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The following experience was revealed to us by one of our readers:

In the summer of 1993, I was employed by my aunt to clean her two-storey century apartment on Herkimer Street in Hamilton. I had done much "growing up" there and was aware of some "abnormal activity" in that premises; however, I ignored hearsay and went straight to work.

While washing the baseboards, facing the front door, I clearly saw the reflection of a boy standing on the landing. He was blonde with a happy face, wearing a sailor style shirt, dark shorts and Buster Brown shoes. There were no children living in the building at the time and the only way in was through the door by which I was sitting. When I turned around to have a closer look, the boy ran up to the second floor, peeked through the railing, smiled at me, then disappeared into thin air. I then heard a strange noise which sounded like someone turning on the faucets in the upstairs bathroom.

A close friend of the family who lived in the same building on the top floor told me, after my experience, that he had often seen the ghost of a little boy in his apartment who ran around through the place turning on the faucets.

I did ask my aunt what if anything she experienced in her building, and she revealed that she had twice seen a black figure on the same landing. It was well over seven feet tall and was cloaked in the typical black "death" garb. In fact, she had nicknamed it "Darth Vader". I, too, had seen that same figure as a child in one of the bedrooms on the first floor. She also mentioned having guests over for dinner one evening when a strange "breathing" noise overtook the house. Even with all of the electrical appliances unplugged and the pipes having been checked, the apartment seemed to take on a heavy slow breathing sound.

On different occasions, she had seen the heating grates levitate and one was thrown clear across the room during an argument she was having with a friend. The stove elements, clearly in the "off" position, had also been seen to heat to red, and on many occasions the sound of children's laughter could be heard in the house.

There had been guests in her house who reported the presence of a strange "phantom" who grabbed at them during the night.


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