Enfield Poltergeist

The Enfield Poltergeist is a well-known haunting that occurred at 284 Green Street in London, England in the 1970’s. In this post, I will let you know who was involved, what occurred, and where the victim is now.

August 30, 1977   Enfield Poltergeist

As Zoe Brennan wrote for the Daily Mail in the article entitled, “What is the Truth about the Enfield Poltergeist? Amazing story of 11-year-old London girl who ‘levitated’ above her bed,” on May 4, 2015, there was a single mother named Peggy Hodgson who, along with her four children, lived at 284 Green Street. In the days leading up to August 30, 1977, the two oldest children, Margaret (12) and Janet (11), had begun playing with an Ouija board. After the children’s bedtime, Peggy began to hear Janet calling out that her brother’s beds were wobbling. During the next evening, Peggy heard more commotion from her children after bedtime. When Peggy went upstairs to investigate she witnessed a heavy oak dresser move across the floor. Peggy used all her might to push the dresser back into place but she could not move it. The dresser was trapping the girls and their mother in the bedroom.

Eventually, the family got out of the room and in their pyjamas and slippers, they went next door to their neighbours home. Their large burly neighbour named, Vic Nottingham, entered Hodgson home to investigate. Mr. Nottingham heard strange, unexplainable noises and left the home feeling a bit scared by his own admission. The police were called and a police officer witnessed an armchair move 4 feet across the floor, pushed by an unseen force. The police had to tell the Hodgson that they could not help them as there was no one breaking any laws.

Enfield Poltergeist
284 Green Street, ufoinsight.com

Both the Daily Mirror and the BBC visited the home and each media outlet experienced the poltergeist while in the residence. The Hodgson family would go on to contact the Society for Physical Research who sent Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair to investigate the poltergeist. Both men left feeling that the house was haunted by a poltergeist.

Bill Wilkins

Not much is known about a man named Bill Wilkins that is thought to have possessed young Janet Hodgson. While ‘possessed’ by the spirit Janet would speak in the old man’s voice. It has been recorded that Janet/Bill said:

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

Bill Wilkins had once resided in the row house at 284 Green Street. Bill’s son, Terry, heard the voice recording and stated that the voice was that of his father.

Enfield Poltergeist
mirror.uk.com, Janet (left)

Over the course of 1977 – 1978 at least 30 different people witnessed either the possession of Janet or the poltergeist activity. The poltergeist activity came in many forms from levitation, furniture that moved on its own, flying objects, cold spots, graffiti, physical assaults, to matches bursting into flame. The experiences must have been frightening. Janet Hodgson is said to have left home at the age of 16 and to have married young. Janet’s mother, Peggy, continued to live in the home until her death in 2003. Although the poltergeist activity slowed and the possession of Janet ended after the church helped out, the home still felt weird. Janet’s other siblings have said that they always felt like they were being watched by something while in their mother’s house.

Janet claims that the haunting and the subsequent media attention made for a difficult childhood. Janet was often teased by schoolmates and was pleased to leave the media glare behind her as she became an adult. As Zoe Brennan reported in 2015, Janet was unhappy that her experiences had once again captured the public attention due to the making and release of the movie, “The Conjuring 2,” which is loosely based on the Enfield Poltergeist.

Do you believe that the Enfield Poltergeist happened? With at least 30 different witnesses I believe that the house contained a spirit. I just cannot imagine that the Hodgson family would have been able to carry out such an elaborate and sophisticated hoax. That’s just my two cents worth. Let me know what you think.


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What is a Poltergeist?

What is a poltergeist? According to dictionary.com the definition of a poltergeist is:

a ghost or spirit supposed to manifest its presence by noises, knocking, etc.

The origin of the word can be traced back to the German word of polter to make noise, knock, rattle + geist which means ghost. The word has been around since the 1840’s.

The British Dictionary definition makes mention of the noises but also the acts of mischief a poltergeist can do such as throwing furniture around. “In the native idiom of Northern England, such phenomenon likely would be credited to a boggart.” (2017, Dictionary.com)

Excuse me, but you seem to have a poltergeist 

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tvtropes.com What is a poltergeist

There are many stories out there about poltergeist activity. As Russ Hymas wrote in 2012 for his article called “Real Haunted Houses: Accidental Injuries Indoors” there was a case of a poltergeist residing in a family home in London, England between 1977-78. This case was partially witnessed by the Physicist, Vladistav Bukreev. It has been reported that Bukreev witnessed windows shattering, and showers of stones and bricks that would fall inside the home. Objects would fly through the air without the help of anyone. There were unexplained noises heard within the home and fluid, that looked like blood, would seep from the walls. The family members had bite and claw marks on their bodies and the daughters were lifted into the air by an unseen force. This was a brave family or perhaps a stubborn one as they resided in the home for almost a year before the poltergeist drove them to leave.

I am sure it is not news to hear that not everyone believes in poltergeists. William G. Roll, PhD was an Oxford-educated parapsychologist who did a study regarding poltergeist and poltergeist activity. He concluded that perhaps “a possible explanation for poltergeist activity that focuses on the living witness- not the ghost- as the source of the psychokinetic energy.” (William G. Roll The Poltergeist)

This is a theory that is held by not only Roll but also by other parapsychologists. This theory has at its core, and in layman terms, that poltergeist activity is caused by a human that resides in the home that is experiencing emotional turmoil. “Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis is the idea that the human mind might be actually causing the psychokinetic-like events to occur without the subject even knowing they might be the source of the activity.” (2012, Dorkenheimer, Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis (RSPK) as a theory for Poltergeist Activity. What’s your part in it?)

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It is difficult for me to believe that someone can allow their mind to bring fear, horror, and even physical pain to their family members without knowing they are doing so. If that is the true explanation for poltergeist activity it must be devastating to the person who caused the PK events. I am left wondering how the problem would be resolved? Intensive therapy?

I hope you enjoyed this article about “what is a poltergeist”. Let us know if you have had any such experiences and what your beliefs are.


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