I'm 27, and I live in a small city in Ohio. When I was 16, I met this chic named Becca, we got along good, and to this day she's my best friend. The same day we met, I found out that she lived in a house that I was way too familiar with. Another best friend of mine (Mo) had live there a few years before, and my uncle dated her mom (Francis) so I stayed with them regularly. (you'll want to remember this)
It wasn't very long after I met Becca that I was practically living with her and her family, which consisted of her, her younger sister Nikki and her father. Her mom passed away years before I met them. I loved staying with them because her dad worked a 12 hour night shift at our towns local steel mill, and he was pretty naive to what young girls left home alone at night could (and would get into). But it was awesome. We always had sleep overs with a few of our other closest friends, and at that age we were "experimenting" new things with smoking pot being one of our favorite trials. We really liked to play our music loudly, and dance and laugh and have a good time.
One of our biggest joys was prank calling the hottest boys in school, and other girls that we just didn't like. I'll put it this way whatever we did we had a good time.
Well one night I will never forget, it was in June of '06, it was on a Friday, and it was storming outside. It was close to midnight. There was myself, Becca, Kristen, Angel, and another girl named Angie. We were all in Becca's room having a good time. Nikki (Becca's younger sister) was in their dads' room asleep. We had just finished smoking and we were all higher then we should of been, and Angie says "hey look what I brought", and she pulled an Ouija board out of her bag. All the girls were excited and ready to play. I on the other hand was very skeptical. I was afraid of what they were going to bring to the surface. But they talked me into it, and I wish they hadn't.
We lit candles and turned the lights out. The windows in the bed room were open because it was so smokey. It got very quiet all you could hear was the rain, and the thunder crackling from out side. So we all sat there with our two little fingers on the small plastic piece and one of the girls asked if there were any spirits present. We all watched for a couple minutes with anticipation. Nothing! Again "if there are any spirits here let yourself be known" Or something along those lines. We were all concentrating so deeply on this board, and then out of no where Nikki (from the other room) screamed and ran into our room crying. She was literally shaking, saying there was a man standing over her in the other room and that she thought that he had walked into the closet.
All of a sudden there was a loud crash of thunder that scared the mess outta all of us. We turned the lights on quickly, and cautiously walked towards the other room. One of us with a baseball bat, one with a Bataan, and Becca had grabbed a big knife out of the kitchen. There was light shinning out of the room from the TV playing but the rest of the room was dark. Becky reached her hand inside and flipped the light on and gave the door a push so we could see inside.
Kristen was on the phone with her mom. They only stayed about 2 or 3 minutes away, and her mom said she'd be right there. So with all 6 of us inside her dads room we were still scared to open the closet. A minute later the door bell rang and kind of gave us all a chill. But it was Kristen's mom we told her what happened minus the Ouija board. She opened the closet door and one of our cats jumped out. It made Kristen's mom scream a little. We all got a good laugh out of that.
But no one knew how buttons (our cat) had gotten in there. Kris's mom checked around the rest of the house, including the basement every thing was OK so she left us there and told us to call her back if we needed to. Well needless to say Nik ended up staying in our room the rest of the night and when she was able to fall asleep I decided to tell the girls what I knew, and this is it: After my uncle and Francis (Mo's mom) broke up I wasn't allowed to stay there very often because my mom was told that Francis had started using hard core drugs and that she was partying a lot.
Francis started seeing a new man name John who I had met a few times. He seemed like a nice guy he'd take us back and forth to the rollerena and things like that. But Mo had told us of her mom and John fighting a lot.! Well the last night that I stayed in that house before I met Becca was one of the craziest nights of my life. Me, and 2 other girls Laura, and Amanda were sleeping over at Mo's. We were in her room which is the same room that was now Becca's. We were listening to music, and stuffing our faces with the normal sleep over junk food, and just enjoying ourselves when Francis and John Started arguing.
First they were in the living room and we heard her say "where's it" at John, and he said there isn't any then they went into their room (which was now Becca's dads room). A few minutes had passed where we could hear them shouting back and fourth and it had sounded like a glass had been busted on the other side of the wall. Mo went to knock on her moms door. She was worried that her mom was getting beat up. All of a sudden we heard a loud bang and heard Francis screaming Johns name. Mo opened the door and Francis started screaming at her to get out. Mo saw a portion of John lying on the bed and blood all over. Francis was screaming for all of us to get out of the house. She said get help! We were scared we didn't know what happened.
We all ran next door to Mo's grandmas house where her younger brother and sister were staying for the night. Mo started telling her grandma what was going on and to call for the police. Francis within one minute or so ran over crying and had blood all over her. She was screaming to call the police she said "John, John he's dead!" We all started flipping out! Crying and shiat! He had killed himself! Shot himself right in the head!
The police came and investigated and interviewed all of us. All of our parents had to come for us to be released to them. I was only 12 when this happened. I will never forget that night!
After that Mo's mom had to go to rehab, and she spent several months in a psychiatric hospital in PA. Mo and her brother and sister moved away with their grandma. When all this stuff happened with the Ouija board I knew in my heart that the man that nik seen was John. I could feel it in my soul.
When I finished telling everyone my story Angel started to cry as she grabbed onto my arm, she pointed to a window in the room, (where the porch was) and there was a shadow standing there like it was watching or listening, all of us started scooting on our butts with our backs toward the bedroom door keeping our eyes focused on the window. I said thanks for watching out for us John but you can go now your scaring us, and without the shadow moving in any direction, it just disappeared! It was gone and we all still tell this story to this day!
I think if he had not showed his shadow to us there on the porch right at that time, that my friends would not have believed me. Only because it was such a traumatic experience. Before I moved in with Becca and her family when I first told my mom where she lived my mom told me that if I went there that I was going to see him again! She also told me to tell them what had happened there in that house. I still have trouble talking about it. I wanted to tell them and I thought about it often I just could not bring my self to say it!
I have not seen Monica for many years now, and I see the other girls who were there that night very seldom. But when we do run into each other, there's a silence that we all know well. The first time I saw Laura after I had this experience with Johns ghost, I had to explain to her in detail what had happened that night and there was such a heaviness in the air and we were both chilled to the bone with goose bumps.