Bill




Growing up I lived in northern Michigan the middle of the woods. No neighbors for about a mile on each side and my parents own 60 acres of forest then a swamp after that. So basically I lived in the middle of nowhere.

One summer when I was about 14 I was out in the the woods playing with my dog Max (I'm an only child and both of my parents were out of town) when I kept feeling something hit my elbow. I'd go to throw Max's ball and the elbow bump would make me throw it almost straight up. Assuming it was just me bumping it on something I ignored it. After the fourth or fifth time of it happening I thought..."Well this is weird, I'm just going to go home". As Max and I are walking back I felt uneasy but I knew I was just freaking myself out because we were all alone in the woods.

About an hour later Max and I are at home on the couch when the outside garage door opens and he starts barking. I hop up to go let in my Mom or Dad, even though they were home really early. I peered through the peephole and saw the door was still shut and no one was in the garage. Quieting max down I opened the door slowly and called out for my dad. Nothing... No response at all so I go out to check the door and it's still locked. Okay... sure. Weird but oh well. Max heard it too so at least I know I'm not crazy.

About 20 minutes later I hear the door open again and this time Max starts growling like crazy. I quiet him down again and just assume its the wind or something making noise even though by this point my heart is racing. This time however, I hear footsteps coming up the stairs and think dad really is home this time. I hop up and run to the door, the handle starts to jiggle so I run faster to let him in. I peep through the hole and even though my hand is loosely around the jiggling handle theres no one on the other side of the door. I wait for a good ten seconds and the jiggling stops just as fast as it had begun. Terrified I go hide on the couch with all the lights on. Max is still growling at the door.

After about an hour of nothing happening I start to feel a little better  then I hear the door handle jiggle again. This time it was Max jiggling it, he needed to go outside and the only way outside is through the garage. Fantastic. We creak open to door and peak around to all corners of the garage, there's nothing there. Then we sprint to the kennel and as I'm standing in there I decide to ask this "thing" that's been messing with me a few questions to make myself feel better, because I knew I wouldn't get an answer. Thinking about what to ask it my eyes are drawn to the huge heavy oak door on the kennel. It was always open because it was too heavy for me to move easily. I said "Ok ghost! if you're really there you'll shut this heavy door!" nothing... a minute goes by...nothing. Max is still sniffing around. I turn around to yell at him to hurry up and then from behind me I hear 'click'. I whipped around and saw the giant door had swung shut and latched. Okay....clearly it was just the wind. It wasn't really windy but... it was the wind, for sure, it had to be. I proceed "Ok ghost that was the wind, if you're REALLY real you'll open this massive door back up!" Nothing happened. I relax a bit and then squat down with my head in on my knees reminiscing about how crazy I was being when I hear 'click clack'. The heavy oak door was now wide open. Max was finally done so we booked it back inside turning on every light, and locking every door in the house.

For the next 4 hours I would hear the footsteps on the stairs and the door handle jiggling every few minutes, until finally around 11pm my dad walks in and yells at me for wasting electricity.

I never told him or my mom about it until about a 4 months later when my dad came in from hunting after dark. He looked shaken and I asked him what was wrong. He said he aimed at two deer but missed both completely because it felt as if something was hitting his elbow and making him shoot way above the deer.

That's when I told him everything.

It turns out that there was a fire in our house in the early 1980's that killed the elderly male owner, Bill. After his death the rest of his family moved out and there had been 4 other families come and go in 10 years due to "circumstances".  We don't know what is actually in that house, but it always makes makes us feel a little better when we hear the foot steps to say "Hey Bill! How're you today?"