The Fox Sisters House

The Fox Sisters House

Many modern-day spiritualists believe that their movement officially started on March the 31st, 1848, in the now famous Fox sisters house in Hydesville, New York. This article covers their fascinating story…

Paranormal Beginnings

The Fox family lived in a well known house in Hydesville (now a part of Arcadia) that was said to be haunted by a number of ghosts. Several of the previous owners are reported to have moved out of the house shortly after they purchased it.

In mid-March, 1848, the family began to notice strange rapping noises around their home. The head of the family, John Fox, thought nothing of it – he tried convincing his daughters that the noises were nothing more than the house groaning and creaking with age.

The sisters were not buying into this, and would frequently run and hide in their parent’s bed in the middle of the night.

Twelve year old Kate was the first of the sisters to take the paranormal step forward – she decided to challenge the unseen creator of the sounds, by asking it to repeat the snapping of her fingers or claps of her hands.

The invisible entity complied.

Fifteen year old Margaret was also present – and she began talking with this entity, calling it ‘Mr Splitfoot’. The presence reacted to this new name, and began listening and replying to Margaret’s commands.

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Mrs. Fox had been listening to proceedings from the kitchen, and she decided to join in with the experiment. She asked the entity if it was able to tap out the ages of her daughters – to prove it was an intelligent life form.

The invisible entity complied, and got the ages correct…

But it also included the age of her youngest child, who had tragically died years before!

The sisters, and their mother, continued communications with the paranormal force all through the night. During this time they found out that it was the spirit of a 31 year old man, who had been murdered in the house – his body was still buried somewhere in their cellar.

They even managed to convince the entity to return and show his ‘tapping powers’ to visitors to the home who may be interested in the situation.

The Witnesses

The first witness was a neighbor named Mrs. Redfield – she seemed to take the family’s claims very seriously, right from the start. She wasn’t disappointed…

The entity was able to guess Redfield’s age, and relay it in a series of taps once again.

Soon the house was filled with many from the local community. Still the rapping continued, answering questions. This ‘paranormal session’ went on throughout the following night.

During this time, the family and the local witnesses managed to determine that the dead man’s name was Charles Rosna and he had been killed during a robbery for his money (someone had slit his throat).

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On April the 1st the cellar was dug out to search for the body of Rosna, but the workers went so deep they eventually reached the water pipes to the neighborhood, and stopped. They didn’t manage to locate the body.

The following Saturday around 300 witnesses crammed themselves into the Fox house and heard the strange paranormal tapping sounds.

The church finally turned against the family because they thought they were playing with demonic forces. The sisters were moved – Kate to her brother’s house, and Margaret to her elder sister’s house.

Strangely, the tapping sounds followed both Kate and Margaret to their new homes – was this spirit now linked to the two sisters in some way?

With the help of the Quaker community, the Fox sisters eventually started performing public séances in New York, with their oldest sibling Leah – the spiritualist movement was born!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Fox sisters house, please leave them in the comment section below.

Types of Ghosts and Spirits

Types of Ghosts and Spirits

Have you been experiencing paranormal activity in your home? Do you believe that there is some sort of presence lurking in the dark corners of your property?

In this article we will be taking a look at the different types of ghosts and spirits that could be haunting your family…

No. 1 – Signs of Poltergeist Haunting

Signs of Poltergeist Haunting

Poltergeists are troublesome spirits that move household objects – if you are seeing entities appear before you, then you are probably NOT being haunted by a poltergeist.

The word ‘poltergeist’ comes from the German language words poltern (“to make sound” and “to rumble”) and Geist (“ghost” and “spirit”). The combined term, poltergeist, translates as ‘noisy ghost’.

Certain sections of the paranormal investigation world do not really believe in poltergeists. They prefer to believe that the ‘poltergeist activity’ reported/witnessed is nothing more than rogue psychokinesis from a source elsewhere in the haunted location.

No. 2 – The Bhoot Ghost

The Bhoot Ghost

This is a spirit that is thought to be too restless to move onto heaven (or the other side of whatever your religion dictates!). It is thought that something as simple as a poor funeral arrangement could cause a Bhoot.

They either take a human or animal form and are said to have an obsession with milk. A word of warning – Bhoot-contaminated milk is the usual path to Bhoost-possessed humans!

The Bhoot spirit does not like the ground, so it is always seen floating a couple of inches above it. Some Bhoots even have feet that point backwards so they are unable to walk on the ground. In most cases, they cast no shadow.

No. 3 – The Churel

The Churel

The Churel are sadly known to be the restless spirits of women who have died in childbirth. They are often found in homes and hospitals.

Paranormal reports indicate that the Churel are actually quite horrific and frightening to look at, but they have the power to disguise themselves as beautiful young women.

Legends suggest that they appear as beautiful women so they can seduce young men. They then drain the men of their life energy (blood and semen) so that they can appear beautiful for longer.

There are links between the Churel and impurity – they apparently favor the homes that are a bit of a mess (i.e. keep your house tidy!!!!).

No. 4 – Tokoloshe Myths

Tokoloshe Myths

Tikoloshe are water-based spirits that can reside in the tap water of homes. They are known to be spirits that mostly appear due to someone summoning them (to cause harm to others etc.).

They are frequently linked to various witch doctors from various religions/locations. More often than not they are thought to be summoned by these witch doctors in an act of vengence.

You can defend against this spirit by placing a brick under each leg of the target’s bed.

No. 5 – Di Fu Ling Spirits

Di Fu Ling Spirits

These spirits are souls that are bound to a certain place like a location it had strong ties to in life. Unfortunately, they are not always friendly…

The Di Fu Ling is also known to bind itself to places that belong to other people – locations where it is not at all welcome.

Di Fu Ling class entities can be fought off by placing red candles outside (or on the window sills) of your house or by Feng Shui.

No. 6 – Bogles


These unfriendly entities seem to target kids who are known to be a little bit disobedient – the term ‘bogeyman’ is actually derived from the word Bogles.

They target the households of these ill behaved children and slowly drive the occupants insane.

Experts on the paranormal believe that the Bogles are actually a form a fairy, therefore they cannot be removed from a home. As the child it targets grows older, and behaves more, the spirit begins to feel appeased and becomes quieter.

No. 7 – Lemures/Shades


Lemures, or Shades, are extremely vengeful and dangerous spirits – they will target a household they have no previous association with and terrorize the occupants.

They stretch back as far as ancient Roman times, when the head of the household would throw black beans out of the doorway, without looking, at midnight to distract the evil Lemures.

These beans are apparently the only item that Shades mistake for human life force.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the ghosts/spirits we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.