A reader writes:
"I'm writing today to tell you about some very powerful ghostly encounters I experienced in the apartment I grew up in at (edited for privacy) Dixon Rd in North Etobicoke, on the (edited for privacy) from the time I was a child I have seen and felt some very eerie and terrifying things in this place.
in the early/mid 1980's when I was 5 or 6 years old, on 2 different occasions I remember looking out the windows of our apartment on the 22nd floor overlooking the west end of the city at night and seeing a dark and demonic looking figure that presented itself to me in the form of a vampire, the man was wearing all black, a black cloak, red on the inside and had black hair standing up and also had fangs. He was hanging off the OUTSIDE of our balcony at night and giving me an evil look, at one point this thing communicated to me it was going to or wanted to "suck my blood".... an over active childhood imagination? perhaps! BUT, over the years growing up in this apartment all the way into my late teens I had experienced some VERY uncanny and DISTURBING things that told me we were not alone in that place.
I lived there with both my parents for about 18 or 19 years if I recall correctly. As a kid I remember having eerie feelings in my room and other rooms of the house as if I was being watched at times, other times there was nothing at all. There were times I heard noises at different times of the day and night when I was the only one there or saw lights flashing on and off by themselves, hearing objects dropped or moved, doors being closed or slamming on there own. I remember the main bathroom being very cold always no matter what time of the year, also huge gusts of wind going from room to room.
One particular time it was late evening when I was maybe 14 or 15 and my parents were both in their room and I was in mine but I had tried to go to the living room to get a pair of track pants I had left on a chair there and as I exit my room and turn in the long hallway going towards the living room/dinning room I see my black track pants on the floor in the middle of the hallway and the light in the kitchen up ahead flashing off and on at a very inconsistent speed..... I stood in SHOCK and couldn't go any farther so I turned back and went to my parents room and told my mom who was still awake what happened and asked if she had thrown the pants there or something before she went to her room, she didn't know what I was talking about and thought it was very weird and told me to just go to bed I think. Needless to say the rest of the night was spent trying to fall asleep with all the lights on in my room.
There were several other things like this that happened before and after but these are just some of my most vivid and shocking ones that stay with me to this day. Like another time I walked into the living room, again late evening, all the lights were off except the kitchen light which was giving some light into the living room, I walk in to get something I had left there and I could actually hear a voice telling me to "GET OUT!" it was very quiet, soft spoken and whispered off in the distance by the window to "get out..." twice, you couldn't tell if it was male or female really, or if it had an accent. Its like I knew what I was hearing but it felt unreal that this was actually happening.
As I mentioned the bathroom being cold, well there was 2 things I remember that happened to me in this bathroom and 2 things that both my parents had weird encounters with. For me, the first time was when I went in there and behind the semi see-through shower curtain I could see a piece of the green laundry basket we had rocking side to side on its own, in the bathtub, again shocked but I didn't run out screaming. Now another time in late 1995 or early 1996 was when my mom was in Poland for my grandmothers funeral, dad was at work and I was home alone up getting ready for school early in the morning, as I was standing in the living room area I could hear the toilet seat hitting the tank as if someone was doing it to make noise and get my attention, this REALLY freaked me out and after that I remember my dad calling me and me in total panic almost in tears telling him what I just heard, he told me confused to just get my stuff and go to school and leave the apartment and calm down, so I did. Now as for my parents, my mom was taking a bath once and saw the image of a mans face in the water she says not a clear actual image but made out of the soap, she also said she got a VERY creepy vibe being in there, also my dad says he heard weird noises and saw a shadow or something of the sort one night that he knows wasn't me or my mom.
Now to add some meaning to the madness, I realized a lot of these incidents happened AFTER me and my mom got into some sort of petty argument or fight and she was either very upset or I was upset but at that age just being a brat at times perhaps, but when this stuff was going on, the forces in the apartment would do something to frighten me each time, it seems like they or whoever this ghost was, they were very protective of my mom. But there were always times when weird unexplained things would occur and there was no arguing or fights at all. My mom said she was sleeping one night and felt a mans hand touch her back, she says it was warm, she turned around to see thinking it was my dad or me but there was no one there.
Another time I remember I had a bag of chips on the floor in my room next to the bed and I was trying to sleep, lights were off when all of a sudden I hear the bag making noise as if someone was crushing it, I remember having my head under the covers at this point, I cant recall how the hell I even slept that night. One night in the living room I was passing out on the couch and ALL the lights in the house were off, I woke up to hearing footsteps and a hand feeling its way across the wall down the long hallway leading to the rooms and that bathroom... at first I thought it was my mom making her way to the kitchen in the dark, it felt like a woman.... I said out loud in Polish "MOM?"... there was no answer! I actually remember getting up and going to look and seeing a dark empty hallway... during this time I also remember seeing a white shadow of a human figure zooming past me as I opened a door and later crouching down behind the TV as I was laying on the couch, I cant remember if this was before or after the sound of the footsteps in the hall. Also in my room once I remember one particular Nirvana poster I had on the wall back in 1992 or 93 where I FELT Kurt Cobain's eyes watching me non-stop it was a horrible feeling to the point of me having to take the poster down because it was just too much, a year or 2 later he died as most know.
To sum this up, there was countless incidents like the ones I mentioned and also things like glass shattering in my moms hand as she was doing the dishes, smoke alarms making weird noises when there was no smoke, also plants dying and a bird we had that flew in and we kept as a pet getting sick and dying in a certain part of the house where the plants also died and I heard those voices! I was told by sometime during living there that the previous owner of the apt lived there with his wife, kids and mother, the mother apparently ended up dying there sometime in 1973 or 1974 when my parents bought the place..... well this answers a lot but I still don't understand why this force or forces were so hostile towards me as a child and teen. We ended up moving from that place in 2000 but ONLY across the street, my father passed away in 2007 though. Still I pretty much live right next to the building where all this happened and still look up and am able to see the unit as I come up the street to this day."