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My boyfriend, Dan, and I moved into our apartment in November 2007. It's our first apartment together, and for the first few months we didn't really notice anything strange about the place. We had previously lived with Dan's brother, and it was enough of an adjustment getting used to living on our own.

Our cats, Edgar and Zelda, did seem to take a while to get used to the place, but we attributed that to the fact that they had never lived anywhere else. Besides, who can really explain cat behavior most of the time? Edgar, in particular, seemed to change the most. He used to be a very sweet, outgoing cat, but for the first six months in our apartment he showed a bit of nervousness in general, and aggression towards me, scratching, biting, etc, and to this day, about ten months later, is still extremely jumpy.

About four months ago, in May, was about the time when we started noticing strange occurrences. For example, one night I got up to use the bathroom, locking the bathroom door behind me. When I tried to leave the bathroom, I unlocked the door, turned the knob. It still felt like the door was locked. I jiggled the knob, tried locking and unlocking the door again, and still nothing. I am a bit claustrophobic, so I did panic a little. I pounded on the door and Dan had to come and let me out of the bathroom. He was able to do so just fine from the other side and thought that the situation was a riot. We figured it was something wrong with the knob since the apartments haven't really been renovated since the 70's.

Back in our bedroom, about an hour or two later, I noticed Edgar staring intently at the wall above our headboard. I kept looking to see what he was looking at with such concentration (this is a cat who normally has the attention span of a goldfish) but I couldn't see anything. He continued to do so and at one point even crawled up between Dan and I to bat at the wall. Dan thought maybe he saw a shadow or a bug and we didn't think anything more of it that night.

Our problems with the bathroom door continued off and on. Dan even took of the knob to see if he could figure out what was making it stick, but it appeared to be working fine. Finally one night, Dan's co-worker, Lyndsey, got stuck in the bathroom, and the door didn't want to open, even from the outside. After a little more jiggling, and about 10 minutes later, Dan got Lyndsey out. She immediately left our apartment, saying that she was "totally creeped out." The next night, I got stuck in the apartment and Dan had to forcibly remove the doorknob to let me out. Dan replaced the doorknob the next morning and our problems with the bathroom door stopped.

While all the doorknob shenanigans were going on, I noticed something else about our apartment. We keep our alcohol on top of the fridge, and when you pass by or walk on certain parts of the floor, it moves the fridge and the bottles clink. Dan and I experimented and found out the parts of the floor that we can step on to make this happen, in order to avoid them if we are walking around at night and the other person is sleeping.

One day, while home alone, I was on the computer and heard the bottles clinking. I had never heard them do that unless someone was walking around in the apartment. My first thought was that Zelda had jumped up on the refrigerator, so I went out to the kitchen with the spray bottle. On my way to the kitchen, I saw Zelda curled up asleep on her cat tree. I walked over to the fridge and stopped, looking up over the fridge to see if there was anything there. Nothing. I looked around the kitchen, and saw nothing. Then the bottles started clanking again, and I hadn't moved yet. I waited for them to stop before I moved, and I experimented walking around different parts of the kitchen to try to make the bottles make noises, and couldn't figure out how they had started when I hadn't been moving.

I gave up, and started to walk back to the bedroom. As I did, the bedroom door swung shut, and I heard a click. When I got to the door, the knob wouldn't turn. I jiggled the knob and gave the door a push, like Dan had instructed me to do when the bathroom door had been sticking. Unfortunately, I pushed a little too hard, and the door came open, with the knob coming through part of the door. I was relieved to have the door open, even if it was broken. I examined the doorknob, and realized that the door had been locked from inside the bedroom, and that it hadn't been stuck at all.

I immediately called Dan to let him know what happened, and he laughed it off again. Later that night, I noticed Edgar staring at the wall behind our headboard again. We purposely have not replaced the doorknob on our bedroom door, just to see if anything else happens.

A few days later, I came home to find the front door unlocked. Dan and I are both religious about locking the door. Dan's childhood home was burglarized, and he has a huge fear of intruders. I ran downstairs and got one of the neighbors downstairs to come in and check the apartment with me, just in case. We found nothing, and nothing seemed to be out of place. This has happened several times in the past few months, even when I leave the house and I know for a fact that I have locked the door, I come home an hour later and it will be unlocked.

We also keep our closet door closed to keep the cats from getting hair all over our clean clothes (I have to wear black and white at work, the two worst colors for cat owners to wear), and we keep finding the closet door open as well. Once, while I was inside the closet (we have a walk-in), the door shut on me as well.

Things have seemed to escalate in the past two months or so. Dan has claimed to have lost his keys and torn the whole apartment apart looking for them, only to find them half an hour later neatly placed on the end of the bed. I thought perhaps he just hadn't checked that spot, until the same thing happened to me. We keep a white blanket folded on the end of the bed, and after fifteen minutes of frantic searching, I remembered what happened to Dan and checked the bedroom again. Sure enough, there were my keys, neatly placed on the white blanket at the end of the bed.

Edgar still has a fascination with the wall behind our headboard. I have examined it up close, and cannot figure out what the heck he is looking at. He doesn't seem to do that with any other spots in our apartment.

During the past week or so, I keep thinking that Dan is talking to me when I am getting ready in the bathroom and he is in the bedroom. But, when I go into the bedroom and ask him what he said, he tells me he hasn't said anything.

I have tried to be thorough and would welcome any thoughts or suggestions on this subject. Are we going crazy or is there possible activity in our apartment? It seems that the activity is primarily focused on the doors in our apartment, but I am not aware of the history of the complex or our specific apartment, and at this point I have not been able to find any.

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dmj101 (2 posts)
12 years ago (2010-05-11)
that is defently paranormal activity. In my house there is a door that opens by its self and at night you can hear people banging and walking in the attic but it is impossible to walk in there as it is to low.
DARKNESS (3 stories) (2022 posts)
12 years ago (2010-02-02)
It would be good to hear from the OP of this story again I quite enjoyed it. I'm intrigued to see if they still live there and what else has been happening it sounds rather mischevious whatever it is I hope all has worked out for the best.

bnaredr3 (1 stories) (19 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-26)
You should try moving your bed in your room to see if whatever your cat is looking at is actualy on that specific wall or maybe around the head of your bed. Let us know what happens.
rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-25)
Quite obviously you're not imagining things or overeacting! Especially when you find a door lock being locked from inside when you specifically remember not doing it yourself.

Very likely what you're dealing with has to do with past owners who are either unwilling to leave or trapped. Try asking them nicely not to disturb the things in your house or lock and unlock the doors since that scares you. Try to be as respectful as possible since you are in their territory. This might bring some peace finally. If not try one of the cleansing rituals. Shane has posted an excellent one on our site if you're willing to give it a try.
ChrisB (6 stories) (1515 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-25)
Hi and thank you for sharring this very interesting story with us. I realy enjoyed reading it. I believe that spirits do not show themselves all the time. If they did I bet we would have a lot more evidence then we do now. That would explain why you didn't see much at the beggining. I realy believe thqat the place is haunted. Maybe by others who onece lived there. Thanks again for sharring this with us. I hope to hear from you soon and take care.
Wicked (1 stories) (16 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-24)
I just have a small bit of advice really. I agree with kaydee in trying to catch some EVPs. And also next time your kitty seems to be fixated on one spot on the wall, keep a camera handy and start snapping some pics. See if anything comes out. Good luck!
kaydee_cleavland (4 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-23)
Oh that is weird...
Maybe you have some previous occupants that were a adult or teenagers or children that died... Maybe they want to see you suffer like a turtle on it's back or maybe they want to pull a prank on you. 😕
You should set up a EVP like maybe a tape recorder and leave the house for should I say, an hour or a half. Leave edgar and zelda see if they scratch on the wall or cry.

That's all the advice I can give you.
XOX Kaydee. 😆 ❤
ladyannne (11 stories) (91 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-23)
Hi, Shannon. I always find it strange that our state, one of the last to be settled, has so much activity. You would think Boston, Salem, all the right coast, older, cities would be busier.
The doors would concern me, a tad past prank level and holds potenial for some serious repercussions. Have you tried talking to your 'guest' like you would talk to someone really in the room? I used to explain to our resident that right now, right now you are scaring the bejezuz out of me, could you kindly STOP, and we will talk later?
Easykiel (1 stories) (35 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-23)
Sounds like you've got some serious poltergeist activity going on there, something that I've never experienced myself and so have little advice to give. But I would agree with DeviousAngel in her suggestion that you ask the spirit to stop mucking about. Although perhaps phrase it more politely than that.

Of course it couldn't hurt to change the locks or get someone in to take a look at the doors just in case the explanation is something more mundane than ghosts!
voulme16 (14 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-23)
resz iis rite its happened way to much for it to be a coincidence. Well mabey your home has some history behined it you should check and the door problem I bet it dosnt want you to leave and I'm not that good at ths but I have a history with it 😉
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-23)
Wow...sounds like a lot of inexplicable activity is going on there. Being another California resident, I definitely would worry about the front door unlocking while you're away. Try telling whatever spirit could potentially be there to stop playing with the doors and leave you alone. I'd also recommend changing the handles on all of the doors just to be sure that it's not something wrong with them, and be sure that all of the doors in the house open and shut properly. Sometimes doors sound like they close, but if you pull them, they either stick or open easily. Best of luck to you!
resz (3 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2008-09-23)
That is really strange. It seems like it's been happening way too often to be a coincidence. Something is definitely going on. I'm no expert so I couldn't tell you what this is tho 😊. Great story and keep us updated! I would definitely like to hear more. Especially with your cat obsessing on that spot.

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