Can a ghost follow you from place to place?

No, not usually. Ghostly phenomena seem tied to locations. If ghosts could go somewhere else, they probably would. (If you had a choice, would you spend relentless years at a site where people ignore you, or are afraid of you? Probably not.)

Can Ghosts Follow You? Maybe.Exceptions to this rule are rare. One of them is Judith Thompson Tyng. Her ghost moved around Tyngsboro, Massachusetts (USA) for many years. Witnesses say she’s still there, over 200 years later.

According folklore, Judith tormented (and perhaps killed) two 18th century men responsible for her death.

One of them was John Alford Tyng, the father of her child. He killed her and buried her under the hearth of their home.

Then, when Judith haunted him, he moved to another house. Judith’s ghost followed him.

He tried again, with the same results.

Finally, when John Tyng was dying, Judith’s ghost stood at his door and prevented anyone from helping him.

Judith’s other victim was a quack called “Dr. Blood.” He’d pretended to be a minister or a Justice of the Peace and convinced Judith she was married to John. When Dr. Blood was found dead on a country road, Judith’s distinctive boot print was on his back. Folklore claims she’d forced his head into a puddle, and held him there until he drowned.

Of course, stories like those must be studied closely. About 99% of ghosts seem to stay in one place.  Anything that moves from one location to another might something else.

For example, poltergeists can follow and torment the people they select as targets. That’s why many researchers don’t believe poltergeists are ghosts.

Demons can follow people or even become attached to them. Demons can mimic ghosts.

Few credible stories describe a ghost changing locations. Even the Bell Witch was probably the product of several entities. Those include at least one opportunistic (and very alive) person in that community.

sympathetic and comforting handsIf you think a ghost has followed you, see a priest or spiritual minister immediately. Chances are, the problem isn’t a ghost. It could be something far worse. You might be at risk.

Don’t seek help from strangers, online. Not even me. Find a priest or full-time minister to help you, even if you are not a religious person or a member of that congregation.  (A good minister won’t care.  His or her job is to help with spiritual matters, period and full stop.)


Author: Fiona Broome

Fiona Broome is a paranormal researcher and author. She describes herself as a "blip analyst," since she explores odd "blips" in reality. But mostly, she investigates ghosts and haunted places.

10 thoughts on “Can a ghost follow you from place to place?”

  1. Several years ago I moved into a house and a couple of strange things happened to me I could not explain, I had some holy water and sprayed it all around my bedroom, the activity stopped ,but I could still sense there was something around the rest of my home. My partner moved in and he saw this entity standing outside my bedroom door a number of times, we have since moved house a couple of times and it has followed us and is now in are flat, it appears a couple of times a week, it just stands in different places or walked past the rooms, my partner has come out of kitchen a walked right into it, he was quite unnerved by it. It doesn’t interact with him (it did with me before I met my partner, although I didn’t see it, it twisted my fingers and pressed on my stomach), I have been catching glimpses of it out the corner of my eye lately, but my partner actually sees it, he said it is a dark figure, it is male like, but with no features, he said it is quite often standing behind me in our home, what could this be

    1. Hi, Lee, and thanks for asking this question.

      First of all, I don’t recommend holy water as a solution (no pun intended) for all – or even most – hauntings. If there is any possibility that the entity is in the demonic range – and I am not trying to scare you – holy water can make things far worse.

      Anything that’s so troublesome you’re thinking about holy water… you probably need an expert’s evaluation. For that, I’d go to a mainstream church for help, or to one of the few trusted, experienced demonologists. (And really, far too many people go online and declare that they’re professional demonologists, when – to long-term researchers like me – they clearly haven’t a clue.)

      But, since the activity stopped and did not increase, I think that whatever-it-is is probably benign. In other words, there’s little reason for deep concern.

      I’m not making light of what you’ve experienced. I believe you. However, as someone with decades of research in this field, I’m not seeing anything especially worrisome in this. In fact, you’re describing something I’ve encountered before, several times.

      From the start, the finger twisting and other physical issues sound more like a poltergeist than anything else. That can be unnerving and annoying, but it usually diminishes if you can keep calm. Don’t feed it the kinds of emotions it uses for power in our world.

      In fact, I suspect you’re actually dealing with two entities. The male form could be a ghost, possibly someone from your family history or your own past, and he’s protecting you.

      The finger-twisting entity might be a prankster spirit, and behaving as a poltergeist. Poltergeists tend to manifest around anyone with roller-coaster emotions, and are reported most often around teenagers, and women who’re going through challenging times or changes. Poltergeists go looking for anyone who’s struggling to deal with difficulties, especially when anger or sadness are involved.

      We don’t know a whole lot about poltergeists, but – for the (living) person who’s the focus of the activity – the less energy the poltergeist can draw upon, the better. Note: the focus isn’t always the same person providing the energy, but in long-term poltergeist activity, the energy usually centers around that person.

      If no physical “pranks” have happened since your partner moved in, the poltergeist may have moved on to other energy sources. And, though I can’t evaluate your situation with guaranteed precision, I’d start with the idea that the male entity is a protector, keeping an eye on things so you aren’t troubled by the other whatever-it-is.

      I hope this helps. Feel free to add comments if you have more concerns.

      Fiona Broome

  2. Hiya I am worried that a spirit has followed me from home to home… it started about 7 years ago with shelves being thrown off my shower wall, taps turning on etc. I then met my husband and I moved in with him from Nottingham United Kingdom to Kent United Kingdom, about 5 hours distance between then both. It has started up here now where I have moved to but this time it actually grabbed my leg and left a red mark across my ankle. It has started to throw clean clothes everywhere after just being washed, taps turning on again. I am unsure what to can someone please help??!

    1. Hello Zoe,

      I’m sorry to hear that this is happening to you and your husband. The most likely explanation is that it’s a poltergeist. That’s a controversial topic, and researchers aren’t sure if the issues are entirely caused by an entity, or if the energy is coming from someone living.

      The good news is: Poltergeists usually don’t cause serious injury. Usually, what they do is annoying more than damaging.

      I’ve written a few articles on this topic. Start with one at this website – “Can Ghosts Hurt People?” –

      Then take a look at “Mental Work, PK, and Poltergeists” –

      One of my other articles may be less helpful, but give you a little more information – “Poltergeists – What they are…” –

      Mostly, I recommend remaining as calm as you can. If leading theories are correct, a heightened emotional reaction actually provides fuel to the entity that’s behind the pranks.

      Also, remember that poltergeist activity fades with time. Unfortunately, these episodes rarely last just days or a few weeks, so you may need considerable patience.

      Keep a diary – what happens, when it happens, and where it happens. Note who’s nearby (in the house or just outside) and what’s going on with each of you, emotionally. See if you can spot any patterns, like cycles of the moon, time of day, and so on.

      With that, you might have some prediction of when odd things will happen.

      Also, you’re not alone with this issue. When my children were young, we had a couple of poltergeist episodes. In one case, I was pretty sure I knew which child was providing the energy for the mischief, and I’d say, “Okay, stop that now.” And, the problem would stop… until the next time that child was in a mood.

      Lately, the woman in the flat above us… well, let’s say she has boyfriend problems. When she has a fight with one of them, I’ll find the light on and things strewn wildly around my laundry room. (Oh, I should have mentioned: A lot of poltergeist activity happens near water sources… faucets, WCs, and so on.) I just tidy up after things simmer down, upstairs, and we’re fine until the next argument she has.

      I don’t worry too much because I’ve been around poltergeist activity during many ghost investigations. The occasional one can cause injury or damage that – in my opinion – the entity didn’t intend.

      Other than that, I just shrug it off, mutter “Poltergeists!” to myself, and ignore it.

      The less you panic, the less anxiety you feed into what’s going on, the better.

      I hope that’s helpful.


  3. Hiya thank you for getting back to me, I contacted my local witch shop and she has suggested getting sage and sea salt to cleanse my flat, but will be going to the church tomorrow to ask for more advice regarding this. Everything you have said sums everything up regarding what has been happening over the past several years. Thank you so much for your advice I will definitely look up the sites you gave me and get more information off them as well

    Kind Regards

    1. Hello again, Zoe, and I’m relieved to hear that my reply has been helpful.

      Sage can work. So can sea salt; I have a small bowl of it in my laundry room, right now. It didn’t halt the poltergeist activity, but it reduced it about 80%.

      Your minister may be helpful, as well. It depends on the context he or she places this in. (Avoid leaping to the idea that it’s demonic. In most cases, poltergeists seem to be benign… just a little too eager to get attention and cause mischief.)

      If I can answer any other questions, be sure to ask. Comments and questions like this can help others, too.


      Cheerfully, Fiona

  4. In my case I’ve never had cabinets open and close on their own or anything or objects thrown around just foot steps or popping sounds and when I was younger I would wake up with something on top of me breathing heavy threw my sheets I was very so scared at that point that was the lease Scarry thing that happen to but reasenly I’ve been touched [edited due to explicit content] do you have any advise I really like to what to do

    1. Linda sue, what you’re describing isn’t a ghost. It’s something else. If you’ve been physically harmed, I recommend going to the nearest mainstream church – whether or not you’re a member (or even if you believe) – and find a sympathetic minister to listen to you.

      If there is any possibility that you’re the victim of something demonic, you need professional, spiritual guidance. Frankly, I wouldn’t trust anyone who isn’t a respected professional. In demonology, that includes people like Peter Haviland in Texas, and John Zaffis in the Connecticut area.

      Your nearest mainstream church is your best local resource. Talk with someone today.

      If you don’t find anyone sympathetic – who takes you seriously – keep looking. Don’t give up. Something is causing you to be harmed, and that cannot be allowed to continue. It needs to be addressed, immediately.

      But the one thing I can assure you is: it’s not a ghost. Ghosts don’t behave like that, except in movies… and the occasional TV show that’s more fiction than fact.

    1. Mac, if you’re having that kind of problem, you need to speak with someone in real life. Go to the nearest mainstream church and speak with any priest/minister who seems sympathetic to this kind of issue. You don’t have to be a member of that church. You don’t even have to believe in what they preach. The reason to see the person is because she or he is a professional in spiritual matters, and – technically – ghosts and other entities like them are spirits.

      Don’t postpone this, hoping whatever-it-is will go away. It’s better to feel silly about your concerns – but be safe – than to let things escalate until you’re at risk.

      Trusting someone online – even me – isn’t a good idea. This needs to be a face-to-face conversation, and with someone in your community who has nothing to gain (power, control, money) from helping you. It has to be someone whose ministry is mainstream (not cultic or “out there”) and the person has an open mind about spirits. (If they don’t, they may smirk, but they’ll usually refer you to someone else they know, personally.)

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