Back When I was nineteen, I moved into an apartment in Iowa City with my ex-girlfriend. Things were going great, we couldn't have been happier to be on our own, and we overlooked the fact that the complex was surrounded by a cemetery. However, the events that took place there were enough to turn any skeptic to a true believer of the paranormal. We started to notice small things at first, like lights turning on and off, and strange noises, but we never gave it too much thought. Until one day, I came home from work and the curtains in the office were wide open. Strange, because we always kept them closed. A week later, I came home, and noticed the curtains wide open again, and the chair to our desk had been moved to a position facing out the window.
I immediately thought my girlfriend was pulling pranks, so I called her and she knew nothing about it. A couple weeks pass and things seem fine, until she calls me one day terrified. She said wait until you see the office. Again, I go home to find the curtains are wide open, chair facing out the window and my ex's porcelain doll sitting in the chair. Scary thing is, the window had a view of only the parking lot and the cemetery behind it. We were in disbelief.
Shortly after she and I took a shower together. I began washing my face when she let out a scream, and I look down at our feet and two figurines that normally sat on top of a shadow box across the bathroom were in the shower drain. It was as if something had thrown them into the shower at us. In any case, we moved. Months go by and now my ex is pregnant with our daughter and we hit a few bumps in the road and decided to go our own way. Everything seemed to stop. I enlisted in the US Navy. Years went by and nothing, until one night I was woken up in my barracks room to my stereo blasting. I got up turned it off and went back to sleep. When I woke up, my floor lamp was broken in three places and pushed back behind a desk and there were three skinny lines on the screen of my tv as if fingers were dragging across it. I was in shock. Absolutely no explanation!
Months go by, nothing. I went home on leave, and from there, long story short, my ex and I ended up getting back together. We always joked about what had happened years before in the old apartment. She moved down to my duty station and we got another place together. And right away, things started to pick up where they left off. But so much worse. We started getting messages on our answering machine we couldn't make out, and one of them was five minutes long, finishing with a scream that didn't sound human. We decided we were going to start saving these messages. My friends would always razz me as they thought I was full of it with all of these experiences I would tell them about.
So another couple came to the apartment and my friend stood up and jokingly called out whatever we thought was responsible for the activity. Seconds later we hear a loud band come from the hallway and I thought, great my daughter is up. I went to her room to check on her and she was sound asleep. Then I looked in the bathroom, and the candles were blown out, and all the pictures that hung on the wall were stacked on top of the toilet! I was the last one in there minutes before. We all freaked out, I grabbed my daughter and we left. As we were pulling out, the vertical blinds in her bedroom were swinging back and forth. Now, we had others to back up what we'd been dealing with for so long. But, we couldn't just pack up and move.
Eventually we had the apartment blessed by a Priest. Funny thing was, When we left that day to meet him, all of the doors in the apartment were open. And when we arrived, I opened the front door and every door inside was closed, along with my daughters Elmo toy facing us when opening the door. Right there in the foyer. We were terrified to live there. The priest had also told us he was really uncomfortable with the situation as he wasn't qualified to exorcise anything at this level. We began noticing awful smells in the apartment. And the breaking point was, we heard our daughter in her bedroom one night talking to someone. I checked on her and there she was, sitting on her bed, talking in the dark. I asked her who she was talking to and she told me the witch was in the corner. She was staring and laughing while I was in the room paying no attention to what I was asking her.
This was enough. We began packing to move and a bunch of my navy buddies came to help. We decided to turn the lights off and run a camcorder. Much to everybodies surprise, there were unexplained orbs and a shadow figure that seemed to glow in the living room. Everybody that watched that video freaked out! My buddies claimed they were feeling cold spots! Anyhow just like before, things didn't work out and we went our seperate ways. Oh and there was a time, in this place when my brother visited... He said he was hearing some noises coming out of the bathroom... When he peeked in, he said he saw a shadow figure bang against the mirror. This is NOT normal! Years went by, nothing. And now here we are today. I have a new fiance, and same as usual, weird things, weird things.
The prior house we were in, we'd hear the usual banging in the middle of the night. I came home twice to find the clothes I had in my closet were pushed to the side and the clothes from the middle were taken off the closet rack still folded over hangers and placed neatly on the closet floor. That very night, it sounded like a little girl crying by the foot of the bed. We also have an American bulldog, he's a big boy and every now and then, the hair stands up on his back and he starts growling into thin air. My fiancee told me she woke up one night and saw a black shadow man standing by her closet, and that next morning... She felt hands around her neck and couldn't breathe. This lasted about ten seconds. She said when this was going on, she couldn't move, she couldn't see... She felt like somebody had broken in and was really choking her... When it stopped there was nothing there. This is unacceptable...
We purchased Crosses we put up through our new house... And have been putting up a webcam at night... Things now seem to have stopped aside from the banging we hear at night, and the feeling of being watched...oh, I almost forgot, this just happened a couple of days ago. She and I left for the store, and a friend of mine had stopped by. He said he knocked on the door and heard somebody talking inside. He said he heard our bulldog going ballistic, and then distinctly heard a voice tell our dog to be quiet a couple of times. My buddy was thinking, why aren't they answering the door? I hear them inside, so he started banging on the door. Same thing, dog barking, voice tells dog to be quiet! What is going on?