The Enfield Poltergeist
August 1977

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From August 1977 to September 1978, the household of Peggy Hodgson and her four children was subject to one of the most prolonged, well-documented and terrifying poltergeist visitations on record in the UK.

Maurice Gross and Guy Lyon Playfair of the Society for Psychical Research were present for almost the entire 13 months of the manifestations and reported witnessing many events first-hand.

The family consisted of mother Peggy, daughters Margaret (12) and Janet (11) plus two boys -  Johnny (10) and Billy (7). Janet was at the centre of many of the incidents recorded. She was reported speaking from her false vocal folds for hours at a time - which is allegedly a medical impossibility - and becoming 'possessed' by an entity calling itself 'Old Bill.'

Old Bill was frequently prone to profanity and bad temper - famously calling Gross a "fucking old sod". Recordings of many of these incidents were made (see the 'videos' tab) and a BBC crew found that their recording equipment was damaged from the inside and their recordings often erased.

Two other members of the S.P.R. eventually visited the house and caught the children in the act of bending spoons. On further questioning the two girls admitted faking some of the 'activity' in an effort to catch out the investigators, but to this day insist that the vast majority of the phenomena experienced in the house was genuine.

In a 2007 documentary, Janet told film-makers:

"I felt used by a force that nobody understands," says Janet. "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."

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Alleged Recordings of "Bill"

Voice recording of a conversation between the entity known as "Bill" and investigators.

Alleged Recordings of "Bill"

Voice recording of a conversation between the entity known as "Bill" and investigators.