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In 2006, my cousins and my aunt, Penny, were living at my grandmother's house temporarily. Because the house is quite old and small, there were not enough bedrooms to accommodate the children, and they slept in the family room.

Anyway, in March of 2006, I was still in high school. I had to get up quite early to get ready for school, as three people had to shower and use the only bathroom each morning. I normally started getting ready at 4:30, because the bus came at 6:15. The following events happened for close to three weeks:

I was sitting at the dining room table, eating breakfast after my shower. At precisely 5:15, the TV in the family room turned on. So the sound wouldn't wake up my cousins (the TV was very loud), I went to go turn it off. Here's where it starts to get freaky:

The TV in the family room is not connected to any sort of antenna. It no longer worked. Also, I saw the figure of a very tall man who appeared to be moving inside the "no signal" snow. However, I wrote it off as lack of sleep.

I checked on all three of my cousins to make sure they were asleep, and not the ones who had turned on the TV. All of my cousins were sound asleep, and there were no signs that they were the ones who got up and turned on the TV so early in the morning.

The events I have described occurred every morning for close to three weeks. I would have dismissed the events that I witnessed if they had not occurred with such frightening regularity, including the fact that the TV always came on at 5:15 AM-not a minute before, not a minute after. The TV did not do such a thing again.

I was wondering if anyone could offer suggestions for the ghostly image inside the television. I have the following theories:

1) Lack of sleep (I was getting up early on a regular basis)

2) Power surge through the outlet, which turned the TV on.

I would appreciate any suggestions you can offer.

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Moongrim (2 stories) (871 posts)
13 years ago (2009-11-12)
The timer is a good possibility. For the spectral image- there is another.

Not all old TV's had or still have a working 'frequency band reject/bandpass' component. Into common language- it means that the TV could've picked up a particular channel partially. The result- a portion of one channel coming through snow/white noise. The main reason I know of this?

Electronics work for one thing, and experience with 'almost' getting access to a number of hotel's "Naughty" channels, for free.
everlong (1 stories) (26 posts)
13 years ago (2009-08-20)
If it was bought in 1990 then it does have a sleep timer or timer to turn on. It's easy to check. Just get the remote and hit menu and scroll through until you get to the clock or timer section. You'll be able to tell if it's on a timer or not.
blue_narf89 (1 stories) (3 posts)
13 years ago (2009-08-06)

Thanks for the well wishes and for reading my story. Maybe the "family ghost" followed my grandma from Teton-who knows? 😊
MYsT3RY08 (1 stories) (5 posts)
13 years ago (2009-08-06)
Sounds like some poltergeist kind of thing. Except nothing being stacked on top of each other. But yeah it DOES REMIND ME OF "THE RING"! 0_0
Pretty freaky story. Well I hope that nothing else goes wrong in that house to ANY OF YOU PEOPLE!
blue_narf89 (1 stories) (3 posts)
13 years ago (2009-08-05)

I am not sure if the TV had some sort of wake-up timer. However, my uncle Jerry, who gave the TV to us, purchased it in 1990, so I am not sure if it would even have one.


Thanks for the suggestion. Hopefully, nothing will turn into a "The Ring" style "Oh my God, the TV's unplugged and it's still turning itself on" moment. 😁
kariu (1 stories) (10 posts)
13 years ago (2009-08-05)
you shall try to plug out the power cable, and then see what happens at that time
EezyBates89 (1 stories) (4 posts)
13 years ago (2009-08-04)
That is pretty creepy, But a lot of modern tv's have tv wake up timers so maybe that's what it was, depending on how old your tv is, or maybe someone had the remote and was trying to scare you. If not that, then its probably paranormal. 😐
blue_narf89 (1 stories) (3 posts)
13 years ago (2009-08-04)

I am not sure if it could have been a scrambled image of a program, as the TV was not connected to any antenna to pick up a program-we used it only for movies. As far as anything else happening: we have found cabinet doors open when everyone has been in other rooms, and electrical devices, like phones, have failed with no apparent explanation. 😕


Thanks for reading the story and giving suggestions. 😊
hobbyholly (11 stories) (572 posts)
13 years ago (2009-08-04)
I know getting up that early can make a person a little groggy.

May I suggest keeping up that routine? The more you do it, the more you'll get use to the earliness.

Have you watched this woman through the "snow"?

If there is something/an image moving in the snow, it could be a scrambled image of a program. Or it might be something else...

Has anything else occurred in the home?
Oli (2 stories) (74 posts)
13 years ago (2009-08-04)
I'm not sure about the ghostly image, but I don't think the tv turning on could've been because of a power surge, since you said it kept happening for close to 3 weeks.

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