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Kyle Fowler, 28, had visited the house of the “most violent poltergeist haunting in Europe” last week with Psychic Medium Lillyanne and her husband and son and was filming the foursome’s investigation.
The house, 30 East Drive in Pontefract, West Yorks, was the site where the Pritchard family were allegedly subjected to years of torment by the so-called ‘Black Monk of Pontefract’.
The footage shows the group come downstairs where Mr Fowler claims their camera picked up the hooded face stood on the stairway behind them in a mirror’s reflection.
Later that evening the team were practising ‘mirror scrying’, staring into the glass and inviting spirits to show themselves, when Mr Fowler believes he fell into a trance-like state under the influence of the Black Monk.
Mr Fowler, from Leeds, West Yorks, said: “The figure that appears us on the stairs is right where the Black Monk has been seen lots of times before. There is the shape of a hood and a face.
“Later in the evening we were mirror scrying in what was the parent’s bedroom. This involved staring through the mirror with a candle underneath your face and asking the spirit to show themselves.
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“My eyes went black and my face aged so that it looked like an old man. It was like the face of an old man had come over mine.
“Ashley became quite concerned as I was just staring into the mirror. Ashley was calling my name but I was quite zoned out and was not responding. This went on for quite a few minutes.
“Eventually Ashley touched my shoulder and called me in for protection. I don’t know what would have happened if he hadn’t done this.
The ‘Black Monk’ was captured on camera just hours before he ‘took over’ him
“I didn’t feel I was being taken over, but I could see his face and felt transfixed. At the time I didn’t feel scared but I don’t know what could have happened.
“It could have taken a different direction. I could have been possessed. I suppose if you don’t have someone with you to pull you out like Ashley did then you could be possessed.
“I think it possibly was the Black Monk as it was quite demonic and I had black eyes when it happened. It was very dark and not very nice.
“Ashley could see it in the mirror too and it didn’t look like me at all anymore.”
Mr Fowler was joined at the house by his partner Ashley Flay and Ashley’s mum Paula Bairstow, also known as Lillyanne Psychic Medium, and her husband Jack Bairstow.
The footage shows the group come downstairs where their camera picked up the hooded face
After arriving at around 8.30pm, the group held a séance at around 10pm and stayed in the notorious haunted house until well gone midnight.
The ghoulish apparition appears in the same spot that the Black Monk, also known as Mr Nobody or ‘Fred’, is said to regularly stand and was where 14-year-old Diane Pritchard was dragged by an invisible hand.
Lillyanne said: “I would describe it as an oppressive atmosphere in the house. There are several spirits lurking in that house, not just one or two.
“There was lots and lots of activity, we didn’t know where to start. There were some awful smells that hit you straight away. We all smelt it, it was not nice.
“Then there was the face that appeared on the stairs behind us. It looked like a hooded figure, and was where the Black Monk has been frequently seen.
“When we held the séance, I antagonised the energy. I called them down and goaded the monk.”
From left to right: Ashley Flay, Lillyanne and husband Jack Bairstow and Kylie Fowler
She continued: “For me it’s natural to capture things like this on camera as the spirits are powerful. I would have been more disappointed note to capture anything.
“It’s not all hype. It’s a well known house but there is certainly something there. I absolutely loved it.
“We are going back in a few weeks and will do a live stream from there so people can watch it as it unfolds.”