Matt and Jenny Amos had been looking into moving to the reputable Cheyenne Mountain area of Colorado Springs for years, until a surprising stroke of luck found them in the house of their dreams in their ideal area of town. It all happened very quickly; the previous owner of the home, a recent widow, accepted their offer and promptly disappeared within hours of closing. As the Amos family began moving in to their new home, they started to notice some unusual things. Playwright and Director Rhea Amos sits down with Matt and Jenny Amos (her parents) to discuss the home that inspired the script of Pandemic Collective's Room 104.

Rhea
So, when did you move into this house?

Jenny
We moved in around 2004.
Rhea
​Did you know anything about the house's history? Did the previous owner tell you anything?
Jenny
We knew that it was built in the 60's, around 1968. The woman that we bought the house from was the original owner, and she and her husband built the house. She also told us that her husband died in the house.
Rhea
When was the first time that you realized this house wasn't normal?​
Matt
When we moved in, we decided to replace the curtains - they were white-ish yellow from the 60's. And when we were taking them down, we noticed that they were covered in blood spatter. Then we started noticing that there was blood everywhere - on the walls in the dining room and in our bedroom, on the ceiling. Everywhere. Then we found the room, which the owner never showed us.
Rhea
Describe the room. What does it look like?
Matt
​It's an 8' by 10' room with three stairs going to nowhere. Electric fence lines the ceiling, and there are eye holes in the concrete floor. The room has no windows, it's very cold. It's also hidden behind another door under the deck access door, so there's no way to get into the house from this room. The room's door is a hotel room door, it has a peephole that looks into the room and the door locks from the outside. And there's a number plaque on the door that reads "104".

When the Amos family moved into their new home in colorado springs, they had no idea about the horrors that awaited them.

An Interview With the Keepers of

Room 104

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Rhea

And when did you know that what was happening in the house wasn't normal?

Jenny

​I remember going downstairs - it still feels like this: it feels like someone is watching you, and you see things out of the corner of your eye. We've heard things, strange noises, which wouldn't be any sort of proof except for the fact that we have two dogs that react to these noises in strange ways.  I think it was their reactions, when they would growl at an empty hallway or something, things like that that made us realize that something was there with us.

Rhea

What were some strange things that happened in the house and the room?

Jenny

I was sending a care package to you (Rhea) while you were in college, and I had finished packing this box in the dining room, so I went into the kitchen to grab some tape to tape up the box and send it to you. When I came back into the dining room with tape, I noticed that the package was covered with bloody fingerprints. I looked down at my hands, thinking I had gotten a papercut, and I wasn't bleeding at all. The house is full of blood. For months, I would wake up every night at exactly 3 am, and I could hear noises that got closer and closer to our bedroom. Eventually the noises were in our bedroom, and the dresser drawer handles would rattle, there would be loud thumps, voices, and the dogs would react, which made me feel like I wasn't crazy. One night, I was laying in bed when something grabbed my ankles and pulled me down the bed. That has been by far the worst incident. At that point, my husband (Matt) was being woken up by these noises, so that night was by far the scariest. 

Rhea

How is the house today? Do these things still happen?

Matt

The walls and curtains still have blood spatter - I have cleaned them over and over again, but they always come back. When we replaced the curtains, we noticed that the blood spatter has reappeared on the new curtains that we have in the same places where the stains on the old curtains were. There are still noises, it still feels like something is always watching.

Rhea

What do you think the purpose of the room was, when the owners built it?

Matt

It definitely is meant to keep something inside. Electric fence, a door that locks from the outside, the peephole that looks into the room. The man who built the house was a superintendent, and their family had about eight kids, so maybe it was a depraved time-out room? I don't think we'll ever know, or want to know.

Rhea

Do you know, or have any inklings, as to what this presence in the house could be?

Jenny

I think it's a lost soul. I think it's trapped there. I think it's agitated. I think it wants us to leave. It has quieted down since we first moved there, but I don't think it's done yet. 


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