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Case Study Double Bay

A mother and daughter had called A.I.P.R. for help with all manner of accidents and injuries that had afflicted the family, some employees, and their horses, some hauntings were also reported.

At the interview both of these women were very controlling in manner and did not want to hear what I had to say. They would not answer any questions that would be of any help to us.

I terminated the interview after enough anger had been projected onto me and suggested that they might phone Marilyn Newman.

Marilyn later told me that these women both have so much anger and hate that they direct or invite evil spirits to harm other people and animals. They were asking for trouble.
There is a spiritualist saying, be careful what you ask for because you might just get it.
There is a curious connection here with a very famous poltergeist case in England reported in the Christian Parapsychologist dated September 1991 by Max Magee.

I paraphrase here:
Every 5th November in England there is a tradition of burning a human effigy on a bonfire similar to burning people at the stake, a punishment for witches for example.

This is called Guy Fawkes night named after the fellow who received this punishment for attempting to burn down the houses of parliament in London some 400 years ago. Fireworks and food are also part of this annual festivity, which is always a favourite with children.

Just prior to this event in 1974 two brothers aged 11 and 14 jokingly laugh “I wish our neighbour Mr King was there instead of Guy Fawkes, then all our troubles would be over”. When the brothers went to bed that night the household was thrown into agitated alarm by strange hammering on walls, scratching noises in headboards and loud shuddering banging throughout the house.

The police were called. The downstairs neighbours, the Kings could also hear the noise. The poltergeist disturbances continued night after night and often during the day as well with objects being thrown, and windows smashed.

The family was driven from their home by a crescendo of noise and paranormal activity at the suggestion that they call in help from the spiritualist church.

A succession of clergy from other Christian groups had already visited for services of cleansing and blessing as well as pastoral visits, in spite of all this there were still explosions of violence.

An exorcism lead by Professor of Practical Theology, the Rev Murdo Ewan McDonald from Glasgow University brought about four weeks of relative quietness with some subdued poltergeist events.

In early January 1975 the family watched a horror film followed by a documentary program on poltergeists. Later that night the fearsome noise and movements started up again with sledgehammer vibrations shaking the walls.

It seems to me that the family had unwittingly invited back the poltergeists by taking renewed interest in them. The boys were experiencing involuntary body movements. The boys’ beds were being shaken violently. Professor Archie Roy from Glasgow University witnessed the boys being thrown into the air across the room from their beds. On another occasion the younger boy was being held to the floor by his uncle in an attempt to keep him still. Max Magee commanded in a loud voice, “Stop this at once” and the torment ceased for that evening.

Magee, in this case study describes how he interacts with these poltergeists, both antagonising them and pacifying them, later playing games with them. At the end of May 1975 Mr King died and all poltergeist activity ceased.

I make the point again to be careful what you ask for in case you get it.
Another common example is the unskilled playing with ouija boards. The novice asks “is anyone there” absolutely anyone is invited in.

Stoker Hunt deals with these issues in his book Ouija, the most dangerous game (Hunt 1985).