posted on Mar, 30 2008 @ 10:05 AM
HI Nemox. If, as you say, there's very little information available online now about the issue --- imagine how difficult it was for me to find
information /confirmation back in the days before Internet !
My experience with the Man-Behind-The-Door was in the early 70's. And the other experience was in the early 80's.
I don't know if ghost-hunters have known about the 'fading legs' phenomenon all along and just take it for granted.
I'd never heard of it until I experienced / witnessed it. Which is why it was good to finally receive confirmation from someone else (the daughter
of my friend, who saw her dead grandmother in the field, as related in above post ).
No, you're not the first ... as is made obvious by the fact that people (including myself) had drawn attention to the 'fading legs' in posts which
you in turn read. But the fact you gleaned this rarely-mentioned aspect of ghosts from other's posts, means you're observant and thoughtful
I mentioned the ghost who appeared in my home for no other possible reason than some of his trousers were there. It had to be the trousers. The
ghost and I had no other connection. To this day, I don't know much about the ghost .. don't know his name or where he lived (other than the name
of the city) or exactly what he did for a living. I had the experience because I'd agreed to do some alteration work on some men's trousers for a
woman I knew very superficially. That's how the trousers came to be in my house. I'd assumed the trousers belonged to the woman's husband. It
was only the following day, due to a chance remark, that I learned the trousers actually belonged not to the woman's husband, but to her son in law,
who'd died about six months earlier.
I'm assuming (for how can we know?) that the ghost didn't realise he was dead.
The after-death state .. for some .. may be similar to our dream-state, where things happen out of sequence and become mixed-up and confused. We
don't know. But if so, it may be that the ghost 'attached' himself to .. of all things .. his clothing. Another ghost may attach themselves to
their books, or to a favourite computer-game, or pieces of jewellery, or a house or field or even a car. Eastern religions warn us against
The little I do know about the ghost is as follows: he had mown the lawns on a hot day, and because of the heat, took a break on an outdoor lounging
chair in the shade. His wife took him a cool drink, but he was asleep so she didn't disturb him. Later that afternoon, when it began turning cool,
she placed a sweater over him, still believing he was asleep. Later again, she went to awaken him, only to discover he was dead. Doctors later
stated he'd been dead for some hours by that time. They didn't know what had killed him. Six months after his death, they were still conducting
tests on his organs to determine cause of death, apparently. During those six months, his wife (pregnant with their first child) had to sell their
home, pack and store and relocate their possessions .. and sent his clothing to her parents who lived interstate, about 1,500 kilometres away, in the
belief her father would put the items to use. I knew none of this when I reluctantly agreed to alter the trousers.
The ghost apparently worked in a white-collar capacity when alive. We can probably rightly assume however, that he wore casual clothing when mowing
the lawns, immediately prior to his death. Yet when he appeared in my living room, he was wearing long, dark trousers .. a white, long-sleeved
business shirt and tie. The collar and tie had been loosened, and his sleeves were rolled up a little from the wrist. He had what appeared to be a
slight 'five o'clock shadow' i.e., slight stubble on his jaw. In short .. he looked like a man at the end of a working day -- not like a man
who'd just mown lawns in the heat.
So that's interesting, isn't it? Clearly the ghost hadn't died in his office attire, but instead had died in maybe shorts and a T-shirt. It's
tempting to suggest that in life, the man had identified strongly with his work .. or liked to be associated with his work. And this is the way he'd
chosen to appear after death -- rather than appear in what he'd been wearing at the time of his death.
There exist numerous first-person accounts of ghost-appearances, in which the ghost appears complete with wounds, missing limbs, etc. And there are
equal number of accounts in which ... despite having died gory deaths .. ghosts have appeared with no visible wounds or signs of distress.
So it seems clear that ghosts differ as widely as do the living. And some ghosts may have a far clearer appreciation of their situation than do
It seems that not all ghosts appear minus the lower half of their limbs. If this were a uniform feature of ghosts, it would be much more widely
known. Therefore, it seems that some ghosts may have perfectly lifelike legs, whilst others fade away at around the knee area.
Some ghosts may appear perfectly likelike .. whilst others may appear as 'mists' or shadows, whatever.
Or .. perhaps it's the witness and not the ghost, who determines how the ghost will appear ?
We don't know if ghosts DO manifest in the physical. They may not. It may be that the witness 'receives' impressions --- after which the mind of
the witness gives form and 'appearance' to what in fact may be non-visible entities.
If so, some witnesses may dispense with ghosts' lower legs as unnecessary. Humans focus on facial features. When we're close to
another person (a living person) we don't usually see them 'whole', do we ? We don't scan them in entirety. Usually, we concentrate on their
face .. and our peripheral vision gathers data re: their shoulders, chest .. with less attention spent on lower extremities such as arms, lower trunk
and legs. So it may be, when we're 'joining the dots' re: sensory input emanating from non-physical entities.
Therefore, it may be less a case of ghosts 'appearing' and more that we 'make sense' of data being received from other than our five usual
Some people may see ghosts complete (with full legs and feet) simply because they're sticklers for detail and like things 'complete' and 'finished
off properly'. Whilst others of us may choose (at super-normal level) not to bother with ghosts' legs and feet, because we know in
any case that ghosts don't use their non-physical feet and legs to get from one place to another. In other words, whilst ghosts clearly exist, the
form they appear to take may all stem from 'the eye of the beholder'.