A woman has told how she has a love rival for her boyfriend – a ghost who attacked her when she moved in with him.
When Gemma Thompson, 28, of Basildon, Essex, moved in with her boyfriend Jay, 25, in June 2012, she was excited.
But she quickly realised something was wrong.
An “old hag” dressed in Victorian clothes followed her around – and a psychic told her it was a love rival from another century.
Gemma, met her boyfriend Jay in a pub in early 2012 and they quickly fell in love and moved in together.
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But when he had finished unpacking his boxes, Gemma sensed that a toothbrush and other items were not all he had brought.
She said: “ I’ve always been able to see spirits ever since I was a child but I was so shocked to see a woman sat at the top of my stairs.
“She was hunched over and seemed to be dressed in a black gown like something the Victorians would wear.
“When I got near her she launched herself at me and growled. I was utterly terrified.”
Gemma, who said she had always had psychic leanings, ran back down the stairs but did not want to scare Jay.
She said: “I hadn’t told him about my gift before, but I just couldn’t keep what happened to myself.
“I asked him if he believed in ghosts and when he asked why I said, ‘because I’ve just seen an old hag sat at the top of our stairs'.
“I was convinced he thought I was nuts.”
But it turned out Gemma wasn’t the only one to be aware of a ghostly presence.
She said: “Jay told me he had heard noises when I was out. He didn’t think I was crazy after all.”
The couple called a psychic who explained the woman, who has a pointed noise and a hairy “Apparently she latched on to Jay when he was young and unhappy,” Gemma said.
“He said she goes with him everywhere and feeds off negative energy.”
In fact, when Gemma and Jay had an argument she appeared next to him, snarling at Gemma.
“The psychic said she was here to stay” Gemma explains.
But the spirit did have a good effect. “It meant we couldn’t argue or she would appear and do something horrible.”
Gemma and Jay had a son, CameronLi, together last year and it seems Jay’s hag approves.
mole on her cheek, had moved in – with Jay.
“My sister-in-law Sarah was over and when she checked on the baby and said she saw an old woman in a black dress watching over him, smiling,” Gemma said.
“I’ve never known her smile before so I think the ghost sees CameronLi as a part of Jay and that’s ok.”
Neither Gemma nor Jay has any idea of who the woman is.
“‘I described her to an artist friend of mine who drew a sort of photo fit, “ she said. “We showed her to Jay and his family hoping that maybe someone would recognise her, but no-one did.”
Gemma has come to terms with the fact her man comes with a live-in hag. “I guess it’s love him, love his ghost.”