Firstly, I'll give a little background about the locations, and then I'll get right to my experience.
The town is Salado, Texas. It's located along the Chisholm trail, and the creek that runs through the town shows evidence of both Paleo-Indian tribes and the Tawakoni living alongside the creek. Salado is also home to the former Shady Villa hotel, now known as The Stagecoach Inn, which housed Sam Houston, Robert E. Lee and Sam Banks. It's the longest running hotel in Texas. The hotel was opened the year the Civil War began, I'm not positive if any deaths occurred here or not. The school here burned down two years in a row, and then a third time, again not sure if any deaths occurred. That's pretty much all of the information I know.
Now, it started at House Number 1, from April 2012-September 2012. My mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, my husband, and myself all lived in a 3 bedroom house about 40-50 yards from the creek. The last woman to live in the house died there, I'm not sure of the cause of death. I'm open to all ideas, but I don't think she is the problem.
My mother-in-law woke up one night about two weeks after my husband and I moved in, screaming "In Jesus' name, leave me". She later described seeing the old woman in her dream, kind of shielding her from a darker thing. She wasn't very descriptive.
In May, I became pregnant, and that was when little things started happening. There would be knocking on our bedroom wall coming from my brother-in-law's room, what sounded like someone drumming their fingers on the kitchen counter, and the feeling of being watched. I thought I was being hyper-sensitive from the pregnancy, but things progressively became worse.
In June, my brother-in-law left for his friend's house for about 3 weeks. I'd already known my brother-in-law in high school, before I was married, and he was constantly depressed. But when we moved to House 1, he would hole up in his room 24/7, only leaving for the bathroom and to shower 2-3 times a day, which was across the hall, and to eat dinner. We never saw him leave otherwise.
While he was away at his friend's house, my husband and I slept in his room, because it was always much cooler (which I'm not suggesting is paranormal, our room faced the morning sun). While in that room we would have terrible sleep, the knocking would happen every 15 minutes or less, and we started seeing things. Needless to say, we moved back into our own room.
During our time staying in his room and afterwards until we moved away in September, we experienced loud banging on a metal table outside every time we went out to smoke at night, tapping on the walls and counters, feeling as though our hair was being brushed by fingers, hearing walking through the grass, both my husband and myself and his parents constantly fighting, and seeing shadows.
As for the shadows, the most notable thing I remember is playing hide and seek with my husband throughout the house. I saw him crawl from his brother's room into the bathroom. I called out to him and said I found him, and his response came from the bedroom behind me. We were the only two in the house. I can't really remember much other than that time. I saw shadows twice afterwards, but it's as though I have a mental block or something against them.
Afterwards, when my brother-in-law was already back (around late July) we told my husband's parents about the things that were happening, and they prayed in each room and drew crosses with some kind of oil on the walls. It seems as though that was counter-productive, because a few days later we woke up to all of the doors open and two cabinets open in the kitchen with the wood on the insides peeled off and hanging. We stayed there about another month, and continued dealing with all of the tapping.
A few days before we moved (and this was WHY we moved), I went outside at night to find my husband standing in the front yard staring at the sky. I talked to him, but he wouldn't respond. About 1 1/2 hour later, I went back out and said his name and touched his shoulder, and he instantly dropped to the ground and started cowering and sobbing. I don't know what he saw or why he felt the need to go out there.
For about a month he would go out and sit by the road or in the grass at night and draw all kinds of dark, terrible pictures, usually in black ink. When I asked why, or where he got the inspiration from, he always said he didn't know.
We moved at the beginning of September, and saw or heard nothing until about late July of this year (2013, obviously). My husband, 5 mo son and I went on a week trip to Mississippi, and his brother stayed at our house to watch it. The second night after returning home, his brother was still sleeping over at our house, and I heard laughing/snickering in the hallway. The next night, the door to the room his brother was sleeping in opened and shut three times. Each time I would check, and his brother would be asleep.
A week or so later, his brother stayed over again (this was at the beginning of this month, August). That night, I woke up to what sounded like my son's baby bed burning. I could hear the crackling, so I turned over and saw a huge shadow squatting in the doorway to the left of his bed. I'm 5'3", and if I were to squat down the squatting shadow would've been approximately 2 feet taller and double my width. I feel like a coward for this, but I just closed my eyes and hid under the covers. After a while, I went out on the porch to smoke, and I kept hearing banging in the yard, but I couldn't see anything that would make a banging noise.
The past two weeks, my brother-in-law has been complaining about feeling someone watching him at night, and having terrible dreams. He stayed the night three nights in a row the past week, and each night I've seen small shadows dart across the walls or doors, heard strange noises outside, and two nights in a row my husband and I fought like we never had since we lived at House 1.
I have a strong feeling it's his brother causing these things, and I want to help, which will in turn help my son, husband and myself. Please, if you have any ideas or information, leave a comment or email me (my email is on my profile). Thank you.
Sorry for such a long one, guys.