In Battersea, London, the Hitchings family were terrorized for four months by an outbreak of fires and other phenomena like tapping and phantom fingers tugging on their clothes. Most disturbingly, the haunting seemed to focus on their 15-year old daughter Shirley. In one instance, Shirley’s bed caught fire. In another, the spirit apparently dropped clothes on an electric cooker and turned it on, even though power to the appliance had been cut off. The poltergeist, named Donald, even followed Shirley to work and frightened her co-workers.
Finally, spiritualist Harry Hanks held a séance in the home and the supernatural activity ceased.