The Esther Cox File
The Cox House in Amherst, N.S., Canada
Hailed by many as the scariest poltergeist in Canadian history, the strange case of Esther Cox has perplexed believers in the supernatural and scientists alike. Whether it is viewed as evidence of supernatural activity, something for scientists to get their teeth into and explain logically, or just a scary tale to tell by the fire on a dark night, it is a truly disturbing case.
This story takes place in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada and it all started in 1878, the year when the haunting began. Young Esther had just celebrated her 18th birthday when her boyfriend allegedly tried to rape her. This event somehow triggered paranormal events to occur on daily basis.
Poor Esther would wake up at night, screaming, tearing her clothes apart, her skin showing redness here and there and many of us, nowadays, would think that this would have been a case of post traumatic stress. Nevertheless, nothing could be further from the truth.
Dr Carritte was asked to come at once, after a few nights of torment, as Esther was not getting any better and as everyone was getting scared of loud “bangs” that would come from underneath her bed. The good doctor would be the first one to see the paranormal activities step up a notch:
Esther remained in bed for a time and it was there that Dr Carritte came to examine her. While he was at her bedside, the doctor witnessed a number of things he could not explain. He saw Esther's pillow move beneath her head, untouched by hands. He heard the loud banging the family had reported and watched her bedclothes thrown across the room by nothing. All attempts by the doctor to find a cause for the phenomena failed. Finally he heard a scratching noise he described as being like metal on plaster, looked up and saw letters about a foot high seemingly scratching themselves into the wall, above Esther's bed. When the scratching stopped the letters read: 'Esther Cox you are mine to kill'.
Scary, isn’t it? But that part was a bedtime story for kids compared to what happened next.
Normally, ( as if normal was a condition when a haunting occurs ), a haunting remains to one particular location. But not for Esther Cox. The haunting followed her everywhere she went and it gradually grew in violence. From fingermarks on her body and safety pins thrown at her face, a knife flying from a kid’s hand and stabbing her in the back to the “bangs” even following her to church where they overtook the sermon and poor Esther being asked to leave.
Having left her home twice, the first time to leave a little peace to her family, the second time as an eviction had been discussed with the landlord, Esther finally moved to a nearby barn. Being arrested as the barn burned down and then sentenced to jail, Esther spent a month there, out of four months, wondering what was happening to her. And as suddenly as the haunting began, the haunting stopped.
Esther lived to the age of fifty three, married twice and had two sons.
Numerous books have been written about Esther Cox. Witnesses have written about the case, including William Hubbell, who lived with the family at the time.
Hubbell published his book after Esther's death, with an affidavit signed by 16 witnesses of the events at Amherst.
Read more HERE.
This case has never been resolved. Nor explained.
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