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Enfield Poltergeist photographer remains perplexed 45 years on

By T.K. Randall
October 28, 2022 · Comment icon 24 comments
Janet Hodgson and Maurice Grosse during the Enfield Poltergeist case.
Grosse speaks to the Hodgson children during a visit from the BBC. Image Credit: BBC Archive Clip
Graham Morris was the man who captured photographic evidence during the infamous poltergeist case.
There are few paranormal cases as widely debated as the Enfield poltergeist - a spate of chilling paranormal incidents that occurred from 1977 to 1979 at the home of mother-of-four Peggy Hodgson in Enfield, London.

Over the course of 18 months, the unexplained disturbances occurring at the house escalated from items of furniture being shaken to objects being thrown around, loud knocking sounds and - most terrifyingly of all - the alleged possession of 11-year-old Janet, one of Hodgson's four children.

Several people, including multiple police officers, witnessed these events.

Notable researcher Maurice Grosse from the Society for Psychical Research spent significant amounts of time observing and recording the poltergeist activity at the house.

Photographer Graham Morris was also tasked with capturing photographic evidence of the phenomena.
"This call came in from the family, they were spooked out by the whole thing," Morris told Metro.

"I went in, I saw things happen and it convinced me there was something happening in the house. So I stayed on I was there for months after that."

"I was convinced that something was happen[ing], and then I stayed on night after night and all sorts of things happen[ed]. Chairs moved, cupboards opened, drawers opened, beds turned, over all sorts of things. So it convinced me there was something happening."

"I was convinced that something was happening in the house. And I was convinced that the children or no one was behind it, no one was doing it."

Unlike many, however, by the time he had left the house for the final time, he did not believe that these occurrences were the work of a ghost. Instead, he attributed them to "something purely scientific", but admits that even today, 45 years on, he still cannot explain what took place.

"One day we'll find out," he added.

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Comment icon #15 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 6 months ago
I kinda agree with him, openozy.  I think humans may be able to get down into some subconci9us level and utilize the body in ways we cannot normally do. I can't prove that though. I'm not too cool on believing "The devil made me do it".   That was Flip Wilson   
Comment icon #16 Posted by openozy 6 months ago
I do believe they can too. Maybe a little exaggerated but the movie Split I thought had a lot of possible reality to it.
Comment icon #17 Posted by openozy 6 months ago
I personally hate people hoaxing anything paranormal, it is usually blatantly obvious to people who have experienced the real thing. I also can't see why they bother doing it apart from monetary gain which is totally opposite to true spirituality.
Comment icon #18 Posted by TashaMarie 6 months ago
If its on TV, in the paper or a magazine its most definitely a hoax.
Comment icon #19 Posted by openozy 6 months ago
I totally agree Tasha because I don't believe anything paranormal can be captured on film firstly, also people serious about this stuff aren't in it for gain or fame.
Comment icon #20 Posted by XenoFish 6 months ago
Pretty much my problem and it ruins even the smallest chance of positive results. Typically it's always a negative experience that follows a pattern. When those possessed dolls movie were out, that's almost all the threads we had. Same for the ouija board. 
Comment icon #21 Posted by Antigonos 6 months ago
Most mass market paperbacks usually are too.
Comment icon #22 Posted by openozy 6 months ago
I never thought of that but it's true. The bad things are probably only a small fraction of what is experienced but people like to be frightened and a passed over granny saying I love you isn't going to make headlines.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Eldorado 6 months ago
The Enfield Poltergeist: Why the unexplained mystery that shocked 1970s Britain continues to disturb BBC article
Comment icon #24 Posted by Antigonos 6 months ago
The purpose of the article is obviously to promote the new play and the series on Apple. I’m not sure which fact is supposed to give it more legitimacy… the fact that Peter Unwin, the play’s writer, is a creator of TV shows and says “this is not a documentary”, so he isn’t even basing it on the official bogus version of events, or that Stephen Volk, writer of the old reality ghost show Ghostwatch commented on it. Now all we need is for Zak Bagans and Jason Hawes to weigh in.

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