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18 Stories From People Who Lived In A Haunted House

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For some people, living in a haunted house is a dream come true; for others it's a nightmare. Real haunted house stories are not as rare as one might think - and they are often so creepy, even skeptics can acknowledge that something strange is going on. As for anyone who can say they lived in a haunted house, the idea that ghosts or poltergeists are real is not all that hard to swallow. 

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    Their House Was Haunted By Doppelgangers

    From Redditor /u/1LT_0bvious

    I was a teenager at the time, and I was instant messaging my girlfriend with my webcam turned on. I had the viewer up, so that I could see myself in the webcam. Behind me, there was the stairs leading up (left of camera view) and the entrance to the living room (right of camera view). My younger sister would typically fall asleep every night on the couch in front of the TV and make her way up to bed in the middle of the night.

    At one point in my webcam view, I saw my sister leave the living room and go up the stairs. The thing that struck me as odd was that I didn't hear anything. It was an older Victorian house, so the wooden floor and stairs were loud. Without saying anything to my girlfriend, I got up and looked into the living room and there was my sister passed out on the couch. I sat back down and asked my girlfriend if she had seen anything in my camera. She said, "Yeah, I just saw your sister go upstairs."

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    The Ghost Spoke To Them Through The Stereo

    From Redditor /u/lunchesandbentos:

    One Saturday morning, my husband was on his computer in another room, I'm in the apartment playing with a Tamagotchi app on my iPad when I heard the stereo sitting in front of me click on and a girl's voice started talking from it. I thought he controlled the stereo from his computer so I ignored it because he often puts on music to work out before class started (he teaches the morning class). I do remember thinking, "What kind of weird indie music is he listening to anyway?" because the voice just said "Hi, my name is (I thought I heard Katie but I'm not 100% sure because I wasn't paying attention), I am ___ years old... I'm from ____..." etc. I didn't catch the specifics because I wasn't really listening, but that went on for about two or three minutes until it suddenly went, "Something's hurting me." And when I caught that, I looked up and squinted at the stereo... 

    "Something's killing me. Something killed me."

    At this point the hair is standing on the back of my neck and I'm getting up from the couch to take a closer look. "Please, someone tell my parents, tell the teachers, tell the corrections officer..." at the word "corrections officer" I just bolt into the other room and start yelling at my husband and cursing him out because I was certain he was playing a trick on me. Told him, "We don't f*cking play jokes about dead people." And he's of course looking at me like WTF? When he finally calms me down long enough to get what I heard out of me and what I was accusing him of, he told me it was impossible and led me to the stereo. It's not plugged in. I thought maybe the stereo picked up the signals from an ebook or something.

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    They Used Kindness To Settle An Unsettling Presence

    From Redditor /u/Nai75

    [I] moved from the US to the UK and our parents bought an old, beat up house. It still had lead pipes for the water... Anyway work proceeded on the house whilst we lived there. We started seeing bright lights in the corners of rooms at night. Foot steps on floor boards, the house had carpet. I was about 6 at the time and started getting woken up in the night by a little girl, who would dance on my chest of drawers for me. I was fricken terrified. My mum just fobbed it off as me dreaming. Workmen complained of strange things happening like tools being moved and odd feeling like being watched.

    After about a year of this my eldest sister's friend stayed over night. She woke the whole house up screaming, saying a little girl had been in her room, she had apparently pulled her from the bed. The friend left the house and refused to ever come back. Mum decided she might need to do something about it and got some advice. He suggested my mum and the whole family should treat the presences as part of the family. So when we got home we'd shout, “Hi, we’re home, did you have a good day?”

    Over time the house settled and we didn’t get anymore trouble. We also found out a little girl did die in the house of asthma.

    My parents still live there and it is a beautiful homely place now.

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    The Former Owner Might Have Saved Them From A Freak Incident

    From Redditor /u/TheToenailCollector

    I lived in [a haunted house] when I was a teen, along with my parents...

    One day I was underneath my truck, which was supported by only a jack, (stupid, I know). I was in the middle of working on it, with no good reason to get out at that moment. Suddenly [I had the] overwhelming urge to get out from underneath. No sooner than I got out, the truck fell to the ground, the jack had slipped. Freaked dad out, he thought I was under it. When mom got home, we mentioned it, and she started crying, sobbing pretty hard. It turns out the previous owner died in the driveway, under a vehicle, in that spot.

    I would often see moving shadows, and strangely hear music from the upstairs area. The windows of the old house were caulked shut, and blackbirds would often get caught between the panes. We ended up replacing all the windows but we had to break three inside panes to get them out. One of the more disturbing things happened when my mother was cooking breakfast, she turned away to get something out of the cabinet and when she turned back around, all the forks set out were bent straight up.