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The Helpful Ghost


I live in a two bedroom apartment in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. One afternoon, on returning from the store with an armload of groceries, I started the usual ritual of unlocking my front door. There is a deadbolt above, and a key lock in the knob beneath it, and I keep the key, which fits both, on a lanyard around my neck. I had turned the deadbolt, and before I could remove the key and insert it in the knob beneath, the knob turned first left, then right, as it would if someone were unlocking and opening the door from the inside. Thinking that my neighbor John, who has a key, had come over to finish some work he had begun on the previous day, I expected to see him when I pushed the door open. There was no one on the other side of the door... But the atmosphere was electric and there was a strong impression that someone had just been there. I called out but received no answer.

Putting down the bags of groceries, I immediately went to the phone and dialed John's number. To my great surprise, he answered, and I asked him to come over quickly and help me search for a possible intruder. I want to make it clear at this point that the front door, near which I was standing the entire time, was the only way in or out of the apartment, as the back door to the patio and adjacent parking lot had been temporarily blocked. John arrived about a minute later, and together we searched the premises: every nook, cranny, and corner... But there was no sign of an intruder or anyone else to be found anywhere.

It is most likely only a coincidence, but I learned, several months later, that a previous tenant, an elderly lady known for her helpful nature and numerous kindnesses toward her neighbors, had passed away in the apartment about a decade before I moved in.

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UncleNathan (1 stories) (1 posts)
10 years ago (2013-01-17)
Thanks for your kind responses! Nothing has happened since this incident, but I am not at all frightened by it... Just curious! I'll keep everyone posted on any possible future encounters!
sds (14 stories) (1434 posts)
10 years ago (2013-01-17)
UncleNathan, nice experience indeed. I hope that there is nothing to get scared about this entity or spirit. Thanks for sharing. I love the way it was explained and narrated.

Regards and respects to you.

Miracles51031 (39 stories) (4999 posts) mod
10 years ago (2013-01-16)
UncleNathan - I loved your story and made it one of my favorites. I also love having housemates who are considerate and lend a helping hand, even when it scares the crap out of meπŸ˜†

Since granny very kindly gave you the link to two of my stories about the helpful ghosts in my home, I'm going to give you the link to another. This ghost had a soft spot for my little boy while we lived in her home:


Granny, thank you πŸ˜‰
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3327 posts) mod
10 years ago (2013-01-16)
UncleNathen: I love these kinds of stories!...Since she won't do it, I'm going to toot Miracles' horn for her, and suggest you read these... Very similar to your experience... Thank you for posting!


MsWrestlersGhost (guest)
10 years ago (2013-01-16)
Looks like Raftingirl has a good point. Your appartments kind former tenant saw you had a big arm full of your groceries and wanted to help you out with getting in your place without any problems.

I think its fantastic... Your very lucky to have such a helpful ghost around. I think we all could do with this kind of ghostly help every now and then.

Kind Regards,
Raftingirl (2 stories) (113 posts)
10 years ago (2013-01-16)
Dear Uncle Nathan,

I reckon that is quite a happy story if she is as kind as believed to be:)

I'd love to hear any more incidents that occur. Looks like someone is looking out for you.

Warm regards,
Sue ❀

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