This is one of the most famous cases of paranormal activity in the world – The Enfield Poltergeist. These events took place in Enfield, North London between August 1977 and 1978, where an innocent family were subjected to prolonged paranormal activity.
“Just before I died, I went blind, and then I had a haemorrhage, and I fell asleep, and I died in the chair in the corner downstairs.”
This is believed to be the voice of Bill Wilkins, a man who died long before the Hodgson family moved into his Enfield, North London home. The family consisted of Peggy Harper, and her four children, Rose, thirteen, Janet, eleven, Pete, ten, and Jimmy, seven. The voice came through the body of eleven-year-old Janet Hodgson, through her false vocal chords as she was used as a conduit for hours of conversation. Other events included flying objects such as lego pieces, large items of furniture being upturned, books passing through walls, fires, bangs, ghostly apparitions, recorded conversations and the young girls being thrown out of their beds in acts of levitation.
This House Is Haunted
Investigator Guy Lyon Playfair, a poltergeist expert, wrote a book about it, named This House is Haunted. There was none better qualified to write such a book. A member for the SPR, Society for Psychical Research, Playfair and fellow member Maurice Grosse supported the family for over fourteen months, spending many nights at the premises and witnessed paranormal activity on a regular basis. The story became an overnight sensation when covered by a journalist from the Daily Mirror, and later appeared on television.
A succession of witnesses provided statements, including police. Teams of people visited the Enfield home. However doubt was cast when Janet, the main focus of the attention, admitted playing tricks on the investigators.This admission was repeated on an ITN news programme on 12th June 1980 when she stated: “Oh yeah, once or twice [we faked], just to see if Mr Grosse and Mr Playfair would catch us. And they always did.” Playfair continued with his investigation. He knew Janet could not be responsible for the majority of incidents he witnessed first hand.
I found the book on the case to be a fascinating read. It is well written and well documented. I have no reason to doubt any of the events, and was amazed to read some of the similarities to our case. The family had nothing to gain by going public about this case and I feel very sorry for Janet in particular, who was recently interviewed on ‘This Morning’ during ‘Paranormal Week’ and treated very badly. It begged me to ask the question yet again, why are victims of paranormal attack treated with such distain?
As author Guy Playfair puts it “Neither I nor anybody else can explain what a poltergeist is, I can only tell you what it does. Whatever it eventually turns out to be would appear to us today as strange, unbelievable and impossible as, say, the idea of an internet would have appeared to Newton or even Einstein.”
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