The following was submitted by one of our readers...
I have visited your site for the first time today and am inspired to share a story of my own with you. Normally I don't talk much about it (I don't want people to think I'm a nut!) but after reading some of your stories I called my mother for the finer details, maybe you could check it out to see if their is any validity to it.
Well, hear goes, when I was six a women moved into our co-op on Pell st. My mother and her clicked really well, they would sit outside for hours at night talking. One night my mothers friend confessed her four year old son was creeped out in their new apartment and frankly she was too (hence the reason she would prefer to stay outside and talk).
She tried to dismiss it as not being used to the place, but told my mother she often felt like she wasn't alone, or would feel a draft when no windows were open. The worst room though was her sons room, it just felt like really bad vibes in that room and her son hated going in his room, he wouldn't play in there and he'd never sleep in there, he said the boogie-man in his closet would get him.
I guess this just fed into my mothers friends fear, so my mother, always the little investigator devised a plan to prove to her friend it was just new-apartment jitters.
She said that I never complained of boogie-men or monsters so they should have me sleep over. The next night my mom and I were at her friends house, I was watching tv while they were in the kitchen (I think her son was at his dads) when I started to dose off on the couch. My mother told me to go lie down in her friends sons room. They wanted to do this when her son wasn't there so I wouldn't know about any 'boogie-man'.
I remember going in his room and lying down on the bed, the closet was a few feet beneath the foot of the bed, I just felt drawn to it or something, I couldn't stop staring at it. I started to feel very frightened and wanted to get back up but I was planted with fear.
I started whispering "There's no such thing as monsters, there's no such thing as monsters" and closed my eyes as tight as I could. But damn it, there was something in that room I could feel it at the bottom of the bed. I heard the closet door rattle or something, like a door loose when there's a draft and that was it, I flew out of that room like I was on fire. I ran right into the kitchen and said, "Mom, there's a monster in the bedroom!" My mother and her friend just looked at each other.
I started crying because I wanted to go home. My mother tells me that her friend started asking questions and found out a man hung himself in the closet, supposedly he was gay and his mother I guess out of shame became an alcoholic and when he was approved for a sex change his mother said she'd diss-own him so he killed himself.
Unfortunately, my mom can't remember where her friend got this info so I don't know about the story's credibility. I do know however, that seventeen years later I still check the closet before I go to bed on many occasions, and the feeling I had in that room that night will be etched in my memory as long as I have it.
In 2013 one of our readers wrote in the following:
"We lived on Pell street when we were children back in the very early 70's My sister and I both attended Cliffside Public School.Our family still talks about the very bizarre and strange occurrences that took place there.It was a very dark time. My mother who is very psychic, still to this day talks about the ghostly figures that appeared and the objects that moved on their own in front of the whole family. Objects such as a sweater that flew off the chair and straight across the room while my sister and I were watching television, voices in the bedrooms when no one was in there. My sister and I witnessed adult figures with dark hoods chanting and walking in the bedroom at night. Two days later another home on Pell street had experienced a fire and one of my good friends, a child I went to school with perished in the fire. Furniture being moved was also a common occurrence. One night I was laying on my parents bed in late afternoon watching a Charlie Brown Christmas special when the bed started shaking and moving side to side with me on it.It stopped after about 20-30 seconds, and had clearly moved a good 7-8 inches. Just before this took place I remember the room going stone cold and the bedroom door slammed shut. Although my sister and I were quite young 10 and 8 my mother was more aware of what was happening and kept a lot from us.The day we moved permanently out of Pell Street was a good feeling. "
We were fortunate enough to correspond with our reader's mother who confirmed everything reported as well as related some experiences of her own.
"My family and I lived at XXX and XXX Pell Street. Scarborough, We encountered many strange things including being touched as we slept, lights going off and on, at Christmas we would see a small girl sitting on our stool by the X-mas tree, all 3 of my kids saw this. I have seen fire come out of my toaster when it was not on, seen writing on the hardwood floor saying "get out," felt unseen people touching me, saw different spirits in home, hooded figures walking around in my kids bedroom. Also my kids saw this as well, felt my arms were on backwards when i awoke from sleep. I was told the place was built on Indian burial grounds. Being only 26 years old at the time a very young mother of 3, I was terrified. The sink in the bathroom would fill up with scalding water with the plug in, this happened 2-3 times per week when the children were at school. I could go on and on............."
Update Nov. 2013 A reader writes in:
"As a former resident of Pell Street, I too had heard stories of incidents that had happened in different buildings. As for myself, I too had some interesting experiences.
As far as I was informed, the co-op used to be housing for military men who had come back from war with no family or no where to go. There are stories that you can hear them moving through the halls, going up and down stairs and hearing the apartment door knobs moving."