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18. Home alone but who’s the crone?

A one-time high-school student went online to relate the tale of being left home alone one weekend and spotting what appeared to be an intruder. While approaching the house in a car, they looked up and saw what seemed to be an old woman in white staring out through their sister’s window. The spooked-out student went inside and checked the room, only to find nothing untoward. Later, however, they claimed to have received a phone call from a terrified neighbor who had seen an elderly crone pacing up and down in the sister’s room. The mystery was never solved.

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17. Closet-case thrown wide open

Another internet contributor described the time that their brother and themselves were babysitting Alex, a neighbor’s kid. That evening, after leaving him happily playing upstairs, the siblings apparently found the little guy shaking under a bed. When they tried to calm and help him, an anguished Alex ran straight back home. Once safe, the wee boy subsequently claimed to his following babysitters to have heard a voice from the bedroom closet. “Come here,” it reportedly said. And when he took a closer look at a crack in the door, Alex swore he saw a man’s eye staring back at him. The siblings were then said to have gone back to their house to investigate, only to discover the closet door thrown wide open, the window ajar, and various objects strewn about.

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16. Sleeping through the alarm

One online user laid claim to being something of a somnambulist as a boy – but one with a distinct difference. He recalled that, after getting snug in bed one night, he had successfully fallen asleep and enjoyed pleasant dreams. Indeed, so agreeable that the little lad had woken up laughing, only to drift off again. Later that night, however, the slumberer somehow made his way out into the backyard. According to the adult version of the boy, he had woken again to find himself on the floor of the shed with no recollection of how he got there. Eerily, the entire house was said to have been fitted with alarms throughout. So how the sleepwalker had ventured outside without triggering them and waking the household remains an inscrutable family mystery.

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