On the holiday dedicated to ghosts, goblins and fabricated haunted houses, the Myers share a story about eight years of mysterious encounters and unexplainable happenings that forever altered their belief in the paranormal.
Weeks Street resident Jennifer Myers said she, her husband and her two children moved into the “haunted” house in 2000. Within their first week of living there, her daughter, who was 5 years old then, said she saw a woman standing over her bed.
Myers didn’t believe her daughter, but said she immediately noticed shower curtains sliding on their own, household items disappearing, lights flickering, gusts of cold air and “weird” smells. Her husband, Clint, said their dog often “went crazy” for no reason, attacking the air and jumping around with his ears pointed in the air.
“One day my daughter came to me during supper and said she just saw her sister walk through a lady,” Myers said. “But I thought she made it up.”
As time progressed, both parents started hearing male and female voices throughout the house, saying things like, “Hey,” and “What are you doing?” They knew then that something was odd in their home, but often joked about it because they didn’t believe in ghosts.
“I always said it (the spirit) can do whatever it wants, but the day I see it we’re leaving,” Clint said.
For Clint, that day came about six months ago.
Clint was lying in bed one night watching television, and said he heard a woman’s voice say, “Hey.” Thinking it was his wife, he looked up and said he saw an elderly woman standing in the middle of his bed. It was as if she was standing on the floor, he said, because he couldn’t see her legs.
“The best way I could describe it was a dead body with eyes open,” he said. “And she was p’d off … just looking at me.”
That was the last night the Myers lived at that home, and also prompted them to call Louisiana Spirits, a group of paranormal explorers who investigate possible “spirit” sightings.
“In 14 years we’ve been married, I’ve never seen him shed a tear,” said Jennifer, recalling the night Clint saw the woman. “He came out of the room crying and screaming.”
Jennifer Broussard, regional director of Louisiana Spirits, said a crew arrived for the preliminary investigation while the Myers family were still moving out, and did the full investigation after the house was empty.
“We don’t go off of feelings, you know, we’re more scientific,” Broussard said. “But when we were there the first time, there was a totally different feel from the second time, when they had moved out.”
When the four investigators first arrived, Broussard said they recorded two audible sounds, called electric voice phenomena. EVPs are said to be “disembodied voices from spirits, residual or intelligent … one of the only paranormal events that have been verified by scientists.”
Both recordings are available on the group’s Web site, www.laspirits.com.
The second time they visited, Broussard said they got a few sound bits, but they were not nearly as clear as when the Myers were still living in the house.
“When they moved out, I think her (the spirit) mission was complete,” Broussard said.
Though Clint said he was told that no one has ever died in the home, the woman who owned it before them lived there for many years. Jennifer, who grew up on Weeks Street near the home, said the woman was “mean and picky.”
Another group of investigators, Spirit Hunters PI, also visited the Myers’ home to investigate. Though they didn’t record any EVPs, the investigation summary on the Web site stated that doors slammed behind them, and also observed strange shadows and other abnormalities.
Broussard said her job is to "debunk" and give explanations for things that are believed to be spirits. Though Broussard's job is not to say whether the house is haunted or not, she did say the things they found were inexplicable. She said she is looking forward to a follow-up investigation when another family moves into the house.
That could take time though, because the Myers now live next door to the house, and tell their stories to interested buyers who view the home, now owned by a bank.
“I wouldn’t want any family to go through what we went through,” Clint said. “I was always interested in knowing if it was possible, but I wasn’t a believer. Now, I’m a believer.”