“The Entity” haunting: The true story of Doris Bither

Posted by Xavier Ortega | September 21, 2008 444


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 ‘The real Entity case


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The investigation on August 22, 1974, in Culver City California was to be like any other one Dr. Barry Taff had done. Believing that this would be an open and shut case they showed up at Doris Bither’s house. Not expecting much. Little did they know this would be one of the biggest cases in the annals of paranormal history.

Dr. Barry Taff and his associate Kerry Gaynor were overheard talking about the paranormal by a woman in a local bookstore. The woman approached the two men and told them that her house was haunted. She gave Kerry Gaynor some details of the haunting, in which Gaynor told her that he would discuss this with his associate.

Dr. Barry Taff and Kerry Gaynor arrived at the 11547 Braddock Dr. Culver City home on August 22, 1974. Doris Bither, a petite woman, in her 30s greeted them. Doris Bither lived in the small home with her six year-old daughter and her three sons. Her daughter was six years old, and her boys were ten, thirteen and sixteen.

The house at the time was in shambles. Squalid living conditions and a tumultuous relationship between the mother and male children is what investigative team observed upon their first visit. The investigators reported a feeling of overpressure in their ears while being inside the home. According to Taff, the house was twice condemned by the city.

11547 Braddock Dr. Culver City CA.
The infamous “Entity” house

From what is known, Doris Bither suffered abuse from her parents as well as had several abusive relationships with men. There was obvious tension between the three young boys and the mother. The psychodynamics of the home were extremely negative. It seems that the boys, especially the eldest, would harbor some dark and resentful feelings towards their mother. The unconscious mind that is troubled by a physically or verbally abusive environment and negative upbringing is like a lightning rod to paranormal activities. Either attracting poltergeist activity or psychosomatically creating it.

Doris Bither claimed that spirits would physically attack her. The reports ranged from Doris walking around her home and bumping into the ghosts, to actual spectral rape. Of course, Taff and Gaynor were skeptical of all this. Ghost apparitions are a hard thing to prove and collect evidence for (from a scientific perspective). “Ghostly rape” is even harder to believe. It was not until they saw the bruises in her inner thighs and all over her body, as well as people outside the family corroborating by testifying that they had also seen apparitions that both investigators started to take heed as to what Doris was saying. Doris claimed that the ghosts were of Asian men. The children, also saw these beings. The visions were so frequent that they children dubbed one of the more prominent ghost as “Mr. Whose-it.”

The claim of rape by these beings is one of the most interesting aspects of the case. Doris Bither reported that two of the beings were the smallest ones and would hold her down while the biggest or tallest one of them would rape her. Dori’s eldest son would admit to seeing her mother being tossed around the room. In one instance he tried to intervene and was thrown across the room by the unseen force.

To both investigators, this must have been the most bizarre claim to date. How can you prove “spectral rape” or even claim it? it would seem that a person would have to be insane to even admit this. The team decided to setup shop and brought in high-speed cameras and photographers as well as other investigators to help capture something on tape. In a famous report, all investigators and equipment, as well as Doris, were in the small bedroom. Cramped and anxious to see any paranormal activities, they decided to have Doris conjure up the beings by having her call them. Doris began swearing and yelling at the spirits while 30 or so investigators were crammed in her room.
To much surprise, lights started manifesting around the room. As Doris kept provoking the beings, a greenish mist started to form in a corner. As if it was coiling, the green mist started swirling and growing. Within seconds the form of a man’s upper torso started to become visible in the mist. Very large and a lot of muscles is what they reported seeing. The torso of the being did not show facial details, but did show the investigators musculature. From what they gathered, this was a male entity. An investigator soon fainted after seeing this.

No matter how many high-speed cameras were setup to capture this, or that the team even had professional camera men present; none of this ever came out on film. The pictures only shows what appears to be a free floating arc light in the middle of the room as well as some light orbs. The most famous and incredible of these photographs is the one that shows Doris sitting on a bed, investigators surrounding her and the free floating arc of light in the middle of the picture. What’s incredible and equally unbelievable is that the arc of light appears smooth, even though this is a room with corners and one would expect bends in the arc as when someone uses a projector to display an image and the image hits corners in a room. The image will bend. The photographic evidence produce by the team shows the arc of light floating above Doris Bither with no bends, even though behind it, we see the room’s corner.

Conjuring up the ghosts, an arc of light is photographed (Doris Bither sitting on the bed)

Dr. Taff also reported that the eldest son would go on a say that the activities intensified when ever he played certain music. Black Sabbath & Uriah Heep were the albums played. The songs that mention or were about devil worshiping is what seemed to upset the poltergeist. Asking the boy to play the songs in question, Dr. Taff did observe that the lights and orbs did increase.

The investigative team observed lights and poltergeist activity for about two and a half months. As time went by, the activities decreased.

It is important to point out a few factors in this case; Doris’ addiction to alcohol and her being abusive and belligerent almost on a daily basis, as well her unwillingness to seek help for her abuse and deal properly with it. Because of her refusal to properly deal with her own psychotic issues, I believe that her energy and the energy in her home manifested itself as poltergeist phenomenon.

We have to take into consideration that the paranormal activities were extremely powerful only when Doris was present in the home. Doris almost always in a drunken stupor seemed to be the center of it all. While intoxicated, Doris would attract the phenomenon almost on cue. There were times when she was present with the team and was not under the influence of alcohol that the poltergeist did not manifest itself. Which we can only conclude that when Doris’ mind was clouded and her inhibitions minimized, her psychokinetic energy took over.

It is not a far stretch of imagination to say that there were some very concerning underlying themes in this case. Let’s take for example how Doris claimed that there were three entities that attacked her. These entities controlled her life and to some extent oppressed her. It will not be a stretch, from a psychological stand point, that these entities could have been a physical manifestation of the relationship Doris had with her own three sons. From the reports of Dr. Taff, we know that her relationship with her sons was not a Norman Rockwell painting. As I discuss this event with my fiancee, she makes a very good and intelligent point: Doris had suffered abuse almost all her life. The fact that she abused alcohol and self-medicated to avoid the post-traumatic stress from her abuse could have had a metaphysical effect in her life.

My fiancee has the following thoughts. One, Doris Bither could have been extremely psychic or “sensitive”. Doris could have had a great talent, but her own refusal to deal with her past abuse and the fact that she self-medicated and kept her mind clouded did not let her use that talent. Instead, because of her addiction and self hate, she could have manifested this poltergeist as another way (besides the alcohol) of attacking herself.

Doris Bither and her sons (especially the eldest) could have been psychic. It is well known that parents sometimes pass down their psychic abilities to their kids. In other words, psychic parents produce psychic kids. If the parent was psychic, and the kids were psychic, the tumultuous relationship in the home could have produced a staggering amount of psychokinetic energy. Enough energy to physically manifest poltergeist activity. The feelings that Dori’s kids could have had against her and her addiction can be represented by the Hephaestus Syndrome. Hephaestus being the Greek god of fire and metallurgy, was kicked off Mount Olympus by his abusive mother. Hephaestus held a very turbulent relationship with his mother. Chaos and love combined in a love/hate relationship.

The same way Doris’ sons could have had a relationship with Doris. A strong love/hate relationship fueled by past abuse, alcohol and psychic abilities is a powerful concoction for poltergeist or psychokinetic energy. We can formulate this manifestation of the “spectral rape” by Doris’ description of her attackers: two of the smaller entities held her down, while the biggest one raped her. We can speculate that the Bither household was very unstable. Her coming-of-age son (the biggest one of her three sons) was probably harboring some resentful feelings towards his mother and her lifestlye. She in turn, saw her son as another man in her life trying to control her or attack her; therefore in turn subconsciously materializing the rape or attack on herself and using her current feelings and occupants in the house as the basis for the rape. This would not corroborate with her son testifying that he was too attacked and thrown across a room, but psychokinetic energy can be powerful enough to affect physical objects from what I’ve studied.

Another theory my fiancee mention could be that Doris Bither could have attracted 3 evil spirits into her life. It could be argued that Doris Bither could have been abused by three influential men in her life (father, uncle, grandfather or someone she trusted). The combination of her self-medicating and having psychic abilities as well as self-loathing could have made her into an attractive victim to malevolent forces. Her turbulent lifestyle and energy as well as her kid’s energy could very well have manifested her feelings into something very evil in a metaphysical level. Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome and psychic abilities can have a great effect one a person. A person that does not know about their abilities and/or is under the influence of a drug can have a great effect on their surrounding environment. Take into consideration the infamous “Bell Witch” haunting.

The Bell Witch Haunting is an old legend. In 1817, John Bell reporting poltergeist phenomenon. The case was made famous by the reports of then General Andrew Jackson (who later became president of the U.S). John Bell’s daughter, Betsy Bell, was at the center of this haunting. She was physically attacked by the ghost(s). There is a theory floating out there that the child was extremely psychic and had suffered from sexual abuse (possibly from her father). Accounts of levitation, spectral noises and disembodied voices were reported. The theory states that all this phenomenon could have been produced by Betsy Bell herself. Living in an unpleasant environment and seeking help, she started to manifest these attacks.

After Doris Bither left her Culver City home, the phenomenon was ceased to exist in the house. Future residents of the house have not reported anything out of the ordinary. The house remains to this day ghost free and is in good conditions.

Dr. Barry Taff reported that Doris Bither moved from Culver City to Carson CA. From Carson to San Bernadino CA, and from San Bernadino to Texas and finally back to San Bernardino. While jumping around the two states, Doris reported that the phenomenon “followed” her and her family to every place they moved to. Feeding the notion that the poltergeist phenomenon was a manifestation of her unstable environment and mind. He also reports that her psychological state is made apparent when she reported being impregnated by the ghost. Medical test showed her to not be pregnant but suffering from an ectopic or a hysterical pregnancy.

No one can say for sure what could have been going on with the family in that small Culver City house. Since Doris Bither has not been heard of since the late 80s or 90s (depending on some reports) and her kids have not come forward, we cannot know for certain.

The “Entity” house as it currently stands

The events and reports in this article were taken from written testimony of Dr. Barry Taff in his “Real-life entity case” article.
Note: Link no longer available

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Based in Brooklyn, NY, I write about all things creepy and strange. My book based on the real haunting of Doris Bither (The Entity 1982 movie) will be released fall of 2016. Got a question? Drop me a line.

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444 Responses

  • terim

    Okay if she made it up psychotically of actually reliving the rape is one thing, but how you explain her being lifted or thrown across a room? I don’t think anyone has that kind of power without the help of something evil behind it. She could of had a psychotic break down and was reliving that rape moment I can see a possibility, but not seeing orbs, ghosts and archs. That’s definately not all her manifestation.

  • Guns N Rosaries

    Demonic activity was present, no doubt. Since drunkenness is still a deadly sin, this was the most likely reason for the occurrences.

  • David Rogers

    since when is drunkenness a deadly sin?. There’s only 7 Deadly sin’s and they’re Pride Envey Sloth Greed Gluttony Lust and Wrath.I’m sorry but no matter how hard you try Drunkenness doesn’t fall into any of them. Sorry to have picked your comment to point out that just because everyone is allowed an opinion and freedom of speech doesn’t mean they should use it. There were a couple before your’s that were overflowing with Idiocy that I had to say something before I lost I.Q. points just from reading them Like the saying goes Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove any doubt

  • Guns N Rosaries

    So in your view, like the heretic Martin Luther, I can commit murder and fornication 1000 times a day and still be justified before God?

    What was that you were saying about I.Q.?

    Isaiah 5:21-23 and

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11 speaks well to your lack of knowledge, as well as
    Proverbs 10:21.

  • Kimberly Anne McKnight

    I would say that gluttony would be the deadly sin in this case – drinking to excess.

  • pearl

    maybe incest is involved here,drunk mom,young son,hatred

  • Mike Boatman

    That’s a good possibility Pearl. A boy has reached puberty in a totally screwed up home with no moral restraints, sees a chance to ‘punish’ an already debauched mommy. He nails her and she blames evil spirits.

  • Adam Young

    we know it isn’t a hoax cause we have ” 9 professional photographers who were shooting it from all sides “. so if it is a hoax then we can conclude Dorris, Barry Taff and Cary Gaynor where in on it and paid off witnesses to fabricate an amazing story…. surely they people had better things to do than get involved in a scam that if successful would ruin their professional careers.. REMEMBER ghost hunting was not part of popular culture in 1974. a hoax ? sorry but it doesn’t add up.

  • James Rodman

    Thank you Adam. I highly appreciate your dedication to presenting the truth. You are clearly a knowledgeable man. Thank you.

  • laurie

    One of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. Wonder where she and her kids are now and what they are doing

  • sheila

    GOOD movie and that wheres it starts and ends,,,real life I don’t believe not one word,,,,GOD created the world,,,,and ghost raping women was not what he created….those 6 days he created this earth not one day of it in the BIBLE that it says he created, ghost to come And rape one woman and abuse her family on earth..its a lie and nothing more//

  • I find the prospect of a “god” far less believable than I do the possibility of being raped by a ghost.

  • Ashna Yates

    I have been in haunted houses where l have seen bed clothing moved off people furniture moved thrown at me l helped a girl who was being raped every night by a spirit it’s how it was getting energy it was feeding from her

  • andy hernandez

    Barney when you die and see your maker, we will then see who you should of believed!! Good luck!!!

  • Richard Diaz

    Yeah and when you die and don’t see yours….kick yourself in the ass for me a couple of times.

  • lilly

    For me 2 please! How can you believe in something no one has ever seen, felt etc.

  • Adam Young

    if the best you could come up with is some colossal bearded man sitting on a cloud then yeah, it does seem far fetched. but not all believers have that narrow idea of what God is. by definition God must exist beyond the boundaries of all existence. God is outside of time while time itself. my personal take on it is this –

    the singularity before the big bang is God, “let there be light ” the big bang. hence we are actually part of God already. we assume our individual consciousness is our own but i think we will discover after death it is just a piece of a universal consciousness we call God. the intimate personal nature of spiritual relationship many claim to have with God will also be proven real as everything we experience here on earth is nothing new or alien to God about our lives because God is already everywhere and in everything anyway. the Bible says God is love. this makes sense considering the main element of love is connectivity and one could then say the opposite of love is disconnection which would be apposed to the fundamental laws of the universe of connection…. hmmm my head hurts LOL

  • Ashna Yates

    Didn’t Mary get in pregnant ed by a ghost
    giving birth to jesus as son of God so that puts you wrong
    prove it isn’t true
    prove to me that you do not have a holy ghost

  • RednGreen

    If you believe in God, then surely you believe in demons? Oh- wait- the creation story doesn’t mention demons either. Nevermind. Yup. They’re all liars.

  • James Rodman

    The Bible does mention demons in several places. I suggest you read it sometime.

  • RednGreen

    I think you missed the point of my response to Sheila but that’s ok. Suggesting something can’t exist if not specifically mentioned in the creation story is silly. I am a Christian and am familiar with the Bible but I think it’s unfair to be so nasty to someone and claim they are liars when they share their story.

  • Colin Taubin

    Would you believe some people don’t “believe dinosaurs existed” using this same logic? It’s mind boggling why science and belief have to battle. They’re saying the same shit

  • Adam Young

    maybe you should think some more before you share your thoughts. you really bring Bible believers down to a new level of idiocy when you don’t even understand your own ideology.

  • haze

    Who got mary pregnant? She never consented.. u dont slag one offf n not the other. I believe in god n i belive in da devil becuase they b both believe in me. If u dont belive on supernatural things. Wot r u doin talkin to us? U will see in da end at sum point in ur life. Anyway gota go thanx

  • Adam Young

    i do think you understood what i was saying. firstly i do believe in the supernatural. the point of my comment was how is it she believes in God but doesn’t believe in these supernatural attacks.

  • Candice Hejl

    You can’t be that stupid. Bible also says do not kill, judge others, all kinds of sins. It happens every day, all over.

  • liz

    You would serously believe a ‘GOD’ can create this world in 6 days but you can’t believe there might actually be gohsts: that’s really hypocrit. If god actually created this world isn’t he worse than a rapping ghost? Ask it to the thousands of young children dying because the don’t have food!

  • Helena_Handbasket

    The God of your religion created the Satan of your religion, and if he’s truly all knowing he knew that Satan would rebel and lead people astray. If you can believe that, how are spirits that rape outside of your ability to believe? I mean rape is AWFUL, but I’d hardly say it’s as bad as something like eternal torment.. and your God, according to your religion, knowingly and with forethought created the being that lures people into that.

  • Malcom Dubois

    None of this stuff is real. There’s no such thing as Ghosts, spirits, or demons. Religion was invented by man to control. Maybe when you crazies start realizing that, our race can evolve instead of believing in fairy tales every time something strange happens.

  • Dennis Sweetman

    you don’t know shit they are ghost,spirits,demons and i hope you don’t come a cross a demon because you will change your mind real fast,and when you see them you will shit your self bet that

  • Colin Taubin

    Lol he’ll probably die of shock

  • liz

    If this is your pinion FINE! But please don’t go this kinda sites and share your ‘stupid’ opinion! Most of people on this site think these articles are interesting and the DO believe it. Keep your hate in front of you!

  • Colin Taubin

    Religion and belief are two different things. 100% agree that religion is a man made tool for mass population control. Don’t forget atheism is a religion too…

    But yeah, no. Ghost/spirits/whatever definitely are real. My sister saw my first ghost the same night i did, from her room

  • Big Guy

    I’ve noticed a huge volume of vitriol being spewed by some posters on this topic. Skepticism is healthy, but you can still be respectful of the human beings that are involved and not attack them. I myself have not experienced “paranormal” occurrences and I can’t say for sure if that realm is real or not. I will not however; cast aspersions on peoples intelligence, sanity, or honesty that claim they have experienced the paranormal.. I read the word fraud a lot. A fraud like this with so many people involved would be very difficult to keep intact for this long. There are many examples of someone spilling the beans and outing a supposed supernatural happening as a hoax at best or an outright fraud at worst. I guess I’m an eternal fence sitter when it comes to all things supernatural. I haven’t experienced it, but I am fascinated by it and I am always interested in reading about it.

  • RednGreen

    I don’t understand at all why people have to be such dicks. I’ve been coming to this site for several years and absolutely hate it when people act like that.

  • Richard Diaz

    Once again, why don’t you religious people keep your religion to yourself? The topic is the movie not what you believe or don’t believe. Let me say this, you people believe in a spirit, ghost, “GOD” that has no mass, no body, nothing, but you do not believe in a ghost which is the same thing. You hypocrites. How dare you talk crap to others that don’t subscribe to your lies and deciept. And i’m supposed to believe that your god is loving, caring, compassionate…..Tell that to the milliions of people who die on a daily basis of hunger. Tell that to the millions of children that die on a daily basis. Tell that to the real woman this movie is based on. Tell her she is lying to her face and see if you don’t get the shit slapped out of you, you fucking hypocrites.

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  • Matthew Hatfield

    I also hope he told you how to disengage the Caps Lock.

  • demoncobra

    This comment is fucking priceless. I was thinking the same thing.

  • Laura J

    Pretty Narly, and scary, too.

  • Me

    Evil is attracted to vulnerability. Hence why Doris Bither attracted the entity. Some may consider that the entity was a physical manifestation of her mind and emotional state, particularly those who do not believe in paranormal actvities. For those who believe in a God of one kind or another, that very nature of being is beyond the human realm of understanding and so such beliefs should entertain the possibility of the entity possibly being real. If it is real, then that in itself is amazing regardless of whether Doris Bither conjured it from her mind or its existence originated elsewhere. I believe in both the power of the mind and independent spirits. I believe that the world as we currently know it is just one physical dimension within an infinite number of parallel dimensions. This is theorised by many physists. I believe that ghostly entities and perhaps even God are things that belong to other dimensions crossing over to our world. We may well prove the existence of theses things scientifically in the future, just like how we discovered the existence of many things that exist that cannot be be sensed by humans, such as radio waves and the infra red world.

  • betsy

    I was raped by a demon in 2000. I was in bed and started feeling hands “down there” and then it raped me, shoving me up against the wall repeatedly as it did so. About 4 months later some demonic being showed up near my private area and apparently began to eat all these beautiful ghostly beings that came out of my stomach.

  • Colin

    Clarify the last sentence?

  • betsy

    A demonic being situated his face near my groin area and little ghostly people begin coming up out of my stomach (they didn’t come out “down there”). They then floated to where the demonic face was and proceeded to go into it’s mouth. He stated, “My children.”

  • dave3029

    “The events and reports in this article were taken from written testimony of Dr. Barry Taff in his “Real-life entity case” article.

    Note: Link no longer available”

    You can use the Wayback Machine website to pull up Dr. Taff’s webpage using the link above. When I did so, I was able to read the information at http://web.archive.org/web/20081215024107/http://www.worldoftheunknown.com/entitycase.html .

  • Colin Taubin

    Belives in God (what/where/whoever he his or is from)

    Has seen ghosts on plenty of occasions

    You know, being an opiniated asswipe is just as bad as being an ignorant asshole. You people, well, people in general need to learn how to communicate

    And for the pussies who are simple minded to think there is no god just because human suffering exists… Hahahahaha grow a set of balls. What makes you think our species deserves shit? If I terraformed an awesome ass new planet just to have a few billion ignorant shits to destroy it on a daily basis, I’d have wiped this fucktard race out back when you fleabag Europeans started slaughtering everything that moved or didn’t claim Christ (after you killed him lol wtf)

    Since we’re being opinionated assholes I figured I’d be one too

  • Faggot

    Too bad you don’t matter as much as you think you do, hypocrite. You are so egotistical and delusional you have to fabricate a reality in which you are a divine creation. Pathetic.

  • Colin

    If you had to reach any farther for that bullshit response, you might have pulled a ligament

    Too bad you’re such a sheep that you believe the entire universe was created from the explosion of a single atom. You’re so ignorant that you have no concept of any reality other than what TV or the interwebz tells you to believe.

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