PINCHES OF DISAPPROVAL
This kind of personal assault by something unknown became more and more frequent. Later that same day, Michelle was washing the dishes when she again felt a considerable pinch - this one on her shoulder, just as her daughter experienced in the basement. It wasn't just her imagination. Michelle checked her shoulder in a mirror and found a red mark and a scratch.
Things were quiet for about a week, until one night when she and her family were watching a TV show. It happened to be one of those paranormal reality shows, and one of her daughters offhandedly remarked that it would be so cool to be a witch. "I would put spells on people I don't like," she said.
This remark drew laughter from the family. But then the girl suddenly bolted out of chair clutching the back of her head. She was clearly terrified. "Mom, I just got pinched on the head!" she said.
Michelle quickly go up to look. "I separated her hair, and sure enough she had that red welt on her scalp."
COMING UP FROM THE BASEMENT
Most recently, Michelle was home alone one evening, curled up on the family room recliner with a laptop reading various internet article. She came across an article on voodoo, a subject that interested her. After reading the first few paragraphs, she began to hear the sound of someone stomping up the basement steps! "I just remember being terrified and instantly closing the lap top, feeling like a kid who is doing something they are not supposed to," she says. "I knew no one was in the house, much less in the basement, which had bars on the windows."
Michelle's two small dogs, which had been sleeping on the chair with her, instantly reacted to the noise. They stood up and looked into the kitchen, where the basement door was. It was not Michelle's voodoo-inspired imagination. The hair on the dogs' backs stood up as they stared intently toward the basement door. Michelle's chair faced away from the kitchen, so whatever it was, was behind her.
"I was frozen in that chair," Michelle admits. "I just stared straight ahead and could just feel it behind me."
The dogs started to bark frantically. After about 45 terrifying seconds, not knowing what might be coming up those stairs and through the basement door, Michelle finally managed to call out, "Get out of here! Now!"
Within a moment, Michelle could sense that "it" was backing off. The stomping stopped and the dogs ceased barking and just stared, cocking their heads forward in curiosity. Feeling more calm, she soothed the dogs, telling them everything was okay and to lie down. They did lie down, but kept their attention on the kitchen.
To ease her own fears with a distraction, Michelle turned on the TV, sitting there only half watching it, trying to muster the courage to get up off the chair. When she finally did, the dogs followed close behind. Michelle crossed the kitchen and slowly opened the basement door. There was nothing, but the dogs just stared down the stairs into the darkness.
"What was even creepier was the next day," says Michelle. "The dogs would periodically walk over to the stairs and look down again."
THE OLD WOMAN
Michelle began to wonder if there was a reason for this paranormal activity. Not long after this last incident, she approached a neighbor and asked about the previous resident. What the neighbor told Michelle shocked her... but it all made perfect sense.
The previous resident was an elderly German woman, the neighbor said, who was a strict Catholic, rather stern, and quite unfriendly. She was widowed and lived in the house alone. One day the old woman fell and was unable to get up. She lay on the floor for almost an entire day before she could get help. Clearly, that was the vision that Michelle experienced in the family room. The old woman was transferred to a nursing home and died shortly thereafter, the neighbor learned.
"The home somehow ended up in foreclosure, and a reality company scooped it up cheap and leased it to me," Michelle says. "I am positive the old woman's spirit resented my beliefs and interest in the paranormal. She tried to intimidate my family and it didn't work out for her."
Or did it? Michelle and her family moved out when the lease was up.