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Friday Video – The Haunted (Smurl family haunting)

Submitted by on November 7, 2008 – 9:38 AM11 Comments | 40,901 views



Jack Smurl, inside the haunted home

I was thinking of creating a new section on GhostTheory. Every Friday I will post videos/movies that I love. Just like “Movie day Friday” when we were kids in school, I will post something for you guys to watch before the weekend.

Last weekend I was thinking about the documented haunting that happened to the Smurl family in Pennsylvania. Although the controversial investigators, the Warrens, were the ones who initially investigated this, it was a pretty well documented case. Drawing countless witnesses including neighbors as well as the media.

Here is a WikiPedia history of it:

The Smurl house was split. Jack and Janet lived in one half of the abode while Jack’s parents, John and Mary, lived in the other half of the semi-detached house.

According to the Smurls, the first signs of paranormal activity began in 1974. They reported that a television set burst into flames, and a stain appeared on a carpet overnight. Water pipes began to leak even though they were repeatedly resoldered by a plumber, and scratches resembling those from a large cat appeared on paintwork and bathroom fittings.

By 1977, the reported events were escalating. Toilets flushed without human intervention, footsteps were heard on the stairs, chest drawers opened and closed unaided, radios worked when they were not plugged in, rocking chairs rocked while empty, and a sour smell filled the house.

In 1985, John and Mary claimed to hear loud, obscene language, and Jack and Janet’s house became often extremely cold.

Two days after this, an icy cold swept the house and a strange black human shape allegedly materialised in the kitchen in front of Janet. It was about five feet nine inches tall, and with no facial features. It later appeared to Mary Smurl in her kitchen.

The violence and frequency of the events continued to escalate.

In 1986, the family brought in a controversial pair of demonologists, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who announced the house was haunted by three minor spirits and a powerful, evil demon. They tried to persuade the demon to leave by playing holy music and praying. The alleged demon reacted by shaking mirrors, dressers and drawers.

Jack alleges he was raped one night by a scale-covered succubus with a young girl’s body and an old woman’s head. Janet also claimed she was sexually assaulted by a shadowy humanoid figure (described as an incubus), and that pig noises were heard from the wall cavities. The attack on Janet and the shadowy apparition are similar to the description of the attacks on Carla Moran that were portrayed in the movie, “The Entity”.

The Smurls brought in Father Robert McKenna. He conducted two exorcisms in Latin and more than fifty Catholic Masses, which allegedly infuriated the demon further. The demon was said to follow them on a vacation to the Poconos and harass Jack at work.

It was at this point the Smurls appeared on television on a Philadelphia talk show called The People are Talking hosted by Richard Bey. The demon allegedly reacted by raping Jack again, and appearing to him as a half-man, half-pig. Janet was throttled and thrown about by invisible forces.

One obvious question that skeptics always ask is why the couple did not move out of their house if the attacks were so violent and distressing. The Smurl’s response being that the demon could apparently follow them anywhere; having shown this to them when they abandoned the house for a week only to be intensly harassed at the campground where they were staying.



The Smurl family in back of home. Front row are twins Shannon and Carin. Back row from left to right are Dawn, Jack, Janet and Heather


The Haunted – The Smurl family haunting



















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I'm a writer, a runner, and a hell of a coffee drinker residing in Los Angeles. I'm currently working on a book about Doris Bither and her terrifying account of a haunting in Culver City, California. The case was dubbed "The Entity" and it stands to be one of the most controversial cases ever to be studied by parapsychologists.

  • Robert Crigger

    My ancient copy of this movie is wearing out. I can’t seem to get a better copy. Can someone out there make a better copy for me or find a copy to buy? Is $20.00 a fair price? I would send a money order by mail.

    The movie is “The Haunted.”

    It has Sally Kirkland as a lead actress.

  • jbondo

    Smurf family???….Ohhhh, nevermind.

  • desiree

    its smurl i now know then

  • roy

    i have a dvd copy it took me 6 months to find it its in fair shape.

  • http://TheMysticReview.com barbara

    Funny thing about this occurrence. The pic the local Times Leader ran appeared to have faces in the window to several people. Wish I could find the original because it was only apparent in print!

  • Ajzswaggin420

    the smurls are my family.. i feel so bad for em… thnk god their alright .. love ya uncle jack n aunt janet ..

  • Eric Bair

    I grew up in Pa. and I remember this story on the news when I was a kid

  • AaronD2012

    Ask Christ to come into your heart and your home, demons won’t stick around…trust me.

  • Alecia Williams

    my dads landlord owns this home now

  • Cataclysm

    I’m not Christian, Yet I’ve chased much. I won’. Elaborate how, but you don’t have to be a Christian…

  • FOLLOWER OF THE LORD

    IF YOU REALLY WANT TO WIN AS YOU SAY…THE ONLY WAY IS THROUGH A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST ALMIGHTY. FACT