Today’s spook tale is a real scary story, something that happened to my daddy when he was a young boy. Are you ready for this? Are you sure? You might want to hold someone’s hand.
When dad was around was 10 years old, his mom’s Aunt Dorothy passed away. She had a house in Blue Ridge, West Virginia. It looked similar to this picture. Up on a hill top, had a wrap around porch and was two stories with a full basement. The house looked normal but had a little bit of an eerie factor… especially to a young child. Let me give you a little bit background on some chilling history of the home.
Aunt Dorothy had a brother named John that also lived with her. There’s two different stories that circulated about what happened to dear poor John. One was that Aunt Dorothy and John had dinner one night. Afterwards, he stood up, crossed himself and then fell over dead. They other story was they had a fight one day and Aunt Dorothy left the house. When she returned from cooling down, he was dead. No one knows which tale is how poor John really died. Only one fact did remain – John was dead. From that day forward, Aunt Dorothy locked his room and no one was ever allowed to enter his room. And although the room was locked and she had the key, she would often mention how it sounded like someone was in the room at night walking around.
Upon Aunt Dorothy’s death, daddy’s mom and dad took him to the house so they could start cleaning some things up to sale the home. They traveled out of state and got to Blue Ridge, West Virginia on a Thursday evening. They went to Aunt Dorothy’s home the next day to start the clean up. They went inside and it was cool inside, almost like goosebump kind of cool with the hair on your arms standing up. This was strange because in that time during the 1970’s in this area, there really wasn’t central heating and air. It was the middle of August and it was hot outside, in the 90’s plus. Typical summer time weather – hot and very humid. But, in the home it was cool and comfortable, almost ice cold. They commented on how it was so cold that you could almost hang meat. But they started to go through the home to see what they wanted, starting with the upstairs.
They found the key to the locked room that once belonged to Aunt Dorothy’s brother John. The room had just been locked and never touched – as if he was returning back home one day and it was just frozen in time. There was a book on the bedside table that was still marked where he had left off from reading. Clothes were still scattered about the room. The bed was still made. There was a partial letter written on the desk to an old friend that was never finished. The room had a eerie feeling like someone was still there and it was cold in this room as well. One thing that was strange about the room. There was no cob webs, no dust, nothing that looked like this room had been vacant for over 15 years. It was bizarre but they figured Aunt Dorothy had been in dusting. But why dust and not pick up the scattered clothing?
Daddy’s father wanted him to go down into the basement alone to check for any tools that they possibly might want to bring home. Daddy being all of 10 said sure. How very brave of him. Each step he took going down into the dark, cold and dank basement, he felt like he was being watched. At times, it was like someone was following him but no one else was there when he looked around. He found some things that they might possibly want and he gathered them up. Slowly, he took everything upstairs with each step still feeling like he was being watched and followed. And yes he was a child and you might be saying that he was scared because of his age. Well, was he? Let’s continue our story.
They stayed at the house on/off for the next couple of days cleaning. They would go back to the hotel each night and return in the hot August weather with the coolness inside of the home. Each day they were there cleaning and fixing things up, the house remained cool like there was an air conditioner on… but there wasn’t one.
On the last day, dad’s mom asked him and his father to start cleaning up the living room area while she was starting in the parlor. There was an old china cabinet that had french doors on the front. When you looked through the glass panes, you could see a locked latch across the front. Dad’s mom tried the doors, but she couldn’t get them open. They were firmly locked. Inside of the china cabinet, there was some sterling silver and china that dad’s mom wanted to take back home.
She didn’t want to break the doors in hopes of selling the antique furniture. On the opposite side of the wall, there was a hutch. She asked for the boys to come over to possibly help find a key to the china cabinet. While the boys were searching the hutch, all of a sudden dad’s mom let out a chilling scream.
They turned around immediately and the french doors to the china cabinet were standing wide open as if someone had opened them both at the same time. Dad’s mom took full advantage of the opportunity and removed the pieces she wanted. Afterwards, she pushed the doors back together and the cabinet locked itself back up. You could hear the click-click sound of the latch going right back to where it was previously.
We took the items we wanted out to the car while dad’s father took the trash out. We came back into the house to lock it up to leave our final time. We noticed that the house had lost the coolness feeling that it had and had become hot just like it was outside in the August air. Three days of air conditioning, goosebump coolness, hair standing on your arms and now hot humid heat. We left that day and never returned.