I going to try to analize this phenomenon by looking at one case in particular that intrigues me. Not for necessarily the uniqueness of the described
events but for the similarities of events that my family has experienced. Alot of what follows in this post may not have much by way of significance
to you but it may well resonate and trigger something beneficial to another that they can later provide hopefully for us here.
The case I have chosen is the Black Forest, Colorado Case. Very interesting.
History of Black Forest, Colorado:
The history of the Black Forest area (Map 1) is closely paralleled by that of a larger area traditionally known as the "Pineries". The area
originally extended from Divide, Colorado (in Teller County), through the present planning area and east along the Platte-Arkansas Divide to a point
where the Ponderosa Pines thinned out. Altogether the Pineries encompassed a 1,000 square mile area. Although the origin of the name is not clear,
that portion of the Pineries north of Colorado Springs became known as the "Black Forest" by around the turn of the century.
Source and rest of article
Black Forest, Colorado average annual climate:
Black Forest average annual precipitation is 19.6 inches per year.
Black Forest average annual snowfall is 42.2 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 26.0 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 41.8 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 65.9 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 46.1 degrees F.
Black Forest, Colorado Terrain:
Link to Google Maps Sat Image showing terrain
The Black Forest Haunting
Located northeast of Colorado Springs lies a heavily wooded area known as Black Forest. Within the thickest part of the forest sits a home on a 5 acre
lot that has convinced local law enforcement, ghost hunters and a Hopi shaman that something supernatural resides there.
Back in the early 90's Steve and Beth Lee, along with their two sons, were renting a beautiful log home off of Swan Road. One year later, the family
decided to purchase the home. According to the Lee's, this was when all hell broke loose. “One day we came home,” said Beth, “and it was like
the Fourth of July in our living room and in our bedroom. We had all kinds of lights flashing through, and it sounded like people stomping across the
roof. We would lay in bed at night and hear chains rattling. One night we woke up and heard orchestra music. Strange things started happening every
day.” Numerous black shadows and orbs of light were witnessed throughout the home. The family regularly suffered burning eyes and throats from a
mysterious chemical odor in the home.
Source and rest of article
The Black Forest Haunting
by Dennis William Hauck
The dream of Steve and Beth Lee and their two sons was to live in the beautiful Black Forest region of Colorado. For four years they
rented homes in the densely forested area northeast of Colorado Springs before finding a spacious, two-story log home off Swan Road in the thickest
part of the woods. What they did not know was that the former tenant of the house was convinced the property was haunted but did not mention anything
for fear of being ridiculed. The unsuspecting Lees signed a lease in May 1991 and moved into the picturesque house, and a year later, they decided to
purchase the five-acre parcel. That was when their problems began.
Within weeks of buying their new home, the gates of hell opened up on them. “One day we came home,” said Beth, “and it was like the Fourth of
July in our living room and in our bedroom. We had all kinds of lights flashing through, and it sounded like people stomping across the roof. We would
lay in bed at night and hear chains rattling. One night we woke up and heard orchestra music. Strange things started happening every day.” Their
sons complained of weird lights and shadows in their rooms, lights and appliances started going on and off by themselves, and untraceable chemical
odors burned family members’ eyes and throats. Steve Lee, a 34-year-old professional truck driver, firmly believed that someone was trying to scare
his family out of their new home. But the Louisiana-born man told me that he had “just enough redneck left” to fight back against the elusive
presence no matter what it took. He installed a state-of-the-art security system with video surveillance cameras and motion detectors, though the
system often sounded alarms with no one around to trigger them. Over the next four years, they would have sixty-two unexplainable “break-ins.” The
El Paso County Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation in April 1993 and conducted forty-five followups but could never find any evidence of a
“crime.” After the sheriff stopped responding, the Lees hired private investigators to try to figure out what was going on. In the next two years,
they spent over $40,000 on security and used up most of their personal savings, college funds, and investments.
Source and article
The above article also covers a bit of the TV show "Sightings" investigation.
Link to video footage posted by Steve Lee himself
Predominant Beliefs/Religion of region:
This is a general overview of the case and the involved individuals. Closer scrutiny of personalities and socio/educational backgrounds as well as
religious beliefs and at what depth of seriousness they are taken would be a boon to this particular study. Anybody got any of that?
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