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PostPosted: 22-05-2008 08:32    Post subject: The South Shields Poltergeist Reply with quote

Very long article...

The sinister images caught on camera that could prove poltergeists DO exist...
By Danny Penman
Last updated at 11:41 PM on 21st May 2008

Marc and Marianne got undressed and quickly slipped under the duvet. Although the heating had been on for many hours, it was unusually cold in their normally snug bedroom.

In spite of the cold, they tried to drift off to sleep after a hard day looking after their boisterous three-year-old son, Robert.

Seconds later, Marianne was hit on the head by their son's toy dog. She sat bolt upright in bed.

The cuddly toy was clearly aimed at her, but who - or what - could have thrown it?

Moments later another stuffed dog hit her on the head. Soon the air was thick with flying toys.

All seemed to appear in mid-flight, apparently from nowhere, and were hurled with great force at the petrified couple.

Marc and Marianne hugged the duvet closer to try to protect themselves from the flying toys.

An invisible hand grabbed the far corner of the duvet and pulled in the opposite direction.

Soon they were involved in a tug-of-war with some supernatural force.

Just as quickly as it had started, the tugging stopped. But it was replaced by something even more sinister.

'Marianne, my body feels like it's burning,' said Marc, panic-stricken. 'What's happening to me?'

All across his back, scratches had started to appear. In the space of a few minutes, 13 separate scratches appeared across Marc's back.


Burning intensely, they felt as though a powerful beast was slowly drawing its claws across his body. But just as quickly as the scratches appeared, they vanished.

Over the following few months, Marc and Marianne's family suffered numerous assaults by a violent ghost that came to be known as the 'South Shields Poltergeist'. Cuddly toys came alive and toilets flushed with blood.

In the mark of what was a very 21st-century haunting, ghostly text messages inexplicably appeared on mobile phones.

It seems the 'ghost' was completely au fait with modern technology.

'I was too scared to go to sleep and too frightened to stay awake,' says Marianne. 'I felt that we just couldn't escape from it. No matter what we did, we couldn't get away.'

The full story of the South Shields Poltergeist is told in a new book by two paranormal researchers who spent the summer of 2006 studying the haunting.

So disturbing are the events that the couple want to move away from the area, and don't want their full identities revealed.

Such encounters may sound truly absurd. But, according to the Society For Psychical Research, there are 260 cases of poltergeists reported every year in the UK alone.

It's almost impossible accurately to gauge how many hauntings there are, as far more go unreported.

Hauntings by extremely violent poltergeists - such as that suffered by Marc and Marianne - are, thankfully, extremely rare and probably happen once a decade at most.

Hard-bitten sceptics, of course, scoff at any claims of haunting and say that poltergeist stories are simply the result of hoaxing and trickery.

But the South Shields Poltergeist seems by no means to be unique.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Easington District Council in County Durham had paid an exorcist to drive away a poltergeist from a family home which was owned by the local housing association.

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One of the first signs of the poltergeist infestation was a series of disturbing messages left on their son's doodle board.

'Die bitch', 'RIP' and 'Go bitch now to your mam' had been scrawled on the message board. They were followed by the appearance of Satanic-looking symbols.

The family is adamant that the messages were not hoaxes left by them. Their origin remains a mystery.

Messages from the poltergeist soon became even more sinister. Chilling text messages began appearing on Marianne's phone.

One warned her: 'Going to die today, going to get you.' Another read: 'I can get you when you awake and I'll come for you when you asleep, bitch.'

All appeared to be from the poltergeist, and arrived seemingly from nowhere. None could be traced to a mobile phone, computer or landline. Once again, there appeared to be no rational explanation.

'When I was outside the house, it would continuously call my mobile from our home phone even though I knew for certain that no one was in the house,' says Marianne.

'It sent me death threats by text. No matter what I did, I couldn't get away from it.'

The family was forced to turn to professional help. Mike Hallowell and Darren Ritson are seasoned paranormal researchers who have investigated a range of seemingly inexplicable phenomena such as poltergeists and psychic mediums.

'We were initially very sceptical,' admits Darren. But they were soon convinced the haunting was genuine.

The house was quickly kitted out with motion-activated video cameras and sophisticated sensors.

If the poltergeist should appear, the investigators were determined to capture it on film. They did not have long to wait.

One evening, Mike was working at the house and saw a dark shape appear on the landing outside the couple's son's room. Marianne saw it, too, and screamed.

'The entity walked slowly from the bathroom, across the landing into the bedroom,' says Mike.

'As it passed the door to Robert's room, it paused and stared icily at me. Its face, devoid of all features such as eyes, nose or mouth, was cold and menacing. It felt like it was burrowing into my soul.

'It was large - maybe two metres in height - and midnight black. It was a three-dimensional silhouette that just radiated sheer evil.'

Mike was so stunned by what he saw that he didn't manage to switch the camera on in time.

'It was gutting,' says Mike. 'We all saw it, but we didn't get the proof we needed.'

A few days later they were given a second chance when the poltergeist once again attacked Marc.

Just as before, Marc felt the entity approach him and start drawing its talons down his back.

'You could actually watch the scratches forming,' says Mike. 'First an elongated red patch, then sharply defined scratches within it.

Cuts started to appear on the right-hand side of his back. They immediately bled. Then Marc's skin started to change colour. It went dark, almost as if it was sunburnt. I've seen film and stills of poltergeist scratches appearing before, but nothing like this.'

The investigators frantically checked their video cameras and, this time, they'd caught the attack on tape.

Although the quality was poor, they could see the scratches appearing on Marc's back.


Many people will argue that the poltergeist was a hoax or a collective delusion.

Some, on the other hand, will insist that the video footage shot by Mike proves beyond reasonable doubt that there was a poltergeist in the house.

True, the poltergeist was witnessed by dozens of people - and its chilling antics were captured on film.

On one occasion a group of six paranormal investigators witnessed an attack on Marc.

They also saw levitating crockery, ornaments moving of their own accord from room to room, and ghostly sounds emanating from a baby monitor.

Several of these incidents were captured on camera.

Some experts, however, remain unconvinced. Professor Chris French, a parapsychologist at Goldsmiths College, University of London, says: 'Since recorded history began, these kinds of things have been reported.

'On the basis of the quality of the evidence that's available, I would bet against them being the result of ghosts and poltergeists. But I could be wrong.'

Perhaps the last word should go to Marianne. Eager to sell her home and move on with life, she is still shocked by the intensity of the haunting.

'We were absolutely terrified,' she says. 'I don't think I'll ever be the same again. If I hear a noise that I cannot explain, or something goes missing, then it always makes us wonder whether it has come back again.

'But right now, we are just glad that it seems to have left us alone.'

The South Shields Poltergeist by Michael J. Hallowell and Darren W. Ritson, is published by The History Press at £16.99. To order a copy for £15.30 (p&p free), call 0845 606 4206.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1021070/The-sinister-images-caught-camera-prove-poltergeists-DO-exist-.html
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PostPosted: 22-05-2008 09:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the investigators were professionals, why were they using inferior equipment?

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The investigators frantically checked their video cameras and, this time, they'd caught the attack on tape.

Although the quality was poor, they could see the scratches appearing on Marc's back.
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PostPosted: 22-05-2008 12:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always poor quality. Why?

Fascinating account though. I do believe that if these experts eventually do catch clear, good quality evidence on tape, that most other 'experts' will knock them down, because as we all know, it's amazing what special effects movies can have these days?

If that's the case, is there any point capturing any paranormal activity on camera, if no one is ever going to believe it's pure, untampered with evidence?

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PostPosted: 22-05-2008 16:48    Post subject: Re: The South Shields Poltergeist Reply with quote

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'As it passed the door to Robert's room, it paused and stared icily at me. Its face, devoid of all features such as eyes.....

Right....
OK kids, if you scratch yourself, it takes a while for the skin to puff up and the blood, if any, to come out.
There's been numerous cases of 'poltergeists' that turn out to be caused by someone in the house - usually it's a teenager but it can be an adult. People like getting attention.
And this one's managed to get an account to send text messages and to make phone calls... yes, it is amazing that disembodied spirits manage to keep up with technology.
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PostPosted: 22-05-2008 17:15    Post subject: Re: The South Shields Poltergeist Reply with quote

"As it passed the door to Robert's room, it paused and stared icily at me. Its face, devoid of all features such as eyes, nose or mouth, was cold and menacing."


So a blob turned towards the narrator? How did they know it was looking at them, let alone "icily"?
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PostPosted: 22-05-2008 18:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

realspooky wrote:
Always poor quality. Why?

If that's the case, is there any point capturing any paranormal activity on camera, if no one is ever going to believe it's pure, untampered with evidence?

RS


Poor quality what?? Is there a Video?! Were is the footage? Is there a link I'm missing? Do we not get to see it?! Do we have to pay for it, in some sort of Ghostumentory!

Help, I want to see it...
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I don't know what the standards are at the Daily Mail, but with the papers I work for, if you end an article with the phone number where you can get a copy of the book at a discount price, it's called an advertisement, and not news.
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PostPosted: 22-05-2008 20:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

markbellis wrote:
I don't know what the standards are at the Daily Mail, but with the papers I work for, if you end an article with the phone number where you can get a copy of the book at a discount price, it's called an advertisement, and not news.

I've noticed many newspapers will promote books (I'm thinking Times, Guardian, Telegraph, and probably more... oh, let's not forget the Beeb as well!)

A new book can be (or is treated as) News as well as a marketing opportunity.

So which rags do you work for? Wink
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So which rags do you work for? Wink


Just Canadian ones - I've done freelance work for the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Sun- it's OK to put the publisher's name and price if you're doing it in the book review section - not the news - but putting a phone number for a discount price is clearly going over the line - I'd start wondering if the Daily Mail's publishers have a financial interest in the sale of the book - googling the phone numbers turns up other books mentioned in the Mail.
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PostPosted: 23-05-2008 06:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd start wondering if the Daily Mail's publishers have a financial interest in the sale of the book...

They must do things differently in Canada. Here, practically all the papers have an online shop where you can buy books (and other stuff), and they're not doing that out of charity - of course they have a financial interest!

When a book is new out, a paper might well produce an article and/or review about it.
What's the problem?

You can also buy the book at Amazon, Waterstones and other places - no doubt they have a financial interest too... Wink


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PostPosted: 23-05-2008 09:41    Post subject: Re: The South Shields Poltergeist Reply with quote

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Some experts, however, remain unconvinced. Professor Chris French, a parapsychologist at Goldsmiths College, University of London, says: 'Since recorded history began, these kinds of things have been reported.

'On the basis of the quality of the evidence that's available, I would bet against them being the result of ghosts and poltergeists. But I could be wrong.'
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What kind of expert opinion is this anyway? The article says Some experts, however, remain unconvinced then goes on to quote an 'expert' who says he would 'bet' against it being paranormal but could be wrong???

Bloody useless quote, isn't it?
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When a book is new out, a paper might well produce an article and/or review about it.
What's the problem?
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You can also buy the book at Amazon, Waterstones and other places - no doubt they have a financial interest too... Wink


The difference is that they are book sellers, but the Daily Mail's a newspaper - presenting a book they have a interest in the sales of in a news story is a conflict of interest, particularly in a story that is very promotional of that book - in North America, only the worst sort of tabloid would do this.
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...the Daily Mail's a newspaper - presenting a book they have a interest in the sales of in a news story is a conflict of interest, particularly in a story that is very promotional of that book - in North America, only the worst sort of tabloid would do this.

A conflict of whose interests? I'm interested in Polts (and other Fortean stuff) so I'm happy to see news of a new book. And no-one's forcing me to buy it from the Mail, as I can get it elsewhere.

As I said earlier, practically all the papers over here do this. Usually it's novels, travel, cookery, history books, etc - this particular one happens to be on a Fortean subject.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear that North American papers have such high moral standards that they don't need to pander to commercial interests! Wink
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We seem to be getting sidetracked here, can we get back to the subject at hand?
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Ronson8 wrote:
We seem to be getting sidetracked here, can we get back to the subject at hand?

OK, but I can't resist one parting shot: that tabloid The Times has been serialising Cherie Blair's memoirs. And gesswot you can buy it through their website! Very Happy
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