Hi everyone, As y’all have probably noticed, I have been absent from my duties here at examiner for a while, but I have every intent on producing quality articles for your enjoyment once again from this point forward. I have been extremely busy with the completion of my next 2 books and a new business launch, but, everything is all caught up at this point. I hope y’all enjoy this story from Hollister MO.
Hollister sets just the other side of the lake and a little east of Branson, not very far at all really. The town itself is pretty old and like most small towns it experienced a period of decline where most of the downtown area was vacant and in poor repair. With the building of the new highway the town has experienced an upswing in its economy with the additions of shopping centers and fast food joints placed strategically along the new roadway. This has contributed to a call for the restoration of the downtown area and the community is starting to bounce back very well, becoming a very nice place to visit and in which to live. It’s such a nice community that one couple has decided to stay on for a while, even though their mortal bodies have long since been gone.
Sitting on a nice lot overlooking the lake (I won’t name the street or address since it is a private residence) is a nice little home. Well-kept and maintained with a nicely landscaped yard it is a home to make an owner proud. According to the story it was once the home of a middle aged couple who were very much in love with the home and with each other. Unfortunately the man started to suffer a decline in his mental capacity and, afflicted with Alzheimer’s, his decline steadily progressed until he reached the point that he rarely recognized his wife at all. At times he would wander off and would be found looking in windows, most usually at some homemaker going about her chores, which would look out the window and see him looking in at her causing her to call the police. This happened numerous times and his poor wife, trying her best to care for him, was worn down from the strain of keeping a constant watch on him. One night neighbors called the police to report screams coming from the house and upon their arrival they found the poor woman lying on the bedroom floor stabbed to death, her husband sitting next to her with massive self-inflicted wounds to his throat and arms; the kitchen knife still held in his hand. He expired next to her before the ambulance arrived; the once loving couple reduced to a murder suicide committed by the hand of a man who likely had no idea where he was or what he was doing.
Not long after that the house was sold and it became a rental unit for a while but no one would ever stay there long, complaining about unexplained noises and shadows and about someone repeatedly looking in the bathroom window at the female residents. Occasionally other reports would come in from neighboring homes about someone looking in their windows but upon investigation, no one would be found. Several residents of the home reported waking up in the middle of the night and seeing an elderly lady standing at the foot of their beds. She was said to turn away once the occupants of the bed were awake, mumble something to the effect of “This is my home.”, and then fade away. Eventually the home was sold to the current owners who completely remodeled it and landscaped the lot. They experienced much the same thing that others did; shadows moving, noises, someone looking in their bathroom window and doors opening and closing on their own, but they refused to be scared off. As the owner told me, “We had everything we had; every bit of money we could save poured into this house. We loved it and we weren’t going to be run out of it.” When they researched into the history of the home it became clear to them that it was most likely the couple who had perished there, still hanging around the home they loved so much and that whoever was looking in the bathroom window was probably the spirit of the man with Alzheimer’s doing as he had done when he was alive; wandering around disoriented looking in windows. Since they had never really felt threatened in the home they decided that they would try and come to terms with the “former residents” and see if they couldn’t reach a compromise. Since that time they have rarely experienced anything odd in the home other than the occasional noise or footstep at night and have not had anyone look in their bathroom window since then. But, while the man isn’t looking in their window anymore, he apparently hasn’t come to a compromise with the neighbors as the occasional story of a man looking in someone’s window still gets reported.