This isn't a big story, but it still has me rattled and I felt worth sharing.
I am an investigating consultant for insurance companies. Basically, I get hired to go out and look at property insurance (building/homeowners, etc) claims when the insurance company is having a hard time figuring it out to try to determine what happened.
Unfortunately, I am considered an essential employee during the COVID19 shutdown, and still have to go into people's homes. I have been wearing white disposable dust masks as a precaution, and request the homeowners put a mask on if they can so we can avoid spreading anything to each other.
A week or so ago, I had a claim to inspect in a 1850's Victorian house in NE Ohio near Erie, PA. The house was a bed and breakfast at one point and absolutely huge. There were rumors of the home having been involved in the Underground Railroad.
For the purpose of my inspection, I had to go into the basement. The basement was like a maze with brick vaulted supports in areas; portions you can stand, and portions that are only crawlspaces. I was wearing my N95 mask, and the homeowner was wearing one as well. I went into a portion of the basement where I had to hop up over this partial wall and duck under a low brick archway support (kind of looked like a pizza oven), then it opened up into a larger area where I could partially stand. I'm taking photographs for my report, using an actual digital camera vs. My phone. The digital camera had one of those rear facing image screens, would flash the image of the photo I just took, hold it on the screen for a second, then the screen would go blank for a second before it would pull up the live view for me to take my next photo.
As I take a picture, when the screen goes blank, I see a reflection of a woman right behind me in the screen. I assumed it was the homeowner who followed me into this area, but it still startled me. I turn to look and there's nobody there. This all took place over the course of a second. So I go back to the opening to this room and look out and see the homeowner standing in a different part of the basement with her N95 mask on. The reflection I saw was not wearing an N95 mask.
So I'm freaked out, but I still have to continue my inspection. I take another picture, and sure enough, there's a reflection of someone in the room behind me. It wasn't my own reflection because I could see my face, which since I'm close to the camera was so big it took up half the screen. This was like the shoulders, neck, and head of a female figure standing about 5-6 feet behind me over my right shoulder. I turn around --- nobody there. Since I paid better attention this second time, I noticed the figure was wearing some type of head covering, like a tight hood or a bonnet, but it was very thin material and tight around her head. She was definitely female, but looked older than the homeowner who was probably in her 30's, this lady looked about late 40's. So I continued my inspection and didn't see the reflection again.
I was there for professional reasons and didn't want to come off weird bringing up that I think I saw a ghost in her basement, so I didn't outright bring it up to the homeowner, but I asked a few leading questions to try to get her to talk about if she thought her house was haunted - she didn't say anything.
So who knows, but I definitely saw something!