“I've now located six haunted houses in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood since first publishing my Ghost Stories,” announced Seattle-area author, Emily Hill, whose Kindle Top Ten Best Selling eBooks delve into her experiences with the supernatural. "I am launching an active search to locate other residents of Greenwood who have experienced supernatural activity in their home, including ghost sightings, and occurences such as those detailed in this account.
Ms. Hill explained in an hour-long interview how she became aware of the sixth haunted house, “This past week I received an email from a young man who lives in a rental house four blocks from the haunted cottage that I purchased in 1986. The very day that this young man, and his fiancé, moved into their Greenwood rental, odd and unsettling occurrences began.”
Ms. Hill’s correspondent contacted her after he began researching the Seattle neighborhood that he calls home. Like this young man, Ms. Hill also had suspicions about the area around North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue after a conversation with a taxi driver led her to accounts of Greenwood circa 1907 and the spooky history of the Woodland Cemetery Association.
“When I lived in my 1907 cottage, very strange things occurred in my own house, and that of my next door neighbor.
After I sold my property on North 82nd Street, I learned a former radio talk show host, lived on my street but at a different point in time. He admits having an exorcism performed to rid his rental of ‘things’ that to this day he will not discuss,” Hill explains.
“When I lived in Greenwood, my next door neighbor, a single mother raising a four-year old daughter described to me an imaginary playmate that her daughter said would come to her nursery at twilight. The daughter’s description was that of a little girl dressed in a white pinafore, Mary Jane shoes, and white stockings. It was not long after the ‘playmate’
"This brought to three the number of houses within walking distance that I knew were haunted. Next came my son’s admission that the neighborhood kids shied away from one of the houses on the north side of the street – also constructed in 1907. This dwelling was dubbed ‘House Number Four’, according to the author.
“After my first ghost story collection published, a friend told me of an acquaintance whose wife had gone mad while living in the Greenwood area. The friend conjectured that the stay-at-home mom may have been driven insane by visits from ‘the other side’ while alone in the house all day,” which brought the number of haunted properties, that Emily Hill had tracked down, to five.
House Number Six came to light this week in an email to Emily Hill, provided here. Edited for brevity and to redact names and addresses the email reads:
“I found your email address while researching Greenwood.
My fiancé and I have been renting a house in Greenwood for the past year. We moved into the house almost exactly a year ago this month. We were looking forward to living [in this house] and excited to be in the neighborhood, but we definitely experienced odd things immediately [after moving in], I more so than my fiancé.
[My fiancé] asked our property manager if any of the past tenants reported [our house] being haunted…” (The property manager indicated that he had no knowledge of reports of the home in question being haunted, the email explains.)
“Once of the first things we [witnessed] together was the kitchen sink turn on full force, in the middle of the afternoon. We had to turn it off.
I cannot say I've been terrorized but I've certainly been spooked, especially in the past month. My fiancé was away travelling on business for two weeks and so I was left with our dog and cat. The animals, I should add, seem to be aware of oddities but never seem to be alarmed. This helps me keep cool, I must admit.
Anyway, while my fiancé was away I can say I was annoyed by the [following] "phenomena":
-knocking on walls in middle of night. To the point I could not get more than a few hours of sleep;
-foot steps above, clearly not dog or cat footsteps, when I'm in basement doing laundry;
-cold breezes and drafts when I'm in the living room watching TV or reading, (apparently from nowhere, as no windows or doors are open);
- my Xbox360 game console turned off in the middle of gameplay. (I'm convinced it was the violent content of the game [that caused the interruption of the game].
During these weeks I questioned my sanity. . .my imagination. . .when it came down to it, I could not dismiss much of it easily.
One friend who is very interested in paranormal things, who also lives in the area, posed an interesting question one evening as I was retelling stories of sleepless nights and frustrations. She asked if any of this seemed to coincide with the road construction on 85th, near [the restaurant] Pagliacci Pizza, which is very close to our house. A light bulb went on. With all the heavy machinery, rumbling and grinding, it made complete sense all this [construction]
The frequency of activity seemed to increase until one evening. [Around]
I immediately put out a glass of wine as an offering, a glass of scotch and some fresh water. [The activity] stopped after that. Not one strange thing, noise or otherwise occurred. I'm not a religious person per se, but I am spiritual. So, at my sister and another friend's recommendation, I stated to our ghost: that "God" whatever that is to ‘You’, is not pleased with this behavior, it is not right, nor funny, to frighten.
Over the last week I did see a bedroom light turn on and off. . . And last night I was kept up. . . with tapping on the heat ducts and walls. The same random, non-rhythmic, but clearly deliberate tapping. This convinced me to [do a Google search] of Greenwood [and its history].”
The Greenwood resident then located the eMail address of Emily Hill, and contacted the author with this account. He continues, “I've never denied the existence of the paranormal but I haven't had too much history with it. The events experienced over the last year have convinced me that there is an all-too-real paranormal world, or dimension, out there.” Signed Nate
Emily Hill invites other Greenwood residents who have had similar supernatural experiences such as these to contact her.