“I've now located nine haunted houses in Seattle’
Ms. Hill explained in an hour-long interview how she became aware of the sixth haunted house, “
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.
“When I lived in Greenwood, my next door neighbor, a single mother with a four-year old described to me an imaginary playmate that her daughter said would come to her nursery at twilight. The daughter’
“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.
The email from the resident of Haunted House No. 6 is provided here. Edited for brevity and to redact names and addresses the email reads:
“Ms. Hill, I found your email address while researching Greenwood. My fiancé
“One of the first things we [witnessed] together was the kitchen sink turn on full force, in the middle of the afternoon.
I cannot say I've been terrorized but I've certainly been spooked, especially in the past month. My fiancé
While my fiancé
-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.
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’
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.”
Emily Hill tells us that Greenwood Haunted House 7 is visited in the early hours of the morning by the apparition of a Native American who taps at the windows and rattles the doorknob, resident No. 8 smells smoke - as though the house is engulfed in flame; and house No. 9 is plaugued by a poltergeist.
Ms. Hill invites other Greenwood residents who have had similar supernatural experiences such as these to contact her at info@avHarrison-