Janet levitated by an unseen entity

The “Enfield Poltergeist” is a well known and well documented poltergeist case that took place in Enfield, London in the late 1970s. This poltergeist case surrounded the Hodgson family, which consisted of the mother (Peggy), 2 daughters (Margaret, Janet) and 2 sons (Johnny, Billy). As usual, the focus of the activities was around the prepubescent girls. The entity that was stalking the Hodgson’s was that of a supposed “Bill”. A previous owner of the house.

I remember reading about the Enfield Poltergeist case way back in 1993 for the first time. I always assumed that this was a hoax perpetrated by the Hodgson girls. The evidence that was taken from this case, albeit there being a lot of it, was not very useful to the scientific community. When I read about this case I assumed that there might have been some unexplained noises or raps heard, maybe even some spirit communication established. Reading up on it further, it is just as inconclusive today as it was back 30 years ago. People can’t either disprove or prove that any paranormal events happened.

What I do consider very tantalizing evidence is the recording done by the paranormal ivestigator Maurice Grosse. The investigator’s son was able to get the spirit of Bill to tell of how he had died. The ungodly voice then is heard telling of how it died:

“I went blind…. Then I had an Haemorrhage, and I fell asleep and I died in a chair in the corner downstairs…”

When Maurice Grosse located the previous homeowner’s son, he played the tape for him. Bill’s son confirmed the story. Stating that it was exactly how his father died.

To me, that is very good evidence. Although, one can argue that it could possibly be that one of the girls some how, overheard a neighbor perhaps telling of how Bill died. Interesting nonetheless.

To this day I still am on the fence about this case. The fact that the girls were caught manifesting some of the activities at times is a big red flag, but the fact that they admit that not all of it was faked, or the creepy revelation of Bill’s death sways me back and forth on the fence.

Check out “Interview with a Poltergeist”. A very well made documentary of this case. It’s a non-biased look at the Enfield case.
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Real? hoax?

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  • BC

    Ooooops. I meant Will Storr vs. the Supernatural. Great book about a skeptical journalist who comes around to believing there is something to all this. There are hundreds of hours of recordings from Enfield that are in the possession of the SPR. Wish they were digitized and made public.

  • BC

    One more thing, Janet mentioned to Will Storr that she had fooled around with a ouija board before things kicked off. I don’t think Grosse felt this was relevant- I think his own beliefs more closely paralleled those of someone like William Roll. Not exactly like Roll but similar. As for me, I’m not so sure. But I am sure some very strange things happened at Enfield.

  • BC,

    I think the Enfield case is a particular one. So many witnesses like you mentioned.

    Even people who were walking by would see Janet levitating and floating about the room.

    I think this would be a good interview. Maybe one day GhostTheory can get a hold of one of the family members.

  • BC

    What about Tina Resch? Are you familiar with that case Javier? She’s in prison now- at one time the episode of Unsolved Mysteries that dealt with it was on YouTube. William Roll investigated it. One thing I’ve noticed regarding poltergeists- they almost never occur in happy households. There’s almost always some serious tension.

  • BC,

    I heard about the Tina Resch case before, wasn’t it proven that it was a hoax?

    I don’t recall. I’ll look for the youtube episode in a few…

  • BC

    That’s what Randi and his pals claimed. But no. What happened was after a famous picture of a phone flying in front of Tina was published in a local newspaper the case started to get massive amounts of attention. There was an occasion where there were a ton of reporters in the house and they were not gonna leave until they saw something. Tina’s mother grew frustrated and wanted them out of the house but she was too polite to tell them to leave. So she told Tina to do something to get them to leave. I seem to recall it was a lamp she tried to knock over but she was caught. But when you look at the case in it’s totality (and again, I think considering the large number of witness testimony and the job done by an investigator as credible as Roll are key to forming an opinion) I’m convinced something was going on. Actually, when Tina was brought to the Rhine lab in Durham a number of things happened there as well. Roll wrote a book about her a few years ago.

  • BC

    By the way Javier, one of the things that happened in the Resch case points to just how difficult it is to get evidence in a poltergeist case. It’s as if the phenomena often does not want to be able to observed. The photographer who took the famous picture of the phone told a story on Unsolved Mysteries. He was sitting with his camera up at his eye while the reporter interviewed Tina. He kept it there for a long time waiting for something to happen and grew tired. As soon as he removed it a blanket flew up from the floor and covered Tina. So he decided to try and trick it. The next time he put the camera down he kept his finger on the shutter and as soon as started to put it down he clicked the shutter and caught the now famous pic of the phone flying through the air.

  • there is also plans for a movie guys,,

  • Danny,

    I hope it’s not a “haunting in connecticut” type of movie.
    They should have the people over at the Discovery channel direct it. 🙂

  • BC

    A movie about Enfield? Thanks for the heads up. I think Enfield will make for a great movie. By the way, as confident as I am that what happened at Enfield was legit I’m even more confident that the Haunting in CT was total bs.

  • TheTruthHurts

    Johnie D…………..dreadful.

    “IVE BEEN STUDYING CASES LIKE THIS (well, it’s apparent you don’t spend time with your spell-checker; allow me)

    AND I”LL WATCH FOR THE PEOPLE INVOLED (involved)

    ,THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING THESE CLIAMS
    (claims)
    OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY AND THE PEOPLES
    (people) WHO ARE INVESTIGATING.. ITS
    (It’s) OBVIOUS THAT THIS WOMEN (woman) “JANET” IS STILL SUFFERING FROM THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE….IT SEEMS LIKE SHES
    (she’s) SUFFERING FROM P.P.D.. WHAT THIS IS POST PARDOM DEPRESSION…. (Post Partum Depression, idiot, and the phrase you want is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD; ppd is depression after childbirth)
    PEOPLE WHO GO THREW (through)
    TRAMATIC (traumatic)
    EVENTS COULD DEVELOPE (develop)
    THIS TYPE OF SYMTOM
    (symptom).AND WATCHING THE CLIPS OF HER SPEAKING YOU CAN JUST TELL THAT SHES STILL, TO THIS DAY IS STILL DEALING WITH WHAT HAPPEND (happened)
    .SO WITH WHAT IVE
    (I’ve)
    SEEN AND READ ABOUT THIS CASE THAT ITS VERY LIKELY THAT THESE EVENTS ARE TRUE.I DID’NT
    (didn’t) GET THE EMPRESSION
    (impression)
    THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE LIEING (lying)
    AT ALL….THE ONLY THING WAS THE PICTURE OF JANET IN THE AIR THATS (that’s)
    WHERE I THINK THAT JUST GOT OUT INTO THE PRESS AND THEY PUT IT OUT THERE…OR DID THEY SAY IN THE CLIP THAT SHE WAS THROWN BY AN ENTITY

    If you bother to pay attention or read the facts, it is stated over and over that she was levitated, then thrown. “Studied the case” indeed. Not too bright, are we? Maybe you’re suffering from PPD.

    “YOU GET A FEW PEOPLE ON HERE THAT DONT (don’t)
    KNOW WHAT THERE (they’re)
    TALKING ABOUT (you mean, like yourself?)
    BUT,IF YOU NEED SOME HELP WITH THE SITE OR I COULD WRITE A COLUME (column)
    LET ME KNOW…..”

    Dear God, who would let you write a column for anything? You can’t spell, don’t know what you’re talking about, and can’t seem to make your pinky scale that 1/8″ to shut the caps lock off.

    As I said at the beginning, dreadful.

  • Eric Perez

    WOW…great posting! Very well made documentary. Thanks for posting!

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  • Ruth

    I think it is fake. The voice of “Bill” is clearly coming from the child. You can see her throat move and her lips move. She hides her hand and smiles everytime it happens. Her overbite would make it hard for anyone to see clearly enough.

    The tape recordings of the voice could of been faked easily!

    The so called ghost Bill states he died of a hemorrhage. I don’t really believe in ghosts but I would think that when you die you probably don’t know what from nor would you be able to be so specific as stating hemorrhage.

    The person who claimed he saw the duvet..sorry, I don’t buy it. I remember the lolipop lady stating something similar about seeing the girls moving about through a window. I’m betting the girls knew that she could see them and faked it.

    I’m sure the documentary states that the new owners have not reported anything weird happening.

    I think it was just two little girls who were enjoying the attention. Their Dad had left I believe. I’m sure they were craving some sort of father figure.

    Also, there is no mention of the two sons. Why not?