Archives:  El Prado
Dec. 20, 2002
Himes Avenue, Tampa
Nov. 15, 2006

Uninvited Guest

Dirty clothes strewn on the floor, unclean dishes in the sink, milk drunk from the carton: these are a few signs of a bad house guest. What happens, though, when the disturbing party is not a part of the mortal realm, but remains the source of disruption? That is when the paranormalists are called in to investigate.

An apartment in Tampa is our focus this month. The two young women who dwell within live varied hectic lives, but have one thing in common: the sense that they are not alone.

The first clues to the phenomena began when both ladies experienced a series of paralysis dreams during a multi-week period. Paralysis dreams are classified by scientists as biological; certain areas of the brain experience internal pressure during sleep, causing the participant to feel alert mentally, even awake, but unable to move physically for short periods of time.  

In paranormal investigation, however, dreams are but one way in which entities can attempt communications with the living. Even the most ancient ghost stories record the dream state as containing messages from the dead. Many modern investigations include inquiries into unusual dreams, as part of the alpha brainwave state, with homeowners across the world reporting possible supernatural intrusions during sleep.

In conjunction with the strange dreams, one roommate reported finding a simple “hi” scrawled on a steamed mirror as she exited the shower. She hastily wiped it off. Another time, she emerged to find water pouring from the sink faucet, though she had not turned it on.

The household pets, both cats, also appeared on several occasions to chase or follow something invisible through the area.  

While setting up for the investigation phenomena began; one teammate felt chills on her legs while another reported intense pressure in her ears. Several members recorded roving cold and hot spots. One cold spot lead to a master bedroom, where temperatures dropped nearly 10 degrees. The second temperature fluctuation was in the bathroom where a condensed area registering 15 degrees above normal room temperature, traveled around this section.

All involved in the investigation began to pick up a disorienting sensation, which some likened to drunkenness. One woman felt a young male presence staggering from the bathroom to the bedroom. One person got messages of “I can, I can, I can….”  

We attempted an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) recording in the master bedroom. The assembled group heard, and recorded, a very strange yowling sound. It appeared to come from the room itself and sounded similar to a baby’s cry, or a cat’s howl, though the roommates report no children or other animals in the area. Several people felt it was an unearthly sound, unmatched by anything heard before.

During the interview, we learned that one roommate had known a young man several years before. He had become addicted to heroin, but went through treatment. His motto was “I CAN beat this.” However, the addiction was too strong for him, and he succumbed to a drug overdose. As we waited, the woman confirmed through phone calls to mutual friends, that he had felt very strongly for her.  

Several sensitives believe that it is he who has, somehow, found and followed her to the apartment. The area, itself, may be conducive to supernatural entities; later research revealed that several other families in the building report possible supernatural phenomena.

This raises interesting questions: How would death through drug use, which creates an altered state of mind, affect death and the afterlife experience as altered states of existence? Is this entity crying out for the help it could not find in life, or is he trying to find comfort with someone he regarded as a friend in the afterlife?