OUT OF ENFIELD

The true story be­hind The Con­jur­ing 2

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - The Conjuring 2 -

What took place at 284 Green Street, Enfield, be­tween 1977 and 1979 still di­vides opin­ion.

It be­gan in earnest, ac­cord­ing to the Hodg­son fam­ily, on the night of 5 Septem­ber 1977, when 11-year-old Janet saw a chest of draw­ers in­ex­pli­ca­bly slide across her bed­room floor. Over the months that fol­lowed events es­ca­lated, with Janet al­legedly lev­i­tat­ing and speak­ing in an old man’s voice.

Nu­mer­ous vis­i­tors backed up the fam­ily’s ac­counts. A po­lice­woman told BBC Scot­land of see­ing a chair, “come off the floor nearly half an inch” and “slide off to the right about three-and-a-half to four feet”. Mirror reporter Doug Bence and pho­tog­ra­pher Gra­ham Mor­ris say they saw Lego bricks fly­ing about – one of which hit Mor­ris in the face. And the So­ci­ety for Psy­chi­cal Re­search’s Guy Lyon Play­fair (who wrote a book on the case,

This House Is Haunted) and col­league Mau­rice Grosse claim to have wit­nessed phe­nom­ena such as fur­ni­ture spin­ning on the spot and coins drop­ping out of the air.

How­ever, other re­searchers were un­con­vinced. One se­cretly filmed Janet Hodg­son bend­ing spoons her­self… Decades later, she has ad­mit­ted to car­ry­ing out a lit­tle fak­ery, feel­ing pres­surised to please peo­ple by pro­vid­ing proof, but in­sists that 98% of what tran­spired at her child­hood home was au­then­tic pol­ter­geist ac­tiv­ity.

Para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tor Mau­rice Grosse.

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