Lately my genre of reading has been leaning towards the supernatural. This is not actually new for me, as I love horror–books, movies, and stories. I especially like psychological horror–anything that deals with the mind or psyche is a winner in my book. Especially if it is based on reality or is made well enough that you believe something like that could really happen. I always have. I have always been fascinated with the macabre. Once upon a time in my 20’s, I got completely addicted to serial killers. I read about them, I researched them, I watched any and every movie about them that I could get my hands on….. for about 18 months, I was absorbed and fascinated–wanting to get into their minds to understand why they think how they think and do what they do. The fact that a lot of serial murderers have been abused and/or neglected themselves fascinates me. Still does. In fact, I would love to know why some people split off onto that type of path, while others don’t. Especially when they have experienced that same type of childhood. But I am getting off course here.
I have been reading ghost stories lately. Some based on reality, some made up, some just rather silly. Regardless, they all put me in a heightened state of mind for whatever reason. Which is weird, because they don’t scare me as much as enthrall me. I am not honestly all that sure that I believe in ghosts and the supernatural, but I’m also not sure that I don’t. I like to think my mind is open enough that if I experience it some day, then I will be a complete believer.
Which leads me to the reason I am writing this.
When I started my job, at a radiology company, one of the first things I was told was that the building we are housed in is haunted. The building itself is massive. It has the exposed pipe ceilings, so at night, in the dark it kind of gives off a creepy feeling. It does not bother me at all. I tend to wander around here in the complete darkness without a problem. So because of my fascination for the supernatural, I had to find out why they thought that. One of my co-workers told me that he has seen two different things; a shadow of a man on the wall in the main hall from our area, and another shadow of a different man in another area of the building. He said they were different shadows because one had a hat on, the other did not. He also said the first one, by our main hall, moved along the wall as he walked, then moved up the wall and disappeared. He said he was completely freaked out both times. Now this man is in his 40’s, and he was dead serious when he told me this story. I can’t decide if I am inclined to believe him just yet.
Another co-worker has had more experiences than the others. He claims to have seen a female child wandering around the darkened hallways of the building. He states he never felt threatened by her, she would just stop and watch him until he said something to her–usually hello. He also stated that he used to leave a piece of candy in one of the MRI rooms every night when he got to work, and when he would go check every morning, the candy would be gone. Mind you, from 11pm-6am, there is only two people in this building–the radiologist who is reading exams, and the assistant. This guy was the assistant before I started. He said he always assumed that the little girl would take the candy. Another thing he says used to happen is that around midnight, the two clocks in the main tech areas–which are down the hall from our area–would start going crazy. The hands on them would spin so fast that the whole clock face was a black blur. He said this happened two or three times a week. They would spin like this starting at midnight and stopping at ten minutes to six am. He said both clocks did this in sync with each other. He and the radiologist that worked with him, would each watch a clock to see if they stopped at the same time–which they always did. Always on the correct time of the morning. It wasn’t just a random stop. It always was ten til six am, he says.
Another interesting fact about those clocks is that they are across the building from each other, so the walls are not connected. My first thought was that there was something magnetic in them that had them both doing that. However, each tech area is about 150 ft apart and both clocks are on the outside wall–the one not connected to any of the rooms in between. Freaky, yes?!
I have been working here for 8 months now, and have seen nothing and have heard nothing. Sometimes I wonder if it is because I kind of want to, though I know if I do, I will be tripping every time I have to leave the office to do something in the building….lol. So by now, you are probably wondering why I am even talking about this. Well, here is why.
Last night, I was working away, when I noticed a movement out of the corner of my eye. So I looked up at the camera monitor, since that is the only thing moving in that direction, and watched as the monitor scrolled through all the cameras in the building. On one of them, the one in the front lobby that faces out towards the parking lot, I noticed something odd. Just a little backstory on that camera. It sits inside the lobby, but faces the parking lot. During the day you can see almost the entire parking lot, but at night, with the darkness outside and the night lights inside the lobby, it just reflects back onto the window, which acts as a blurry mirror–so I can see the backside of the lobby that the windows reflect at night, whereas I cannot see that during the day. Hopefully that makes sense.
Anyhoo, the night lights in the lobby illuminate the front lobby, though not in full light. So as I am looking in the monitor while the cameras are scrolling, and it finally comes to this camera that I speak of. The first thing I notice is that something is blinking. Unfortunately the shot only stays for 3 seconds then moves to the next one. So not really sure of what I am seeing, I pull up the camera viewer on the computer. Now I can pick which camera view I want to see. So I pull up the camera in the lobby, and watch it for about three minutes. During this time, I see the light flicker–sometimes fast, other times slow, sometimes it stays off for a few seconds, other times it just blinked. WTF???? So being the brave girl I think I am, I grab the phone, tell my radiologist I am going to check something out and if I am not back in five minutes, go find me out front.
I went to the lobby, and stood in the entrance, not quite in there, but enough that I could see where those lights are. I stood there for about four minutes……..the light blinked three times while I was there. Just one light. It went off, stayed dark for about 4 seconds, then came back on for about a minute. Then it blinked twice in a row, then stayed on the rest of the time. Of course, I am looking around for any other weird things happening, but saw nothing. So I came back to the office and told my radiologist what was going on. We both stared at the camera for about five minutes or more but nothing happened. Then, just as he was turning back to his desk, the light blinked again. I yelled at him, he turned and just caught the end of it. So he kind of knows I am not tripping…haha. Anyway, then I decided maybe it was the camera, so I pulled up multiple views of the other cameras in the lobby and the front entrance, to see if the light blinked again and if so, could I see it on another camera. UNFORTUNATELY, the light stayed on the rest of the night. All this happened about 2am. I get off at 7am, so I was obsessively watching all the cameras for the blinking light. I got nothing.
When my co-worker came into work, I told him about it, wondering if maybe there was a short in that light. He told me that was impossible because of the kind of lights they were, and that if there was a short in one, there would be a short in all of them because they are all connected by one wire. There are 8 of them, in pairs across the entire lobby. I will post a pic below.
So yeah…..that happened. And tonight? Nothing!!! Though I am kind of relieved because honestly, I would be totally freaked out….for a few different reasons. One, my brain is completely involved in ghost stories that I have been reading, and two, I have to work here–I don’t know if I am mentally capable of sharing my work-space with continuous freak outs about poltergeists in my building…haha! Either way, I will keep you posted if anything else comes up.
It was the light on the right…..