While there’s no denying the case of supernatural stirs at 284 Green Street in Enfield, London, England, is historically infamous, the people it primarily centered around have never spoken on it much. They have been mentioned in books, covered in documentaries, and even dramatized in the 2016 horror film ‘The Conjuring 2,’ yet AppleTV+’s ‘The Enfield Poltergeist’ is the first to really feature them. So now, if you simply wish to learn more about Margaret Hodgson, in particular — 13 when the incidents began back in August 1977 before lasting for nearly 18 months — we’ve got the details for you.
Who is Margaret Hodgson?
Born in 1964 in Edmonton, Middlesex, as the eldest of four kids to Margaret “Peggy” Hodgson and her husband (his identity is unclear as of writing), Margaret doesn’t remember a lot of her girlhood. She can vividly recall the tumultuousness she grew up surrounded by, but crucial experiences from the tender age of 11 onwards are a little murky in her mind, considering everything she has endured. “Before I was 10, [our] parents would regularly have rows,” she revealed in the original production. “One day… she went to open up the front door, and he shut her arm in it. I remember this very well.”
Margaret continued, “I remember things getting a bit overheated. They were arguing and shouting at each other… My father then sat me down and said to me, ‘I won’t be living here anymore, you know. We’re getting divorced, Mum and I.’ Our lives changed then, and I don’t remember much more childhood.” That’s because while he moved out around 1976, one of her younger brothers, Johnny, was subsequently placed in a boarding school for troubled children, only for issues to begin at home too.
According to this four-part docu-series, it started with strange knocks from inside their council house’s walls, ceilings, as well as floors, furniture moving around, plus random items flying by, but it quickly moved to loud noises, spirit indications, and possessions. Margaret’s 11-year-old sister Janet was the direct medium for all these bits, yet the teen herself experienced all of it too since they shared a room. However, the thing that got to them the most was the bullying or the raised eyebrows from skeptics.
Margaret actually said in the original that she was “very, very scared for Janet. When these things were happening, I didn’t understand fully what was going on. Then we had questions at school, children coming after Janet, and some kids coming around the house to shout outside the windows or pointing at us in the streets. Some calling Janet possessed, some calling me a witch. ‘Ghosty, are you in there?’ and run off and all that. I get very tearful over it even now, and I get very upset. [There was nowhere] to run ’cause inside you’ve experienced all this. I wasn’t getting, in my mind, anywhere away from it.”
Where is Margaret Hodgson Now?
Margaret thus also felt terrible once her baby sister was moved from their familial residence to a children’s home as the paranormal occurrences were simply getting too much for them to bear. Though, little did she know the youngster would soon find herself improving under the care of a neuropsychiatrist at The Maudsley Hospital in London in July 1978, just to return home a short while later. But alas, it wasn’t until 1979 that reports of eerie happenings stopped coming through, indicating the two girls were finally able to settle down shortly prior to moving out for good to build different, separate lives of their own.
So, coming to Margaret’s current standing, it appears as if she’s currently based in Essex alongside her long-term husband, where she’s even gladly surrounded by their loving brood as well as Janet. Nevertheless, it’s imperative to note the past continues to haunt her to this day — she has tried to move on in every sense of the term, yet the horrors of her teenage years continue to linger in the back of her mind.
“I used to go back regularly just to look at that house,” Margaret said in this Jerry Rothwell-directed original. “About two years ago, we went in the car, my husband drove us. We got the feeling no one was really in there. We just had a look, and then all this flashing started in the living room. All the lights started going on and off, flashing on and off. I felt like something maybe had recognized me. I don’t want to go back there now, I don’t ever want to go back there.”