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True Tuesday: The Reed Haunting

Updated on February 6, 2018
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Freelance Writer, Novelist, & aspiring Criminologist....member of the Horror Writers Association, MH English, Tiffin U

While A Haunting in Connecticut is nine years old and could potentially fit for Throwback Thursday the fact that People Magazine did a piece on the real life aspects of the movie made it perfect for a True Tuesday review. Some aspects that did not make it into the movie is that apparently three hours after moving into the rental home in Connecticut, is just how terrified the young sick boy is of the home. The mother, Carmen Reed reveals that shortly after they’d moved in the move her son begs to leave because the house is evil. In the movie, he’s called Matt, in the episode of the show, A Haunting, I believe his name is Paul. In reality, the young man is Phillip Reed. Like in the movie a young boy with dark hair torments him, talks to him, or simply taunts him. Since Phillip was suffering from cancer and the experimental treatments he was on when he tried to tell people about what he was seeing and hearing he was initially diagnosed as schizophrenic.

On the television adaptation he would be hospitalized for this disorder and since the primary target for the demon was taken from the home things would amp up for the rest of the family to be targeted. In reality, Carmen reveals that once Philip began to play cruel pranks on his younger siblings he was sent to live with family members away from the home. The voices, the visions, and all the manifestations of the diabolical attempting to possess him disappear. So this aspect of the show was correct. Once removed from the grips of the inhuman spirit, the weakest family member was not the sick child, walking on the thin line between the living world, and dead. The spirit would have to find someone else, someone with emotional insecurities in which to possess a physical vessel to reach the world of the living.

Carmen would reveal that the diabolical would amp up its hauntings like a child who has a favorite toy taken from it. It would manifest as if having a tantrum. Seeking out her oldest niece and attempting to molest her. Carmen would pull the girl back in time to see a hand sneaking into the girl’s clothes. Something the television adaptation attempted to put as a part of the psychosis that the boy had. Once Carmen saw the physical manifestation of a spirit groping her niece she knew that her son was not suffering from a mental illness and that an inhuman spirit had been preying on her son’s illness as a way to attack the whole family. This is where she sought help from her parish priest who who need proof that this was not a simple run of the mill ghost (such as a residual haunting that does not interact with the living) that was being made much worse by the stress the family was under as well as the fact young children were involved who could be blowing things out of proportion.

People would get confirmation from demonologist, John Zaffis, nephew of Ed and Lorraine Warren that this was not a typical haunting. This was an inhuman spirit. Two priests would be brought in to perform an exorcism on the home but would be to frightened to perform their ritual. A third who they could not find a name for came in and successfully completed the exorcism. They do note that a previous article done by a Catholic based magazine revealed that the archdiocese of the area disavows any knowledge of an exorcism taking place.

This haunting is so strange because while many alleged experts in the field will cite how the movie got so many aspects of the true story wrong, they will not go into details which they claim to have heard from someone like John Zaffis or the Warrens themselves…..someone directly involved with the case. They make cryptic comments such as Jason Hawes on Twitter shortly after the movie came to HBO about how “the movie was bogus and nowhere near as frightening as the true story,” that he claimed he had heard from someone who had been involved in the investigation. Since he has asked for help from John Zaffis before without scoffing at him for things he has witnessed or investigated that it was likely Hawes heard it from him since Hawes has publically made it clear that he does not believe anything that the Warrens have concluded on cases.

Carmen Reed reveals that the events that only take two hours for the movie to explain happened over two years in the 1980s. The residual effects of living in a house of horrors she reveals has left the family all somewhat supernaturally sensitive. She reveals that after living in the home she became a real estate agent and claims that she hopes after the movie is out that any client she had that she refused to sell a certain home to understands. It was not because they could not afford the house they wanted or because she did not want the sell. Any house she refused to show or sell was because it was at least somewhat haunted. She seems to feel that it was her duty to protect her clients from experiencing the terror her family felt because while she does not claim to be clairvoyant she would not wish the experiences her family had on anyone.

The current owners of the house, at the time of the People article reveal that they have had no supernatural experiences and but do have tourists who will drive down their street slow enough to gawk at the home perhaps hoping they will see some paranormal occurrence.

It seems odd that the owners of this home, who did not seek to be apart of a book or movie concerning the Reed family’s experiences are reporting only respectful curious onlookers who drive by in the events of seeing something but the woman who wanted Carolyn Perron to write a book about the haunted farm house with her (Carolyn refused) and would invite Hawes’ team, TAPS, and their show, Ghost Hunters to investigate tried to sue Andrea from attention she claimed to be getting from fans of the movie. She claimed trespassers at all hours of the night and people breaking in and moving things around in a Manson family “creepy crawly” type way only began occurring after the movie, which she received no money from, and which her house would not be used even in similar design form would claim so much trouble from having a movie made.

© 2018 Kristina Stancil

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