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10/29/2017 12:01:00 AM
A Surprise After Moving Into Their House

Paulette Ballard
Guest Columnist

When I ask people what is a moment in your life you will never forget, I never know what type of answer I will get. Some answers are funny, some are sad, some are professional, and some are paranormal. As you read the following story, ask yourself if you believe it.

Not long ago I was in a jewelry store and as I chatted with one of the employees I had known for a long time, she asked if I was still writing columns. I told her yes and the employee standing beside her asked me what I write about. She then told me her family had moved into a haunted house at one time.


Suzanne Jankowski told me she, her husband and daughter, Amanda, moved into the house at 2211 Reepsville Road in 1982. They lived there for fifteen years and had some eerie happenings occasionally. On one occasion when her daughter went upstairs to her room, she saw the image of a woman in the doorway. Being frightened, Amanda went back downstairs and told her mother what she had seen. On another occasion Suzanne and her daughter saw what they considered a mist of a ghost. From time-to-time they could also hear footsteps upstairs as though someone was walking.

History indicated that Thelma Louise Schronce (Mrs. Charles K. Bryant), 29 years old, was murdered in this house. The speculation was that her husband had killed her in one of the bedrooms upstairs and hid the bloody clothing. Sometime later whoever was living in the house found an access behind the bookcase. As they pushed the bookcase out they found bloody clothing hidden in the area behind the bookcase.

The neighbors had also mentioned that the house was haunted. Suzanne’s daughter, Amanda, researched the history of the house to see what she could find. She found a photo of Thelma Louise but doesn’t know where the photo is now.

About eight years ago the house burned to the ground. Neighbors stated that as the house burned they could see the image of a woman in the upstairs window.

Some people believe in ghosts or spirits and some people don’t.  Having had an experience of my own, I have to say I do believe there are things we can’t explain.

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