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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Spooky Story Two: Freaky Phone Call

The following story is from someone that wishes to remain anonymous, but I know this guy personally, and I can verify his story myself. Several years ago, when he told me this story, it gave me the absolute chills....right to the bone.


I was a student at a private university, and my fraternity had to do so many hours of community service. One of the easiest things for frats and sororities to do was to make phone calls for the Alumni Association. It was only four hours in one night, once a semester. No big deal. It was boring, and the only thing exciting might have been hearing a funny answering machine greeting or whatever.

One night, something happened that still freaks me out to this day.

I was calling the Wilson residence. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were alums of my college, so I thought this might be an easy call to make. Hopefully, they would donate a little money. If not, maybe they could at least join the Alumni Association.

After three or four rings, a male voice answered the phone with a simple "hello."

"Is Mr. or Mrs. Wilson available?"

"What's this all about?" the gruff old man said.

Great, I thought. He probably thought I was a scam-artist. I told him I was a student at his alma mater, and that we were calling alumni to ask for their support. The old guy replied with something about him and his wife being on Social Security, and that they didn't have any money to spare. I started to apologize, and try to salvage the call when suddenly a woman's voice came on the line.

"Hello? Someone there?"

Fantastic. Now I'm going to get yelled at by husband and wife. "I was just talking with Mr. Wilson, ma'am," I replied.

"Oh no, it's just me here. My husband passed away three years ago. Is there something I can help you with?"

I nearly passed out. I mumbled a few "sorries" and hung up. Immediately, I told my fraternity brother in the cubicle next to me what had just happened. He freaked out too. So I went to the supervisor to tell him what had happened.

The supervisor said he'd take care of it. He was afraid that maybe the lady had an intruder or something in the house. He called Mrs. Wilson and verified that she was home alone, safe and sound.

To this day, I have no explanation for what had happened. Just whom the hell was I speaking with anyway?


Blogger LBseahag said...

whoah...that's erie...I think she was a massive cheater when he was alive, and from the grave he was still checking up on her...
he should've read off her Visa # and screwed her with the bill, that cheating wench...

10/17/2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

yikes! Oh whoa that's freaky!

10/18/2006 2:45 AM  
Blogger DaBich said...

:;shivers:: Weird indeed!!
You sure your buddy wasn't drinkng???

10/18/2006 3:41 AM  
Anonymous delmer said...

This one gave me chills.

10/18/2006 7:41 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Seriously? For real?

That IS freaky. WAY freaky.


10/18/2006 9:06 AM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

I just got chills.

10/18/2006 9:18 AM  
Blogger OnMyWatch said...

Another great story. That's some family calling plan!

-- Terrific, now everytime I hear other lines cross mine, I'm going to think I'm hearing dead people.

10/18/2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

I've heard of lots of strange things happening with telephones and televisions.

Maybe ghosts are just media-savvy?

10/18/2006 9:39 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

me thinks someone's been tippin' the bottle a little too much! {grin}

10/18/2006 1:32 PM  
Blogger BuffyICS said...

I love these stories!

10/18/2006 4:09 PM  
Blogger O Ceallaigh said...

cool story. but I'll bet Mr. Wells, owner of that gruff voice and slightly hard of hearing, has probably spent the last however many years wondering "what the hell", too.

one failed relay and ...

10/18/2006 4:48 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

That's eerie, but I think my first instinct would be crossed-lines, too. I wonder if you could call the phone company and check something like that?

Of course, the guy did answer to Mr. Wilson...

But if Ghost Hunters has taught us anything ghosts talk in squeaky or whacked out voices!

10/18/2006 5:03 PM  
Blogger Carae said...

Thank you, sir, for scaring the bejeebers out of me. It's dark and I'm home by myself. I'm going to turn on all the lights and call my mom....

10/18/2006 6:01 PM  
Blogger goddess said...

I randomly found your blog. it's cool, I'm adding you to my sidebar, so I can continue to read you.

10/18/2006 8:32 PM  
Blogger ozymandiaz said...

Mr. Wilson wasn't dead. That was just a rouse to get rid of pesky soliciters. I'll have to try that one some time.

10/19/2006 7:54 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

The funniest thing I heard was from a morning radio show. The DJ recorded his calls from telemarketers.

One time, he pretended to be a police detective, and the person the telemarketer was trying to call had recently been killed. The DJ proceeded to grill the poor kid on the phone, even asking if he was the deceased's "scorned gay lover."


10/19/2006 9:54 AM  
Blogger KC said...

When I was younger, my grandparents had a "party" line. When they wanted to make a call out, they had to pick up the phone and make sure the other party wasn't using it. If there was a dial tone, they could call out. Sometimes the party lines would get all mixed up and whenever we'd call we had to make sure that we were indeed reaching the correct number. Maybe this older lady had that same kind of party (shared) phone line.

But if not, then this was definitely creepy.

10/19/2006 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe her father? A crossed line? My old wireless phone used to pick up my neighbors.

10/19/2006 11:04 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I need to switch to that phone company, that guy gets to connect with the dead but I get dropped calls if I drive past a tall building

10/20/2006 12:37 AM  
Blogger Phats said...

I feel bad that my first thought was hmm a frat boy he was probably drunk while doing this and well ya know haha I know that's terrible I am a horrible person.

10/20/2006 1:13 AM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

I love it when old couples play that trick on naive kids. It works every time.

-- david

10/20/2006 6:28 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Okay... I'm scared now!!!
That old fellow's ghost is grumpy!

10/21/2006 12:14 PM  
Anonymous mojotek said...

Ha, hopefully David Amulet is right! That would make the story even better!

10/24/2006 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andddd once again you rock Phoenix with the stories (well, experiences) by other people - you sure know how to pick them out!

That's really interesting how he talked to the "husband" and then the wife picked up? So was the phone still ringing in her house?

Great post.

10/26/2006 3:58 PM  

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