This is what true horror looks like.
The Enfield Poltergeist
“Just before I died, I went blind, and then I had an hemorrhage and I fell asleep and I died in the chair in the corner downstairs.”
The eerie voice — which can still be heard on audio tapes today — is purportedly that of Bill Wilkins. The recording was made in Enfield, North London, in the 1970s, several years after his death.
Most horrifying of all, however, was that the voice was coming from the body of an 11-year-old girl, Janet Hodgson. She appeared to be possessed. It could have been a scene from the film The Exorcist — but it was real. The rasping male voice sent a chill through the room. Hauntingly, it delivered a message from beyond the grave, describing in graphic detail the moment of his own death through a living person.
Investigators experienced Lego pieces flying across the room, and marbles, and the extraordinary thing was, when you picked them up they were hot. Clothes flew across the room, sofas levitated, furniture spun round and was flung across the room, and the family would be hurled out of their beds at night. There were cold breezes, physical assaults, graffiti, water appearing on the floor, and even claims of matches spontaneously bursting into flame.
The ongoing knocking was one of the most chilling aspects of the case. It would run down the wall, fading in and out as it apparently played an unnerving game with the family — who became so scared that they slept in the same room, with the light on.
Restored version of the animated film treatment by Peter Rhodes of the H.P. Lovecraft story. Circa 1923/24.
(Just so we’re clear…this is definitely a hoax. But a pretty cool looking hoax.)
No one seems to be able to identify this woman or the production this mystery pic came from. There’s lots of conjecture, but thus far it’s all been fruitless, so I’m throwing it out to Tumblr to see if someone can solve the mystery.
The most plausible theories seem to be that this was a lost Eastern Bloc production, or that it’s Willis O’Brien’s troubled ex-wife, Hazel Ruth Collette, except this doesn’t match any known production that Willis O’Brein ever worked on…