Local residents Greg Rodriguez and Magdalena Ramos believe that they may not be the only people to reside in their north end home. Suspicions first arose about a year ago, and now, Rodriguez and Ramos believe that their home is haunted.
Local residents Greg Rodriguez and Magdalena Ramos believe that they may not be the only people to reside in their north end home.
Suspicions first arose about a year ago when they would notice that their car keys were in an odd place, or a pair of shoes were found in the dryer: simple things that could be easily attributed to forgetfulness or absentmindedness. It was about six months later that the first real clues began to surface, and now, Rodriguez and Ramos believe that their home is haunted.
They invited local ghost expert Dan Rahe out to their home and Mr. Rahe was perplexed. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Mr. Rahe. “Most hauntings are caused by your run of the mill old ghosts- The little girl in the nightgown, the man in the suit from the thirties or the lady in white- typical spirit world stuff. Every now and again you might come across a major spirit like Zuul The Gatekeeper or something but those are very rare, I’ve just never seen a case like this. The only way I can describe it is… well it’s a Bro-ghost.”
Ms. Ramos first realized the horror of what was sharing their home with them one night last summer. She was watching an episode of Top Chef when suddenly the room got very cold.
“I was just sitting there and it was like the room became a walk-in freezer. I could see my breath and all I could smell was Axe. I knew it wasn’t Greg because he would never wear Axe.”
Things have only gotten worse. “Our house smells like Axe all the time now,” said Ramos. “It’s terrible. Febreeze won’t get rid of it and opening windows doesn’t work either.”
Rodriguez said that the haunting has only escalated. “We find messages left on mirrors and the shower door and that can be pretty unnerving. It’s like he’s there watching us all of the time. I hate it.”
These aren’t your typical ghostly messages, though. Instead of GET OUT or I’M BEHIND YOU, Rodriguez and Ramos are plagued with messages like SHOTS! and GET SWOLE!
“One time, the phrase “Bout to get #LITAF Fam!” was on the mirror,” said Rodriguez. “There was actually a hashtag. It was really awful.”
Earlier last month, Mr. Rahe performed a séance at the home of the couple to attempt to communicate with the bro-ghost. “It’s really quite a remarkable case,” said Rahe. “I mean, I suppose it was only a matter of time before a bro died and his spirit became trapped in this world. Why he haunts this house, I don’t know. That’s something I’m still working on, but we do know his name now.”
After a recent shower, Ms. Ramos found a new message scrawled on the mirror: JACE IS HERE.
“It’s really uncomfortable,” she said. “Who wants a guy named Jace watching them shower? Gross.”
Following advice from Mr. Rahe, the couple have attempted to appease the bro-ghost with a tribute in their kitchen.
“So far it’s really made a difference,” said Ms. Ramos. “We have a Tapout Bandana, a can of Monster, some Ray-Ban aviators and a shot of Fireball we keep there at all times. It seems to have made him happy for the time being, because nothing has really happened since. Even the rattling of the puka shells has stopped.”
Dan Rahe agrees, “Sometimes, the best way to appease a spirit is for the homeowners to send a message, a message that says, ‘hey, we live here together, bro!’
It doesn’t appear that Jace is an angry spirit, but like all bros, he just needs to know that everything is cool.”