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Things That Happened Last Summer


I have had several experiences throughout the years, but the ones that I will publish here are the ones that stand out to me the most.

Last summer when I was 14 I used to sneak out of my house a lot. I would meet my friends at the park and we would go about town doing stupid teenager stuff. Well anyways one night, I was the first to arrive at the park. It was very dark because of the trees but there was moonlight. The park is surrounded by a number of acres of native gardens and an elementary school on the other side of the street. I was standing by the entrance when I heard screeches and what sounded like the cries of a baby coming from the forested area of the native gardens. This really started to scare me but then my friends showed up. They told me they heard these noises too when they were coming from the rear entrance so they started running across the grass instead of going around. We were crossing through the park again on our way to the street when we heard the screeching yet again and it sounded a lot closer this time. We ran out to the street and did not look back.

Another time we snuck out, I picked up a friend to come with me. This time our other friends did not meet us in the park because of the last encounter. Me and my friend were walking on one of the trails when we heard someone's voice coming from the middle of the park. We stopped and listened, and we could hear the voice clearly. It was a woman's voice. I thought it might have been just a woman talking on her cell phone, but then again, who sits in the park at 1am to make a phone call? This was very creepy because there was a lot of moonlight and I couldn't see anyone in the area where her voice was coming from. Also on the way back we decided to check if she was still there, but she wasnt. In the other story above I mentioned an elementary school on the other side of the street. On the play ground there is a slide with two lanes and its partially covered at the top. When we were walking on the trail I noticed some small flashing lights coming from the opening in the slide. I was telling myself that there is no way I was seeing that.

Could it be that there is something there? I remember as a kid hearing that people have died on the playground in the park. And I used to go to that elementary school as a kid. In third grade a group of girls went in the bathroom and found an old chain engraved with "HELP ME" behind one of the toilets in the stalls. The girls had to stay with the principle to give their story and they closed off the bathroom to everyone else for a few days.

I have another story which I will post soon about the things in my house.

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wolfgirl1998 (3 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-02)
Wait do you live in Huntsville? I live near dead childrens playground and I have seen some spooky things up there.
alone_in_this_world (2 stories) (2 posts)
11 years ago (2011-07-02)
I have thought about the noises being animal noises and I'm hoping that this is what they were, but I will probably go back and investigate a little bit. I was going to go with my camera to go take pictures and see if I were to capture anything, but I haven't had enough time lately. When I do, il have pictures incase something shows up
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
11 years ago (2011-06-30)
As a mom who once had to deal with a daughter who thought it was fun to try and sneak out at night in the summer with her friends, I can only hope you aren't still doing that today. In the act of sneaking out, you have already put yourself in a frame of mind that every noise you hear is going to put you on alert. If you never heard any legends or stories concerning the particular area you were in at the time you heard these noises, I'd just chalk it up as an over active imagination caused by the fact you didn't want to get caught sneaking out.

otteer (8 stories) (398 posts)
11 years ago (2011-06-30)

Lol, the mom and me is going to say to you, STAY OUT OF THE PARK AT NIGHT...DANGER, DANGER, DANGER!

Enough lecturing, yes I have to agree with the animal thing. Owls, depending on the species make ungodly screeching noises that are hard to distinguish from humans. Foxes, those barks freak me out... Those sound like screams! Baby racoons cries sound like baby cries... I have them up on the hill behind my house and they drive me nuts. So, most likely is a animal however it could be part of a family camping in the woods. The woman's in voice in the park, well, that dosn't surprise me, our parks are closed at night because people use them for unsavory activities and as I mentioned, illegal camping for passer's by... So 1:00am phone calls don't surprise me. Could be you caught part of a conversation before they heard you and shut up until you passed.

The old chain, bracelet? Could be part of a medical bracelet with a missing medical tag identifying the illness. Interesting though! I have actually seen the glint of gold behind a public toilet, it was a ring. Turned it in to the owner of the establishment I was in.

Of course, after all these possibilites, maybe you did hear and see something paranormal... Especially the lights in the slide, sounds like something I have heard about before.

Thanks for writing,

DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
11 years ago (2011-06-30)
Just out of curiosity, was this park in Duarte? I know there are a lot of parks throughout California but the description immediately brought up a memory of mine with an ex. We went there at night after spending several hours at the ER with his dad, and the park was really creepy. It matched your description to the letter.
redphx (4 stories) (827 posts)
11 years ago (2011-06-30)
LOL. Miracles. Sometimes tho it is unfortunate to agree with me. But yes this is a very serious subject.
Miracles51031 (39 stories) (4998 posts) mod
11 years ago (2011-06-30)
alone_in_this_world - Unfortunately I have to agree with redphx's comment. This is a subject that is very hard for me to talk about and very hard for me to want to even have anything to do with, but it happens. People abandon newborn babies every minute. So the possibility does exist that this could have been a real baby.

Sorry, red, I didn't mean it's unfortunate that I'm agreeing with you, just unfortunate that your comment is true.

It also is true that this could have been an animal. Cats also sound like babies. I once had a female cat who sounded just like a crying baby when she was in heat.

Remember, Alone, after you've proven that it's not something normal, then just maybe it's paranormal. I'm paraphrasing here, y'all, but you get my point.
redphx (4 stories) (827 posts)
11 years ago (2011-06-30)
If you heard what sounded like a baby why didn't you go investigate? These days it is not impossible for stupid people to dumb kids in the park and leave. It is just scary when you hear scary noises in the dark. Humans especially teenagers like to have overactive imaginations (I am guilty of this too at times)

I think the engraved chain was done by another living student who did it as a prank. That is my opinion tho.
johntravis28 (guest)
11 years ago (2011-06-30)
I agree with bacchaegrl on the first point... It probably was an animal of some description.

On the 2nd point I don't think it'd be strange to hear a woman talking on her phone in a park at 1am... I mean you were in the park at 1am, if a friend had called you then and you were talking would you be strange?

Third point I don't really get. While I agree it is strange to engrave help me on a chain, it doesn't mean that a ghost did it
bacchaegrl (506 posts)
11 years ago (2011-06-30)
Well, okay, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Let's say you really encountered this stuff. I think your first encounter was an animal. You probably are very familiar with animal noises, since you seem to come from a forested area, but sometimes animals make weird noises. Sometimes they make downright scary noises. It could happen. The woman's voice story is a bit more believable. Phantom voices seem to be everywhere, according to a lot of posters. Did you pick up on anything she was saying? For your third subject, I'm not exactly sure I get it. An engraved chain? Why were you looking behind toilets in the first place. That seems like rather odd behavior. But what do I know? Why would a spirit or whatever choose to engrave a chain? I don't get the chain concept at all. Also, why do you think they closed the bathroom for a few days? Is it because you removed a chain that may be vital to the toilet's operation?

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