posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 11:27 PM
I have come back as I do want to express thanks to those that have at least tried to question what I have written so far, and have at least had an
open mind (I don’t expect everyone to believe, so I can understand skepticism, this is something that is pretty bizarre, so I do understand) enough
to at least throw out some suggestions. I will try and answer all questions that have been put forth so far.
As for my husband, he passed away 9 years ago from cancer. He worked for a therapeutic horse center (hippotherapy) which is where we met I was/still
am a volunteer there. To my knowledge I cannot think of anyone who would be vindictive enough to set up a scheme such as this. Since he passed some
time ago – years before this started I can’t imagine why anyone would wait this long to start things up, or why they would for that matter.
Though I did not know about gaslighting, it is a very scary read and I can only hope that it isn’t the case here as it does give a more sinister
tone to the visits, and makes me more afraid to open the door in the future. I will have to research this avenue further, though I am not entirely
certain that is what is happening here (at least I hope not anyway).
To this day I have not received a last name, I have asked but none is given. From what I have gathered so far, most of these people seem to be the
kind that come to your door normally (in this case just en masse) people like salesmen, the LDS, etc. Thinking back there is something rather
strange. There have been other religious groups that have knocked on the door mainly LDS and Christians. They have said they have spoken with her,
however, when they are told she is not here, nor has ever lived here they are more than willing to go on their way. Now, when we lived at our last
house we had had religious people at our door asking for the former resident, when they discovered they had moved they didn’t just leave. They
started their spiel on us, asking about our religion etc. To date this has never happened. They thank me and are on their merry way without trying
to convert me. I have never asked for a phone number, but may have to try that. You would think on their first meeting of Tara some basic
information should have been recorded.
As for the office woman searching by name, I too have always been able to search customers by first name/city. For the most part you really don’t
want to run a search like this as it will take a really long time and there is no use for it. In this case it did not take as long as it is a small
complex not a city and could provide something to go on at least. When I moved here the apartment has my name on the lease, my son is also in their
files as you must provide the names of everyone living in the apartment. If I were to live in an apartment with someone else over 18 as
AutumnWitch657 suggests without reporting them to my complex I would be in violation of my lease, their names have to be listed and at least at my
complex, a background search would need to be completed – I’m not quite sure what they are talking about here as it defies anything that I have
dealt with as far as renting an apartment so I will leave it at that.
I do not have multiple personalities – as far as I know people know when they have this, besides the point I look nothing like the description of
Tara. I am 37, Tara is in her 50s, Tara is petite, I am 5’9, Tara has grey hair I am brunette so far knock on wood not even a strand of grey, the
only thing we have in common is blue eyes. So, even if I had a personality that was named Tara, I do not look like the woman they are reporting to
I only work from home; I do not hold an outside job, other than volunteering a few hours a month (all I can do due to my heavy workload at the
moment). I live in an area that does not have many jobs, and the jobs that do exist do not pay well. I do not need to work 16 hours, at the moment I
am helping a friend as she cannot find anyone with experience for the work she needs completed. Usually, I only work 8-10 hours. The 16 hour days
are only temporary until she can find someone more suited for the position.
I am atheist and therefore follow no traditional religion whatsoever. My husband and I decided that we would prefer to homeschool my son when he was
7 years old. We were not happy with the education he was receiving at the public school he was attending. We could not afford private school and
therefore the decision to pull him was the best solution – one I have never regretted. He is now 17, and has been homeschooled for a little over 10
years, he does not need hand holding at this point. We belong to a homeschool co-op which he occasionally attends classes there, and has tutors for
subjects that are well beyond my educational range. So while he does most of his learning out of the home, he does have social interaction, and
tutoring. My involvement is minimal at this stage in the game other than the support and encouragement that I provide. Once a week I can go over all
of his work and make sure that he understands the material. It is not a complicated process, or one that takes up hours of my time daily.
Tara could be a code word, but, I am not sure they would make up a whole person to go along with the code word.
Our apartment is fairly small; I am not sure where a person would hide, though I have heard stories like that of strangers living in the
basement/attic, which if our place were larger I would have taken into account.
The time theory is an interesting one, I am still not sure this is supernatural, though the thought is entertaining enough to throw out a question or
two about the door knockers’ time, something I may have to try.
On my floor there are 3 other apartments other than mine, I do know these neighbors quite well. They do not experience any strange callers showing up
at their doors other than the routine Avon ladies and the like. One neighbor has taken an interest in those that show up at my door as she commented
on the amount of “friends” I must have as she hears them every time they knock on my door. I have thought of knocking on the doors of the other
buildings, but as I’ve said I am rather shy and do not want to appear to be an absolute loon. The hours that I work also at least at the moment
make this hard to do as I am usually working during the hours that would be the most polite to knock on a stranger’s door.
I have never even for a split second noticed my apartment looks any different than what it usually looks like – I think if I had I would definitely
be ready for the funny farm if that happened.
Those that claim to have been inside said that the apartment looked the same but the decor was dated. My apartment aside from the appliances that
came with the apartment (which are far too old!) is fairly modern, I do have some antiques but nothing like they are describing, which has always made
me think they are mixing up the apartments, I just don’t understand why there are so many of them and how they can all think my apartment is the
one. Before I moved here, even 4 years into living here I could probably count on my hand the number of times random people/salesmen showed up at my
door in a year.
A PI would be interesting; my problem is I am not sure I could afford one to hang around waiting for one of them to show up, as it could be a few days
before one came along. PIs aren’t cheap, even if it only took two days; they would most likely need to follow more than just one or two of them I
The beautician, she was the second person ever to show up looking for her. She also happens to be the one experience I recall most vividly as she did
scare me quite a bit. She didn’t have an appointment with Tara, from what she told me, it sounded like she had gone around to apartments trying to
find people to have their hair done. She told me that she had spoken with Tara months earlier about this and had decided she wanted to use her for
her portfolio as she wanted before/after photos of a certain demographic and decided that she would come over and ask her if she would help her out.
Her story also seems the fishiest, she was very nervous, shaky and her eyes kept looking down the stairwell, I was certain that had I stepped outside
the door I would find someone at the bottom of the stairs. Her whole demeanor was odd, not to mention she was/is the latest of all of the visitors to
date at around 8-9pm on a weeknight – which is a really odd time for someone with that story to show up at someone’s door, even if they had spoken
to them months earlier.
The signs could be interesting, however, I am not sure that I want to field calls for Tara as well as the door visits. I am certain at least in my
area, that I would receive a lot of prank calls if I posted my number.
There is no code in my post I am afraid, though I do appreciate the research Earthlurker has done, there is nothing relating to Africa here I am
My door numbers are correct, nothing has been changed – I did go check just to make sure as I normally do not look at them.
Nothing to my knowledge happened 4 years ago that would trigger such events. No enemies that I am aware of, I am a rather easy going person so I
don’t tend to step on people’s feet.
I have talked at length to this with friends and family – some have even been here when I was fortunate to receive a visit. They know I am not mad,
but are quite frankly tired of hearing about it, and have offered up as many suggestions as they possibly can. The general consensus is to move.
Which we are, I am the sort of person who doesn’t like to move once settled in, and again we are not moving because of the visits – though after
reading about everything in this thread I am starting to think it is a good idea all the way around.
To answer Startling:
I am 37. As already stated my son is 17 and has home schooled for 10 years. My husband passed away 9 years ago. I can think of no one that could
hold a grudge against me. I am still opening the door because I am hoping one day to find someone who can give me more information – over the years
I have altered my approach and questions asked – not sure if I have really mentioned what that is so far, so not sure why you are assuming there.
I believe I have answered their reactions, but perhaps not in depth. Some are concerned, others are baffled asking me questions and swearing that
they were at this apartment and spoke with her before. They cannot understand why she is not there…Just as I cannot understand why they are there
at my door. Some could care less and go on their way after finding out she never lived here. None are violently upset, more concerned, or not
understanding what is going on – as if I am pulling their legs.
As for my reactions, I have to admit I am not afraid of them (Or I wasn’t I should say) other than the beautician. I have run the gamut of emotions
from fear of the beautician, to disbelief, to anger and suspicion, and now just acceptance along with disbelief and well I still have absolutely no
clue what is going on.
I have never been institutionalised. To be able to do my line of work, nope can say I am fully functioning and very much in this reality. I may work
from home, but I am far from isolation. I do not bring my son up very much as he does not pertain to what is going on. He answered the door once to
one of these people, he is home schooled. What more needs to be said about him? Have things changed since they’ve begun showing up for him? Yes,
he no longer answers the door if he does not know who the person on the other end is, he lets me know. Otherwise I don’t really know why you are
continuing to try and bring him into this.
I’ve never posted this account elsewhere, nor have I ever come across anyone with this exact problem, if anyone ever does find something similar,
please let me know what they find. Nothing to fess up, I am afraid. I do thank those that offered insights and their personal stories, if I have
missed anything don’t hesitate to let me know.