Melanie was soon to get more than her money’s worth, however. “As we were getting ready to go down the stairs, I told my date to get in front of me because I was known to be a klutz and didn’t want to fall down the stairs,” Melanie says. “So they all got in front of me. We were all making jokes about the ghost and feeling pretty frisky. As we were going down the stairs, I felt a huge shove against my back and fell down the stairs, my wonderful companions moving aside to let me make my way down on my own.” Looking back up the stairs, Melanie could clearly see that there had been no one behind her that could have shoved her… no one living, that is.
Charlie Hartwell’s revenge
As rare as ghost attacks are, being shoved on a stairway is one of the most common occurrences, and a number of people also report the feeling of being strangled. This usually happens at night. Char reports that this happened to his father when they were living in a house in Pepperell, Massachusetts – a place they long considered haunted. The family felt it was the ghost of old Charlie Hartwell, a farmer who once lived on the property and died in a fire.
The family had a number of strange incidents: unexplained banging on the walls and doors; TVs, radios and lights going on and off by themselves; tools going missing then reappearing; sliding doors opening by themselves to let the dog out; lights in the barn, where there is no electricity; and more.
“Our ghost Charlie liked to scare my sister for some reason, and really didn’t like my dad,” Char says. “One time he was sleeping and he said he felt something on top on him and then it started to strangle him! My dad couldn’t get up and he started to cry because he was so scared. He held onto his cross that he was wearing and started praying and then it went away.”
The tripping ghost
Cassie B. also had an unpleasant experience on a staircase. She and her husband were visiting his older brother’s house during the Christmas holidays. Her bother-in-law had warned her that the house was haunted, which she didn’t mind because she had been in haunted houses before. But then he revealed that the spirit liked to push people down the stairs!
Sure enough, the ghost didn’t disappoint. “I was coming down stairs to look for my husband, when all of a sudden I felt like someone pushed my feet out from under me. I ended up falling down the first four stairs,” Cassie says. “Everyone came running to make sure I was ok. They asked me what happened, and I said it felt like someone pushed my legs out from under me and I just fell down the stairs.”