Is Paranormal Intruder a Hoax?
Type in the name of any paranormal case or famous psychic into a search bar online and you will see popular searches under that heading. For example if you type in ‘Is the Enfield poltergeist’ it will proceed with ‘Is the Enfield poltergeist real’ or ‘a hoax’. I am sure it will be only a matter of time before the same follows with Paranormal Intruder. I have examined other cases of true paranormal, and it is sad that quite often people label true cases as a hoax with little or no information, or the information is fabricated to such an extent it runs wild on the internet. Any attempt by the author or person involved to set the record straight will usually result in them being treated rudely and shot down in flames, that’s why you will rarely see a response to such claims.
It’s Not Real
Usually the people that state your case is an outright hoax have never met with you, spoke with you, or had anything to do with the chain of events that made you go public in the first place. Someone emailed me once to say I was lying as I had written a book about it so it couldn’t be real. I love books, I always have. I think they are a wonderful way of communication. If I didn’t write my book then nobody would be any the wiser. Can you imagine if everyone did that? It was one of the few questions I couldn’t respond to. I just could not understand their way of thinking.
Yes Paranormal Intruder is a 100% True Story
So here I am, explaining why my case is real and having my say. Let’s start with a list. I love lists almost as much as I love books so here we go.
- Firstly, it’s not a crazy PR stunt. We wrote the book as we want to get our story out there. I feel the world is changing, albeit very slowly. People are beginning to open up to Spirituality and the fact there may be more to this world than we are aware.
- Witnesses. The strongest facet to our case. There are over thirty witnesses involved. We have not mentioned them all in the book as I felt the accounts given were enough. Have you noticed that our witnesses have all given their actual names? This is very rare for a paranormal case. Several of the witnesses work in the police and it is a tremendous show of support to do so.
- Paranormal Investigators. We never knew Mike, John and his team before this happened. Mike has taped hours upon hours of sounds and phone calls when activity was taking place. They live a very long distance from us (over five hours) yet they felt compelled to attend our home time and time again. If this was a hoax they would not have done so. Three years later we still keep in touch and Mike is currently writing a book on our case.
- Public embarrassment. The ‘Oh My God what are the neighbours thinking’ moments that I mention in my book. There were many, believe me. Why on earth would I want to put myself through that if none of this is real. I’ve had van loads of investigators set up outside my home with cameras, TV companies arrive, journalists, priests, police and fire brigades. We have ran screaming from our home. We moved out for weeks on end. We did not do this for fun.
- Professional embarrassment. My job. Do I need to say any more.
- It is of great importance to me that our story goes public. I hope it can help others, and judging by the fantastic messages of support received so far, it has. Too often people are labelled ‘crazy’ for coming out, but as you can see we are not ‘crazies’ at all. I have also felt it is quite therapeutic, I think it’s akin to some of the very sad stories in the press and bookstores right now, the ‘misery stories’ as they are labelled, of childhood abuse and traumatic events. I just hope one day that victims of paranormal attack can be treated with the same amount of compassion (we are getting there).
- ‘It’s too hard to believe so it can’t be real.’ Sometimes people just find the stretch of the imagination too much to contend with. I’m not criticising, I totally understand, I found it very difficult to comprehend at the start. But it’s not really a valid reason for saying all of this has been faked in some way. Urine sodden footprints on a carpeted stairs is hard to believe but how do you explain it otherwise? How do you explain the liquid dripping from thin air, witnessed by ordinary everyday people?
If you have read the book and are hungry for more, please have a read of my recent Q & A below, which will hopefully answer some questions. Be warned there may be spoilers if you have not yet read the book. Thank you for reading this post and giving us the opportunity to put our side of the story across. I would also like to add that it is important to remember there is a very strong community of people who believe in the paranormal, it has really opened my eyes and we love hearing from them, so keep the emails and tweets coming!
Q & A With Caroline Mitchell
The paranormal is a very interesting and emotive subject and it is only natural that readers would have questions to ask. Whether it be through forums, emails or social networking, we will try to answer as many questions as we can, while maintaining our privacy. Although it may be very interesting that we are still living in our home, we ask that people please refrain from giving out our home address or phone numbers in discussions online. Please feel free to contact us with your questions and I will attempt to address them all below.
Q. I was very frustrated to see you didn’t mention any more about the witches coven.
A. I still don’t know there was one, or if that was just here say. I’m very careful not to put the blanket blame on witches as it just seems like an easy way out. I know it’s frustrating when a book doesn’t always give a resolution, but imagine how we feel. We still don’t know what the exact cause is. I did lots of digging but nothing concrete was returned. If I had any proof a coven ever existed on the land I would have written about it.
Q. You say this has been going on for years, you must have a lot of videos and pictures, right?
A. It’s been a few years since the activity began, but thankfully it hasn’t been going on for years, if that makes sense. If you look at the chapters of the book you will see some of them are dated. The first year was very active, but we often had months of respite. It would come for a short while then disappear again. I didn’t write about these quiet times as there wasn’t much point, so instead I added dates to the chapters. I also mentioned how difficult it was to video evidence. In the end I gave up trying, so no I’m afraid we don’t. We did take some pictures, some of these I have already shared on social networking sites and some I have yet to share. We were very fortunate to record several sound files, some of which I have already made public. I know people will say ‘that’s convenient’ but that’s just how it is. Ask any paranormal investigator and they will tell you how batteries get drained and equipment malfunctions all the time during investigations. A lot of the time we were so stressed that taking photos or making videos was the last thing on our minds. We also knew our investigator Mike Hallowell was making a thorough investigation of our case, and had that side of it in hand. He is also writing a book our case. Personally I believe the witness accounts are the strongest evidence for our case. It is rare to have so many independent witnesses to one case.
Q. The descriptions of your home don’t sound right, why are the children sharing rooms if you have a five bedroom home, and why do you discuss dog nuts being thrown when you gave the dogs away?
A. We live in a lovely four bedroom home, and have four children, two boys and two girls that share rooms. We have a spare bedroom. It is what it is. We still had dog nuts in the kitchen as we hadn’t gotten around to getting rid of them. I think I always hoped we would get the dogs back eventually, but I also knew it could go either way. To be honest things were so awful at the time dog nuts were the least of my worries. I would also like to mention that this is the first time I have ever written a book and it has been a huge challenge to put all the events into a timeline that people could understand. If I’ve messed up the timeline and made a mistake I’m very sorry.
Q. Had you money worries? Is this why you wrote the book? Is this a way for you to move home?
A. Whoah! A little bit personal but I understand your thinking behind the question. Neil was out of work for a while when his security work dried up. He has always been self employed and there’s no shame in saying we struggled for a while (like most families from time to time) and he worked really hard at trying to find employment and worked in a couple of businesses before finding full time employment, where he is now stable. I’ve always had a good wage in my job, where I have worked for seven years now. To be accused of fraud is something I find quite hurtful, given my occupation, however I know it’s not personal and is just the result of an inquisitive mind. Thankfully we are both working full time now and are settled in our home. For the record, we own our home. Although there have been times that I would gladly have left, I’m glad we stuck it out. Moving would most likely be pointless and I really love the area where I live, so have no plans to leave.
Q. The priest says that you couldn’t be exorcised until your first marriage was annulled but it seems they get exorcised anyway?
A. Yes and I’m very glad we did. I probably didn’t make it clear enough in the book. The priests wanted things done properly and said they could only help if we were catholics. It was advised that I go through the annulment process, and plans were made to arrange it. I said I would make enquiries as it would take some time. In the meantime the exorcism was held. I did not go through with the annulment as planned (for my own reasons).
Q. What’s the story on the D08? You brought it up and then didn’t mention it again.
A. Yes, I’m afraid we didn’t have any further information to add. If I was writing fiction it would have been resolved I’m sure, but that’s all we know for now. Perhaps someone will be able to shed some light on it someday. I’d love to hear your theories!
Q. It really bugs me that you made out this was a demon then the next thing you are down the pub with it!
A. It surprised me too. I would never have imagined we would have got to the point where we could openly engage with the cause of our misery. But you need to look at this in context. Again, if I haven’t explained this clearly enough in the book then it is my bad and I’m grateful for the opportunity of being able to clarify it here. Firstly we never said it was a demon. Other people might have, but you will not find any part of the book where we say we know exactly what it is. Secondly, I’ve always had the theory we are dealing with more than one activity / entity / spirit/ call it what you like, and some things that happened seemed comical or playful. Human nature is amazing. When you encounter something over a prolonged period of time your feelings change. You almost get used to it. I know it sounds crazy but it’s very hard to explain to someone unless they have been through it. Don’t forget, my book is all squashed together and that’s the way it had to be written. Think about something dragging over a very long, slow period of time, years in fact. When we got over the worst and we felt safe in the house, we began to reflect on what happened and wanted answers. We were curious but guarded. As Neil said in his account, it was fascinating and very hard to walk away from. In the end he knew he had to.
Q. OK, but I don’t understand why you are still talking to this thing, you are encouraging it!
A. Believe me, we are not talking to it, or having any communication with it whatsoever now. I agree that continuing to dabble in a bid to find answers was very stupid. Looking back, I suppose we felt safer as it wasn’t in the house any more. It’s very hard to explain but it behaved differently out of the home. Perhaps it was just trying to lure us back in, I don’t know. As Neil said, he walked away from it. Things are much better now, and it has brought us closer together as a family.
Q. I think Lee had something to do with it. Something always happened when he was around.
A. It may be better to read all of the book before coming to this assumption. Lee was scared to death by what happened in the house, and we know he had nothing to do with what happened…think about it, why on earth would he? What would he have to gain? I investigate crime for a living. Lee got hurt during the occurrences. Yes I do think he and Neil and a connection. I think that perhaps Lee’s nervous energy gave the spark to ignite the flame for activity, along with Neil’s past dabbling in the paranormal, the land which had been picked up as having ‘energy lay lines’ by several mediums, and maybe even a dark past to the area we live in. To me it feels as if you need certain elements together to make things happen. Who knows? Lots of things happened while Lee was not present too, and Neil seen things hit him from thin air. The witness accounts at the end of the book should leave you in no doubt of Lee’s innocence, and I would hate for people to blame him when all he did was try to help by being there for Neil when he needed him the most.
If you have any questions or comments please let us know. We will do our best to answer them in a timely manner, as long as they make sense!