An evil poltergeist moved furniture and flung objects in a bid to drive a terrified Brit couple from their countryside home, the duo claim in a newly-released book.
The couple said they experienced 18 months of paranormal events, including flying objects and unexplained injuries before they called it a day.
Sinister events began just minutes after the Outtersides moved in to Plympton Cottage, in Whitchurch, a small market town in Shropshire.
Gill Outterside was in the garden when she was injured, her investigative journalist husband Nic Outterside said.
He now believes in ghosts after the incident, which was the first of many.
“From the moment my wife broke her leg in a hidden hole in the garden less than 20 minutes after the removal van arrived right up to the Christmas of that year, each day was potted with what I can only describe as paranormal activity,” he said.
Weird flashes of light, floating orbs, moving and falling objects were soon a regular occurrence and prompted Nic to investigate the history of the freaky property.
He soon made a dark discovery, that prompted more questions than answers, when he found out seven unidentified skeletons had been found in the garden of the house in the 1950s.
“The unexplained occurrences in the cottage did not cease, but now we began an investigation as to when the bodies were buried and what became of the skeletons, because no-one seemed to know,” said Nic.
The worst of the paranormal events occurred in the kitchen, with Nic taking photos of what looked like orbs floating in the air.
He also carried out experiments which proved furniture had moved in the dead of night and felt peculiar pulses of energy in the kitchen doorway.
He said: “The kitchen is the worst area. I was putting up shelves once and all the screws just dropped on the floor. One time an ironing board fell on my wife’s head for no reason.
“There was another time when my wife’s coffee just went up in the air and scalded her. There was even a time when a pack of bacon and eggs just moved into the area on their own.
“I joke in the book that the spirits might have been making themselves breakfast.”
As well as noting down the weird and mind-baffling happenings, Nic researched the history of the house and spoke to former residents dating back to the 80s.
“All came out with similar stories. I found out all sorts, he said.
“Before we moved we did invite a medium to come and see if she could feel anything. She couldn’t but then as she was leaving, a light flashed between our legs with no explanation.”
He soon found out there were number of theories about the bones in the garden, which he explores in a book about his experiences.
After further research he believes there may be more remains buried beneath and they may hold the key to the weird activity in the home.
Theories include that they are victims of the Bubonic Plague which hit Whitchurch in the 1650s.
The property was also owned by Lord Egerton around the 1790s, with Nic speculating maybe the bodies were his servants..
The couple had enough by 2015 when they moved, but it wasn’t the end of the freaky experiences.
Nic said: “I went back about nine months after we left. I was supposed to be meeting a friend at the pub, but I was a bit early. I thought I’d go and wait outside the cottage.
“I parked outside and as I pulled up I felt my phone go. It had frozen and I couldn’t reset it. I had to take it apart and do a full factory reset, so lost a lot of the pictures I had from the cottage.”
For the book Nic sought the testimonies of more than a dozen eye-witnesses, university professors, academic researchers, spiritual advisors and paranormal experts to try and solve the mysteries of the spooky building.
He said: “The whole experience changed my way of thinking and believing entirely. Now I know there is something paranormal in our world which we do not yet understand and which I cannot begin to explain.”
One may expect a battle-hardened former editor to be more than a little sceptical of scare stories and paranormal shenanigans. But Nic explained that the evidence was too hard to ignore.
He said: “Until 2013 I did not believe in any so-called hereafter nor did I believe in ghosts or spirits.
“I had been an investigative newspaper journalist for more than 28 years and by the very nature of my work had to deal in hard proven facts. But all that changed.
“Even two weeks before we actually moved our furniture and belongings into the house, weird and unexplained things began to happen.”
Nic recounts what happened and history of the house in his new book, Bones – the Mystery of Plympton Cottage, due out in January 2020.