It's not always a problem to have ghosts living in your home. Some real life haunted houses are actually quite pleasant, as a mischievous ghost can help add character to an otherwise normal dwelling. After all, who among us is not exhilarated by the glimpse of a levitating lamp or a phantom knocking in the walls?
Unfortunately, the story of the Bothell home haunting is considerably more grim. The violent ghosts who terrorized Keith Linder were extremely aggressive, and made their presence known to anyone who entered the home in Bothell, WA. Starting around 2011, mysterious voices were caught on tape, and household objects would disappear, only to be found smoldering some time later. The happenings became so ruthless that Linder was eventually forced to move in 2016.
Eventually, the situation escalated to the point that TV crews, paranormal investigators, and scientific researchers were called in. People became desperate to hear Linder's story, and to capture concrete photographic evidence of a supernatural presence. It all may sound like a horror movie, but Linder's account of the haunting has never wavered.
Linder Witnessed An Apparition In The Form Of An Old Lady
The most unsettling thing that Keith Linder recalls in his interview with Supernatural Magazine is the apparition he saw in the summer of 2012:
"The thing I remember about that whole experience is her face. The gray ladies [sic] face. She had a look of mischief. But she also had a look of being tired, confused, and scared. I truly believe when she turned off my light switch. I heard the switch go off and it made a sound. That sound reached my ears."
Linder claims to have seen this same lady on three separate occasions.
Parapsychologists Concluded The Spirits Were Irish Settlers
After the TV show Ghost Adventures was unable to unravel the mystery of Linder's home, he recruited a team from the Scientific Establishment of Parapsychology to investigate the strange activity. The scientists set up motion detectors throughout the house, and placed voice recording equipment in every room. After capturing evidence of various happenings, they concluded that the movements and voices might be the work of Irish settlers. Parapsychologist Steve Mera later described the investigation to Q13 Fox, saying:
"We came here, we listened to Keith's story... We talked to a priest. That priest told us something quite phenomenal, that there was evidence, or he believed, Keith's home was built on settlements of people who had passed away and they could still be here."
Apparently, the team collected evidence of "electronic voice phenomena" (427 recordings to be exact), but are for the moment keeping all their findings under wraps.
An Exorcism Was Performed In The Haunted House
After his story was featured on Ghost Adventures, Keith Linder had a priest come to the house and perform an exorcism. In a Supernatural Magazine interview, Linder said that the priest warned him, "these things rarely work the first go around." Linder implied that the exorcism was attempted multiple times, at which point they concluded that the haunting was the work of a poltergeist, rather than the trapped spirits of people who were buried beneath the house.
Linder Created A YouTube Channel Where He Posts Evidence Of The Haunting
Since 2011, Keith Linder has been sharing his experiences with the poltergeist on YouTube. On his channel, he documents bedtime knockings, weird light phenomena, unexplained puddles of water, and he even reenacted an encounter with the gray lady apparition. His videos get a lot of attention from curious individuals who want to talk with him in person, and skeptics who compare his sightings to reports of alien activity.