Bridget and Brian O’Neil returned to their Seattle apartment late Wednesday to find it had been completely trashed. There were clothes scattered everywhere, lotion smeared on the doors, paint can overturned, their electronics piled high on top of each other and they discovered that the soles of dozens of their shoes had simply been removed.
They called the cops who looked around the condo, concluded an intruder had entered through a window, and left.
Ready to put the bizarre situation behind them, the couple began cleaning — when they heard “animal noises” coming from underneath their bed.
The police were called again and this time, they removed a small, raggedy woman from a very small space underneath the couple’s bed.
The clock had just struck 10 when the couple returned to their condo near NE 42nd and 11th Avenue NE and found the remnants of apparent paranormal activity.
The couple’s home had been ransacked: someone—or something—had torn open their mail, spread clothing throughout the house, smeared lotion on a door handle, removed the inner soles from all of their shoes, screwed a single screw into a piece of scrap wood—which had been crammed into the space between a door and its frame—and placed an upside-down can of paint on top of their toilet. A purse, containing a 27-year-old woman’s ID card, had also mysteriously appeared on top of the couple’s bed.
So, rather than calling those hack Ghostbusters, the couple called Seattle police.
The couple told police nothing appeared to be missing from their home—save for $50 in cash—so officers returned to the North Precinct to document the bizarre case.
A short time later, officers received a second call from the couple, who said they had begun hearing noises coming from under their bed.
Now facing the possibility of having to figure out how to arrest a poltergeist, officers dutifully sped back to the University District condo.
They arrived just in time to see a 27-year-old woman emerge from the couple’s bedroom.
The woman—who officers discovered was the owner of the mysterious purse found inside the home—appeared to be having a panic attack. After officers called for medics to treat the woman, she informed police she had been on a “meth rampage” for several days, and had also broken into another home around the block earlier in the evening.
The woman was arrested and taken away. The couple continued cleaning up their apartment where they found they had been gifted with locks of the woman’s hair cut and placed around the apartment.