The Enfield poltergeist was investigated by the infamous Ed & Lorraine Warren ↗️ and is one of the most famous paranormal cases in the world.
The case became known after a poltergeist was reported to haunt 284 Green Street, a small council house in Enfield, London, England. The paranormal activity occurred mainly between 1977-1979 and became world-famous after Ed & Lorraine Warren investigated the claims.
The Enfield poltergeist mainly targeted two young sisters who lived there, age 11 and 13 at the time, starting in August 1977 when police got a call from a distressed single mother, Peggy Hodgson.
Hodgson claimed she had witnessed furniture moving and two of her children heard knocking sounds on an interior wall. The two children that heard the knocking were thirteen-year-old Margaret and eleven-year-old Janet, the same two that were targeted throughout the entire haunting.
Upon arriving at the residence, a police constable, WPC Carolyn Heeps, stated that they saw a chair ”wobble and slide”, but after inspecting it for wires or a prank she couldn’t determine the cause of the movement. With no intruders and not really having a protocol for such an event, police left. The was only the beginning though.
Over the next 18 months, claims of voices, loud noises, overturned chairs and thrown toys were reported, but the most bizarre was that of one of the children being levitated in mid-air.
There were many times during the case where 11-year-old Janet was in a trance and recorded speaking with a deep demonic male voice ↗️, but ventriloquist Ray Alan ↗️ visited the house and concluded that Janet’s male voices were simply vocal tricks.
Over 30 people witnessed such events including neighbors, journalists and physics researchers. Many even witnessed one of the girls being levitated several feet off the ground and heavy furniture being thrown across the room in front of them. During one of the young girls being in a violent trance, the iron fireplace was ripped out from their bedroom wall.
In 1979, reports came to an end, but the intriguing story spread across the world like a plague. In 1980, young Janet who had been the main focus of the Enfield Poltergeist, spoke to ITV News to address some of the points of the hauntings. She admitted that her and her sister, Margaret, had actually been playing with a Ouija board before the paranormal activity started at their residence.
In the aftermath of the events, there was much debate whether the hauntings were legitimate or a hoax. Ed & Lorraine Warren, who visited the house during 1978 in the midst of the hauntings claimed the case to be genuine and had a supernatural explanation, while others such as Anita Gregory and John Beloff were “unconvinced”, claiming the events were faked for the benefit of journalists.
What do you think about the Enfield poltergeist case? Lorraine Warren was present on the set of The Conjuring 2 to provide information about the events from 1979.
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