Convinced that their home is haunted by a ghost, a French couple have been sleeping in a small tent installed on the balcony of their apartment for over a month.
Patricia and David C. and their two children moved into an apartment in the social park of Semcoda, in Replonges, France, last September. Built in 2016 on land that previously accommodated an old hangar, their new home was spacious, well-lit and modern, but the family didn’t get to enjoy it for two long, as bizarre things started happening. Patricia claims that her daughter started seeing strange things around the house soon after they moved in, and after a while the whole family became convinced that paranormal activity was at play inside their apartment. Things got so bad that they had to install a tent on the balcony to get a peaceful night’s sleep, and they have been using it for over a month.
“It started with black shadows,” the couple told French newspaper Le Progres. “Then it got louder: the light would randomly go out, the TV turns on by itself, the phone freezes for no reason, the dishes make strange noises, etc.”
Fed up with the paranormal phenomena, the couple sought the service of a so-called “magnetiseur“, a person who uses magnetic energy to detect spirits, who, after inspecting their apartment, told them that it was haunted by the “trapped” spirit of a 19th century woman who wanted them gone.
And therein lies the problem. Patricia and David C. don’t have the luxury of simply moving to another home. Because David is disabled, it is impossible for them to get a place outside of the French social assistance program; on the other hand, Semcoda, the company that manages the social park, doesn’t buy the paranormal explanation, claiming that there is nothing wrong with the apartment, and that it had already been rented twice before, without incident.
Patricia and David have requested that they be provided with another unit within the social park, but for now they have no other option than to spend their night in the tent on their balcony, the only way to get a good night’s sleep.