what looked like a typical highway truck stop and ordered a coffee for himself and his friend. As soon as his friend arrived and walked through the door Frank could see the ashen look of fear on his face, yes his friend saw it too. For a few moments neither men spoke until Frank quietly said, “Did you see it?”

Without making eye contact his friend slowly put down his coffee cup, rubbed his day old beard with his hand and pulled his baseball cap a little farther down over his eyes and said, “What the hell was that thing on the side of the road?”

This story was featured on the podcast Monsters Among Us. It was narrated by me and is the story before the final closing. Thanks to Monsters Among Us for airing this haunted tale!

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Haunted Apartment – Part I

By Theresa Rutherford

My husband and I moved to Vancouver Island about 7 months ago. We are currently renting a walk out suite from friends. They have a beautiful new home with an amazing ocean view. The house is only about five years old and during those five years we stayed in the suite at least four or five times (over all the seasons). We did this to help us make a knowledgeable decision as to whether we would like it here on the island enough to make the move from the prairies. At the end of this past year we sold our house and moved into their suite. At about the same time we moved in our friends moved back to the prairies as he was offered a temporary three year position there. We are now alone in the house.

A few more things, which might be helpful for you to know about, the house is build around a huge black rock. They did not want the expense of blasting so the top of the rock takes up a big portion of the basement.

The second thing is that at the end of the driveway is a cabin. It is very old and decrepit. It was built for a logging camp and was moved here as an office for the previous land owner. It creeps me out every time I go near it. I used to walk my dog out there and he was always jittery and would try to pull me to the front door to investigate. One morning I was walking around with my camera taking pictures and I took one of the cabin. When I looked at it later I zoomed in on the window and was shocked to see a face. I have never showed this to our friends because she spends quite a bit of time on the property alone and I didn’t want to freak her out. Below is the actual picture.

When we first came out to visit our friends, shortly after the house was built, we of course thought the house was just beautiful. I have never seen such an amazing view and we were very happy for them (a bit envious too).  However it didn’t take much time in the house for me to realize that I felt uncomfortable in it. The longer I stayed in the place the worse it got. I could handle it if I was with others but I did not like being there alone, I still don’t. I occasionally need to use their washer and dryer (as there isn’t one in our suite) but I spend as little time as possible while doing it. We take our clothes to the laundry mat quite often and for that I am thankful.

One day when our friends were still home and I was helping her with the dishes. I noticed a piece of selenite crystal propped up in the kitchen window. She seemed a little embarrassed about it but told me she was experiencing something unsettling in the house and a friend told her the crystals might help. When I probed her for a bit more info she indicated that she also had the house smudged but she would not tell me exactly why. I have since found these crystals placed in every corner window of the house.

Another thing that has been bothering me in the house are my dreams. I have had quite a few deceased family members regularly show up in my dreams. My closest deceased family (Grandmother, Mom, Dad, sister) are now in my dreams pretty much every night! This never happened to me before I moved here.

A few weeks ago we had family come to stay with us over the holidays. Our sleeping arrangements landed me (and my husband) upstairs to sleep while our guests stayed in our suite. The first night my dreams were downright scary and my husband had to wake me to settle down. The second night was horrifying!  The dream was vivid and multicoloured (I remember plenty of red and fiery yellow). I know I always dream in colour but these two colours stood out. In my dream I was in bed in the master bedroom upstairs and I was surrounded by windows. The fiery red and yellow was causing the whole room to glow. The light silhouetted what looked like elongated people standing outside. They were slowly moving and banging on the windows trying to get in. I have never had such terrifying dreams. I actually woke up screaming and could not settle down after. I scared the crap out of my husband too I might add! 

During the family visit my daughter also went upstairs to the main floor alone to get something from the kitchen. I did not tell her any thing about my experiences as I did not want to spoil her visit but she told me that she felt very uncomfortable upstairs and it creeped her out to the point that she had to leave and go back to the suite downstairs.

I have a few more things which I have not included yet because I’m not sure if they’re related but I can say there have been no apparitions or disembodied voices, and no footsteps upstairs (just some scratching noises i can’t account for).  I do hope these experiences don’t escalate. We are only here for a month or two until our house is finished. 

This story was originally published by the Ghost Story Guys Podcast – Ep. 31 Apr 17, 2018

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