Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” was the No. 1 song in America in August 1986. Tina Turner’s star was unveiled in Hollywood, too. And Jack and Janet Smurl, then of West Pittston, told the world a demon was haunting their Chase Street home for nearly 18 months.The Smurl family, Jack and Janet and their four daughters, lived on one side of the double-block home at 330 Chase St., while Jack’s parents, John and Mary, occupied the other side. The Smurls claimed that their 75-pound German shepherd was slammed into a wall by the demon; that it had bitten Jack’s ear and shakenthe couple’s mattress.
They even said the spirit threw one of their daughters down a flight of stairs. But it didn’t stop there.The family said they heard blood-curdling screams at all hours of the night, pig grunts and smelled a horrible stench. Jack said the demon once dragged him on his knees while he said the rosary and tried to beat him into submission and that he had been sexually assaulted by the demon on several occasions.
“Demon is in that home”
The family called in Edward
Warren, the director of the New England Society for Psychic Research,
and his wife, Lorraine, to investigate in January 1986.
According to Warren and his
team of investigators, there was a very powerful demon in the home,
whichhad gotten progressively stronger through the years.
“The Smurls are truly a
family coming under a visual attack,” Warren said. “The ghost, devil,
demon – or whatever you call it – is in that home.”
After months of
investigation, Warren claimed he had audiotapes of knocking, rapping
and dark shadows that belonged to the demon.
“We’re dealing with an
intelligence here,” he said in an article that appeared in The Times
Leader in August 1986. “It’s powerful, intangible and very dangerous.”
Warren, who seemed to be
the only person who believed the Smurls at the time, said the first
night he was at the home he used the name of Jesus Christ and a
crucifix, holy water and holy oil.
“I did not have to wait
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