By Kathryn Tucker Windham
Jeffrey is the mischievous "something" that has headquarters within the Windham domestic in Selma, Alabama. He first made his presence identified in October 1966, and because then he has persisted, at abnormal and rare periods, to clump down the corridor, slam doorways, rock in a chair, frighten the relations cat (now deceased, via no fault of Jeffrey), stream heavy items of furnishings, reason digital apparatus to malfunction, and conceal gadgets. He often accompanies Mrs. Windham on her travels, and stories of Jeffrey's antics are broadly recounted.
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I didn't come to your room, dear," she said. " However, she and her mother agreed not to mention the episode to Mary as they did not want to frighten her. Page 30 The next night the sisters were in their big bed, and Nimmo was sleeping soundly when Mary clutched her and sobbed in fright. ''Nimmo! Nimmo, wake up!! Somebody came in here and covered us up. I thought at first it was Mother, but it wasn't. " The child was almost hysterical, and Nimmo was frightened too, but she calmed her sister enough so that they could go together to their parents' room.
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