Poltergeist Infestations are considered a rarity throughout the UK, however, when one comes face to face with the phenomena you quickly become aware of how intimidating it can be; for myself and a team of investigators were soon to discover.
It was August 1996, and a month not to forget. It was our third week into a heat wave that was scorching the UK with temperatures of 85 - 90 Degrees. During this time an article that had appeared in the Manchester Evening News was brought to my attention. It read “Spooky Spills Scare Family From Home”. Of course, like many other paranormal investigators, I was immediately wary the fact that the family home in this case was council property and that it would have not been the first time council residents have blamed paranormal phenomena in the hope of a quick and successful move to a more desired location. The family claimed that they were being driven from their home by spooky out-pourings of water which have made their lives a nightmare for almost a year, and ceilings in their prefabricated bungalow suddenly gusb with water - soaking their beds, carpets and furniture. Despite several inspections by countless workmen and housing officers, the cause remained a mystery. Jim and Vera Gardner, who shared the home in Rochdale with their daughter Jean and grand-daughter Alison, even got their local vicar to carry out a blessing in case their problem was supernatural in origin. The Gardner's claim that within an hour of the blessing the phenomenon was back as bad as ever. The family say that they have no option but to accept an alternative home. Vera had recently married Jim two years previous and had lived in the bungalow for over 13 years and until 10 months ago, there was never a problem. Vera had stated to the local media on more than one occasion that she thought she might have a poltergeist or that it may be some kind of supernatural happening. She also mention that it might have been her first husbands spirit that was displeased that she had remarried. The incidents apparently took place anywhere, anytime, without rhyme, without warning, and without reason. Vera and Jim were having problems sleeping due to wondering where ‘it’ will strike again. “Sometimes the water breaks out in the form of huge droplets covering large areas of the ceilings and will disappear as quickly as it comes” vera said. At other times the family say it gushes like heavy rain. Jim stated that the water came pouring through the kitchen ceiling when council workmen were there. It was as if it was raining inside and an umbrella often came in handy. The local vicar said “I went to support the family. I hoped that by praying with them in each room, a solution might be found. There appears to be no rational explanation for what is happening and they are clearly very distressed at the situation”. A spokesman from the council admitted: “The cause is a mystery to us. We have carried out extensive checks, but we have not found anything that could be responsible.
Well...... You can imagine what was going through my mind after reading the newspaper article. I decided to act fast and contacted the family. They were more than welcome for me to interview them. I sensed anticipation in Mr. Gardner's voice. I arranged to visit the family and took along a two investigators, one of which was author Peter Hough. As we pulled up outside the family home I remember thinking how hot it must be inside the prefabricated bugalow. Its walls were made of a non corrosive light metallic structure which must inevitably cause temperatures to rocket inside. These prefabs were only designed as temporary accommodation in the 1940s, however, the council had obviously seen fit to continue leasing them. I grabbed my briefcase and headed up the path. I was met by a small friendly but obviously distraught Mrs. Gardner. We were immediately shown to the living room where after a minute of chit chat we headed into the interview. We were astonished at the amount of reported paranormal incidents. Mr. Gardner explained: “ It started about ten months ago when we noticed a damp patch on the wall in the back bedroom, which started to leak. We got the council in and they searched all through the loft but could not find anything leaking. We left it to see how it went and at first it stopped. Then we had what we thought was condensation on the ceiling. It started at one place, then it shot right across the ceiling from corner to corner and even seemed to curve around the ceiling light. It would happen in the bedroom and hen stop, only to start in the kitchen. I rang the council again, and two men went in our loft while an electrician dismantled the ceiling lights whilst I was sat underneath an umbrella in the kitchen, that’s how bad it was. The whole kitchen was wet through as if it were raining. The council men had no idea what was causing it and in the heat of desperation they decided to fit a fan in the kitchen window.......Some good that did. It finally stopped in the kitchen and started in Jeans front bedroom. It stayed there for four to five months. It happened every day and was causing a lot of upset in the home. When we decided to move Jeans bedroom to another room, it followed as if it knew. The council workmen came again and brought some detectors. They were looking for condensation. Of course, all prefabs will have some condensation, especially during the hot weather, but this was ridiculous...
Then all of a sudden it stopped for about a week. We thought the ordeal was over. We moved the furniture back and lay the carpets again, and within ten minutes it was back with a vengeance. We daren’t put the stuff back down. Apart from the water, I was sitting here one night when the handle on the hall door turned and the door opened on its own. I was expecting someone to be their but we all knew there was no-one as we were all sat in the living room watching TV. Last Friday night we had decided to send Jean and her daughter to stay at a friends house as they were finding it difficult to sleep at night. Myself and Vera were the only ones in the house. We lay in bed and could both clearly hear someone coughing from the corner of the room. Even though a little scared I did thoroughly check the house and found nothing unusual. We’ve also smelt tobacco smoke in our bedroom and the smell of liquorice as if it was a flavoured cigarette paper. Last night the hairdryer flew off the drawers and hit my grad-daughters friend on the back of the head. It seems to be more concentrated around Jean and her daughter when they’re here. The council first said it was a mystery, then said it was condensation, and when they accused us of throwing buckets of water on the ceiling, it was the last straw. We turned to the newspapers in hope of getting it sorted out. The family has lived here for 13 years and we didn’t really want to move out but what else can we do ? The council official suggested we shouldn’t cook, shower or bathe due to our condensation problem. How are we to live under such circumstances ? Alison was found crying yesterday. She said she had felt a cold presence over her whilst lying on her bed and now its started banging things around at night and keeps us awake. We have even seen things fly off the wall for no reason and things that go missing and turn up in the oddest of places some days later when your not looking for it.” Mr. Gardner's conversation was cut short by the crying out of Jean. We rushed out just in time to see a streak of water shoot across the ceiling as if intelligently controlled. I couldn’t believe my eyes. For years I had wished to witness a paranormal incident and had never been lucky enough. Could this be evidence of truly remarkable phenomena. Wish quickly rushed for the cameras and took several photographs. Some of the water dripping from the ceiling was put into a sealed container for analysis and a secondary container was filled with tap water from the bathroom as a comparison. It forming lasted for about 15 minutes and quickly vanished, leaving nothing to show of its manifestation not even a water mark stain. From there we were called to the kitchen where another remarkable incident was taking place. Mr. Gardner was stood in the centre of the kitchen and it was raining. It sounds too remarkable to be true but I assure you it was. Water was falling from the ceiling and had gathered in a large quantity on the floor, meanwhile one of my associates had seen water simply appear on a door in front of her eyes. We were totally caught off guard, not expecting anything to take place during the interview. After an hour or so things started to calm down and we reviewed what we had seen. Whilst the water was on the ceiling Peter Hough climbed up to the loft door and directly above the water in the loft was perfectly dry, in fact it was dusty. There was no sign of where the water was coming from. No hidden hoses, no buckets around, no squirty guns, nothing like that. No wonder the council workmen had no idea to what was the cause, we were just as stumped. We asked Mr. and Mrs. Gardner if we could conduct a vigil. Mr. Gardner said “Will you want us to stay at friends the night”. This was a fine opportunity to truly illuminate any form of hoaxing etc. We agreed and the vigil was set. We asked the family to keep a record of events so to show us next time we visit. As we pulled away the car was full of heated debate and excitement. The vigil was a week away and we had a lot to learn regarding the alleged phenomena known as poltergeist infestations.
The word Poltergeist is German for 'Noisy Spirit' and this particular phenomenon has been recorded for many years. This is probably the most destructive and terrifying of all paranormal activity. British paranormal investigator, Harry Price didn't hold back his objectives. Price stated that poltergeist can be cruel and spiteful. He also stated ghosts seem to haunt where poltergeists infest. There is a possibility that the haunting phenomenon and the poltergeist phenomenon may not be related, however, there does not seem to be enough scientific evidence for such a theory. Some scientific establishments refer to poltergeist activity as being caused by a suppression of sexual energy which is often found in adolescents. Poltergeist are known to have attempted communication audibly or by writing, even though most messages are malicious. The most common question is that, do these incidents occur from a single entity or from within the witnesses themselves? Children have been known to have been attacked or maimed by unseen forces, and also injured by flying projectiles. Houses have been plagued with a constant pelting of small rocks and stones. Formings are also known to have occurred during this type of activity such as, water, oil, tar and even on the odd occasion blood. Most haunting's refer to haunted places; poltergeists have been described as haunted people. The extra-ordinary and often destructive action of poltergeists is usually attributed to one person around whom the phenomenon focuses. This has given rise to the theory that poltergeists are either internally generated by people in a state of stress or that external discarnate entities are able to latch on to one particular person through whom they then act. By its nature, poltergeist activity is probably the most frequently reported type of haunting and is a world wide phenomenon which dates back centuries beyond centuries. Poltergeists have been referred to as, Ghosts, Elemental's, Entities, Agencies, Secondary Personalities, Intelligence's, Powers, Spirits, Imps and so on... One thing these all share is certain unpleasant characteristics. Where as the ordinary ghost of our story books is :- quiet, inoffensive, timid, noiseless, and benevolent. The poltergeist is usually the opposite. There are many differing effect of poltergeist activity. They are often:- mischievous, destructive, noisy, cruel, erratic, thievish, demonstrative, purposeless, cunning, unhelpful, malicious, audacious, teasing, ill-disposed, spiteful, ruthless, resourceful, vampiric and much more. In all circumstances alleged ghosts usually prefer solitude where as a poltergeist prefers company. A ghost seeks the half light where as the poltergeist will perform on the sunniest of days, (as it may have in the Gardners home). We find that the term poltergeist is a compound of the German verb 'polter' "To make a noise by knocking or tumbling things about, to knock or rattle, to scold or blister". The noun 'geist', a ghost. The noun 'polter' or 'polterer' is a blusterer, bully, hector, roisterer, or noisy person. Interesting derivatives are 'polterzimmer', a room set aside for children, where they can make a noise, smash their toys and work off their anger. Polterabend is the night before a wedding, on which occur noisy demonstrations by young people of both sexes, who smash things outside the bride's house. Poltergeist infestations or visitations begin quite inexplicably, run their course and then cease as mysteriously as they begun. An adolescent (more often a girl than a boy) is almost invariably present in the affected household, and this young person appears to be the nexus and attraction of the occurrences. Should he or she be moved at the height of strange happenings, the disturbances will sometimes move with the adolescent and reappear wherever he or she goes. It seems likely that there is a psychological basis, but physical objects have undoubtedly moved under conditions which preclude may psychologists theories and it may be that an unusual combination of psychological tension, sexual awakening, physical energy and intense (but possibly unconscious) concentration and single - mindedness may produce a poltergeist. The one comforting thought is that poltergeist disturbances do not usually last for very long.
Certain observations have been made. Poltergeist projected objects invariably finish up at a lower level than the one they were at originally, there-by using the minimum amount of energy; such objects are not usually seen to commence movement, and the human eye seems to be a deterrent. Objects flying through the air often drop to the ground as soon as they are observed. Many of the young people involved are above average in intelligence, and usually healthy, although some are subject to hysterical outbursts. Poltergeist disturbances do not seem to occur when the young person in the case is enjoying a normal sleep, and so it would appear that the higher centres of the brain are in some way involved. Apparitions are not usually encountered in poltergeist cases, but like everything else, there are exceptions. The puzzling thing is, how it is possible for a person to be responsible for such destructive activities and yet be totally unaware that he or she is the cause. Psychologist 'Sperry' discovered that we literally have two different people living in our heads and that the person living in the right cerebral hemisphere is not really you. Yet the disturbed children involved in poltergeist cases are not split-brain patients (like some epileptics), and this, in turn underlines something that we are all aware of. That we are self - divided and that the 'other - self' is inclined to go its own way. This still leaves the question, how does that 'other - self' cause objects to fly through the air or metal to become hot? The answer could lie in the observation that some dowsers can be thrown into convulsions when they stand above underground springs, anyway, that's another topic of study which may be covered at a later date. If we assume that it is the right brain that is sensitive to various earth fields, then it seems conceivable that the right side of the brain has access to some powerful energy source, either in the human body or, possibly, in the Earth itself, (in which case it could be regarded as a kind of transformer). This still fails to explain how it can produce 'action at a distance' and we are left to suppose that we are dealing with energy fields at present unknown to science. Scientists more readily except poltergeist behaviour to be the result of a form of uncontrolled psychokinesis (PK), formally known as telekinesis. In spite of the currently fashionable practice of exorcising such 'haunted houses', malicious spirits need not be assumed to be the cause. In practically every authenticated case of poltergeist activity, an adolescent or child has been present in the house, or associated closely with the house, and frequently, the child has been shown to be under some sort of stress at the time the incidents occur. For this reason, poltergeists are generally thought to be an example of very powerful (PK) Psychokenisis (formally Telekinesis) abilities which are being unconsciously used by the child. The characteristics to check for in such adolescents are, Intense EEG activity, Dizziness, Sleep deprivation or disorders, Paralysis, Loss of sense of taste, High blood sugar values, Pulse weak and erratic, Hormone balance disturbed, The presence of large amounts of Adrenaline and Noradrenaline hormones in the brain, Loss of body weight, Pains in limbs, and Weakness.
One of the earliest recorded incidents of Poltergeist phenomena took place in 858 BC at Bingen in Germany. Some of the better known cases are below:-
In the Atlanta home of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson; blood appeared on the walls and floors. The blood eventually vanished just as mysteriously as it appeared. A sample of the blood was taken to a local scientific establishment and analysed only to reveal that the blood was human type, group 'O'. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are both blood type 'A'. To this date no rational explanation has been found.
In 1889, the Dagg family in Quebec, Canada, were plagued by a disruptive spirit. An eleven year old girl called, Dinah, who had been adopted was physically attacked by an unseen force and she claimed that time to time it would speak to her. This had allegedly taken place on more than one occasion. When Dinah asked if anyone was there she often heard a reply. A visitor went with Dinah to the wood shed where Dinah had claimed to have heard the strange voice. Again when Dinah asked, 'is anyone there' a voice of an old man could clearly be heard, speaking of obscenities. The voice said, 'I am the devil, get out or I'll break your neck'. The following day a crowd of people gathered to hear the strange voice speak. They were not disappointed, however, some were embarrassed when the voice started revealing intimate secrets about their private lives.
In 1977, in Enfield, London, a rasping male voice was heard coming from another eleven year old girl and the most astonishing claim was that her vocal cords were not being used. The voice claimed to be of a dead man who once lived at the house. Again the voice was abusive. Through the aid of research, it was established that the man in question did in fact die in the house.
A poltergeist infested house in Ireland, the unseen force communicated using rapping sounds. One of the founders of the Society of Psychical Research (SPR), Sir William Barrett, discovered that the rapping noises responded to his mental requests. He would think of a number then ask the poltergeist to knock that many times. He tried this four times and each time was successful. This apparent ability of spirits to communicate by rapping led to the development of table tilting (typtology).
Statistics show that out of 100 investigated cases of poltergeist infestations, only 12% are investigated by competent outsiders, and the activity itself seems to be more intense during the evening rather than the morning. Most poltergeist activity seems to be a House Centred Phenomena. There are a number of profound incidents regularly reported during such infestations.
Apportations are when objects disappear from its original place, sometimes never to be found, or to turn up in an odd place. Asportations are when objects appear from nowhere. Often thought of as the opposite action to an apportation. Any time between an object disappearing and appearing is usually known as the limbo time. The Focus is a term given to an adolescent or individual who is adversely effected by the presence of poltergeist activity or / and the individual that is often present when activity takes place. The focus is often thought of being directly or indirectly responsible for some, if not all poltergeist activity. Imitative Sounds are sounds that imitate equipment, appliances or even residents or pets of the household, sometimes mistaken for real events. Disembodied Voices are sounds that can not be identified as imitative, suggesting the sound is foreign to the household. For example, a voice that calls your name, that cannot be readily identified. Incendiary Effects is when items combust for no apparent reason. Some scientific investigators believe there could be a possible connection between poltergeist activity and spontaneous combustion, even when it involves human combustion, known as (SHC). Sometimes objects are found hot or warm to the touch. If this does takes place, it is not classed as incendiary effects until it has literally combusted. Apparitions are not often seen in connection with a poltergeist infestation, however it has occurred a small number of times. Apparitions seem to come in many shapes and forms but those allegedly associated with poltergeist phenomena seem to be amorphous or without real or defined shape. Electrical / Mechanical Interference such as TVs, Radios and other household appliances, can often work of their own accord, even if not plugged into the main supply. In some cases, a form of communication has taken place via the use of such appliances. This is known as (Ghost in the Machine). Also household bills can often jump up to huge amounts, as the activity affects the electrical meters and readings.
Incubus / Succubus Activity is said to be a male or female demonic spirits, however this is only speculation. Incubus activity involves females allegedly being sexually touched or attacked. In cases of males, this is known as Succubus activity. It has been noted that these attacks can take place anywhere and at any time, leaving the victims somewhat helpless. Scientific establishments look on this particular phenomena to be associated to temporal lobe seizures, epilepsy or sleep deprivation. However, both theories have equal arguments. It is a well documented phenomenon that was depicted in the 1970s film, (The Entity), where a woman called Carlotta Moran, a widow with three children was the victim of incubus activity. Night after night she was ravaged by something that had no form. The activity seems to have malevolent intent. Today these attacks still occur, not as often, nor as severe. In some circumstances the victim may even go through a series of phantom pregnancies. It is written in old book that these entities are fallen angels and a union with one was once thought to produce demons and witches. If one is to believe in such legends, Merlin the wizard was said to have been the offspring of such a union. However, legends often prove to be nothing more than just made up stories. The word Incubus is Latin and means ‘Male Nightmare’. There seems to be no reason why such incidents take place and no form of pattern. Most attacks are on individuals who have a strong religious belief, however, as usual this is not always the case. As you may probably guess, investigating such claims can be difficult. The one thing that does stand out is that all other forms of poltergeist activity can take place simultaneously, indicating a possible connection to infestations. Physical marks have also allegedly been witnessed, the so called after effects of such an attack. In some cases, bringing in specialised equipment can suppress or reduce the possibility of poltergeist activity taking place. However, in most cases poltergeist activity seems to take place outside the view of video or photographic equipment. Some investigators refer to poltergeist’s as alleged spirits, but it is not a spirit in the spiritualistic sense. I believe I am right in stating that spiritualists or mediums do not accept the poltergeist as a discarnate entity, (the ghost that once was a man), but rather as an ‘elemental’ or Nature Spirit; a being evolved from, or constituting the lower elemental nature of man. Thus possibly created by man himself. Objects are seldom seen to rise, or leave their normal stationary positions. However, there are rare exceptions to this general rule. In Vienna, on May 1st 1926, during an investigation. An investigator claimed to see a cushion on a chair begin to move, then it appeared to hesitate, and then it slipped quietly to the floor. It was just as though the cushion knew that the investigator was looking at it and decided not to make a real flight. It was caught in the act as it were.
Poltergeist projected missiles behave very strangely. Most witness report almost being hit by an object which would have certainly been dangerous if it had struck them. However, in cases of projectiles, there are very few that have hit people. This seems to indicate that the poltergeist wants the witness to experience the worry of an object hitting them. If the projectile hit the witness and caused an nasty injury, the witness may vacate the building on a permanent basis, which would possibly be a disadvantage to the poltergeist, as we believe that the energy to create such object movement is taken from those in close proximity to the phenomena and then this energy is manipulated into activity which the witnesses see and become upset, worried, and stressful. These conditions may cause a heightened form of energy that once again the poltergeist uses, and the cycle continues. This causes the witness many psychological problems, be it sleep disorders, panic attacks, phobias or mental injuries and vexation. Some object are seen to fly through the air slowly and then crash to the ground, however there are those who say that they have seen objects fly through the air very fast and then the have fallen very hard to the floor and not broken when they should have done. Some objects are found to be hot or warm to the touch, indicating molecular manipulation. Especially those objects that have seemed to pass through walls or ceilings. Some object fall to the floor as if they had an unnatural trajectory. There are those who believe in the fourth dimension theory. Some poltergeists have even thrown stones at windows from outside. When the case was investigated by the police. They found the stones to be scrubbed clean. Even more unusual was that there were no stones like this for miles around. Witnesses also reported seeing the stones pass through a previous whole in the window as if the stones had guided themselves in some way. Object are rarely seen to travel upwards, this may indicate a more difficult poltergeist action.
The Return to the Gardners Home:
We arrived at the Gardners home armed to the teeth with knowledge. This time there were six of us. Myself, Peter Hough, Alicia, Vic, Carole, and Val a suspected psychic. We sat as Mr. Gardner informed us of the activity whilst we were away: “Well.... the picture flew off the wall in the hall just missing my grand-daughter. It must of come off with a force because it left a dint in the wall. Other pictures have come off and been found broken on the floor. I also saw a small wooden clock which I keep in the back bedroom just floating in mid air. The kitchen scissors are also a favourite to come flying across at you along with knives, forks and spoons. There’s been more smells of liquorice and tobacco. Last night the lampshade was swinging backwards and forwards. A cotton reel hit Vera whilst in the kitchen. A nephew visiting got hit on the back of his head by a makeup case and the most unusual thing was that we heard a radio working and when we went in to the front room, it turned itself off. When we checked it, we found hat it wasn’t even plugged in. Strange buzzing sound can sometimes be heard at night yet we are always unable to locate the origin. Vera also heard her name being called whilst she was in the house by herself. She was in a terrible state when I got back. The neighbours have even seen things happening. Things are still being moved around, yet no water has appeared. I don’t know what’s worse though. All this or the water ?” After the second interview, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner left the house to us. We set up our equipment and took a video recording of each room. We settled down for the night. The plan was to split up into teams an alternatively rotate from room to room every hour. The vigil had commenced... Myself and Alicia were designated the lounge, and after just 20 minutes Alicia shouted out “What's that doing there”? Right in the centre of the floor stood a small statuette, which seemed to have just appeared there. It was in a place where it most certainly would have been noticed and stood on or knocked over, yet there it sat in the middle of the room. Neither I or Alicia had seen the arrival. Some of the other investigators came dashing in, cameras at the ready. We immediately checked the video camera and found that it was unfortunately at of shot. How the statuette come to b there was anyone's guess. After several measurements were taken we placed the object temporarily on top of the TV and the vigil went on. The first hour passed quickly and I found myself in the front bedroom. The night was drawing in and I soon decided to stretch my legs and walk to the doorway which led to the hall. Whilst stood talking to Peter and Val I heard my name called. I turned round sharply to find no one there. It sounded as if it was just over my left shoulder. I suddenly felt a cold chill as the goose-bumps ran up my arms like an uncontrollable allergy. I’ve spent many a night in alleged haunted buildings, but something was different about this one. The atmosphere was heavy and a sense of static was in the air. Peter and Val recalled how our conversation seemed to be interrupted by my response. This second incident occurred approximately one hour later. Being slightly unnerved I moved to the back bedroom and had something to eat and drink.
It was Carole to have the next experience. She was stood in the exact same spot I was when I heard my name called. Carole turned to us with her mouth dropped, she paused for a second then said ‘Could you hear that’? She described hearing a radio, similar to those used by the police. Once again, she said it was heard just over her shoulder and of course, know one was there. This relieved me a little, thank heavens someone else has heard something unusual, and in the same place. Now I could give this a little more justification. Once again, the incident took place about an hour after the last one. Could things be happening periodically ? It certainly seemed that way. It was quarter to two in the morning and an hour had passed. Everyone sat in silence waiting for the next outbreak of phenomena. By two o-clock nothing had happened so we decided to change around again and during this process, Val was coming out to the hall-way when she suddenly stopped. ‘I can smell a very strong sent of Hyacinths’ she stated, which was confirmed by Carole, then Peter, then Alicia. It was over-powering. We stood in the hall looking for a possible rational explanation, but before we could find one the sent had gone. Then it started. We could feel little drops of water falling on us from above. A close examination f the ceiling showed nothing unusual, however, we all continued to feel the odd drop of water hitting us. This carried on for about ten minutes, expecting a mass of water to shoot across the ceiling at any time, as it had done previously. It never did. By three o-clock I was becoming tired and changed rooms to the back bedroom with Val and Carole. We were all perched on the end of the bed in silence listening for the slightest sound. Then suddenly from behind me came four long heavy breaths. I temporarily froze, not daring to look behind me. I leant forward to find Carole looking across at me. As I lent back I felt an almighty blow to my back. I jumped up in pain and shot into the lounge closely followed by Carole and Val. Something had in fact hit me. Peter examined my back which by this time was forming into a large red mark. Quickly grabbing his camera Peter took a photograph and asked me what had happened. I told him that I had heard heavy breathing just before it happened. Then Carole turned to Peter and said ‘I also heard the heavy breathing just before Stephen shot off out of the room and Val felt something touch her arm’. Peter examined the back bedroom but could find nothing out of place. The mark on my back disappeared about an hour later along with my fear. I was delighted to see the sun coming which seemed to give me a boost of bravery. I wandered around from room to room alone collecting the equipment whist the others were having some breakfast. It was almost eight o-clock when Mr. and Mrs. Gardner arrived. We immediately asked several questions. The first was ‘Where is the Statuette from’? Mrs. Gardner relied ‘by the side of the television’. When the video recordings of each room were checked the statuette was neither on the floor, or by the side of the television; in fact it wasn’t even in the house by all accounts! When we told Mrs. Gardner where we had found the statuette she told us that it was a present from her late husband who suffered from chronic asthma and was a heavy breather. He spent many hours in bed which was then, the back bedroom and he finally collapsed in the hall-way and died. Also he use to be a taxi driver. Could the ‘police’ radio that Carole heard have been a ‘taxi radio’ ? The information was pointing towards a haunting, yet still there seemed to be poltergeist activity. Of course the two forms of phenomena could well be related and it is such classifications that are incorrect. We left the Gardner's house at 9 0-clock in hope of obtaining the water analysis from North West Water Laboratories. Peter had been in touch with them and they had agreed to analyse both the ‘paranormal’ water and the comparison ‘tap’ water. The results were remarkable...
It wasn’t a simple case of tap water leaking, or being thrown. The Calcium, Sodium and Chloride was higher in the ‘paranormal’ water than the ‘tap’ water. British Gypsum told Alicia that the main ingredients in their plaster was Calcium, Sulphate and an insignificant amount of Sodium Chloride. This may account for some of the high readings from the water taken from the ceiling, however, there’s one more thing. The electrical content of both water samples were significantly different. The ‘tap’ water had a conductivity of 181 as for the ‘paranormal’ water ha a conductivity of 1323. Alicia also contacted Crown Wall Coverings and they said that they use no chemicals in woodchip paper and Dulux stated that no such compounds are used in the manufacture of emulsion paint. Could this be evidence of what we call ‘paranormal fomings’? We visited the local vicar that had conducted a blessing of the Gardner's home. Rev Smith informed us that he had himself seen the water formings. In his own words he described it as poltergeist activity, rare but known throughout the church and he said he had even considered contacting the diocese, however, when he heard the Gardner's may be re-housed he backed down. Like ourselves at that time he thought it was focusing on the daughter and grand-daughter of the family. He hoped that when they moved, the phenomena would cease. We were a little confused regarding this matter. We had read many times that by removing the focus you remove the phenomena. Obviously, this was not the case the night the vigil was carried out. Are we dealing with a unique type of haunting or is it a unique type of poltergeist activity ? Approximately two weeks later we received a telephone call from Mr. Gardner, just to say that he and his family have moved house and that the property is now empty. He also told us that the council were unhappy with him because he had left the bungalow unsecured. The council said that the bungalow was found to have all its windows open, however, Mr. Gardner said all windows were shut when he left. Further research revealed that Mrs. Gardner's late husband did in fact smoke Old Holburn tobacco and the statuette was of the Greek Goddess, Themis, who was to represent justice. Could there have been an underlined reason for this object to have suddenly appeared in the middle of the floor? The family that moved into the bungalow are Asian and have not reported any unusual experiences. The Gardner's on the other hand went through similar experiences for two months in their new home. After which it suddenly ceased and never returned. Was the family plagued by a poltergeist or was Mrs. Gardner being haunted by an angry late husband ? Maybe we will never know....
Compiled by Steve Mera & Alicia Leigh.
Special Thanks Peter Hough, Carole, Vic, Val and researchers.
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