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By: Sharron Navera
My gay friend Jerry who lives in Pampanga has an extensive collection of antique furniture be inherited from his parents. Most of the pieces in the collection are from houses that had been sold or abandoned.
He made a business out of restoring these worn out furniture. Some were restored and brought into his house. His sister Jaime gave him a complete collection of antique furniture- from a huge king-sized bed and several mix-and-match chairs, a huge dining table, antique rocking chair, and a cabinet made of glass. These came from an abandoned house that had been torn down in Bacolod. Amazed by the furniture, he quickly restored them and placed them in his guest room. September 2002, his sister decided to be wed in Pampanga. That week, most of the relatives of the groom decided to stay in the bride’s house three days before the wedding day. That night, Jaime and her 13-year-old soon to be sister-in-law decided to stay in the guest room. Jaime was excited to try the bed that she gave to Jerry.
The next day, Jerry saw that Jaime was very angry. She said that her future sister-in-law stained the bed forgetting that she had her period. Jerry went upstairs to look at the damage done to his furniture. He saw a huge stain that almost covered a quarter of the mattress on the bed. He informed Jaime that he will tell his labandera to clean the mattress. After the wedding, he was planning to replace it. At breakfast, he asked Jaime’s soon to be sister-in-law about the bloodstain on the mattress. She said that her period was not due for another two weeks. She was quite surprised herself to wake up to a lot of blood. She thought it was Jaime who was having her period. Jaime informed her that she just had her period the week before. That night, the two girls decided to put extra sheets to cover the dried bloodstain. Jaime was so tired that she went right to bed. Moments later, Jaime felt a warm liquid on her back, soaking her. She woke up and shook her future sister-in-law thinking that the latter wet the bed. Her future sister-in-law said that she did not do anything to wet the bed and the she was sure that she wasn’t having her period. Jaime got up and turned on the light. She saw a huge pool of blood in the middle of the bed. She woke Jerry up, showed him the stain. He said that the labandera probably did not wash off all the blood. He said that they should just get the extra mattress from the antique shop. The two tried to sleep again with the replacement mattress in place. The next morning, Jaime saw her future sister-in-law standing on the side of the bed. She was pointing at something. Jaime saw that there was a big bloodstain on the bed again. Jerry decided to call a priest. They held a short mass and the bed was prayed over. The night before the wedding, a new mattress was placed on the antique bed. Jaime laid down her gown on it together with the other things that were to be used for her big day. She went out to the patio for her bridal shower. After an hour ago, her mother thought she’d show off Jaime’s wedding dress. When she opened the lights in the guest room, she almost fainted. The dress was covered with blood. The next morning, I got a call. I was immediately sent to Guagua, Pampanga to assess the situation. Jerry told me the story. I asked him to send in the other mattresses that were used in the room. When I examined the mattresses. I noticed that the bloodstain patterns were all the same. I decided to spend the night in the room and slept on one of the mattresses. At about 2:26 in the morning, I felt a sharp pain in my tummy. Then a warm liquid trailed down my back. I also felt something on my legs and my neck. I asked the entity to talk to me. A flash came and I saw a man of about 30 wearing a white shirt and maong pants leaving the room. I reported to Jerry what happened and I asked him to research his documents on the antique furniture that his sister gave him.
Staying for another night, I called someone from my team to sleep on the bed while I observe everything that would happen.At past two in the morning, I felt a cold air pass me by. I saw dents on the bed next to my teammate. I woke him up. Blood suddenly appeared on the bed. First were a few drops of blood near the pillows. Then more blood appeared on the waist area. The concentration of the blood pool was on the stomach area. I took pictures of the scene. The next morning, I asked Jerry to show the picture to a crime investigator. His uncle was a retired police inspector so we showed him the pictures. He said that the stains indicated that someone was beaten, then raped and stabbed on the stomach. He also received a report from the owner of the bed. It showed that the bed and other furniture belonged to a woman named Alice, 38 years old. Her family owned several hectares of farmland in Bacolod in the 70s. She was single and the only heir to the property. One night, several men broke into her house and raped her. They killed her after that. The caretaker found her two days later. The suspects weren’t caught and her house was abandoned. No one dared live in it.
Jerry decided to pursue the case to give closure to the poor woman’s plight. Now, the case is still going on. Three of the eight suspects were caught, some are already dead- either killed or died of natural death.