Joe Berini, his wife and two of her children from a former marriage moved into one of his ancestral homes in New England towards the end of the 70’s.
The house seemed like an ideal location for the family to peacefully evolve but unfortunately it came with a hidden history that would eventually drive them from their home in search of spiritual help…
The case become known as the Berini haunting.
The First Visitor
The first paranormal visitor the family encountered was that of a little girl one evening in May, 1979. Joe’s wife, Rose, heard the child declaring “Mama, mama, this is Serena.”
She immediately confronted Joe about this apparition but he had no idea who this girl could be – there was no recollection of a young girl named Serena in his family’s past.
Unfortunately Serena was not a spirit that brought a great deal of luck with her – quite the opposite really!
After her first visit their daughter Daisy had to go to the doctors to have her tonsils taken out. What should of been a routine operation turned into a bit of a nightmare.
Little Daisy’s heart actually stopped through complications during the process and she nearly lost her life. Serena’s visit and the near tragedy of Daisy did not go unnoticed in the Berini household.
On Serena’s second visit Joe’s elderly grandmother suffered from a severe stroke – she never recovered and passed away that cold November night.
Serena’s third visit was during the night when the family were asleep. She gently whispered something in Joe’s ear causing him to wake up abruptly.
He looked over to his wife and noticed she was choking violently in her sleep – he frantically shook her until she eventually woke up.
Once awake, Rosa told Joe that she had been having a nightmare that involved her ex-husband trying to strangle her.
The Little Boy in White
In March 1981, another child made an appearance to Rose. It was the spirit of a little boy dressed in white who seemed to be roaming through the upstairs hall.
The family were never really scared of this little boy – they later told researchers that they felt an overwhelming feeling of comfort whenever he was around.
Serena seemed to appear to the family whenever they needed warnings about impending tragedies, but this little boy simply seemed to be looking for something upstairs.
Joe followed the boy’s silent searches many times until he decided to tear up the floorboards in each of the upstairs rooms. He eventually found a medallion of the Virgin Mary.
Serena and Giorgio
Joe decided to contact some of the his elder relatives to try and find out what was behind these hauntings. He learned that his father, Carlos, had two younger siblings that had died in the house.
One of was a five year old girl named Serena and the other was an eight year old boy named Giorgio.
On one occasion Joe heard the spirit of the little boy whisper “My oldest brother is the only one who can help me” in his ear. This statement seemed to bring with it a change in the haunting.
For some reason this statement was the key that unlocked a frightening barrage of poltergeist activity.
Door and windows would open and slam shut, objects would be torn from family member’s hands and ornaments would fly through the air.
The family sought the help of their church and two local priests turned up to bless the house. This blessing seemed to quieten the spirits…but not for long…
A Minister of God
The blessing seemed to eventually wake something terrifying within the house – a male, hunch-backed figure with over-sized feet wearing a black cape.
This grotesque figure claimed to be “A minister of God” and seemed to be the root of all the severe poltergeist movements within the house.
He constantly lashed out at the two children and seemed to have Rose in his sights more often than not. He would yank her limp, sleeping body from bed and suspend her in the air before slamming her into the floor.
On one occasion Joe received an emergency phone call in work. He rushed home to find Rose crouched in the corner of their bedroom with the double bed being thrown from one wall to the other.
The Psychical Research Foundation
Enough was enough and the family temporarily moved out of the house. Once again they turned to the church for spiritual help.
This second exorcism seemed to do the trick and no paranormal activity has been reported there since.
Eventually the Berini family invited the Psychical Research Foundation to investigate their claims…
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