In author Philip Imbrogno’s book, HAUNTED FILES FROM THE EDGE (pp. 202-204), he shares an experience with an odd twist in time travel. We’ve got to file it as both Back to the Past and Forward to the Future TWIDDERS!
In 1973 Rick was 21 year old college freshman at New York State. Wanting to join a fraternity, he was challenged to spend the night in an old, abandoned mansion in Rye, New York.
The mansion sported thirty rooms on five acres of mostly wooded property.
“Rick arrived at the old mansion at sunset on a day in late September. He had a flashlight, a blanket, a pillow, and some reading material. He figured it was going to be a long night, so he also brought along several bottles of beer. The front door was bolted shut, so he entered through a broken window in the basement. As Rick made his way upstairs he froze in his tracks. He heard a noise from the first level that sounded like human voices. It was clearly a man yelling, but he could not make out the words.
“As Rick continued to listen he could also hear a woman and two children screaming something while crying. At first Rick thought that someone was in the house, perhaps the caretaker. If this was so he could get fined for trespassing and perhaps even arrested. Rick slowly made his way to the first level, and the voices stopped. The house was now dark; standing motionless and listening, he did not hear or see a living soul.
“Rick then thought perhaps what he heard were ghosts, but he laughed at himself for even considering this explanation. He was a science major and firmly believed that ghosts, UFOs, and other things of the so-called world of the paranormal did not exist.
“He prepared his camp next to a beautiful marble staircase. Lying on his blanket with only a small flashlight . . . he began to read. After about an hour or reading Rick put the flashlight and book down and rubbed his eyes. then a sound as if two door slamming, one right after another, came from upstairs. The noise was so loud he jumped to his feet, grabbed the light, and ran to the landing of the stairs.
“He looked up to the second floor and saw a glowing figure floating toward the top of the stairs. He stood frozen and was able to make out that the apparition was a man of about fifty wearing a gold robe with a pipe in his mouth and a book in his hand. The image was about to enter a door when it stopped, turned, and looked at Rick. In his own words, Rick related to me his story in a 1978 interview:
‘I was scared and could not move. The guy was floating about a foot above the ground. I couldn’t see his feet because there were all these wavy lines. We just stood there staring at each other. It was only a few seconds, but it seemed like forever. The ghost, or whatever you want to call it it, while still looking at me gasped as if frightened, and the pipe fell from his mouth and disappeared before it hit the floor. The ghost jumped right through the closed door and vanished. I then heard all of these voices coming from the room, but couldn’t make out what they were saying. It sounded like several men and women talking really fast. I was scared and finally got the courage to turn around and run. I was on the first floor in what could have been the living room, which had large windows. I broke the glass with my flashlight and climbed out. I ran to my car never looking back, and took off and never returned.’
THE REST OF THE STORY
Writes Imbrogno, “I was aware of the strange happenings in the ‘Old Mansion‘ for many years before my interview with Rick. You see, back in the early 1960s I was one of the kids who would walk past the place on a dare. According to a 1933 story in the Port Chester Daily Item, the original family who lived there moved out because of paranormal activity. They claimed to have seen a hideous-looking, demonic ghost with a long, black beard and long hair wearing ‘strange‘ clothes. In 1973 Rick actually had long hair with a black, thick beard. At the time he went into the house he was wearing jeans with a tie-dye shirt. This style of clothes and hair was common in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but would have been considered utterly strange and weird in the 1930s.
“Is it possible this was a case when the past was able to view the [future]? Perhaps the man at the top of the stairs was not a ghost, but a real person going about his business in his home in the early twehtieth century. The man seemed surprised with fear to see Rick, who in turn was startled to see the man. “