Chron­i­cles of a haunt­ing

Au­thor re­veals the story of mur­dered Mar­shall fam­ily and his par­ents ex­pe­ri­ence in their house

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The par­ents of au­thor John Ul­richt once lived on a site in Den­ham where the en­tire Mar­shall fam­ily, rang­ing in age from four to 88, were bru­tally mur­dered in 1870.

The Ul­richts fled af­ter more than two years of ghostly go­ings-on –but John said they were fol­lowed by the spir­its to a new home in Or­chard Way, Uxbridge .

John said: “The first time I ex­pe­ri­enced the ghosts I was five and we were liv­ing in Uxbridge. I woke up to a man crawl­ing on his hands and knees across my bed­room floor.”

Speak­ing about the in­spi­ra­tion for his book, John con­tin­ued: “When they lived in the old house, my mother would hear chil­dren cry­ing or bang­ing on the wall and for months she didn’t get much sleep.

“One night it got so ex­plo­sive they had to sit all night in Den­ham po­lice sta­tion.

“The fam­ily was killed on the stairs and they would hear voices whis­per­ing in their ears telling them to look there, my fa­ther heard it be­hind him once when he was clean­ing dishes and his whole body went com­pletely cold.

“When spir­its are around you, you go re­ally cold. It’s the most eerie feel­ing you could ever feel as a hu­man be­ing on earth.”

The Evil That Came To Den­ham re­counts both his late fa­ther’s ex­pe­ri­ence and the story of the Mar­shalls. He added the haunt­ing of the house was some­thing of an un­spo­ken se­cret in the lo­cal area dur­ing the 1960s.

John said: “When my sis­ter was born, peo­ple would of­fer to visit my par­ents but when they found out where they lived, they would sud­denly change their mind.

“My par­ents fi­nally moved out on the an­niver­sary of the deaths when the grand­mother ap­peared to my fa­ther and put her hand on his.

“A pre­vi­ous ten­ant had told him that once she ap­peared there would be trou­ble com­ing and af­ter that the house prac­ti­cally came alive so they grabbed my sis­ter and ran.”

How­ever, John be­lieves a spirit or spir­its at­tached them­selves to his sis­ter and pur­sued the fam­ily, which is why he and his brother, who were both born af­ter the fam­ily left Den­ham, also ex­pe­ri­enced ap­par­ent su­per- nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena.

He said: “My brother and I used to en­ter­tain our friends in Uxbridge with it. We would turn all the lights down in our bed­rooms and tell them our story and then, when there was a thump, they would all run out scream­ing.

“It kind of made us more pop­u­lar on our street in a way.

He added: “Be­cause I have been telling the story for so long, writ­ing the book was al­most sec­ond na­ture.”

John plans to write a sec­ond book about his sis­ter’s ex­pe­ri­ence, en­ti­tled The Evil That Came From Den­ham.

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