Enfield poltergeist là gì

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The 1977 poltergeist case that commanded the attention of British tabloids is the subject of The Conjuring 2’s investigation. But what’s the true story behind the Enfield poltergeist & Janet Hodgson?

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Lorraine Warren has seen true evil at the start of The Conjuring 2 & wants lớn Gọi it quits — at least for a while — but when the Hodgson family finds itself under siege by a terrible haunting, the paranormal investigators have sầu no choice but to help. Set in the late ’70s in the London Borough of Enfield, The Conjuring 2 ticks off many of the same boxes as the original: haunted house, demonic possession, and a relentless pace full of jump scares that doesn’t let up until the Warrens are back in their spooky museum, locking away their lathử nghiệm ghostly trinket just before the credits roll.

And lượt thích the first movie, which is based on the real-life investigations of demonologist Ed Warren và the clairvoyant Lorraine, The Conjuring 2 is heavily inspired by a true story, one that captured the attention of British tabloids — & even the Đài truyền hình BBC — just as Jay Anson’s The Amityville Horror was hitting bookshelves. The film nods to Amityville, the Warrens’ most famous case, in its opening scene, & later ties it to Enfield through the recurring “Nun” demon Valak.

But there was no detháng in the real Enfield case but a poltergeist, a malicious spirit that haunts people through physical disturbances such as shuffling things around a room, levitating its victims, or banging on doors at night. And in the film, the Warrens, who tag along with British paranormal investigators Maurice Grosse & Anita Gregory, bởi vì suspect a troublesome spirit before the third act reveal that there’s actually something demonic behind the creepy ghost of Bill Wilkins.

The real-life Hodgson family began experiencing poltergeist activity in their Enfield home page in 1977. At first, Peggy, a single mother of four, didn’t believe her daughters Janet, 11, và Margaret, 12, when they told her the chest of drawers in their bedroom was moving on its own. But when the chest slammed against the door, locking Peggy out of the girls’ room and forcing her to run khổng lồ her neighbors for help, she was convinced.

Peggy called the police, & like in the movie, a constable reported that “a large armchair moved, unassisted, 4 ft across the floor,” according khổng lồ the Daily Mail. The police officers’ quick exit from the house is played for laughs in the film, but a terrified Peggy Hodgson probably wasn’t laughing at all.

The disturbances only got worse from there. The Hodgsons reportedly suffered all manner of strange happenings in the house for the next 18 months, including furniture being overturned, toys being thrown, banging noises, writing appearing on the walls, và even levitating children. In 2012, Janet told iTV (via People) that cups would inexplicably fill with water, things would randomly burst inkhổng lồ flame, và that disembodied voices would speak khổng lồ them, too.

According khổng lồ Janet, “The most frightening was when a curtain wrapped itself around my neông xã next to my bed.”

Peggy eventually turned lớn the press for help, reaching out to the Daily Mirror. The tabloid sent a photographer, Građắm say Morris, lớn the house lớn capture the hauntings, and that’s when all hell broke loose. The Enfield case might be one of the best documented paranormal cases in history, thanks lớn Morris’ disturbing pictures of his visit to the Hodgson house.

Ahy vọng these images is a photo of Janet being tossed across her bedroom by the poltergeist while her sister Margaret watches in horror. As you might suspect if you’ve sầu watched The Conjuring 2, it’s very possible that the picture is staged, Janet leaping off her bed và onto the floor, but we can only go by Morris’ tài khoản here, and he seemed convinced.

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“It was chaos, things started flying around, people were screaming,” Morris said of his visit, according to lớn the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mirror and the Hodgsons next called the paranormal investigators of the Society of Psychical Research, including Maurice Grosse và Anita Gregory, along with Guy Lyon Playfair, who isn’t depicted in the movie.

“When I first got there, nothing happened for a while. Then I experienced Lego pieces flying across the room, and marbles, và the extraordinary thing was, when you picked them up they were hot,” Grosse told writer Will Storr about the first days of his investigation (via the Daily Mail). “I was standing in the kitchen and a T-shirt leapt off the table & flew inkhổng lồ the other side of the room while I was standing by it.”

Then the poltergeist decided to lớn speak.

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As in the movie, the ghost of Bill Wilkins reached out lớn the investigators through Janet, a raspy voice emanating from the little girl while her “lips hardly seemed to be moving.” The spirit told Grosse and Playfair that it had died of a hemorrhage in the living room. Investigators later confirmed with Wilkins’ son that a man by that name had indeed died in the house many years before, according to Daily Mail.

In the video below, you can hear Wilkins’ supposed voice for yourself:

There were skeptics from the start, of course, & the debate around the Enfield case continues today. Even Playfair observed in his case notes that Wilkins generally “refused lớn speak unless the girls were alone in the room with the door closed” and that the Hodgson children were “motivated to lớn add lớn the activity with some tricks of their own.” Playfair wrote that when Janet knew cameras were on, nothing seemed to happen. But Grosse & Playfair were believers.

Anita Gregory concluded that the case was overrated, and many skeptics accused the Hodgson family of making up the haunting for fame or financial gain. At different points, the investigators caught the girls bending spoons themselves and banging on ceilings with broom handles. Like in the movie, catching the girls in the act seemed khổng lồ be enough for Gregory & others to cthua trận the case.

In 1980, Janet admitted lớn iTV (via Daily Mail): “Oh yeah, once or twice , just to see if Mr. Grosse và Mr. Playfair would catch us. They always did.” Just ahead of the movie’s release, Janet told Daily Mail that only “two percent” of the occurrences were faked.


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