DATELINE: Ghostly Trifecta?
Leo G. Carroll as Topper with Ghosts
Who said dead people don’t have fun?
If I have learned anything by my experiences at Mill Circle, I now know that my haunting spirits have a strange sense of timing and a stranger sense of humor.
One morning at 5:30 a.m., I had a trifecta of paranormal incidents. It seems they were going to drag me into the library at dawn, no matter how much I resisted.
I had on the previous afternoon replaced the batteries in the smoke detector on the ceiling in the library. One might think nothing more of that for months—however, that was not the case.
At 3am the security camera came on, alerting me on the phone. I looked in a semi-groggy state to see nothing much in the grainy black and white video, but I did hear the smoke alarm beeping. Yes, the battery was drained within 12 hours.
It continued to beep every thirty seconds or so, but I could not hear it on my other side of the house.
But, at 5:30 a.m., I decided it was light enough in there for me to venture—and take down the smoke detector and its irritating beeper.
When I reached up to remove the ceiling unit, the Titanic shelf next to me had a reaction. Two items came flying off: first fell a four DVD documentary series about Titanic, and then came the postcard in 3D of the Munch painting, “The Silent Scream”.
My blow-up Scream doll is across the room, hanging from another model ship where a spirit set it—and I had placed a postcard of the image of the Screamer on the deck of the 3-D puzzle model of the benighted ship.
Eventually, I expected the little postcard would come down, jumping off the ship like its counterpart doll.
As I reached up to remove the smoke detector, the postcard had its moment in conjunction with the DVD. Both jumped off the bookcase.
I bent down to pick them up and replace them on their perches. As I did so, from high up came a shooting orb, past my backside and under the table with the chessboard.
I did not see it until later when I viewed the security camera footage.
Yes, it was the trifecta all right: batteries drained, objects falling off the shelf, and then an orb shooting past.
If you want a sense of humor from my ghostly residents, this example likely comes closest. It certainly made me feel like Cosmo Topper and his household of ghosts, George and Marian Kirby.
Indeed, the complete DVD set of Topper TV series was on the bookcase where the orb flew by. Yes, it’s all caught on tape.
Don’t ever let it be said that ghosts don’t want to have fun.