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A ghost hunter says he was almost ‘possessed’ by an infamous poltergeist in Britain’s most haunted house.
Kyle Fowler claims he caught the ‘Black Monk’ on camera just hours before he ‘took over’ him.
The 28-year-old visited the house of the ‘most violent poltergeist haunting in Europe’ last week with Psychic Medium Lillyanne, her husband Jack Bairstow and son, Ashley Flay.
The house, 30 East Drive in Pontefract, West Yorks, was the site where the Pritchard family were allegedly subjected to years of torment by the so-called ‘Black Monk of Pontefract’.
Footage filmed during the investigation shows the group come downstairs where Kyle claims their camera picked up the hooded face stood on the stairway behind them in a mirror’s reflection.
Later that evening the team were practising ‘mirror scrying’, staring into the glass and inviting spirits to show themselves, when Kyle believes he fell into a trance-like state under the influence of the Black Monk.
Kyle, from Leeds, West Yorks, said: “The figure that appears us on the stairs is right where the Black Monk has been seen lots of times before. There is the shape of a hood and a face.
“Later in the evening we were mirror scrying in what was the parents’ bedroom. This involved staring through the mirror with a candle underneath your face and asking the spirit to show themselves.
“My eyes went black and my face aged so that it looked like an old man. It was like the face of an old man had come over mine.
“Ashley became quite concerned as I was just staring into the mirror. Ashley was calling my name but I was quite zoned out and was not responding. This went on for quite a few minutes.
“Eventually Ashley touched my shoulder and called me in for protection. I don’t know what would have happened if he hadn’t done this.
“I didn’t feel I was being taken over, but I could see his face and felt transfixed. At the time I didn’t feel scared but I don’t know what could have happened.
“It could have taken a different direction. I could have been possessed. I suppose if you don’t have someone with you to pull you out like Ashley did then you could be possessed.
“I think it possibly was the Black Monk as it was quite demonic and I had black eyes when it happened. It was very dark and not very nice.
“Ashley could see it in the mirror too and it didn’t look like me at all anymore.”
Lillyanne said: “After I left, Kyle was doing the mirror scrying and he had an old man cover his face. It appeared like a horrendous man overshadowed him.
“Kyle went into a trance at one point. We thought that maybe the spirit have taken over him.
“I was not too happy about this as it can produce chaos if there is not an experience medium there to oversee it. Thankfully my son Ashley was still there.
“It was getting close to a possession – it’s very similar. People should have a qualified medium there because it’s like possession – the spirit can take over you. It could possess you and then anything could happen.
“Any entity that comes into any body could cause cardiac arrest. Or it could cause you to smash the place.
“It is not nice at all. It’s very scary. Luckily it didn’t get to that stage.”
After arriving at around 8.30pm, the group held a séance at around 10pm and stayed in the notorious haunted house until well gone midnight.
The ghoulish apparition appears in the same spot that the Black Monk, also known as Mr Nobody or ‘Fred’, is said to regularly stand and was where 14-year-old Diane Pritchard was dragged by an invisible hand.
Lillyanne said: “I didn’t have a plan when we went in [the house]. I never go in with a plan, I like to just take it as it comes.
“I would describe it as an oppressive atmosphere in the house. There are several spirits lurking in that house, not just one or two.
“There was lots and lots of activity, we didn’t know where to start. There were some awful smells that hit you straight away. We all smelt it, it was not nice.
“Then there was the face that appeared on the stairs behind us. It looked like a hooded figure, and was where the Black Monk has been frequently seen.
“I’m a medium so I’m used to the sort of things that happened there but for general members of the public it would have frightened the life out of them.
“When we held the séance, I antagonised the energy. I called them down and goaded the monk.
“To be honest there were numerous energies that were looking at me and following me. I know I had to bring them to the table to interact with us.
“While doing the s ance there was a picture taken of me that looked very creepy. I don’t look like that in real life at all. But that’s how my face turned out in the picture.
“People had seen the shadow fall on my face around the table and its just brilliant to capture it on camera.
“For me it’s natural to capture things like this on camera as the spirits are powerful. I would have been more disappointed note to capture anything.
“It’s not all hype. It’s a well known house but there is certainly something there. I absolutely loved it.
“We are going back in a few weeks and will do a live stream from there so people can watch it as it unfolds. We will be doing other haunted houses in a similar way too.”
Kyle said: “It doesn’t scare me, I’m just really intrigued by it all. I really enjoy investigations like this. Lillyanne is very experienced and we make a good team so that makes me feel much more comfortable.
“We are hoping to go back to see what will happen next time.”
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