I have discussed haunting and possession many times on this blog, but I recently came across a case that seems pretty credible. In November of 2011 Latoya Ammons and her three children moved into a rental property in Gary, Indiana. The first sign that anything was amiss was when big black horse flies started swarming the house in the middle of frosty December. The flies were especially attracted to their large screened in porch. The next set of unusual circumstances was when Latoya and her mother Rosa Campbell would hear loud footsteps coming up the basement stairs and the creak of the kitchen door opening. This always seemed to happen around midnight. They heard the footfalls even after they started locking the basement door. Rosa woke up one night and saw a shadowy figure pacing, the figure disapearred, but what was left behind was just as startling -- muddy footprints.
On March 12, 2012 the creepy noises and overall feeling of dread became too much to bare. This is from the Indianapolis Star:
"It was about 2 a.m. Normally, Campbell, Ammons and her children would have been asleep, but they were mourning the death of a loved one with a group of friends. Ammons, who was in Campbell's bedroom, startled everyone by screaming, "Mama! Mama!"
Campbell said she ran into her bedroom, where her then-12-year-old granddaughter and a friend were staying. Ammons and Campbell said the 12-year-old was levitating above the bed, unconscious.
According to their account of events, Ammons and several others surrounded the girl, praying. Campbell said she remembers being terrified.
"I thought, 'What's going on?' " Campbell said. " 'Why is this happening?' "
Eventually, Campbell said, her granddaughter descended onto the bed. The girl woke up with no memory of what happened, Campbell said. Campbell and Ammons said the people who were visiting that night refused to return.
Campbell says she remembers telling her daughter, "We need help. We need to talk to someone who knows how to deal with it."
Campbell and Ammons said they didn't know exactly what "it" was, but they believed it was something supernatural."
Of course the family started calling churches, but most of the churches refused to help. Finally one of the churches gave the Ammons family some advice. They were told to clean the house with bleach and Ammonia and to self-bless the children by making the sign of the cross on them in olive oil. From there things got much much worse. Again this is from the Indianapolis Star:
"Ammons drew a cross with the smoke.
The person she was with read Psalm 91 aloud as they moved through the house:
"You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday."
Ammons said nothing odd happened for three days. Then, things got worse.
The family said demons possessed Ammons and her children, then ages 7, 9 and 12. The kids' eyes bulged, evil smiles crossed their faces, and their voices deepened every time it happened, Campbell and Ammons said."
The youngest boy, then 7, sat in a closet talking to a boy that no one else could see. The other boy was describing what it felt like to be killed. Campbell said the 7-year-old once flew out of the bathroom as if he'd been thrown, and a headboard once smacked into Ammons' daughter, causing a wound that needed stitches.
The 12-year-old would later tell mental health professionals that she sometimes felt as if she were being choked and held down so she couldn't speak or move. She said she heard a voice say she'd never see her family again and wouldn't live another 20 minutes. Some nights were so bad the family slept at a hotel.
Finally, in desperation, they went to their family physician, Dr. Geoffrey Onyeukwu, on April 19, 2012. Ammons said she told him what they were going through, hoping he might understand. Onyeukwu told The Star it was "bizarre."
"Twenty years, and I've never heard anything like that in my life," he said. "I was scared myself when I walked into the room." He said he would not speak in more detail unless Ammons had "psychiatric clearance" for the waiver of confidentiality she had signed.
In his medical notes about the visit, Onyeukwu wrote "delusions of ghost in home" and "hallucinations." He also wrote "history of ghost at home" and "delusional." What Ammons and Campbell say happened next also was detailed in a DCS report of a family case manager's interviews with medical staff.
Campbell said Ammons' sons cursed Onyeukwu in demonic voices, raging at him. Medical staff said the youngest boy was "lifted and thrown into the wall with nobody touching him," according to a DCS report. The boys abruptly passed out and wouldn't come to, Campbell added. She cradled one boy in her arms; Ammons held the other.
Someone from the doctor's office called 911. Onyeukwu said seven or eight police officers and multiple ambulances showed up.
"Everybody was ... they couldn't figure out exactly what was happening," he recalled.
Police and emergency personnel took the boys to Methodist Hospital's campus in Gary.
Ammons said hospital personnel laughed at her desire to anoint her sons in olive oil.
"I couldn't talk to them," she said, "so I talked to God."
The boys woke up in the hospital. The older boy, then 9, acted rationally, but the youngest screamed and thrashed, Campbell said. She said it took five men to hold him down.
Meanwhile, someone called DCS and asked the agency to investigate Ammons for possible child abuse or neglect. The caller, who is not named in the DCS report, speculated that Ammons might have a mental illness. The person believed the children were performing for Ammons, and she was encouraging their behavior. DCS family case manager Valerie Washington was asked to handle the initial investigation. She gave the following account to police and in her intake officer's report:
Hospital personnel examined Ammons and her children and found them to be healthy and free of marks or bruises. A hospital psychiatrist evaluated Ammons and determined she was of "sound mind." Washington interviewed the family in the hospital.
While she spoke with Ammons, the 7-year-old boy started growling with his teeth showing. His eyes rolled back in his head. The boy locked his hands around his older brother's throat and refused to let go until adults pried his hands open.
Later that evening, Washington and registered nurse Willie Lee Walker brought the two boys into a small exam room for an interview. Campbell joined them.
The 7-year-old stared into his brother's eyes and began to growl again.
"It's time to die," the boy said in a deep, unnatural voice. "I will kill you."
While the youngest boy spoke, the older brother started head-butting Campbell in the stomach.
Campbell grabbed her grandson's hands and started praying.
What happened next would rattle the witnesses, and to some it would offer not only evidence but proof of paranormal activity.
An exorcism was eventually performed on all three children and the house has been "safe" since then. The children haven't displayed anymore episodes of demonic activity. Here is a short video on the case.
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