Was Amityville Horror a Hoax?

Was Amityville Horror a Hoax?

Many people still wonder… was Amityville Horror a hoax or not? Well, the following facts and true accounts will give you an opportunity to come up with your own verdict and version of the truth.

Our research took us back to the 70’s when America’s bestselling horror story began…

The Facts:

#1 – The real horror took place one cold February night at around 3 A.M. (the infamous “witching hour”…) way back in 1974 in a house located at 112 Ocean Ave. That’s in Long Island, NY.

The DeFeo’s were unfortunate (sorry to say…) to have Butch as a son. Evidence produced in court by the prosecution led by Gerald Sullivan proved that Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed his entire family in cold blood and was found guilty for all 6 murders.

#2 – In 1976 the Lutz family moves in and only live in the house for 28 days. They bought the 6-bedroom property for only $80, 000 since nobody wanted to live in a house where all those people died.

I bet you wouldn’t either, but George and Kathy sold their individual homes and decided to pool their finances and move in together as a family in this big Dutch colonial home.

#3 – The Lutz family were perfectly aware of what had happened in that house and the reason why they were able to get the house at such a price.

#4 – The Lutz family (well, George…), call Butch’s state appointed attorney William Weber and tell him about the supernatural disturbances going on around their home and wonder if he could use that to help his case.

Weber begins to build his defense around a plea for insanity to help his client Butch escape the hangman’s noose.

Of course Sullivan tears through this weak defense and gets a conviction, sending a cold killer to jail for 6 lifetimes.

George pitches a book idea based on the horror stories experienced by the Lutz family. Weber brushes it off.

#5 – George Lutz approaches Jay Anson who agrees to write the story into a novel. The book goes on to sell over 6 million copies but the Lutz family only lands $300, 000 from the whole deal.

Both the Lutz family and Anson get huge media attention.

#6 – New York’s Local TV station reporter Laura Didio holds a slumber party for big psychic names including the Warrens; you know, the Ed and Lorraine Warren ghost busting couple…

Other big names include paranormal studies professor, Hans Holzer. All the psychics and the good professor confirm the presence of “Unnatural spirits” roaming the Amityville house.

#7 – None of the subsequent residents of this house have reported any supernatural occurrences.

#8 – Someone or some people really made and continue to rake in a fortune from this single story.

Unproven Facts: Highly Disputed

#1 – The Lutz family reports paranormal activity inside the Amityville house during their short and extremely troubled stay. This is the beginning of the whole Amityville horror story that spawns into books and…

#2 – Swarms of insects covering their windows, green goo falling from the ceiling, levitating sleeping bodies, and so many other small events.

#3 – A priest brought in to pray for the house and ward off evil spirits, Father Pecoraro, is slapped by an unseen entity and ordered to leave the house.

He also starts to bleed through his palms. Sounds more like a movie scene…

#4 – Lorraine, a self-proclaimed light trance medium says there’s an angry Indian spirit haunting the 112 Ocean Avenue house since it was supposedly built on an “Indian graveyard”.

The Twist

This is where everything becomes confusing…how can such vivid and “true” horrible accounts of a tormented family, as told by Anson in his 1977 publication be a lie?

No believer of the Amityville horror story wants to hear this but there are just too many missing links.

Everyone involved in the creation of this fascinating horror story/book/movie/almost occult following, have all come out and said that it was all a lie.

Although George still holds on to his story and claims everything was absolutely true, Anson contradicts this by saying he might have sprinkled a pinch of salt in his book to make it juicy for his readers.

Weber is on record saying that they (together with George who controlled much of what went into the novel by the way…) totally made up the Lutz haunting story over a few bottles of wines.

Of course now we know what inspired all that wild imagination…

They could easily have made everything up since it’s obvious they all, including Weber, had financial gain as a very strong motive.

Rumors have it that the first book deal between the Lutz family and Weber fell apart when the lawyer tried to include Butch as a beneficiary to the perks made from the sales.

Apparently the Lutz family felt it was not right that a killer was going to make money out of such grim atrocities. All in all, everything seems to be driven by financial gain.

If the Amityville horror story is proven to be a lie, what becomes of the big names that confirmed the presence of ghosts inside the Amityville house?

I mean, their reputation and everything they stand for definitely takes a nose-dive right?

Although it could be true that the house is haunted, did an evil spirit possess Butch driving him to kill his family?

Were the Lutz family haunted by the massacred DeFeo’s and forced out of their dream home? Was Amityville horror a hoax?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions on the subject in the comment section below.

 

The Ed and Lorraine Warren Cases

The Ed and Lorraine Warren Cases

If you see Lorraine Warren today, you’ll probably see a frail 89 year old woman but looks can be deceiving! Back in day, Lorraine and Edward Warren were what you’d call the “Bonny and Clyde” of ghost busting.

You’d have to be from another dimension if you haven’t heard of the Ed and Lorraine Warren cases.

The couple’s profound interest in the supernatural led to the establishment of a ghost hunting team and an organization called the “NESPR (New England Society for Psychic Research)” which began in 1952.

The NESPR has and still is a big part of America’s history and involvement with the underworld.

The Paranormal Pair

These two were literally a match made in heaven to uncover hell! Staunch Catholics; self proclaimed demonologist and medium (clairvoyant – light trance), the perfect recipe for something very, very unnatural.

And let’s not forget that Ed served in World War II and again as a cop. We all know what happens with guys who’ve been to overseas war right? …the PSTD?

Probably one of the reasons why the ghost hunting duo has so many critics. Their fascinating stories and adventures during their ghost hunting days have also created a massive following too.

Some of their real life cases have been adapted into hair raising horror movies and blood chilling books.

With an impressive 10, 000 paranormal investigation cases under their belt(s), it’s no wonder Hollywood came knocking on their door to borrow their diaries to develop scripts.

Some of the most notable encounters with the supernatural which started in 1970 include (not in chronological order):

The White Lady of Union Cemetery – This was a case where Ed claims to have captured the essence of the ghostly lady on camera during an investigation following reports of the cemetery being haunted. He later wrote a book about it which was published in 1992.

The Annabelle Doll Mystery – The story goes that two roommates discovered that their doll (an old raggedy Ann doll) was possessed by a demon going by the name of Annabelle.

The couple is said to have confirmed the doll’s possession by an unearthly spirit and actually took it and included it as one of their prized collections in their backyard “Occult Museum”.

The Controversial Amityville Haunting – Now this is one story that has stirred up a lot of talk and people still continue to throw shadows of doubt on this famous couple based on this particular case.

Okay, the case went on to attract a few negative public reviews plus a couple of lawsuits in a bid to uncover the truth about the whole Lutz family haunted house saga.

A book published in 1977 and written by Jay Anson titled The Amityville Haunting is one of the many ways the Ed and Lorraine legend has been kept alive.

The haunted house tale is said to have been started by two sisters (11 and 13) when they told their mother of strange knocking on walls and moving furniture. See why it’s so easy to doubt it?

More ghost stories include the werewolf demon case, the demo possessed murderer, the witch haunting the Perron family and Smurl family haunting among others.

Some of the infamous cases like the Amityville case, the possessed doll (Annabelle) and the Perron family house haunting have been adapted in Hollywood movies.

Conclusion

Going by the large number of divided believers and skeptics, it’s extremely hard to tell whether the Ed and Lorraine duo really encountered any real ghosts during their ghost hunting career.

The fact however is that they used many credible factions in their investigations and this included members of the clergy, law enforcement and other professionals (notable figures) in the field of supernatural happenings.

This to some extent throws a little weight behind their bizarre claims and collected “evidence” over the years.

We wonder if the late Ed still calls in to check on his wife from the “other side”…..now that, would be some interesting headline!

We are still waiting for someone to come up with concrete proof that these two actually met some real ghosts or if they helped people get out of their haunted situations. We are not saying that the Ed and Lorraine cases are a hoax and neither do we say that we believe them but… yeah, there’s a but there.

The opposing sides (believers and skeptics) almost match each other in terms of the following which is the number one reason we are letting you have the final word on this matter.

What do you think?

The Anna Ecklund Possession

The Anna Ecklund Possession

There must be few things more terrifying to a God–fearing person than the thought of demonic possession. For those unfortunates who do befall such a fate, exorcism is often the only and final solution to their misery.

Shrouded in mystery and ritual, the ultimate battle between good and evil is played out in the most ghastly of circumstances and is rarely documented.

The possession of Anna Ecklund is an exception, her dreadful experience is one of the first cases of demonic possession recorded in America.

Chronicled in the pamphlet ‘Begone Satan’ it stands as the true testimony of strange events that took place almost a hundred years ago.

Begone Satan

‘Begone satan’ was a pamphlet written over eighty years ago, detailing the events surrounding the possession and second exorcism of Anna Ecklund in 1928.

Originally written as an information pamphlet by Father Carl Vogl and featuring the testimony of a witness Rev. Joseph Steiger, it was intended for young Catholic priests in American seminaries.

Vogl hoped his work would support the priesthood in the identification of those possessed by evil entities. In 1973 the pamphlet was translated into English by the Rev. Celestine Kapsner.

The pamphlet and its subsequent translation into book form are freely available for the public to read.

The Possession of Anna Ecklund

Anna Ecklund was born in Wisconsin USA in 1882. Little is known of her early life other than she was a devout Catholic.

This could not have been the influence of her father for reasons that will become apparent, so it must be safe to assume that at least until the age of around eight there was a guiding influence in her life, possibly her mother.

From the age of eight until the age of fourteen a change came over Anna and she began to demonstrate the indications of possession.

There are some suggestions that she was cursed by her father and her maternal aunt, Mina. Jacob Eckland was said to be incensed that his pious child would not indulge in an incestuous relationship and colluded with the aunt to invoke the evil spirits that possessed the child.

Anna first began to display an aversion to anything holy or religious, rejecting the church and overwhelmed by feelings of hatred towards the priesthood.

She also began to display an unhealthy interest in perverse sexual acts and to blaspheme. By the age of fourteen Anna was displaying signs of total possession.

The First Exorcism

At some point in Anna’s childhood medical opinions were sought. When doctors could find no medical reason for Anna’s condition, the first exorcism was performed to rid Anna of the evil demons destroying her life.

On June 28th, 1912, Father Theophilus Reisinger carried out what turned out to be an unsuccessful exorcism.

The lack of success was put down to Anna’s father Jacob and her aunt Mina, who invoked the cast out demons to return to Anna. In accordance with warnings in The Bible, the demons returned seven times stronger, to possess Anna’s soul.

The Second Exorcism

The second exorcism of Anna Ecklund took place some twenty six years later when Anna was 46. It is hard to know what happened in the intervening years. Was Anna possessed during this time? Did she have periods of peace?

What is known is that the same priest, Father Reisinger performed the second, as well as the first exorcism. By this time Anna was possessed by numerous entities but four were particularly prominent.

Beelzebub: Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies and one of the seven princes of hell was one of the demons who possessed Anna. During the exorcism he engaged in philosophical debates with the priests involved, taunting and deriding them.

Judas Iscariot: The disciple who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver is said to have taunted Anna constantly into committing suicide whilst occupying her soul.

Jacob Ecklund: Condemned to hell for trying to corrupt his daughter, the devil allowed Jacob to possess the soul of his daughter so he could satisfy his incestuous desires.

Aunt Mina: Rumored to have committed infanticide and to dabble in the dark arts, Anna’s maternal aunt Mina was another who possessed the troubled woman.

Possibly, to protect Anna from gossip and notoriety Father Reisinger removed Anna from her hometown to perform the exorcism.

He secreted Anna in a convent in Earling, Iowa. What followed was 23 days of paranormal phenomena.

23 Days of Hell

As soon as Anna arrived at the convent she began to demonstrate extreme signs of possession. She could tell which food had been blessed by the nuns and refused to eat it, hissing and spitting like a feral cat.

Said to possess an almost superhuman strength she could run up the walls and cling to them without falling, defying gravity.

Anna is described as levitating before witnesses and eventually had to be tethered down. Despite being tied to an iron bed for her own safety Anna still had to be held down by six nuns, who could barely contain her strength.

Emaciated and frail, refusing to eat, sometimes her body became so heavy that the iron bars supporting her mattress bowed until they touched the floor.

One of the most grotesque manifestations of Anna’s possession was the terrible trials her body endured. Constantly vomiting foul substances, various parts of her body swelled until those attending to her thought she would burst.

During those periods when the rites of exorcism were being performed, Anna is said to have been completely unconscious and her lips still. Despite this she is described shouting at the nuns reminding them of past sins only they could know of.

Having only a limited education Anna also spoke fluently in German, Latin and English, blaspheming and cursing those around her.

She also seemed to have the ability to predict future events, including a car crash involving Rev. Joseph Steiger, the priest of the church attached to the convent.

Throughout these 23 days the room where Anna lay was plagued with strange smells and flies, a true sign of Beelzebub’s presence.

Indeed, one of the strangest occurrences of this time was the vision Father Reisinger experienced of both Lucifer and Beelzebub present in the room where the exorcism was being undertaken. Their rage and anger they displayed towards him gave the priest hope that soon he may meet with success.

The Triumph of Good over Evil

Eventually, after 23 days good triumphed over evil. The demons were expelled from Anna Eckland, she awoke, was lucid and thanked Jesus for her delivery. What mark it left on her we can’t know.

What we do know is that the nuns who tended to the poor woman during her confinement were transferred within the year to other convents, said to be traumatised by their ghastly experience.

The Rev. Joseph Steiger’s witness testimony was recorded in ‘Begone satan’ as was that of his housekeeper who also witnessed events. Both the Rev. Steiger and his housekeeper testify that what they witnessed was the expulsion of demons from a troubled soul.

Conclusion

Little is known of Anna Ecklund after the successful exorcism of the demons that possessed her. She did return to the convent where she was healed to give thanks, some months later, but disappears after this date.

Was she truly possessed by evil spirits or did she suffer from a mental illness undiagnosed by doctors over a hundred years ago?

If you accept that the poor woman was mentally ill, what explanation can there be for the physical changes to her body, the voices that emanated from her, the prediction of future events, the visions of demons witnessed by priests and nuns alike?

Shocking as it may seem, the possession of the human spirit by evil entities is accepted as a real and horrifying phenomenon. Exorcism with its rites and rituals is often the last resort in purging the body of its depraved occupants, but more than this it becomes a battle between good and evil, for the very soul itself.

As for the possession of Anna Ecklund, whatever the truth of this strange paranormal event, she was certainly a lady who suffered greatly. One can only hope she went on to live a happy and peaceful life.

The Perron Family Haunting

The Perron Family Haunting

The true story behind the 2013 film The Conjuring is that of the well known Perron family. The Perron family haunting started in the winter of 1970 after Roger and Carolyn Perron moved into the home of their dreams.

The home was located on Round Top Road, Harrisville, Rhode Island. Built in 1736, it was a charming country home with ten rooms. It was the perfect choice for Roger and Carolyn to move into with their five young children.

The children, all girls, shared bedrooms in pairs, apart from the eldest Andrea Perron whom had a bedroom all to herself.

The Perron family began to notice something very strange on the very first day in their new home. The previous owner had advised the family to leave the lights on at night, the confused Perrons had no idea why.

Little did they know that they were about to encounter a haunting by the eight generations of tragic families that had previously resided in the Old Arnold Estate.

The generations of family tragedies included that of the late Mrs John Arnold, who hung herself from the rafters of the barn at the old age of 93.

There were several other suicides such as hangings and poisonings and four men mysteriously froze to death on the farmland. In other mysterious circumstances there were two suspicious drownings on the land also.

A farm hand even raped and murdered an eleven year old girl, Prudence Arnold. The amount of tragedy that this farmhouse had encountered was unbelievable.

The Demons

The demons that the Perron family encountered after the move into their dream home were frightfully scary. The demons were reported to have pulled the girls’ hair and limbs during the night. House rattling bangs on the front door and banging interior doors were a regular occurrence.

The Perron family heard cries throughout the night including one voice that told of seven dead soldiers buried within the walls.

Some of the spirits that they encountered were so evil that the Perron family were unable to share what the demons had done to them.

It was hinted in Andrea Perron’s book about their experiences (House of Darkness, House of Light) that one of the most evil spirits had often molested the five young girls during the night. She avoided thorough questioning about this spirit in the home by merely saying it was a bad male ghost.

Friendly Ghosts?

Some of the ghosts were thought to be harmless, smelling of flowers, kissing the girls goodnight or playing with toy cars.

One amazing spirit, presumed a female, was welcomed in the home of the Perrons. The apparition would sweep the entire home, leaving neat piles of dirt ready to be put into the trash by the family.

Another ghost that the five girls loved was believed to be the spirit of Johnny Arnold, who had hung himself in the attic of the house during the 1700’s. The girls called him “Manny”, he would watch over them with a comforting smile, in a reassuring manner.

During their time in the house the Perrons also experienced other paranormal activities, such as, levitating beds and other household objects flying around the rooms.

Chairs were reported to be pulled suddenly away from unsuspecting guests as they were about to sit down, whilst paintings and picture frames would crash down from the walls.

Bathsheba Sherman

It was stated that the most awful demon in the home had targeted Mrs Perron herself. The apparition was said to be the ghost of Bathsheba Sherman, who was known to be a practicing Satanist.

Deemed to be a witch Bathsheba had hung herself during the early 19th century behind the barn. It was alleged that Bathsheba was able to terrorize Mrs Perron because she was not religious and weak of faith.

This theory was confirmed when it was found that a local minister had been able to reside in the Old Arnold Estate with no sightings or unusual occurrences at all.

Bathsheba was a terrifying apparition, described as being covered in cobwebs and vermin with a visibly broken neck. Her presence was always followed by an evil stench.

Carolyn Perron was terrorized by the ghost of Bathsheba, she was slapped, pinched and taunted with lit torches. It was even believed that Carolyn became possessed with the spirit of Bathsheba.

Attacks on Carolyn Perron became increasingly more harsh until the Perrons decided to enlist the help of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Ed and Lorraine Warren

Mr And Mrs Warren had helped to investigate haunting and possessions around the country. They had even been able to convince the Vatican to provide exorcisms in extreme cases.

The Perrons had heard of the Warrens at one of their many public appearances. After assessing Carolyn Perron, Ed and Lorraine believed it to be true that Bathsheba had physically possessed her.

They decided to exercise the demon.

Andrea Perron documented the night that the exorcism took place that it was their most terrifying night of all, watching her mother be thrown twenty feet into another room by the evil apparition.

Although the Warrens were able to help on that frightful night, it was alleged that things became increasingly worse after the exorcism.

The Perron Flee to Safety

During their plight the Perrons had learned about the past occupants’ reports of supernatural phenomena on the Old Arnold Estate.

They realized that it was time to leave but financial constraints held them at their haunted home for ten long years.

Finally in 1980 they had enough money to flee to Georgia. It is said that the current owners of the home, Norma and Gerry Sutcliffe, have also experienced haunting paranormal activity in the farmhouse, but none quite as terrifying as that of the Perron family haunting.

The Roland Doe Possession

The Roland Doe Possession

In 1973, the whole world trembled before The Exorcist by William Friedkin. Considered as one of the scariest movies of all cinematographic history, it depicts a little girl possessed by a demon and two priests who came to exorcise her.

At the time, The Exorcist knew a planetary success the likes few movies has ever seen, to an extent where it literally redefined the supernatural-horror genre.

But many people ignore it. The exorcist is actually inspired from a true story – that of the Roland Doe Possession!

The Article

In 1949, still a student, William Peter Blatty discovers an article posted in the Washington Post about a young boy of 14, called Roland Doe, who was allegedly possessed by a demon and exorcised by the catholic church a year prior the newspaper publication.

The name “Roland Doe” is a pseudonym name given by the Catholic church to protect the real identity of the boy.

William Blatty became so fascinated by this story that it was etched in his mind for decades and in 1971, he published his book – The Exorcist.

It was an immediate best-seller. Two years later, William Friedkin put it in front of our screens as a motion picture super-hit.

Roland Doe

A year prior to the Washington Post article that immortalized this story, In 1948, Roland Doe, was an average young boy of 13 from a middle class family from Mount-Rainier, Maryland.

He was described as a calm, reserved and an introverted boy. He lived in a modest extended family, with his parents, grandmother and aunt Harriet, who, although lived in Saint-Louis, would come very frequently to visit Roland Doe.

His aunt Harriet liked to be called a medium and on her occasional spiritual sessions would use a Ouija board to communicate with the dead.

The whole shebang fascinated the young Roland, to an extent where he begged his aunt to teach him how to use the Ouija board – and she did!

It was however not before long that her aunt succumbed to a fatal illness, leaving the young boy utterly distraught. He began to change, became more introverted and sedentary. He spent days in his room, without coming out, possibly in an attempt to contact his dead aunt with the Ouija board.

The Happenings

According to accounts by Thomas B Allen in 1991, who dedicated his life to the story of Roland Doe, strange things started happening around him soon after his aunt’s death.

His parents started hearing strange noises, which at first they thought were rats in the basement. They called on a private pest control service and found nothing out of the ordinary.

But then things really went chaotic, in a way no rational mind will ever be able to explain…

Lights started switching on by themselves, inanimate objects started making weird noises, chandeliers moved like crazy in a room with no draft and with closed windows. A statue of Jesus Christ kept banging on the wall and objects seemed to be moving by themselves.

At first, his parents tried to rationalize the supernatural events by thinking it was aunt Harriet trying to communicate with them. But the magnitude of the sheer horror they started experiencing made them abandon this thought soon enough.

Whole furniture started moving in a hazardous manner, drawers leaving cupboards like projectiles and supernatural phenomenons started happening everywhere in the house.

Whence came the night, Roland Doe’s attitude changed markedly. He became scary. He developed unexplained bruising and scratch marks on his body. He curled onto himself and started screaming like a madman.

It was then they understood he was possessed.

His parents decided to call on the services of their spiritual guide, lutheran pastor Luther Miles Schulze – for it seemed it was the only sensible thing to do at this point.

Pastor Schulze made a report and relayed it to the Evening Star, which then published the article. It created an uncontrollable nationwide sensation.

Roland was examined by a slew of doctors and psychiatrists who were not able to explain the phenomenons affecting the boy from a scientific point of view.

Pastor Schulze was very skeptical about the supernatural claims. He decided to harbor the boy for one night, for observation.

He later writes in a private letter to his parapsychologist friend (Dr. Rhein); seeing the boy sound asleep on his couch and moving by himself. Not using his legs. or hands. But moving as if an invisible force was pulling on him.

Not skeptical anymore, pastor Schulze tried to perform various exorcism rites to no avail. In fact, the more he tried, the more violent the possessions would get. He handed the Roland Doe possession case to the Catholic church.

The Roland Doe Possession

Demonic possessions are generally scary, but that of Roland Doe is a particularly scary story. A story that has inspired and scared many people for decades and continues to do so to this day. Sleep with your lights on tonight. You never know.

The Latoya Ammons Exorcism

The Latoya Ammons Exorcism

In November of 2011 an excited Latoya Ammons and her family moved into their new home on Carolina Street in Gary, Indiana. They were only there a matter of days before they noticed an influx of flies living in the home with them.

This was the reasonably cold month of November so the family were baffled as to where the insects came from. As it turned out the flies would soon be forgotten, at least for a while, as months of bizarre phenomena unfolded…

The Beginning

Latoya Ammons’s small family consisted of her three children and her mother Rosa Campbell. They all moved into the house on Carolina Street at the same time.

Within days of being in the new house the family members began to hear the sound of footsteps climbing up the basement steps along with basement door opening and closing.

A few days later Rosa Campbell awoke suddenly in the night because she felt some sort of presence. As she squinted through the dark of her room she noticed a tall shadowy figure looming in the corner.

She immediately jumped out of bed screaming and ran from the room. When the rest of the family worked up enough courage to investigate they found wet footprints leading into Rosa’s room and back out again.

March

The strange occurrences kept up until the paranormal activity really took off on the 10th of March when a small Wake took place in the Ammons home.

It was the early hours of the morning and guests from the funeral were still gathered in the living room. Ammons decided to check on her daughter who was sleeping with a friend in Rosa’s bedroom.

Rosa Campell & Latoya Ammons
Rosa Campell & Latoya Ammons

As she entered the room she was confronted with the sight of her daughter floating a few feet off the bed in her sleep. She screamed at the top of her voice and the house full of guests dashed up the stairs to see what was wrong.

They all witnessed Ammons’ daughter levitating above the bed and they began to pray.

The calls to god seemed to do the trick and the young girl slowly started descending back towards the bed again. Within minutes she was sleeping soundly again on top of the bed sheets.

In Need of Help

The Ammons knew that they were dealing with some sort of force that they had no experience with – they needed help and they needed it fast!

They contacted several churches in the area but only one took them seriously. They sent out a representative who examined the house and informed them that they did have spirits sharing their space.

They left after advising Ammons and her mother to clean the whole house with bleach and ammonia. This was apparently a way of cleansing the house of paranormal visitors.

Ammons also contacted mediums who believed that the home was filled with evil, claiming the house was home to more than two hundred spirits and demons.

They followed all the cleansing instructions from both the church members and the mediums and even went as far as building a Christian alter in their basement.

This only seemed to wind the resident evil up further…

The Kids

All three of Latoya’s children suddenly become targets for the demonic forces within the home. Her 12-year-old daughter gave a frightening account of being held on the floor and choked by some sort of invisible entity.

As this entity attempted to squeeze the life out of her it whispered in her ear that she would be dead within twenty minutes.

The House on Carolina Street in Gary, Indiana
The House on Carolina Street in Gary, Indiana

Her 7-year-old brother was found sitting inside a dark closet holding a conversation with thin air. When they asked him what he was doing he replied that he was having a conversation with an entity about the how it felt to be killed.

All three of her children then began to show signs of demonic possession and frequently spoke in deep voices that belonged to adults. Their eyes would bulge fiercely out of their heads and they would grim silently at their Latoya and her mother.

The Doctor

Ammons knew that her kids were displaying worrying health issues so she contacted Geoffrey Onyeukwu, the family doctor. He told her to bring the three of them in so that he could examine them fully.

He came to the conclusion that they were all suffering from delusions and hallucinations.

As Ammons began to argue her point with Onyeukwu her 7-year-old son started to growl ferociously at the doctor.

Without warning he stopped growling and started cursing with words he couldn’t possibly know. He then started to levitate before rushing through the air into the surgery wall.

All of a sudden his older brother collapsed in a heap next to his unconscious brother – neither boy could be revived so 911 was called.

The pair of them were taken to the Methodist Hospital by the emergency services where they woke up shortly after. The older brother seemed fine but the 7-year-old seemed to get stuck in a fit of screaming and shouting. It took 5 male nurses to finally hold him down and calm him.

The Department of Child Services got wind of the strange happenings at the hospital and sent out investigator Valerie Washington. She put Latoya Ammons through a psychological examination but could find nothing wrong with her.

As this examination came to a close the 7-year-old began displaying strange behavior yet again. He started to growl and then pounced on his older brother choking him.

Yet again the hospital staff were called in to calm the youngster down.

Valerie Washington was so shocked by what she had witnessed at the hospital she decided to evaluate the two young boys without their mother.

They were accompanied by Rosa Campbell, RN Willie Walker and a handful of hospital staff.

As soon as the evaluation started the younger brother looked towards his older sibling and said “It’s time to die” and “I will kill you.”

The older brother’s response was to stare back at his brother with a terrible evil smile. He then floated across the room and somehow walked backwards up the wall. He finished this incredible stunt by flipping over Washington’s head and landing on his feet behind her.

Valerie Washington returned to the Department of Child Services and Rosa Campbell took the two older kids back home with her. Ammons remained in the hospital with her youngest child for the night.

Unfortunately Ammons awoke to find that the Department of Child Services had come to a dramatic decision on her children. The youngest child was sent for further psychological evaluation and his two older siblings ended up in a care home nearby.

Father Michael Maginot

A Methodist Hospital chaplain was actually working the night that Ammons and her children turned up. When he heard about the story from hospital staff he decided to contact Father Michael Maginot.

Maginot was the priest at Saint Steven Martyr Parish in Merriville, Indiana – he had been a friend of the Chaplain for many years.

Maginot listened to the evidence provided by the Chaplain and agreed that possession seemed like the most probable cause. Two days later he turned up on the doorstep of the Ammons home.

After many days of investigation Father Michael Maginot managed to convince Ammons and her mother to leave the house for good. He also believed that Latoya Ammons was the main conduit for the demons – she was possessed not her children!

He attempted to gain permission for a local exorcism off Bishop Dale Melezek. The Bishop was less than impressed by this request and he only permitted a minor version of an exorcism…which only seemed to make matters worse!

Yet again Maginot approached the Bishop to plead his case – this time the Bishop caved in and allowed him to carry out a full exorcism in his church in Merriville.

A total of 3 full exorcisms were carried out on Latoya Ammons before the demons were finally removed. In June of 2012 Father Maginot declared that Ammons was free of demonic possession.

The Final Fight

Over the next few months Ammons worked tirelessly to regain custody of her children. The fight went on until November when she was finally reunited with the kids.

She currently lives at an unknown address in Indianapolis – Father Maginot is in constant contact with her…

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