Devil-worshipping cults and sword-wielding men in robes – the truth about demons that live in our homes
Sep 21, 2014 11:52 By Janet Tansley for the Mirror UK
A paranormal expert has painted a terrifying picture of the truth about demons which can occupy our homes and their ‘dark satanic history’.
Liverpool resident Lorna McDonald was left living in fear due to bizarre occurrences at her home, which led to her daughter moving out and Mrs McDonald racking up bedroom tax arrears.
She claimed to have seen demonic shapes and mirrors flying off the wall, and expert Tom Slemen told the Liverpool Echo he believes this could be the case, with the Belle Vale area having a very dark history.
“The whole area around Southbrook Road where Mrs McDonald lived has quite a dark Satanic history,” he said.
“Southbrook Road derives its name from Childwall Brook, which once ran through the road on which 34 houses are now built, and the house which is purported to be the lair of the demon is situated on land which once belonged to the Ivy Farm – just one of the infamous spots where a sinister and ancient band of occultists known as the Lily White Boys used to hold their bonfire rituals.”
According to Tom the area has some sacred relevance to the Lily White Boys, an obscure cult that is said to predate Christianity and practices animal, and on one occasion, child sacrifice.
The area also includes a tract of forbidden land known as ‘Bloody Acre’, which has been the scene of some strange rituals, including one in 1554, when Anne Whitfield – aged just nine – was married to 10-year-old Thomas Fletcher.
The motives behind the marriage were alleged to be financial, but the reverend who conducted the service doubted this.
“But a local landowner of great influence visited the clergyman and warned him to mind his own business,” said Tom.
“Not long after this, there were reports of frenzied naked people dancing round a huge bonfire on uncultivated land near Childwall Brook, and witnesses said weird demonic figures even appeared in the flames of the fire.
“These rituals were said to be attended by the Lily White Boys sect, and the costume of these fire and moon-worshipping cultists are green flowing robes with a hood emblazoned with the Eye of Wotan – an encircled cross symbol of ancient Norse origin which supposedly endowed the wearer with supernatural powers.
“Some of the sect have this protective symbol, along with the three-legged Triskelion (often associated with the Manx flag) tattooed on their arms as a mark of allegiance.
“I have spoken to many witnesses over the years who have had close encounters with the Lily White Boys, from policemen to an ARP warden who went to investigate the bonfire-makers in Bowring Park who were violating blackout regulations one night in 1941.
“The warden got the shock of his life when he came upon a circle of men in pointed hoods brandishing swords, as something resembling a human body burned in the flames.
“The warden ran for his life, and when he returned the next day with a policeman they found nothing but a mound of ash – and what looked like blackened bones.”
And there have been more recent incidents, says Tom.
“In the 1990s, police chased one of the sword-wielding robed revellers down Childwall Valley Road, but he managed to escape capture by leaping clean over five-feet railings.
“I have a folder bulging with accounts of possessions, “moonlight murders” (including the unsolved 1961 Knotty Ash “Occult killing” of Maureen Dutton), and many other strange goings-on which stretch from the 16th century to the present day.
“So perhaps the Belle Vale Demon is merely the latest manifestation of an ancient supernatural menace?”