I was living with some friends on 500 South and 400 West in downtown Salt Lake City during the summer of 1996 when we heard stories about an odd house on 900 South and about 1100 East. Me, my Boyfriend Shawn and our 2 friends Shane and Tina decided to go check the house out.
I knew right away something wasn't right; the yard was way too well taken care of for an abandoned house. The lawn was neatly mown and the bushes were trimmed neatly, at least out front. In the back yard it looked like a normal overgrown yard. Shawn, Blackjack, our 3 month old Black Lab, and I walked through the open back door and discovered the second thing wrong with the house. Even though it was filled with garbage from parties there were no bugs or mice.
Before I could explore any further the dog began whimpering and trying to run out the door. I scooped her up and walked further into the house. He fought me until we reached the front bedroom. Then she refused to come out of the room.
The set up of the house is a little odd. You walk in the back door into a small kitchen with 3 doors leading off it. Through one door is a long pantry, the second door leads to a laundry room and the third leads into a dining room. Three doors lead off the dining room, 2 bedrooms and the front room. The back bedroom has a bathroom off it. The front bedroom has 2 doors one leading to a small hallway and the front door.
As I stood in the door looking into the back bedroom I got a cold chill and suddenly heard a baby crying. The floor was covered with black garbage bags full of stuff and I thought it might be a baby someone dumped so I began tearing through the bags. The bags were full of clothes and papers. I never found a baby even though I could still hear it crying. I know it didn't come from a neighboring house because on the west side was a house converted into a little pagan shop and on the east side was a fire station. Behind the house was a parking lot.
I walked into the bathroom looking in their for the baby and was stunned at what I found. The toilet was an old fashioned pull chain type! I had no idea the house had been empty that long. As I stepped towards the massive claw footed tub the crying stopped. I went back out into the bedroom. As I stepped into the room I saw a movement out of the corner of my eye in the closet. Walking towards the closet I got cold and felt an overwhelming sense of dread.
I hurried out of the room to go find my boyfriend; He was standing in the front room staring at the front door with a puzzled look. I asked him what was wrong, he jumped and yelled. When he had calmed down he said "I saw a man standing in here but when I tried to talk to him he walked out the door! Without opening it!"
I decided I wanted to stay the night and he agreed to stay with me, Shane and Tina decided to stay with us as well. We got sleeping bags, flashlights food etc. As we left I had to carry Blackjack out, once we got outside he was fine.
We set up in the front bedroom. While the guys set the beds Tina and I set up tape recorders in the various rooms. I carried a video camera and taped everything we did. As Tina and I were setting up in the front room we heard creaking from the dining room, we knew it wasn't the guys we could see them in the bedroom still. Walking into the dining room we saw the Chandelier swinging back and forth gently. I stepped closer to see better but Tina grabbed my arm and dragged me backward hissing "someone's hanging from the light" I couldn't see anything but she could.
Tina dragged me back to the guys and told them what had happened. The guys went to check it out but found nothing. Shane thought we were jumping at shadows. Tina stayed with the dog in the bedroom while the rest of us went to the kitchen. As we stood there the room suddenly got ice cold and a voiced whispered out of the dark "Leave while you still can." then the flashlights went out, all 3 of them and I felt something cold and slimy brush my neck.
The guys ran for the bedroom but I stayed put, I wasn't afraid after all ghosts can't hurt you right? Wrong! As I stood there I heard footsteps moving in a circle around me and a voice whispering "not afraid? You should be" and laughing. I laughed shakily and replied "you can't hurt me your just a ghost." there was an evil chuckle and I felt cold slimy hands grab my shoulders and slam me backwards into the wall. I felt a body press up against me and cold dank breath on my neck. The hands roamed my body pinching here and there, teeth brushed my neck and bit in two places while a voice whispered in my ear "I can do anything I want with you."
Before more could happen a bright white light blinded me and the Thing screeched and let me go. When I could see again my Blood Brother, Bear Dancer, A Blackfoot Shaman, was standing there. He picked me up in his arms and carried me outside to his truck and set me on the tail gate. He chewed me out for going Hunting unprepared.
I asked him what he was doing here, he was in Texas last I had heard. He laughed and said "I was told to come here tonight because Little Cat was going to get herself in trouble with her curiousness"
Shawn, Shane and Tina were already outside with the dog, they had come out the front door when they saw me pinned to the wall in the kitchen. They were going for help.
We went home that night but I wasn't finished, I was mad, I wasn't going to let a Mere ghost get the better of me so I came back the next night, this time prepared for Battle. But that's a different experience for another time.