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

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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.
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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 soon. Got a question? Drop me a line.

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  • Colin Taubin

    Lol he’ll probably die of shock

  • 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

  • demoncobra

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

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Colin

    Clarify the last sentence?

  • Colin


  • 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.”

  • programmer1970

    Ive got to beg to differ there mate. Im not sure if they are the dead or something we just dont know. I thought I was a fruit cake for years having this stuff. But when people around me started seeing the same things without me even telling them id ever had issues you’ve got to say well its not in my head. Ive had 3 house clearings by Christian based clergy. Blessings on me (my eyes turn black when affected) Worked for a while then came back. It only stopped when I basically begged god and it stopped. So if there is no ghosts (whatever they are) why do others experience things you never mentioned, why have over 30 people seen my eyes turn black and if there is no god why did it stop if its just in my mind or mass hallucination. For me and those around me. You say science doesnt accept these things. Im a scientist and Engineer formula 1 background. Many of my other PhD freinds have experienced things, medical doctors, physists. Even Robbie the boy the real excorsist story was a nasa engineer / scientist. So dunno how most non scientist can say that? You have the right to beleive what you choose. But dont bad mouth those that disagree with you. I know are in for a BIG shock one day that is the one certainty here.

  • ymarsakar

    Sounds like an exorcist would have been a lot more useful than the paranormal cameras. As for fundamental Bible adherents, read the Book of Enoch and Genesis Six. It’s pretty much the same thing. The giants were known for their great lusts, an eternal hunger for food as well as women. These nephiliim are the demonic spirits the Japanese, Chinese, and Western Fairies often describe. The fallen angels or fallen watchers, are mostly imprisoned in the underground vaults of jagged rock and crustal stalagmites, right around the fountains of the deep (the oceanic trenches) and the underground vast salt water oceans.

    These spirits have a hierarchy, which is why Jesus Christ could command demons to get out of people by merely telling them to do so. As for human psychology, much of human psychological problems have to do with evil spirits controlling their mind and body. Once someone becomes tainted and corrupted to a certain degree by contact with evil spirits or evil humans (such as in molestation or rape), they begin manifesting signs of further weakness which invites in the stronger spirits.

    As for why evil exists in the world, evil is allowed to exist for a time due to eternal justice and mercy. They allow mortals and spirits to destroy people and commit evil, because it is all recorded and will be adjudicated in the Final Trial. In the same way the FBI sometimes lets criminals have enough rope to hang themselves. These trials and tribulations are also designed with a plan in mind, in order to benefit the saints and those who endure to the end. They are being tested for a promotion and the position of judge and god.

    The creator of the verse allows people to sin without destroying them, in the same fashion that the boss of everyone here allows them to do stupid mistakes. Micromanaging people isn’t part of the plan and it isn’t workload efficient either. Micromanage and punish them too severely, and they will just quit or kill themselves. In other words, the aO doesn’t protect his children from their own mistakes, you have to learn on earth what good and evil is and how to manage it. It’s a little bit different than the souls that want a sugar daddy to take care of them for eternity. That’s why those souls want the G to be government.

  • Adam Young

    hey Javier
    i was wondering if your book goes into more depth in regard to the entity man hallucination event with all the witnesses ? how is the process going with publication ?

  • angela smith

    i believe the story. i wake up sometimes with unexplained bruses between my legs and other places on me and have heard voices and other weired things happened.

  • angela smith

    i now believe in lust demons. for years they have been following me around and have been tyring to get me to masterbate or go and have multiple sex partners. i prey for strenghth not to give in to them and they eventually leave me alone.i wish they will never come back. they interfer out of nowhere and are very annoying. i think sometimes they may be getting inside of me while im asleep and raping me while im asleep because i wake up with the brusing and sickness and weired nasty feelings and oders. i often want to start smoking and dranking after the attacks. ive woke up on the floor before. and i have the unexplained movements that come and go inside of me.i get sared sometimes but i try to keep my faith in god. i have heard voices and saw and heard voices and objects moving and people in the room with me but too afraid to look and see if they were there.ive woke up with my nose bruised and sore and my temple and my whole hand sore and completely sore up past my wrist. doors in house has slammed shut with noone in house but me and noone around. ive seen ghost appear and dissapear.

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