There’s something particularly horrifying about demonic possession stories. The idea that an evil entity can enter a human body and gradually take control of it is truly terrifying. British supernatural history is littered with tales of men and women falling victim to powers of demons. The concept is age old. We take a look at a prominent account of a possession that is said to have taken place in the sleepy village of Yatton, near Bristol, in 1788.
Since the dawn of history, humanity has believed in the existence of demons. They were thought to walk the earth, terrorizing mortals and reaping devastation wherever they could. The concept of demonic possession enjoys a similarly early provenance. Both concepts have survived to the modern age, which begs the question of why? Could there be something terrifyingly true about the reports of exorcisms and possessions which abound across the internet? British Paranormal discusses reports of paranormal activity which appeared to suggest that the poor girl at the center of it was being stalked by a demon, intent on taking possession of her soul.
Ever wondered who slept in your bed before you whilst staying at a hotel? Even worse, who died in your bed? Rumour has it that during the 1980s a hotel in Portsmouth was rocked by a series of three mysterious suicides that shared eerie similarities with each other. Dig a little deeper and you find that these suicides almost precisely mirrored a fourth suicide that took place at the hotel over a hundred years before. Could it be that some malevolent ghost was driving these poor individuals to take their own lives? Or was the emotional energy of the hotel so powerful that even the living succumbed to the sorrow of the past? British Paranormal reports on Portsmouth’s suicide hotel.
Despite living in the age of science, the people of 1940s Britain remained deeply superstitious and when World War came to them, this superstition spiked. Reports of ghost sightings and other paranormal activity were at their highest ever during the war years, with record numbers of people openly claiming they had witnessed something supernatural. People were particularly fearful of evil omens, curses and black magic, a fact that is demonstrated well by the story of Anne Lister, nicknamed the Devil’s Daughter.
Is it possible for an entire street to be possessed by an evil spirit? British Paranormal discusses the case of the Stockwell Possessions, reported to have taken place between 2007 and 2009 and effecting a number of different people on the same street. Dig a little deeper and you discover the street in question has a very long history of mysterious and tragic deaths, suggesting the Stockwell Possessions may have been more than a purely modern phenomenon.