Shook by shadows

By Jack Robaszkiewicz
Lifeatstart.com reporter

Do you believe in ghosts? If you were to ask me this question a couple of years ago I would have told you no. I thought that ghosts were just a figment of one’s imagination and that no such things existed. Well, this all changed after I witnessed something that shook me to my core.

It was the summer of 2016. My family and I were at a lake house in Indiana enjoying a nice vacation. I always looked forward to this trip because it was nice to get out of Toledo and enjoy some peace and quiet. I loved to go out in a canoe, catch fish off the dock, go for a swim, or just sit by the fire and think. There was always something to do at the lake house.

One evening, my sister and I had just finished up dinner and were thinking what we should do later that night. After throwing some ideas back and forth we came up with a plan. About a mile and a half down the road was a cemetery and a church. We decided that when the sun started to set, we would make our way down to the cemetery and explore.

After a few hours, the sun was starting to go down, so we made our departure. We started walking down the gravel road just having normal conversations. It was still bright enough to see and the setting sun castes long shadows of objects around us. We had been walking for about ten minutes when we saw something in the middle of the road about 50 yards ahead of us. It was a pitch-black figure of a man, just standing in the middle of the road wearing a trench coat and fedora. I was startled because it seemed that he just showed up out of nowhere. The way the sun was setting we would have been able to make out some features of the man, but it was complete darkness. On top of this, it was way too hot for someone to wear such formal clothing. My sister and I looked at each other, looked back at the road, and the figure was gone.

To this day, I believe that what I saw that night wasn’t human. There was no way something could just vanish from my view in a matter of seconds, especially in such a wide-open area. I asked my sister if she saw the same thing as me, which she did. We both turned around and headed home. We had enough of a scare for one night.