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PostSubject: Private Smitty by Karl Kramer   Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:38 pm

I am in the military and take my job very serious as it deals with intelligence. I consider myself to be very rational, so what happened to me has never been explained to me satisfactorily. It is also a very sad story but does give me a bit of hope.

Like most other members in the military, I go to the gym and workout to maintain my fitness levels. As one gets older, the benefits can really make a difference when it comes to activities. I also work out with my sons who are in their teens. They also are witnesses to the event, so I know I was not hallucinating.

One day I entered the gym and there was a young private being escorted for a workout. He was 19 and his name was Smitty I learned as I talked to him. He was in confinement for something stupid he had done and was facing a bad conduct discharge and possible jail time. He had stolen a car, and got into other trouble which is typical of many young males that age. I saw he was very sad and tried to cheer him up, and he did smile a bit.

The next day I had heard of a young private committing suicide and was terribly saddened to find out it was Smitty. My boys also were sad as they talked to him too. He had hung himself in the shower room at the gym when he was alone. This happened in the week I had been away for some training. I had wondered what happened if I was there if I could of prevented it. I felt depressed a young life was gone and I may have been able to prevent it.

I got back to my routine and the gym was difficult as that is where the suicide happened. On Tuesday morning, my life changed forever in that month of May. I had gone to the gym and after me and my boys were done we went into the locker room. As we headed to the showers there was another individual there. At first we thought it was another private, but we soon realized it was Smitty. He was doing his normal routine when he looked at us and smiled.

He looked like a normal young man and was not a spectral or ghostly presence. I walked up to him and put my hand on his shoulder to see if he was real. The tattoos he had were proof it was Smitty, and he felt warm to the touch. My boys did the same thing and he looked at us and smiled. I told him it was great to see him and how sorry I was I wasn't there. He did not speak, but walked out of the shower room. As I followed, he had disappeared and there was no place he could go to. There was no one in the locker room other than me and my boys.

After we were dressed, I asked if anyone saw anything and the staff did not. No other person at the gym saw an individual go into the locker room at the time of the incident.

The thing that was so strange about this was his presence was so physical and not like a ghost should appear. Even my boys to this day are puzzled, but we have come to the realization he was there to tell us not to grieve for him.


While this short story is a work of fiction, it is based on a tragic incident in real life. Suicide is a very real problem in all walks of life and affects everyone, from loved ones to personal friends. If anyone is having feelings of suicide or know anyone who is, please get help in anyway you can. A phone call or meeting can save the life of a person.


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PostSubject: Re: Private Smitty by Karl Kramer   Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:31 pm

very good.
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PostSubject: Re: Private Smitty by Karl Kramer   Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:49 pm

This was a sad one that I had in my head for almost 20 years. I knew of someone who killed himself and wanted to tell a ghost story which had some sort of comfort at the end.

It probably will be one of the more serious stories I write, although I do have a few in my head which will get emotional.

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