Is this old Somers Point house really haunted?
A few years after purchasing his home on Connecticut Avenue in Somers Point, Gregory Young began to wonder if someone — or something — else was living there too.
After purchasing the home in 2000, Young resided in the home with his then-wife and 10-year-old son Joseph. Young recalls that early on, his wife suspected that they weren’t alone.
She had a bad feeling, like she was being watched, and the “smell of vomit” was perpetually coming from the dining room.
One afternoon, she was thrown down the basement stairs on her way to do laundry. “My wife came upstairs and said, ‘There’s something in this house. And it doesn’t like me,’” Young recalls. Young says that, at the time, he did not believe the house was haunted, nor did he believe in ghosts.
It was shortly after the fall that Young’s wife moved out, after nearly two years of a troubled marriage, when Young began experiencing unexplained phenomena in the home first-hand.
According to Young, his kitchen was the place with the most activity. The lights would go off and the light switch would go dead, for days at a time. The clock in his kitchen also stopped, and continued to malfunction after Young replaced the batteries.
“One night, I had three candles burning, and all of a sudden all three candles went out, as if they had been blown out,” says Young, adding that there were no windows or doors open, and no fan or air conditioner had been on.
A few weeks later, Young purchased a brand new set of utensils, to seat eight. Happy with his new purchase and eager to replace his old silverware, Young washed his new set and arranged it in a kitchen drawer. The next morning, Young opened the drawer, and there sitting in the drawer was an old antique fork. Young was puzzled; the fork was quite aged, and he had never seen it before.
Young began to wonder if he was losing his sanity, but he knew what he saw. Young was scared. “My son could see the fear in my eyes,” he recalls. “I tried to brush it off so that I wouldn’t scare him.”
Around the same time, Young noticed that the vomit smell was no longer in the house, but everything else seemed to get worse. Young’s son also began taking notice of all the oddities and unexplained events in the home. Their dog would bark and stop dead in its tracks, as if someone — or something — was there. Items would move — on their own. And a sense of foreboding cold was felt in the Somers Point home.
One evening, while alone in the house, Young felt as though he were being watched. “I turned around, and that’s when I saw her,” he says. “A woman — wearing a blue dress with a white braided train and collar.” Young says the woman had no hands or feet, and he could only see a broad silhouette.
Eventually, Young called in the help of a medium, who used channeling as a means of communicating with the other side. Several sessions with her would reveal an unearthly past to the home.
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