When people often think of haunted houses one of the first questions that people ask is what makes a house haunted. In one of the earlier articles on this blog I tried to briefly explain what makes a house haunted , now in more depth I will try to explain by giving more details and descriptions. Ghosts and haunted houses have often been the theme of many camp fire stories, books and many horror movies. There are many people who are interested and excited by ghosts and haunted houses have come up with exciting and interesting plots for why a house is haunted.
In the late 70s, the movie 'The Amityville Horror' came to the screen and the movie claimed to be the supposed true story of a family called 'The Lutz's family'. A nice quiet couple who moved into a house in a quiet area of Long Island where the previous year before a series of murders were committed by the eldest son (Ronald Defeo Jnr.) of the Defeo family who had lived there, the same Ronald Defeo Jnr who killed his parents and siblings in that very house by shooting them in their beds, a horrific cold blooded murder. The film showed 'The Lutz Family' different experiences from the move into the house until the couple where forced to flee the house in the middle of the night because of the supposed haunting. The haunted house that 'The Lutz Family' claimed the Amityville house had an almost demonic devil like presence that showed itself by leaving dead flies on windows, foul smells, dark shapes, possessions etc. With the violence of the murders 'The Lutz Family' then claimed demonic presences possessed the father of the 'Lutz Family' and then the lawyers of Ronald Defeo Jnr who had murdered his family in that very house tried to claimed that their client had been possessed when he committed the murders on his family. But, was what 'The Lutz Family' said all true or was all of it a ploy by the lawyers to get their client a lesser or should I say reduced sentence. When the movie came to the silver screen and the book was published. Psychics, Medium and Parapsychologists made there way to the house in Amityville to investigate but by then the new owners would let few of these people into their home.
A well known American Parapsychologist called Stephen Kaplan that was allowed access to the 'Amityville House' to investigate the supposed claims on the property. He and his then assistant talked to the new owners who were a married couple who been living in the house for a period of time during that time they had experienced nothing demonic or paranormal in the house. The new owners explained that the house was quiet, even peaceful and that they had honestly never seen or heard anything out of the ordinary. The main questions that the Kaplan asked himself was, if this house was haunted or there were demonic forces at work then where were they? Where were the demonic forces that had forced 'The Lutz Family' from their home? The house was quiet, there was nothing to suggest that there was or had ever been any type of paranormal or demonic forces at work within the house? It appeared that 'The Lutz Family' may have told lies or had been asked to tell stories of demonic forces and demon possession to help Ronald DeFeo Jnr. Or perhaps their lies was merely for financial gain, they had royalties after all from the movie and the book? The truth is that the real truth may never be known, was it really a haunted house or was it a made up story that 'The Lutz Family' created for any number of reasons, it is doubtful that anyone will ever know? But, it does seem strange that the new owners never had any trouble of the paranormal nature within their home don't you think?
There are many who believe the 'Amityville Horror' to be a hoax, even the well known parapsychologist Stephen Kaplan gave his opinion after 10 years of research on the house and said that it was all a hoax. But there will only ever be opinions or theories unless the people involved came forward and admitted the truth and that is doubtful at this point.
As I have already stated in the previous haunted houses articles, violent crime and murder, brutality and suicide can become a factor in a house being haunted because the violence of such monstrous actions against one or more people can seep into not only the walls but the foundations of a house or office building. It is like the impressions of the violent acts seeping into the very life of the house or building whatever it happens to be. The seeping of the crimes into the house often traps and binds ghosts to the areas, houses or building. Whenever the ghosts crossover to the spirit world they leave behind the wants, desires and the hates of the flesh. I've been asked before do spirits in the spirit world feel? From what I know and have been told by my 'guides' spirits do feel but what they feel is pure emotion for example pure love, but what is that? Pure love is like the love of a child the feelings a child not yet tarnished by societies ideals feels for family or friends. For spirits there are no sins of the flesh, there is no is no wants, desires, needs, passion or sex as far as a spirit is concerned that is gone when the body dies. Spirits as I said feel as a child does, they feel love, compassion and sometimes sadness there souls feel as children feel no more and less.
But, back to hauntings and ghosts, another movie which was the theme or concept of haunted houses where this time the violence was more like the mental torture and hurt caused from husband and wife. This haunted house movie was Stephen King's 'Rose Red'. The storyline of the movie tells of a female psychologist turned parapsychologist, who takes a group of psychics and sensitives to 'Rose Red' to try to re-awaken the forces within the house. There ghost hunt becomes a hellish struggle to try and escape from the malevolent forces within the house that wants them dead. In both these haunted stories involving houses the main problem have been caused by negative feeling's and actions that seeped into the walls of the house and then poured into the walls of the house and the poured into the people living there, to their actions and behaviour towards others.
In the late 70's and early 80's, a haunted movie came to the screen the movie was called 'The Changeling' one of the main characters was played by the actor George C. Scott. Scott's character was a man who had been widowed after a terrible car accident that took his wife and child from him. His character was that of a composer who after the death of his wife and child he moved to another area and rents an historical home from the historical society. The house he lived in was once the home of an influential senator called Joesph Carmichael. While in the mean time Carmichael was living the good life. Scott sees the ghost of a small boy in a bath filled with water. With the help of one of the woman at the historical society, they began to investigate and found a much bigger story, murder, money and an angry ghost looking for revenge.
Not all haunted houses and ghosts are angry or negative ghosts looking to hurt the living. There are only ever a small amount of ghosts that are negative energies, there are ghost hunting shows on television now that are always trying to make out that the majority of haunting are evil people, dead witches and devil worshippers died and turned ghosts that are out to hurt the living, but that is so far from the truth than you can get. The vast majority of ghosts are bound/stuck to a place, trying to get the living to acknowledge their presence and perhaps try to get help from the living to help them crossover, others just want to be acknowledged and an understanding of live and let live to be brought into practice. There has only ever been a small percentage of negative energies in houses that have presences in it. It should also be remembered that during the witch hunts and witch trials that many of those accused of practising witchcraft where midwives, herbalists and natural healers who weren't practising anything except trying to help people.
In the second part of haunted houses I will be giving you a more in-depth look into real cases of haunted houses and paranormal ghost activities, giving you more examples of ghosts and haunted houses.