Most first-hand ghost stories we hear took place long ago, years or decades. Encounters with actual ghosts are rare, usually once-in-a-lifetime events. I had the luck to hear a true ghost story that took place only a couple of months ago.
Betty is a lady in her early 40s. She was to meet up with a girlfriend at a tavern and then go out for dinner with some other friends on a girls’ night out. Her girlfriend agreed to meet her at a tavern they hadn’t been to for years. In fact, Betty hadn’t been at this bar in over four years.
When Betty entered this tavern she noted it had been spruced up from the days it was a dive bar. The clientele were younger compared to the older crowd who frequented this bar before it was updated. An improvement, she thought.
Betty sat at the bar by herself waiting for her friend to arrive. Minutes passed by when she glanced down to the end of the bar. There sat someone she recognized from years ago. It was Richie, a truck driver who was a regular at this bar. He looked the same, wearing his baseball cap with his curly red hair. He had a mug of beer. Betty waved at him and he nodded and gestured back in acknowledgement.
Betty’s attention wandered around the tavern. When she glanced back at Richie, she saw he was gone. “Goodness” she thought, “He must have been thirsty.” He slammed down that beer fast enough and was gone.
Her girlfriend soon arrived and they left the bar to meet with their friends. Later in the evening she mentioned to her friends she saw Richie at the old bar. One of her friends knew something of Richie, and asked if she really saw him. “Why do you ask?” Betty inquired. The friend said Richie died three years ago.
This tale almost sounds like an urban legend except it is true. Betty witnessed an apparition. Richie appeared physical in appearance. Betty had no clue anything was amiss…until perhaps when Richie vanished. A full body visual apparition is the ultimate in ghost encounters, and truly rare.
This event took place only two months ago. If Richie died three years ago, that suggests this tavern has essentially been haunted for the past three years. Hauntings don’t last forever and fade away. To discover a currently active haunting is a real find.
Who is Richie? How did he pass away? And why would his ghost continue to haunt this tavern? What happened? I intend to look into these questions by visiting this tavern. A tavern is a public place where a ghost enthusiast can discreetly investigate. A chat with the bartender…”Do you remember Richie?” can get the ball rolling. A current, eyewitness account ghost encounter is worth pursuing.