In 2006 I moved into a high rise apartment building in Hamilton at the intersection of King Street East and Emerald Street North. The building was built in the 1970s and it served since then as a facility for government subsidized housing. Most of the tenants were on government support and many were elderly or mentally disturbed. I was not on assistance; I paid full market rent for my unit on the twenty first floor.
Almost immediately, strange things began to happen. The most common strange occurrences were an intense shaking of my bedroom closet door, strange footsteps, raspy voices, and the sound of a ball bouncing.
On various occasions I was woken up in the night be what sounded like a person punching and kicking the sliding doors on my closet. I would often yell at it to stop and it would immediately. This would happen about once or twice a month.
I took to leaving my fan on at night to drown out the strange noises. Almost every night, I would hear what sounded like feet shuffling around on the living room floor; as if an old man were trying to walk. Strange undecipherable whispers were often heard at night. I got used to the strange sounds and goings on but nothing would prepare me for what happened in February 2008.
That night my girlfriend was sleeping over when everything happened all at once. The door would rattle violently and we heard footsteps all over the apartment and bedroom. My girlfriend kept complaining of feeling a presence as if something evil was leaning over the bed staring at us. As I tried to calm her down and explain that these things happen all the time and that its never hurt me, I heard an old woman's voice scream in my ear as clear as day. I screamed in fear and we left that night to stay with a friend.
I would often have friends over from Waterloo on weekends who always seemed uneasy in the apartment. They refused to stay the night on the pull out couch due to strange noises they heard. Once I left them to go to the store, when I returned they were standing in the hallway looking uneasy. They told me that my place freaked them out and they wanted to go out for the night instead of staying at my place. It got to a point when friends didn't want to come over anymore.
Sometime in late 2007 I would hear what sounded like a ball bouncing. It was as if someone dropped a ball and let it bounce until it stopped. This would happen about the same time every night: 10:00 to 10:30 pm.
I moved out last winter and I have not experienced anything like that since. A friend of mine who came over several times recently told me that she heard distinct voices and heard footsteps when no one was there. We agreed that this was a poltergeist and not a ghost of the deceased.