By: Neenu Camo
The phantom hands clamped around the child’s face, and the room was filled with the chill of death. William, standing over her daughter’s bed, could see the dents in her daughter’s flesh made by the force of the invisible fingers. William and his family had for weeks been terrorized by a presence the called “The thing” a malignant being that had transformed their house near Bulacan into a house fear. It was in the rainy season a few years ago that The Thing first arrived in their house where William, a 40-year-old businessman, lived with his wife and young daughter. First, it lurked outside. “We heard a shuffling sound in the garden,” William later told investigators. “This occurred for some nights, and then gradually, The Thing seemed to nose its way into the house.”
The family was not easily frightened, but the presence that infiltrated their home filled them with bewilderment and finally with terror. Eventually, its presence made itself felt every night.
The family couldn’t sleep. Furniture was moved, clothes and books disturbed. One night, William’s wife, Ludy was grabbed by unseen hands and was pulled across the room. Often, when the family retired for the night, they would find the beds warm-as though something had already been lying on them. The family cat refused to remain in the house at night. Mysterious knocks and clatters disturbed even the most deep sleeper. It came to a point when the family could only sleep at dawn when the disturbance stops. The most affected of them was the young daughter, Doris, whose schooling suffered due to fatigue and lack of sleep.
The final horror came one night when Doris was asleep in her small bed in her parents’ room. William later described in detail a scene he would never forget:
“First, we felt The Thing arrive in the usual way. Everything became cold and there was a peculiar odor, the smell of decaying trees. Then I noticed that Doris had begun to struggle in her sleep. As we watched, one of Doris’ eyes was forced open and then the other. It was as if someone was forcing them open with a thumb and forefinger. We could see the marks of the fingers on her skin.
“Ludy and I clung to each other terrified. Then I forced myself to go over to Doris’ bed and pry the hands away. I am sure they intended to murder my child. ” I swept my first over Doris’ face and at once her head fell back onto the pillow, her eyes closed. The hand marks on her skin disappeared.”
But there was no sleep for Ludy and William that night. As the dawn was breaking, they vowed that they had suffered enough. If The Thing wanted them to leave their home, they would. By now, the haunted house had become famous. A group of psychic investigators, intrigued by the reports, asked whether they could spend a few days at the place. The family agreed. They had already found another home and wanted nothing more to do with the haunted house. In three weeks, two questors equipped with tape recorders and infrared cameras installed themselves in the haunted room. They locked the door and waited. A report compiled the next day from the ghost hunters read as follows: “After a long vigil, we both fell asleep but were awakened by the sound of something soft plopping about on the floor outside the door. The was a silence and then a pawing sound at the bottom of the door. “We opened the door and dashed out unto the landing. Our flashlights revealed a curious green haze which drifted eerily near the ceiling. We were conscious of a horrible smell, a smell of decay and rottenness. We returned to the room and locked the door. We both had the impression that someone-or something-was on watch outside the door the whole night. With the first light the smell disappeared and the fumbling sounds went away. This convinced us that the watcher on our threshold was a creature of darkness and could not face the clean morning air.” The investigators suggested that the house was built over an ancient well that, under certain conditions, gave out a pungent gas that drifted through the floor of the house. As it moved, it disturbed the foundations, creating both the smell and the noises. But there was no well beneath the concrete flooring of the house. And why did the smell and the noise disappear at dawn? How do you explain the episode of the phantom hands? How were the furniture and belongings physically moved?”
Even the investigators were not able to explain these events. William decided to sell the house and just move to another location. But there was no taker of the house. The city council made an offer to the family to buy the house at a price below the market value. They will turn it into a museum and convert it to a tourist spot. William agreed. The family moved out of the house and relocated to another place. The house is now a tourist attraction and everyone is happy about it. Especially the ghost hunters, the psychic, and the questors who always visit the place to solve the mysteries haunting How about you? Do you want to try to sleep in that house and solve the mystery?