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What it’s REALLY like to live in a haunted house

A lawyer has told how as a teenager she was tormented by a violent poltergeist who “possessed” her and nearly drove her to suicide.

Millie, whose last name was not given, spoke to BBC Radio 4 podcast Creepy about her experience growing up in a 17th century farmhouse in the Cotswolds, which she says was haunted by the ghost of a teenage girl who hanged herself in the attic in the 18th century.

Both Millie, now in her thirties, and her mother, Mary, witnessed unexplained events, including seeing cassettes floating and discovering a heavy, gilded mirror broken on the floor after apparently flying across the room and had crashed into the wall.

Mary, whose husband Robert grew up on the property, claims to be ghost-possessed after smelling the stench of “rotten flesh” in the kitchen.

Most chillingly, Millie woke up one day to find herself standing on a stool in her bedroom with a noose around her neck, with no memory of how she got there.

Terrifying: Millie spoke to BBC Radio 4 podcast Uncanny about her experience growing up in a 17th century Cotswolds farmhouse, which she says was haunted by the ghost of a teenage girl who hanged herself in the attic in the 18th century.  stock image

Terrifying: Millie spoke to BBC Radio 4 podcast Uncanny about her experience growing up in a 17th century Cotswolds farmhouse, which she says was haunted by the ghost of a teenage girl who hanged herself in the attic in the 18th century. stock image

Presenter Danny Robins heard how Millie, who he described as “sensible”, first felt uncomfortable at home at the age of six, when she was put to sleep in her stepfather Robert’s nursery after marrying her mother.

Six years later, Millie, Mary and Robert moved into the property to care for Robert’s mother during her battle with cancer. Millie was given Robert’s old nursery, the same bedroom she had felt “very uncomfortable” in as a young girl.

“All over the house I felt like I was being watched,” she said.

“The room below my bedroom, the hallway, I would feel there was a presence in a certain corner. When my sister and I were playing outside, I had the feeling that someone was watching me from the windows in the attic.

“Occasionally my mother would ask me to go to the loft to ‘get so-and-so’ and I would cry with fear.”

She said the “overwhelming feeling” was that there was “someone else in this house.”

At age 14, Millie began to notice more “physical” evidence that the house was haunted.

“Things started moving during the night,” she continued. “I heard a rolling noise across the floorboards in my bedroom. I would turn on my light and there would be nothing in the middle of the floor. I would turn off the light and the noise would start again. Every night.’

Sometimes, to hide her fear, Millie would listen to music on her Walkman. Before going to bed, she took the headphones out of her ears and placed the device on the floor. But in the morning she would notice something strange.

“The whole earpiece was cut off at the wire,” she said. ‘The whole plastic in-ear piece would be gone. That happened five or six times.’

Both Millie, now in her thirties, and her mother, Mary, witnessed unexplained happenings in the house, including seeing cassette tapes floating and discovering a heavy, gilded mirror broken on the floor after apparently crossing the room. flew and crashed into the wall.  wall.  stock image

Both Millie, now in her thirties, and her mother, Mary, witnessed unexplained happenings in the house, including seeing cassette tapes floating and discovering a heavy, gilded mirror broken on the floor after apparently crossing the room. flew and crashed into the wall.  wall.  stock image

Both Millie, now in her thirties, and her mother, Mary, witnessed unexplained happenings in the house, including seeing cassette tapes floating and discovering a heavy, gilded mirror broken on the floor after apparently crossing the room. flew and crashed into the wall. wall. stock image

One of the most notable encounters with the apparent spirit occurred in 2000, when Millie was studying for her math GCSE.

She heard a thump and turned to find the files that had been stacked in the room on her bookshelf.

“A few minutes later I started hearing plastic taps,” she continued. “I look at my stereo and a stack of cassette tapes on one of the speakers moves off the speaker one at a time, onto the floor, and piles up again.

“The stereo wasn’t on, no sound came out, but they moved in a straight line, horizontally, then straight down vertically… Like someone had picked one up and slowly set it down. They are moved from the speaker. I just ran.’

The stereo wasn’t on, no sound was coming out, but they were moving in a straight line, horizontally, then straight down vertically… As if someone had picked one up and was slowly setting it down

Millie visited her mother in the kitchen, where Mary agreed that she thought there was “a poltergeist.”

“From the moment I came to live here, I felt terribly uncomfortable,” Mary said. “I couldn’t put my finger on it, so we just tried to live with it…

“It belonged to my in-laws. I always felt like I was being watched. My in-laws admitted they called it a poltergeist, and said it was always a joke.”

Mary and Millie believe the poltergeist could hear and understand what they were saying. As they were discussing the ghost in the kitchen, they heard a “thud” on the other side of the house.

They ran into the hall, the room below Millie’s where she “didn’t like being in the dark” and found “a very large mirror with gilt frame resting on the floor against the wall, standing up behind a ten-foot stereo cabinet and over the top and slammed into the far wall’.

Mary added, “The mirror was so heavy I couldn’t lift it. So an unnatural force had come in and lifted this whole thing up and threw it across the room. My builder said at the time, “That will teach you to be rude about being in the house because she heard you.”

On another occasion, Mary believes she was “possessed” by the ghost. It started when she smelled something “invasive and nasty” in the kitchen, like “rotten flesh meets sewage,” but couldn’t find the source.

Presenter Danny Robins, pictured, heard how Millie, who he described as “sensible,” first felt uncomfortable in the house when she was six years old, when she was put down for a nap in her stepfather Robert’s bedroom after his death. marriage to her mother

‘I stood by the sink and’ I just felt something was getting too close to me. I backed into the corner.

‘Robert’ [my husband] come out and he said, “Are you all right?” And I shook my head and I couldn’t speak. It sounds very dramatic, but I felt that if I spoke, my voice wouldn’t come out.

‘This sounds very far-fetched’ [but] it was like it was standing behind me and it was walking forward and it came into my body. I just felt attacked by this wretched thing… Something menacing, something not pleasant at all.’

Millie kept hearing inexplicable noises—squeaks on the stairs and footsteps on wood outside her door, even though the landing was carpeted. “I can’t quite put into words how scary it is to know there’s something in your house that you can’t see,” she said. “We’d be afraid to go home.”

I can’t quite put into words how scary it is to know there’s something in your house that you can’t see,” she said. ‘We would be afraid to go home’

As a teenager, Millie suffered, she had low self-esteem and low self-confidence. She fell into a ‘major depression’.

It came to a head one night while she was watching TV in her room.

‘I felt vvery, very sad,’ she recalled. “Then I blacked out and came to, trying to hang myself from the beam in my bedroom.

“There was a beam right through the center of the bedroom. I was standing on this stool and there was a rope. I didn’t know how I got there, but I was almost ready to get off and hang myself. It was pretty scary. I just went, “Why am I here?” And got off.’

She added: “I felt like I was placed there. As if someone else had taken over my actions.’

The family later learned, through the work of local historians, that a young girl had hanged herself in the attic, the room that had made Millie so uncomfortable as a child.

“I think it was the ghost that showed me what she’d been through and why she was there,” Millie theorized. “I was at the right age to take it out of my energy. Having a young girl as a ghost felt like a proper explanation. We think it was done in the attic.’

The family eventually moved. Robert, who had never had “extraordinary experiences” at the property, said it had been “heartbreaking” to leave his childhood home.

The program heard from skeptical psychologist Chris French, who speculated whether the incident with the noose in Millie’s bedroom, and experiences such as the cassettes and the files, were due to “dissociative behavior.”

“If the report is correct, it does indicate that Millie could sometimes do things without realizing she was doing it. If Millie does indeed have this potential for whatever reason, slipping into this dissociative state where she performs actions that she then has no memory of, is it possible that some of the other seemingly inexplicable events were responsible for those events themselves? and have no memory of it now.

“The other possibility is, did this really happen. Or maybe, even though she sincerely believes it happened, it might be a false memory. Millie’s description has something dreamy to me. Maybe it was something she really dreamed about and now remembers it as if it actually happened. Whatever the explanation, it is understandably very scary and very, very unpleasant.

Writer and psychic psychologist Evelyn Hollow pointed out that while periods of dissociative behavior could explain some elements of Millie’s story, it couldn’t explain everything.

“It doesn’t explain that she’s not the only one experiencing it. And before that, these things happened before Millie even lived there, because the grandparents have already been through it. That suggests to me that there is an external force.’

Concluding the episode, Danny asked, “Is it the story of two teenage girls, separated through ages, one reaching for the other? Or is it the story of a family feeding each other’s fears and accidentally inventing a ghost.’

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