Along Mississippi Gulf coast in a
town called Gulfport, on 5 1/2 acres of trees and flowers. It's backyard
turned into a flowery slope that leads down to the Bayou.
Built in 1915, it was a dilapidated
, large, barn-like dormitory-style like house, that was about to be torn
down, so a new home could be built on the property, which was why Suzie
Smith was given permission to investigate the home for her book, "Ghosts
Around the House." The house had three floors, with an enclosed outside
porch, that ran along the second floor by the bedrooms. There was access
to this porch through the bedrooms. A staircase from the first floor also
connected to this porch. The second floor Master Bedroom was unusually large,
and was directly above the house's unusually large Den. The Living room
was next to the Den, and had a fireplace. The kitchen was off the living
room, and the downstairs bathroom was close to the kitchen.
HIstory of the HOUSE:
From 1915 - 1941, the house was home
to various families. In 1941, the house was leased to the Air Force, for
use as a non-commissioned officer's club. A sergeant of dubious character
was assigned to manage this officer's club. He moved gambling equipment
into the master bedroom, and brought in prostitutes as well. His illegal
operations were shut down eventually by his superiors, and the officer's
club was shut. After the war, this sergeant came back to the house and
from a second floor window seat took his cache of valuable savings bonds.
In 1957, Dr. and Mrs. Gregory and
their large family; (Children from both their marriages, plus a couple
from their own), moved into this fixer-upper. They didn't realize that
they would be sharing their house with at least 3 regular, active ghosts,
plus others; including (a woman, unknown men, a little girl) who appear
periodically to visit the living. For a while, the Gregorys discounted
their children's experiences until they themselves had experiences that
convinced them that their house was definitely haunted. They went from
skeptics to believers, in short order.
The Master Bedroom -
1) On a cold November night, Mr. Gregory
was awakened from a sound sleep by a loud moan coming from between the
dresser and the bed. When he turned on the light, no one was there. While
this loud moan woke up the boys in the next bedroom over, Mrs. Gregory
slept through the whole thing. However, this ghost believed in equal treatment
of the living, and treated Mrs. Gregory the next evening on cue to "an
indescribable, bubbly moan; a horrible, hideous sound, as if someone was
in unbearable agony," that lasted 15 seconds. She was sitting at
her desk in the bedroom trying to describe the moan that her husband had
reported to her the night before. Later that evening, she heard footsteps
walking the length of the enclosed porch. Again, No one was there.
2) Their bedroom ghost must have taken
a liking to Mrs. Gregory, because he appeared to her in the middle of
the night. She awakened to see the apparition of a big man, standing at
the foot of their bed, floating two feet off the floor. He was wearing
a brown, plaid sport coat, dark brown pants, and a white shirt. She couldn't
see his face, but he had his chin in the palm of his right hand, and his
left hand was under his right elbow, and he was staring at her.
3) The Gregory's bed in their master
bedroom was a 1800s, New Orleans Mallard, half-tester canopy bed; a rare
and valuable piece of furniture. The massive headboard stands 9 or 10
feet high on big mahogany legs. The posts at the foot of the bed are 9
feet tall. One night both Dr. and Mrs. Gregory were jolted awake by a
loud pound on the massive headboard, like someone used his fist to hit
it. After checking the room, they went back to bed. Mrs. Gregory couldn't
sleep because of an uneasy feeling, that the noise making wasn't over.
About 45 minutes later, a sharp sound, like someone clicking their long
fingernails against the headboard woke up her husband once again.
Mrs. Gregory felt that the man haunting
their bedroom was connected to the gambling operation that once graced
The Children's Bedrooms
1) Four of the Gregory children have
had encounters with ghostly house mates in the upstairs bedrooms.
a) Kendall woke up and saw a fluorescent
something walk around his bed, and when it looked at him closely face
to face, this apparition was recognized as a boy.
One morning, Kendall and Parham
woke up to find circles drawn in blood on their window, a few days before
President Kennedy was assassinated.
b) When Kendall's younger sister
slept in his room one night, she saw the closet door open and a bright
light form was coming out of it.
Another time that she slept on a bunk
bed in Kendall's room, she awoke at 2:00 a.m. and watched a bright form,
looking like heat waves, which had opened the closet door, walk out of
the closet, straight to her bed. This apparition went through her feet,
to the other side of her bed, sending a chill up her legs. Turning around
toward her, it bent over her, as if studying her, as it stood against
the wall, where there wasn't any room for anyone living to stand. Satisfied,
this apparition went through her feet again and vanished.
c) When Ricky slept in K's room, he
awoke to see an apparition of a woman in a gown, floating near the ceiling,
like gas fumes.
When Ricky was sleeping in his own
room, he was awakened when some nosy unseen presence was freely opening
up various drawers of his bureau
When Ricky turned off his light one
night after a late-night study session, he heard the heavy foot steps
of a man walk around his room.
d) Just after midnight, Parham went
to bed and turned out the light, when one of his books fell off his desk
all by itself. Then, he heard his name being called by a child's voice,
that sounded like it was coming through a pipe.
The Living Room & Den
2 of the Gregory boys, household help,
& friends have experienced the company of ghostly household members.
a) In 1965, Grier had fallen asleep
in the Den, on a hot, summer night, to be awakened by the opening of the
door to the den, and saw a boy, around 14, who was a see-through apparition
coming through the door. It was very light, sort of smoky, illuminating
the room. As it traveled across the den, it became taller, fuzzier and
vanished near the book case.
b) Four friends of the Gregorys, who
were level-headed, professional people, spent the night in the Den. They
were awakened to find themselves in the middle of an unseen "riotous"
c) Mrs. Peters, the cook/housekeeper,
while alone in the house one day, saw a tall, balding man, wearing grey
pants and a dark grey sweater, go into the Den. Alarmed, she rushed after
him, but he had vanished.
d) Grier and 4 friends decided to
stay up one night from 11:45 pm - 5:00 am, in the living room and downstairs
area, to see if any ghosts would join them. They heard a noisy, cocktail
party, coming from the northeast corner of the Den. There was singing,
music; 1920s jazz era, talking and laughing, but saw no forms or apparitions.
While taking a break near the Kitchen,
about 6 figures became visible in the kitchen, not more than a few seconds
at a time. These apparitions were fascinated by the automatic coffee pot,
with its blinking light. Seen clearly was a man in a white robe, &
a clean-cut man in a striped shirt.
Soon after that, other "indistinct
figures" moved around the den and living room, some visible for seconds
only, while others were seen for periods of time. The entities seen were
in outline form, filled with a "smoky substance". One such smoky
figure sat in a chair, near the card table, staring at the fireplace.
Another smoky figure leaned against the card table, and studied the four
college-aged people. Yet another figure came over to the couch where Grier
was sitting and sat on the coffee table, right in front of Grier.
Grier saw a detailed apparition of
a little girl, who walked through the door of the den. Sporting a curly,
Shirley Temple hairstyle, she was wearing a full, frilly skirt or sash.
When one of the friends left the kitchen,
she was followed by a tall apparition, formally dressed in a black coat,
black pants, black tie and a glowing white shirt. He followed her all
the way to the Den. He stood right behind her, leaning on the inside of
the den door.
e) While upstairs, both family members
and household help have heard crashing sounds from downstairs, and the
sound of something heavy being dragged across the floor.
f) When Parham went downstairs to
get something to eat, around 2:00 a.m. one early morning, he heard in
either the Living room or Den, an unseen presence that was moaning loudly,
and a woman's voice, saying, "Get out, get out!" Then, a forceful,
screaming followed. Parham made a beeline up the stairs, having heard
enough. Mrs. Gregory, who has some psychic ability, sensed that something
awful happened in the downstairs area.
Kitchen Area: Observations of household
help and friends
a) While the maid, Susan, was folding
laundry on the kitchen table, she saw the apparition of the shady sergeant.
He was described as being short, (5' 7"), having a dark complexion,
and a sharp face. After the entity came out of the bathroom off the
kitchen, he stared intensely at the maid, "square in the face."
The scared maid felt her hair around her neck stand on end. The apparition
was wearing a white cap, 1930s style, with a snap in the front. He
was also wearing 1930s style black pants and a white shirt. Satisfied,
this scary apparition went about his business, walking into the dining
room, across the end of the living room, and continued up the stairs.
Both Mrs. Gregory, who was upstairs, and Susan could hear his footsteps
as he climbed up the stairs, where he faded into thin air.
b) While preparing breakfast, the
cook, Mrs. Peters, saw out of the corner of her eye, someone dressed
sharply in a dark suit, reading a morning paper. She looked again, and
no one was there. The paper had not been unwrapped yet, as no one was
up yet that morning.
c) A visiting friend, Ann, went
into the kitchen, and caught a young boy, about 14 years old, listening
in on the extension phone to Mrs. Gregory's conversation. Ann sternly
scolded the lad, lecturing him about his eavesdropping, and firmly told
him to put down the phone. The boy stared at her calmly, totally unaffected
by her tongue lashing. He put down the phone, and went out the back
door, vanishing into thin air.
Mrs. Gregory showed Ann a school picture
of the son of the lady that the Gregorys had bought the house from. The
boy just seen by Ann, was the same boy in the picture. Ann's husband confirmed
it also. The boy had been killed in a tractor accident on the property.
The psychic Mrs. Gregory felt that
once the house was torn down, that the restless ones would be forced to
go to the other side. Hopefully, she was right. However, in other stories
listed on the Haunted House Map, and stories reported by Hans Holzer and
other parapsychologists, restless ghosts/spirits have been known to sometimes
hang around and haunt the new structure, after the original building has
been torn down.