Monterrey Park Haunting- by Dr. Barry Taff

In the spring of 1974 another case turned up from the home of Salvador Delgado in Monterey Park. Initially, it appeared to be haunted by the presence of the family’s deceased daughter, Yolanda, who along with her expectant child had died under mysterious circumstances during labor.

The family situation within the house was unique for two reasons. First, there appeared to be a very healthy psychic atmosphere. Second, all family members did not believe or have any interest whatsoever in the paranormal prior to the outbreak of phenomena.

This Monterey Park house appeared to manifest many typical poltergeist phenomena along with the more classic haunting displays; loud pounding and knocking on doors and walls coupled with the movement of various pieces of furniture. One evening, in full view of a small family gathering, their cat was lifted up into the air by its front legs as if by unseen hands. The cat remained stationary in the air for about five to ten seconds and was then gently lowered back to the floor. The cat panicked, ran from the house and was never seen again.

Another dramatic event occurred about three weeks after Yolanda’s death. Early one morning, Mrs. Delgado was awakened by a strange scraping or scratching sound emanating from the living room. She immediately woke her husband and they both left their bedroom to investigate the unusual sounds. After walking through the hallway and turning into the living room, Mr. and Mrs. Delgado were shocked to see an apparition of Yolanda sitting before them on the floor of the living room playing with a cat they once owned (that cat was also deceased).

The Delgado’s became quite stiff with fear as they continued to watch the faintly translucent image of their dead daughter as she stood up and turned towards them. They could not completely see through Yolanda’s apparition, but she nevertheless appeared to glow at the edges of her spectral form. She was fully clothed in apparel they recognized.

Yolanda’s apparition approached to within two to three feet of her parents and spoke, apparently attempting to console her parents, “Don’t worry mommy and daddy, I’ll never leave you. I’m really lonely and miss all the family.”

Mrs. Delgado stood there in a dead (excuse the pun) stare, while Mr. Delgado simply passed out cold. This type of collective sighting is extremely rare, but nevertheless, I feel it was authentic.

Following this incident, Mr. Delgado wanted nothing more to do with our investigation of his house and he made it a point to be absent whenever we returned.

After these initial series of events, Yolanda was apparently seen on many other occasions, frequently in the mirrors around the house while various family members were washing their face or combing their hair.

One particular event that was of high strangeness occurred when the Delgado’s came home one afternoon at approximately 3 p.m., to see Yolanda casually sitting on the living room couch with another girl whom they did not recognize. Yolanda was reading the copy of Redbook magazine that was already lying on the coffee table. Suddenly, their daughter stood up and told them she had to go and open some doors. Yolanda and her phantom friend abruptly disappeared from sight after which numerous doors throughout the house began opening and closing, as if she was on some kind of spectral schedule.

The last known incident when Yolanda appeared was about three months later when she told her parents that her death was not due to medical complications during labor, but rather to medical malpractice and negligence. Yolanda’s parents finally summoned up enough nerve, strength and courage to confront the physician and nurse involved. Interestingly, both the doctor and his nurse suddenly and mysteriously left town, never to be heard from again. This event, more precisely, a portion of it, hit the local newspapers, although the sudden disappearance of the doctor and nurse was not in any way whatsoever attributed to Yolanda’s ghost.

Not surprisingly, after this seeming resolution of Yolanda’s death, the haunting abruptly ceased, almost as if she had finally achieved a desired sense of tranquillity and peace of mind.