Occupation: Student at University of Rochester
Residence: Bay Area, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: 10/29/2021
Primary Language: English
Background: The informant recalls an experience in an old home of hers in San Jose, CA, in 2016.
JO: Well, I’ve told you before about the possible haunting of my old house when I still lived there.
Me: Right. Is there anything specific you can share that you recall from this time?
JO: At the time we still lived there, our neighbor had told us about how a previous resident passed away in the house. From time to time, the kitchen door leading to the garage would randomly open. Everybody would be upstairs, all of us in our own rooms and we’d hear the door downstairs open. My mom’s boyfriend went down to check it out but he saw nobody down there. While residing in the house, I overheard a conversation between my mom and her boyfriend about how my mom saw an elderly woman in the kitchen.
JO: She said she didn’t know this woman, and this woman was not solid. Like, this elderly woman was nearly transparent.
Me: That’s so creepy.
JO: I know. But my mom told her boyfriend to not say anything about it to us [JO and her siblings]. I think she just didn’t want us to be scared of our own home. We’ve moved out since then, thankfully. I’m still convinced that house was haunted and nothing will change my mind.
Context of performance: Recorded over a facetime call.
Thoughts: I think this experience is interesting because I still remember when the informant was telling me of these experiences, as it was happening when she lived there. Having been to the house once before, I can offer the memory that I remember feeling a bit unsettled upon setting foot in the home due to a weird energy.