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One of our readers writes about strange experiences living in a private home in Chatham Ontario.

"I will never forget this. From where I was sitting I could see my son close the front door behind him on his way to chat with friends waiting on the porch. Just after this, the distinct sound of footsteps on our stairs which are right at the front door entrance. I saw no one come after my son. Our other 2 children were with us watching TV. My husband and I looked at each other very surprised because our son always tells us if one of his friends has to use the bathroom, only 1 bathroom. (upstairs). Besides, he wouldn't close the door behind him with a friend in the house just because it would be rude. No mistake. They were weighty footstep sounds on carpet over hardwood going up. We called up, my husband went up, no one.

I had never deep down believed him but my husband has seen a figure up and down the steps. On one day it went up and down quickly more than once. I was always at work at the time. I've had a good share of things happen since, but (with the exception of one other 'collective' experience) this is the first time I've ever had such a 'realistic' shared experience.

The footsteps were there. (the other collective experience was a feeling) I can't get over this. I'm not afraid. It's that I'm a little nervous, but thrilled too. When my husband had told me of the figure, I did wonder why I hadn't seen it because I grew up in this house. Now I think it could have responded to my wondering by letting me hear it, and with my husband. My husband agrees with this.

I feel good about it. My husband thinks its my father. I don't know quite who it really might be. I appreciate it, but I don't want a visit from a research team because things are fine the way they are."

Webmaster's note: It is always nice to hear from those who are ok with their "ghosts" as I have personally always believed these events are a natural part of the human experience here on earth, and that often extreme fear is based around what might happen (thanks to horror films) as opposed to what really happens, which is often far more subtle, and mundane.

Our thanks to the witness for sharing these experiences with us. Have you had a ghostly encounter in Chatham or elsewhere in the province? If so, please do write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Your privacy is assured.

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