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Caught Red Handed


As a child, I frequently visited my family members from Mexico and spent a lot of that time sleeping over at my cousins houses and things of that sort so I was very close to them and therefore acclimated well when I moved there. I moved to Mexico for about a year and attended a Catholic school there. This was when I was in sixth grade and I was around 11-12 years old at the time. I am now 17 and entering my senior year in high school. This story may be a bit lengthy but its kind of two stories in one.

Now if you've read my previous story, you'll know that I grew up Catholic and somewhat religious. You'll also know that I mentioned I've never really had any paranormal experiences, but the more I read the intriguing stories on this site, the more I start to to remember very minor things that have happened in my past that make me a believer in the supernatural.

Anyway, attending Catholic school meant saying prayers every morning before classes and having school assembelies about God and Jesus and all that mumbo jumbo. (Don't mean to be offensive to any of you I just no longer believe in any sort of religion). I'm sorry I should actually be a lot more respectful of peoples beliefs. Shame on me. So at this stage in my life I was a strong believer in God and believed he watched over me and that I would have consequences if I ever sinned.

One night, I spent it at my cousins house which was pretty big and fancy. The house gave me the creeps at night though. They used to have very strange occurences at the house. When I was younger, they lived in a smaller different house that was located right next to another uncle of mine. As my uncle started making more money in his profession as a doctor, he bought quite a big piece of land and started constructing a gorgeous new two story house.

While constructing the house though, my cousins would have strange things happen when they first moved in while the house was still in construction. Theres my uncle, aunt, eldest girl cousin (Gabby), second eldest boy cousin (Nene), youngest boy cousin (Edgar), youngest girl cousin (Erica). Erica is just one day younger than me so we are very close. Gabby had the first experience where she heard someone tapping their nails on her nightstand while trying to sleep. She has her own room and was alone so it couldn't have been anyone else.

The next two encounters in the house happened to Nene which are rather scary and puzzling. One night while trying to sleep Nene was awoken by what sounded like an old women talking in a very low voice. He turned to see what it was and found an old woman, sitting on a chair that he didn't own, in the corner. Creepy. He said that he almost immediately blacked out and woke up in the morning only to find the room empty and the chair gone.

The next was again while he was trying to sleep. Now I have heard that demons often take the shape or form of something they are not to try and spook people so that might've been exactly what he saw. He laid there as he saw his younger sister, Erica, crying while being held by his mom (my aunt). The only thing strange thing about this is that Erica was a lot younger when he saw this. She was around one year in the apparition but this took place when Erica was much older and could speak clearly and was already attending school. This one spooked him a lot more than the old woman in his room. Anyone know why this happened?

Erica is a sleepwalker and when I've slept over I've seen her little sleepwalking episodes and it always cracks me up. She usually comes into Edgar's room while him and I play video games all night and complains about wierd things like peaches and slippers and how she's thirsty and stupid stuff like that. So one of her episodes wasn't as stupid and took place when they first moved into the house.

She dreamt that something urged her to go into the downstairs living room by the fire place. In the dream her name was being called into the room by an unknown voice as she asked what it wanted as she was very tired. She didn't get a response. This sounds a lot like astral projection but while projecting people usually leave their bodies in bed, not walk with them while dreaming. As soon as she got to the living room she woke up and felt like she was being watched. She went back upstairs to find everyone asleep so no one could have been actually been calling her into the living room.

The last thing I know of that happened to them upon arriving in their new home occured in my aunt and uncles bedroom. My uncle owns a lot of books on medical studies and well basicaly things a doctor would be intereseted in. One of the first things he moved into the house was a book case with all his books.

So one night he was on call at the hospital and was working late while my aunt spent the night alone in the room. She woke up to books falling off of the book case on their own and she said one actually flew across the room. This all happened while she heard what sounded like a priest praying loudly in their bathroom.

As soon as they were fully acclimated in the house and contstruction was done. Eveything stopped. No noises. No books flying across rooms. No strange dreams. No apparitions. Nothing. Just a big, spacious, spooky looking house at night. Nothing occured until a few years later...

Now, getting back to why I mentioned moving to Mexico and being at the most religious state I was ever in in my life. I spent the night at their house and it was just like any other night. We would have dinner, I'd play video games with Edgar, we would watch movies with the whole family and just thing of that sort. Although I was a lot closer to Erica, I spent more time with Edgar since we were into similar things and being boys and all we got along well.

So on that night we were drawing "cool things" like skulls and zombies and such. We ran out of paper and went into the play room where all the toys we stored to try and find some more and we ended up just hanging out there. The play room is on the 2nd floor and has a door that leads to an outside balcony and a small spiral stair case that takes you up onto the roof. The door to enter the play room requires a key to get in and we needed permission from my aunt or uncle to get in. There is no other way to get into that room or the roof.

We were the first ones in the play room that day and eveyone else was somewhere else in the house and Edgar and I were the only ones in the room. We found the paper and started our drawings when Edgar dared me to draw the numbers 666 and an inverted star. I felt wrong doing this as it was I guess "forbidden" since we were Catholics. But deep down I wanted to do it becuase it was taboo and let's face it, we all want to do things that we feel is forbidden. Within reason of course.

Moments after I started the drawing we heard banging on the door that leads to the balcony. The door has two opaque windows on it but not opaque enough to block out light or any images on the other side. We saw a red hand slapping the window (Thus the title "Caught Red Handed") and we ran out. I mean we RAN the hell out of there. Since we knew we were the only ones in the room and no one could have possibly been on the balcony or have come from the roof we came to the conclusion that it was punishment for our supposed "sin".

Anyone know why this could have happened? Also why did the hauntings stop so suddenly? They never called anyone to cleanse the house or never consulted a person of religious authority or psychic. Any feed back would be much appreciated. Hope you guys enjoyed the story. Sorry for the length though. Thank you for reading!

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TruthInDarkness (4 stories) (259 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-18)
Maybe the red hand was just as the title to your story implies. You were caught red-handed doing something that, at that time, you had reservations about doing. The interesting thing there is that both you and Edgar witnessed it. If it was merely your conscience, I would think only you would have seen/heard it. Did you tell an adult about the event? You said that the windows were semi-opaque. Are you sure it was a hand? Could it have been that an adult used a ladder to go up to the roof and was just playing a joke on you? Kind of a cruel joke, but... I'm not stating that it could not have been paranormal. It's just funny that the activity ceased until that day.
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3329 posts) mod
13 years ago (2011-08-05)
EvilAlBear: There are a few posters on this site who have experienced what we like to call "living residuals"...I'm actually surprised Jave hasn't been here yet! LOL... Aussiedaz experienced his wife going to the kitchen, he could tell you better himself, and there are others... Quite an interesting phenomenon...
EvilAlbear (2 stories) (14 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-05)
[bacchaegrl] Thanks for the response! 😊
So let's say for example if one were to move into a new home, it would be possible to experience an apparition of the person who resided in one of the rooms although they were still living? Interesting...
And perhaps it could've been a residual haunting that followed my cousin from the previous home?
bacchaegrl (506 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-05)
Sure, a redsidual haunting is kind of like an imprint on the environment. Some people say that a really emotional and high-tensioned situation, such as a murder can leave an imprint on the spot where it happened. People don't neccissarily have to be dead, however, to have a psychic imprint made of them. This is where a lot of dopplegangers and mistaken identity comes into play. It's odd that the sister never slept in that room, because if that were the case, it probably would just be a replay of an even that happened before. An event that was somehow imprinted, and some kind of disturbance caused it to replay itself. So now, I don't know what to make of your story. I still don't think the sighting was demonic; not at all. Maybe it was an odd flash from the past that somehow manifested itself in a different room. Maybe others can shed light as to what this occurance may have been.
EvilAlbear (2 stories) (14 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-05)
Thanks for all the good feedback you guys, it's helped me get some insight on what happened there. 😊

[NpN4poisonN] I'll try posting some more stories up soon 😊. I'll contact my family in Mexico and ask if they know anything about the history of where the house was built.

[bacchaegrl] Could you explain a little more on the residual type and what that means? And no she didn't live in that room when she was younger

[DeviousAngel] It seems as though a lot of people agree that the construction could have possibly stirred something up and then released it upon completion.

[zetafornow] It's possible that my aunt or uncle could've cleansed the house themselves. I did a cleansing of my current home (when I was still catholic) just for precaution and nothing out of the ordinary has ever really occured here so I guess you're right when you say that if you have enough belief in a God you can do a cleansing yourself and my aunt being a strong catholic was more than capable of doing one. And about delving into "forbidden" things I don't consider drawing a few satanic things to be unsafe. I listen to bands with lyrics having to do with satan and dark things and all and it doesn't have any consequences to it. It's simply just the taste of music I have. But I have to agree that doing things such as summoning demons or playing the ouija and all could lead to tremendous consequences and frankly I feel that this site has saved me from making mistakes aand getting into something that I have no control over. I have had an interest in the paranormal and often get the urge to want to play with the ouija board or try some sort of contact with spirits that should not be disturbed and I know that it could only bring trouble and even more stress into my already stressful life so I know to stay away from all of that.

Sorry, I got carried away with this response LOL. Anyway thanks for the posts and keep posting! 😆

zetafornow (4 stories) (447 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-04)
I would like to add to what Geetha commented on. I also think that the house may have been blessed or cleansed. Also, I think the preferred way to do this is with a priest or a religious figure, but I do know that a house can be blessed by anyone who believes in God and believes in what they are doing.

Now, trying to keep the religious beliefs out of this post... I do think that EvilA and his cousin may be delving into things that they should not be. I have also done that when I was Evil's age and I learned from my mistake. Stay away from playing with things that you have no control over such as demonic forces. When the window is opened, it is difficult to close it and this comes from experience.

Good luck.
geetha50 (15 stories) (986 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-04)
I agree with the other posters about the construction. The spirits were probably attached to the land and was happy about the construction but settle down once it was completed.

As for the house not being blessed, if you were young, your aunt and uncle might have done the blessing / cleansing while you were in school as to not scare you.
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-04)
Thank you for sharing your experience. I have often read stories about paranormal activities being stirred up by construction and remodeling. I think that may have been what happened here. Something about changing our environment does something... Perhaps it messes with the EMFs in that area. I agree with bacchaegirl, the sighting with the little girl sounds more like a residual haunting than an intelligent one. The red hand... Possibly a manifestation of your consciences? Kids are powerhouses for spiritual energy.
bacchaegrl (506 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-04)
I just want to address the situation where your cousin saw his sister and their mother. I really doubt it was a demon. It was probably just a residual type of thing. Just an imprint from the past. I don't know why that particular instance would be imprinted, but it's a distinct possibility. Did the girl live in that room when she was a baby? I don't know about the rest of the experiences, but I don't think that one was demonic at all.
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-04)
Once the construction was complete and the family was settled, it makes sense that the spirits were too.
Now, the red hand? Your guees is as good as mine, man. I have no clue. Sorry.

NpN4poisoN (2 stories) (36 posts)
13 years ago (2011-08-04)
Nice story man... Very good read. I can come up with a few things actually and all quite messy. But out of them I would suggest to check the history of that place as it could be a place where people were taken to be cleansed/exorcised as taken from the part where the priest was heard saying some prayers.
Also it might be the case that since the house was now complete and the family had started residing in the house as their "home", the negative energy might have been lifted. It has been said to occur in the rarest of the cases.
Great story though. If you have any more then please do keep writing. 😊 😊

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