Home to Europe’s most violent poltergeist, 30 East Drive in Pontefract, West Yorkshire in the UK is considered one of the most haunted houses in the world with many credible reports and videos of paranormal activity.
The property was purchased in 1966 by Jean & Joe Pritchard whom moved into their new home with their children Philip (15) and Diane (12). During their first summer bank holiday while the parents were away and left Philip’s auntie to watch over the kids, unexplained events began to unfold. Chalk started falling from head height to the ground, as if appearing from nowhere and slowly dropping to the floor. In an attempt to clear it up, Mrs Kelly (Philip’s Auntie) went into the kitchen a slipped on a small mysterious pool of water on the kitchen lino.
Putting her attention to the water, she started to mop it up as other small pools of water appeared on the lino in front of her and Philip’s eyes, but this was only the beginning…
Further mysterious paranormal happenings came pouring in from green foam unexplainably spouting from the taps (facets) and toilet, even after the water has been shut off. Here are some of the other mysterious occurrences that took place:
–Tea dispenser activating and overflowing
-Lights turning on and off
-Potted plants ejecting themselves into the air
-Cupboards violently shaking
-Levitating objects including a solid Oak sideboard
-Jugs of milk levitating and being poured over skeptical people
Those were the more tolerable occurrences, but things quickly escalated, starting with a sharp kitchen knife controlled by an invisible force making its way to the family pictures and slashing them up. This showed the entity might have malicious intent towards the family and the events that unfolded proved that was true.
The family had exorcisms performed on the house to try and ward of the dark entity, but all were met with serious resistance, resulting in holy water seeping out the walls, faces being physically slapped and people pushed down the stairs by an unseen force. Fur gloves floated in mid-air, suggestively worn by the ghost who visually conducted the Christian songs which attempted to ward off the evil spirit.
The poltergeist become more violent after that, mostly targeting Diane. Visible bruises and scrapes to skin led to the climax when Diane’s hair stood on end before being dragged up the stairs kicking and screaming by the poltergeist. This left Diane extremely traumatized with clearly visible finger marks around her throat.
The late 60s and early 70s saw some of the most historic paranormal events that have ever unfolded with physical harm and a supernatural force interfering with our world, witnessed by many, but formal investigation didn’t begin until years after the hauntings had stopped.
A young amateur historian with an interest in Cluniac Monks decided to investigate and the haunting were apparently caused by the ghost of a Cluniac Monk who had been hung for rape during the reign of Henry VIII. This earned the ghost of 30 East Drive the name ‘”The Black Monk Poltergeist” or ”The Black Monk Poltergeist”.
There have been many recent reports of more strange occurrences at 30 East Drive which can be seen here. But one of the most rewarding investigations come from a team called Paranormal-X and you can read and view their discoveries at 30 East Drive using the Microsoft Skeletal Detection technology here: Do Ghosts Really Exist?
The events of 30 East Drive have inspired a movie which was released in 2012, titled When the Lights Went Out.
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