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The famous photo of Janet flying off her bed.

The famous photo of Janet flying off her bed.

The Enfield Haunting

 One of the Most Terrifying Documented Cases of Poltergeist Activity

Who – or what – was terrorising this seemingly innocuous family home in North London?

In an ordinary suburban home in 1970s England, a series of terrifying events would lead to one of the best-documented cases of paranormal activity ever recorded.

Known as the Enfield poltergeist, it first made its presence felt soon after Janet and her older sister Margaret, played with an ouija board.   The girls were getting ready for bed one night and complained their beds were shaking, a complaint dismissed by their mother who assumed they were messing about. The extraordinary events centred around the Hodgson family, residents of the London suburb of Ponders End in Enfield.

The strange events that enfolded in Enfield would arguably become the most thoroughly studied case of poltergeist activity in history, but it continues to divide opinion as to its veracity.

Sceptics point out obvious elements of fakery amongst the children, chiefly Janet, but advocates point out the number of inexplicable phenomena experienced by neutral observers, including policeman and reporters.

How the haunting began, Janet couldn’t exactly recall. She knew that she was in bed, in the room she shared with her 10-year-old brother Johnny at a house in Green Street, Enfield, when something strange happened. They became frightened. As soon as they called their Mum, it stopped. “It was a bed shaking, something like that,” said Janet. “I mean, we’re talking 30 something years or more, aren’t we? I can’t remember everything. But I can remember the main events because, you know, they leave scars.”

She was at the epicentre of what, depending on who you believe, was either the longest and most witnessed poltergeist case in history, or the greatest paranormal wind-up.

The haunting began on a quiet summer’s evening, in August 1977, at the home of single-parent Peggy Hodgson and her four children. The first sign that something strange had happened came around bedtime when shuffling and banging sounds were heard by Peggy’s two daughters Margaret (13) and Janet (11) in their bedroom. Peggy thought her children were acting up, and went upstairs to tell them to get to sleep. She entered the girls’ bedroom to see both of them were in their beds staring at the wardrobe and chest of drawers.

When Peggy entered the room, the shuffling noise came from behind her. She turned to see a chest of drawers move away from the wall. Thinking it a joke, Peggy chastised the girls for playing tricks. Both Margaret and Janet said they had not done anything. Peggy pushed the drawers back against the wall. The shuffling sound came again, and the drawers moved away from the wall and quickly towards Peggy. This time she could not move them back. Banging was then heard on the wall and throughout the house. Peggy took the girls downstairs where the thumping and banging continued.

Terrified, Peggy took Margaret, Janet, Johnny (10) and Billy (7) to the home of her next door neighbors, Vic and Peggy Nottingham. Vic, a builder, decided to investigate and entered the house where he heard loud banging from different parts of the building, always moving, never in one place, as he later said:

“I went in there and I couldn’t make out these noises—there was a knocking on the wall, in the bedroom, on the ceiling. I was beginning to get a bit frightened.”

Unsure what to do, Peggy called the police thinking it was all a malicious hoax. However, during an interview with WPC Carolyn Heeps things began to get weird as a chair was witnessed by Heeps and the family levitating and moving across the room. Heeps gave a sworn affidavit confirming that “A large armchair moved, unassisted, 4 ft across the floor.” She checked the chair for possible wires or any devices that could have made it move. She found none. The police left stating the incident was not a police matter and were unable to do anything to help.

Investigators set up 2 automatic cameras in the girls bedroom designed to take images at half second intervals in the events of any unusual activity.

During the time they were active, they captured instances of pillows flying off the bed, curtains twisting around and most sensationally of all, 11-year-old Janet flying off the bed and seemingly levitating in mid-air.

Whilst the possibility that the girls were faking the incidents is obvious, the photographs have a verisimilitude about them that is hard to overcome.

The terror on the participants faces in many of them is obvious, and clearly those present were convinced what was happening was genuine.

The number of disinterested parties involved who experienced unusual activity is striking. Reporters for several national newspapers, the BBC, police officers, priests and neighbours all reported experiencing inexplicable phenomena. To everyone who visited the house, the most notable and scariest feelings of all was the very palpable atmosphere of fear. A malevolent spirit seemed to have taken up residence, moving the furniture, emptying drawers, sprinkling water, lighting matches and causing general mayhem, forcing the terrified Hodgson family to huddle together in dread and fear.

Michael Hellicar, a journalist for the Daily Mail in London experienced many of the events first hand — “… I experienced cold draughts, graffiti, water puddles appearing from nowhere, bad smells, and chairs and tables moving of their own accord”.

Some witnesses reported physical assaults, matches bursting into flame and fleeting glimpses of different apparitions, including an old woman and a man.

Spookiest of all, an imprint of a body would be found on one of the beds, as if someone had been sleeping there. Peggy would straighten the sheets, only to find the shape back again later.

Guy finds Janet draped on furniture after levitation.

Janet from time to time had very very bad trances … very violent trances …… so bad that one time we even thought she would kill herself. She used to rush over and smash her head on the wall. It was a dreadful thing to see. She used to swear and curse … she was so strong that one time she picked up the social worker that was lying on the bed trying to calm her and through her straight off the bed. This social worker was an ex-policeman and was not a very small woman I assure you … incredible. Well one night when she was in a very bad state, we called a doctor who came and gave her a 10 milligram injection of Valium to quiet her down which was too much for a child and she went out like a light. Then the rest of the children went to bed and we all went downstairs … 40 minutes later there was a terrible crash and enormous explosion … I thought the top of the house came down … we rushed up the stairs into the bedroom … No Janet … She had disappeared from the bed … then we looked around and we saw Janet on top of this chest of drawers … there was a radio there and the chest of drawers and she was on top … she had been thrown apparently 14 feet across the room and she was either in deep sleep or unconscious … I examined her eyes … That happened 3 times that night.

Johnny, Janet and Margaret Hodgson.

Johnny, Janet and Margaret Hodgson.

The Enfield Poltergeist. Janet Hodgson, apparently hurled about by unseen forces, in 1977.

The Enfield Poltergeist. Janet Hodgson, apparently hurled about by unseen forces, in 1977.

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This time the mother is in the room. Now when I questioned the mother on this, I said what was happening at that time … Janet was lying in bed and I was talking to Janet … I asked then what happened … I don’t know but Janet was suddenly flying through the air … I said let’s get this straight, you were talking to Janet, and what did she do? Get out from the covers, go to the top of the bed and jump? … The mother said NO, I was talking to Janet and suddenly Janet was flying through the air … I said, Are you sure? … Absolutely positive … So how did Janet get into that position if she lying down and talking to her mother? This just did not happen once, twice or three times but just kept happening and usually in the middle of the night.

Furniture turning over.

Furniture turning over.

Janet flying through the air.

Janet flying through the air.

Disturbing: Late investigator Maurice Grosse and Janet.

Late investigator Maurice Grosse and Janet.

Paranormal activity? Janet flies through the air as her sister Margaret screams. Looking back on those images of the rooms, the girls’ bedrooms with their David Soul posters have a strange quality. They show her in the air above her bed, apparently terrified and being hurled about by unseen forces.

Paranormal activity? Janet flies through the air as her sister Margaret screams. Looking back on those images of the rooms, the girls’ bedrooms with their David Soul posters have a strange quality. They show her in the air above her bed, apparently terrified and being hurled about by unseen forces.

The levitation the night after that first, half-forgotten disturbance was the 31st August 1977. Janet was 11. “I was due to start senior school the following week.” When she and Johnny heard a shuffling in the dark, they called for their mother again, who came upstairs once more and ticked them off for mucking about. But when she left, the sound returned. They sat up in bed to see a chest of drawers slide from the side of Janet’s bed towards the door.

“We shouted ‘Mum! Mum!’,” said Janet. “We were sort of frightened, but also intrigued. It’s so vivid, some of it.” What was your Mum’s reaction? “She was dumbfounded, really. She pushed it back and it started to move again. She tried to push it back again and it wouldn’t move. So she said ‘Right, we’ll go downstairs.’ We was very nervy. There was a funny atmosphere in the house. And then the knocking started.”

Janet’s mum, Peggy, thought there were burglars in the house. She called the neighbours in. They all searched and found nothing. But the knocking continued. “It sounded like it was coming from the outside wall, but it was like it was inside as well,” said Janet. “And sometimes, it sounded like it was coming from underneath the floorboards.“We were all astounded.” But she didn’t know how to help, and nor did anyone else, so she decided to call the Daily Mirror. “They came down and nothing much happened. And as soon as they went to their car, it all started. Lego bricks, marbles flying about. The photographer came back and a Lego brick hit him above the eye. He still had the mark a few days later.

Desperate for an explanation about what could be taking place in their home, the family turned to the Society for Psychical Research, a respected scientific body that examines cases of alleged haunting from an academic perspective.

It sent two investigators, Guy Lyon Playfair and Maurice Grosse, to examine the evidence. Maurice Grosse was a member of the world’s oldest paranormal research organisation, the Society for Psychical Research. Founded in 1882, the SPR counts two prime ministers (Balfour and Gladstone) as well as Freud, Jung and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among its alumni.

To avert any claims of trickery, the society drafted in an independent barrister, Mary Rose Barrington, to doublecheck all of their work.

This would ensure that there could be no credible claims that the pair were being anything other than meticulous, honest and impartial in their investigations.

Sure enough, over the following 14 months they spent on the case, the two researchers catalogued a range of inexplicable phenomena.

Boxes flew across rooms, ornaments floated in mid-air, books mysteriously appeared and disappeared. Strange knocking sounds were heard inside walls.

It was all very peculiar. But there was worse to come. One morning when Guy Playfair was working at the house, he heard a “tremendous vibrating noise”.

“I really thought someone was drilling a great big hole in the wall of the house,” he says. “I tore into the bedroom and there was quite a commotion. The whole fireplace had been ripped out.

“It was one of those old Victorian cast-iron fires that must have weighed at least 60lb. It was so heavy even I couldn’t pick it up.

“The children couldn’t have possibly ripped it out of the wall. It just wasn’t possible. We caught the incident on audio tape, including the fireplace being ripped out of the wall.”

Events were soon to take an even more disturbing course. Late one evening, when the children were asleep in their rooms and Maurice Grosse was downstairs compiling his day’s findings, he was disturbed by the sound of Janet screaming.

Maurice ran to the foot of the stairs only to see the 12-year-old apparently being dragged through her bedroom door by an unseen force. Janet was then hauled down the stairs and dumped unceremoniously at Maurice’s feet.

This incident was also caught on tape and was just the first of several incidents in which the poltergeist apparently picked up Janet and tried to carry her off.

Soon afterwards Janet was even seen floating in mid-air – and this time there were two independent witnesses. A lollipop lady and a passing baker both glanced up at the house and through a top-floor window saw Janet apparently hovering above her bed.

As Janet herself recalls it: “The lady saw me spinning around and banging against the window. I thought I might actually break the window and go through it.

“A lot of children fantasise about flying, but it wasn’t like that. When you’re levitated with force and you don’t know where you’re going to land it’s very frightening. I still don’t know how it happened.”

And that wasn’t all. Months into the investigation, Janet started to speak in a strange, guttural voice quite unlike that of an 11-year-old girl.

Apparently in the grip of some disturbed force, Janet began swearing and hurling insults at those in the room in a disembodied voice quite unlike her own. So was this proof of a poltergeist, or simply a child playing pranks?

The investigators began interrogating “the spirit” – and the answers they got were decidedly sinister. The voice was husky and often foul-mouthed and identified itself as Bill, a man who had died in the house some years prior. This was an event nobody in the Hodgson family claimed to have any knowledge of. The poltergeist identified as Bill, explained that “I had a haemorrhage and then I fell asleep and I died in a chair in the corner downstairs.”

What could this mean? Astonishingly, subsequent research showed that long before the Hodgsons had moved into the house, an old man called Bill Wilkins who was “a foul-mouthed, grumpy old man”  had died in the house many years before.

Then months later, a man by the name of Terry Wilkins came forward. Terry’s father had lived in the Hodgson home years before and, according to Terry, had died of a hemorrhage in his favourite chair on the first floor. Extraordinary, his name was Bill. Was this a lucky guess on the part of Janet? Or was she really possessed by a restless spirit?

It’s certainly an intriguing tale. But is it really a proven case of a poltergeist?

If you dig deep beneath the surface, doubts soon begin to emerge. On several occasions the girls at the centre of the case were caught playing hoaxes on their investigators.

In one instance, they were caught hiding Guy’s tape recorder. They planned to pretend that the poltergeist had whisked it away.

Unfortunately for the girls, the recorder was running and caught their plotting on tape.

“They weren’t very good at playing tricks,” recalls Guy. “We always caught them out. What do you expect children to do?

“I would have been more worried if they hadn’t played around from time to time. It means they were behaving like normal kids.”

Asked about such pranks today, Janet explains that she and her sister did indeed play practical jokes – because they were so fed up of being tested all the time. They had become like animals trapped in a zoo, constantly being asked to perform tricks for gawping onlookers.

People would turn up expecting inexplicable things to happen, and when nothing happened, the girls decided to play the occasional prank.

But, crucially, Janet estimates that only about one or two per cent of the many hundreds of separate paranormal phenomena that took place in the house were faked by her and Margaret – and these were minor things like balancing a chair on top of a door and pretending that the poltergeist had done it.

Besides, in many cases, it would have been physically impossible for the two young girls to have faked the evidence. How does a 12-year old girl rip out a fireplace, or make a chair levitate in front of police officers?

The barrister, Mary Rose Barrington, who reviewed the case on behalf of the Society for Psychical Research, is in no doubt that the investigators did a thorough and honest job.

She re-interviewed and cross-examined many of the witnesses and double-checked the evidence.

Nothing she found suggested a wider conspiracy.

Equally, the 30 or so other witnesses who saw the hauntings – including police officers, journalists and passers-by – all seem convinced by what they saw.

Maurice Grosse said when first got there, nothing happened for a while, but then he experienced Lego pieces flying across the room, and marbles. And the extraordinary thing was, when you picked them up they were hot, which is relevant to poltergeist type activity. He was standing by the table in the kitchen and a t-shirt leapt off the table and flew into the other side of the room whilst standing by it. He thought, ‘Well that’s good. Now I’ve really seen something’.”

The knocking, according to Grosse, could come from several places at once. “If you go and listen to it in the wall over here,” he said, “it’d suddenly come from the wall over there.” A run of knocks would often fade in, louder and louder, and then, slowly, out again. But that was just the start of it. Over the coming months, he’d see sofas floating and tipping over; beds, tables and chests of draws spinning on the spot and flung over; stones flying right over the house; coins dropping out of the air in front of him; dogs barking in the middle of completely dogless rooms – all phenomena that have been recorded in poltergeist cases going back to Roman times.

Janet’s sister Margaret recalls,

There were strange little noises in the house, you couldn’t make out what was going on. None of us got any sleep. We put on our dressing gowns and slippers and went next door.

On one particularly frantic day, Maurice and a neighbour heard one of the daughters crying out “I can’t move! It’s holding my leg!” They rushed out to find Janet’s sister Rose standing on the staircase on one leg, with the other leg stretched out behind her. The neighbour grabbed one small wrist and Maurice grabbed the other. They both pulled as hard as they could. Rose didn’t move.

Janet would go into violent trances, and claimed to be repeatedly thrown out of her bed in the night. One evening, the SPR investigators removed everything from her bedroom to see what would happen if it had nothing to throw. Later, the family heard a violent wrenching sound. Upstairs, in an empty room, they found the iron fireplace had been pulled out of the wall.

Janet
My mum had to use all her strength to rip it away. The man who spoke through me, Bill, seemed angry, because we were in his house.

‘Just before I died, I went blind, and then I had an ’aemorrhage and I fell asleep and I died in the chair in the corner downstairs.’ (the voice of an old man expressed by a 11 year-old Janet at Enfield, England, 1977)

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Guy Lyon Playfair. Investigator: Guy today is still looking for an explanation. Guy, spent 14 months trying to bring peace to the home with sidekick Maurice Grosse. “Enfield remains the most fascinating case of my career as an investigator. “The atmosphere in that house was one of total fear and panic when I arrived. You can’t fake that, and why would you want to?

Witness Statements

Maurice Grosse
(Speaking on the BBC’s Video Diaries)
“The voice was just part of it, the girl levitated going from horizontal to vertical in a sixth of a second and furniture was thrown around the room.

The house was swarming with journalists, but after four days, they were baffled and frightened and called my team for help.

A policewoman gave a sworn affidavit of the extraordinary activity she witnessed.

Many objects materialised out of thin air, spoons were bent and fires broke out spontaneously in the family’s home. The family had to endure practically every known phenomenon in a poltergeist case.”

Police Report:

“There were four distinct taps on the wall and then silence. About two minutes later I heard more tapping from a different wall.

The other police constable checked the other walls, attic and pipes, but could find nothing to explain the knocking. The eldest son of the family pointed to a chair next to the sofa.

I then saw the chair slide across the floor.

It moved approximately three to four feet then came to rest. I checked the chair but could find nothing to explain how it moved.”

Graham Morris:
(Speaking to the BBC)
“I got hit by a Lego brick – one of the kids’ toys – just above my eye… which left a mark there for a few days.

Everyone that was stood there just saw these things with amazement, and couldn’t believe what was happening. I wouldn’t [believe it] if I hadn’t been there.

You had to see it to believe it.”

Doug Bence had just beaten his news editor at dominoes late one night when the phone rang again with the caller describing “strange goings” on at the house next door.

The reporter jumped in a car with a photographer and they were soon at the house in Enfield, where they met the Hodgson family.

The Hodgsons said their furniture had been moving around of its own accord.

They had called the police and, although a a female police officer had seen a chair move, they left saying it wasn’t a police matter.

So the family called the newspaper.

At first Mirror reporter Doug, thought they were being hoaxed – but then as they were pulling away a neighbour ran out and stopped them.

Doug said: “He was shouting ‘it’s happening again’.

“Inside the house the children’s Lego bricks were flying all over the place, going so fast you almost couldn’t see them.

“It was like when you are in the Grandstand at Lord’s cricket ground and you watch a fast ball coming down.

“The kids were screaming and one of the bricks hit the photographer in the face.”

Photographer Graham Morris was left with a bruised face and the two men knew they had a story – one which ended up on the front page of the Mirror and is still regarded today as one of the most well documented examples of poltergeist activity.

But over the next 10 months their lives were to be rocked by events which today defy belief – including the daughters producing demonic voices, levitating and inanimate objects appearing to have a life of their own.

Doug says he never solved the mystery but concludes: “I do believe that science isn’t capable of measuring every force in the universe – and this was unexplained.”

At the time he and his colleagues called in the Society for Psychical Research – a body founded in 1882 to investigate extraordinary unexplained human experiences – and the colourfully named Guy Lyon Playfair and his colleague the late Maurice Grosse arrived.

They monitored the family over many months and made recordings of the voices. Aided by time-lapse pictures taken by the Mirror photographer, they added weight to the idea a Poltergeist – German for ‘noisy ghost’ – had taken up residency in north London.

Today Guy, who has devoted much of his life to the study of the paranormal after becoming interested in the unexplained while in South America, delights in playing the tapes to visitors to his London flat.

He said: “Janet in particular was affected and produced this deep-voiced growl of voice which said it was a man called Bill and said ‘Just before I died, I went blind, and then I had an ’aemorrhage and I fell asleep and I died in the chair in the corner downstairs.’

“It turned out there had been someone who had died in the same circumstance – how could a child know that?

“I thought ‘bloody hell, what’s this?’

“There was a chair which fell backwards in broad daylight and a curtain wrapped itself around Janet’s neck.

“One incident I recall very clearly involved a marble apparently appearing from nowhere and dropping dead at my feet – no bounce – marbles just don’t do that.

“There was book which apparently travelled through a brick wall to next door.

“Lots of people saw examples – not just Maurice and I – and I have no explanation, it was just a very, very rare event.”

There have been many theories over the years – including that the whole thing was a hoax cooked up by the those involved – but Guy has no time for those sceptics.

He admits that at points the children tried to invent incidents but puts that down to the pressure on them for stuff to happen while the investigators were watching.

He said: “Of course the children tried to fool around with us as they wanted to please us but what I would say to all these morons who pop up on TV saying it didn’t happen is it bloody well did.”

After about 10 months the incidents petered out and interest drifted away except from the hardcore enthusiasts who have helped Guy’s book of the story, This House is Haunted sell more than 100,000 copies.

To this day there have been no further reports of odd goings-on in the house.

Mrs Hodgson is dead and the children are grown up and moved away.

Janet is married and lives in Essex with her family and rarely does interviews, although in the handful of interviews she has given as an adult she resolutely sticks to her story.

She previously said: “The levitation was scary, because you didn’t know where you were going to land. I remember a curtain being wound around my neck, I was screaming, I thought I was going to die.

“I was bullied at school. They called me Ghost Girl.

“I’d dread going home. The front door would be open, there’d be people in and out, you didn’t know what to expect.

“I’m not one for living in the past. I want to move on. But it does come to me now and again. I dream about it, and then it affects me. I think why did it happen to us?”

It’s likely no-one will ever know exactly what went on in 1977 in Enfield but there is no doubt something out of the ordinary occurred.

Mirror man Doug is hedging his bets and said: “Although I didn’t see doors opening and people floating in the air I did see the family’s reaction.

“They were scared witless, absolutely terrified – you can’t fake fear like that.”

At that time Maurice Grosse moved into the Enfield house he had recently been bereaved and was in some ways acting out an elaborate response to grief with these two surrogate daughters – one of whom shared the same name as his dead daughter Janet. Both he and Playfair had free access to the environment that simply wouldn’t be possible now.

Grosse and Playfair were a classic head-and-heart duo. Grosse had the emotional and empathetic skills needed to help the family, counsel the mother and children and keep things as calm as possible. Playfair had the clear analytical mind.

What we have from those months of fall, 1977, are a real shopping list of classic poltergeist activity – by one estimate, 2,000 logged incidents. There were more than 30 witnesses to events. Heavy furniture would amble across the room. Huge fireplaces would be ripped from their fittings. Fires were lit spontaneously and pools of water would appear. Obviously faked incidents were also logged – reckoned to be about 2% of the total.

Grosse witnessed the 11 year-old Janet being dragged around by the feet — now a common trope in horror movies but then almost unheard of. Was she really seen levitating while asleep with Lego bricks and toys swirling round her in a multi-coloured plastic vortex?

More creepily Janet manifests the voice of an old man who claimed to have died in the house; here’s Maurice Grosse revising the tapes.

Such encounters may sound utterly absurd. But what makes the Enfield case so remarkable is that the events were exhaustively investigated by respected academic researchers and – more pertinently – were witnessed by more than 30 independent witnesses, including police officers.

Although the haunting happened 39 years ago, Janet and Margaret have not really spoken publicly about it since childhood. They are still wary about discussing the incident in depth, as their lives have moved on.

“I felt used by a force that nobody understands,” says Janet. “I really don’t like to think about it too much.”

“I’m not sure the poltergeist was truly ‘evil’. It was almost as if it wanted to be part of our family. It didn’t want to hurt us. It had died there and wanted to be at rest. The only way it could communicate was through me and my sister.”

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Enfield Poltergeist Bill & Friends Voice Audio Recordings Very Disturbing

Janet reportedly spoke in the voice of Bill Wilkins for hours on end – something which some voice experts believe would have been impossible to do without damaging her vocal chords.

The deep voice could have been produced by the so-called ‘false vocal chords’ (vestibular folds) that we all use from time to time to produce such tones – but many claim it is impossible to produce these sounds for long periods and Janet did so for hours on end. Grosse has hundreds of hours of recordings of the poltergeist – an extraordinary collection. He also witnessed her speaking with her mouth taped up and filled with water. Janet described the experience of voicing “Bill” in spooky terms – as if her were standing behind her.

As for the cacophony of voices coming out of Janet’s mouth, the psychic investigators devised their own test. With Janet and her mother’s agreement, the girl’s mouth was filled with water before being taped up to prevent her speaking. Yet the voices still came out. And afterwards, all the water was still in her mouth.

Maurice Grosse offered £1,000 (£6,500 today) to anyone who could replicate the voices by ventriloquism or any other form of trickery, but no one took up his challenge.

Finally, Playfair invited two psychic medium friends to see what they could make of the hauntings.

‘They came to the house and almost immediately made contact with the poltergeist,’ says Playfair. ‘It took them 15 minutes of talking to him calmly, and the effect was remarkable. The nastiness died down at once and Janet went to sleep for 14 hours — the first uninterrupted sleep she’d had in nearly two years. After that, there was very little trouble.’

Life at the house in Green Street returned to normal for the Hodgsons. Peggy, who had refused to move, even when things got so bad that the family would huddle together in fear, remained there until her death in 2003.

Janet left home at 16, married and moved to Essex. She prefers to stay out of the limelight, saying she doesn’t want to rake up those traumatic events. ‘I’m still in touch with her,’ says Playfair, ‘but I respect that she doesn’t want any more fuss.’

What is a Poltergeist? The word “poltergeist” comes from the German word “poltern,” which means to “rumble” or “jangle”, and “geist,” which means “spirit.” “Poltern” also describes an act of loud or aggressive speech. Although poltergeist literally means “noisy spirit,” a poltergeist is neither a spirit nor a ghost, according to paranormal and parapsychology experts.

What to do if your home has a poltergeist

Guy Lyon Playfair wrote a book, This House Is Haunted, about the Enfield case based on his investigation. Here are his recommendations if you feel you may have a poltergeist in your home.

— DON’T PANIC — poltergeists thrive on fear and tension and nothing truly awful is likely to happen.

IDENTIFY who is at the epicentre — the person nearest the action. This is usually, but not always, a girl or boy around the age of puberty.

— IN EXTREME CASES, separate that person from the rest of the family, maybe by sending them to stay with an auntie or grandma.

— DO NOT attempt an exorcism. These nearly always make things worse.

— CALL the Society For Psychical Research, which is always glad to know of new cases and will help you to contact an investigator.

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  • sandalwood789

    A very interesting case.

    In spite of my having a science degree, I’ve been convinced over a period of many years that life isn’t “all that there is”. I’ve seen some very convincing evidence for reincarnation (including a story of a child who was able to show where his “previous body” was buried – he had been murdered – and who then confronted the murderer (who confessed). )

    I think that quantum physics may explain a lot. We know (for example) that particles can be in two places at once and we also know of instantaneous interaction between particles ( “quantum entanglement” – what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance”). Maybe this “entanglement” helps to explain instances where a mother knows instantly that a family member has just died.
    There is much to learn in this area.

  • WBC

    Interesting but if there aren’t any better pictures available then that then it is quite obviously fake.

    In eveyr photo of her being “hurled” she is in the same place, a convenient place for her to jump up and for the photographer to foolishly capture at pretty much the same point of her jump (though probably of necessity as other frame would show her either leaping up or preparing herself to land on the floor.

    Also, in none of the these photos are her bed sheets pulled of thrown back. She clearly wasn’t in the bed before the photos were taken.

    Fairly basic faults but people like to believe in mysteries and have allowed themselves to be dragged along.

    There is certainly stuff we do not know about our universe and highly likely there are forces that would seem like magic to us right now, but this is not an obvious example of that

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