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Orcas Island Voices


In early 1990, I went to Orcas Island in Washington's San Juan islands to stay with family and friends at an older estate nestled on 80 beautiful wooded acres. It was a hot August afternoon and everyone but myself left to go play tennis. After lounging around awhile outside I got hot and decided to cool off inside.

The house was very lovely so I gave myself a self-guided tour. I ended up in what looked like attic space saw a lovely wood framed mirror of which I peered inside. Suddenly, I could hear voices around me, wildly talking in an attempt to be heard. Surprised and a bitshocked, I ran downstairs and fled outside. I was not going back in that house alone! When the owner's son returned with my family, I asked who might be haunting the house. I was told that there was a ghost in the house and it was a woman who had killed herself several decades earlier. She had stuffed her car's tail pipe with a rag and ran the engine in the garage until she died of carbon dioxide poisoning. She left this world but didn't leave the manor.

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rbasireddy (11 posts)
8 years ago (2016-07-14)
This is such a horrible way of dying:- (.Never thought some one could die like this. Just for your information, I am new to this site and reading all the stories. Started with the new encounters and now reading the old one's. I appreciate all the advice and opinions published here.
DonutIsBack (12 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-11)
Thats most horrible way of committing suicide, never imahined if anyine can do this
ashar123 (guest)
9 years ago (2015-04-01)
A very old story, uploaded 9 years back. Being short and precise but the way woman died has left a bold impact on my mind.
Walks_on_Clouds (2 stories) (18 posts)
10 years ago (2014-01-21)
Why leave a spirit in your home?

If anyone has a spirit in their home, they should deal with it to remove it (unless it's the Holy Spirit), not just learn to live with it as that CAN turn dangerous.
Sam-the-ghost (1 stories) (6 posts)
12 years ago (2012-05-28)
Wow, I don't think she will leave until she feels at peace. That may be never.
gelflingfay (1 stories) (52 posts)
13 years ago (2011-10-26)
Spooky! Mirrors are not the only thing said to do that. Really anything relfective. Serving trays, mirrors along with other objects were used to trap spirits and to summon them. 😐
scrapmetalkitten (306 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-19)
I've always wanted to go to Orcas Island! Neat story thanks for sharing.
AthenaRules (9 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-24)
Regarding the voices, it is said that mirrors are some sort of spiritual portal.
BlueSkyGirl (2 posts)
14 years ago (2010-02-04)
wow, creepy story 😁! That's a very unusual way to die. I wonder why she wanted to kill herself in the first place?
vulcan10 (5 stories) (332 posts)
15 years ago (2009-09-09)
I don't know. If I was going to choose, carbon monoxide poisoning really isn't a bad way to go. I was working on a construction job site and we were down in a hole, (a very large one), and there were large machinery down there with us, specifically a large packer directly in front of us. The tail pipe faced us and we were in a kind of closed in shaded area. It was broiling outside, 103 or so, and in the hole with no wind something like the third chinese hell, that's why we was in the shade, anywho, the exaust blew right on us and just stayed there, before we knew it we were so dizzy we almost didn't make it out. We almost croaked. I remember thinking, wow! Not a bad way to go. But on the voices thing, I would have had to go back and listen and also try to record them
W0AHxSMiLE (6 posts)
15 years ago (2009-07-06)
Wow, I told this to my friends, and they think it's super freaky. Thats so cool, this is the first (:
lioncat97 (2 stories) (67 posts)
15 years ago (2009-06-05)
Gee,I feel sorry for that woman. She must hve been miserable. 😭 I hope she's happy.
luvparanormal (12 stories) (268 posts)
15 years ago (2009-01-08)
Wow I would have tried to get more info on the property and if any others died there. You mentioned that you heard "voices" so I am sure there were more.
Thanks for sharing I had not read this one.

Francois (220 posts)
16 years ago (2008-07-21)
Dear AnneV,

That is horryfying just to hear suicide let alone death by Co2. Your story was short but well written. I feel sad for her soul. Unable to meet her maker.

Thank you for posting your experience and sharing it with the yourghoststories community. God bless you and take care.


metalhed16 (14 stories) (119 posts)
16 years ago (2008-05-10)
that's a horrible way to commit suicide... Well suicide is horrible period... But honestly CO2 poisoning is a horrible way to do it
whitebuffalo (guest)
17 years ago (2007-11-25)
What an interesting story. You wrote that when you looked in the mirror you heard voices. More than one. I wonder, who were the others there? We know of the suicide victim, but who did the other voices belong to? Thank you for this story.
evilblackwidow9 (6 stories) (132 posts)
17 years ago (2007-11-15)
Be careful, sometimes they don't know they are dead. So be very careful if you ever speak with her.
PrincessKatie (7 stories) (420 posts)
17 years ago (2007-09-29)
WOW I know what you mean. I understand what you have been through the same happened to me but in my house. I heard a little girl's voice and then she bang I just stayed in the room I was in. I have seen 2 other ghosts in this house which never spoke they reacted like they had been abused and hiding from someone who was going to harm them. I have seen a other ghost at my boyfriends old house he just smiled and stared. These ghosts I hear or see there only kids and teenagers. It so emotional for me as well cause I feel sorry for them. Anyway interesting story you have there. 😐
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
17 years ago (2007-09-04)
wonderful story. Whew! I would have been frightened. Suicides and the end results are the most eerie I think , not that other deaths aren't. It is just that with suicides. You almost can be certain that the individual was having turmoil.
Abby (710 posts)
17 years ago (2007-08-10)
Dear AnneV (08-10-07),

I really like your story as it is short, to the point and tells a lovely, but scary haunting, ghost story that one can believe in, even if skeptics may not agree. I also like the human reality of your story, because you speak honestly about your ghostly scare. It also added to the story that the gentleman knew about the ghost, and the reason and history for the present haunting. It is a story I can relate to, as I have had similiar simple ghostly encounters at places I have stayed at. I have since long ago learned from my own personal experience to ask about uninvited guests before I book accomodations. If I have been unable to do so due to short notice, I will ask to see the room(s) before I take them for the time needed. During my look-see and "sensing" of the room(s), I will also ask the person showing the room(s) questions. Doing this prior to booking accomodations, allows me to have a peaceful night's rest without the intrusion of uninvited ghostly guests.

Thank you for writing with openness, honesty and clarity while at the same time sharing your lovely ghost story with myself and others on this site. I also wish to thank you for the many other writings and articles you have written on this site, and the sister sites which I have much appreciated and very much enjoyed reading.

Thank you and Many Blessings to You and Yours Always, Abby
C.C (guest)
17 years ago (2007-04-15)
When I was at Camp Orkila I heard that there was a ghost at the north part of camp. It was a sailor whos ship got destroyed in the ocean.
Rebecca (guest)
18 years ago (2006-07-18)
No offense, but just so you have all the details of your story right - the person would have died of carbon MONoxide poisoning. :-) Just trying to help.
Kody (guest)
18 years ago (2006-06-22)
I think next time you go try to communicate with the spirit try to ask questions and see if the spirit will answer.
John (guest)
18 years ago (2006-06-16)
Perhaps this entity or entities were simply trying to communicate to you Anne. A possibility could be that they could sense a person who has tapped into their psychic abilities.
Anne (2 stories) (3 posts)
18 years ago (2006-06-13)
I had no choice but to stay (but it was only for the weekend) because it was on an island and we all drove on the ferry together. I did sleep with my sister all night though because I was too afraid to sleep by myself!
Ruthann Southam (guest)
18 years ago (2006-06-13)
I think I would be shaken a bit like the girl in the story. After she heard the story did the girl stay or leave?

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