One of the most intense modern day hauntings took place in Rhode Island in 1970. The Old Arnold Estate became infested with paranormal activity that lasted over a decade…
Perron Family Haunting
The paranormal happenings began when Rodger and Carolyn Perron bought the house and moved in with their family. They thought it would be a wonderful choice of home for their five daughters.
When moving in they briefly met with the previous renter and had a quick chat about the property. This previous occupant only had one piece of advice for them…
“Leave the lights on at night!”
The family was hit by paranormal visits as soon as they moved into the house. One of the first spirits encountered was that of Mrs. John Arnold who at age 93. She apparently hung herself in the barn to the side of the house.
A short time later the family began to be visited by the spirit of eleven year old Prudence Arnold. This child was tragically raped and then murdered on the property by one of the farm hands. They were never able to pin down exactly which one of the workers was responsible.
The Perron family claimed many more spirits visited their home after the initial hauntings began…
The Perron Family House
Rodger and Carolyn Perron were understandably concerned by the frequent paranormal visits but their girls seemed to take it in their stride.
The spirits were all over the property but there never seemed to be any malice in their attentions initially. One of the girl’s favorite visitors was the spirit of Johnny Arnold. The girls liked him so much they handed him the nickname of ‘Manny’.
He was yet another spirit that had hanged itself on the property – this time in mid 1700’s. His spirit seemed to enjoy the company of the young girls and stand over them as they played.
As soon as they made eye contact or moved towards him he would instantly disappear.
The girls also had a lot of fun trying to locate and capture the ‘sweeping spirit’. This female ghost never materialized but would often be heard cleaning the floors in various rooms.
When the girls burst into the room to see if they could corner the spirit the sweeping sound would stop instantly.
Unfortunately, as the Perron’s spent more time in the old farmhouse it began to become obvious that not all spirits had a friendly nature.
Without warning, something twisted and evil began to raise it’s ugly head within the home. This evil presence seemed to center in on Carolyn Perron with violent paranormal attacks.
After looking into property’s history the family determined that this entity was the spirit of Bathsheba Sherman. Mrs. Sherman was known for having a dark side to her personality and there were even rumors of her beating workers at the farm.
When they looked further into this twisted character they found she had several links to satanism ( some even claimed she was a witch! ). She once stood trial for the murder of a young child but somehow managed to get away with it.
She eventually became yet another hanging victim of the house – many believe she had made a suicide pact with the Devil.
Old Arnold Estate
After lasting out a decade in the home the Perron family decided that enough was enough. They were tired of the violent attacks from certain spirits ( Bathsheba Sherman in particular ).
The property was then bought up by Norma Sutcliffe but the paranormal activity did not stop. Norma Sutcliffe insists that the home was constantly infiltrated with blue orbs and a strange mist often rose through the floorboards. Furniture and ornaments would often move and doors banged closed in the middle of the night.
The Perron family’s experience in the Old Arnold Estate was the basis for the recent supernatural thriller The Conjuring.
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