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