By: Lily Katz
My family moved into my house about 17 years ago. A widowed woman lived there before us, for this I will change her name to Ms. Burns, and she died while she was living in the house. Weird things have always happened in the house or gone missing and my family and I are convinced that the woman who lived there before us is haunting the house- not in a scary or mean way but in a playful, silly way. I’ll give you a few examples. The main thing that she does is take my mother’s earrings, usually just one in a pair but sometimes both. Its happened multiple times but the best example is once my mom lost just one earring for several months. She was really upset about it and had everyone look all over. She checked every hiding spot she could have put it in, emptied out her jewelry box, shook out her clothes from the last time she wore the earring and still could not find it. She had my family check all over and in her closet and anywhere they could be. Months went by and still she had not found her earring. One day my mom and I were talking and she brought up the earring and half jokingly asked Ms. Burns to return it (in the past when my mom’s jewelry had gone missing we always made a joke of it and blamed her). Later that day my mom walked into her closet and sitting on the floor in the center of the closet was her missing earring. Sure, it could have been a coincidence however, it does not make sense that it would have just fallen from somewhere. It had been missing for months and my mom had gone through her things. Also, that same day my mom had swept the floor of her closet. It was very strange and spooky. My mom has another earring missing now that has been gone for months that she is just waiting for Ms. Burns to return it to her….
Another thing that Ms. Burns has done is trick me into thinking that there is someone in the house. I know, it sounds ridiculous. One time my parents went to dinner and left me home alone. I was in our den, blasting music when suddenly I could have sworn I heard footsteps and a few seconds later my dogs started barking. I turned down the music immediately and found my dogs in the kitchen both staring around the corner, down the hallway. I was petrified but thought surely I was making a mountain out of a molehill and that no one was there. I went back to whatever I was doing but I heard the footsteps again so I called my mom. We decided to wait before doing anything but again I heard someone walking down the hallway and my dogs started barking so my mom and I called 911. Several police cars were there within minutes. They searched the house and found nothing. To this day we are convinced that it was Ms. Burns playing another trick.
I’m sure there are plenty of skeptics who may not believe the stories that I am telling and frankly I do not know if I would either however, there have been too many “coincidences” at this point for me to try to believe that it is not Ms. Burns playing tricks on us.