eports of mysterious ‘rains’ of stones are common in Zimbabwe. In late 2017, I visited the country to investigate two active cases; one at Chinhoyi and another at Buhera. The latest report comes from Bikita, around 50 miles east of Masvingo.
According to a story posted on Tell Zimbabwe by reporter Brilliant Mukaro, the Musirinofa family from Muhura village was living in constant fear of being assaulted by stones whenever they set foot outside their home.
The family believed the strange attacks are being caused by an avenging spirit of a family member killed by their elderly father, Koniwa Musirinofa. Koniwa had apparently barricaded himself alone in the house to avoid the barrage of stones that came from all directions, smashing into doors, windows and roofs when he ventured outside.
Twenty-seven years ago, in Thornton Heath, England, a family was
tormented by poltergeist phenomena that started one August night when
they were woken in the middle of the night by a blaring bedside radio
that had somehow turned itself on tuned to a foreign-language station.
This was the beginning of a string of events that lasted nearly four
The Enfield Poltergeist Case
Another English ghost this one in Enfield in North London made
headlines in 1977. The strange activity seemed to center around the
daughter of Peggy Harper, a divorcee in her mid-40s. Again, it started
on an August night. Late at night, An Urban Ghost Story relates,
Janet, aged 11 and her brother Pete, aged 10, complained that their
beds were jolting up and down and going all funny. As soon as Mrs.
Harper got to the room, the movements had stopped as far as she was
concerned her kids were making it all up.
The Danny Poltergeist Case
In 1998, Jane Fishman, a reporter for the Savannah Morning News,
began a series of articles about a possibly haunted antique bed in the
home of Al Cobb of Savannah, Georgia. Cobb bought the vintage late-1800s
bed at an auction as a Christmas present for his 14-year-old son, Jason
a purchase he later regretted.
What makes a place haunted by a poltergeist? Is it the people that inhabit them, carrying a lingering darkness wherever they go? Or, is it the very walls which have been imbued with a profound tragedy, which manifests and torments all who reside there?
uch of mainstream science shares this view, but Guy Lyon Playfair, a British journalist, author, and psychical researcher, knows better, as he has been involved in investigating a number of poltergeists, including the Enfield Poltergeist, one of the most intriguing cases in the annals of psychical research.
Bar Security Camera Captures Video of Poltergeist Activity.
A security camera recently captured video of an invisible force moving and knocking over various items inside a Moscow bar. The bizarre footage shows chairs being spun around, curtains being moved, and a Hookah pipe being knocked off of a table.
When speaking with local media, a waiter who was only identified as Vyacheslav said, “I sometimes hear a knocking on the door when nobody is around.
There are strange noises all the time and sometimes the lights go on and off for no reason.”
Worried by the strange goings on, the bar’s owners contacted a group of Russian ghostbusters known as “Laboratoriya Nepozannogo”, also known as the “Lab of Unknown”.
The group of paranormal experts gathered powerful magnetic readings during a series of tests, which they said indicated that a strong spectral presence was lurking nearby. The team of experts concluded that the poltergeist may be attracted to Vyacheslav, whose “low spirit” would be visible to a ghost.
Local police have offered up a more conventional explanation for the strange security footage. One officer said, “It seems more likely there was a break in and that for some technical reason the perpetrators were not recorded.”
As with most videos showing poltergeist activity, there’s always the possibility that the video was faked using fishing lines or elaborately designed mechanisms. The only thing that supports the video’s credibility is the evidence gathered by the team of ghost hunters. However, some might say that their finds aren’t enough to prove the footage is authentic.
I’m very much interested in hear your thoughts on this incident. Was a supernatural being is responsible for the events depicted in this video? Or do you believe there is a more conventional explanation?
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A decade before the world famous Amityville and Enfield
poltergeist cases came to public attention, a little heard of, but acknowledged
as Europe’s most violent haunting, took place in the town of Pontefract.
Number 30 East Drive, on the Chequerfields Estate, East
Yorkshire, stood on a corner at the top of a hill, close to what was once the
site of the town gallows. Living at number 30 were Jean and Joe Pritchard,
their son Philip, aged 15 and daughter Diane aged 12.
The poltergeist, later to become known as the Black Monk
of Pontefract, began disturbing the Pritchard family in 1966 with a wide
variety of paranormal activity. Water pools, lights turning off and on again,
furniture overturning, pictures being slashed, objects flying or levitating,
knocking sounds, objects disappearing and appearing again, foul smells, farmyard
noises, heavy breathing sounds, sudden drops of temperature, and a mysterious
black-robed figure, whose appearances became more and more frequent were all
reported at the house.
The police, a local MP and the vicar were all witness to
the extraordinary happenings which continued to plague the household, and all
attempts to exorcise the presence were unsuccessful and met with mockery.
First Occurrence of the Poltergeist
The events began in August 1966 during the August Bank
Holiday week. The family had gone on holiday to Devon leaving 15 year old
Philip at home with his grandmother, Sarah Scholes.
While alone in the house, Sarah felt a cold gust of wind,
despite the warm weather outside. When Phillip re-entered the house, he noticed
white powder falling from mid-air all around the living room, onto the floor.
Their first assumption was that it was somehow falling from the ceiling,
however it had only very recently been redecorated.
At this point the pair were more confused than scared, so
Sarah went to consult her daughter, Marie Kelly, who lived just across the
road. When Marie saw the white powder she went into the kitchen to get a cloth
to clean it up and promptly slipped in a pool of water that had formed on the
Numerous puddles of water began appearing on the kitchen
floor. By now one of the neighbors, Enid Pritchard, had come round to number 30
to see what the commotion was about. Being the practical type she immediately
went and turned off the water at the stop cock, however it made no difference
and the pools of water still appeared. Mrs. Kelly then decided to report the
water leaks to the Water Board who advised that they would send someone around
as soon as possible.
Later that afternoon the man from the Water Board duly
appeared. After much checking of pipes, rodding of drains and surmising that
the water may be condensation he went away to report the problem to his manager
and an hour later the pools of water stopped appearing.
This was only the beginning though. Later that evening at
around 7:00 pm, Sarah was watching TV in the living room when from the kitchen,
Philip shouted “Grandma, it’s happening again!” The worktop in the kitchen was
strewn with sugar and dry tea leaves and as they stared at it, the button on
the tea dispenser went slowly in and out several times covering the draining
board in tea.
This carried on even when the tea dispenser was empty
prompting Sarah to shout in desperation “Stop it!” As she did so there came a
loud crash from the hallway. They slowly opened the door leading to the
hallway, half expecting to catch a burglar, only to find it silent, dark and
empty until the hall light clicked on of its own accord, startling them both.
They slowly made their way to the foot of the stairs and
saw what had made the noise. A plant which was usually at the foot of the
stairs was now sat halfway up them, missing its pot, which was on the landing
above. As if this was not enough to fray their nerves another sound rang out
from the kitchen making them jump once again.
On investigation they saw that the crockery cupboard was
vibrating as though someone was trapped inside and trying to get out. As soon
as Philip snatched open the door the vibrations stopped whilst almost
immediately another loud banging noise started up somewhere else in the house.
Sarah now noticed a sudden chill in the air and decided
to fetch Marie Kelly again. As soon as Marie stepped into the kitchen she was
confronted by the shaking crockery cupboard and the sound of the cups and
plates inside rattling. Sarah then went next door to ask the neighbors, Mr. and
Mrs. Mountain, if they were responsible for the banging noises. Mrs. Mountain
looked in amazement at Sarah saying, “We thought it was you”. By the time Sarah
returned the noises had thankfully stopped.
The three of them sat discussing the unnerving events
until around 9:30 pm when Marie left hoping it was all over for the night.
Philip decided to go to bed and Sarah figured a good night’s sleep was needed
also. After locking up and switching off the downstairs lights Sarah went into
Philips room to wish him goodnight, as she did so, a heavy chest of drawers
began swaying without explanation.
That was the final straw for the night, Sarah and Phillip
left the house and went to sleep at a neighbor’s out of fear for their safety.
The Second Phase of Paranormal Activity
When Mr. and Mrs. Pritchard returned home from their
holiday, the disturbances had stopped, and thus they concluded that the
phenomena must have had some logical explanation; especially since, for the
following two years, they continued living in the house without the slightest
sign of any paranormal activity.
However, as abruptly as it ended, the poltergeist
phenomena suddenly began again, this time plaguing the family for several
years, though they refused to succumb to it and move from their home. So common
was the paranormal activity that the poltergeist became known to the Pritchard
family as Fred.
The main target of the activity during the second phase
seemed to be the daughter, Diane, who was often thrown from her bed, and, in
one instance, was dragged up the stairs by her throat, by an invisible hand
that left lacerations on her neck.
Loud inexplicable crashing sounds were common, especially
in the presence of outside company. Objects too went flying around the air and
crashing, or dematerializing and then reappearing in a different location.
Though on two occasions, exorcisms were attempted, these measures seemed only
to agitate the situation.
After a concerned family friend doused holy water
throughout the home, the poltergeist responded by painting upside-down crosses
on the living room walls and doors, and destroying the crucifixes that
decorated the Pritchard house.
The physical manifestation of the poltergeist did not
occur until quite late in the haunting. The figure first appeared to Joe and
Jean Pritchard while they lay in bed. The two allegedly saw a black-cloaked
figure hovering over their bed, but it soon dissipated. On a few subsequent
occasions, other members of the family as well as visitors reported seeing a
figure that looked like a monk, though no one ever glimpsed a face underneath
the robes. Shortly after the physical manifestations of the monk appeared, the
haunting abruptly ceased, never to occur again.
The Reoccurrence of the Poltergeist
The author Tom Cuniff, later identified the poltergeist
as a 16th century monk, who was hung for the rape and murder of a girl during
the reign of Henry VIII. Ever since, the poltergeist has been known as the
Black Monk of Pontefract. Intriguingly, the Pritchards’ house was said to have
been built next to the site of the town’s gallows.
The events that occurred in the house have been recreated
in director Pat Holden’s 2012 horror film When
the Lights Went Out. Jean Pritchard was Holden’s aunt and he witnessed many
of the incidents first hand.
However, as the film about the haunting hit cinemas and
public interest in the haunting rose, sparking numerous visitors to the house,
locals say the Black Monk of Pontefract is beginning to stir again.
Current next-door neighbor Carol Fieldhouse, said things
started to take a sinister turn shortly after the film was released. Carol
didn’t know the former owner Philip Pritchard had just sold the long-empty
property to the film’s producer, Bil Bungay.
In a newspaper interview Carol said she had seen Philip
tidying up the front garden. “I went out and asked him if he’d sold it to one
of his nephews. I thought it must have been one of them because I knew they
were deaf and I’d heard the telly blasting out all night.”
“He said ‘There’s no TV in there. It’s empty’. Then he
turned pale and said ‘God, it’s started again’. I haven’t seen him since.”