In the early 1970s in Thornton Heath, England, a family was tormented by poltergeist phenomena that started one August night when they were woken in the middle of the night by a blaring bedside radio that had somehow turned itself on. Not only had the radio managed to turn itself on, but it had tuned itself to a foreign-language station. This was the beginning of a string of events that lasted nearly four years, terrifying one family to breaking point.
A lampshade repeatedly was knocked to the floor by invisible hands. During the Christmas season of 1972, an ornament was hurled across the room, smashing into the husband’s forehead. As one member of the family sat down, the Christmas tree started to shake violently. The New Year didn’t bring any respite for the family due to footsteps in the bedroom, and one night the couple’s son awoke to find an older man in clothes from the turn of the 20th century staring down threateningly at him.
The family decided to have the house blessed by the local vicar. But even after a prolonged blessing, the phenomena continued. Objects would fly through the air, extremely loud noises were heard and the family would sometimes hear a noise that suggested some large piece of furniture had crashed to floor. When they went to investigate, nothing would be disturbed. It was becoming a living hell for the family. The poltergeist still appeared in front of family members, leaving the family in fear.
A medium who was consulted told the family that the house was haunted by a farmer by the name of Chatterton, who considered the family trespassers on his property. An investigation bore out the fact that he had indeed lived in the house in the mid-18th century. Chatterton’s wife joined in, causing mayhem, and often the tenant’s wife would be followed up the stairs at night by an elderly gray-haired woman wearing a pinafore and with her hair tied back in a bun. If looked at, she would disappear back into the shadows. The family even reported seeing the farmer appear on their television screens, wearing a black jacket with wide, pointed lapels, high-necked shirt and black cravat.
After the family moved out of the house, the poltergeist activity ceased, and nothing more has been reported by subsequent residents. What did this family do to incur the wrath of two former tenants of one house.
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