THE LAKE COTTAGE GHOST
Submitted by Lydia.
My daughter used to have a house cleaning business on a resort lake. One of the properties had two cottages on it, a newer and an older with a walkway between them. She cleaned the newer cottage as it was always being rented out. The older cottage had mostly been used for storage and the owner wanted my daughter to clean it whenever she could work it into her schedule as they were hoping to get it modernized so they could rent it out too.
When cleaning the newer cottage, my daughter said she always had an eerie feeling that she was not alone. She’d heard little noises, but couldn’t really find a source for them. She decided to ask her friend to come along with her the next time she had to clean the house.
As my daughter got started cleaning in one room, her friend went to a different one. After being there for a bit, my daughter heard some noises which she thought was her friend, but she soon discovered that the noises sounded like the voice of a child.
The girls tried to blow it off, but the noises became so loud that they thought someone was in the cottage with them. My daughter called her grandfather to come quickly to the cottage, the girls locked themselves in a room, terrified of who may be in the other rooms.
Upon arriving, her grandparents went throughout the cottage finding no one. They hung around for my daughter to finish her work and set out to convince her that there was really nothing to be worried about.
The following week, she had to clean the same cottage, and again, she took her friend with her. As they were cleaning they started hearing loud noises in the back room. Immediately, they ran outside and she called her grandfather. Again, her grandparents arrived and told the girls that they had just gotten spooked and that they would wait there with them until they could finish their work.
The Sheriff Was Called
Slightly convinced, the girls and my parents headed back inside the cottage and then my parents heard the loud noises reported by the girls. The noise was so loud, it sounded like furniture was moving around, perhaps even being thrown. They called the sheriff’s department and waited outside, watching the doors to the cottage to make certain the person or persons making the noises could not escape undetected.
Within minutes the deputies arrived and as they approached the cottage they also heard the noises. With guns drawn, they announced themselves and called out to whoever was inside. When no one responded, the deputies went inside to look for the intruders but found no one. Some furniture had been moved and some chairs were overturned in the rooms the noises came from.
The deputies were concerned as they said they’d been called to this cottage several times by renters who claimed to hear intruders as well. After getting the “all clear” from the deputies, my daughter and her friend, with my parents in tow, went back inside and the girls quickly finished their work. They were happy to leave the premises.
Curiosity Got the Best of Me
The following week my sister and I were visiting my parents and were intrigued by the story. We talked my daughter into taking us to the cottage while she cleaned. I took my camera with me, prepared to take pictures of any ghosts we encountered.
After walking through the newer cottage where we saw nothing, we walked out to the older cottage. My daughter inserted her key, but the door seemed jammed and we couldn’t get in. My sister and dad both tried aggressively to get into the door to no avail, so we went around to the other side of the cottage to enter by a different door.
Once inside, we noticed that the door that had been jammed just minutes earlier, was now ajar. No one was able to get that door open and I am certain no one from the outside opened the door because I was at the back of the group taking pictures.
Frozen in Time
That older cottage seemed as if it had been abandoned in a hurry and had not been cleaned or updated since the 1970s. There was a box of macaroni and cheese that had an expiration date of 1978 sitting on the kitchen counter. On the stove was a small saucepan and spices that had expired over 40 years ago.
There were family pictures and wall decorations. It was completely furnished with furniture you would expect to find in a house of the 1970s. An unusual number of crucifixes were in every room and the garden outside had religious statues of Mary and cherubs.
Photos Revealed Strange Things
Later that night we viewed the photos I had taken and noticed a few strange things. One of the photos taken from outside revealed an image of a child peeking out of a window. There was a bed inside the cottage by the window. It looked as if the child was standing on the bed. Another photo was of a framed picture of a young girl with a man in a suit standing next to her. However, there was no man in the actual framed picture hanging on the wall!
Owner Aware of Strange Things
My daughter called the owner and said that there was just too much weirdness going on at the property and she would no longer be able to clean. The owner laughed and acknowledged being aware of strange things happening there, ending the call with no explanation.
Neighbor Knew of the Cottage
My daughter mentioned all of the eerie strangeness to a neighbor. After hearing the story, the neighbor said she knew about the cottage. She told my daughter that years ago she had a co-worker whose family lived in the cottage during the summers in the 1970s.
The co-worker related that her parents were prone to having wild parties and that one night after all day boozing and playing on the lake, the parents decided to play Russian roulette with some friends. The revolver was loaded in the style of that deadly game and the drunk adults began to play.
At some point, a bathroom break or perhaps to refill drinks, the gun was placed on a table and the co-worker’s younger brother picked it up. He did what he had seen the adults do and pulled the trigger. The child died instantly!
The Rest of the Story
The news of this incident was not heard of by any of the local law enforcement or anyone in that town. The death of the child went undetected for many years. The family was from a different town and the child was not yet in school. He was buried in a cemetery in a town several hours from the cottage and their hometown. I found his gravestone which listed the correct birthday, but his death date showed that the boy was an adult when he died. Further research revealed that the boy’s father was later charged with negligent homicide of the child and went to prison.
Hmm…What do you think?
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