I did not receive too many paranormal calls in my years as a police officer. However, one day I was called in to day shift when their supervisor was out sick. We always had a unit watch the school zone in the morning and afternoon because it was on a strip of road that people frequently sped through. The weather was nice so I got out and walk along the sidewalk. I enjoyed talking to the kids and giving them the chance to interact in a positive way with the police.
One little girl walked up to me and asked me why we were not
arresting the "ghosts" in the haunted house. Jokingly I told her that
was the Ghostbusters job but since they were all the way over in New
York I would see what I could do. By now a small group had gathered
around and they all had stories about the same haunted house (which was
along a street adjacent to where we were). The complaints were typical,
banging, voices, screams. Typically in the afternoon/evening when the
kids were walking home from school or out in the area playing.
I assumed it was just one of those school yard legends that grows out
of nothing, but there were enough of them who swore they heard
something I decided I would check it out. The house turned out to be
owned by a family in Colorado (at the time I worked in a smaller
Oklahoma town). The mother had passed away many years ago, and though
the family owned the house and paid taxes they did nothing with it. It
was a good size two story house, but years of neglect had made it look
pretty rough on the outside.
It took my front office folks a day or so to find the owners. We
called them, explained we had received some noise complaints, and upon
inspection had located the rear entrance was unsecured. They gave us
permission to enter the residence and asked that we secure it if
possible when we left.
I worked the swing shift, 8PM to 4AM normally, so I drove by that
evening at around 10PM. I parked out front and approached the house and
sure enough there were some muffled voices inside. I called it in, and
made entry (my other two units were tied up and the noise was getting
louder). I knew what I was hearing by now and had a good idea this
would be a quick in and out.
Sure enough I cleared the first floor and moved up to the second,
where I found a couple of high school kids on a nasty looking mattress,
you can guess what they were up to. I told them to get their clothes on
and meet me down stairs. Did a cursory check of the remaining rooms
and went on down. Turns out the house that the grade school kids
thought was haunted had become a love/party next for a group of high
The kids were of age, so I sent them on their way. I did have to ask
the owners if they wanted to press charges, but I was glad they didn't.
The house had been left to rot and it was in seriously bad shape. Who
knows which group of kids first broke the windows and/or kicked in the
back door. They demoed the house and sold the lot about a month later.