This is actually a story that happened to my uncle Jim, not me quite some time ago. I just discovered this site recently and I just wanted to see someone else's opinion on the matter. When I would visit my uncle as a child, something about his apartment made me feel uneasy. It wasn't until I was a little bit older and after he had moved out that he told our family he thought it had been haunted.
During the mid 1990's my uncle Jim rented an old apartment building here on the south side of chicago. If I am dating this right, this story happened in either 1995 or 1996. During this time, the summers here in the midwest had become incredibly hot and dry and chicago suffered extreme heat waves. People were bussed to shelter areas in the city just so they could spend the days in air conditioning and not suffer.
Since uncle Jim's building was very old, it had no central air conditioning unit and tenants had to either buy their own window units or go without. Uncle Jim's landlady happened to be a pretty stubborn elderly woman who refused to go to the shelter areas and or to buy a unit of her own. Sadly, she wound up passing away from the severe heat.
About three nights later, the heat was just as bad as ever and since uncle jim didn't have much money at the time, he was sleeping with all of the windows open due to his lack of an air conditioner. All of a sudden, he woke up because his room had become freezing cold. He stuck his arm out the window and could feel the extreme temperature difference between the outside and the inside. Uncle Jim was convinced that his landlady was trying to prevent anyone else from getting harmed by the extreme heat.
After that, he often reported hearing noises in the attic and something passing him on the apartment stairs. Do you really think it was the land lady trying to protect people?