posted on Oct, 2 2016 @ 11:16 PM
These are my Dad's encounters with ghosts.
The first one comes from the pub he lived in - The Village Tavern in Birmingham, England (or around Birmingham - not sure how English Geography
works). Unfortunately the place has since been demolished, last I heard I think it was turned into a curry shop.
Anyway, the Tavern was a pretty rowdy place, lots of depressed drunks, lots of fights, and lots of commotion (as you would expect from a pub in
England during the 50's/ 60's). A depressed punter also hung himself in the (downstairs) cellar of The Village Tavern. Whether this is what caused the
ghost I'm not sure - but my father has always attributed the ghost to being this guy.
Prototypical ghostly events ensued. There was one room in the house that always got cold at the exact time every night (I should mention that the
house was above the bar. So the place had three levels: Underground = Cellar, Ground Level = Pub, and Second Level = House/ Living area). Now this
aspect I could potentially argue away. For example maybe there was a heating unit that would always fault out at a specific time. The fact that the
room always got cold at a precise time seems important to me in disproving or proving ghostly activity. The consistency, to me, suggests something
rational. But, if everything logical was ruled out then the consistency would be pretty good evidence for something paranormal. It's annoying no one
ever tried to investigate.
Next up a slightly funnier encounter. One day while making one of the beds my father's mother was pinched on the bottom. She turned around expecting
dad's dad to be there (or some other jokester) but as I'm sure you can guess, no one was there. Again, this encounter isn't definitive for me. Human
error could have occurred, but I guess it's unlikely.
My dad's dad also saw something - although he never believed the place was haunted/ believed in ghosts. He one night woke up and saw a dark shadowy
figure in the bedroom, before it moved - passing through a wall. How you could see this and not believe I don't know. But maybe it could be
attributable to shadows playing tricks and other environmental factors.
The final, and most convincing, encounter was witnessed by my dad and a group of his mates (as well by proxy his mother and father I would assume).
The group came home one night from drinking and where preparing to go to sleep downstairs in the bar area, when the German Shepard's my dads family
started barking like mad. Next, every door in the pub and house apparently started opening and slamming shut. One of my dad's friends is purported to
have picked up some darts from the pub area and shouted "Come on you f**king ghost, I'll have ya!". This here, to me, seems hard to explain away, but
also seems to illustrate the nonchalant way everyone just accepted that "Oh yeah ghosts are real, by the way did the Blues beat Villa in the
I'm a little frustrated that nobody seemed to want to investigate or take the ghost activity seriously. Because if they didn't take it seriously it
seems to discredit the encounter. Either way it's hard to explain away every door in a house opening and slamming shut. Not even the wind could do
Lastly, my Dad also had an encounter with a ghost at his school (not sure the name of the school this time, as he never mentioned it). Once again the
ghost is attributed to someone who hung themselves - This time a disgruntled school teacher who hung themselves in the teacher's staff room. After the
suicide the staff room was locked off, but my father and a group of friends were sent in as part of a Math's project (Each group of students were
given a room in the school to measure and find the volume of the room).
When in the staff room they were measuring toilet stalls when one of the toilets started flushing. Being schoolboys they all joked around and thought
it was one of them playing a joke. But of course it wasn't, none of them were in the stall that was flushing. After this dad says they all exited the
stalls and a black shadowy human figure was in the room. The figure chased them out of the toilets and they all ran like headless chooks back to
Once again I have a hard time trying to explain away this encounter. It has multiple witnesses and I have no idea how you can explain the dark human
figure. Unless they were all just scared and spooked out and imagined the whole thing.
I've texted my dad to see if he has any other encounters, but at the moment that's all of the stories I've got. As you can probably see I remain
uncommitted on the existence of ghosts, in-spite of what I consider to be glaring evidence from two very intelligent people that are not want to lie
and tell stories. As I've said in earlier comments, I think I accept that ghosts - in some form exist - but until I encounter them I cannot make a
judgement on the nature of ghosts and what they truly are.
At the moment I would conclude that they are energy afterimages of humans, left behind by some people who for whatever reason have a unique or strong
amount of energy. I'd assume that in the most case the ghost repeats or mimics what it did in it's life and is incapable of conscious behavior or
interacting with the physical world in a meaningful manner.
For example, the nurse ghost that would write the amount of fluid she "took", I suggest that the amount written would have been a standard amount and
would not accurately match up to the amount of fluid taken - as the ghost was just mimicking what she did in her life and not consciously judging the
amount of liquid she was taken. If that makes sense?
That is juts my interpretation though, I fully expect everyone here to take away something different from these encounters and I guess that is the
purpose of ATS. So I am glad I could finally contribute something!