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“Paranormal Witness,” October 12 – It’s Raining Demons

It feels like they saved the best episode of Paranormal Witness for the season finale. This episode starts out in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. What is it about Pennsylvania, that there are so many unusually haunted places and people? In 1983, Don Decker was a young man who went to prison. He wanted to, feeling he could do his time and get his life back on track.

Decker had no idea what was about to happen to life. He was in prison and informed by the former warden, Dave Keenhold, that his grandfather had passed away. Don was already in prison and felt tormented enough, and was not upset over his grandfather’s death. He claimed his grandfather was mean and abusive, but the warden released him to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Don was glad his grandfather passed away; he was a very bad man. Don did not want to be at the funeral, but attended out of respect.

Bob Kiefer met Don through his wife; she worked with Don’s mother, and Bob had met Don after his grandfather died. Bob told him he could stay with him and his family because Don’s mother did not want him at her house. Bob was worried about Don; he had begun to act strange, but seemed content. Shortly before dinner Don headed upstairs to the bathroom to wash up for dinner. Bob said he never knew the exact details between Don and his grandfather and why Don did not like him.

Don was still in the bathroom washing up when he turned to grab a towel and said it felt like all the air left the room. He said it was the worst feeling of his life. Don was pressed against the bathroom wall in a panic when he saw a face outside the bathroom window. It looked evil and terrified him. The face appeared for a few moments, making Don feel trapped in the bathroom as if he were trapped in vacuum. He had the life knocked out of him and felt he was being attacked, but by what or who? He was alone.

Don believed in his heart that some kind of entity was attacking him and trying to hurt him. The face Don had seen was the face of an older man, and as Don tried to regain his composure and come out of the shock he was in, he looked down at his wrist, and it was bleeding. He had three large scratches and was bleeding badly. He tried to wash the wound up and covered his arm with his sleeves. Don was confused and scared. Bob could not figure out what was taking Don so long, so his son Larry ran to the steps and called for Don to come downstairs for supper.

Don finally came downstairs and sat down with the family at the dinner table. He reached for his drink, and Bob noticed the blood. He grabbed Don’s hand and turned it over. Don was pale and looked like he was in pain. Bob asked him what he did to himself, Don replied that he did not do it to himself. Don was hesitant, but came right out and told Bob the truth.

Don looked at Bob and told him that he saw the face of the devil and was attacked by something. Bob didn’t feel there was any way Don would hurt himself, and he could not figure out why Don would make something up. After dinner the family cleaned up the dinner table and went into the living room. Don felt the same cold air he felt in the bathroom. As they all sat in the cold living room, Bob’s wife Jeannie stood up slowly and walked towards the wall. She turned and looked at Bob and said, “I think we have a problem.”

Bob walked towards the wall where Jeannie was standing, and there was water flowing down the wall. I think seeing the devil and water pouring down your wall is a big problem. Bob claims it was not just water; it felt sticky and tacky. As Bob and Jeannie tried to figure out where the water was coming from, they both turned around when it started raining in their living room. Maybe they should have left, but Don did not seem upset. He sat on the sofa in a trance. As they tried to figure out if they had leaky pipes, it began raining harder in the house.

Bob described the feeling and said it was nothing less than pure evil, an intense eerie feeling. The family was frightened and did not know what to do. Bob decided the best thing to do would be to call his landlord, because in situations where it rains in your house that is who you call. Forget the Ghostbusters; let’s call the landlord. Bob was too scared to go and check upstairs, so he waited for the landlord who arrived with his wife. Ron and Romayne Van Why arrived at the house (they should have brought umbrellas), and Rob now knew why Bob was so upset.

Romayne looked around the room, and it had not rained for several days, but Romayne was sure it was nothing more than a leak. Ron was also convinced the roof was leaking. Don still sat motionless on the sofa, as Bob and Ron began to check out the house and look for leaks. Ron is a bit creepy himself, but did help Bob check the house for anything unusual. Something felt very wrong, and the family should have left the house. Maybe if blood would have been running down the wall, they would have left.

The water, or a strange liquid as they are calling it, was still running down the walls and raining throughout the living room. Bob felt something evil in the house and was upset, because during this entire event Don was still sitting on the sofa. While Don sat in his trance, (wait for it, wait for it, it is good!) water started shooting up from the floor and across the room.

Bob decided that calling the landlord was not good enough, so instead of leaving or calling a minister, he called the cops! Officer John Baujan was working the 4 to 12 shift. He knew Bob would not just call the police for no reason and had heard the seriousness in his tone. Bob pleaded with John to come to the house. Once he and his partner entered the house, they stood in the living room watching it rain in the house.

John stood there watching the water fly in all directions and did not know what to tell Bob or what to do. He had no answers but after looking at Don, Romayne had believed Don was causing it. Romayne and Jeannie cornered Don in the kitchen and began shouting at him. They told him he was scaring everyone and to stop whatever it was he was doing. They continued to scream, and the loud clattering started with the pots and pans shaking. Don was raised up in the air off the ground and thrown across the room.

It was truly beyond belief and only Syfy could do this story justice. Bob was scared to death, and whatever picked Don up and threw him down was truly evil. Don tried to pick himself up off the floor and felt the pain and agony of being tossed across the kitchen. Once again he was scratched and bleeding badly.

There was a demonic force at work and it was tormenting Don. Bob believed there was a demon in him. John had left the house but came back later and the family began reading from the Bible. The rain had poured everywhere but on the Bible. The next morning it had stopped, and Don was heading back to prison to serve the rest of his time. Bob felt bad, but relieved now that Don was gone. His family was at peace, but Don was still being tormented. Whatever was in the house was inside Don, and he believed he could make it rain. The inmates and guards were afraid of him. They believed he was cursed or possessed. He was sending fear throughout the entire prison.

Don knew he had the power to “make it rain,” and the former warden believed that the supernatural was surrounding him. As Don returned to his cell, he sat there for a few moments until it rained in his cell. He went into a trance. Two prison guards walked up to the cell and snapped Don out of it and asked if he could reach the warden and prove what he could do. Don sat on his cot as his cellmate panicked and watched Don go back into a trance. As he snapped his fingers, water flew through the prison and hit the warden who was doing paperwork at his desk.

The warden verified the water hit him and soaked his shirt. He knew it was Don Decker and needed to find a way to help Don. He also believed Don was possessed, but by what? A fish, not sure yet! Everyone felt sick when they were around Don, so finally the warden brought in the prison chaplain and took Don to a closet that was away from the prisoners and other guards. The chaplain performed an exorcism on Don. Reverend Blackburn read from the Bible, and the warden sat outside the room on a chair waiting for the results and to see if Don could be saved.

The Reverend grabbed Don’s hand and read from the Bible and prayed with Don. As the Reverend continued reading, a putrid odor entered the room, and then it started raining in the closet. The rain never hit the Bible just like when they were all in the house. Don was in pain, and it smelled like death as the Reverend continued the exorcism. Don let out growling noises, and the reverend began shouting for the guards to let him out. Don finally opened his eyes and felt the anger go away, and felt relieved.

Twenty-seven years have passed by. Don survived and made peace with himself and visited his grandfather’s grave. What an amazing season it was for Syfy’s Paranormal Witness. Happy Hauntings everyone.

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