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SPR Lecture - John Fraser - The Cage St Osyth: A Haunting That Needs to be Taken Seriously?

(A Project of Witness Testimony Analysis of a Traditional Haunting Investigated in ‘Modern’ Ways). The drama and discussion surrounding the dramatization of the Enfield Poltergeist has reignited media interest in the paranormal. The problem is however when the media does take an interest in the subject, even if an interesting case is being investigated, all too often the coverage does not get beyond easy sensationalist headlines. The Cage used to be the local holding cell, (hence its name) whose prisoners included the ‘Witch’ Ursula Kemp who was held captive their prior to her trial and hanging in Chelmsford.

John Fraser

This modern-day case particularly involved a single mother, Vanessa Mitchell, who felt after several years of phenomena she could neither live there or responsibly let it for residential purposes. She ultimately started renting it to paranormal groups for investigations.

John Fraser has completed a lengthy (7,500 Word) report on this 'haunting'  with collected witness testimony from Vanessa, other residents and visitors to the house at the time, and also from a significant number of subsequent investigators. This talk discusses his findings and whether there is any truth in the phenomena behind the national headlines.

John Fraser is currently a member of the Council and the Spontaneous Cases Committee of the SPR. He has previously been Vice Chair (Investigations) of ‘The Ghost Club’ and has written ‘Ghost Hunting: –A Survivor's Guide ‘ (History Press 2010) . Recently (2015) he has been conducting in-depth research into the well-known and controversial phenomena at ‘The Cage’ a former 'holding cell' in St Osyth in Essex.

10th March, 2016 7:00 PM   to   9:00 PM
Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Campden Hill Road
W8 7RX
United Kingdom

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