A Parapsychologist is one who investigates and studies scientifically the interaction between our bodies and the environment in ways we do not yet understand – Dr Barry Taff
On August 22nd, 1974 Kerry Gaynor was in Hunter's bookstore talking about his work to a friend. Little did he know that there was a lady in the next isle listening who would expose them to one of their most intriguing cases.
Doris Bithers approached Kerry and told him that she too had a ‘ghost’ problem and asked him to help her. He took her number, and he and Dr Barry Taff went to see her.
She lived in a small house 11547 Braddock drive, Culver City Los Angeles. It was quite a dark house and already had a reputation for being haunted. It was over one hundred years old with a basement, and the bedrooms were a later addition.
The unassuming 11547 Braddock Drive, Culver City
Even though Doris had been the one to request their help, she was very evasive when answering questions about her life and backstory. She would not tell them her age or give them any medical background.
They had a two-hour interview Doris told them what had been happening. When the family had first moved into the house, an old Mexican lady in her 70’s or 80’s had knocked on the door and told Doris
“You need to get out. I used to live here in this old house, back when it was just a farm, and I was a little girl. There is something very evil here. This place is haunted, and you need to get out.”
And then she dropped a bombshell. She told them straight out that she had repeatedly been attacked and raped by the ghost. Dr Taff put a P at the top of his paperwork his way of saying psychosis he thought she was mentally ill. They thanked her for her time, and they left.
She called them about a week later saying that friends and neighbours had witnessed the events and asked them to come back. The witnesses described, strange lights and smells and would see things out of the corner of their eyes and it disturbed them.
Thankfully they did return; it was an incredibly hot summer yet the house was very cold, Ice-cold and the bedroom colder still, and yet they weren’t able to record or measure it. A horrific stench of rotting flesh which would also appear which they were never able to find the source. The smell would come and go with the coldness.
They were interviewing Doris in the kitchen with one of her friends when a lower cupboard door opened and a frying pan flew out and landed on the floor. They checked the kitchen for wires and any other reason that it may have occurred but could find none.
Images taken when Doris claimed the entity was near her
As they investigated the house, Doris would tell them where the entity was, and Kerry Gaynor would take a Polaroid photo. In all the pictures where Doris said the ghost was the image was bleached out. He decided to do a control picture when she said it had gone and the Polaroid took a perfect picture. It occurred every time she said the ghost was there.
Control image taken when Doris stated that the entity had left
Typical poltergeist behaviour commenced with objects being thrown randomly around the house with the main events occurring in Doris’s bedroom. Lime green plasma lights would shoot across the room; They blocked out all the light in the room to ensure that it was not coming from the outside but they were then unable to see where the lights were manifesting. So they had to put black poster boards up all over the room with a number and a magnetic orientation reference grid so they could see where they were manifesting and going to.
Nothing happened while they were there but then they get a call at one A.M a few days later from Doris who was hysterical. Some of the boards had ripped off the walls, it had pulled the plaster and paper with it and had nearly hit her.
They arrived at the house and tried to reconstruct the incident. The orbs were ripping around the room, and they asked the entity to tear something off the wall. They hear this ripping noise, and one of the boards goes flying off the wall and hits Doris on her head, they ask it to do it again, and once again one of the boards rips off and lands at her feet, in a room full of people it targetted Doris. An electric fuse box tore itself off the wall and had nearly hit her on the head, and a candelabra had nearly hit her.
Another image taken of the 'orbs' in Doris's bedroom
When interviewing the children, they revealed that certain rock songs would incite the entity. One song, in particular, on the Uriah Heep album “Demons and Wizards” that talks about good versus evil and good winning would cause the haunting to intensify. They decided to test this out, and on one occasion a large apparition of a man, from the lower waist up manifested in front of them. It was made up of these lights not illuminated by them. You could see the upper torso, the shoulders, the brow ridge his head it was detailed, and it was articulating, moving its arms and then it disappeared as soon as it had appeared. The image was in the same lime green light that they had seen in the room. They had nine professional photographers taking lots of photos colour, regular, sensitive all types of film but did not capture a single image, they all wrote down what they saw, and everyone had written down the same thing. There were at least twenty-five to twenty- eight people in the room which had all seen the same thing. If only a couple had seen it, then it would have been discounted as a hallucination but not with all of them seeing it.
Dr Taff was at the address for a total of ten weeks during that time no sexual assault occurred; the rapes had occurred long before Dr Taff had started to investigate, he deduced was not, in his professional opinion, the result of spectral rape, .a.k.a. spectrophilia, but a rather disturbingly real poltergeist outbreak. Dr Taff believes that poltergeist activity is possibly linked to seizures & epilepsy
The most extraordinary thing we’ve ever come across it happened over and over, a plethora of phenomena – Kerry Gaynor
When talking to Xavier Ortega from Ghosttheory.com Doris’ middle son, Brian Harris confirmed that he had witnessed the bruises on the inside of his mother's thighs and legs and the attacks and that although the film had exaggerated a lot of the incidents, though he thought Barbra Hershey had portrayed his mother well.
He also gave some background on Doris’s upbringing It turns out though that Doris’ childhood was not the best. She had been messing around with Ouija boards and doing séance’s, drinking and doing drugs through the drink and drugs may have been a consequence of dabbling with the occult.
Her parents finally kicked her out due to her behaviour and by the time Dr Taff had come to visit her she had four children by as many different fathers and was struggling to bring them up on her own.
He admitted that all the family had been attacked in some form either pushing biting or scratching. He claimed there were four entities in the house and that they would show themselves all the time sometimes they were translucent and foggy and other times very detailed and solid looking. They would walk past them as they were watching tv all the time.
“The whole rape thing was real. My room was right next door to my mother’s. I would hear the attacks happening. Things being thrown, her screaming. Then she would come out of the bedroom and have all these bruises. On her legs, her inner thighs. Just like in the movie.”
“…there were times where we would see it happen in front of us. It was like if a man was standing in front of my mother and would start to beat her. Imagine a woman being beaten. You could see her being picked up and thrown around. Sounds slap…but there was no one there actually to do it.” “we all felt it too. pulling, biting and scratching…we were all attacked.”
He stated that when the team would turn up it would be chaos as you would have all these people crammed into this tiny house and when they would leave all hell would break loose as though the spirits were unhappy that they had told someone about them
Dr Taff stated that Doris just couldn’t take anymore and eventually left without telling them they finally found her and they visited her and she told them within a couple of weeks of moving in was having activity in the new house and so were the neighbours on either side. They were coming home and finding rubbish on the floor and plates stacked up.
They carried on with their investigation, and on one occasion they had a recorder with them, they turned out the lights and heard a loud crash as a vase smashed on the floor in front of them. They then recorded the sound of deep breathing; they hear footsteps then a dragging noise then the mic turned itself off. At no time did they hear anyone moving or the breathing.
She moved again.
He finally caught up with her at the premiere for the film the Entity, and she told him that it had almost stopped.
Brian claimed that his mother had died in 1995 from pulmonary arrest aged 58
Interview with Dr Barry Taff here
Interview with Kerry Gaynor here
Interview with Doris's son here
It was the end of July beginning of August 1981 when, well let's just call him JT had one of the worst nights of his life. A life and personality changing encounter that he has kept secret for over thirty-five years
JT held a position of authority and was afraid of telling his story as he felt it might affect his job. He had suppressed the memory of the incident, but he was getting more and more anxious and had psychological problems that had changed his whole personality over the years. This is his story.
It was very hot that night, so JT had his windows down as he had no A/C in the car. JT had just been given a new car by his father, he was 17 and had just passed his test so was keen to show off his new car to his girlfriend.
His new 1968 Dodge Coronet was a beauty; burnished copper coloured cherry bomb muffler all the bells and whistles. JT was gunning it through the East Tennessee countryside. Revving it into corners and testing its power as he booted it out of the bend.
It was nighttime, but there was a full moon so that he could see the rolling countryside around him, the cornfields and tobacco growing side by side. Cows and horses lay under the trees swishing the persistent flies. JT could even see some whitetail deer among the trees as he twisted and sped through the single lane road.
His heart was beating hard in his chest. There was a barbed wire fence between him and the beast, and he thought that maybe it would stop, but it jumped straight over the fence until it was beside his car. He moved over on to the other side of the road trying to avoid it; he could hear its nails click-clacking on the tarmac. He now had a really clear view of it. He was terrified; he was driving on the wrong side of the road as he drove around the bend and his fear that another car would come and wreck him leaving him to the mercy of this creature.
At first, the dogman paid him no attention and just kept pace with him as he rounded the bend. But that soon changed, it turned its head and grabbed his door. He could see its hands with these long black nails as they dug into the upholstery. Now, this thing was tall at least seven foot tall, and it towered over his car. It looked in through his window, and even though he didn’t want to look at it he could help it, he looked straight into its eyes. They were black and soulless, he had such a sense of evil from it, and he believed that this thing was able to look into the very soul of him, he had been touched by evil.
He wanted to scream, but his mouth had dried up, and he couldn’t utter a sound as the dogman put its left hand on his door handle and tried to open it. It curled its lips back and snarled at him all the while its nails were click-clacking on the tarmac. JT felt its hot foul breath on his face, and he could smell blood and decaying meat. He truly felt he was going to die.
God must have been looking down on him as he came out of the bend he was able to put his foot down and get away. It’s nails scraped down his paintwork as he pulled away from it and watched it veer off to the right and jump the fence.
JT had to sell the car; he couldn’t sit in it without thinking about the encounter
So what do you think? Is Dogman real or just a figment of JT’s imagination? When you listen to the podcast, and you can hear the fear in his voice, I think it’s really hard to discount his account. Have a listen and let us know your view or share your story.
Bill Vaile is an ex NASA employee; he worked for the US and nuclear submarine service he taught advance sonar including physics sound. Following the service he worked in the defence and aerospace electronics and consumer electronics manufacturing fields as operating quality manager, operations manager and pilot he is scientifically minded, and his background is engineering. A pilot and robotics engineer.
In 2002 Bill got divorced and decided to move back home to Arlington Texas, he was looking for a fresh start and started working at a water filtration company fitting water filters in people’s homes with his brother Bob.
One Saturday morning he got sent to a job, and as he arrived, he could hear shouting coming from the property. He said it sounded like a woman screaming or shouting. As he approached the property he could hear the woman saying things like leave these people, get out of these people
He was spooked but thought I’m here to do a job, so he knocked on the door. He could still hear the screaming but continued knocking. The door opened, and he could see three men on their knees laying on the sofa and the woman was putting her hands over their heads screaming the words.
“Leave these men; I command you to leave these men.”
The door then slams on him.
He decides that it's too weird and leaves contacting the office and telling them never to send him back.
From that day things change, he starts off by smelling strange things mainly bacon, seeing shadow figures, his bed shaking, things were thrown and the feeling of an evil presence. He woke up with scratches and felt punches.
He sees things from the corner of his eye. These things dart across the room; he describes it as a dark shape, he thought it might have been a bird or a bat that had got in through the fireplace he searched the whole house but could find nothing out of place.
He decided to call it a night and as he was laying there something ran across the foot of his bed. He searched his room, his logical mind believing it was a rat. The door was closed so he knew it could only be in his room. He searched all through his closet, under his bed everywhere but could not find it. He gave up and went back to bed; he had just started to fall asleep when his bed starts shaking, it was so violent that he was thrown across the bed. He even went on the internet to see if there had been an earthquake. He tried to find a logical explanation for what had happened but couldn’t find anything. He looked into Sonic boom, oil drilling but none of them fit the experience.
As he was on the internet, it suddenly went down, and he couldn’t fix it, so he rang the company and was on the phone to an operator when all of a sudden a voice came over the phone. A very strange threatening sound. He hung up. The operator called him back, and Bill asked him if he had heard it which he agreed he had he also admitted that he had never heard a noise like that before or the fact that they could both hear the same voice but not each other.
Bill went back to bed, and as he was lying there, he could hear noises under the bed which sounded like talking and as he put his feet down on the floor, something that felt like a hand, grabbed his leg.
On another occasion, he was sat eating dinner when a bottle of water launched across the room at him then the lights went out. He went into the closet to get a flashlight, and a box lifted up and slammed down on the shelf right in front of his face. He had no explanation.
He called his brother and told him what had been going on. He came over and like Bill was more into logic than looking at the paranormal. Bill put him in the closet to see what he could feel. He went in and was reaching out with his hands, and something fell against his legs, and then something hit his face.
He came out and told Bill to clean his closet; he just didn’t feel that there was enough evidence to warrant it being anything paranormal.
Bill called his friend Mike who was a sound engineer. As he was on the phone with Mike he again heard the voice, it was saying odd things and felt threatening, but not in a language, he had ever heard before. Mike described it as a biblical language. Mike quickly started to record it, and he can see that it is recording the voice. Bill started to shout “Get off the phone, Get off the phone”. Mike couldn’t hear him, and then the voice stopped. Mike told Bill that he had captured the voice and started to play the recording, but there was nothing except Bill shouting to get off the phone. Mike explained that he had made thousands of recordings and no way to idea why it had not recorded.
Bill decides to invite his brother and sister in law over for dinner. As they were sat watching tv, Bill sees something dash across the room out of the corner of his eye. He gets his brother to sit in his seat and tells him just watch the tv but watch out of the corner of your eye. As he does this Bob now sees it too. They search the whole house but can find nothing as to what it could be.
A Demon Imp as depicted by Chris Flemming
They describe it as a small hunchbacked human about 18 to 24 inches in height. Bill now believed these were the things that were causing him problems. In a way, he was relieved that they had seen them as it gave him validation but it also meant that it was real.
He decided to get a paranormal group in; they focused on Bill’s bedroom as this was where most of the incidents were happening. They set up laser grids and three infrared camera’s
One of the investigators decided to lie on the bed to see if anything would happen. He was about to get up when he saw the laser start to move. They reviewed the tape and saw a mist start to form and then heard “put it back he’s coming” then laser then started to fall over. Two of the cameras went down their batteries completely drained.
The worst bit is that the investigators go home and Bill is left alone.
He’s sat there for a while in the bedroom, and he starts to hear a noise like a deep growl coming from under the bed. At the foot of the bed stood this 6ft tall, black creature, Bill was terrified and then it was gone.
He never told anyone about the shadow figure yet a friend that came round and described seeing it confirmed to him that he had seen something.
These incidents started Bill on a dark journey. He figured that this entity was the master of all the other things he had seen and now the battle would begin. As he studied, he began to realise that the thing he had walked up that day was, in fact, an exorcism and whatever she was casting out of these people had attached to him.
The attacks went on for years, he had to exorcisms which had failed to shift the entity, and there were loads more things that he never documented on Paranormal Witness. He was scratched, pushed and even hospitalised. He kept having mini strokes and had welfare checks from the police had to go to the hospital and had the same thing told to him ‘I’ve been doing this for years and never seen anything like It’ and the Doctors could not diagnose what was wrong with him. It affected a relationship so much that his partner wouldn’t be in the house without him, and eventually, it broke down.
He refused to move because he couldn’t face putting someone else in this position especially a family.
He saged the house, smudged it put salt down, but it just seems to make things worse. He had Christian groups attend and pray, and it did seem to make things better for a short while. One night he was so sleep deprived he went to bed and could see his bed covers moving as though something was running over his bed.
He doesn’t think that it can kill you, but it certainly can affect every aspect of your life. And he feels its main weapon is fear and so he decided to stay and fight it.
In 2014 It all came as a culmination one night. He went to bed and all of a sudden the lights go out, something slammed into the side of the house. He ran outside thinking that something must have run into the house, but there was nothing. He went back into the house and heard a loud crash that sounds like its coming from the dining room but no damage, then another crash in the kitchen, no damage then the car alarm starts going off. He then hears a loud cry He saged the house, smudged it put salt down, but it just seems to make things worse. He had Christian groups attend and pray, and it did seem to make things better for a short while. One night he was so sleep deprived he went to bed and could see his bed covers moving as though something was running over his bed.
Looking back he doesn’t think that the entity was in the house when he bought it, in fact, he was in the house for just three minutes, and he knew he wanted to buy it, so he is sure he brought it in with him. He also began to put the pieces together that people who had visited him had started to experience really bad things happening in their life, like marriage breakups, health issues losing jobs it got to the stage where Bill didn’t want people coming over and to be fair they didn’t want to come either. The only people he had at the house were paranormal investigators
Bill had set up a paranormal group to help people suffering from the same issues, but he has now stepped back from it and hopefully is Demon free.
Jo has been interested in the supernatural since long conversations with her invisible twin friends. Ghosts or imagination? who knows but her insatiable thirst for the paranormal was born in those long forgotten conversations