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I am new to this site but not to the paranormal exactly. I grew up in a beautiful old house built in 1900 in Riverhead of Long Island, NY. My first memories, at least what I think are my first - hard to tell, are of being absolutely terrified of my closet. Every night before I went to bed, I made sure the door was shut. Not really knowing why it should be shut, I still made sure either I closed it, when I was old enough, or my parents did before I went to sleep. And sure enough, in the morning the door would be wide open. It was a small closet, due to the period the house was built in, and it had a beautiful clear glass faceted door knob. I also made sure I had a night light on before I went to bed. However, I remember being so young that I was looking out through the bars of my crib at the closet, frozen in fear. Sometimes I felt paralyzed and felt like there was something heavy on my chest pinning me down to the bed. It would eventually release me and I would scream for my mom and dad. Sometimes, I was completely unable to scream. After I was not being held down, I would sit up and try to scream but nothing would come out. I would try over and over again until I finally was able muster some kind of noise. This happened regularly.

While I was still sleeping in my crib, I remember my parents sleeping on my floor. I remember watching them sleep and feeling safe to sleep myself. But, if I woke up and the blankets were there but they weren't, I would be terrified. I also recall seeing a black mass sort of hovering in my closet. I always felt uneasy in that house. We lived there for 13 years. I hear noises. I always made sure I turned on the light in the next room before I turned off the light in the one I was in so I would never be in the dark. I guess I just kind of dealt with it.

Then, one evening when I was about 11, I was downstairs at night in the kitchen bringing up tea for my mom and dad in their bedroom. I did my usual light on light off routine, of course. Upon entering the hallway to go upstairs, I looked up to see the beautiful head of a girl with very curly hair. She was very sparkly, semi transparent and seemed to be outlined in gold. It was only her head hovering in front and above me. She looked a little bit older than I was then. I just stood there, frozen. She just sort of smiled at me then disappeared upon which I ran up the stairs, spilling tea all over the place, to tell my parents what I just saw. I did and they didn't seem too surprised, they just kind of said that it was cool and what did she look like etc then we dropped it. I never saw her again.

Even when I moved on to a big girl bed, I was still plagued by nightmares, fears of the dark, the activity of my closet, not being able to scream in the middle of the night and seeing the dark shadow in my room. For some reason I could never express what I was seeing until I was older and the activity or my ability to see things often had dissipated. When I was about nine or ten I moved on to an antique wooden bed that was inscribed Mary Todd Lincoln on the bottom. Twice, I woke up in the middle of tossing and turning to end up on the floor.

My family and I moved to another town when I was thirteen. Our neighborhood of nice families and sweet little old ladies spiraled into a ghetto and we left. We were unable to sell our home and it foreclosed. Some time after leaving, we found out that the previous owner was a doctor by the last name of Wilson. My room was his son's room, who committed suicide by hanging himself in my closet. My dad also told me recently that once while we were living in our Riverhead home, he was alone in the house doing the dishes when he was struck in the back by a fork.

I am currently in the process of finding out more details about Dr Wilson and his son. It has proven to be difficult! I can't find anything about either of them online.

I'm now 27 and have had the odd feeling and noises here and there but nothing as dramatic as when I was a little girl.

Has anyone had success pertaining to extensive research of death records of an unrelated person? I realize I might have to go to the county center or library to investigate old microfilm. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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rastamek (1 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-18)
Your story is so similar to mine. While I was reading I'm thinking that happened to me and that's like me. From 2 years old my parents said I would be sleeping upstairs and come running down the stairs screaming every night while they were up late watching tv. I eventually would only sleep when I was sleeping with them. Thats the only time I felt safe and the only time I could sleep. The earliest memory of something I thought was strange happening was when I was about 7 years old. I would lie in bed every night staring at my cupboard terrified and I can't remember why. But I always had to make sure my closest was closed and I still do. I am now 33 years old. Over the years I have owned many different closets but always have to make sure they are properly closed. Anyways at about 7 years old I was laying in bed one night and something that looked like glowing green string came flowing out of my closet while it was closed and came to me while I was laying there terrified and wrapped around my arms and legs as if tying me up and I couldn't move or scream or do anything. I could not move at all. All I could do was move my eyes and look around. I don't know how long this went on but suddenly it just dissapeared and I felt totally drained of energy and fell asleep straight away. I remember thinking as soon as I get out of this I'm running to Mum but then was so tired that I couldnt. Then so many nights after were so scary up until the age of 16 or 17 when it stopped and then around 21 years old when one incident happened again. So after the night of being tied up I was constantly waking up at night and being held down. Sometimes I had just went to bed and suddenly I'm being held down. Couldnt move a finger. Totally paralysed. It seemed to go on for about 5-10 minutes everytime. I always felt as though it was something in my closet and I think this is because of what would happen to me when I was 2 years old but I cannot remember what it was but I just knew it was coming from my closet. I had a few different closets and we moved a few different times but it always followed me. The only time I would not be pinned down and feel totally safe was when I was sleeping near my Mum. That was the only time it wouldn't happen. I would see dark shadows from the corners of my eye but when I'd look it would duck back and this would happen regularly until I was 16 or 17 years old. When I was 16 my mother and I were staying in a catholic convent for a few weeks and I was pinned down almost every night in that place. Even while my Mum was sleeping in the same room. I had to pull my single bed right next to hers and then it wouldn't happen. Their was a big cross with Jesus in my view when I would sleep and I remember staring at it while I was being pinned down almost every night sometimes 2 or 3 times a night. It was so scary. Then it stopped until I was about 21 years old. One night I woke to being pinned down and I remember getting angry instead of scared because I was so sick of it and I screamed out in my mind. God please help me and instantly it dissapeared and thank God has never happened again. I feel as though it was the same dark spirit following me around up until I was 21 doing this to me and even though I don't get pinned down anymore I still feel as though its around me. Some nights I'll be asleep and something will punch the wall really loud where my head is sleeping and wake me up and everytime I turn the lights out I hear noises. I'm still scared of my closets and make sure they are all locked shut at all times and I will never leave one open for too long. Your story is similar to mine. I think some spirits like to pick on little kids but as we grow older they stop bothering us because we are losing our sixth sense. I have heard other stories like ours and I have also read ancient ghost stories that show pictures of a demon looking man sitting on someones chest and they are paralysed while he sits there. I also heard the man is having sex with the person (which I always hoped wasn't true) and another thing I heard is that he is draining energy because spirits want more energy. Theres so many stories out there about this kind of thing and I do believe it is a spirit but what it was doing to us we may never know. You should look it up and read about people being pinned down. Its so freaky and a lot of people think we are asleep and dreaming but I know the difference of being awake and asleep and I know what happened. I feel sorry for other kids that have to go through it and can't talk about it because people think theyre crazy or lying.
luckyflagg (1 stories) (3 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-15)

After Lincoln was shot, Mary Todd had to sell all of her things for $ is what I understand. Supposedly, the bed we have came over on a boat from Connecticut. Who knows?

TimburrWulf (1 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-14)
I've had similar experiences of being terrified of whatever was "in" the closet, going back as far as I can remember, but mine followed me. I may post my experience on here later. I'm interested to see what you find out in your research. Best of luck!

geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-14)
The first link was a pretty interesting read. As a Canadian, we learnt a lot about history about our country and only learnt about yours as it was related to us but it is always interesting to learn more about everybody's history.
Unfortunately, your second link doesn't work.
lovingmama27 (1 stories) (15 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-14)
if you still have that bed you should totally take it to a museum, or pawn shop... That could be worth around 6 to 8000 bucks!
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
OOOO, found something, and boy was I wrong!...Willie died in the White House, and it was actually President Lincoln who attended seances...:

zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
Taz: And anyone else interested, here's a link about Mary Todd Lincoln:


Also, I think I read at one time, she was interested in trying to communicate with her dead husband and sons, specially the favored "Taddy", who died during Lincoln's presidency, in the White House...I'm still looking for that info though LOL
luckyflagg (1 stories) (3 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-13)

Thank you! So nice of you to say so! I used to write quite a lot but haven't done more than etsy shop listings for a while now 😁
otteer (8 stories) (398 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
Great story!

You can find a lot of info on the geneology websites but will have to pay for them... I finally broke down and did it and I don't regret it... Many offer free trial offers... Thats what I did but kept the service.

Back to the story, yes, those closets. I had one too in a very old home, HAD to keep the door closed. Mine never opened back up though. So sad about the suicide may he rest in peace.
Good luck in your search!
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
nope not that up on american presidents know of lincoln and the whole theater bit but that's about it oh and some famous speach four score...

Ok I guess I now know a bit less than I thought lol
But thanks for the nod zzsgranny bless you and no google this time 😆
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3312 posts) mod
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
Taz: Mary Todd Lincoln, was the wife of President Abraham Lincoln...Don't know if you know that...
taz890 (12 stories) (1380 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
great story thanks for sharing 😁
I hope you have some luck with your search.
One questin what about the name on the antique wooden bed have you looked that up?

Please keep this up~dated
JustCurious (2 stories) (434 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
That was a really nicely typed story. May have been scary situations but you wrote it in a way that made it easy for me to follow and understand. Keep us updated if possible!

luckyflagg (1 stories) (3 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
Yes memories of being in my crib! My parents slept on my floor because I wouldn't sleep by myself. When I would wake up and just see their blankets, they had gone back to bed in their room. I'm going to have to go to the library, having no luck online finding anything documented about the suicide. Thanks for your responses!
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
It must have been scary for you growing up there. Did you talk to your parents about all of the things that happened in that house? What did they say about the girl's head you saw? (It's really sweet that you make tea for your parents).

As for finding information, have you tried using the periodicals from your local library?
bacchaegrl (506 posts)
6 years ago (2011-06-13)
You have memories of being in the crib to this day? That's amazing. Those must have been pretty terrifying experiences if that is the case. Why did your parents sleep on the floor of your room? Were they worried about your safety? Where did they go when you just saw their blankets? I don't know where to point you in searching for history in your house. So many people who write ghost stories say they did a little research and came up with amazing stories. They never seem to tell us what kind of research they did, just the results of that search. I guess, if I were you, I would start my search in the town's library. Look over some historical records if you can. It seems like you are on the right path to your research. Good luck in your search!

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