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Encounters With A Baldknobber


My friends and I have always been fascinated by the paranormal. We only recently decided to try our hand at ghost hunting around our town when I got a new digital recorder, just to see if we could get some EVPs like they do on the ghost hunting shows. It's very stupid reasoning, I know, especially since I seem to be the one that gets the extended contact with the people we're trying to more-or-less have a conversation with.

I mulled over what to put as my first story here on YGS and settled on the most recent happenings with me and this new spectral friend of mine.

The first encounter with this guy was back in January when my friend, Khalil, and I decided to record at the marker stone on the town square here in Ozark. The marker stone is placed roughly where three men from an old Civil War vigilante group known as the Baldknobbers were hung for murder - there was supposed to be a fourth but he escaped the jail.

Not really knowing what to do, Khalil and I just started talking to see if we could get a response. As it was very cold that night and we didn't seem to be getting a response, or so we thought, we decided to leave. When we got into the car, Khalil started fiddling with the recorder, trying to remember how it worked so he could play the recording for us. While he was doing that, I happened to look back at the marker stone. Leaning against the stone looked like a silhouetted man in a wide-brimmed hat. I shook Khalil and told him to look, but he shrugged me off, so I looked back at the stone. He was still there and this time he waved to me. I waved back, and then once more tried to get my friend to look.

"There's a guy there," I said.

"What guy?" was his response. I looked at the spot and the man was gone.

It was a rainy day in March that I had the next experiences with him. I was sitting on the computer when my dog told me she really needed to go out, so I told my friends on my IMs that I was taking her around the block real quick. When I reached for the door, I had what I suppose might be called a vision. I'm not sure on that point. But in the vision I was holding the recorder in my hand and looking at the screen and I heard myself ask, "What's your name?" Clear as if I was listening on the other end of my phone, I heard from the recorder: "Billy."

Then I was back to looking at the door again. The recorder had never been in my hand, mind. It had been on the coffee table since January, untouched because of my lack of time to go out on a hunt due to school work. Not really shaken so much as very confused as to what happened just then, I took my dog around the block and returned toward home. At the end of the driveway, I had what seemed like another of the odd visions, although I'm not sure if this was one or not.

In the vision-like thing, more of a feeling than an actual vision like the last one, I walked up the drive, and I could feel myself going up the drive, but it felt muffled. It was like I was walking through water. I stopped at the beginning of the walkway that leads from the driveway to the front step. Standing there was a man in old time looking clothes: a rough looking white button up shirt and dark pants and a wide-brim hat. I couldn't see much else about him, but then I didn't really think about that much as he started coming toward me.

"Don't you have a hat of your own inside?" he asked, then took his hat off and put it on my head. Despite all the rain coming down and being soaked clean through with my jeans and hair and almost as much with my jacket, it felt like the rain wasn't hitting my head anymore, even though I knew it should've been. After the vision-like feeling went away, I hurried on inside and sat down on the computer to tell my friends about it, as well as to see if anyone named Billy had been in the Baldknobber group. One of the hanged men had been named Billy.

Please feel free to give your opinions on this encounter, everyone. Thanks for reading.


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ratoncito (1 stories) (5 posts)
11 years ago (2012-05-07)
Rook, thanks for the correction on the spelling. I didn't know that about the spacing.

Yeah, my dog refuses to go out in the yard when it's raining, even if you go with her, so we've taken to bringing her around the block when it rains. She'll go fine then. We have to take her around that way during the storms or else she'll try and hold it until the rain stops.

Looks like I'll have some more research to do now that school's almost out and something to talk about with Billy.

And sorry for not getting back to your comment quickly. Three reports and a project needed tending to for the end of the year.
rookdygin (24 stories) (4458 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-23)

Interesting experience you have shared with us here... A couple of things however...

I'm kind of surprised... You must really love your dog... To actually walk him around the block in the pouring rain without an umbrella, raincoat or even a hat? That shows real love between you and your dog... I am however even MORE surprised that your dog wanted, and was willing to go that far in the rain, just to use the bathroom.

One other 'small' detail...I'm curious about something... You have stated (in one of your Comments)...

"I've lived in the town my whole life. I've heard of past life regression, but I've never tried it out."

This could be a good way to help figure things out, but that is not what my question is about...It's this...

If you have lived there all your life why did you use the term 'Baldknobbers' when that refers to... Well this...

"Baldknobbers" (one word), a local country and western comedy revue, named solely for the humorous quality of the name rather than for any historical purpose.

Rather that the Proper Historical term for the group of vigilantes that those 3 men, which were hanged, were from which was 'Bald Knobbers'...but wait there's more... The Original 'Bald Knobbers' were from Taney County and had disbanded. The 'Billy' you mention was Billy Walker and was part of a group from Christian County... And on the night of March 11, 1887 he was part of a group that kicked in the windows and doors of James and Elizabeth Edens home killing 3 people...

While it may seem like I'm 'nit picking' getting the History correct is important if one is trying to 'prove' a Haunting...It's all in the details.


Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-21)
Ummmm...yeah. A guy with physical properties like, a hat that he removes from his head and places on yours and you say it kept the rain at bay? Shows up as you are getting ready to drive away? Waves at you casually as if you knew each other and you WAVE BACK? Okaaaaay... He also knows where you live? Gee, sounds more like a stalker to me.
But then again, Bluefoxx may have something about that ghost horse. One of our more intrepid posters, that Bluefoxx. I'd pay close attention when ole BlueFoxx gives advice. There is some big wisdom in those words. Very brave too.
Excuse me, I must make certain Bluefoxx is fed well and hardy. Nite!

Javelina 😆
ratoncito (1 stories) (5 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-20)
Catface, I have been back to the square twice now. Both times I've left flowers and felt a sort of pressure in the air around me when I go to leave. Also noticed they're doing a bit of renovating there--they took out an old fountain that had cracked down the middle--so that might also be stirring things up.

Casper, I think the cold made him a little ornery. He moved here from Vegas and tends to not want to do anything in winter or on a cold day, much less listen to me.

Curious, thanks. Yeah, a lot of history around the state and lots of hot spots for activity. Glad to hear there's a fellow Missourian on YGS, too.
CuriousBeliever12 (1 stories) (7 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-20)
That's crazy cool! I noticed you're from Missouri, I am as well and it seems like there is a LOT of paranormal stuff around this state. I must say though I loved this story it was a great read and would be an awesome experience! Looking forward to more stories from you 😁
Casper_the_ghost (9 stories) (180 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-20)
Hey great story even though the guy made me think of the pastor in poltergeist II. Nice he waved at you though 😆. Your friend who was supposed to be excited to see a ghost didn't want to look when you said you saw something suspicious hmm what was with him? 😠
Catface (7 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-20)
That sounds like a brilliant experience. I've only ever felt a force of some kind in my dreams, so for it to happen to you while you are awake, I just find it extremely fascinating.

You should try and go back to where you said you first saw him, see what else you can find there.

Blessed Be. ❤
ratoncito (1 stories) (5 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-20)
Thanks, crecentblue. I think he might know me from around town, if not from a past life, really. I've lived in the town my whole life. I've heard of past life regression, but I've never tried it out. Doesn't it involve hypnosis?
girlie (15 stories) (426 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-20)
okay...I just have one thing to say. VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY COOL! I wish I could have something like that happen to me! It would be sooooo cool! Thx for your story and TELL MORE!
GIRLIE ❤ 😁 ❤
crecentblue03 (151 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-20)
I think you had an interesting experience, but why does it keep happening to you is the question and this spirit named Billy he acts like he knows you have you ever tried past life regrestion?. Maybe he just thinks he knows you. Nice story thanks for sharing welcome to YGS!
bluefoxx01 (81 posts)
11 years ago (2012-04-20)
By golly, ghosts giving you hats. What an oddity, next Billy will be taking you for a ride on he's imaginary horse, sorry I meant ghost horse!

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