|Ghostly kisses, mysterious bells and other bizarre phenomena drove a terrified young couple out of their rented house after only four days. Now Pieter van der Merwe and his fiancée, Roxanne Venter, claim that the house - in the small northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Glencoe - is haunted. Venter said that on the night they began moving in their furniture, they heard a bell ringing in one of the rooms. (read more)|
"It was so strange, because we could hear the bell ring, but when we searched for it, we could not find it. It sounded just like a doorbell. It was definitely in the room, but there was no electricity connection anywhere in the room. "
Venter awoke later during the night after feeling someone kissing her on the lips. "I thought it was Pieter. I was shocked when I found that Pieter was sound asleep with his back facing me. It was definitely not him.
"I looked out of the bedroom door, but nobody was there. I thought I was just being paranoid, so I went back to sleep." Venter said that her fiancé's brother, Shaun, visited them the following day and found the mysterious bell on the floor. "The bell was disconnected and he found it in the spare room. It certainly was not there when we searched. We were really confused.
"We were told by the estate agent that the owner's parents had lived there previously. The wife, who died in that room, was bedridden and she had used the bell." Venter said they had also noticed that the ceiling fan in the living room switched on and off in the early hours of the morning. "It baffled me because the fan is only able to work if the string is pulled." "The toilet door used to open and close on its own, and when we went to investigate, we could feel something brushing past us."
They also heard noises in the spare room - where they kept their unpacked boxes - as though someone was jumping over the boxes. That was when the couple decided that enough was enough. They packed what they could and fled to Van der Merwe's parents' home in Glencoe.
"As we were leaving, we could feel someone pushing us out. I remember switching on the light in the hallway, but as we were leaving, the kitchen light came on. We could also see the kitchen door opening." As they drove away, they saw a man wearing a hat and trenchcoat staring at them. He was standing under a tree next to the house.
When the couple returned for the rest of their belongings, the house's windows opened and closed for no apparent reason. "The curtains used to part when they were closed, and when I closed them, they were pushed apart again," said Venter. She said a family who had rented the house before them had quit after three days.
An estate agent who leased the house to Van der Merwe refused to comment.
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