Enfield Poltergeist-What Really Happened?

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.

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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.

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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.

Cheers,

The Other Half

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Ed and Lorraine Warren: The Brookfield Demon Murder Case

The Brookfield Demon Murder Case Trial occurred in 1981. The trial took place in Connecticut and was the first time a defence attorney wanted to enter a plea of not guilty by demonic possession. What? Yes, there is a backstory and we are going to tell you all about it.

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The Back Story-The Brookfield Demon Murder Case

In 1980 a young man named Arne Johnson was dating a young lady named Debbie Glatzel. Debbie had a younger brother named David who was about 11 years old at the time.  David began to have difficulties with night terrors and strange behaviour. The story goes that Debbie asked Arne to help the family with the difficult and disruptive behaviours that David began to show at night. So Arne, being a loving and compassionate young man, would stay at the Glatzel family home and do his best to keep David calm. It had been said that David would hiss and growl and speak in Latin reciting verses from the Bible as well as the poem Paradise Lost that was written by John Milton. Now neither of these writings were particularly familiar to the young David and therefore shocked the family. After about 12 nights of dealing with David’s ever increasingly strange behaviours, the Glatzel’s sought help. The priests that were contacted and involved with trying to “cure” young David eventually reached out to well-known demonologist and paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Click here to read my post about Ed and Lorraine

Arne Johnson had at one point challenged the demons that were possessing David by saying something like, ” You demons wouldn’t dare enter me and leave my little buddy alone.” This either happened when Arne was alone with David or it may have occurred during the day’s long exorcism that involved at least three different priests as well as Ed and Lorraine Warren. It was reported by Ed and Lorraine that 43 demons left the body of David during the exorcism. It is believed that at least one of those demons possessed Arne Johnson.

Fast forward to February 1981. Arne and Debbie are now engaged and living together. On President’s Day Arne decides to stay home from work to spend the day with Debbie, his sister Wanda, and Debbie’s young cousin Mary. At the time Debbie had a job at a dog kennel and this is where the group was when their landlord, Alan Bono, decides to take the group out for lunch and drinks. It was reported that Alan Bono consumed a lot of alcohol that afternoon. For some reason, there seemed to be tension between Arne and Alan when the group returned to the dog kennel. Now what happened next is not entirely clear but according to Ed Warren (as you will hear in the video below) Arne left the room and when he returned a couple of moments later he was no longer the Arne that everyone knew. Some of my research has said that Alan grabbed nine-year-old Mary and refused to let go of her. This, or perhaps demonic possession, caused Arne to fatally stab Mr Bono with a pocket knife. Alan Bono died hours later at the hospital and Arne Johnson was arrested for the murder

The Devil Made Me Do It

Martin Minella was the defence attorney that represented Arne Johnson during his murder trial. Mr Minella wanted to enter a plea of not guilty by possession to explain why Arne had stabbed Alan Bono.

 ”The courts have dealt with the existence of God,” says Martin Minella, the attorney. ”Now they’re going to have to deal with the existence of the Devil.” (March 23, 1981, Dudley Clendinen The New York Times)

Unfortunately, the judge would not allow that plea to be entered. Mr Minella had to enter and argue a plea of self-defence instead. Arne Johnson was found guilty of manslaughter and served 5 years in prison for the stabbing of Alan Bono. It has been stated that if the possession plea had been allowed that Ed and Lorraine Warren were prepared to share evidence and support that Arne had been possessed by a demon and that they had warned Police to watch Arne’s behaviour after the exorcism.

Life after Prison

Arne Cheyenne Johnson went on to marry Debbie Glatzel after his release from prison. He and Debbie are living a quiet life.

My Thoughts on the Brookfield Demon Murder Case

This case and the events that caused it are confusing. Much has been written about it and even a movie of the week was made regarding it. You would think that all that information would make things clearer, but it does not. I am left wondering if Arne Johnson was in fact possessed by a demon when he stabbed Alan Bono is he still possessed? Did the demon enter someone else and leave Arne alone after the murder happened? There has been no mention of an exorcism being performed on Arne anywhere in all of the available material.  Are you questioning the validity of the claim of possession like I am? Let us know.

Now to muddy the waters a bit more, watch the video of Ed and Lorraine Warren discussing the case below

Until next time.

Cheers,

The Other Half

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