The Enfield Haunting – Is it a Hoax?

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THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIST

The Enfield Poltergeist, recently dramatised on Sky Living as ‘The Enfield Haunting’ is one of the most famous cases of paranormal activity in the world. 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.”

Conduit

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

This House Is Haunted

Investigator Guy Lyon Playfair wrote a book about it, named This House is Haunted. There was none better qualified to write such it. 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. It has recently been made into a TV drama for Sky.

Enfield Case

Trickery

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.

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Similarities

I met with Guy Lyon Playfair in his London home to discuss the similarities between the Enfield case and our own, Paranormal Intruder. We are pictured above, as he shows me the original poster from the Enfield Gazette reporting the story. Having lived with paranormal occurrences since 2010, it was a relief for me to be able to open up to somebody who understood. Objects passing through walls, disembodied voices, loud banging noises, and household items being thrown were just a few of the similar occurrences we experienced in our quiet rural home. Having spoken to Guy at length I have no doubt in the validity of his case. I can say, hand on heart that while the children may have played up for the cameras at times, I have no doubt it is a genuine account.

Poltergeist

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.”

The striking thing about the Enfield case is the amount of witnesses, particularly that of two police officers who gave their testament. In Paranormal Intruder, we have over thirty witnesses to our case, many of them professionals, including many of my own police officer colleagues, who provided their testament at the end of the book.

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Have you had similar experiences? Have you read the book on the case? We welcome all comments and shares. Don’t forget to sign up to receive more interesting articles on the paranormal.

3 comments

  1. Hi Caroline, really interesting to read this. My great friend Jamie Campbell’s TV company made this new drama The Enfield Haunting and I have heard a lot about it but have yet to watch it, but really looking forward to it. Do you still have paranormal experiences in your home? Rebecca

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    1. Hi Rebecca, I know of Jamie, we recently sent him a copy of our true story. We’ve had activity for years, although thankfully it quietened down considerably after the exorcism in our home. I’m really looking forward to watching The Enfield Haunting, I found Guy Lyon Playfair to be a very nice, genuine man when we met him to discuss our own case last year.

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  2. My other half is obsessed with these late night shows where they monitor possible paranormal activity. The fact that you’re a police officer definitely lends a lot of weight to the plausibility of your experiences. Personally, I’m with Edith Wharton – “I don’t believe in ghosts, but I’m afraid of them.” And I don’t know how you could have stayed in that house, Caroline – I’d be out of there asap! I guess being a police officer makes you tougher and privy to a lot of nasty sights, but they can be explained. I must try and get your first book for Mr C – I’m going to read and review your new one shortly; it sounds intriguing and I’m looking forward to it!

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