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

Posted by Xavier Ortega | September 21, 2008 444


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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 fall of 2016. Got a question? Drop me a line.

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444 Responses

  • Hucksterfoot

    Nice straw man argument you’re making there.
    No, I specifically said Non consensual sex is rape. You’re the one who said “rape is usually not invited.” then went on about that it sometimes is invited. You are trying to wiggle a way out by creating a straw man.

    Again, How do you figure that “rape is usually not invited.”
    Rape cannot be invited. If invited it is consensual.
    How does a woman invite/arrange rape, which is Non Consensual sex?
    This is something that is forced upon a person against their will.
    Then YOU went on to explain that sometimes some woman arrange to be raped. Very well!
    Again, that would be fantasy (Consensual sex), which is not rape, not rape period. By definition of the law.

    Do you not remember saying leverage? vindictive? You were the one saying a woman/man whatever, could use this fantasy rape against someone. This is your what if scenario. Possible, may have happened. Regardless!
    Again, if a woman falsely accuses a man of rape after this fantasy consensual rape scenario that YOU are talking about, for leverage or just to be vindictive. Then that wouldn’t be rape, that would be called – The man “being framed” being falsely accused. Sounds like something out of a CSI TV episode.
    No matter what you say – Rape is never invited. Period
    If you want to say that it sometimes is , well then good luck with that.
    I was pretty clear the first time, and even more clear now. And nowhere did I say, that if a woman changes her mind that it is NOT then considered rape. No longer consensual means that it is rape.
    That is all I will say about this.

  • Hucksterfoot

    You can sum all of your last post with a few words.
    “If the woman says stop, no, or I will not consent, or physically resists. Then the man must stop, Regardless of the character, previous intentions, or past history of the woman saying STOP.”
    OK! More than a few words. :]

    This is the way the law will see it anyways.
    If it’s a non human entity or ghost doing it, That’s craziness. I don’t think the law can deal with that.

    I do realize that the man in this fantasy scenario would think it is all part of the game. If anything, I see great potential for people ruining their pathetic lives if they choose to play this game.

  • prewdawg

    I personally have experienced poltergeist activity in my own home. I watched as my stove and water facets turned on by themselves.
    We moved from that home.
    I began a study of such phenomenon and found that there are things which exist which are real. They are not people as one supposes, but are in fact demons.
    I can hear you laughing as I say this, but if you haven’t had these experiences you would be skeptical. I didn’t believe in such things either until I had it happen to me.
    Years ago, I met a female nurse, who overheard me and another person talking about “demons” and how they can interact with people. She approached me and said that she was being attacked by “entities” which crawled into bed with her at night. She was terrified.
    I asked her what she was doing to attract these things into her home. Her response was that she collected “voodoo” artifacts. She was told to get rid of the artifacts and how to get rid of the entities.
    A few months later, she saw me at the hospital and said that she was finally free of the attacks. She had gotten rid of all of her artifacts.
    So you can theorize about “mentally” creating these things, but I know for sure that they do happen.
    Incidently, several years ago, I met a woman who told me that she had a “demon” lover coming to her at night, and they made love. I asked her how she knew it was a demon lover. She told me that when cars drove by on the street, the resulting light shining through the windows would allow her to “see through” her lover.
    I asked is she would like to get rid of the entity. She said, “No! it’s the best lovemaking she had ever had.”
    Figment of her imagination? In my experience, I would say definately not. Until you experience something like that for yourself, you will not believe me, but that’s okay. As one person put it, I know what I saw, and no one can take that away from me.
    Nuff said.

  • irishshillegagh

    When is your book coming out Javier?

  • Brian Thompson

    In thebook of Enoch a book written by an early Biblical charecter,but not cannoned into the Bible, earthly demons are disembodied spirits of gibers. Gibers are the offspring of mortal women fallen angels. The cross produces giants and these giants roamed the earth in the time of Noah. The great flood was designed to kill these gibers as well as others. The spirits of these gibers, not being human or angel, could not enter the hereafter like humans. Their spirits stayed on earth and are demons to this day. They were discribed as being huge.Earth could not produce enough food for them to eat so they started eating humans eventually.{Jack and the bean stalk could have been based in fact?All the investigators in The Entity saw the entity as being huge. I think it not to be coincidence that they would see this with most of them not being aware of the size of gibers as reported by Enoch.

  • gemma gee

    hi everyone just recently i have started lookng up things about demons etc, through something that happened to me as a young teenager that i am still confused about, still unbelieving (if only because i have kids of my own and would prefer them to be safe). im 281 and i have only just dared start looking into cases where people have been haunted or experienced the like with demons (although i admit the word demon sounds silly even to myself). when i was 12 my grandad died so me and my mam up sticks and went to live with my grandma. my mam had already told me about paranormal activity that had happened in this house when she was a child (of course they were just ghost stories to me – like this probably will be to whoever reads this). my 20 year old cousin was also on – off living with my grandma, anyway 1 night my mam gets me to do ouija board (letters on cut out squares of paper and a shot glass) and after that my life pretty much messed up… i will never forgive her for dragging me into that life… i didnt have a bloody clue what i was letting myself in for. we spent weeks ‘talking’ to someone who said he was my grandad, he knew everything, intimate details that only my grandad and grandma knew about, my mam had to ask my grandma stuff to confirm (which she wasnt happy about). my cousin started getting in on it to… i am not joking we could all take our finger off the glass at the same time and it would carry on moving (although it would get slower and only get to 1 letter) saying that it needed our energy to move. 1 day it asked my mam about the tablets she was going to take (i had no idea my mam was contemplating suicide!!) and we got 1 message (which i believe to be the only message from my real grandad) which said Y-O-U H-A-V-E T-O S-T-O-P I-T-S N-O-T-J-O-H-N. my grandad being called john. this thing then got nasty… we stopped doing it (i dont think straight away, or even that night) but things in the house changed. if i was left in the house myself i could hear what seemed to be dog running up the stairs, breathing in my ear in the dark like its mouth was a centimetre away from my ear. i was petrified to take a bath because it was the onlly time i felt watched, my room was always icy cold even on a red hot summers day with the sun shining in through the windows, my mam found shredded storage boxes in her room, like an animal had shredded them, things moved right in front of your eyes, my mam watched a seal keyring spinning slowly then faster and faster by itself. i slept in with my mam 1 night and the blanket was ripped off the bed from the bottom corner. my grandads grave was desecrated, in one chat with this thing it told us to go to his grave and we would see the headstone smashed, when we went it wasnt smashed, but the flowers wer in bits scattered over the top, its the only time ive been to his grave and felt like something was watching and laughing at us. the house stunk of faeces for 3 days off the trot, me my mam and cousin been the only people to smell it, my grandma had no idea of anything that ive wrote. we moved out and in the new house every night something heavy could be heard coming up the stairs an extra stair each night (we moved before it got to the top, not wanting to find out what would happen) and it took long while before things settled down, infact im not sure if things really did. i know that when my mam was young, one of her sisters dabbled alot in witchcraft in the house i believe that brought whatever was there in the first place, but it got stronger and it fed off my mam being suicidal (which it caused when it was pretending to be my grandad, she thought she could be with him) and also me going through puberty. if i had the choice to set foot back in that house, i swear to this day i wouldnt have the balls, it scares me even going past it. if they are called demons… they are very real, they feed off our energy and they are extremely dangerous, thanks for reading

  • Tommy2

    Gee, I’m staying away from you !!!

  • Daniella

    I know it sounds weird, unbelievable and so on, but it happened to me. Now most of you must think, yes, of course. Although I could prove it if I went back to the house, too bad I didn’t do anything about it then!
    With my boyfriend we moved into a rented flat in 2005. I believe the house was haunted.
    My partner usually left to work earlier in the morning than me, and when I decided to sleep a little longer on my own, the attacks happened. I couldn’t move, felt like if I was held down by someone and than the rubbing, rape started. Being raped by a ghost?
    The ghost, demon or whatever you want to call it wasn’t aggressive but did what he wanted and when I got up I always felt scared and week.
    Firstly I thought I must have dreamt it and tried not to take it serious. After a while, as this happened whenever I slept alone, I told my partner about it, who might have thought I was going crazy at first, but after a while he saw how it effected me. I decided not to stay in bed alone anymore.
    There were times when the kettle switched on on its own while I was standing next to it, doing the washing up. There was no one else in the flat at the time, except me. Some nights when we arrived home, our room felt very cold compared to the rest of the house and we could smell flowers.
    This house I am talking about is about 300 years old with old floorboards (carpet was covering them, but when you lift it up, you saw about 1 meter deep hole underneath). The house was divided into two flats years ago, there was the ground flat, where we were staying and one above us, which has just been renovated and was empty.
    We stayed in this flat for over 3 years. Than came the time to move to another flat. On our last night there, I woke up to a strange loud noise at night. I woke my boyfriend, who could clearly hear it too. It was like if someone was scratching the ceiling above our bed and it kept on the whole night. We were both scared, managed to pull our chest of drawers to cover our bedroom door just to feel safer. Luckily we still had that in the room!
    First thing in the morning I called the landlord, who owes both flats. I asked him to come over and check if anyone was in the flat above us, as we heard weird noises from there last night. He confirmed that no one should be in there, but came over and looked. But found no one and nothing weird.
    Since we moved from there the attacks stopped completely, I can sleep on my own again!
    When I was being touched by the ghost, I started looking for similar stories on the internet, but didn’t find anything till now. I thought I was the only one. Luckily the ghost did’t leave the house with me!

  • Nicole

    I had awoke from my sleep several weeks ago..i had felt a slap across my face. I felt an open hand..

  • Anonymous

    loved it..there are many interesting theories on this coupled into the manhattan project

  • nicole

    hey yea when is your book coming out it sounds good i want to read it

  • Josh

    The theory on the “Bell Witch” case being surpressed child molestation is complete BS made up by the makers of “An American Haunting.” That was just some supposedly “shocking” smack tacked in to make that film more “compelling.” It was really annoying for anybody that had researched this case.

    I also find it interesting that your fiancee conveniently blames anything “bad” being done by the entity as having to be the result of “men” as opposed to possibly Doris not dealing with the fact that she was abusing her sons. It really freaking annnoys me at how one sided abuse is looked at in western society, never a female doing anything wrong, always the man/males . . . That is not correct, completely sexist and biased as you can get. It would seem fairly fitting that her abuse of her sons would be more of a catalyst as Taff even mentioned the manifestations increasing when her oldest son played certain music . .

  • josie

    although women are occasionally guilty of abuse, the vast majority is conducted by men against women. its not biased, its simply a fact.both in regard to women and to children. This is supported by significant statistics. Its not that there aren’t women who are guilty of abuse, there obviously are. But its statistically insignificant in comparisom.

  • Giorgio

    Josie, this is kinda outdated. New research points close to 50 (35/40) ration of abused guys by women. So its not statistically irrilevant. Its more cultural “indoctrination” the woman passive, angel like. Man active knight like. They are old archetypes, difficoult to get rid of. If you are interested to know more, you can email me. But beside that Josh has a point.

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  • Michelle

    Josie. I don’t know where you are getting your “information”, but it’s nonsense. The way in which women abuse is usually a bit different in its approach, but you only show how ignorant you are by thinking that amounts to less. Women are generally more manipulative when they are a users, so it takes a long time and professional help (often times) for the victim to realized the extent of the abuse. Abusive women love to pose themselves as victims. I have seen this time and time again.

  • Jenfaer

    javi, something i noticed at the bottom of the article: newsletter? monthly giveaways? why are these things not happening? 😛

  • DJ

    I think your theory that this is a manifestation of both psychic ability and mental instability is correct. Why should it just be one or the other? I think some people are just that powerful, in fact, I know that they are. And those tormented by their minds, very often, are tormented in the physical world. I do wonder if Doris experienced sexual abuse in the past, and to what extent was the abuse between her and her three boys.

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