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Poltergeist forces Memphis family out of home

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Almost everyone loves a scary movie.

But when it happens in real life, it's not so much fun.

"We bought a home and we just had really strange things happen in it," Mary Dacus said. "We discounted it as maybe it was just part of our imagination.

Steve and Mary Dacus were literally forced out of their new home in East Memphis by a ghostly presence.

"The first sign that we had was when my husband heard a voice of a woman call out to him, "Well, hello there,' when he let the dogs out," Mary recalled.

The Dacuses lived in a house in Berclair for three years, and to all outward appearances it would appear to be just your typical East Memphis home.

The reality is, it was far, far from that.

Illuminated spheres soon appeared.

"They were outside in the backyard and some of them were lighter than others some were really dark or really bright, I should say," Mary said. "They had a trail. Those were the ones we were concerned about, because they were emitting their own light. They were really bright, almost a full moon bright and they were everywhere - like it was snowing.

The Dacuses took a picture of the spheres. They tried to take another picture but the spheres disappeared.

Neighbors said that the former resident had been a practicing witch, who suddenly sold all of her witchcraft books at a garage sale and left town.

"We went to rip up carpet and found a pentagram, not with really heavy paint on hardwood floors," Mary said. "Then when we took down a door. There were these real scratches in the door; not like a dog or cat scratches. They were really embedded in the wood.

The Dacuses claimed they saw shadowy figures inside their home.

"You would be sitting on the couch facing the hallway and see this short, shadowy figure go from the kitchen, down the hallway," Mary said. "And as we would see it, the dogs would look and see it as well."

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From there, the experiences inside their home got worse, Mary said.

"This was the final night that we decided we could not take it," she said. "We were laying in bed. One (of our dogs) was laying at foot of bed. All of a sudden we hear this loud bang right above our headboard."

Mary said her husband, Steve, got up from the bed, grabbed a gun and walked down the hall toward the kitchen.

When Steve walked into the kitchen he walked past the sink and several dishes stacked up next to the sink. Mary said Steve was not near the dishes when they slid and crashed into the sink.

The Dacuses dog, named Abby, was following Steve and shot underneath the kitchen table.

"He turned and looked for Abby," Mary recalled. "He looked under the table and calls for her. She would not come near him at all. She was scared to death."
The rest of that night Steve spent his time with The Bible, calling and praying for the demons to leave.

"The next morning he got up to go to work," Mary recalled. "He was in the bathroom getting ready for work in front of the mirror with shirt off. Across his back were three really huge claw marks. They almost drew blood. He did not know they were there."

At that time, the Dacuses left the haunted house.

Today they spend a great deal of time helping others who believe they are experiencing paranormal activity. .They even started their own paranormal investigating team., the MSPI Memphis - Mid-South Paranormal Investigations.
So. Scary movies are not much fun for Steve and Mary Dacus and they have some advice.

The Ouija board is nothing to play around with.

"They think it's a game but it's not," Mary said. "It is not a child's game and tarot cards they think they are just cards. No it's not. They open a portal and you don't want to use them like that."

The Dacuses will go in-depth into their paranormal activity story Friday evening on The Biography Channel's show "My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera." Their episode will at 8 p.m. CST.

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