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We have all seen the movies about demonic possessions and evil spirits trying to take over young vulnerable girls. No one dreams about that happening to them. No one wishes that onto their worst enemies. It looks horrifying. It sounds horrifying. It looks fake.

In this episode, we hear the story of a young vulnerable college student who experiences a demonic attachment.

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Transcript

Jeramiah Pearce
Hello and welcome to Minnesota Ghost Stories podcast. My name is Jeramiah Pearce and I’ll be your host. Do you like sitting around talking about ghost stories? UFOs, unexplained things with your friends. That’s what this podcast is about. real stories told by real people. I would like to welcome Shelby. 

Shelby had an experience when she was in college. Something to do with spiritual or religious cleansing. So this is going to be a good episode. A good story to listen to. Shelby, go ahead and tell your story.

Shelby
All right. So I guess I should start by saying that I’ve kind of had like, ghostly or spiritual encounters sort of for as long as I can remember. Most of the time that kind of thing never really bothered me too much. But back in college, I had an experience where I had to get cleansed because of it. 

It started when we moved into our junior year apartments, my best friend and I. It was a brand new apartment, pretty nice for college housing. It seemed super new. So I would have never imagined anything was in that apartment. But it started almost right away. It always kind of seemed to be something lurking in my corner of the apartment. Our bedrooms were on separate ends of the hallways. Mine was at the very end and there was just always like, from the get-go, this dark energy just sort of sitting in the corner of the room. So it started pretty minimally. The kind of stuff that I was used to. I would wake up in the middle of the night, kind of feel something watching me and I would look over by the door, and there would just be like a black figure standing in the corner of the door. It wouldn’t move, it wouldn’t say anything, it would just kind of stand there. So I would do my thing. I’d roll over and go back asleep. You know, pretend I was dreaming something like that. Sometimes it would be every night, but mostly it was pretty sporadic. 

It started getting worse, probably a month into the school year. So like, early September. That figure that I would see every night by the doorway started to move closer. It would be in the middle of my room and then it would be at the edge of my bed. Then one night, it got on top of my bed. I did not have pets at this point, so there was nothing else on the bed with me. My door was closed, so I knew it wasn’t my roommate or her cat or anything, but it would sit at the edge of my bed to the point where I could feel pressure on the bed. Again, I tried to wave it off like it was nothing. Then every night it would slowly move further and further up the bed. Then one night I felt it crawl on top of me. It put its weight on top of me and it pinned my arms down. I couldn’t move, and so again, I thought I was sleeping, thought I was dreaming, but I was always afraid to open my eyes. It did this for multiple nights. It would crawl up into bed with me. It would sit on top of me, pin me down. I could feel it breathing on my neck. I think it took about a week until I was able to open my eyes and look to see what it was. When I finally opened my eyes and looked at it, it was my roommate, except it wasn’t my roommate. She had grey ashy skin and this creepy smile on her face. When she looked at me, her eyes were black. Like she had no pupils, no color to her eyes and they were just like hollowed open. That’s when I kind of knew what I was dealing with was real. Progressively from there like every night it got a little bit worse. 

I sleep with my hair up in a ponytail every night and it grabbed my hair at the ponytail and pulled my neck back. I thought maybe my hair got caught in something, so I reached back to check the back of my head and my ponytail was pulled straight out. For no reason, it got pulled. 

I was laying in bed one night, trying to go to sleep and got pulled halfway out of the bed to the point where I was halfway on the floor. I had to scramble up and get back in bed. 

This thing would lay in bed with me and it would start talking to me too. Sometimes it was just my name over and over again. Then other times it would speak to me in a language that I didn’t understand whether it was like Latin or something, I don’t know. 

It got to the point where I wasn’t sleeping. I was really angry all the time. stressed out. I finally went home at the end of September.

The moment I walked in the door and my mom was like, What is wrong with you? You look like crap. I just busted down crying. I didn’t know how to explain it. I told her the whole story and she’s crying, I’m crying. She’s like Shelby, I know you don’t want you to go see a priest about this, but I think you should. 

There’s this priest in town, I guess who does spiritual cleansings of sorts. My mom took me there to see him. I didn’t even know what was going to happen when I got there. I wasn’t sure if he was just going to ask me some questions maybe do some Hail Marys, send me home or what the deal was. I kind of told him what was going on and he just looked right back at me and he said, I think I’m a little bit out of my element here. And you know, I believed him. I don’t blame him for not wanting to take this on, but I was desperate. I asked him if there was anything he could do to help? I told him I hadn’t slept in weeks. I begged him to help me. 

He did what I guess I would call like a spiritual cleansing. I guess it could be considered an exorcism. The priest and my mom got into a circle around me. He sprinkled holy water all over me and started praying. Nothing crazy happened like in the movies. But what did happen was I sat there and I was just like, convulsively shaking. I wasn’t crying, but tears were just pouring out of my eyes like to the point where it soaked my entire sweatshirt. 

After that he gave me a number of a priest out in Sauk Center, I guess who does exorcisms. So he’s like, I guess if you need this, give him a call. He told me he thought I had a demonic attachment. Something evil hadn’t fully possessed me yet. But it like fed off of my emotions to the point where it was able to control things. He told me that if I would have let things go any further that I probably would have ended up fully possessed. He gave me this bottle of holy water and sent me home with it. He told me to go bless my house and gave me a prayer to say. I did that when I got back to my apartment. 

This is when I told my roommate everything. I hadn’t told her anything up to this point, but she had thought my room was creepy for not even knowing anything that was going on. We blessed the entire house. Nothing happened when we did that. Some cabinets shock when I was sprinkling the holy water in places, but that could have been due to anything. After that everything kind of went away. Honestly though, for being not a super religious person, I did sleep with that holy water under my pillow for about two years. It’s still with me in my house today. I bless every house and move in to. I haven’t had any serious issues. Just the normal.

Jeramiah Pearce
I have a ton of questions. Or I did have until you moved on to something else. We sit around with our co-workers every night and we tell ghost stories, but I’ve never heard your story.

This happened when you first moved into your new place. This was your junior year?

Shelby
Yep. Junior year.

Jeramiah Pearce
The junior year so so it’s not like it was a stressful situation for you. But I’m sure you were under a lot of stress. Starting school again, living in a new place.

Shelby
It was right before I would have applied for the nursing program too. So I was already really stressed about that as well. I was working on all of that. So kind of big time.

Jeramiah Pearce
So you’re pretty vulnerable in that aspect.

Shelby
Yeah, I would say it was probably the most stressful part of my life, you know, moving into this new apartment. I mean, granted, I was moving in with my best friend, but I had horrible roommates the previous two years. I was kind of worried about that. Just the whole process of moving all your stuff from St. Cloud, Minnesota to Mankato and starting school, applying for the nursing program, making sure all of that is together and then studying for my HESI. So yeah, I would say I was probably in the most vulnerable position I’ve ever been in.

Jeramiah Pearce
I look at spirits and ghosts as energy. Not in the actual form of energy, but energy. When paranormal investigators use EMF detectors, I like that as a confirmation of something being there. Also, EMF detectors detect interference put off by cell phones, lights, alarm clocks, and other electrical items. Any device like that can send off electromagnetic fields. Those fields affect us as well. If something was in your room and wasn’t shielded properly and it gave off leaked electromagnetic fields, that can affect you. That can make you feel like things are around you, can make your mood more depressed. It can make that whole area a “bad area”. You could be on your couch watching TV and you could get the feeling of dread, something watching you or whatever. And it could just be an electrical device in the basement that you’re sitting on top of.

Did this stuff ever happen to you outside of your room?

Shelby
I guess not really. I get where you’re coming from there. It was mainly in my room. Just because anytime I was outside the room, I was with my roommate. I guess I should say it was just basically anytime I was alone I would get these vibes. Mainly the only time I was alone was in my room at night when I was trying to sleep. Otherwise, my roommate was always home or it was daylight. The apartment, in general, did give both of us creepy vibes but it was more of the corner like back corner towards my room.

Jeramiah Pearce
You woke up and you saw the figure above you holding you down?

Shelby
Yeah, I felt the pressure of it sitting across my waist like straddling me almost like knees on each side. Then like hands grabbing at my wrist and being able to open my eyes and finally see what was sitting above me.

Jeramiah Pearce
Could you see the indentations in the bed or just feel the pressure?

Shelby
For the most part, I just felt the pressure. I didn’t look around enough to see if there were indentations in my bed, but I could feel the weight of the bed shifting.

Jeramiah Pearce
You also had your hair pulled as well?

Shelby
Yep. That time I did feel back onto my ponytail and it was just straight up and there was nothing else. Like no wires grabbing it no fabric caught to it. No, nothing. It was just straight up in the air.

Jeramiah Pearce
You can’t say that was electro electromagnetic fields. You can’t say that because your hair is being pulled.

Shelby
I don’t know what the magnetic fields do. But I’m assuming they don’t pull your hair at the top of your head and bend your neck back.

Jeramiah Pearce
I’m sure they don’t either. 

There I go. I try to debunk you and also throw in a What the hell is happening here. I’m getting freaked out here just listening to this story. This sounds like something you see in the movies.

Shelby
That’s what it sounds like. Any sort of a Paranormal Activity movie.

Jeramiah Pearce
You went to see this priest and he sprinkled you with holy water. It was just you, him and your mom?

Shelby
Yep

Jeramiah Pearce
He gave you a number of a different priest. Did you ever have to contact this other priest?

Shelby
I did not, but I still have the number though. It’s tucked away in one of my safe drawers in case I need it. I am never getting rid of that. I never had to use it though. The holy water, the cleansing or whatever kind of seemed to work. Granted, I’ve been sensitive since I was little. So I still see stuff. I still have stuff happen now and then. But it’s never been to this extent. I’m never scared of it. It’s kind of just, you know, normal. This is the one experience that terrified me.

Jeramiah Pearce
Terrifies me Just listening to it.

Shelby
Why do you think I work the night shift? I sleep better during the day and I have to sleep with the TV on. I don’t sleep with that bottle of holy water anymore, but it’s still in my bedside drawer. It never goes far away.

Jeramiah Pearce
I wouldn’t let it go too far away, either. It’s almost like having a knife or a gun underneath your pillow.

Shelby
Exactly. But its a bottle of Holy Water.

Jeramiah Pearce
I’m not a very religious person, so all these stories are just fascinating because there’s something else there. But what is it? Why is this energy there? Why is it manifesting itself into something else? Energy never dies, energy stays, and it just keeps going. It transforms into another something. When someone dies, where does that energy go? We produce electrical currents in our bodies. Where does that energy go when we die. I’m not a religious person. So I don’t say they go to heaven, they don’t go to hell. But at the same time, I believe in the paranormal because it can’t be explained. Why isn’t the energy moving on, and how does it decide to take the forms that it takes? 

For the spirit or the entity that was latching on to you, why you? Do you ever ask that question?

Shelby
I said that a few times when I was first telling my mom about it. I’m sitting at home and I’m crying. I’m like, my life sounds like a movie. I was like, why is this happening to me? Everyone wants to watch scary movies, and they think they’re so cool, but I’m like, it’s happening to me.

My mom, she’s religious, gave her whole you’re a good person, maybe it wants to mess with you or whatever and some people are just more sensitive talk. 

I know my uncle is a little bit sensitive to stuff. So I don’t know if it’s just something we’re born with, you know, different ways of like channeling energy. I’ve always just been the one where I’ve had stories to tell since I was little. For example, a figure standing at the edge of my bed and talking to me, feeling things, seeing things, and being able to walk into places and tell if there’s something there. I just don’t know how to explain that I guess.

Jeramiah Pearce
When this was happening to you in college, did you ever try to contact this entity or say anything to this entity? Did you ever try to get it to go away or to stop?

Shelby
I was afraid to talk to it because I genuinely didn’t think it was a good spirit. I didn’t think whatever I was going to say to it was going to make it go away. I thought I was just gonna like an egg it on more. I think the only thing I said to it one night was when it was sitting on the edge of my bed, and I could see it I was like, you can bother me all you want, but don’t go anywhere near my roommate. I just didn’t want it to start doing anything to her too. Because I can handle it. I can but don’t touch her sort of thing. And it never did. It never bothered her besides the fact that she thought my room was creepy. But it never did anything to her. 

I’ve contacted other spirits that I thought were a little bit tamer. We did a recording once me and a co-worker at this place I used to work at. We were down in the basement where everyone got weird vibes. We had a little phone recorder nothing special, but we got a whistle. Someone whistling caught on our recorder but we were poking the bear a little bit. We were trying to get it to talk to us and asking it what it wanted and stuff, but no not this spirit. It was not a good vibe I didn’t want to bother it.

Jeramiah Pearce
Not one you want to mess with.

Shelby
No, it didn’t seem like a safe idea to start mocking or trying to talk to it. It seemed like something I try to, most days pretend it wasn’t there and pretend it didn’t scare me and hope it would go away.

Jeramiah Pearce
It never did though, it just got worse. 

Shelby
Yeah, it just got worse and worse even if I tried to mask how afraid I was. It got to the point where It was just completely taking my emotions and amping them up. I’m not a very angry or aggressive person and it had me becoming mean and hostile towards people argumentative. It just fed off of everything I did.

Jeramiah Pearce
That’s what it was trying to do. It was trying to separate you. It was trying to make you have no friends, to weaken you more and more so it could take you so it could possess you. You had that network around you of people that supported you, whether they knew what was going on or not they supported you, they loved you. This entity was trying to put you in a situation where you would try to drive people away. Not that you were trying to, but it was trying to get you to drive people away. Trying to get you lonely and down, even more, trying to weaken you more so it could possess you. That’s how I see that.

Shelby
I agree for sure.

Jeramiah Pearce
That that’d be the whole premise of how people get possessed, is they just get worn down from the constant attack. You were strong enough not to let it go that far. 

It opens the door for lots of questions. It’s scary because like I said, EMF fields can make you feel down and depressed and whatnot but it can’t pull your hair. It can’t hold you down. It can’t do any of that. Then you go to this priest and he feels that he’s out of his league. He knows there is something there. Then he does the cleansing and then it stops. I don’t know if it just stopped instantly like that or not, but it stops.

Shelby
The worst of it stops. Of course, nothing stopped completely because I still have stuff I see and stuff I feel. But whatever it was, I can’t sense it anymore. Whatever it was must have been like, I don’t want anything to do with this chick anymore. I’m going to move on.

Jeramiah Pearce
That is just another confirmation that something was there. Another confirmation for me that something happened to you because it stopped or at least it subdued. The cleansing worked for that aspect of it all anyway. 

That is a fascinating story, Shelby. I appreciate you sharing that with me and if you have anything else that you want to share, you know, go ahead.

Shelby
Thank you. Thank you for letting me share. I think that’s all I got. But I mean if you ever need more material, I got other stories.

Jeramiah Pearce
I Know the listeners that have contacted me, love hearing stories just like everyone else does. So if you have more, I’m willing to record you to have you on the show. Because they’re all fascinating. And if you are sensitive to that, that’s just awesome. I mean, not awesome. Oh, yeah, you’re sensitive. Yeah, that’s cool, because it’s kind of not.

Shelby
It makes for a good story. I just accept it. It’s my life and it moves on and whatever. If I can share my stories and have other people come out and be comfortable to share theirs, I’m all about it.

Jeramiah Pearce
No one can top your story, so I’m on the hunt for a story that can top it.

Shelby
I’ll be waiting to hear that one too.

Jeramiah Pearce
I’ll record my story here eventually and you’ll listen to my story and be like, he has nothing.

Shelby
Every story was scary to somebody and I don’t think there’s ever topping it. Because to you, that is terrifying, right? Regardless of what happens or it’s an interesting experience or a weird experience.

Jeramiah Pearce
It’s scary to the person that’s experiencing it, and nothing will top their story to them. I love your story. I hope other people hear your story and come forward with their stories, no matter how they feel about them. It’s nice to share them. We’re out here, we like to hear them.

Shelby
I agree. You know even after everything I’ve gone through, my hair still stands up. So yeah, I encourage all of those people to come forward and share with you because they’re pretty cool.

Jeramiah Pearce
I appreciate that and I hope you listen to the other two episodes I’ve just released if you haven’t.

Shelby
I need to go do that right now I was meaning to so now that I’m in a nice spooky mood I’ll go do it.

Jeramiah Pearce
I would like to thank today’s guests for sharing their story with us. And you the listeners, well for just listening. If you’d like to continue to support us, you can subscribe to this podcast on any of your favorite podcast apps. You can follow us on Facebook at Minnesota Ghost Stories, or on Instagram and Twitter @mnghoststories. You can also find our website at mnghoststories.com and once again, thank you for your support.

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