I posted this somewhere else but thought I'd post it here too. I've wanted to tell other people about this but I feel like nobody will believe me, which is why I thought about sharing this here. This happened during summer break after my freshman year of high school in 2017. I and my mom went to go visit New York. It hadn't even been a year since I came to the US, which is why my mom wanted to show me different states like NY and NJ. I was pretty excited, and my mom showed me around the cities which was super fun.
It was also around the time I started reading about haunted places in America and scary stuff like that in different websites. I heard about the Amityville House, and I heard that they made several movies and a book about it, even though I hadn't watched them. So, I told my mom that we should go look at it, since we were in NY and didn't know if we were coming back. She said 'sure why not', so we drove all the way to Long Island and finally reached the house. I wanted to take pictures and brag to my friends about the scary place we went to, so we got out of the car and took some videos.
It was kind of cloudy and dark outside and it felt super eerie considering the fact that a whole family was murdered there. There was a cop car patrolling around the neighborhood and we didn't want to seem like we were going to break in or anything, so we looked at the house a bit and then drove back to our hotel. Nothing weird yet.
After we got to our hotel, I looked at the videos and pictures I took of the house and this one particular video got my attention. I zoomed into the different windows of the house in the video and in one of them, you could clearly see a white smoke like thing go back and forth and disappear. It was definitely not a person, and I'm 100% sure there was nothing particular around that could've let out smoke.
It just appeared, moved around a little bit and then disappeared. It's texture was like smoke but I'm pretty definitely sure it wasn't smoke. The best way I can describe it is that it looked like the Japanese floating balls of fire ghosts, called Onibi. I thought I was seeing things so I showed it to my mom and she was genuinely terrified as well. As much as I'm interested in the paranormal, I like to remain skeptical, so I posted the video on my spam account on Instagram wondering if my friends thought it was weird or not.
A few of my friends DMed me saying that they saw the thing and it definitely did not look like smoke. I was so surprised that it might actually be a real ghost we caught on video because of all the theories that the Amityville haunting was a hoax. I didn't really think much of it but it creeped me out a little bit. I later forgot about it and after about a year and a half, I remembered about the video and thought about posting it on Reddit. So I scrolled through my camera roll and looked for it everywhere, but of course it was gone. I even logged into my old spam account and the video wasn't on there either. No I hadn't changed phones or anything.
I asked my mom if she remembers the video and she said yes of course, she was mad I lost it because it seemed like we actually caught something terrifying on camera. I asked my friends who saw the post and they said they definitely remembered it as well, but I couldn't find the video anywhere. I feel like the reason this is so hard to believe is because I'm claiming to have video evidence of it but I don't have it because it got deleted somehow. I really wish I still had it so I could post it here and maybe get an explanation of it: (