posted on Jun, 11 2006 @ 01:12 PM
It seems that some of them may be capable of appearing in locations with which they have no previous association, although this may require (or be
motivated by) a link with a person or object.
Many years ago, I happened to have some very ordinary objects in my home on temporary basis. They belonged to a woman whom I knew very slightly. Two
nights after the objects arrived at my home, a 'ghost' appeared in my living room, approx. 10 feet from where I was sitting. The ghost couldn't
possibly have known me and I'd never seen him before. He appeared as solid & healthy as a living person. He didn't speak to or acknowledge me, but
instead appeared to be staring at something across the room. He appeared confused & thoughtful.
I was fully awake, though tired. I certainly wasn't dreaming because balanced on my knee was a cup of tea and saucer. I'd carried these into the
room only a few minutes earlier and was smoking a cigarette. So ... it wasn't a dream.
The following day, by strange coincidence, I was shown a photograph of a stranger. He was identical to the ghost I'd seen. I was informed that the
items temporarily in my home, had belonged to the man in the photo --- who (I was told) had died suddenly less than six months earlier, of unknown
causes. The ghost I'd seen was the man in the photo. The ghost had been staring in puzzlement at the precise point where the items were placed. In
other words, the ghost must have been drawn to my home by his former possessions and unable to work out why they were now in house he did not
recognise. Frankly, I don't think he knew he was dead.
It certainly bears thinking about. We buy antique jewellery and other previously-owned objects, yet for all we know, these may be sending off signals
to their previous owners and may draw the ghosts of those owners to us.
In fact, in a local newspaper several years ago, there was an article about a young single mother who'd bought an evening gown at a thrift shop (a
place which sells inexpensive, previously-owned items). She began suffering deep depression. This negatively affected her personality and
relationships. After several weeks, she realised her problems had commenced at approx. the same time she'd purchased the second-hand gown. She
returned it to the thrift shop and asked about it's history. Finally, she learned the gown had originally belonged to a young woman who'd worn it
to an event and had died that same night. The dead girl's parents had given all her clothes to the thrift shop. The single mother was reportedly so
disturbed by what had happened, she submitted the story to the newspaper. Or so the story claimed. It was a fairly sober type of newspaper: the story
wasn't the type it usually printed.
Possibly not all ghosts attach to objects though, but instead attach to specific locations. I once worked in a place where the ghost of a frightened
elderly man hovered a foot or so above the floor, behind one particular door which was usually left ajar. Whenever I moved the door I silently
apologised, because the poor old ghost always wore the same pathetic & terrified expression. When I asked about the building's history, the elderly
owner said it had been a notorious, illegal gambling den in the 1920s & 1930s and fell into poor condition until the owner renovated it in the mid
1960s. The owner said that during his repairs, he'd had to plaster over three bullet holes in the ceiling and walls in the same room in which I saw
the ghost. The ghost must have died there (maybe from fright) while hiding behind the door. The building was gutted a few years ago in order to
build modern apartments & only the facade was retained because it was heritage listed. It's to be suspected the ghost will remain stuck in the same
location, somewhere within one of the new apartments. Possibly some of the occupants will sense the ghost; others may see him and others could be
totally unaware of his presence.