From: name withheld by request
To: The Official Shadow People Archives
Date: July 10, 2017 at 10:03 PM
Subject: Shadow Woman in the Condo
I'd like to share my story, outlined below. I give permission for my story to be shared, though not my name or email please. In any case, I've included as many details as possible. After discovering your site, I thought that maybe the story could be helpful for others in some way. My story was a particularly terrifying one, even to the point that it made me think that I could have been killed. So here goes...
I was house-and-pet sitting for family friends while they were away on vacation for a week or so. They lived in a condo, two bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, with the main bathroom that had a shower being directly off of the master bedroom. I’d been invited to sleep at their place during this period of time, so I figured, why not?
Now, I’ve had some instances of sensing ghosts around me throughout my life and have seen one actual ghost. I have never been very interested in the paranormal before that event, but now I know that such things do exist. Even so, I’ve never felt more than slightly disturbed and annoyed at the sensation of a room full of ghosts watching me (particular to the living room of a particular friend’s house), or the initial shock and fear from having seen the first and only ghost so far in my life.
However, I had never previously had any inkling of the sensation of ghosts in this friend’s condo or building complex. Though, the youngest kid had recently entered into a time of serious emotional struggles back then - depression, suicidal thoughts, that sort of thing.
But I digress! This was not a ghost sighting, but definitely a shadow person - maybe even a demon. I woke up one morning, walked over to the toilet, and sat on it. I looked over to my right for no real reason, having left the door wide open since I was alone in the condo. My view encompassed most of the bed and the oversize window looking outside - they lived on the fourth floor, and the blinds were left fully up. It was about 9:30 am, maybe closer to 10:00 am, and the weather forecast had been for a cloudless day. It was late mid-to-late June in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago (so no reason for it not be sunny in the bedroom).
Well, the room was distorted in that it seemed much darker in an area near the foot of the bed, and as soon as I glanced over there, I saw it: a female humanoid figure, enveloped in a solid black, but rather static-like material. It was similar to static in the sense that it seemed like an aura around the entity - but the aura was closely bound to itself and very charged. It gave off a crisp, electrical, dark, and very cold, evil feeling to it.
I froze - here I was just trying to pee!
Anyways, it just remained there, staring at me - felt like it was staring through me, and I remember having the distinct, terrifying sensation that this abomination could have rushed me at any moment, and could probably have killed me - like ripped my soul out of my body sort of thing.
I just remained there, frozen; for God knows how long. I remember seeing the dark, stormy sky outside the window. Eventually, I worked up the nerve to quickly reach over to the handle and slam the door shut, and oh my God did I ever start praying fiercely!!
After a few minutes, I stood and grasped the handle, closed my eyes, uttered one last hopeful prayer and opened the door to find nothing there. That, and a very sunny, cloudless sky outside the bedroom window! What the heck!?
Now I know it’s called the Windy City for a reason, but after I gathered my nerves (two minutes or so - so I’d guess this all occurred within the space of 10 to 15 minutes at the most) I went and stood out on the balcony. It wasn’t very windy that day, and I didn’t see any groups of clouds that could have attributed to the mass of swirling, dark, storminess that I had clearly seen outside of the window just a few minutes before.
I have never in my life been so certain that I’d been face-to-face with death.
I had one more instance of a shadow person experience a few weeks later. I was at home, sitting on my bed, on my laptop, with both of my only two cats lying at my feet. Over the top of the monitor, out of the corners of my eyes (tops of my eyes?) I noticed a movement - as if something small and dark-gray had suddenly moved into the room, then very quickly moved out of it. I glanced up over the screen and saw that both of the cats, being gray tabbies and one darker than the other, were still there sleeping peacefully. That and, the darker one (the only one that could have matched that shade of deep gray) was too old and suffering from arthritis to have moved that quickly, anyways.
I chose to ignore the anomaly this time, and also told myself that if it was a shadow person, malevolent spirit, or a demon; then the fact that the other one had left due to my praying meant that this one probably realized it was a bad idea to try and mess with me! I haven’t had any experiences since.
This all occurred in June to July of 2012.