Jane Goldman investigates Britain's most famous poltergeist case "The Enfield Poltrgeist", uncovering new evidence with researcher Maurice Gross and Guy Playfair of the British Society of Psychical Research. Plus a visit to Connecticut, New England to join Ed & Lorraine Warren, Dave Considine and the Phantasm Psychic Research Team on an investigation involving some malevolent spirits that have haunted an American family for more than a decade.
The Enfield Poltergeist is the name given to the claims of poltergeist activity at a council house in Brimsdown, Enfield, England from 1977 to 1979 involving two sisters, ages 11 and 13.
In August 1977, single parent Peggy Hodgson called police to her rented home in Enfield after two of her four children claimed that furniture was moving and knocking sounds were heard on walls. The children included Margaret, age 13, Janet, age 11, Johnny, age 10 and Billy, age 7. A police constable saw a chair slide on the floor but couldn't determine if it moved by itself or was pushed by someone. Later claims included allegedly demonic voices, loud noises, thrown rocks and toys, overturned chairs and levitation of children. Reports of further incidents in the house attracted considerable press attention and the story was covered in British newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, until reports came to an end in 1979. On Halloween 2011, BBC News featured comments from a radio interview with photographer Graham Morris, who claimed that many of the events were genuine.