When people hear the word poltergeist, most people think of “Hollywood’s most haunted horror film”.
Released in 1982, the blockbuster ‘Poltergeist’ focuses on a demonic spirit that haunts a family – trapping a little girl in a television.
However, there is a dark “curse” that surrounds the film.
The conspiracy being four of the film’s actors dying following the release of the first, and multiple sequels.
Although the deaths were officially explained, there is no denying the unusualness of the main characters – of the most popular horror film of 1982 – continuously dying in a chronological order.
This unusualness bring questions to people’s minds. Questions such as: Was the event coincidental? Or was it a conspiracy? Or do ghosts and poltergeists exist? The sort of questions an individual’s belief can only answer, as even science struggles to conclude.
Nevertheless, statistics favour a certain answer. The Independent reports that three out of five people claim to have seen a ghost. And with our previous report of many unexplainable moments posted on social media, it is clear that there are a lot of people that do believe in the supernatural.
Ben and Lainey, a couple who are both teachers from Buckinghamshire, are a few of the many people who do believe in the supernatural.
Unique as it is, the couple publicly express that they live with a “spirit, demon, or poltergeist” in their house.
But hey don’t just live with the supernatural, they have turned to social media to “tell their story” of living in a house with the paranormal activity.
Their documentation of the activity has achieved a tremendous amount of success on social media, in which they have achieved over 6.5 million likes and 107 million views on TikTok, and over 4.6 thousand subscribers on YouTube.
However, despite having many sceptics question their story, Ben and Lainey only post the “evidence” to “tell their truth”.
Ben and Lainey – the couple living with a “poltergeist”
The duo explained that before moving into the house, Ben used to be the “biggest sceptic known to man” in terms of believing in the paranormal.
He identified himself as a paranormal “non-believer” and that he had no personal experience with ghosts, spirits, or poltergeists.
Moreover, Lainey, who was more optimistic in believing in the paranormal than Ben, stated that she “…did not really experience anything with the paranormal”, but she “hoped that there was something out there”.
The couple moved into their house three years ago, which was Ben’s first house living after his parents. Additionally, Lainey described the house as a new build, which has three floors.
“Our top floor is our bedroom, our middle floor is where the bath is, and our first floor is the living room”.
But six weeks after the couple moved into their new house, everything changed, according to Ben
“I was very wrong. I could not have been more wrong”.
Around “six to eight weeks” of them living in this house, paranormal activity started to happen.
They both expressed that “silly little things” started happening to them both, with Ben explaining that he would “catch figures or shadows at the corner of my eye when I was home alone, and I would hear footsteps coming up the stairs”.
Nevertheless, the couple would just “shrug it off” until a defining moment for Laney happened when the teacher was having a “pamper in the bathtub”.
“I was having some time alone, having a bath in the afternoon when suddenly…”,
“…a gruff, man’s voice called my name”.
Shocked and alone, Lainey expressed that she “was really vulnerable”.
“I felt really vulnerable… I wonder[ed] if this was paranormal, or if I was going crazy”.
However, she was adamant about what she heard, and nothing could change her mind – a man shouted her name.
Lainey’s reaction was absolutely and utterly concerned.
“I got upright and shouted “hello”. I thought, “what if somebody has got into the house”.
Also, she expressed that she was sure that the voice came from the floor above, which was the couple’s bedroom.
However, despite the strange activity in the house – that included seeing shapes, hearing footsteps, and shouting names – the couple decided to remain calm.
“We did not talk to each other about it. Myself [Ben] and Lainey wrote our experiences off. She did not mention to me the voice or anything”.
Nonetheless, one night the pair were watching television together after work.
Relaxing, they noticed a strange encounter together.
A plant pot – that was on the TV stand – slide from one side to the other in front of their eyes.
Both of them “shot up” to their feet.
“I did not want to say what I thought it was” Ben explained, which after that he admitted to Lainey – and vice versa – that “things have been happening to me”.
But with the only experience of the supernatural being Hollywood films, such as the Poltergeist or The Conjuring…
“we thought that we were going to die”.
Witnessing the activity together was a relief for the couple, with Lainey explaining “It was like an epiphany for us. We knew we were not mad”.
At first, they were reluctant to stay in the house. However, they both share a love for that house, and “It was either we get out of here, or we try and work out what is going on”.
“This thing is clearly wanting our attention”, explained Lainey.
However, the couple naturally started to ask questions such as “does it need help? Is it a demon? Or is it a curse?”.
The pair decided to continue living in the home they admire and love, but they did pursue help from reputable psychics and mediums. Professionals that were in contact with Lorraine Warren – a professor in clairvoyance, and a light trance medium that is most famous for pursuing psychic investigations involving the possessed doll Annabelle and Amityville horror.
“We have had some paranormal investigates come into the house, to help us understand the spirit”.
“Between him, a psychic medium, and us, we felt safe and protected. These people have 30 years of experience each and that was why we are more comfortable”.
The paranormal team decided to do a séance with a spirit board – a board marked with letters and numbers for the use of contacting spirits. The séance lasted three hours, in which they understood that the spirit was “called David”.
“We learned that he passed away due to a car crash in 1983. He was also here because of us”, with Lainey explaining it has the connection with her more so than Ben.
***During the interview with myself, and Ben and Lainey at this giving moment, the couple stated, “there is banging going on upstairs right now”. Through listening back to the recording, the banging can be explicitly heard twice***
In addition, one of the psychic’s brothers regularly visits the pair’s house, as he has “connected well with the spirit”.
The couple are also aware of how unbelievable they may sound, as they said: “saying it out loud, it sounds ridiculous to say. We cannot believe what we say”.
They are also nervous regarding their profession, as they are both teachers which means they both require a professional, unbiased opinion of topics such as religion, politics, or anything that can influence a person’s lifestyle.
The couple stated: “As professionals, we are scared to lose our professional stand. But it got to a point where we put up with this for a couple of years. We said “we need to put it out here this is something. We need someone who can relate with us or help us with our situation”.
From this, the couple turned to social media, in which they realise they may receive backlash for posting their experiences on social media, but their reasoning is “not for attention or popularity, but to tell their truth”.
“We have had big influencers contact us, stating “we need to do it in a different way” but we do not post it on social media for attention. This is our truth, and we post it to share it, and to see if people go through the same”.
Ben and Lainey’s TikTok account has over 5 million likes and 107 million views, and over 4.6 thousand subscribers on YouTube.
Here are some of the experiences with the poltergeist the pair have put on social media:
@lainey_and_benMy mug! (Part 2) ##ghost##laineyandben##paranormal##poltergeist##ghosts##hauntedhouse##hauntedtiktok##scarytiktoks##haunted##scary##spooky##ghostmode♬ original sound – Lainey and Ben
@lainey_and_benSome weird activity caught while @paranormalnow investigated our home##laineyandben##ghost##paranormal##poltergeist##scary##scarytiktoks##haunted##fyp##spooky♬ original sound – Lainey and Ben
@lainey_and_benDaves shenanigans ##ghost##paranormal##poltergeist##laineyandben##spooky##scary##scarytiktoks##haunted##hauntedhouse##hauntedtiktok##fyp##foryoupage##foryou##fypシ♬ original sound – Lainey and Ben
As stated above, whether you believe in spirits or not is a personal choice. But since there is no scientific evidence that they do not exist, and one in five people have witnessed seeing ghosts, having an agnostic approach towards spirituality and paranormal activity may be best until proven.
And as Ben and Lainey stated with their spirit, demon, or poltergeist, “we are only telling our truth”.
Coincidence, or conspiracy. You know deep down in your heart.