Before we begin let start by saying that this post is not a review about the Netflix television series, but a review about my own experience with the paranormal.
I want to be clear I am not into spirit cooking, but most folks on twitter have asked me or DM me why do I like the world of Paranormal?
I would like to say that my family did not experience anything like an Amityville horror or Anabelle or anything crazy of that magnitude.
Most of the events were very strange and all occurred through third party, and some weird things that we have noticed, till this day my folks and I discuss it all the time.
It all started when I was a kid I have always loved ghost stories, UFO’s and Bigfoot documentaries these things fascinate me especially when I got one of my favorite book ( I wish it was still available would love to get my hands on that book again) Creatures from UFO’s by Daniel Cohen.
That book introduced me into the fascinating world of the paranormal but little did I as a child I would experience it somewhat.
I wanted to share my story now I don’t have dates, but I have experience and what little I can remember.
So, without further ado.
My parents back in the early 80’s purchased their first home in the SW 19th avenue and 3rd street in little Havana Miami Florida. It was an older home built back in 1926 and the house was sitting on half an acre of land. The home was old and you call tell this was home that build in a time when your neighbor was a mile or two from you. This was considered old Miami.
The backyard did not have a fence and facing the home the backyard extended all the way to the other street being 4th street. The woman who own it was the sister who advised us that the original owners had been living there since house was built and that her sister did pass away in the house and her brother in-law was in hospice.
I remember when my parents were doing the walk through the smell of the house was sort of old musky type smell like the one you would smell when there are old rugs and lots of newspaper.
I remember going to the last bed room (which ended up being my bedroom) this room had large jalousie windows facing the backyard.
I can see through the windows that the house was not well kept and I can say that grass was about 3 or 4 feet high. It gave a creepy feeling like in the horror movies when you’re looking at a cornfield.
The lady talking to my folks told her that the house was kept the same but that when her sister got old they just could not bother maintaining it.
She also mentioned that a common theme was that the kids or teenager in the area like to cut through the yard to get to the other street.
We can see that there was no fence and I can hear my mother telling my dad that she wanted a fence being that we me and my sister especially my sister was so young.
Ok folks now that I have given you some details of the house let’s get to the first incident that occurred. After we moved in my father and my grandfather worked in the back and cut down the grass even removed an old tree. My father took great pride in how well manicured he got that back yard to look.
My dad said he did not like how opened it was and expose to the street and wanted to get the fence installed. I can say as a kid I spent a lot of my time in that back yard.
Here is where the first strange thing occurred one morning as my sister and I were getting ready to go to school my old man tells my mother that he going to go to the back yard there was something strange in the trees.
I went to my room looked outside the window and can see my dad looking up at the tree and all sudden he rushed back in and tells my mom not let me and my sister go to the yard and he was getting his gun.
My mom scared asked him what happened he told her that there was a man all the way up in the tree grabbing on to the tree sleeping.
My mom begged my dad to call the police and not go outside with the gun. After what seem like 30 minutes the police showed up, headed to yard where I can hear the cop tell the man to come down. It was a guy maybe 19 or 20 and once he climbed down he told the cops to tell my dad he won’t come back but not to have the dogs chase him.
My father is a man with no patience especially with people’s stupidity and I can tell you my dad was puzzled as to what the man was saying, I can also tell from my dad reaction and how scared the man was that my father was being patient and felt sorry for the man.
The man describes the incident with details telling the cops that when he got half way through the backyard and was heading to the side of the house to get 3rd street that’s when he noticed the two dogs on the left side of the house staring at him and running toward him he then ran and climb up the tree.
He said that the dogs were circling the tree and that they had the shape and outline of two Doberman Pinchers.
The man said that strangest things was that the dogs did not make any sound no growling or barking but that he can see they had white eyes and the mouth open filled with teeth.
The cop turned to my dad asked him If this is true and If he had Dobermans that those kinds of dogs used for home security needed to be chained, inside the home or behind a fence. Yet we had no fence and we had no dogs at least not the first year.
My parents did not press charges as they could see the man was truly scared and three weeks later or least a month a six-foot fence went up. A year later we finally got two dogs two Doberman Pincher pups.
My folks did a lot of renovations to home and even closed off the chimney that the house has, my parents put a lot labor and love in that house.
Second incident occurred about two years later my parents wanted to take me and my sister to Walt Disney world in Orlando.
My mom had asked my aunt and uncle to join us and I know that It was a long weekend because on the way back my aunt drove my dad crazy wanting to get home as early as possible since she kept repeating that she had to go to work the next day.
Once we got home my dad said he would get the dogs from the kennel on Wednesday we pulled up and my old man told me to get the luggage and help my uncle.
My mom was getting out of the car with my sister when the neighbor from across the street approached my mom and in Spanish ask my mom if we were getting ready to leave.
My mom said no we just got back I can hear the conversation as I was taking out a bag out of the trunk and of course the woman looked at my mom and in Spanish “how can that be?” she said, she saw a woman in the house in the window who waived at her.
Of course, my mom freaked out and in a loud voice told my dad to check the house that someone had broken in.
My father checked that back door checked all the windows and there was no sign of any break in.
The neighbor explained to my mother that the curtains was pulled back and she can see the lady smiling at her and that she can see that the lady was waiving back at her.
I can tell my mom was now not happy and was looking at the house from the outside and at the window gave the neighbor a half smiled and thanked her for at looking after the home.
About 4 days later my mother was doing laundry and like I said we had a huge backyard as she was handling cloth to dry the neighbor on the right side of the house if you’re facing the backyard asked my mother if we were going out of town my mother told her that we had already gone and came back.
This neighbor was also shocked and told my mother that she can see on the back porch through the screen door a little boy on the floor reading she thought it was me says even looked like the way I dressed, ( yeah I wore a lot polo with shorts ) she then mentioned that when she looked at her window at night she found it strange that some of the lights were on (no they were not on a timer) and she says she can see the dogs running around in the yard and found that very strange cause she states we usually don’t leave them outside they usually stayed in what is known as the Florida room ( a room on the back of the home usual a very causal like rom almost like a screened up back porch.)
The third incident I don’t remember when the timeline was but I remember what occurred it was during Semana Santa (Saints week) my parents like to light couple of candles for the saints and pay respect.
I was in the backyard playing and it as was nice sunny afternoon very quiet no wind but not to hot. The door to the Florida room was opened on the screen door was closed so bugs wont get inside, (no need to have the AC running it was not that hot) I remember hearing from the yard my dad complaining to my sister to stop playing around the candles and not to blow them out.
I decided to go inside to get water as I grab the screen door to open in at that instance I can see my sister in the living room leaning into one of the candles and blowing it out. At that moment, I can see the picture on the wall started following one after another (not at the same time) my dad has a grandfather clock and my dad said when the pictures started to fall he can hear that what sound like springs snapping from the grandfather clock. Turns out the clock dismantled itself from the inside.
I was truly shocked and know what I saw there was no wind, and even if it was a wind it would have knock all the picture frames all at the same time not one by one. Another incident that we cannot explain.
From this incident, later as we got older my sister mentioned to me that there was time that when you were in the living you get a feeling that someone was watching you.
I also remember hearing sounds of footsteps but we had marble tiles floors the footsteps sound like a barefoot slapping when walking around.
My mom about 5 years ago in 2012 when I went to visit my folks in Spain talking about the house told me she at times could hear voices in kitchen and sometimes could have sworn that heard her name being called out.
We sold the home 1987 and never looked back some of my friends have told me that the new owners had taken one of the bed rooms made it into a small efficiency with its own access from the side of the house near the backyard.
Friends told me that the new owners have not been able to rent the room for more three months tops because renter have complained about dogs in the yard and other weird things.
Like I mentioned before nothing of the caliber of Amityville Horror occurred but sitting here writing about this made me realize that I sometimes was really creeped out in that house.
Till Next time