“I heard wailing outside my door at midnight. When I opened the door I saw four or five people bouncing around dressed all in white.”
“As I stepped out I wasn’t careful, and stepped on a plank of wood with nails protruding that had been placed by the door,” said 67-year-old widow Ms. Liu, recalling what happened last August.
Turns out the area where Liu lives became part of a government resettlement program. But Liu hasn’t agreed to move out because she thought the compensation offered was too low to accept.
Both the electricity and water have already been cut off at her home in Zhengzhou’s Jinshui District, and she has being haunted because she refuses to relocate to make way for a new development, she told fawan.com on April 22.
The phenomenon of “nail houses“—properties that poke up in the rubble because owners refuse to budge—has become a regular sight in China‘s boom towns. We often hear about gangs of thugs hired by building companies and local officials trying to intimidate residents so they’ll leave, and their homes can then be demolished.
Developers in Henan have even threatened residents of a Nanyang neighborhood with AIDS if they didn’t accept the compensation offer and move out, as shenghuoxinbao exposed on its Weibo page last year.
It appears that rapid development in China can be terrifying, and heartless.
Were the ghosts really people hired by the developers using a more creative means to force her out?
The reason for this is still under investigation.