Violent Ghosts

The Vallecas Case – the demonic possession of Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro provides compelling evidence of paranormal activity via the official police report of responding officers

The Valecas Case, the demonic possession and subsequent death of Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro, gained legendary status in Spain not just for the events, but for the number of first-hand witnesses including neighbors, friends, hospital workers, and the legal authorities (who filed an official report documenting the events they saw). A change in Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro’s behavior In early 1990, the family of 18-year-old Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro noticed an odd change in her behavior. The family, who lived in Vallecas, a municipality of Spain just south of Madrid, worried when Estefania began suffering from hallucinations and convulsions. In an instant, Estefania would burst into rages, barking, growling, and hissing at her brothers. She told the family she saw “shadows” walking through her room at night. The Lazaro family took

The real-life exorcism of Ronald Hunkeler – the true story that inspired The Exorcist

  In the beginning, Ronald Hunkeler was an anonymous boy, referred to variously as Ronald Doe, Robbie Mannheim, John Hoffman, or Roland Doe. Subject of a demonic possession, the events surrounding his exorcism were carefully documented by attending priest Raymond Bishop. Dr. J. B. Rhine, director of the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University, called the case the “most impressive manifestation he has heard of in the poltergeist field.” Decades later, the terrifying events were portrayed in the book and subsequent blockbuster movie, The Exorcist. Reports of a demonic possession surface In mid-1949, communities around Washington D.C. were riled after several newspapers printed reports of a demonic possession and exorcism that took place in Maryland. According to reports, more than forty-eight people witnessed the events. Newspapers hid the trued

The Ammons family demonic possession and exorcism – home described as “portal to hell”

The demonic possession of the Latoya Ammons family The demonic haunting and possession of the Latoya Ammons and her family will go down in history as one of the best documented and most widely witnessed demonic possession in history. With over 800 pages of official documentation and dozens of first-person accounts from reliable eyewitnesses including police officers, a police captain, Department of Child Services officials, security guards, ministers, psychologists, and a Catholic priest, many consider the case to one of the best examples of demonic possession to date. The series of strange events began in December 2011, one month after the Ammons family, mother Latoya Ammons, grandmother Rosa Campbell, and their three young children, moved into their new home on Carolina Street in Gary, Indiana. It was

Real-life “Chucky” doll – 104-year-old Robert the Doll, possessed by evil spirits, terrorizes families and curses anyone who takes its picture

Real life Child’s Play “Chucky” doll – Robert the evil Doll It has long been rumored that Chucky, the evil serial killer doll in the movie Child’s Play, was based in part on a real-life, 104-year-old doll known as Robert the Doll.  The pint-sized chunk of straw-stuffed clothing and cloth was alleged to be possessed by evil spirits that terrorized every family that was unfortunate enough to come into possession of the devilish toy. Robert the Doll (known variously as Robert the Haunted Doll, Robert the Evil Doll, Robert the Possessed Doll, or Robert the Enchanted Doll) was first owned by talented Key West artist and book author Robert (Gene) Eugene Otto who was given the doll in 1906, when he was just six years old, by an angry Bahamian servant who was well-versed

History of the Perron family and the Harrisville Haunting (true story behind the movie The Conjuring)

Ed and Lorraine Warren Ed and Lorraine Warren had been investigating paranormal activity since the early 1950’s. During their decades-long careers, they investigated over 4,000 hauntings, including the well-known Amityville Haunting where they were recognized as the first psychic investigators to step onto the scene. The 2013 film, The Conjuring, was based on their terrifying investigation of the Perron family and their haunted farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island. Known variously as the “Harrisville Haunting” or the “Perron Family Haunting”, the Warrens would say that their investigation of the Perron family’s haunting was their “most intense, compelling, disturbing and significant investigation” of their careers. Roger Perron, his wife Carolyn, and their five children Andrea (Annie), Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April endured a decade of torture from the

Athens Mental Hospital

Introduction The Athens Mental Health Center, in Athens County, is located on a hill across from the Hocking River in Ohio. It opened in January 9, 1874 on land purchased from a local farmer named Coates. In recent years, the State Hospital campus also known as ‘The Ridges”, has been absorbed into the Ohio University campus and now houses several of the University buildings. Clearly, lots of changes have taken place on this plot of land, but there still exists some original remnants of the old institution - and they are not wholly physical remnants… Many years ago, mental institutions were considered peculiar places. The Athens Mental Health Center was one of those places. Years ago it was used to house the criminally insane, patients that were

The Bakersfield Lyons Haunting

The Bakersfield Lyons Haunting After Mrs. Meg Lyons died suddenly in her Bakersfield, California house, it had remained untouched when Mrs. Frances Freeborn moved in during the month of November, 1981. Every piece of Mrs. Lyons' furniture was just as she left it. Her clothes still filled the closets and dressers. Eager to make the house her own, Mrs. Freeborn set about cleaning out the house and refurbishing it to her liking. And that's when the trouble started. The first unsettling mystery was a loud thumping noise coming from the kitchen area, which Freeborn at first dismissed as noisy plumbing. But then there was other strangeness. Freeborn habitually closed all doors and cabinets before retiring to bed, only to find them wide open in the morning. Lights

The Bell Witch

The Bell Witch The Bell Witch or Bell Witch Haunting is a poltergeist legend from Southern United States folklore, involving the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee. The legend is the basis of the films An American Haunting (2006) and The Bell Witch Haunting (2004), and may have influenced the production of The Blair Witch Project (1999). EXCLUSIVE - Read the complete text of the historical Red Book. Published in 1890, this is the definitive account of the Bell Witch haunting. Strange animals on the farm John William Bell moved his wife Lucy, and family from North Carolina to Tennessee after purchasing a plot of land and a large house from a local farmer. He eventually increased his land holding to over 300 acres of land. John became a popular

The Berini Haunting in New England

Introduction In one of the most terrifying cases of recent times, a New England family was surprised, disturbed and ultimately horrified by a series of apparitions that seemed to have one objective – to drive them from their home. The strange, horrifying events that took place in a New England home in the late 1970s and early 1980s have been documented and investigated, but never fully explained. They began as a series of benign if remarkable hauntings and escalated into one of the most astonishing cases of ghostly, paranormal activity in recent American history. The real name of the family involved has been kept secret to protect their privacy, but the investigators for the Psychical Research Foundation provided them with the pseudonym of Berini. First names have

The Brown Lady

Introduction Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England is a splendid home. Inhabited by Townshend family for over 300 years, the hall gives its name to the area, the Raynhams. It is also home to one of the most famous and well-regarded ghost photographs ever taken. Raynham Hall Raynham Hall was constructed in 1619 by Sir Roger Townshend. At his death in 1637, the home was still incomplete. Designed by Inigo Jones, the home ignored traditional English style and instead featured an Italian style, 100 years before the style became mainstream. Sir Roger Townshend intended to make a grandiose statement with his new home and although he died before his home was completed, his son ensured that even after death, his dream was realized. Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend Charles Townshend, 2nd

The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel – real life exorcism goes wrong

Anneliese Michel (September 21, 1952 – July 1, 1976) was a German Catholic girl who was "possessed by demons" and subsequently underwent a series of exorcisms. Following the last exorcism and after warning her mother that she could take no more, Anneliese died in her sleep. Anneliese's early life Anneliese Michel was born September 1952 in Klingenberg, Bavaria, Germany. A devout Catholic girl, Anneliese often slept on a bare floor as reparations for her sins. In 1968, when she was 16 and still in high school, Anneliese began to suffer from violent seizures. Unable to speak, scream, or call for help, she would later explain that she felt as if a huge body of weight were sitting on her chest. Soon, Anneliese began experiencing devilish images while praying. She claimed

The Proctor Haunting (or the Haunting of Willington (Katy) Mill)

It was the autumn of 1834 when the Proctors, a Quaker family, began to notice disturbances in their house near Tyneside in northern England. It began with the sound of dull, heavy treading upstairs. Every member of the family complained of hearing footsteps and whistling that could not be accounted for. The sound of a clock being wound could not be explained. Over a six-year period, the intensity of the haunting increased. The stomping of angry footsteps echoed throughout the house, contrasted by faint whisperings. And then there were the apparitions. The white figure of a strange woman was seen in a window by a neighbor, and then seen in other rooms of the house by the Proctors. A disembodied white face appeared over a