Today I want to talk about a documented haunting that left its mark on Hollywood in particular. This haunting occurred in Enfield, England in the late seventies. Police were called by a mother of four children who reported that many strange things were going on. Here is what wiki has:
"In August 1977, single parent Peggy Hodgson called police to her rented home in Enfield after two of her four children claimed that furniture was moving and knocking sounds were heard on walls. A female police constable saw a chair slide on the floor but couldn't determine if it moved by itself or was pushed by someone. Later claims included allegedly demonic voices, loud noises, thrown rocks and toys, overturned chairs and levitation of children. Reports of further incidents in the house attracted considerable press attention and the story was covered in British newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, until reports came to an end in 1979. On Halloween 2011, BBC News featured comments from a radio interview with photographer Graham Morris, who claimed that a considerable portion of the events were genuine."
The reason that I found out about this poltergeist is that I always like to find out about horror movies that are based on true events. It turns out that the movie "Poltergeist" was inspired by this story. Rumor also has it that the word "Gozer" was written on the wall over and over. Of course many of you guys will remember that Gozer is that name of the super duper ghost in "Ghostbusters."
I think this could be a real case, but there isn't a whole lot to go on. One thing that keeps coming back to me is that the children were heavily involved. Now this could represent an evil entity that is preying on children or it could just be a case of practical jokes played by very intuitive, but devious children. This is from Paranormal.about.com:
"The strange activity seemed to center around the daughter of Peggy Harper, a divorcee in her mid-40s. Again, it started on an August night. "Late at night," An Urban Ghost Story relates, "Janet, aged 11 and her brother Pete, aged 10, complained that their beds were 'jolting up and down and going all funny.' As soon as Mrs. Harper got to the room, the movements had stopped - as far as she was concerned her kids were making it all up."
But things got progressively more bizarre from there. Shuffling noises and knocks on the wall were followed by a heavy chest of drawers sliding by itself across the floor. Mrs. Harper promptly got her children out of the house and sought the assistance of a neighbor. "The neighbors searched the house and garden but found no one. Soon they also heard the knocks on the walls which continued at spaced out intervals. At 11 p.m. they called the police, who heard the knocks, one officer even saw a chair inexplicably move across the floor, and later signed a written statement to confirm the events."
What do you guys think?
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