Mysterious Messages | Paranormal Puzzles

The Messages From Beyond

Loved ones receive strange emails, seemingly from beyond the grave.

In June of 2011, Jack Froese died from an arrhythmia at 32, leaving all of his loved ones devastated by his passing. They never expected what came next.

By this point, any one of us would hope to get a sign from the afterlife before the grief period ends and we can move on from the loss. Signs like finding a penny in an unusual place or a word with significant meaning between you and the person in an unexpected matter, but soon after his passing, Jack’s best friend received a message from his in one of the most unusual ways yet.

Five months after Jack passed away, his best friend Tim Hart, best friends since 17, got an unexpected email strangely titled:

I’m watching

The email also referenced a conversation the two had several months before Jack’s death, regarding the state of Hart’s attic:

“Did you hear me? I’m at your house. Clean your f***ing attic!!!”

After getting over his initial concern and shock, he mentioned in an interview with the BBC that he replied to it, but never got a reply. Since then, Hart firmly believes that it is unlikely that anyone other than the two of them would have known about the private conversations they had that the email mentioned; citing that it was unlikely that either would have brought the subject up to anyone else.

Hart was ultimately not the only one to receive this kind of email. Jack’s cousin, Jimmy McGraw also got an email from the same account on November 21, his even stranger and more unsettling than Hart’s. The reason being, shortly after his cousin’s passing, McGraw broke his ankle. Fast-forwarding to when he got this email, it read:

“Hey Jim, how ya doing? I knew you were going to break your ankle. Tried to warn you. Gotta be careful.”

Ultimately, these emails raise so many questions. Were they messages from the afterlife, or a cruel prank from a third party who gained access to a dead man’s account? If we’re going by Occam’s razor, then this may seem like the most likely explanation, except, if either man did happen to tell a third party of these anecdotes in passing, and the person did gain access to the account, what was the purpose of doing this? What were they hoping to gain from doing something like this? Sure, sometimes people commit cruel pranks and other acts without reason but in this case, it seems, even more…I want to say pointless?

Moreover, if it was another person, why did they never respond to Hart’s reply? Maybe they didn’t want to continue their “prank”? Also, why was it that only Hart and McGraw got these emails and no one else? If this were a cruel prank, surely the prankster would have either sent the message to only one person or several at once, not just two.

Another explanation for these emails could be that Froese wrote these emails and scheduled them to be sent automatically to these recipients before his death. However, if this was the case, how could he have known about his cousin breaking his ankle, five months his death? Furthermore, why would he have bothered to email his friend and cousin these messages instead of merely texting or calling them? Perhaps some people email each other like they are texting, for the fun of it?

His loved ones, like everyone else, have no idea what to make of these messages, except to accept them as comforting, if not odd signs.

Whether his loved ones were victims of a cruel prank or these emails were just the result of a more technologically explainable matter, or something else altogether, they decided to take comfort in having received them at all. According to Hart in another interview, after speaking with his late friend’s mother about the messages, he relayed her response:

“Think what you want about it, or just accept them as a gift.”

I think that, regardless of how these emails happened, that the most important thing to take away from this is just that, sometimes, there doesn’t need to be an explanation for everything, primarily when it can serve to help bring comfort to you after a loss. Whatever the meaning is to take from something like this, is to accept it and move on to a better place.


Nicole Henley is an East-coast true-crime writer and storyteller who’s into unsolved mysteries as well as marvels of history.



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