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Can pianos, paintings, furniture, even toys be haunted by restless spirits? Here are some true stories of haunted possessions

YOU HAVE HEARD of haunted houses and even possessed people, but can everyday, inanimate objects - furniture, stuffed animals, paintings, clocks, toys - also be haunted? If spirits can attach themselves to houses, hospitals and other institutions, and battlefields, we cannot rule out the idea that they can also attach themselves to objects.

A house or other buildings are thought to be haunted because the place was either important to the person in life, or they suffered some great loss or tragedy there and cannot let it go. So it may be for certain possessions to which a person was emotionally attached in life, continuing that attachment in death.

There have been many claims and cases in which people say that items they have either bought, inherited or found might be possessed or haunted. Paranormal researcher John Zaffis has a large collection of such items in his Museum of the Paranormal. (John also currently has a show on SyFy called The Haunted Collector.)

Here are some true cases of possessed possessions:

THE HAUNTED BED

When Styles was about 11 years old, he lived with his family in an adobe-style home that was built in the early 1900s. Styles had some older brothers, and when their dad bought some new bed mattresses for them, Styles, being the youngest, inherited one of the old mattresses.

Styles had never heard his brother make any complaints about the old mattress, and Styles found it comfortable and relaxing... yet he began to experience restless, sleepless nights. "It started off with this weird night I was in my bed trying to go to sleep," he says. "I had the blanket over my head when I felt something rubbing the cover with its hand. Because the cover was thin, I could make out what it looked like. It was a small man about two feet in height trying to get the cover off me!"

That was just the beginning. "It was then about 2 a.m. when I was awakened by what felt like a bunch of hands pushing upward from inside the mattress. I was scared out of my mind! I start praying. My brother, who I shared the room with, stated laughing in his sleep. But it wasn't his laugh."

Styles says he also felt a sharp poking in his ribs by unseen hands, the pain of which he still felt in the morning.

Why did Styles experience this haunted mattress when his brother did not? Was it something about Styles that awakened the ghost?

Next page: The Haunted Door and The Haunted Piano

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