I’ve spent a lot of time writing for US lawyers and the only thing that surprises me when I read about American hauntings is that the homeowners are not immediately getting in touch with their lawyers and trying to drag the ghosts through the courts. I think they would have a case and in a country where the price of houses drops considerably if they are said to be haunted, I’m pretty sure there would be something in it.
The Haunting in Connecticut is one such haunting where the family (the Snedekers, in this case) could have sued the nuisance specters for a small fortune. It also made for a very spooky film and many locals who live near the house still refuse to go anywhere near it or to even watch the film. It just goes to show how much an impact a story like this can have.
But is it real? Did this haunting actually happen or, like Amityville, is it just another case of the book, the film and the media burying the truths behind a wall of more interesting and news-worthy lies?
The Haunting in Connecticut Wasn’t Real
The Haunting in Connecticut revolves around a family who believed they were the targets of supernatural forces, experiencing all kinds of strange happenings in their home. The claims included being raped by demons, blood seeping through the walls and general poltergeist activity that is enough to send many families running, but not the Snedekers.
They drafted in Paranormal Experts Ed and Lorraine Warren to help.They promptly claimed that the house was infested with demons and from that point on they had a strong enough story to sell to the media. So, why am I so convinced it’s fake, I hear you cry?
Well, firstly, the Warrens hired an author to write a book about the event. When that author interviewed the family members he noted that their stories were different and there were many gaps. Upon telling the Warrens this, he was told, “You’ve got some of the story – just use what works and make the rest up … Just make it up and make it scary.”
What’s more, one of the biggest skeptics was the landlady, who said the story was ridiculous. She noted that nobody had experienced the same issues before or since, and that despite all of the torment the family are said to have suffered, they never once considered packing up and leaving. This is known as the first thing every sane person would do after being raped by Satan’s offspring and watching the walls bleed.
There is no proof that anything paranormal went on here. The only things we do know is that all of the evidence comes from the family themselves, and that the family happened to make a lot of money from selling the rights to their story. That says it all.
Also, ghosts aren’t real … I probably should have opened with that. Still, I’ve seen the kind of magic that American lawyers can weave, so they could still have a case for suing those specters.