The blue jeans ghost
November 28, 2006 | 10 comments
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A couple of ghosts lurking in the walls of a rural Roseau County, Minnesota, home have a woman hanging on to her husband’s pants - literally. Betty Ann (not her real name) says two ghosts, named John and Sam, are haunting her 80-year-old farm house. They make their presence know mostly by swiping personal belongings when no one is looking. But, strangely, what the ghosts seem most interested in is her husband’s Levi “501” blue jeans.“We’ve lost three pair already,” Betty Ann said. “On a scale of one to 10, I am convinced to the point of 10 that the jeans are being taken by ghosts. There is just no other explanation.”Betty Ann, her husband and children are third-generation owners of a stolid rural farm house on the back roads of northeastern Roseau County. She moved into the house in 1987, which is owned by her husband, whom I’ll call Doug. At the time, Doug was remodeling the old farm house. As long as the work continued, nothing was wrong.“It’s when the remodeling stops that things start disappearing,” Betty Ann said, suggesting that the ghosts like the renovations for some reason. At first it was mostly tools that were missing. Of course, tools are easy to misplace, and even though Doug and Betty Ann felt something a bit stranger was going on, they shrugged it off. But then a pair of 501 blue jeans disappeared.
Betty Ann searched the entire house without luck. Much like the missing tool controversy, she passed it off as another case of simple misplacement. She bought a second pair of 501s, but those soon winked out of existence, too. Another painstaking search of the house produced nothing. She bought a third pair. She was determined that her husband should enjoy the comfort of his very own Levi 501, fly-button jeans. Betty Ann was also fiercely determined that this pair would stay on her husband’s legs, and off the ghostly limbs of some petty thief from Beyond.But John and Sam had other ideas. Betty Ann tells it this way: “I was really keeping my eye on this pair. I had just washed them and was carrying the clothes to the dryer. After the clothes were done drying I carried them upstairs - and somewhere between the upstairs and the dryer, the jeans were gone. I couldn’t believe it!"But it gets weirder. Betty Ann continues: “I went to bed after searching absolutely everywhere for those jeans - in the attic, the garage - I tore the whole house apart. That night, I suddenly awoke within a dream and found myself fighting with someone through one of the walls - something on the other side of the wall had hold of the 501 jeans. For some reason, I was able to call this ghost by his name - John - I commanded him to give the jeans back. Also, I felt the presence of another ghost with John. I had the feeling his name was Sam.”She said there was no conclusion of her tug-o-war with ghostly John.
Later that evening, she awoke and began getting ready for the graveyard shift at her job. While in the shower, she heard a knock at the bathroom door. It was her husband ... and in his hands were a pair of 501 blue jeans. Betty Ann cried out: “Where did you find them! I’ve turned the house inside out!” Doug said he found them right by the bed - the same space across which she had her dream tug-o-war with John the ghost.“It’s really a strange feeling,” Betty Ann said. “I’m not really scared, but I wish they would keep their pilfering hands to themselves.”Betty Ann is thinking about having a seance, or hiring a psychic to communicate with the ghosts, and possibly get them to move on or stop their mischief.
Watch this space for further developments!
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Ken Korczak is the author of Minnesota Paranormala:http://www.amazon.com/Minnesota-Paranormala-Volume-1-ebook/dp/B004Y5G114/