Debra and Tony Pickman were newlyweds, when they settled into their first home.
It seemed ideal, especially since Tony's brother Greg lived right next door. But their idyll soon turned into a nightmare.
The strange happenings started gently enough. The television and other electrical appliances would turn themselves on when no-one was in the room. They blamed each other or faulty wiring.
Debra became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Taylor, and that was when things really flipped out of control.
While her sister was at the house for a visit, Tony ran upstairs to get something. Glancing into the baby's nursery, he spied a bizarre sight. Each of the teddy-bears had been taken from the shelves and placed into circles on the carpet.
He called his wife and sister-in-law upstairs to see. They were confused, but thought that maybe Greg had sneaked in to play a prank. The teddies were put back onto the shelves and the trio started back downstairs.
They were halfway down, when Tony recalled that he still hadn't picked up the item that he had gone to fetch in the first place. He dashed back up and stopped, stunned, outside the open nursery door. The teddy-bears were back in their circles on the floor.
Still convinced that this was all somehow Greg's idea of a joke, Tony confronted his brother the following day. Greg assured the couple that he had been out all night and that he would not just sneak into their home, not even for a brilliant prank.
Utterly skeptical of the notion of ghosts (which seemed the only other explanation), Greg grabbed Tony's camera. He trained it upon a teddy bear sitting on a chair and challenged the spirits to move it.
They did. The bear span on the spot, then fell from the chair. Greg captured the movement on a still photograph.
Now spooked, Tony picked up his baby son and yelled at his wife and brother to get out. They fled to the car, but were delayed by fastening Taylor into his car-seat. While Greg stood white-faced and Debra started the engine rolling, Tony suddenly hissed in pain. He felt like he'd been stung.
It wasn't until the Pickman family had reached Tony's parents' home that the source of his discomfort was revealed. Three deep scratches had been gouged into his back.
This was all still child's play compared to what would happen over the next year.