Point Defiance Park

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This park is said to be haunted by Jennifer, a 14-year-old whose body was found on the grounds in the 1980s. Her killer was never caught. Her bicycle can be heard on the 5-Mile Drive in the dead of night. One witness reports seeing the girl’s smiling ghost, but she had no eyes. Another spirit that roams the park belongs to a man who may have committed suicide after his wife drowned in the lake. The pagoda seems to be a hotspot for spectral activity: People have reported hearing footsteps and sighing, and feeling unexplained cold drafts.

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    5400 N Pearl St
    Ruston, WA
    United States

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    47.308501211542875, -122.53129708530275
    Pierce County, Washington
    Nearest Towns:
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    1. I’ve had many experiences in this park and one of the most memorable happened about 8 years ago. I kept looking in the rear-view mirror of my car as I was driving through the park and behind me appeared the ghost of a young girl. I felt her with me, which is why I kept looking back. Whether this was the ghost of “Jennifer” or not, I’m not sure, but this has never happened again after that day. She stayed with me (in spirit) in the backseat of the car the entire drive through the park. It felt to me as though she was attempting to communicate but really didn’t have much to say. I believe that joining visitors of the park is not too uncommon for her. In addition, I have often sensed other interesting pockets of energy while exploring the park and it’s trails. Another place that has some pretty interesting energy is the Port of Tacoma, especially along Marine View Drive.

    2. I’ve been to this park a few times, and the last time I visited I went over towards the pagoda with my good friend, and as I was walking it kept feeling like someone was breathing right into my left ear, and my hair would even blow in front of my face, although there was no breeze. I did feel lots of energy throughout the area of the pagoda, but didn’t physically see anything.

      • I live right next to the park and go to it regularly, overtime i go i also get a weird feeling when i go near it. Ive also seen a homeless looking man with a radio come out of the bushes when i take my dog for a run. He has very weird vibes.

    3. I totally get how this sounds super crazy but one time me and my friend were at the beach here and it was almost night time and summer time. It got super cold out of nowhere when we walked past this one area we had to crawl over that had a lot of branches. We both heard something move in the shadows of the tree to our right and something started chasing us and we ran and looked back and nothing was there. No we were not on anything. It was pretty weird

    4. I was in the same classes as Jennifer bastion, and spent a lot of time at Pt. defiance park. Even when my parents told me not to go, I still went there. I never felt anything. Maybe because I knew her personaly? Idk.
      Try walking thru the train tunnel from Ruston to salmon beach….now that’s got some weird vibes.

      • I’ve read a few books that talk about her ghost. I always feel like it might not be completely appropriate to talk about her ghost haunting the park because it is so recent and her friends and family are still alive and in the area. It’s already bad enough but to know she is not at peace must be devastating.

    5. a group of friends and i went to 5 mile Drive at around 10pm, we were goofing off asking if there was any spirits around and we stopped off before the 3 and a half marker to take our dogs out to go to the bathroom and drink some water. there we decided to start audio recording the rest of the way because a friend in the group and i were both feeling like someone was watching and following us. as we finally hit the 3 and a half marker and stop by the small dog park. we start hearing noises in the forest, like foot steps moving faster and faster towards us, thats when we immediately started moving on, we still felt like someone was following us so my friend who is a woman by the way and myself also a woman started asking questions and i would speak on the past , of the horrific deaths that happened in the area. as we felt chills and more feelings of something is watching us, we made it out of the 5 mile drive and headed over to the gas station near by. the scariest thing is when we got to the gas station we decided to listen to one of the recordings. it is about 10 mins long and there are voices telling us clear as day ” get out”, “Help me” “Save me”, and the last one that scared is all is when my fiance yells out ” jennifer we got you a new bike, and we found your killer !” seconds after saying the first phrase. the finally thing this deeper male voice says is ” I said get out nooooow” like he was trying to yell at us but it came out as a whisper. we did not hear any of these voices as we were talking and goofing off, but they will forever be in my memory. now we feel like we need to research more on this matter and want to find more information on the deaths and haunting that happened. how clear this audio is no one would believe but when you start listening to it you notice that the male voices are always talking over us and it sounds like he is talking right into the mic, but my friend had her hand out of the window with the audio recording. one thing i can say for sure is that who ever the person is. he wants us to leave and these occurrences started around the 3 and a half mark around 10:20pm. we legit thought it was my fiance playing games with us, but i didnt hear him once say anything like this and the phone was out the window while the voice sounds like it is right on the mic speaking. if any one has a follow up on something like this i would love to hear more on it, and if anyone wants to hear this audio uncut i can send it through email , but i will be posting it on youtube, or somewhere once i bleep out the cuss words and such. thank you all for reading

    6. My husband and I recently went to the pagoda near the five mile trail to picnic and take pictures. I didn’t even know until later that it’s considered one of the most haunted places in wa. Well, I walked off on my own and did my own thing and I was feeling so peaceful and calm But My husband walked along with Our daughter another way and when he came back to the car and we did the 5 mile drive, also haunted come to find out, he developed 3 scratches along his leg in a line and turned white pale and was acting weird. Not like him at all. He wouldn’t tell me what was going on. Then today I find out he got an eerie feeling and these marks developed. He said he didn’t walk through any bushes or anything and it didn’t hurt but burned. Anyway then I learned about all the haunted stories of that area. But what stood out was how simply calm I became like silent and at peace like in my own world. And he had the total opposite feeling and experience. He still has these scratches on his leg two days later and says they burn, not itch or hurt. They looks terrifying.

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