In the late 1980s, one of the most horrific hauntings ever reported was investigated by the seasoned paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren. The haunting allegedly plagued the entire Snedeker family, who lived in Southington, Connecticut, for years. It is believed that the entities within their home routinely abused them in abominable ways and made their lives a living hell.
In 1986, Carmen and Al Snedeker were both driving long distances from their home in northern New York to get medical treatment for Carmen’s son Phillip, who suffered with Hodgkin’s disease. The commute was making their situation unbearable, and thus they decided to move somewhere closer to the medical centre. This is when they found an apartment, one of two in a large colonial house, available to rent at an affordable price.
The house in Connecticut was spacious enough for them to move in with their children and nieces. They just needed to convert the basement into two rooms for their children. It was during this conversion that Al discovered mortuary equipment in the basement, which included coffin handles, a chain-and-pulley casket lift, and a blood drainage pit. It turned out that the house had served as a funeral home for many decades previously.
The Snedekers did not think too much of their home’s past. Whilst it may have been somewhat morbid, they decided to continue with the conversion of the basement where dead bodies would have constantly passed through, for their two sons to sleep in.
From the very first night of sleeping there, Phillip complained of hearing strange voices and anomalous sounds. He even described seeing shadow figures, and a man with a pin-striped suit with white hair, skulking in the dark, staring at him as he slept. Phillip supposedly became so terrified of his room that he begged to be allowed to stay at the hospital.
Despite his insistence that what he was experiencing was true, Philip’s parents dismissed his claims, suspecting hallucinations as a side effect of the cobalt treatment he was receiving for his illness.
After moving into the basement, Phillip’s personality is said to have changed drastically. His interests and tastes altered – he started to wear leather and developed a strong interest in the occult. It was when Philip started to get violent that the Snedekers made the decision to send him away. At one point he is known to have broken in to their neighbour’s house to steal a gun in order to harm his step-father, Al. On another occasion, it is alleged that he assaulted his female cousin.
It is claimed that once Philip was out of the house, the dark forces residing within the walls started to turn their attention towards the rest of the family.
The other children began to report seeing ghosts, hearing footsteps and voices. Carmen reported once having mopped the floor, only to see the water turn blood red in front of her eyes. The couple’s bed was said to have vibrated inexplicably. During a television interview, Carmen and Al described how the bed often vibrated with a sort of “heartbeat”. They alleged that numerous visitors to their home had felt these unearthly vibrations. As well as this, the electrical sockets and light bulbs were described as having an unnatural glow – even when the bulbs were removed from their sockets. Foul odours of rotten meat and human feces were also claimed to have plagued the household.
The haunting continued for years. As peculiar as these incidents were, the situation was not considered too serious until the incidents started to escalate – and become violent.
Carmen is reported by The Huffington Post as having described a particularly terrifying incident. “The shower curtain very quickly wrapped around me, and I couldn’t push away.” According to the article, her only thought was that “this thing” was trying to “kill” her.
Other incidents were reported as being equally heinous. Their niece claimed to have felt a disembodied hand touch her in a sexual manner. She even alleged that an unearthly presence had raped her. Speaking about these abhorrent attacks, Carmen described how the entity “laughed a hideous laugh when it went above her shirt and out the window.”
Sexual assault was something which other members of the family claimed to have experienced as well.
Carmen and Al both reported having been disturbed on many nights by an unearthly atmosphere in their bed. They described having heard 1930s’ ambient mood music playing in the background, which occasionally preceded an assault upon one or both of them. The couple asserted that they had both been raped multiple times by a dark entity. Shockingly, Carmen even stated on television that once, whilst running away from their home down the road, her niece was hideously abused the entire way.
“One night I ran down the street with Kelly, being sodomised the whole way.” – Carmen Snedeker
When asked during an interview why they did not leave the house after these terrible incidents, Carmen explained how she believed this would make no difference. “Everywhere we went, it followed us.”
It was at this point that Ed and Lorraine Warren, the famous demonologist and clairvoyant, became involved in the case. The Warrens, along other investigators, spent a total of nine weeks at the Snedekers’ home. When describing what they encountered at the location, the Warrens rated the possessing entity as a nine on a scale of one to ten. They concluded “the house was infested with demons”.
After much alleged documentation and investigation, the Warrens claimed that they arranged for the house to be exorcised.
After the house was cleansed, the Snedekers moved out to another house, and afterwards were involved in the writing of a book, as well as being featured in documentaries, television shows and being the inspiration for a movie.
This is their official narrative. However, when the case is examined in detail, it quickly becomes clear that the Snedekers’ story is muddled and at times extremely confusing. Even the names of those involved, such as those of the couple’s nieces, cannot be ascertained with any certainty. No detail is reported with consistency, except for Philip’s illness.
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