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The ghost of Prince: Proselytizing poltergeist?

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Minneapolis resident Clem Bacarro captured this Ring alarm system image revealing a purple mist forming on his porch. "I get a notification at least once a day that someone - or something - is on my porch," Bacarro says of the motion-activated home security device. "When I watch the live video, I only see this purple fog. When I get home, a copy of the Watchtower is under my door," Bacarro said, referring to the religious literature published and distributed by members of the Jehovah's Witnesses denomination. Minneapolis resident Clem Bacarro captured this Ring alarm system image revealing a purple mist forming on his porch. "I get a notification at least once a day that someone - or something - is on my porch," Bacarro says of the motion-activated home security device. "When I watch the live video, I only see this purple fog. When I get home, a copy of the Watchtower is under my door," Bacarro said, referring to the religious literature published and distributed by members of the Jehovah's Witnesses denomination. (Image courtesy of Clem Bacarro)

Does music superstar Prince – a noted member of the Jehovah’s Witness faith during the last two decades of his life – continue to proselytize door to door in the Minneapolis-area neighborhood surrounding his Paisley Park estate during his afterlife?

Clem Bacarro, 51, a resident of Audobon St. in Chanhassen, Minnesota, believes that he is.

According to Bacarro, shortly after installing a Ring Alarm wi-fi home security video system on his property, he began receiving notifications of activity at his door.

"I get a video notification about once a day that someone - or something - is on my porch," he said of the motion-activated home security device.

"When I watch the live video on my phone, I only see this purple fog. When I get home, I find these pamphlets under my door," Bacarro said, referring to the religious literature published and distributed by members of the Jehovah's Witnesses denomination. 

Bacarro says he is not a particularly big fan of Prince’s music, but that his daughter, Alexandria, (who declined to be interviewed for this story) is.

“Alexandria came up with the theory that it’s the ghost of Prince visiting our home,” Bacarro said. “When we moved here 15 years ago, the people we bought this house from told us that Prince came here once on behalf of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I thought that was weird but also kind of cool, but I forgot all about it until this started happening about three months ago.”

Bacarro says his family believes that the mysterious purple-tinted fog or mist shown floating on his porch is actually the soul of the musical luminary making good on a promise made during his lifetime.

Shortly after being introduced to the Jehovah’s Witness faith in 2001 by Larry Graham – former bassist for Sly and the Family Stone – Prince reportedly began knocking on doors in areas around Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

“He would talk to people about their salvation and would give them Jehovah’s Witness pamphlets and literature,” Bacarro said. “The former residents of our house asked Prince to sign the “Watchtower” pamphlet he gave them, but he wouldn’t do it. Instead, he gave them both a hug and said he would return. As far as they know, he never came back.”

For this story, Bacarro forwarded a 37-second video showing what he believes to be the spirit of the late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist forming, floating and then dissipating, on his porch. The still shot pictured with this story was captured at the 18-second point in the video.

“The purple fog keeps shifting and morphing in every video,” Bacarro said of what has now become a regular occurrence. “Sometimes when I watch the mist, I can almost see a face before it changes shape into something else.”

According to Bacarro, the visits from Prince began just after Christmas 2018 when he had a Ring Alarm home security system installed. Since December 29, he has logged 88 videos of varying length – all featuring some form of the floating purple mist. Upon arrival at home, Bacarro says he typically finds a current issue of The Watchtower, or its sister publication, “Awake!,” under his door.

Bacarro says the visits never occur when he or any member of his family happens to be at home.

“That’s another weird thing about this,” he said. “It only seems to happen when the house is empty. He did say he would return. One of these days, Prince will show up when I’m home or when my wife or Alexandria is here. When he does, we’ll open the door and let him in.”

(In case you haven’t already figured it out, this is our April Fools’ Day edition. As such, there will be stories that are completely and totally made up. This is one such story.)

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