When looking at residential hauntings, many have a tendency to appear in apartment complexes. Temporary housing facilities see many people come and go throughout the years, and many are home to the elderly or sick who cannot or do not wish to invest in a permanent, costly home.
All of these factors make apartment complexes more likely to become paranormal hotspots, and for First Line apartments in Pasadena, Texas, that could very well be the case.
The Pasadena Lady in White
Residents have reported strange occurrences, both night and day. A few have claimed to have heard disembodied footsteps throughout the complex when no one else was around. Many have witnessed seeing an apparition of a woman in a white dress walking in the hallways and terrifying renters in their apartments.
A few locals seem to believe this haunting is a recent development, but Jenny (Name changed for privacy), a visitor from several years ago, begs to differ.
“My mom’s best friend had an apartment at First Line quite a long time ago,” she said. “I was around six at the time and my mom’s best friend had a daughter who was seven, so we often played together.
“I remember skipping around the kitchen while our moms’ had coffee and my mom told us to play in my friend’s room,” said Jenny. “My friend’s room was at the end of the hallway, so you could look into it from the other end,” she explained. “So when we turned out of the kitchen we saw part of her room—and the back of a woman who was kneeling over her toy chest.”
The Dark Gift
“We both stopped and turned to look at each other in surprise. The woman wore a white dress and seemed to put something in the chest before she slowly stood up and walked toward the unseen part of my friend’s room. We ran to the doorway, but the woman was nowhere to be seen, there wasn’t even a window on that side of the room,” she said with a shake of her head.
“I was immediately scared and I wanted to tell my mom, but my friend insisted on looking into the toy box first. Inside, we found a ratty looking doll with a dirty face and dark hair. My friend insisted that she had never seen the doll before and that it must have been a ‘gift’ from the strange lady.
“I was still weary, but in my eyes if someone had left us a present then she must have been a good person,” Jenny shrugged. “My friend started to carry the doll everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Whenever I would come to play with her after that she spent a long time staring into space…
“And when she wasn’t staring off into space, she was whispering things to that doll. Two weeks after our discovery, I spent the night at her apartment. I woke up in the middle of the night to my friend’s harsh whispers, and realized in horror that she had been cutting off all my hair with scissors.
“My mom and I didn’t want to visit anymore after that,” Jenny whispered. “Things got so bad that my friend stabbed her mom with a kitchen knife one day.
“My mom’s best friend recovered—thankfully—but her daughter has been institutionalized outside of Pasadena ever since. Many claim she was just a bad seed, but I know it was that ghost woman and the evil doll she left behind.”