My ex-fiancee, amongst many other eccentricities (
), also claimed to be capable of 'sensing' spirits or negative history of a place. However, she was so fearful of learning or seeing too much that she would do her best to ignore it, or remove herself from the location. One of her aunts is a 'professional'* clairvoyant/spiritualist/medium, and would tell her to use her gift and not waste it. I personally err between scepticism and belief, depending on the story and who tells it, but I certainly felt that if my ex was
able to "see dead people", then she should do her best to use it.
Anyways.... a couple of stories from her mouth...
One weekend, her second husband booked them into a hotel in Mistley, North Essex, called The Thorn Inn. That night, she was unable to sleep due to a horrible sense of fear and, in want of a better word, evil. It kept her awake throughout the night, and made it a very unpleasant experience. The following morning, whilst her husband paid the bill, she read through the history of the inn and discovered that there was history surrounding the inn to suggest that Matthew Hopkins - the Witchfinder General - used the Inn as a base for his witchhunt, and may have even interrogated (i.e. intimidated) some of the accused women in that hotel.
From a sceptics point of view, the inn's history is locally well-known, and my ex was quite into local history. So, chances are, she may well have heard of the Witchfinder's time there and, whilst not consciouslly remembering it, may have subconsciously had her experience there affected by the knowledge. In other words, maybe she actually already knew of the events that had taken place there, and so it caused to have such feelings.
The second story is as follows...
During her late-teens, her boyfriend at that had convinced his parent to allow her to stay overnight at their house. However, the parents insisted the young couple slept in separate rooms. The boyfriend's mother, especially, hadn't taken a particular liking to my ex, barely muttering a word to her at all. Eventually, it was time for all to go to bed, and my ex was shown her surprisingly large room. She found it strange that her boyfriend had a small room as his bedroom, and that the guest room was larger, but didn't question it.
During the very early hours of the morning she awoke, and immediately had the feeling that she was not alone in the room. She stayed silent, pretending to be asleep, and remained as still as possible. She could hear voices behind her, on the other side of the room, that sounded like two children giggling with one another. After more laughter and whispering, things went quiet, and my ex - now very much wide awake - shuffled slightly. She heard movement behind her, and then suddenly the bed sheet slipped (was pulled?) off of her. Terrified, she ran out of the room and into her boyfriend's, where she spent the rest of the night.
The next morning, when the boyfriend's mother asked to speak to her in private, she feared being reprimanded for ending up in the same room, and bed, as her boyfriend. However, it turned out that the boyfriend had told his mother what had happened, and my ex was not in trouble. Instead, the mother told my ex that they'd managed to get a good deal on the house when it was up for sale. It had been on the market a while, but with no buyers, due to what had happened there. Apparently, two young children (a boy and his sister) had been murdered by their parents, and were found dead in their room (where my ex had slept). This was why the boyfriend didn't sleep in that room, because throughout his life the mother had also felt a presence in the room and didn't want her son to sleep in there.
* I'm not entirely sure whether 'professional' is the right word or not for something that raises a lot of criticism and disbelief in some, and support in others. Can you be a professional in something which is not (yet) regarded as being possible/true? *shrug*