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« on: June 26, 2008, 01:45:15 am »

This is a very true story which I heard directly from my beloved father.  My father often used to tell us about this incident in a very amusing manner when we were grown-up.  However, he said that at the time he went through it, it felt really weird.

It happened many years ago when my Dad was a very young man, a couple of years before he was married to my Mom.  My father was in the government service in our country of origin.  About 4 or 5 years after he joined service .. he was around 27 or 28 years of age .. he was posted in charge of a small town as a sub-divisional officer.  Though he was single at the time, he was given a beautiful old official bungalow to reside in and the office was attached to the bungalow.  It was one of those British style double-storey homes, tastefully furnished with several huge bedrooms, two living rooms, two dining rooms, a large office-room, a very spacious verandah, a huge kitchen and garden, and of course a large set of servants who had their quarters within the premises of the compound a little distance away from the main house.   

Like many old homes, this one too had a bit of a history. It was more than a hundred years old.  During the old British days in the early 1900s, a young British officer used to live there with his wife and little daughter.  On a particular summer, he and his family were preparing to visit England for a month-long vacation.  They were due to leave the following week.  He was wrapping up his work in the afternoon at his office-room, about to leave for lunch when his secretary informed him that a local lady who was probably a social worker, wanted to see him for a minute to sign a petition for constructing a swimming pool in that small town. The British officer told his secretary to send her in.  It was discovered later, this woman was no social worker but a member of some anti-government movement that was against the British rule.  She entered the office led by the secretary with a document, and while the officer began signing on it, she took out a small revolver from underneath her clothing and shot him dead from close range.  He died almost instantly.   

There was complete confusion and commotion in the bungalow.  The young officer's wife and daughter were shattered with grief.  Within a fortnight they packed up and left for England permanently.  The assailant was of course arrested and taken away.  She was eventually either given the death sentence or life imprisonment.

Soon after the officer's assasination and after his family left for home, his successors who came to live in that house complained of an errie feeling of his presence.  A couple of years later they began hearing sounds of heavy footsteps on the wooden staircase that led to the upper floor.

My father came to this house many years later.  He only knew that someone was a victim of a political murder in this bungalow long ago.  But he knew nothing about the paranormal history.  My Dad learnt about this on the day he moved in when he met his predecessor briefly, who mentioned to my Dad that "this is a very nice and comfortable house" but  sometimes "Mr. Stevens' ghost visits the place and his footsteps can be heard."  At that time my Dad didn't take it seriously.  For a week he heard nothing.  But about ten or twelve days later, sure enough, after midnight he was woken up by quite a loud and steady sound of footsteps coming down and going up the wooden staircase.  It went on for more than ten or fifteen minutes.  My Dad called out asking "anyone there" but no reply.  Dad said he really froze.  It was truly weird and spooky.   

When my father mentioned this to some members of the staff, they didn't seem surprised at all.  They said that it's a well accepted story that the young gentleman's spirit visits this bungalow and that a few members of the staff had also seen his apparition within the premises of the house, inside and outside.

The footsteps wouldn't be heard every night, but perhaps a couple of evenings a week.  My Dad said he just couldn't take it for long.  He lived in that house for just two months and then moved into another official bungalow some distance away.  This was a much smaller residence, and though not as plush as the previous one, my Dad felt a lot better here.
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008, 08:09:39 pm »

This is an interesting one.  really wacko!  I can think of three non-paranormal possibilities that could have been the cause of this. 

1) I was told that in these old Victorian style homes around the world, that are large and spacious with wooden floors and staircases, the wood expands and contracts with the change of atmospheric temperature, often making loud crackling sounds.

2) Most such old homes have a lot of mice activities.  Rats and mice often come out at night from underneath the wooden crevices and run along the wooden staircase and floor.  The rats romping about on wooden surfaces is often noisy and can sound eerie (like footsteps) in the silence of the night. 

3) Could it have been one of the staff or servants who were hired to take care of the official residence would come to check the house as part of their night duty to make sure everything is safe and okay. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2008, 02:47:09 am »

No brother, it was surely neither of these 3 possibilities.  When wood expands and contracts because of changing atmospheric temperature, it happens periodically not constantly.  As for rats moving on wooden surface can be somewhat noisy at night, but again, that kind of noise is heard at random.  It isn't as systematic as the sound of steady footsteps.  What my father heard was like someone cautiously going up and down the staircase.   Besides, it was a very well maintained place.  There were no rats and mice around.  As for the staff / servants, there were several of them but none of them entered the house at night.  Their quarters were outside the main house.  After dinner my Dad locked the main doors and had the house entirely to himself till early next morning when he would wake up for Fajr, and well after Fajr open one of the doors on the kitchen side to let the servants in to bring breakfast. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008, 12:53:54 am »

Very interesting one sis!  Though br. persian is right, sometimes the noises made by rats on wooden floors can sound like people moving around .... sister zeynab has a point too that rats won't run around as steadily as the sound of human footsteps. 
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