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Night Shift Security Guards Describe The Creepiest Things They've Seen On The Job
Spooky tales from security guards who work the night shift are unexpectedly diverse. The creepiest night shift stories shared on Reddit, from guards who have worked everywhere from a brewery to a nursing home, feature laughing clowns, screaming nuns, and wild animals that become bold when the sun goes down.
Anyone who works a graveyard shift ,= when all is dark, quiet, and a little foreboding, might be more prone to weird work encounters. Security guards, like prison guards , get a double whammy because they're in charge of actually looking into the weirdness.
Some of the strangest stories from security guards after dark are also the most entertaining. And though these harrowing tales often start out like the opening of a horror film, some do have a happy ending.
A Humanoid Creature Hangs Around The Bar At Night
From Redditor /u/ Xalxa :
I work third-shift security at a brewery. My first week of working here, something just felt off. I dismissed it as it being a new work environment, plus me being alone at night. There are two main buildings on the same property - the brewery and the bar about 200 feet away. The third-shift guards hang out in the bar at night, since it has a good overlook of the facility. The lights automatically turn off and come on with motion.
I was coming back from a patrol around the facility. The lights in the main room and the back room were off, but the door to the back room was open. I walked into the bar like normal, and the lights came on after I took a few steps inside. Then I froze.
In that doorway, there was a thing. Humanoid, but not quite. Its arms were way too long, and its hair covered most of its upper body. The doorway was almost too small for it to get through. But after a few seconds, I blinked, and it was gone. Apparently, I'm not the only one who's seen it. After asking around a bit, a few of the day-shift guys seem to know what I'm talking about, but most refuse to talk about him.
Over the next few weeks, I had a few more run-ins with him, but only in the bar. I thought he couldn't leave it. One of the main public areas inside the brewery has a set of two doors - the outside and inside doors, kind of like an airlock. When you scan your access card after hours, the doors automatically open then close after about 30 seconds. The outside door has a tendency to get stuck, though.
So I stood in that "airlock" space, looking outside, waiting for the door to close. The inside door closed first behind me. Then the outside door closed. As it did, I see in the reflection the thing standing right behind me. Towering over me, staring down. Long arms hanging at his side.
I no longer stand in that space when I wait for the doors to close. I go inside, turn the lights on, then turn around and wait for the door to close.
Tools Moved Around On Their Own
From Redditor /u/ Ole_Robin :
I was the last overnight shift watch on a Naval Air Station in a building that did advanced maintenance on planes but was not a hangar.
Around 2 am on my rounds, I hear people talking from the mechanic shop. No big deal, as sometimes those guys pull all-nighters or are asked to come in early. I go down there because I'm bored, but all the lights are off and it's empty. Weird.
I tell the senior watch on duty in the front of the building, and he says no one has signed in and it's just the two of us.
About an hour later, I hear it again while walking around, and I investigate. Lights out, no one is there. Getting weirder.
The third time it happens, it's about 4 am, and the senior watch and I are sitting up front watching TV and both clearly hear tools being thrown around the mechanic shop, clanging on the floor, and hollow banging against an engine that was in there. He tells me to go see what's going, and I tell him no way. My discharge is in about a month, and he could go look himself. He shrugs it off and goes back to watching TV.
I check in with the mechanic guys the next day, and they say their tools had not been moved and no one had been in overnight.
A Laughing Clown Statue Was The 'Intruder'
From Redditor /u/ Iamninja28 :
During my time as a sheriff's deputy, I worked as a night guard for a local branch of a massive investment firm for extra cash... the 4 pm to 12 am shift on weekends. There were only two guards on shift at any time... The facility was three buildings across a four-acre property, gated, and on the tail end of an industrial park, on the border of a really rough neighborhood...
One night, I was on guard during December, and a lot of the desks were covered in Christmas decorations and wrapping paper. The other guard was a fellow soldier with me in the National Guard, so we both knew we were trained and had each other's backs...
Suddenly, my radio lit up, and my buddy told me the cameras in one of the cubicle areas were feeding black and he thought the lights went out. My job was to walk over there and reset the breaker and get the lights back on.
I turned around and began to walk down the hallway. It was absolutely pitch black - no service lights, no door lights, no faint glow of computers left on, nothing. The air felt cold, and my flashlight felt darker than normal; something wasn't right.
My heartbeat began to speed up as I remembered the breaker room was all the way in the back, near the server, and I had to walk down nearly 40 rows of cubicles to get there... I kept hearing this odd, clicking sound as I began to slowly walk through the cubicle row.
Suddenly, I saw a silhouette crouched down between two cubicles in the back... I pinged the radio twice to signal my buddy to get 911 on standby. I began to slowly walk toward it, issuing verbal commands.
"Stand up, face me, NOW!" I yelled at the silhouette, wondering why it wasn't moving. As my flashlight hit it, I saw it was a clown statue holding a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
I laughed... My hands were shaking, I was sweaty, and I genuinely was happy I didn't have to use force or possibly take a life that night. I felt so relieved. I walked up to it, planning to move it back inside of a cubicle to get it out of our way. Suddenly, it lit up and laughed, "BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA," loudly and sharply.
I took off running. The thing absolutely caught me off guard and scared the living sh*t out of me. Nothing scared me as much as that clown laughing at me. Eyes and nose glowing red. I ran all the way back to the front desk and made my buddy get the lights on in there.
I'm not even scared of clowns normally, but that one in particular would continue to creep me out for the rest of the time I worked there.
A Pack Of Coyotes Stalked Them
From Redditor /u/ Gnarbuttah :
I used to work security for a ski resort; I was swing shift, 4 pm to midnight. After every shift, I had about a 20-minute walk down a dark, mountain road through the woods to reach my bus stop. Also, there were no streetlights...
After a week or so, I started getting stalked by a pack of coyotes. One coyote isn't terribly impressive, like an ugly, medium-size dog. Two coyotes aren't super intimidating, either, but three or more is a different story; once it's a proper pack, they get bold.
The first couple nights, it was just one or two. I could see their eye shine about 40 or 50 yards in the woods. They'd check me out then run off. After a week or two, more started showing up, four or five at a time; once I counted eight.
The thing is, once there were three or more, they didn't run off. They'd follow me from the treeline, every once and a while crossing the street in front of or behind me. They also stopped keeping their distance; they'd come as close as 20 feet or less.
Seeing eight pairs of glowing eyes is creepy, but the noises they make - holy f*ck. I carried bear mace at the ready during my walks to the bus stop for the whole season.
An Elderly Nun Screamed ‘Omega’
From Redditor /u/ Shaunair :
I worked the third shift at a long-term care place for retired nuns and priests in Ohio. I could tell you some stories about how the clergy act when they start to slip at old age, but overall, it was a good job with good people in it...
I would only have a desk light on in between rounds, and I would often spend my nights reading. One night after my second set of rounds, I looked up to see one of the sisters who rarely ever got out of bed, let alone speak (she had severe dementia), standing in her nightgown directly in front of her door, pointing out the window in the common room I was in. She started screaming, "OMEGAAAAA. OMEGGAAA!"
I was 24 at the time and straight-up almost sh*t my pants. There really is no way to describe the sound, but it was some serious, next-level, Silent Hill, never-sleep-again stuff.
One of the nurses came over and helped her back to bed, and when she came back out, she must have seen my face. She politely told me Omega was her sister's name. It was a solid two hours later when I finally got calmed down enough to ask myself, "Who names their kid Omega?"
They Avoided The Room In An Old Hospital That Contained Boxes With Radiation Symbols
From Redditor /u/ voter1126 :
Back in the '80s, I worked security to pay for college. I got put at a closed hospital. It was about 20 floors, and they wanted you to walk each floor at the start and middle of the shift, which took about 2.5 hours. It was like the set for one of the old horror movies. Most of the lights did not work, and there were ceiling tiles hanging down all over the place. It was still full of unwanted equipment, and since it was winter and the steam heat was on, there were noises on each floor.
One night, I was on the 15th floor and heard a loud crash down one of the side corridors that freaked me out. Turned out, a pipe in the ceiling was leaking, and 10 ceiling tiles all let go at the same time. Probably the creepiest was walking through the 18th floor because it had these all-tiled operating rooms that had observation windows around the top, and all the operating tables and other equipment were still there.
I only went to the 20th floor one time. I don't know if they did cancer treatments there or what, but when I walked through, there were boxes with radiation symbols, so I just decided the 19th floor was good enough.
A Black Bear Wanted A Snack
From Redditor /u/ stormstalker :
I used to work as a security officer. For a while, I was posted at a summer camp. This camp was set way back in the woods, so between that and the huge amount of food and garbage the campers left scattered all over the place, we occasionally had problems with bears.
One night, I was doing my patrols around 2 am or so, and I noticed one of the doors to the kitchen was open. This was one of those big, industrial-size kitchens, so I figured somebody snuck in to get a snack. I figured I'd catch them in the act for a bit of fun. I rushed through the door quickly and turned my (very bright) flashlight on, but didn't see a camper or a counselor. No, I saw a huge, black bear trying to break into one of the coolers where they kept the fruit. This [bear] was probably a good 400 to 500 pounds, and he did not appreciate my interrupting his snack time.
I immediately lowered my flashlight and slowly backed away to try to give him space, but he started to follow me out the door. I'd gotten probably 50 feet away from the kitchen, when he came out the door, but instead of running away, he just turned and sort of eyed me up. I was trying to keep backing away slowly. He began displaying signs of aggression: swaying his head, snorting, and laying back his ears and such. I took an aggressive posture, made myself as big as I could, and started yelling and clapping and stomping at him. Usually at this point, they'll just run off - they typically only act aggressively if they're scared, and they normally back away if you confront them.
Not this dude. He bluff-charged at me and continued to act aggressively, so I shined my flashlight directly at his face and tried to make as much noise as I could. Finally, he retreated a bit, but then he turned back around and kept watching from a distance. No matter what I tried, I couldn't get him to flee the area. I was afraid some kid might come out of their bunk and end up getting mauled, so eventually, I had to put out an emergency call. The camp director and the rest of the staff were woken up, and they came down in their Jeeps. Believe it or not, even driving toward this bear in a Jeep, with super-bright banjo lights and the horn blaring, didn't really phase him. He would waddle away a few yards and then turn back to watch us again.
We ultimately had to call the game warden and keep all the kids and counselors inside their bunks until the warden could come and trap the bear to move him to a different area.
A Hotel Guest Wouldn’t Stop Staring
From Redditor /u/ Shagwan257 :
I work nights at a hotel, so I have seen some stuff. Once, I had a guy come in and just stare at me. He didn't blink. He said nothing. He just stared. I asked if I could help him like three times, but every time, nothing. Eventually, his friend came in, grabbed him by the shoulder, ushered him out of the door, and apologized to me.
I had to get on the closed-circuit television afterward to make sure I wasn't suffering sleep deprivation. Either the guy was tripping or just a weird guy. Either way, I'll never know.
There Was A Cat, Not A Person, Under The Stairs
From Redditor /u/ GrundleTurf :
In the winter, we get homeless people sleeping in our stairwells, so I have to kick them out. One time, I went down, and something leaped at me. I went, "Phew, just a cat."
Then I remembered the horror movie trope and realized the real scare is coming up next, so I skipped checking the stairwells that night.
Twenty Pairs Of Eyes Belonged To Deer
From Redditor /u/ outsiderontheinside :
I was a security guard at a college that had these huge, old mansions on campus that became halls for classes. They were locked up at night and just flat-out gorgeous.
The lawn around it was massive, [bordered by] a dense woodline. I am a big X-Files fan, so I thought the worst when I saw a pair of eyes glowing in the woods. I then hit the brights on my truck, and there were 20 or more pairs of eyes staring back. I flipped out and stupidly started heading toward them with my flashlight. When I was about 50 yards away, I realized they were just deer, not monsters.
A Mirror Reflected An Unexpected Face
From Redditor /u/ jamminmadrid :
I was working the night shift on a university campus. It was my first time working the Christmas break. Generally, most students go home unless they have permission to stay. I was performing lock-up that night, and after I finished my buildings, they wanted me to patrol the upper floors of the dorms to look for signs of water leaks in the hallways.
The dorms are supposed to be mostly empty, so I’m not expecting to see anyone. I get to the first dorm and ride the elevator to the top floor. The elevator opens into the common area. Little do I know, on either side of the elevator are mirrors on the wall. I step off the elevator, either looking straight ahead or at my phone. I notice something moving out of the corner of my eye, so I turn my head to look.
I yell out, “Jesus Christ!” It took me a second to register that it was me in a mirror.
Autoplay On The Computer Was The Source Of Strange Voices
From Redditor /u/ sperrymonster :
I was working a double shift, and my work allowed us to have a personal computer at certain sites during the night hours, since, ultimately, they just didn’t want you sleeping on the job. The only real stipulation was that you couldn’t have headphones in so you could maintain your situational awareness.
At the time, I was writing daily research reports on security issues for another internship I had. It involved a lot of news research. I would still have to get up regularly and do routine patrols, which will always get you a little paranoid during a night shift. Anyway, one night, I’m back from patrol, and I suddenly hear some guy speaking in Arabic. I freaked out at first because this post had a radio, so I though someone had hacked into our coms.
Turns out, it was just a video on autoplay on a background news tab that must have taken a while to load, so I never noticed it. I know it’s not the scariest stuff for other people, but there’s nothing quite as freaky on a shift as sound when there should be silence.
A Military Blimp Looked Like A UFO
From a former Redditor :
One night, I was working in Porter Ranch, CA. It was an outside job. It was about 3 am, and I looked up to my left, and there was what I can only describe as a GIANT, cigar-shaped, black blimp in the sky. It was so huge, and it looked so close. My heart dropped, and I just stared in awe. I was convinced I just observed aliens.
I would tell this story to my friends and family for years, and they would always laugh. Some time later, I came across an article that showed something like what I saw. Apparently, it was a military blimp...
A Female Fox Was In A Heated State
From Redditor /u/ Hattix :
I'm night security in December at a British woodland... They were doing work on the paths and walkways, and I was guarding the equipment.
One night, I heard a blood-curdling scream. It didn't echo but sort of filtered around the trees. Then I heard it again. It was a woman screaming, but at the same time, it maybe wasn't. Whatever it was, it pierced the silent darkness like so many well-aimed arrows.
I had no lighting, only a flashlight; we didn't have 3,000 lumens of LEDs in our pockets in 1999. I had to find out what this was and, to me, the key was lighting up the forest. I got 15 five-watt halogen bulbs, designed a circuit to run them, and used four D-size NiMH cells to power it. It'd last maybe 10 minutes, but enough to see what was making that noise. I'd get maybe 1,000 lumens out of it. For comparison, the headlight on my current MTB is 3,000 lumens and uses four 18650 lithium-ion cells to last around four hours.
Being 1998, I used CB radio. I got talking to a friend who was a groundskeeper at a nearby stately home. I mentioned this god of all flashlights I was building and why.
He laughed at me. "Sounds like a vixen in heat. They sound like that. They're not dangerous. The girls will be even more skittish than usual when they're in heat. All you're going to do is terrify them, and you won't see them in the undergrowth anyway."
A Raccoon That Liked Pop-Tarts Left Them Defenseless
From Redditor /u/ Jaaxxxxon :
I worked the 12-hour night post. I was tired and had to go [use the restroom] after doing nothing but look at a fence for hours, eat Pop-Tarts, and down coffee like my life depended on it. Luckily, it was like 4 am and foggy, so I walked over to a tree a couple of feet behind our vehicle, still wearing my gear. I left the door on the [vehicle] open...
Anyway, I finished up... Still bored, but it was Pop-Tart time again. I walked back to my seat, and something moved directly in front of me, on my seat, maybe eight inches away.
There was a fat raccoon stealing my half-eaten Pop-Tart directly in front of my face. This guy managed to sneak in with the driver... All our defenses were useless against this cunning creature of the night. Instinctively, I jumped back as fast as I could (shouting expletives, of course)... The little [guy] sprinted off with what remained of my Pop-Tart clutched in his two front people-hands, running on his hind legs like a demon out into the mists. Gone.
After I made the discovery that there were night demons in our ranks, I was determined to find where they came from. They came down from the trees!
We debated hunting them... Instead, we befriended the creatures of the night. We made trails of Pop-Tarts leading back to us, and we eventually lured them in to drink little cups of coffee creamer. It was adorable and much less boring than watching fences.
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13 Abandoned Building Security Guards Share Terrifyingly Creepy Stories
I will never understand why anyone would want to go into an abandoned building by themselves. I’ve seen enough scary movies to know how that night ends. Unfortunately, there are some people who have to patrol these buildings as their job. I don’t know why you’d want to do that, but god bless them for it. A Reddit thread asked those brave souls to share the scariest things they’ve experienced. Here are some of the best ones:
1. Ghost Tour I was working security at a “ghost tour” at night at the old Missouri state penitentiary. Nothing happened to us, but in the gas chamber this girl in our group had a full on asthma attack and said she felt like she couldn’t breathe. We walked out of there and she had these awful red scratch marks all over her arms. I don’t know if she was faking it all or what happened but definitely was creepy.
2. The Nun My dad worked at a mental hospital that used to be connected to an abandoned nun’s home by underground passage. He says that one night he was walking down there when he saw a praying nun. He walked by her and said hello. She did not acknowledge him.
My dad does not believe in ghosts, but he says there was a nun down there that night.
3. The Funeral Home I used to pick up dead bodies for a funeral home. One stormy night, I was in one of the coolers, putting a guy on the shelf. In a matter of a couple seconds, the following happened:
- The guy on the next shelf up shifted and his hand fell down in my face.
- The doorstop slipped and the cooler door closed behind me.
- The power went out and the lights went off.
All purely coincidental, I’m sure, but I still pooped in my pants.
4. The Watchman I was the night watchman at an abandoned mental hospital turned state park for a summer in college. One night, we saw flashlights moving around so we called an officer out and went in. The officer pulled her gun and flashlight and in we went. We could hear footsteps on the floor above us and we slowly and quietly went upstairs. We checked every room and found nothing. Then we heard footsteps above us again. This happened for a few floors until we were on the top floor below the roof. We heard footsteps up on the roof so we went up there. Still nothing. We never found anyone or any indication that anyone had been there. It was friggin’ creepy.
5. The Room I worked at an asylum in southeastern Michigan. The worst thing wasn’t the dirty patient records scattered on the floor, the broken furniture, the torn up walls, the leaking water pipes or the huge fungal bloom from the leaking water.
The worst part was finding a tunnel and following it to a place inside where power was still on. There was a light, ominous-looking double doors and an active security camera. It was like … why is this here? What’s going on?
6. The Hospital I did security for an old abandoned hospital. There was always a bad feeling in that place, almost like we were intruding. One time, when the feeling was particularly strong, we decided to get the hell out, but the door slammed shut and refused to open. It wasn’t just stuck either-the doorknob was FROZEN in place.
7. The Clock I work security for a government building that isn’t even abandoned. One day, I’m staring at the security camera screen and this clock on the wall that the camera is facing starts spinning like crazy. Suddenly, it lifts off the hook on the wall and goes flying across the room into the wall. I ran into the stairwell where the camera was filming and there was no one there. I showed all my co-workers and we were all freaked out. There was no rational explanation for it.
8. The Alien Farm I did security at this abandoned building nicknamed “the alien farm.” People call it the alien farm because they claimed it’s used to study and communicate with aliens.
So we get past the alien farm and are near the entrance to where we think the abandoned house is when we realize that since the ground is wet (snow), it might not be safe to drive out to the house. We sat in my friend’s car discussing whether or not we wanted to attempt the drive when all of a sudden there’s a huge flash of blue light off in the distance.
We all saw it and tried to think of what it could possibly have been but came up with nothing. I still have no idea what it was but it scared the piss out of me.
9. On Patrol I was driving along one of the building’s trails through the woods with one of my friends. There are no lights at all on the trail. Only light source was my headlights. About 20 or 30 yards down the road I saw a big branch down. I slowed down to drive around it and my friend screams, “Holy s**t!! That tree branch just looked at me!!!” I jammed on the brakes, we both jumped out and someone took off into the trees. It was some dude in full head-to-toe camo!
10. The Mental Hospital I broke into an abandoned mental hospital to film a movie with some of my friends. It wasn’t a ghostly presence that made it creepy, just the atmosphere. Old rusted-out cribs. Stains on the wall. Asbestos falling down like snow. The place had a documented history of patient abuse and overcrowding. In the Sixties, you could get thrown in a state facility relatively easily. Many of my friends are being treated for mental health conditions, and it really freaked me out that had some of them been born forty years previously, they may have been subjected to the same conditions.
11. The Women’s Jail I didn’t work there, but my two friends and I visited an old jail (a local company did regular tours.) The jail used to regularly keep women and children there, and there were a lot of deaths, especially in the winter. During our tour, my friends and I went inside one of the cells just as the tour group moved along to the next section of the jail. We finally decided to catch up … except we were locked in. Nobody was there to do it and the doors were NOT self-locking. Someone would have had to push the bolt across from the outside. We couldn’t get out. We ended up having to shout for help to have someone come and set us free.
Almost ten years later, none of us have an idea what happened.
12. The Figure I was inspecting an abandoned manufacturing plant years ago. The first floor was aisles with large shelves on either side.
At the end of the aisles, there was a staircase that went up to a second floor. The floor was mostly rotted through, so moving around up there was dangerous.
We were up there probably 20 minutes when my buddy yelled over to me that he saw something move downstairs. We assumed we were busted, so we snuck back to the staircase. We didn’t see anything moving around downstairs after a couple minutes, so we went down.
When we reached the bottom, we saw someone/something sprint at the other end of the aisles to the northernmost aisle, where the window we broke in through was. We moved towards the south end slowly, watching for movement. Eventually we saw something move on the stair side of the northernmost aisle and we bolted for it, got out, got in the car and drove away.
13. Unexplained There is this abandoned mental hospital in my town called Prudhoe hospital.
My mom worked at an auxiliary nurse there for years and she said at night, the crippled kids who couldn’t move due to severe diseases and birth defects would somehow get out of their cribs and into the middle of the floor on the wards. Whatever was [enabling] this would also go around and remove blankets from all the patients and again pile them in the center of the room.
Eventually security was hired, believing it was someone getting into the hospital at night and doing all these things to scare people or to just be trouble.
However, even with security, they never found out who was doing these things at night.
Rob is a writer originally from Kentucky who enjoys horror, comedy, and food delivery apps.
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11 Of The Scariest Ghost Stories From Reddit
Leave the lights on when you read these bone-chilling stories of average people encountering the paranormal.
Lady Ghost on Staircase
[via Discovery Inc.]
It wasn’t a little girl
I was camping with my husband and his family at a small, remote lake in New Mexico. There were about 10 people in our group and another group of six people in the next campsite. It was nighttime and both groups were doing typical activities: making s’mores, having a few drinks and telling stories, when we all heard what sounded like a little girl yelling out for help. Neither group had children with them, but we were all positive we were hearing a little girl and decided to search the area we heard the noises from together.
There was a field behind our campsites, and we all saw a very tall, pure white figure standing maybe 100ft away from us in the field, making the noises. We all agreed this thing looked maybe 6 feet tall, skinny, and white as can be. We made our way closer to investigate, but whatever it was that we saw started backing off as we got closer, and it disappeared into the trees. All night we continued to hear a little girl calling for help as we tried to sleep.
The walking dead
I'm a psychiatric nurse and early in my career, I worked at a residential mental health facility. One of our residents was an elective mute, which means that he didn't/wouldn't/couldn't talk, but there were no medical reasons as to why. He had spoken earlier in his life and in fact seemed quite normal back then, with the exception of being close to seven feet tall. He'd been raised in the Deep South and joined the military when he was 19, but one night he vanished. He was declared AWOL, and eventually he was declared missing and dead.
Ten years later, a seven-foot tall man walked into a VA Hospital emergency room in my part of the Midwest and said to the receptionist: "My name is Marion Duchene (not the real name), and I've been dead for ten years."
Those were the last words he ever spoke.
He was covered with dust, and he was wearing the same clothes he'd been reported to be wearing the night he vanished. His social security number had not been used and he had no identification on his person. However, they were able to identify him, I guess via fingerprints. The family was notified but they said they had already grieved their lost man and that whomever was claiming to be him simply could not be. They demanded not to be contacted again.
Marion paced all day every day, moving his mouth that looked like talking or muttering, but no sound came out. He had an unnerving habit of throwing his head back with his mouth wide open as if he were laughing heartily, but not even a breath could be heard. If I talked to him, he appeared to listen, periodically throwing his head back in that laughter-mimicking way of his.
Various medications were tried, but they did not affect him either positively or negatively. Occupational therapy did nothing because Marion would just grin and unless told to stay put, he'd get up and start pacing again.
On my last day at that job, the last thing I saw was Marion, pacing in the parking lot, throwing his head back to "laugh." Later I wondered if all along I'd been dealing with a ghost. All these years later, I still don't know.
The unrest stop
I was driving across country with my mom and sister when I was 16 and my sister was 20. It was late, but we were well rested still and alert. We were driving along an interstate and needed gas and a bathroom break, so we stopped at the only rest stop in 200 miles. There was a van full of teenagers on a road trip at the gas station, as well as a small grey car parked at the pump in front of us with two young men standing still outside of it.
When we got there everything felt wrong. We'd been on the road for days and seen many rest stops at night and had never been afraid until then. My mom and sister went inside and I stayed in the car. I heard the teenagers say they were creeped out and couldn't get the pump to work, and they left in a hurry. I was watching the car in front of us, and the two men had not moved at all. Not an inch. They weren't talking. They weren't on phones. They were just standing there, still as stone.
My sister and mom came running back out to the car and when they got in, the two men slowly turned to look at us while not moving or pivoting the rest of their bodies, and I swear to fucking shit, we all saw the same thing - they had eyes dark as pitch and empty. Truly empty. Not black, not reflecting any light at all, just a void.
We sped out of there and didn’t stop until we were in the next city. The worst thing about the entire experience? We couldn't find the place on any map. We knew exactly which spot on the interstate to look, and we couldn't find it on Google maps or any paper map we had. We even asked locals about the creepy gas station out on that stretch of road and got only confused looks. We've traveled on that interstate since, and there is no rest stop.
It came for us in the graveyard
We were driving my friend’s really old beat up Subaru through a massive graveyard. We stopped and walked down a hill and came across a little pond. There was someone sitting on a rock on the other side of the pond. The figure was all black and we couldn’t make out any features other than the fact it looked like a man who was wearing some old-style top hat. We stupidly waved and shouted “Hi!”. He didn’t show any acknowledgement and continued sitting still on the rock. All of a sudden, he jumped to his feet, started running to us on the water and then vanished in thin water about halfway on the pond. My friends and I screamed and ran back to the car.
The car wouldn’t start, and we heard something banging on the back of the car. It wasn’t a constant bang, but every few seconds or so we’d hear it. Nobody was outside from what we could see in the dark, but something was making a noise on the car. I opened my phone and started dialing my mom to come give us a boost, but I had no service. None of us had any cell service. The next 30 minutes were spent trying to get her car started. No banging was heard afterwards, but we felt this heavy pressure around us.
Finally, the car started and she hit the pedal to the metal. We sped out of the graveyard so fast. Immediately crossing the gates, all of our phones regained cell service. One thing I know for certain is that someone or something was out there, and it was not an animal or a human.
It was good to see an old friend
When I was 37, I went to my high school reunion. I flew into the nearest airport and rented a car. The distance was about 35 miles through a very rural and almost abandoned part of the country. About three miles outside of town I see someone on the side of the road, flagging me down. It turned out that it was one of the guys I had attended school with. Jim (not his name) gets in the car and we start talking. I had not seen him in twenty years, but he still looked the same, maybe a little older. We get to town and I ask him if he wants to come to the VFW and have a drink. He says "No, just take me home." Jim's parents had lived only a few blocks from my grandmother’s house, and I turned in that direction but he said to take him to the outskirts of town. There was a mobile home park out there, and I figured that is where he lived. When we reached the end of the turn off he said, "Just drop me here. It was good to see you again" and he walks off into the night.
I go to the VFW, met some of my old classmates, we start to talk. As we are talking about who is coming to the reunion, I mention that I had just picked Jim up three miles east of town and had dropped him off. Everyone gets quiet; even the guy singing karaoke stops and lays down the mike. My cousin goes white as a new t-shirt.
"Barb, Jim died on that curve eight years ago. Rolled his car. We were all at his funeral," I was told. I started to feel really dizzy, and I went out to the car to take some deep breaths. There on the seat is the local newspaper, printed eight years previous, containing Jim's obituary. I still have the paper.
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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
After we moved into our home, we were told a woman had died there at the hands of her abusive husband. She hated men. My dad would wake up with scratches all over himself, and whenever my brother was mean to my sister or I, he would have scratches on him as well. One day, my brother hurt our sister he hit her with something. When he woke up later that night he had a horrible bloody nose.
The day we moved out, my brother accidentally broke his twin’s arm trying out a wrestling move. He swears that he would have died that night if it wasn't our last in the house.
Death came for him
I was standing in my parents’ room, talking to my very sick dad at the time. He was dying of stage 4 esophageal cancer. I got the feeling something was behind me. I looked towards the doorway to the living room and something about 4'6 and fully black is peeking around the corner, with its hands on the door frame. I ran towards it, and it slipped back around the door. When I got outside the doorway, there was nothing. My dad was completely confused when I step back inside the room when I tell him. People who stayed at my house in my dad’s final days claimed to have seen it. My mom saw the figure on multiple occasions in multiple places until he passed away. We haven't seen it since.
I don’t know what possesses me to binge read Reddit true/real life ghost stories about twice a year when each place I live always has some kind of resident spirit. 😱 — Dr Fish Philosopher Todd (Dr FPT)🐟 (@ZoeSTodd) February 4, 2021
My mother attracted evil
After my parents divorced when I was a teenager, I lived with my mother. I experienced lots of paranormal happenings. Several times when I was reading in my bed, the room would start to feel really “icy.” Next, it would feel as if something/somebody that hated me was staring at me. When I got that feeling, I would leave the room and come back an hour later. Sometimes during the day, I would see a shadow figure sneaking along my bedroom walls.
Something in the flat was pretending to be my dog. I went into my room and heard a deep growl from under the bed. My dog wasn’t capable of making a noise that deep. It sounded like either a really big dog or a man doing his best dog impersonation. Other times, my dog would whimper and pace in the room next to mine but wouldn’t come when called, as if he was afraid of something in the hallway.
When I moved in with my father, the paranormal activity stopped.
Evicted by a ghost
Shortly after college, I got married. We immediately moved into a basement apartment because that's all that was available within our budget. This place had a poltergeist, and my wife was terrified. Whatever resided there with us made it clear it wanted to live alone. Dishes, glasses, and other items would fly off the shelf. My wife was hit several times. There was always an ominous feeling like we were being watched. At night when we walked through the apartment in the dark, there would be insanely bright flashes of light that would illuminate the entire room.
One night while we were going to bed, as soon as my wife and I walked into the bedroom we heard a voice from nowhere say, "[My name], move." My wife looked at me, I looked at her...I said loudly, “you've got it, bud.” We moved out 2 days later and stayed with family. The old lady who owned the place died a few months later, and the house was torn down. It is still an empty lot to this day, nothing but grass and a tree. I still drive by it every now and again.
The Death March
My dad used to work as a corrections officer at a rural prison. He drove the perimeter of the property for his entire shift, where he would check empty buildings for runaway inmates. It was generally a boring job.
One night, my dad was parked on a hill reading a magazine when he started to feel a thumping in his body. He described it as the feeling you get when speakers are playing a song with really heavy bass.
He put the magazine down and checked his rearview mirror where he saw someone outside the truck. He grabbed his pistol and jumped out of the truck with his weapon drawn. Outside the truck, he realized it was a procession of Native Americans walking through the truck (and directly through his seat) only to disappear at the exact spot he was sitting. He said it was clear they were ghosts because many of them appeared injured. This went on for a few seconds, and then the whole procession disappeared.
He called the other perimeter guy on his walkie to try to explain, and the other guy almost immediately stopped communicating. Turns out the other guy had seen this happen before but didn't believe in ghosts, so he wouldn't talk about it.
The demon’s room
I worked as a forensic nurse in a hospital’s lock-up unit. We had one older lady who swore she was being haunted and abused by a demon she would call Tiberius. So many crazy things happened while she was on the unit. We’d go into the room, do normal care, leave, and seconds later she’d start screaming bloody murder. We’d run into the room to find her looking like she’d been in a fight with a boxing champ—bloody lip, black eye, markings all over her body. No one ever saw her doing this stuff to herself. Things would get moved around the room by themselves. At one point she was in protective restraints because the doctor thought she was hurting herself. There was no way she could have moved or done anything to herself while in these restraints, but new marks would always appear or her tray/cart would be across the room. The room was secure so there was no way someone else was doing this. When we asked her questions, she’d just say, “It was Tiberius.”
After she was discharged, we always had trouble with that room. If there was going to be a rapid response or code, it happened in that room. One night a guard reported lights blinking on and off. It was that room.
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