Shoddy evidence for “haunted” Liverpool property

A HAUNTED house has gone up for rent with the incredible disclaimer that its former occupants experienced “paranormal activity”.

Haunted house: Rightmove list property where ‘paranormal activity’ happened

The terraced three-bedroom home in Toxteth, Liverpool, is allegedly haunted by a 135-year-old spectre called the Pickwick Poltergeist.

The poltergeist supposedly once lifted a former tenant out of her bed in a scene that would have resembled reports from the Enfield Haunting, the UK’s most notorious paranormal case.

The listing states “previous tenants have advised us that they have experienced paranormal activity at the property.” What does that mean? It means that the previous tenant interpreted things that way. But when we take even a cursory look at the so-called evidence, it’s hardly worth talking about.

The former tenant, Lekeisha Davis, says she always felt there was something “spooky” about the house and she always believed in ghosts. [Therefore, she was apparently primed to notice anomalies and react to them, with the idea that they may be ghosts.] Then, she took this photo that she says shows a ghost.


Davis claims that she sees a ghost boy in the doorway in the upper right. [I see absolutely nothing.] She had trouble sleeping in the house, she claims the coldness was caused by the ghost. She also claims that things moved unexplainably and she heard noises. A local paranormalist reports other poltergeist cases on Pickwick street. That’s the extent of the evidence.

When referring to other sources, the idea that “a former tenant out of her bed in a scene that would have resembled reports from the Enfield Haunting” is not even from this location but from the general neighborhood.

All of this support for a paranormal presence in the building or neighborhood is very weak indeed. If we are to consider such an extraordinary claim, we need to have FAR better evidence than this.

This is a story of a woman who believes in the paranormal interpreting events as having a paranormal cause. This is a story that should not have been news. The listing noting this place may have paranormal activity also looks like a exaggeration. Typical tabloid fare. Perhaps the listing was meant to garner some niche renters; maybe it’s just a noisy, messy place and no one should be hollering “POLTERGEIST”. However, the story and its ability to circulate has planted seeds in many people’s minds that this place is indeed haunted. Also reinforced is the idea that haunted houses are real. It doesn’t take much more than a good story and some media hype to do that.



  1 comment for “Shoddy evidence for “haunted” Liverpool property

  1. G
    June 23, 2015 at 1:51 AM

    When I bought my first house, the realtor told me that legally, a seller had to submit a disclosure if (some number, I think three) or more previous residents of the house believed they had experienced an encounter with a ghost. It didn’t matter if it was verifiable, or proven wrong, or things like creaking due to settling. “Haunted” had to be in the seller’s disclosure.

    Of course, they weren’t required to post it in the sale ads.

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