By Kathryn Tucker Windham
Jeffrey is the mischievous "something" that has headquarters within the Windham domestic in Selma, Alabama. He first made his presence identified in October 1966, and because then he has endured, at abnormal and rare periods, to clump down the corridor, slam doorways, rock in a chair, frighten the relations cat (now deceased, via no fault of Jeffrey), circulation heavy items of furnishings, reason digital gear to malfunction, and conceal items. He usually accompanies Mrs. Windham on her travels, and stories of Jeffrey's antics are greatly recounted.
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13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham