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Episode Recap: The Cabin/Ghost in the Darkness


"The Cabin"

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Subject Names: Diane Williams, Keith Williams
Subject Location: London, Ohio
Paranormal Experience: Could an old man named George have been a werewolf? 

Diane found this lovely little house in the woods, and her family moved in. One night, Diane started hearing little scampering noises outside the house. When she didn't see anything through the window, she dismissed it as just a stray dog or a deer from the woods. Still, something didn't feel right to her. When she looked again, she saw eyes. The eyes were at human eye-level, and they kept following her from one room to the next. When Keith returned home from night school, he took a flashlight out and went investigating. He didn't find anything.

A week or two later, as Diane was doing dishes, she saw the eyes again.  This time, they were dangerously close to the window. She backed slowly into another room, and the eyes followed her once again. Diane began turning off the lights in the house, thinking while it might not be able to see her, perhaps she'd be able to see them. When she returned to a window, she saw the form of a person standing there. Diane called the police. As Diane sat in the dark waiting, she could hear the person move from the front of the house to the back. The police searched, but they couldn't find anything.

Four months later, shortly after the first snow, Keith woke early and decided to go get doughnuts for everyone. He started the car and rubbed his eyes. When he looked in the rearview mirror, the eyes were there.  Grabbing the flashlight, Keith jumped out of the car and began searching. He froze at the sight of tracks in the snow over the roof. Something was there. Keith called his friend Dennis, asking him to come over and bring his gun. Weapons in tow, Keith and Dennis began following the creature's tracks in the snow.  his creature was huge, and had a powerful jump.  It definitely wasn't human. They tracked the creature for miles, well after the sun came up. They reached a clearing, and in that clearing was a small cabin.  The tracks led right to the back door. Dennis began banging on the walls, yelling for the creature to come out. Realizing how their situation appeared—two guys standing outside a cabin with guns yelling for something to come out—Keith talked Dennis into backing off. Keith called his dad asking him to pick them up. When they explained to Keith's dad what they were doing out there, Keith's dad thought he knew who lived in that cabin: an old man who worked at the tire store.

Dennis showed up the next week with an old tire to be fixed. They would at least get a look at the old man. When the manager of the tire store called the man 'George', they had the man's name.  George came out of the shadows to get the tire, and when he locked eyes with Keith and Dennis, they knew it was him. George's eyes were an intense gold. The tire rolled back into the light when George was done with it. The manager put the tire into the back of the truck. When Keith and Dennis looked, there were markings in chalk around part of the tire like they'd never seen before.

Keith hesitated to tell Diane about what was happening. He suggested she ask her sister over whenever he wasn't there.

Three months later, Dennis called Keith and said they were going for a ride. They drove out near George's cabin. Dennis informed him that George had died. They found a deputy sheriff that they knew, who took them to the cabin. "You guys have got to see this." Inside the cabin, they smelled wet dogs. There were no personal items, no food, nothing. Then, the deputy showed them the other room. Behind a door, they found a room with the walls covered in plate steel, held together by riveted metal. Inside were heavy restraint chains, attached to the steel walls. The walls were covered in scratches. Everyone was thinking werewolf, but nobody wanted to say it. That was impossible.

After George's death, there were no more sightings at Keith and Diane's home. George was buried in an unmarked grave, and his cabin was demolished.

"The Ghost in the Garden"

Subject Names: Ray Boykin, David Boykin
Subject Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Paranormal Experience: A mysterious little red-haired girl 

Ray Boykin's family had lived in the Raleigh area for at least 200 years. His son, David, was moving back to Raleigh with his wife Kim, and adopted son.  
In the back of the Boykin family residence sat a house that Ray's sister had lived in until about three years previous.  Ray had decided to do some tidying up in the house one day.  He said the house had a completely different atmosphere when he entered. He moved his sister's old cane into a corner so he could clean. The cane suddenly hit the floor.  He moved it to another corner, but it flew across the room as though it had been thrown.  

David was out in the yard mowing the lawn when something caused the mower to lock up. When he checked, there was a small magnet in the grass. He had no idea how it had gotten there. He went to get his father. As they watched, objects appeared in the yard from David's workbench in his house. Ray thought it was a prank. One Saturday, while David, his wife, and their son were outside, the stereo in the house came on by itself. David checked the back doors to make sure they were still locked, then went into the house. There was no one there. He turned off the stereo. Within seconds, the television came on by itself.

Late one afternoon, David heard a storm approaching. He looked out the window to check the situation. In the distance, a little girl was staring at him. David chased her, worried that she might hit the electric fence that surrounded the old farmhouse. The little girl, however, disappeared. David asked Kim if she'd seen a little red-haired girl in the backyard. Kim hadn't Neither had Ray.

David's son had a figure of Woody from TOY STORY. It was his favorite. One night, after he put his son to bed, David had to go back to the old farmhouse. His jaw dropped when he saw his son's Woody doll on the end table in the house. His son had never been back there.  

Later that night, David thought he heard someone in the house. He grabbed his video camera and began walking through the house. When he reached the main stairway upstairs, the little girl sat a little more than halfway up, just staring at him. David ran up the stairs. She disappeared.

David began sitting with his son each night to protect him. He went to the Internet, and found a smudging ceremony. He tried the sage ritual, and recited Psalm 23 at each door and window.  

After that, things quieted down. Until one night, when David was resting, he saw her standing on his back deck. He didn't think she was malicious, just being playful. David and Ray tried to research who the spirit might have been. David decided to try to find someone in the family history who had red hair. In the old farmhouse was a picture of the only redhead they could find, an aunt named Petronia.

Petronia had had a difficult life, and the Boykins believe that she has re-manifested as a child, because it was the best time of her life.