The Bratford family owned a beautiful luxury apartment. Each person that came to visit seemed to marvel and give complements to Dan (the head of the household). It was not until they were alone in that apartment when they realized they didn’t like it as much as they thought. The Bratford family had a cousin named Carl Bratford. He came to rent a room out of the apartment because it was cheap and it was very spacious. He went day in and day out, to and from work and back to his room to catch up with family and to get some rest. About 1 month into his stay he started to hear noises in the night. He thought nothing of the noises because others lived in the building and some of those noises could have been in his head.
Carl carried on with his regular routine going to work and coming home to relax. On a Monday evening when he came home the family wasn’t there. Since he was alone, he said to himself that he would just go to sleep because he could use the rest. When he laid down, he laid on his stomach with his arms folded under his chin and his head rested upward. The Honeymooners was playing on television and he began to get tired. As his eyes began to close Carl jumped up out of nowhere looking around frantically not knowing why. He thought nothing of it and just laid down in that same position. This time when his eyes went shut, he felt as if something jumped on him. He tried his best to fight whatever it was but it had such a strong grip on him he just couldn’t move. His breath was slowly drifting from his body and he was helpless. He couldn’t talk nor see and it was getting worse by the second. Carl being a religious man began to call on the name of the lord and finally whatever it was released its grip off him.
Carl sat up in disbelief because this was highly unusual and it was a frightening experience. When the family returned home, Carl mentioned nothing to them because he didn’t want to cause a ruckus in the household. After about 2 weeks went by, Carl invited his brother Mitchell to spend the weekend with him so they can catch up with each other. The Bratford family went on a 2 week vacation so they gave Carl charge over the apartment. The Saturday evening of Mitchell’s visit, Carl made a trip to the local market to get dinner for his brother and himself. While Mitchell laid in Carl’s bed, he looked in the hallway because he thought he saw something. After thinking he was imagining things, he made a quick trip to the bathroom and came back in the room.
As soon as he sat down on the bed he looked in the hallway and saw a white image of a person floating. He couldn’t make out if it was a male or female but they were just floating in a relaxed position and then it disappeared. As soon as it disappeared, the television in Carl’s room cut off and 3 seconds later cut back on. This pattern continued for about 5 minutes while Mitchell sat back to the wall in horror. When the 5 minutes was up, the lights in the apartment cut off. Mitchell couldn’t take it anymore. He ran to the front door screaming on his way out. He had the key so he tried locking the door as fast as he could. As soon as he locked the bottom lock of the apartment, the door flung back open and there was this strong energy that was trying to consume his body.
He began to run down the 24 flights of stairs screaming to the top of his lungs. As he ran he noticed his screams turning to just puffs of air with no sound. He just kept running. Mitchell heard a voice saying I want to tell him something and he just kept running thinking that this just had to be a dream. As he reached the 1st floor Carl seen his brother running for his life and he ran behind him. After Mitchell told Carl what he’d experienced, Carl thought back on that night something happened to him in the apartment. Carl proceeded to call his family and tell them what was going on and they were horrified. Carl and Mitchell decided to crash at a friends house and the family returned from vacation early. Carl met with the family to go and get a few belongings out of the home because they wanted to get away until they could get a minister to get rid of whatever was there.
Before they left the house, Trina ( Dan’s Wife), told her daughter Briana to unplug her television. They proceeded to leave shortly there after. About a week later, Carl and Dan returned with a minister to get rid of whatever was in the home. As they gave he minister a tour of the apartment, they came to Briana’s room. As they opened the door the Television came right on. Dan and Carl looked at each other in horror. They showed the minister the plug and immediately he began to pray and bless the apartment. After the prayer they all stood quietly. Dan happened to look in the hallway and tapped the guys in horror. They looked and saw a man’s shadow. It was black and had an evil vibe which gave all three of them chills and it seemed to walk toward the window in the kitchen. They went in the kitchen and saw no one. Horror filled the room and the three men left the home. The family immediately relocated and when people ask why they left they tell them “The Shadow tells the Story”.