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on 1 June 2014
I enjoyed this book : A well written account of a baffling and enigmatic 1950's and '60's 'poltergeist' case, centering around Shirley Hitchings who was 15 when the strange events began.
I found some of the transcribed messages from the entity very funny. 'Don' the 'Polt' was certainly mischevious, yet undoubtedly some of his antics caused some real harm and distress to the Hitchings family, whose lives he, while at the peak of his powers, to a large degree effectively controlled, before he very gradually faded away.
The authors leave the reader to conclude whether he was a ghost, something mysteriously conjured up telekenetically, a hoax, or some combination of any or all of those.
I very much doubt that a hoax was perpetrated by the entire household, and, while there are reasons to wonder if the young Shirley may have, consciously or unconsciously, physically created some of the phenomena, it's clear enough that certain events defying rational explanation occured in the house.
I tentatively favoured the 'poltergeist subconsciously created by the energy field around a teenager' theory, over that of Donald having been the spirit of a member of French aristocracy, as he claimed, despite that some of the information imparted re. that quite impressively bore the scrutiny of research.
Yet its unexpected epilogue is intriguing to say the least. The Poltergeist Prince of London ... is not a scary 'exorcist'-style tale, but rather a fascinating and entertaining mystery within a slice of mid-20th Century British social history.