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originally posted by: Blue Goblin
Okay so to put this out first. I am an atheist who does not believe in anything paranormal. Same goes for my family including grand parents, cousins etc.
Okay to set the scene this up on Dartmoor which has millions of ghost stories and paranormal folklore surrounding it. Nothing I could find specifically for this certain house though. The "possibly haunted" house in question is empty, has been for maybe a year now or just over. This house is pretty big, it's empty so no furniture really or anything. My Mother uses the downstairs living room to store linen, towels, bed sheets and that sort of thing for the holiday homes that surround this big house. The house is pretty old and was built around early 1900's. When the family that lived here were still around weird things started to happen.
My mum sometimes goes upstairs for glassware stored in one room and these things have happened to her... For example weird photo's from the 70's appearing on the floor, a 1970's yoyo and a couple of exercise books appear out of no where in one of the rooms.
When the house has been completely empty and my mum was cleaning she put a small toy on the window ledge, when shes came back into the room it has been removed and can't be found. No windows open or any explainable way it could of been removed.
Playing cards have been found in the floor board sides so they stick up out the ground. Mum had put away the cards in their box only a few minutes before this was discovered by her and the grounds keeper.
Lights have been turned on when my mum is in a room.
In one of the rooms there has been a mass swarm of flies but no signs of a dead animal. Just in that rooms not the house.
A recent pair of guests in one of the holiday cottages came into the big house but said they didn't ant to go upstairs because it didn't feel right.
At this point my thinks not much of it and doesn't assume it's anything paranormal. Those things happened a while ago. However over the last month maybe things are happening regularly. My Mother and Father are the only people who go into that house now as nobody else needs to. Very regularly, mainly morning time my mum is saying very loud and distinct footsteps are happening upstairs, she has also heard walking and what sounded like something being dragged along the floor after the footseps. She has also heard very loud bangs. Really loud like someone pounding the floor with a fist. My dad has been hearing noises to although he doesn't go in as much as my mum. A couple of days ago my mum was talking with guests at the holiday home about some of the noises shes heard and they went downstairs but refused to go up.
My mum has closed all the upstairs doors, however upon going back up they have all been opened again. No windows to cause a draft either.
Even I admit this is all pretty strange. This is only happening in the morning time (usually). Tomorrow I am going there with a video camera and voice recorder thing to see if I experience anything. I come to you for advice. I don't believe at this point but I'm not close minded. What should I be looking out for, any signs, how should I approach it type of thing. My mum is pretty freaked out and coming from a background of not believing in things it's pretty strange for it to get this far getting my mum spooked. We did a Ouija board at uni to scare my flatmate. I could bring a bring that Ouija board to the house tomorrow as I think I kept it. I will bring my nun chucks too in case it is a tramp hiding out. But I just want to know what would active people on the ATS paranormal board do in my situation.