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Jun 27, 2019

What really happened during the Enfield Poltergeist investigation conducted by Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair from 1977 to 1978? Were the voices from Janet Hodgeson real? Just how much was Ed and Lorraine Warren involved? And was the case anything like the Conjuring 2 film portrayed it? Dr. Melvyn Willin digitized the tapes that haven’t been heard in forty years and compiled the transcriptions into his brand new book, The Enfield Poltergeist Tapes: One of the most disturbing cases in history. What really happened? For more info, visit

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Episode Teaser :32

Intro 1:22

Some background on Enfield and previous podcast episodes covering the topic (Episodes 54, 55, 56) 2:05

Pouring the tea! Today I’m drinking “The Healer” by the sponsor of today’s episode, Nuwati Herbals. 3:12

Dr. Melvyn Willin’s Bio 5:27

How Dr. Willin became the custodian of the 400 hours of Enfield tapes, and how the transcription process worked. 7:01

A funny memory of Patrick’s conversation with Guy Lyon Playfair in his mobile studio (cardboard box). 10:09

An audio sample of the infamous Enfield Poltergeist voices. 12:27

What it was like listening to and transcribing so much frightening audio. 15:50

Due to age and quality of the tapes, some of the tapes were not even able to be played or digitized. 16:53

The problems Dr. Willin ran into while transcribing tapes. 18:03

Listening back to a strained and overwhelming investigation. 19:08

Some of the other phenomena documented on the tapes. 21:10

A circus with lots of guests and a rumored “guest book.” 23:32

A difficult home life for the Hodgeson family. 25:42

And what was really going on with Janet? Was it possession? Was it psychological? 27:34

The case was and still is very controversial among the members of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), and opinions vary. 28:55

One of the best sections in the book allowed living witnesses and guests involved in the investigation to express their opinions after 40 years have passed. 30:54

The inaccuracies of The Conjuring 2 film. PLUS what did the tapes have to say about the involvement of Ed and Lorraine Warren? 32:20

Some of the furniture in the home came from a home in which a small child was murdered. 37:19

Hazel Short, the “Lollipop Lady.” 38:11

Janet spent 6 weeks in a hospital during the span of the investigations. 40:27

How much of the activity was genuine? 43:14

Music and the paranormal, channeling music, ghosts with violins, and music in telepathy! 44:37

Using music as a trigger for spirit activity and/or communication. 47:26

Will we be able to hear any of the recently digitized Enfield Poltergeist tapes? 49:38

Final thoughts from Dr. Melvyn Willin 50:52

A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 52:14

Outro 53:50


For more on Dr. Melvyn Willin:

The Enfield Poltergeist Tapes: One of the most disturbing cases in history. What really happened? (Amazon link)

Dr. Melvyn Willin and the Society for Psychical Research (SPR)

White Crow Books


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