Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Poltergeist of Calvados Castle
The family involved in this poltergeist activity requested to be left out of the stories and so I have been able to find their names and they are often referred to X. They inherited the castle in 1865. The haunting started without subtlety. On the first night, objects flew around the rooms, there were bangings on the doors and a monstrous boom filled the quite halls of the castle. The banging on the walls continued nightly for three months. One of the worst events occurred during a terrible rainstorm. The entire family was awoken by a screaming woman. The servants helped Monsieur X find the woman who seemed to be in peril, but no one was found. The screams seemed to be coming from a room that is known as the green room and is said to be the most haunted room in the castle. Every night the screams became worse and worse. In fact, the poltergeist activity in general seemed to get worse as time progressed. It heaped books in the study. Madam X reported hearing noises like a bull bellowing while her husband was away. It was particularly active in the children's room where beds were turned over and toys were thrown across the room. At the peak of the haunting, as it was recorded, the ghost played the locked organ, knocked over furniture and sent water down the chimney, scattering the lit coals in the face of the children's tutor.
Finally, in January the family couldn't take it any longer. They called upon the parish priest to perform an exorcism. It was a long night and those that witnessed the exorcism described a male voice taunting the castle's occupants during the exorcism. The exorcism peaked around 11:45 pm. Those who were there describe screaming and banging and when the last rites of the ritual were performed they say that a demon cried out in what sounded like agony. The haunting was over and there have been no reports of incidents since that time.