OUT OF ENFIELD
The true story behind 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.