CHARLOTTE'S CHILDHOOD HOME
THIS SECTION IS ABOUT THE CHILDHOOD HOME OF GHOSM MEMBER CHARLOTTE ORAM. CHARLOTTE'S PARENTS BUILT THE HOME ABOUT TWENTY YEARS AGO AND THEY STILL RESIDE THERE. BELOW IS A STORY CHARLOTTE HAS WRITTEN TO EXPLAIN THE HISTORY BEHIND THE PARANORMAL ACTIVITY SHE AND HER FAMILY HAVE EXPERIENCED IN THE HOME. THIS IS A TRUE STORY ABOUT HER GREAT-GRANDPARENTS ON HER MOTHER'S SIDE.
ALTHOUGH WE DID NOT TAKE MANY GOOD PICTURES DURING OUR INVESTIGATION, WE WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE MANY SPIRIT VOICES (EVPS) ON TAPE.
I HOPE THIS MUSIC IS NOT TOO SAD,
BUT I CHOSE IT ESPECIALLY FOR CATHERINE.
Morton and Catherine
Catherine and Morton were very much in love. However, Catherine was from a Catholic family and Morton was Presbyterian. And, back in those days, you did not marry out of your religion. Even so, Catherine and Morton loved each other deeply and decided to go against Catherine's family wishes and get married.
As time passed, Catherine's family told her she had committed a sin and God was going to punish her and that bad things would happen. Well, as we all know diphtheria was very prevalent during that time and Catherine's son contracted the disease and died. Catherine's family took it upon themselves to continue to torment Catherine. They told her that her sons death was one of God's punishments to her for marrying a Presbyterian and that there would be more punishments to come. Therefore, Catherine blamed herself for her baby's death and other misfortunes that happened. She went into what we would today call a state of manic depression.
For many years she struggled with the love for her husband and the love for her other children. She had four other children, including my grandmother. She would leave her family and then come back and stay for a few months, and then, unable to cope, she would leave again and repeat this cycle over and over. Morton never really knew if Catherine would be home when he came back from the fields each day. My grandmother and Aunt Mildred, at extremely young ages, were left to take care of the babies. They had to stand on stools to make the bottles. That is how young they were.
Eventually, Catherine ended up in a home after suffering a stroke and she remained a manic-depressive and never released the guilt she had built up in herself. Morton died before Catherine did but never left her side in heart. And, when Catherine died, she had so much guilt she wouldn't cross over into the light. Morton even came out of the light to help her cross over and he stayed with her off and on until they finally reached me at my Grandmother's funeral.
The funeral was held on a cold, windy, winter day. I was standing off to the side and I felt a small group of non-living people surrounding me and touching my back. I repeatedly said, " It is my grandmother's day, so please leave me be" Well, being very distraught over my grandmother's death I did not realize that they had followed me back to my parent's house. That night at my parents' home as I started walking up the stairs I saw a small crowd of people on the staircase. My mother heard my "OH MY GOD" and came over. She was startled from seeing it herself and tried desperately to turn on the light. I was unsuccessful in getting Catherine into the light that night because she had too much guilt and she kept repeating while sobbing, " I am not worthy enough. I left my children and my husband I am not worthy of being happy"
I left the next morning to go home
to Saline knowing that Catherine had not crossed over. I went back to my parents' home for
Easter and had an overwhelming sense of Catherine's presence. Shortly after, my mother
experienced seeing a man in the living room doorway. She described him fully to me and I
recognized him as one of the people we had previously seen on the staircase. I knew I had
to go back this time with Robin. That is when we got the EVP's . We both came to the
conclusion that Catherine needed forgiveness from my Grandmother who so devotedly took
care of the smaller children and her father. I then scheduled another attempt to cross her
over. This time I had the help of God, Robin, (meditating from home at the same time) my
Grandmother, Morton and Gus (another spirit who chooses to stay with my parents even after
helping Catherine into the light) I was successful in crossing Catherine into the light.
It was a very emotional experience but it was successful.