I’m always intrigued by modern-day reports of poltergeist activity due to the amount of technology we have at hand to ‘capture’ the incidents. Unfortunately, this technology can go both ways…
Technology gives us the power to capture paranormal activity but at the same time it also gives us the power to create hoaxes.
When I first came across the case of the Bassa Villa Hotel poltergeist online, it really did capture my attention…but something stuck out like a sore thumb in the video footage…and I just couldn’t shake it’s effect.
Anyway, watch the video first and see if you notice what I noticed on first viewing…
The Bassa Villa Hotel Poltergeist Footage
The hotel owner, Nick Bevon, arrived at work one morning (in Bridgnorth, Shropshire) to find shards of glass all over his pub/bar room floor. He quickly turned on his CCTV system to see what had taken place in his property the night before.
He was half expecting to see a group of youths messing about in the bar area but nothing prepared him for what came next.
He watched in awe as individual glasses seemed to move on their own in the dark, late at night. Nobody was in the bar – there was no evidence of anyone breaking in!
Nick reviewed the video footage once again and took note that the incident happened at 1:43am – a long time after the last staff member had left after clearing up the bar area. He also checked the other CCTV camera angles out and ended up with the same spooky footage.
When interviewed Nick went on to explain that the Bassa Villa Hotel was frequently linked with paranormal reports, even before this poltergeist footage was recorded. He claimed that his wrist had been grabbed by an unseen entity on numerous occasions and had even witnessed strange shadow figures walking across the bar room then disappearing.
He links the paranormal activity with a rumour that in the past, two children had been buried in the cellar area of the hotel (many, many, decades ago…one presumes?).
Fact or Fiction?
Okay, back to the video and the main gripe I have with this paranormal report…
Now, before I go any further, I should really point out that I am not calling ‘hoax’ here in any way, shape or form. It’s just that I noticed something in the video that set alarm bells ringing in my head.
Near the start of the footage, above the bar surface where the glasses start moving you can see a number of chalk boards. Notice what’s written in chalk on the board that is directly above the glasses…
“Hi, Thanks For Looking”
Now, this could be a complete coincidence…or it could be someone’s attempt at sarcastic humour?
It may be completely innocent, but I don’t know why this statement would be set above a bar area like this…it just doesn’t seem to fit?
What do you think?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.
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…
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
Back in December of 2005, in South Shields, England, a happy couple and their son were preparing for the Christmas holidays when some very strange disturbances began to happen in their home.
The couple decided not to include their family names in their report to protect their son (naturally), so for the sake of this article we will call them mum, dad and the son.
Lets take a closer look at the South Shields poltergeist…
The paranormal incidents started off very slowly – simple tapping within the walls and doors opening and closing by themselves.
Suddenly the activity began to snowball – tables and chairs would stack themselves into towers in different rooms and huge and heavy chests of draws would scrape across their living room floor.
At the time, the family reported that they never actually saw any of the furniture move by itself – but they could hear it happening.
By the time they got to the room involved the furniture had already made it’s new destination.
At this point both mum and dad realized that something supernatural was taking place in their house – even though they had not yet managed to spot any paranormal presence.
Next came the rather creepy toy incidents – it seems as though the son’s toy box got targeted by some sort of paranormal entity. Various toys would dance around the room and even turn themselves on.
Mum actually woke up one night when she felt a sharp pain against the side of her head. When she got up to investigate she found her son’s toy dog lying right next to her.
She was obviously scared – so she woke up her husband who sleepily laughed it off as nothing more than a weird dream she had experienced.
Within seconds another of her son’s toys flew across the room smacking her directly on the same side of her head. Both mum and dad were awake – and this was the first time they had actually seen the poltergeist activity in action.
But the entity had not finished with them on this night – it began throwing toy after toy at the couple who sat petrified in their bed.
They pulled the sheets up above their heads to act as a sort of shield against the flying objects – but something invisible inside the room was pulling the sheets right back down!
Suddenly dad screamed in complete agony and the barrage of flying objects stopped…
Mum turned to dad to find out what had made him scream in that manner and discovered 13 animal-like scratch marks across his back.
From this point onward the entity in the house seemed to target the son’s toys and use them to frighten the occupants.
Both mum and dad would frequently hear certain toys creating some sort of distant moan – it’s as if the poltergeist wanted the family to believe that the toys were alive in some way.
These freaky toy incidents were soon followed by horrible text messages on their phones informing them that they were ‘going to die today!’.
On closer inspection the couple realized that these messages were somehow being sent from their own home landline.
Mike Hollowell and Darren Ritson
The couple went down many paranormal investigative roots before ending up on the phone to Mike Hollowell and Darren Ritson – they agreed to look into their case.
At first, The paranormal investigators were more than a little skeptical but that didn’t last for long – they eventually witnessed all the activity the family members had described to them!
The longer Mike and Darren investigated the more intense the haunting got. Kitchen knives would be thrown at the two men and the toys would seem to direct angry voices right at them.
Mike and Darren eventually managed to come face to face with the entity that was terrorizing this innocent family.
They claim that:
“The entity walked slowly from the bathroom, across the landing into the bedroom. As it passed the door to (the son’s) room, it paused and stared 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 meters in height – and midnight black. It was a three-dimensional silhouette that just radiated sheer evil”
They eventually concluded that this entity had a problem with the father of the family – he seemed to be the only one that was targeted by these strange scratching frenzies.
Without warning – the poltergeist activity stopped during the final stages of Mike and Darren’s investigation.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the South Shields poltergeist please leave them in the comment section below.
What happens when a highly spiritual man of the cloth is unceremoniously stripped off his religious robes and disgracefully hanged to death for rape and murder?
Maybe the Pontefract Ghost House story can help us answer this question…
So what’s the deal with the Pontefract Black Monk haunting at the famous house on 30 East Drive?
And why is this ghost considered one of the most violent ghosts in the history of Europe?
It all started way back in 1633, when King Henry (VIII) was at the throne. It is said that a priest by the name of Carl Anthony succumbed to the desires of the flesh and raped a young village girl.
To cover his tracks, he killed her.
He was however found guilty and hanged to the death at the gallows that are believed to have been located somewhere near this haunted semi-detached terrace house in East Yorkshire.
So…why the extreme violence from this unfriendly ghost that writer Tom Cuniff calls the “Black Monk of Pontefract”…?
Nobody knows for sure but your guess is as good as any.
Maybe the monk still feels angry for not being strong enough to say no to his bodily urges…maybe it’s because he was framed or maybe it’s due to the fact that his sins imprisoned his soul on earth instead of transitioning to heavenly glory…but one thing is for sure though, he’s no Casper!
Evidence From Real-Life Accounts:
The first ever recorded incident with the angry ghost was in the sixties, just after the Pritchards moved into the house on 30 East Drive.
The story goes that it was the grandmother, Sarah, who had the first encounter with the Black Monk while babysitting Philip.
The old woman almost jumped out of her skin when pools of water started forming on the floor and stuff started flying out the cupboards and off the shelves and smashed into the walls.
It is reported that a later investigation by the water board did not find any leaks or faulty pipes at all!
Things got even weirder during an incident when white chalk started falling from the air! Mrs. Kelly (Philip’s aunt) and Philip himself confirmed seeing pools of water form on the floor in front of their naked eyes!
There were more incidents after that and the paranormal activities became so regular that the Pritchards finally had a nickname for our ghost.
They called him “Fred”.
The poltergeist continued to throw things around, slashing framed hanged photos with a knife and even slapped a few people after the Pritchards attempted an exorcism in 1968.
It’s also important to note at this point that this ghost later seemed to shift all its attention on Diane Pritchard…and maybe for reasons relating to why this troublesome spirit was still roaming the world of the living; the 16th-century execution of a promiscuous monk.
The British flick is based on Poltergeist, a 1981 book by Colin Wilson. The cast included Craig Parkinson, Kate Ashfield, Jo Hartley, Steven Waddington and others…
A news reporter working for a local newspaper, Andy Lea also wrote a piece on the increased paranormal activity in the Pontefract house immediately after the release of the movie.
The article reported that one of the neighbors had carried a successful séance and managed to have a chat with the Black Monk ghost.
This was after she (Carol Fieldhouse) had observed the TV blasting out from the empty house one evening.
More Video Evidence…
Recent investigations into the Black Monk of Pontefract haunting carried out by several ghost hunting groups revealed some pretty amazing facts and a glimpse into the world of scary spirits.
One such video evidence was captured by the Most Haunted TV series crew in a live Halloween special.
They fitted the entire house with cameras and other ghost hunting equipment and allowed viewers to watch everything as it happened in real time.
“Fred” did not disappoint his fans either…a voice was recorded ordering the crew to quickly GET OUT as things started moving slowly…right in the eyes of live viewers watching with their mouths wide open!
There were also some few clear knocks and more whispers that nobody could make out.
The house is now open to the public and anybody in search of some real terrifying experiences can make their way to East Yorkshire and on to the house on 30 East Drive, Pontefract.
Care to find out if the Pontefract Ghost House story is real?
After a remake of the Steven Spielberg 1982 classic horror movie Poltergeist, was released in 2015 it got people talking again about the apparent curse surrounding the original.
Although there were no nasty incidents reported following the new movie, many fans will remember the series of petrifying events that unfolded after the earlier production was released.
This included the untimely deaths of 5 cast members, and many people believe that it is the most cursed franchise to ever come out of Hollywood.
But is the Poltergeist movie curse really a “curse”, or just a series of unfortunate coincidences?
Let’s take a closer look and you can decide for yourself what you believe!
The trilogy is the chilling tale of a normal family haunted by an evil poltergeist after moving into their new home.
Strange things begin to happen around their young daughter Carol Ann, who becomes a conduit for the supernatural occurrences.
Where It All Started
Speculation about a curse began after the brutal murder of beautiful actress Dominique Dunne who was just 22 years old.
She played Dana (the older sister of Carol Ann) in the movie. She was strangled by an abusive ex boyfriend, and died 5 days later when taken off life support.
The Secret Behind The Curse?
Some people speculate that perhaps the film is cursed because it used actual human skeletons. In one famous scene, the character Diane (played by JoBeth McWilliams) falls in the family pool and terrifyingly it is full of skeletons.
This was a scene that took 4-5 days to shoot.
At the time the cast and crew were unaware that they were real human skeletons and in fact thought they were made from plastic or rubber.
Of course they soon found out the truth, but could that really be the reason for the series of events that ensued?
Could it really be the reason that so many people lost their lives in unexpected circumstances?
Why then did the actress who actually ended up in the pool with the skeletons not fall foul of the curse?
Today age 67, JoBeth McWilliams is still alive and well. And why would certain cast members be affected when they had nothing to do with the decision to use human skeletons?
Many people believe that the fact the human remains were disturbed, and used in this manner caused a curse to fall on the movie and those involved.
Two More Deaths Followed The Sequel
On the set of the 2nd movie in the trilogy, Native American actor Will Sampson, conducted an exorcism after concern about the use of real human skeletons in the making of the first film.
However two more cast members met an untimely demise within a few short years of the sequel release.
Actor Julian Beck got stomach cancer and died at the age of 60, and Will Sampson himself (the man who performed the exorcism), died at just 53 from complications following an operation.
While these are not particularly suspicious sounding deaths, many people believe they are linked to a curse on the trilogy.
Death of Heather O’Rourke
Just after finishing filming the third and final chapter of the original Poltergeist, and several months before its release in 1988, child star Heather O’Rourke died age 12.
Heather played Carol Ann, the child in the movie who was targeted by the supernatural entities. Cause of death was septic shock and cardiac arrest related to a misdiagnosed intestinal problem.
Her death at such a young age is often cited as one of the most convincing cases for a curse.
Other events include cast member Richard Lawson who was aboard a US plane that crashed in March 1992. The actor survived, but 27 of the 51 passengers on board were killed.
In 2009, Lou Perryman, who had a small part in the original Poltergeist, was killed at home by an ex convict who had recently been released. Just two more incidents that prompt the belief in a curse.
The reality is that even today, we understand very little about the supernatural and the paranormal. Many people believe that there are consequences involved when messing about with the paranormal or dark topics such as that in Poltergeist.
Is it really a curse or are the illnesses and deaths just a tragic coincidence?
Nobody knows for certain.
Whether or not you believe in the Poltergeist movie curse is up to you, however there’s no denying that the terrible events surrounding this famous trilogy are extremely creepy and certainly seem like more than just a typical coincidence.
The case of the Hampton Court poltergeist first came to surface back in 2003 when a security camera picked up something rather…unusual.
Hampton Court had been considered a hotbed of paranormal activity for many centuries but this footage really took the world of paranormal enthusiasts by storm!
The estate near London has been known as one of the favorite spots to throw banquets for King Henry VIII. Many famous characters linked to the former king are said to walk the long halls in the dark hours.
Before we go any further, check out the surveillance footage below…
These days the Hampton Court estate is nothing more than a typical museum which is run over strict visiting hours. There are a number of security guards on patrol over a 24 hour period.
At the time of the footage, there was no one left in the building – the museum was closed down for the remainder of the day and the estate’s watchmen were on patrol.
All of a sudden, a loud banging noise rang out from one side of the building – the security officers were quick to cover the whole area but found no intruders.
They all met up in the estate’s control room and decided to check the camera footage to see if they could identify any of the intruders.
The footage revealed the ghostly figure wearing a vintage costume you see in the video above. It just appears, slams a door a few times and then disappears!
This is a pretty strange one – I’ve heard calls of hoaxes and I’ve heard that the security officers involved still believe (to this day!) that this is the ‘Real McCoy’.
If it is a hoax I must congratulate the guys/gals that set this up – that is one creepy looking dude!
Keep in mind that the security officers were covering every entrance and exit to Hampton Court at the time – nobody could get in or out without being spotted…
During the 1970’s, in Thornton Heath, England, a happy family unit became the target of an angry entity residing in their home. The Thornton Heath poltergeist is now one of the most famous real life hauntings to come out of the UK…
One hot summer night in August the family were awoken by a bedside radio blasting out a strange foreign station. The family had no idea where the radio station was transmitted from and had never tuned into it before.
Little did they know that this strange incident was the catalyst of a four year trip into the realm of the paranormal.
The following nights saw bedside lamps and ornaments tampered with by unseen hands.
The following Christmas ( 1972 ) things started to get physical when the husband was assaulted by a flying figurine in the living room. It hit him so hard on the forehead that he collapsed giddy into a nearby chair.
As the family struggled to get the husband back to his feet the nearby Christmas tree began to rise and shake violently.
The New Year
The New year brought with it a mass of new paranormal activity. The family would constantly hear the footsteps of an unseen visitor walking though the bedrooms upstairs.
Several days after the New Year celebrations were over their young son was awoken by what he later described as a tall angry looking man.
The man hovered over him as he lay there with an incredibly evil look on his face. The son later claimed that this man was dressed in ‘old fashioned clothes’.
Before long visitors to the family home started experiencing the paranormal events. One evening the family was in the process of holding a dinner party for some close friends when the door began to shake and knock violently.
It seemed as though the front door was being knocked first then the living room was targeted. As the party members cautiously stood up the living room door flung open and every light in the house started switching on and off.
The family realized that things were steadily getting out of control – they needed help.
The family managed to get hold of a representative from their local church who sent a priest around to their home. Unfortunately the blessing the priest gave only seemed to make matters worse.
The family were then put in touch with a medium who visited their home to find out the cause of the haunting.
The medium was able to deduce that the entity was actually a dead farmer by the name of Chatterton. This Chatterton character was angry with the family because he considered them to be trespassers in his home.
After a little digging they did find out that a farmer named Chatterton owned their home during the mid-18th century.
The Farmer’s Wife
For some reason Chatterton’s wife began to make an appearance after the medium’s visit. She seemed to have a bit of a problem with the mother of the household.
Whenever the tenant’s wife would walk up the stairs she would become aware of someone following her. She would often turn around to see Chatterton’s grey haired wife following her.
As soon as the old lady’s specter noticed she had been spotted she would disappear into the nearby shadows.
Things eventually got so bad that Chatterton would frequently pop up on the family’s television screen – interrupting whatever program they were watching.
After nearly four long years of paranormal activity the family decided to throw in the towel and purchase a new home. Once out of the house in Thornton Heath the strange happenings ceased immediately.
There have been no further reports of poltergeist activity in the house they left behind…
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the article you have read here today please leave them in the comment section below.