I have decided to tell my story. I did not fancy up the writings as this is my account of the events that took place. I have added a lot of comments in brackets to help describe the situation as best I could. This actually did happen and the lives of many people were changed. I hope if any of them actually read this they are not angered by my telling of it. It has been 18yrs... I understand that some things need to remain in the past, and it is best to leave a sleeping dog lie. But telling the story at best may help others that get into similar trouble or at least get it off my chest.
Back in High school I had a very strange encounter with a Ouija board from hell. (That is how we referred to it)
I do not particularly believe in paranormal activity, but I have also experienced too many weird events in my life to not believe in them.
I lived in Amherstburg Ontario, which has always been very active as far as supernatural activities and folklore. As a kid, I and my friends did a lot of research in the area (including Texas Road Graveyard) and had a lot of fun and some really scary experiences. Halloween has always been my favourite time of the year and I am fairly hard to scare and definitely a hardnosed sceptic for most happenings. But this particular time that I am referring to was the single event that stopped my investigations and even my talking or writings of these events for almost 18 years now.
Back in High school I had a girlfriend who lived in an apartment building. Her father was the manager and we had full run of the game room and the party room. The party room was up stairs on the main floor. It had a small kitchen off the back of the main room and plenty of windows. It was meant for parties and gatherings so it had tables and chairs. The game room was the old party room downstairs. It was a room built in the basement storage area. It had no windows and was two larger rooms connected together with an arched walk through and a big closet on the far end. In the first room off of the door was a ping pong table. The room was large enough to allow about 5 feet of room all around. At one end was the closet and the other the arched opening into the other room. The other room was "L" shaped it had a 12 x12 ish area that you walked into (often we would set up a small table and chairs in this area for poker or games) the area behind it was longer and has a pool table with several couches at the far side and far end. This was the perfect area to get into trouble and we often did in the game room.
We had a group of about 6 people that would often get together. 4 of us were pretty deep into our research of the area and had already had a ton of weird stuff happen to us.
One night to have some fun we went to the party room and looked through the small collection of games in the cabinet. These games were old games, (even at that time many were ancient, from the 60s and before...) these games were "donated" from past tenants. In this collection we found an old Ouija board. It was nothing special. It looked to be manufactured probably in the 40s/50s. It had a black box with the board and pointer in the dark (candle light) with gypsy like hands on it on the front. It looked cool so we figured we would play. We opened it up and set it up. The board was black with red numbers and white letters & yes/no at the bottom. The pointer was a large black spade with little plastic feet with brass tips. (Nothing special) We waited until later, when the other two friends showed up and we played it. We all pushed the pointer around and laughed. We asked it "8 ball" type questions. (will I get an A in math? Those kind of questions) I think we all had fun guiding the pointer to the funny answers.
Needless to say we got tired of the game very quickly and left it on the table and moved into the other part of the room to chat and eat potato chips. In the middle of our conversation a clunk sounded from the Ouija board. When we looked at it the pointer had fallen on the floor. (not a big deal, but it was fairly confusing how it could fall from the center of the board and table to the floor.) We all chuckled about it and joked that it was a ghost.
The next day we made plans to have an actual séance in the game room in the basement with candles and everything. Well we did. We turned out the lights. (In the basement of an apartment building with no windows, it is extremely dark. Pitch black to the point you cannot see your hand no matter how close you hold it to your face.) All we had were 4 or so tea lights. (it was still very dark) We started asking questions, this time more serious; Questions about spirits about names, about presence in the building or room. We got some answers; I being the sceptic figured someone was driving the pointer. We had weird things happen the first night, but not too weird. Stuff like thumping and knocking. (We were in the basement of a 7 story apartment building but the floor usually did not transmit much sound. In fact we often played a radio/ CD player to provide some ambient noise.) We had fun that night and got a bit freaked out, but nothing that pushed this experience out of the realm of fun.
We liked the séance and decided to have a few more. My Girlfriend asked her father if she could keep the Ouija board. He agreed it was ok, but being a very religious man made a note of concern of why we were playing with it. We agreed it was all in good fun. He told us that an old lady from an apartment upstairs had passed away and her family left the Ouija board behind. He was actually going to throw it out but decided to put it into the "donated" games pile. My girlfriend actually remembered the old lady; she used to give her special salt to sprinkle around her room to keep the "bad people" away. She apparently had a bunch of odd things like that in her apartment. So this was her Ouija board and she was a little bit of an odd character. I think she was either a very superstitious person or she could have even been as much as a modern day witch. Who knows, but she did something to this Ouija board that made it evil.
We had our few more séances and weird things started turning progressively worse. Other friends sometimes joined. So it was not always the same people. But myself and my Girl friend were the 2 constants. Every night that we played, a particular name came up. Constantly... Even when we just watched. (we told no one of this name and it still would come up) I will not mention it; in fear that it might evoke problems. Either way it was getting freaky and out of control. One night (about or 6th or 8th séance) we had something bad happen. In the middle of the séance all the tea lights blew out at the same time. In the pitch black of the game room we could all see figure crawling on the walls. (We all four saw them at the same time) (Thinking back they looked and moved like a fuzzy spiderman up and across the walls. There were about 4 or 5 of them) I bolted for the lights and turned them on. I got mad thinking someone blew out the lights but I could not explain the shadows on the walls. (the game room was so dark without light that there were no shadows.) This freaked the hell out of us... So we decided not to play anymore. We put the Ouija board back in the party room and left it for about a month. During that time my Girl friend was having bad dreams and actually having night terrors. He parents were trying to calm her down and convince her it was all a bad case of an over active imagination.
After most of the month went by we started talking about playing again. But not for fun... To actually be smart about it and try to "properly" say good bye to an active spirit or to send the message that we are done. To help my Girl friend sleep at night we decided to have another Séance. We did our research on how to "properly" say good bye to spirits on the Ouija board and called over 2 of our faithful friends. We entered the game room with the Ouija board and immediately as we walked in and turn the lights on, we all, in the transition from dark to light, saw a figure of a person in the corner look up at us and smile. Then in the full light it was gone. (I don't know how to explain it, there was some kind of slight delay in the lights from when I flicked the switch to when the room became fully light) This scared the stuffing out of me and everyone. We ran out and did not return for a couple more weeks. During that time we all started to have nightmares, very real and nasty nightmares. My Girl friend was still having them very bad and the other girl was now starting to have these night terrors. Her parents actually called our parents to figure out what we were up too. To keep our sanity we grasped desperately to the idea that conducting the "proper" goodbyes would work. We got together for the second last time. This time we performed the séance in the Party room where there was natural light from the street lights outside and we did it in the late afternoon. Nothing happened. It was as if the board was back to normal. No contact, nothing. We felt hollow and unsure of how to understand this. So we all went home. We all had the nightmares continue. So we decided that it would have to be done one more time in the Games room on the basement.
The 4 of us once again found ourselves in the Games room preparing for a séance. We took a long time to start since none of us were too eager to have the stuffing scared out of us again. It started getting really late and we did not want to be up all night so we committed to get started. As we started the game room was ice cold. (this was unusual the game room was close to the furnace room and usually one of the hottest rooms in the building during the fall) This automatically started to stir us up. Then the matches would not light to light the tea lights. (we actually had to go upstairs and get a BBQ lighter) Then the tea candles would not stay light. (I have seen a lot of fire in my days and nothing has ever acted like the tea lights did) The flame was incredibly small and blue, it barely gave off any light and would shrink and flick out. After about 10 minutes of trying to light the tea lights, we change out to dinning candles (6" white stick candles) they stayed lit but were dim.
With the music (Madonna) playing in the background we started. We asked our questions and got our spirit. We asked it to leave, we did everything we researched to get rid of this spirit; every time was either an answer of no or swishing around the board. Finally it got angry and did not answer. The candles died down to barely any light and the music started to distort. Madonna's immaculate CD was playing and the music actually slowed like a tape getting eaten and her voice became dark, deep and angry sounding. The shadows were back crawling on the walls in the so very faint candle glow. I don't remember what was said, but I think one of us said "do you see them?" Maybe my Girl friend said "listen to the music"... We exchanged 2 or 3 comments then the candles all blew out. The table exploded in front of me. (I am fairly sure it was kicked by my Girl friend or friend as they jumped back) I heard the candles fall to the floor along with the board and the chairs. I threw myself back and hit the wall. The wall was Ice cold. The girls (2 of them) were screaming. I scrambled for the light but stopped. I was momentarily lost in the room, I could not think of where the light switch was and where the walls were compared to me. Then the music started to go slower and the voice and angry deep barking/screaming. I could hear among the screaming and the angry voice/voices small things crashing around me and hitting the walls. That is what told me how close the wall was and ran and grabbed the wall, (still ice cold) and ran along to the door and opened the door. It took me a great effort to pull the door, but I was scared as hell and my adrenaline pumping I reefed the door open and the light from the hallway flooded into the room. I could not see the walls or an outline of the room, just my friends appearing from the dark as we all shot out of the room. We could hear the screaming and crashing in the room from the staircase as we bolted to my Girl friend's apartment.
We were all so scared. I have never been that afraid in my life. I remember thinking If I don't have a heart attack, I'd wake up the next day with all white hair. We told my Girl friend's father of the incident, we told him everything. (He already had a good idea of what had been happening, as my Girl friend told him about it with her nightmares) He decided to take charge of the situation. (He was a religious man and had almost become a priest as a young man but did not finish his vows and decided to get married and have a family. He actually had holy water on hand!) He went down stairs with the holy water and his rosary. We all stayed upstairs. After several minutes he came up with the Ouija board. He said that the room was fine that the table and the chairs were neatly in the center of the room with the board and pointer on it. The pointer was pointing to the word No. The radio was off but worked fine, the Madonna CD was still in it. The only thing was that the room was littered with CDs. My Girlfriend had a CD book organiser that held about 40-50 CDs. They were tossed all over the room, and some of the walls had marks in them where the CDs had hit. The CD book was empty. All the CDs were all over the place. He had sprinkled holy water all over the room and scooped up the CDs in an empty trash can. He told us not to go back into the room. Then we followed him outside to the back of the building. There he opened the maintenance garage and pulled out a wheelbarrow with dirt in it and moved it to the side of the building and placed the Ouija board in the center. Then he got a can of gas and some matches. He sprinkled some holy water on the board and said a brief blessing (something like praying to God to take the spirit out of the board and sort him in your numbers... I can't remember exactly what was said) He then poured a ton of gas on it and lit it on fire. The gas of course exploded. But the strange part was the fire was not red. It was blue and was a very tall (30 odd feet high) column that lasted for several minutes. The board hisses like crazy. Then the fire died out and was gone. We looked into the wheelbarrow and the Ouija board was unmarked. My Girl friend's father was getting upset. He grabbed some dry twigs from the nearby landscaping and some cut off lumber from the maintenance shed and tried to burn it again. The wood and twigs all got scorched, but nothing burned and the Ouija board was untouched. My Girl friend's father was very scared and upset. He told us not to worry he was taking it to the church and that they would know how to handle it. He put the Ouija board in a burlap sack, from the garage and immediately got in his car and drove off to the church. (this was like midnight/1:00am) He came back around 4:00am He told us that it was all over and that we did not have to worry about it any longer.
We all went home. None of us had any more nightmares. None of us talked about it, and we did not do anymore research or investigations.
About a month later the Game room was torn apart and made into additional storage area for the building. Our female friend left the group and would not/has not talked to us since. About 6 months later I broke up with my Girl friend and have not had much communications with her or my other friend at the time since.
About 2 years after that, my Girlfriend and her family left the apartment building and bought a small house out in the county.
A couple years ago, my wife had a friend over from work. It ended up being one of the other friends that occasionally was in our group as kids. She brought up the rumours of the weird séances that we had and how freaky that whole situation was. I did not explain anything and actually told her I could not remember much of it other than it was scary. Since then the story has been bothering me to come out.
Like I said before it's been about 18years. It is nice to actually talk about this again... But as I wrote this I actually experienced a lot of anxiety and now I have a headache. This story does go a little deeper, but I think those details I will have to take to the grave.