Popular Science

THE ENFIELD POLTERGEIS­T

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Between 1977 and 1979, a malevolent spirit haunted a townhouse in the Enfield neighborho­od of London— or so they say. Single mom Peggy Hodgson and her two children reported loud bangs and furniture moving of its own accord; when police arrived, they found 11-year-old daughter Janet speaking with a deep, guttural voice and seemingly bending spoons with her mind. More than two dozen people who visited the house described experienci­ng something odd. Later probes found Janet had made up much of it. A hidden camera caught her physically bending a spoon, and in later interviews she admitted to fabricatin­g at least parts of the haunting. But family members and journalist­s, spurred by their own willingnes­s to believe, ate the whole thing right up.

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