In the summer of 2006, Darren W. Ritson was asked to investigate a “haunting” in an unassuming, ordinary terraced house in the town of South Shields, Tyne & Wear. Darren asked another veteran researcher, Michael J. Hallowell, to accompany him.
During the subsequent months the authors made literally dozens of visits to the house in question, and witnessed first-hand the malevolent, sadistic power of the poltergeist. It was an experience they would never forget.
Initially, the entity just tried to scare the family by moving various objects around the house and making mysterious banging noises - the kind of behaviour that always been attributable to poltergeist activity. However, as the weeks went on, the entity's activity took on a more threatening and evil aspect. The following examples are just a few of the tactics employed by the South Shield's Poltergeist to intimidate both the family and the paranormal investigators:
1. Death threats sent to the mobile phone of one of the members of the experients.
2. A toilet cistern filled with blood, which then mysteriously vanished.
3. Knives thrown at both the investigators and the experients.
4. Appearing as a malevolent, silhouette-type entity in front of both the experients and the investigators.
5. Slashing the body of one of the experients with dozens of cuts during filming.
6. Talking to investigators and TV reporters through a number of children's toys.
Eventually, thanks to the help of several experts from a number of different professional, forensic, academic and investigative backgrounds, the authors were able to terminate the reign of terror that the South Shields Poltergeist had wreaked - a reign of terror that had lasted for almost a whole year.