Shirley Hitchings, an 80-year-old resident of England, a famous resident of “the most terrible house in Britain”, for the first time in many years, told how she was pursued by a poltergeist for seven years and even once moved to a new home with her. She shared her story in connection with the fact that a documentary podcast about these events will be released on Radio 4 in some time.
Shirley Hitchings’ London house is called “the scariest in Britain”.
Shirley’s childhood home is located in the Battersea area of south London. She said that she faced an otherworldly force when she was 15 years old. One day she discovered in her bedroom an ornate silver key that did not fit any lock in the house and which was the first time her family had seen it. According to Shirley, her family was then woken up by a loud rumble that seemed to come from the walls and ceiling. And that’s how it all started.
According to the story of the Englishwoman, strange events took place from 1956 to 1968 – objects flew around the rooms, a mysterious knock was heard, a fire was kindled for no reason. So, according to Shirley, one day a clock fell off a shelf, slippers moved around the room, and a chair rose into the air.
The poltergeist was nicknamed Donald, and, as grandmother laments, he became like an annoying brother to her. According to her story, once her family poured holy water on her to protect her from the “devil”, but this made Donald even more angry and tore the curtains.
In the hope of driving away the poltergeist, the grown-up Shirley invited a medium – the wife of her colleague – to the house. But the session, in her words, did not help. The situation in the house attracted the attention of the police and even the local authorities. Newspapers began to write about Donald, and these publications were noticed by the famous ghost hunter, Harold Chibbett.
After examining the house, he told the family that he believed Donald was a restless spirit that haunts a particular person and causes physical disturbances. Some supporters of the paranormal believe that this type of mystical activity is most often “triggered” by adolescents going through puberty, because they release “pure life energy” that feeds poltergeists.
According to Shirley, Chibbett tried to communicate with the poltergeist using cards with letters, and the ghost allegedly responded with a childish scrawl, “Shirley, I’m coming.” According to her, Donald “demanded” a pen for communication.
“He [the ghost] was like a bully, demanded, told people what to do. He took all my old dolls that were kept in a chest in the attic and brought them downstairs. He cut off their heads, tore off pieces of fabric from my clothes and left notes in which he ordered to sew dresses of this material If someone angered him, he wrote, to “punish” a piece of paper, and you knew that you were waiting for that night, “-. Shirley shared, according to quotes from the of Sun.
According to the Englishwoman, the ghost also scared away her boyfriends. And when Shirley got married in 1965 and moved to West Sussex, the ghost allegedly went with her and told her in new messages about what her parents were up to.
According to the elderly woman, Donald “fell silent” in 1968 – he left the last message to her parents with the words that he was leaving them alone. By that time, the family was already so used to the ghost that Shirley’s mother burst into tears, but she and her father were happy.
However, there is no evidence that the poltergeist Donald actually existed.