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George Galloway presents the Enfield Poltergeist

by | 11th, May 2012

GEORGE Galloway now narrates the story of the  The Enfield Poltergeist. Galloway makes his appearance in his son-in-law Jay Stewart’s film of the horror in north London.

It’s 1977. Peggy Hodgson, a single mum, and her four children are living in a rented 3-bedroom home at 284 Green Street, Enfield, London. It’s the home where Bill Wilkins lived and died. Things have been moving about the place, as if on their own. Thing are going bump in the night. There is a tapping sound running up and down the walls. And then one night Janet Hodgson, 11, opens her mouth and out comes the voice of an old man. It says:

“Just before I died, I went blind, and then I had an haemorrhage and I fell asleep and I died in the chair in the corner downstairs.”

Afraid – and not only of the home’s decor – Peggy Hodgson called the police. WPC  Carolyn Heeps signed a statement that she saw a chair move: “A large armchair moved, unassisted, 4 ft across the floor.”

Hodgson called the press. The Daily Star leads with “Possessed by the Devil“. The Daily Mirror wanted to solve the mystery. Reporter Douglas Bence and a photographer named Graham Morris arrived at the house. What did they see? “It was chaos,” said Morris, “things started flying around, people were screaming.”

The Daily Mail sent a man over. He found nothing, only advising that the Hodgsons contact the the Society for Psychical Research. They did. Maurice Grosse and his colleague Guy Lyon Playfair were now on the case.  layfair would go on to write This House Is Haunted. Grosse would go on to say:

“As soon as I got there, I realised that the case was real because the family was in a bad state. Everybody was in chaos. When I first got there, nothing happened for a while. Then I experienced Lego pieces flying across the room, and marbles, and the extraordinary thing was, when you picked them up they were hot.  I was standing in the kitchen and a T-shirt leapt off the table and flew into the other side of the room while I was standing by it.”

Janet Hodgson (now Janet Winter) told Channel 4:

“I felt used by a force that nobody understands. I really don’t like to think about it too much. I’m not sure the poltergeist was truly “evil”. It was almost as if it wanted to be part of our family. It didn’t want to hurt us. It had died there and wanted to be at rest. The only way it could communicate was through me and my sister…

“I was bullied at school. They called me Ghost Girl and put crane flies down my back. I’d dread going home. The front door would be open, there’d be people in and out, you didn’t know what to expect and I used to worry a lot about Mum. She had a nervous breakdown, in the end.”

Graham Morris spoke to the BBC:

 

 

The BBC reported:

 

 

Here’s Galloway:

 



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