This was the first time that this couple from Ohio had ever experienced anything of this sort in their home. When weird things started to happen, they wanted to get to the bottom of things right away. At night, they would weird strange sounds that they could not explain. However, they only asked for help after something pushed them to the edge. Initially, Darren accused his girlfriend of setting him up. She denied these accusations. In the end, he decided to install a CCTV camera to see who was correct. As soon as they watched the video, they knew that there was no way they could go back from this.
She Had Strange Bruises
He set up the camera in the room of the teenage girl. Darren was concerned after he saw that his teen daughter had bruises all over her legs. To him, it did not sound believable that she did this to herself. It was only the three of them at home, so it was only natural that he would ask Pam about it. When she denied knowing anything about it, he knew that only a CCTV would reveal the truth. Once he finally played the recording in question, he was shocked by what the footage showed him.
His Paternal Instincts
At the time, Pam and Darren had been living in the guesthouse owned by his mother. They had been there for a year already. However, this situation made them want to run away and never look back. When the 15-year-old girl sat down for breakfast, she had bruises on her legs. Her dad did not think much of it at first. He only started to worry once he saw new ones after the first ones healed!
She Was His Top Priority
It is only normal for a parent to worry about the wellbeing of their children. Come on, it is pretty much the job of all the moms and dads! This was also true for Darren. He only wanted the best for Natalie. He knew that she took it hard when her parents split up. At the time, she was only five years old. This was something that had always made Darren feel guilty. When he started to go out with Pam, he told her that his daughter was and always would be his top priority.
Starting To Change
You see, Natalie had always been a daddy’s girl. The two of them had the sort of relationship that people wished they had with their parents. Once Pam came into their lives, they decided to move to a different place. Darren started to notice that his daughter was behaving differently. She knew that she could talk to him about anything under the sun. But he grew concerned after seeing her become a lot more withdrawn within the span of a year. At first, he attributed it to hormones. It was not exactly unusual for teens to act up for this reason. But was it something else instead?
Locking Herself In Her Room
Days became weeks until they turned into months. Darren was devastated to see that all the happiness and life had been drained out of Natalie. He was concerned because she spent too much time on her own in her room. He had previously heard of horror stories about kids spending all their time on social media. But the truth was that her behavior had absolutely nothing to do with her Facebook account.
The Warning Signs
One day, he finally found it in him to ask her why she stayed in her room all the time. Natalie replied that she only felt “strange” in the other rooms in their “creepy” new house. After hearing this, Darren assumed that she was only going through a phase and left her alone. Sadly, this turned out to be the wrong thing to do. Soon enough, he started to notice something that made him even more worried.
He Had A Nagging Feeling
It all unfolded during the first week of her summer vacation. Now that the temperature was reaching more than 90 degrees, Natalie started to wear shorts again. She just wanted to be comfy despite the heat. However, Darren saw that there were marks all over her legs. When he asked her about them, she simply shrugged and told him she had no idea what happened. Apparently, they were already there by the time she woke up. Her father was disturbed when he heard this. It did not sound normal at all.
From The Outside Looking In
The people who knew Darren and Pam assumed that they had a perfect life. After all, the couple had a nice home, a stable relationship, and a wonderful young girl. Everything changed for them one day. Darren had been half-asleep when he heard strange noises that came from Natalie’s room. What was going on? It was the middle of the night, so there was no reason for such a thing to happen.
His Initial Suspicions
He asked his partner if she got up at night and even inquired if she went to Natalie’s room the previous night. Darren also asked her about the marks on the young girl’s legs. Pam was surprised to hear all of these questions from him. They carried an accusatory tone that she simply did not appreciate. She denied the allegations, which put Darren in a tight spot. If it had not been her, who else could it be? He decided that the least he could do was gather evidence to see if he was right.
It Was A Mystery
It was a frustrating situation for Darren. This was not what he wanted when he decided to get into a serious relationship with Pam. He was aware that there was some tension between his partner and daughter. It felt like she did not care about what was going on. Natalie was a great student who did not break the rules. She had no interest in sports and much preferred to read books during the summer vacation. He also knew that she was not going out with anyone. But where did the bruises come from?
Confronting His Partner
Time passed by, but Darren continued to find new marks on his daughter’s legs. He had no idea what on earth she could be doing to get them every night. Despite this, Natalie still insisted that she had no idea how they got there. It was very confusing for everyone involved. Darren had a lot of questions going through his mind at the time. What he knew for sure that something was not right here.
Her Unpredictable Behavior
The marks were not the only thing that made Darren feel concerned. He could see that Natalie was having issues sleeping. She would hit the sack at 8 o’clock in the evening and only come out of her room at lunchtime the next day. At the table, she picked at her food and barely ate anything. He also noticed that she would snap at him when he asked her innocent questions. What was going on with her?
Looking For The Answer
He started to worry about her health too. He wondered if she was suffering from a medical condition. Pam initially shrugged it off, but she started to display concern as well. With his worries getting bigger by the day, he took his daughter to the doctor to see if there was anything that they could do about it.
Time For A Checkup
Can you just imagine his surprise when the doctor said that nothing was wrong with her? They did not find anything that should be a cause of concern. The doctor even ran tests on her blood, which revealed that everything was in good condition. Even though Darren was glad to hear that she was all right, it only made him feel confused. There must be a rational way to explain what was happening to her!
Things Only Got Worse
There was a knock on the door all of a sudden. When he opened it, he saw that there was a woman on the doorstep. With a stern look, she introduced herself and said that she worked with social services. The entire time, Darren was confused about her presence. Did it have anything to do with his girlfriend?
Looking Into Matters
The woman told Darren that her name was Mrs. Wood. She was there to look into a possible “situation” that involved Natalie and her parents. Apparently, the family doctor had gotten in touch with her and talked about the bruises on her legs. Darren could not believe what was going on. He had never even thought about laying a hand on his daughter! Sadly, it was hard to prove that this was the case.
From The Girl Herself
After speaking to Darren, she introduced herself to both Natalie and Pam. Mrs. Wood went into the girl’s room and locked the door behind her. “What’s the meaning of this?!” Pam asked Darren. Before he could even start to talk, she already left in a huff. He felt nervous and paced in the hallway as the social worker talked to Natalie. What was going to happen to them after this? He doubted that Mrs. Wood would get a lot of information out of his daughter, but you never know what was going to happen.
It Was Too Much For Him
It felt like he spent hours waiting! Finally, Mrs. Wood came out of the room with the young girl at her side. Natalie was in tears for some reason. Darren felt a mixture of sadness, frustration, and anger at the sight of this. He gritted his teeth as he asked if there was anything that he could do for the social worker. The insinuations made him furious, of course. However, the last straw for him was seeing his child cry.
The Desperation He Felt
In response, Mrs. Wood only told him that she would “be in touch”. She showed herself out as Darren tried to console the crying girl. “I told her what I told you, dad,” Natalie said through the tears. “Every morning I wake up with these marks and I don’t know how they got there!” He had already brought her to the doctor for blood tests. He also asked both his daughter and partner about it. What else could he possibly do about this situation? By then, he already felt at a loss for what to do next. It simply did not add up. While he was frustrated, he was determined to get to the bottom of things no matter what.
Tension In The Air
After the accusations, things had been rather frosty between Pam and Darren. This only made him feel even more determined to find out the truth. He wanted the best for the two women in his life. In the end, he set up a hidden camera in his daughter’s room. Surely, this would finally show them what was happening at night. The CCTV indeed showed them the truth, but none of them was ready for it.
Time To Solve The Mystery
Darren installed the camera with a goal in mind. He just wanted to see who was to blame for all of her bruises. At last, he would have proof that no one would be able to deny. His plan to expose the person who was behind this, which is why he shelled out more money for the night vision function. As you can see, he was willing to do anything if it meant that his daughter would be safe. What did the video show?
As He Watched The Footage
As he hit the play button, his heart started to pound loudly. In the beginning, it only showed Natalie lying in bed. Her hands still held the book that she had been reading before she fell asleep. After half an hour, nothing interesting happened. All of a sudden, something made Darren take a closer look at the video. The sight made him drop his jaw. This must be some kind of horrible joke, right?
Not Like Herself
On the screen, he saw his child wake up. But something was off. She did not look like the same girl. He kept watching the video to see what exactly was going on. The next thing that he saw made him rethink everything that he had ever known. Thirty minutes into the video, she started to flail around in bed!
It Made Him Sick To His Stomach
The footage made him feel sick. Darren blinked as he tried to collect his thoughts. It simply could not be real. He was disturbed by the sight of Natalie thrashing around in bed. There was something strange about the way she was moving in that part of the video. He knew that something was terribly wrong.
They Did Not Understand
He called out for Pam to show her what the footage caught. Just like him, she was also shocked and terrified. They did not know what on earth was happening. Was Natalie all right? At the very least, they finally saw who was causing the bruises. However, the answer did not give them any clarity whatsoever. As a matter of fact, it only made them even more confused. It did not make a lick of sense to them.
She Did Not Remember It
He ran over to the room of his daughter, but everything seemed normal once more. Natalie told him that she did not remember anything from the previous night. Pam and Darren took the young girl to the doctor once more. After showing him the video, he was just as dumbfounded as they were. This was the first time that he had seen anything like it. Darren could not help but think of all the demonic possession that he had seen in the movie. It sounded crazy, but this was the only explanation that made sense.
Running More Tests On Her
In the end, the doctor referred the young woman to a specialist. They had to run a couple of tests on Natalie. Among other things, she took a neurological exam and had a full polysomnogram with an EEG. The latter was meant to measure her brain’s electrical activity. In the end, they ruled out the possibility of a head trauma and tumor. They were all so confused! What could explain her nighttime behavior?
The Diagnosis Made A Lot Of Sense
However, the specialist reported that there was abnormal brain activity on the EEG. It looked like it was coming from her temporal lobe, which might mean that the young woman had temporal lobe epilepsy. It was possible that this had been causing her nocturnal “episodes.” Could they really have been seizures? Just so you know, there are various types of seizures that exist.
Just For Good Measure
However, the majority of nocturnal seizures fall under the tonic-clonic category. These are also called grand mal seizures. They normally do not last longer than five minutes. When this happens, muscles tend to stiffen and twitch. This could explain what they saw in the video. Natalie received anti-seizure medication and has since fully recovered. Despite this, Darren still asked a priest to come by and cleanse the house for good measure. It wouldn’t hard, right? If you ask us, that was good thinking on his end!