For anyone who doesn’t know
Very soon journalists came to visit and they also reported strange goings on like objects moving of their own accord. One of the journalists reported their sightings to the Society for Psychical Research who sent Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair to investigate. Possibly the most disturbing part of this is a recording, an excerpt can be heard in the film below, of Janet apparently channelling a man named Bill, who had died in that house. It has been said that she is using her false vocal chords which I imagine is something that is very difficult to do, especially for an 11 year old girl.
Police officers also witnessed the strange goings on and later signed statements confirming this. Also, their next door neighbour tried to test Janet by asking her to draw a circle around her light fitting. They left Janet alone and a minute later they were called back in. Janet told them that she had travelled through the wall and had gone in to her neighbour's bedroom and had dropped her book in there. The neighbour went next door and found a book and a circle drawn around her light fitting.
With all this “evidence” from reputable witnesses surely this just had to have happened just the way they said and that it had to be true? The problem is, the human mind is very complex and what we think we see isn’t always what we actually see. We can be susceptible to all kinds of suggestion. For instance, when I was about 5 I was sitting on our very brown rug and my dad lifted it up with me still on it. At the time I thought I was really flying and even now looking back that seemed the only logical explanation. I know I was only 5 but it felt so real and still does. Also, it was 1977 and what film would have been fresh in people’s minds? The Exorcist!
An elaborate hoax on a grand scale? The fact is though, most of the happenings have never been disproved. Many officials are not even condemning it, preferring to have more of an open mind on the subject. Whatever side of the fence you sit on here you have to admit, the recording of Janet and the ghost voice is terrifying and the photographs are amazing. I suppose it is something that will never be solved but it gives you the willies, right?