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Ghosts tend to be associated with ancient castles and grand mansions – imposing old buildings which are far removed from the kind of place where most of us [sign in to see URL] story of the Enfield poltergeist demonstrates that the paranormal can emerge anywhere however – even in semi-detached council houses in north London.

Britain’s most famous poltergeist case occurred between 1977 and 1978. It affected the Hodgson family, and appeared to centre on the person of Janet Hodgson who was then 11 years old. The sequence of strange incidents began when Janet and her brother complained that their beds were moving around of their own accord. Their mother didn’t believe them until she saw a chest of drawers slide across the room on its own. She pushed it back; then it moved again and wouldn’t budge. By this time Mrs. Hodgson had become frightened and told her children to get out of the house. They ran to the neighbours’ house and the neighbours came back with them to have another look. All heard strange knocking sounds coming from various places in the house. Everyone agreed that something eerie and frightening was going on and the police were called. When the police arrived, they heard the knockings too but were unable to trace their source.

From then on, bizarre happenings became routine in the Hodgson household. Objects would move around on their own and even the people in the house sometimes found themselves thrown around or levitated into the air.


Captured on Film
This was to become one of the most public hauntings in history. The Hodgsons contacted the media about what was happening to them. Journalists and photographers and paranormal researchers soon arrived and spent considerable time with the family. They themselves witnessed the same weird occurrences and recorded them on their camera equipment. Much of the equipment had trouble functioning in the strange environment of the Hodgson house. Batteries depleted very quickly, for example.

Some fascinating images were captured, however. There are photographs of Janet Hodgson being flung through the air as well as objects floating around on their own.

It seemed that whatever entity was responsible for the disturbances in the house was sentient in some form. The people in the house found they could communicate with it verbally and it would respond by making rapping sounds to indicate yes or no. At times, it even spoke through Janet’s body in a harsh, rasping masculine voice. It said its name was Bill and that it had lived in the house fifty years before.


Suspicions of Fraud
Most people who visited the Hodgson house became convinced that something very weird was going on. At least one researcher from the Society for Psychical Research, however, believed that fraud was being committed. She saw objects being flung around but thought the children were doing it when her back was turned. Moreover, at one point, the cameras which had been placed in Janet’s bedroom caught her bending spoons herself. When confronted about this, she claimed she was only doing it to test the researchers. Janet’s uncle was also sceptical, but most people who looked into the phenomenon became convinced that it was real.

That Janet was the source of the activity there can be little doubt. When she spent some time away from the house to undergo medical examination, all trace of the poltergeist activity disappeared. After about a year and half, the activity ceased entirely of its own accord.


Conclusion
Because of its very public nature; and because journalists, photographers and researchers were all invited to come and witness the phenomenon for themselves, the case of the Enfield poltergeist remains one of the most compelling within the paranormal literature.

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The Enfield Poltergeist was one of the most interesting and chilling accounts of paranormal phenomena ever recorded. The reason that it deserves so much attention is because unlike most reports of poltergeists, this case involved a number of different people who all witnessed phenomena at the house over a period of time. This makes the case both believable, and provides enough credibility on which to take the events of 1977 as more than just a clever prank. The case occurred in 1977, in an ordinary house in Enfield, North London. The house was occupied by Peggy Harper, who had four children. Janet, aged 11 and Pete, aged 10 shared a separate bedroom from their mother and the other two children. The events begun on August 30th, when the two children's beds begun to jolt up and down seemingly on their own accord. Peggy was convinced that the children had been making it up, until the next night when things began to get steadily worse. At around 9:30 in the evening, Peggy was called to the children's room who had reported hearing strange shuffling noises coming from the floor. Peggy dismissed it again, until she too heard a peculiar shuffling sound, which resembled someone shuffling across the floor in slippers even though the children were in bed. Shortly afterwards there came four loud knocks on the wall. Then without warning, the heavy chest of drawers which had been positioned up against the wall moved about a foot and half away from the wall all on it's own and stopped. After returning it to it's original place, Peggy was horrified when the drawers moved yet again on their own and remained in the centre of the room. When she tried to push them back, this time they would not budge.

This was all too much for the Harpers, who promptly exited the house and went next door to their neighbours house for the night. The neighbours entered the house shortly afterwards to see if they could find anything, and they too heard the same strange loud bangs. The police were brought in, and even they heard the strange noises. To top it all, while in the living room an officer witnessed a chair moving across the floor on it's own. Closer examination yielded no obvious explanation for how this had happened. The following day, the house was plagued by flying objects, toy bricks and marbles. With the police stumped, the family turned to the press for help. A photographer and reporter from the Daily Mirror arrived at the house and stayed there for several hours to catch a glimpse of the phenomena. As they were about to leave, a Lego brick flew across the room and struck the photographer on the head, leaving a bruise. The Daily Mirror responded by calling in a researcher, Maurice Grosse, who stayed with the family for some time. He and writer Gay Lyon Playfair studied the case for two years, documenting all the events which occurred before the strange phenomena finally ceased. The strange occurrences up to this point appeared convincing and genuine, with several witnesses to a multitude of different activities and the testimony of police officers and paranormal investigators. This changed when it begun to appear that Janet, perhaps inspired by the attention she was receiving as a result of the case, begun to claim that she was being thrown out of bed by unseen hands, and even appeared to be possessed at one point, speaking in a very low, deep voice with considerable use of profanity. After a camera was set up next to her room, footage was taken showing her faking these incidents by jumping around on her bed and flapping her arms. She also confessed at a later point to being able to mimic the 'possessed' voice she was able to make.

Despite these incidents however, it is still clear that the original phenomena appeared to be genuine, and there was never an explanation for how objects were seen to fly across the room, heavy furniture moved on it's own and the series of loud knocks heard by several independent witnesses. Was there an entity of some sort at work in Enfield in the autumn of 1977, or was there a more rational explanation ? The Enfield Poltergeist is certain to remain one of the most intriguing and chilling cases of paranormal activity ever recorded.
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