This is the story of a family living in a beautiful, small town in the Province of Quebec Canada. The Pryn family consisted of the father James, mother Wendy and two year old son Daniel. Although the case came to light in September of 1996, the problems they encountered began years earlier. Both James and Wendy, before marriage, found themselves in a world of phenomena few people experience. When they met and eventually married, the untold number of wonderful experiences they planned turned into … hell.
James was previously married, a black belt in karate, and was training for the Olympic weightlifting team. While he was still dating his first wife, she made him aware of the fact that she was interested in Satanism and wanted to join a satanic cult. Not making much of it, he conceded to let her do it until the “fad” wore off. As time went by he married her even though he saw less and less of her. When he did see her, he began noticing changes in her, changes that scared him in a way he never felt before.
It occurred to him that one-day things just made a sudden change for the worse. He began seeing dark shadows move about the house in the dead of the night, smell putrid smells that would almost make him sick, and hear muttered voices although he was only one awake in the house.
Weeks after these activities began, while cleaning one evening, he discovered a journal his wife had been keeping. The journal contained the most horrifying information he had ever laid eyes on. Tales of events taking place in her satanic groups’ gatherings, the conjuring of demons, and more importantly to him, the fact she was planning on murdering him to prove herself to her group and her god. Shortly after that night he left her. James moved to another area of Quebec Province and opened several successful pet supply stores…
Wendy, her older sister and two older brothers were raised in a loving, catholic family. Her mother and father provided all the love and security their children could ever need. Wendy recalled that when she was five years old her parents told her they were going to someone’s house to “cast out demons” from a Satanist. Upon returning, and from that point on, Wendy’s family life was not the same, her FATHER was not the same. One night, she was lying in bed almost asleep when she heard the sounds of footsteps outside by the front door. A key entered the lock, the door opened, closed and then pots and pans began clanking. Thinking her mother had gone out and returned to do the dishes, she got out of bed to say hello. She entered the kitchen to find the cabinet doors opening and closing and drawers sliding in and out. No one was in the kitchen. She ran to her parents’ bedroom to tell them what she saw to find both her parents sleeping soundly.
When Wendy was fifteen, she began to realize what had been taking place in the house for the previous 8 years or so. She went into the living room one evening in an attempt to ask her father why these occurrences were happening and noticed a “black cloud” hovering over him as he lay on the couch. Shaken by the sight, she fled to her bedroom for the remainder of the night. She later discovered occult paraphernalia hidden in the basement that her father had hidden. Mentally and spiritually at the end of her rope, Wendy, now 18, left home and went to work at a local, successful pet supply store…
As fate has it, she began working for James. The first time they met, they fell in love. They began a relationship many months after their first meeting and soon found themselves talking about marriage. Since the day they announced their intentions, Wendy’s father was completely against the two seeing each other. One day her father showed up at the store consumed with anger, threatening James with bodily harm. The police were called and arrived to a small crowd in the front of the store. When Wendy’s father was confronted by the officer, he got so irate that he began shaking and, as confirmed by witnesses and the officer, his eyes began glowing red. As was stated by the witnesses: “It was not the ‘he saw red’ syndrome, his eyes actually glowed!” As the officer was escorting Wendy’s father off the premises, he cursed them both and began chanting an unknown verse in what is thought to be Latin.
January 1993, James and Wendy were now married and living in a fifteenth story condo. They had also recently discovered that Wendy’s father and James’ ex-wife had been contacting each other. James and Wendy came to the conclusion that together, they were out to destroy the marriage… one way or another. It was then that their situation went from bad to worse. Phenomena began happening to THEM now. At first glance, what was happening could be considered coincidental but when taken in light of the big picture and knowing how the forces of evil will work at making people doubt their own sanity and, over time, break down their will to resist, these “coincidences” begin to take on a whole new meaning.
At 3:00 AM, James was awakened by the sound of banging and … chirping. Looking out the window, he saw hundreds of sparrows flocking around his windows, only at his floor in the building. He thought it odd that sparrows would flock at 3:00 AM in the dead of winter but thought no more about it and went back to bed. Three nights later, the same thing happened. This time the noise of the flocking seemed to increase. Three is a common trademark for demonic or diabolical events as to mock the Trinity. A week later, one of the two family cats died, followed by the other four days later. James began losing weight at an accelerated rate, originally weighing 220lbs, he shriveled down to 130lbs. He went to a local doctor who was able to determine that along with the weight loss, James was losing an incredible amount of blood but could not find the source of blood loss. He was hospitalized for a week to no avail, the blood loss was never located, and he suddenly began healing.
One night, a couple of weeks after his return from the hospital, between the hours of 2:30 to 3:30 AM, James’ condo building and the surrounding community lost electrical service. They hadn’t noticed because, of course, they were sleeping. Simultaneously they awoke with a start, hair standing on end in the darkness. Feeling as if something were in the house with them, James got up. The only light entering the house was the ambient light from the moon and stars coming through the many windows. As soon as he stood up, they both felt the temperature in the room drop drastically and a black cloud began to form in the doorway of their bedroom. The psychic cold is always a telltale sign of the presence of an entity, the cold actually is the draining of a person’s own energy by a spirit to supply it with what it needs to manifest. James picked up a baseball bat in his attempt to defend himself and Wendy, futile as it may be. The black cloud began taking on a more distinct form as it started entering the bedroom and coming to within five feet from where James was standing. Sensing a feeling of utter doom, James took a step backwards just as an intense white flash light up his whole house. The light was not generated from a particular area or spot, it seemed to be everywhere. Now dark again, they noticed the black form had retreated back beyond the doorway of the bedroom and began to diminish, but suddenly started reforming. It again approached the entrance to the bedroom when a second brilliant flash of white light struck. At that, the entity disappeared for good.
Several weeks later, Wendy, only twelve hours before the birth of Daniel, was in the bath tub when she noticed psychic slashes begin to appear on her abdomen. As they began forming she called for James, he ran in to the bathroom and they both watched, helplessly. They painlessly formed a large “V” that started at the top of her abdomen and ran down to below the naval. Within 10 seconds of fully forming, they simply vanished without a trace. Wendy claims to have felt no pain during the whole process, as is common with psychic slashes, and would have never even know they were there had she not looked down. She went into labor that night and when the baby was born, the entire delivery staff turned away, gasping and choking. Daniel was immediately taken away and neither James nor Wendy were allowed to see him for over two hours afterwards. James was understandably upset and frustrated and when he confronted the doctors and nurses about why they had reacted in such a manner, they just explained that there were complications and said no more. To this day, no one except the delivery staff knows exactly what happened or what they saw that night.
James and Wendy decided to move to another location now that baby Daniel was part of the family, so they bought a fairly large farmhouse in the woods. They hadn’t even finished unpacking before the activities again began to arise. James entered the house one day to find the entire first floor covered with bugs. A layer of bugs an inch think covered every inch of the floor, couches, chairs, pillows, etc. He left the house frantically, trying to find a way to rid the house of the bugs but upon returning found there was not one bug anywhere in the house. Despite the fact that the house had recently been renovated with all the latest insulation techniques and new windows, James was always frozen to the bone. In the course of one winter James had managed to burn 10 tons of firewood and several thousand dollars in propane and oil in an attempt to warm himself. He still could never get warm enough.
By now James and Wendy began piecing the puzzle together. His ex-wife, her father, together, they placed a cursed on them and they had no idea how to break the curse and rid themselves from the hell they were experiencing. It was then that the evil they were dealing with began to show its true power. James and Wendy were in the kitchen eating one night when they heard banging noises coming from Daniel’s bedroom. James ran to the door and swung it open to find the baby’s crib moving across the bedroom floor as if it were walking. Daniel was still in the crib. That night, Daniel slept with them. The following day, James tied 100 lb. weights to the legs of the crib to keep it from moving, also to settle his slight skeptic thoughts about “maybe I just overreacted.” They later put Daniel to bed and shortly afterwards a loud banging was again heard from Daniel’s bedroom. Entering the room he again saw the crib walking across the floor WITH the weight on each leg!
Shortly after these incidents, the Pryn’s decided that they really needed help. Again they moved, hoping these occurrences dealt with the HOUSE and not THEM. They moved into a smaller house in a quaint suburban community and the day after they moved in, again, activity picked up. It was then that they realized that no matter how much they ran, the demons that were attacking them would continue to do so, regardless of where they live.
In September of 1996, an associate and I made our first visit to Canada to begin our investigation. We were met by the family, entered the house and immediately felt the pressure and intensity of a powerful negative spirit in the house. We conducted an in-depth interview which was being recorded on both audio and video tape, during the course of the interview, poundings were continuously occurring beneath my feet. If I moved, the pounding would move along with me. Within thirty minutes, even if I had decided to stop the interview, I knew that the Pryn’s were dealing with something demonic… or worse. After completing the interview I asked the couple to go about business as usual while we conducted our investigation. Daniel was already in bed, but would wake up in fits of terror which would last ten minutes or so they he’d fall back asleep. He never got more than one hour of sleep in a stretch while we were there. Several shadow ghosts were seen throughout the course of the night, mainly between 2:00- 4:00 AM, although they never approached anyone that night, the utter feeling of terror was overwhelming at times. I felt myself, on several occasions, being psychologically attacked but never outright. Most predominant in the house, though, was the COLD. Although the thermostat was set for 68 degrees and displayed the same temperature reading, as was verified by my thermometer, I had never been so frozen to the bone!
The following morning, after our all night investigation, we left for our twelve hour trip back into the US. Now having time to think about the events of the previous night and reviewing the tapes of the interview and investigation, I came to the conclusion that, the Pryn’s did, in fact, have a serious problem on their hands. James was correct in the assumption that he had been cursed but it wasn’t just a mere curse of bad luck that was following the family. The ex-wife and father, together, conjured at least two entities to attack the helpless family. One of which, I believed, was a devil which was taking the leading role of playing out the destruction of not only the family unit but the people themselves.
Over the next month or so, I was in contact with the Pryn’s on almost a daily basis and each time, they would have a new experience to share. One day it was pig grunting, then it was knockings under the bathtub while Wendy was bathing, or objects moving on their own. The point is, it was getting even worse, and the phenomena was getting personal now. James was being slashed and cut and Wendy was being psychologically attacked. It was showing the trademarks of being well into the oppression stage, one step before its ultimate goal… possession. I decided another trip was needed due to the upscale events taking place, so four days before Halloween, 1996, I took journey number two to Canada, alone.
After another uneventful drive, I arrived at their house and they immediately told me that in a half an hour a priest was going to arrive to perform a blessing on the house and family. He did. Father Montgomery arrived, took his shoes off before entering and said hello. He was not aware of any strange occurrences going on in the house… until he arrived. I noticed that within minutes after his arrival he began to break out in a sweat and started getting fidgety. He finally asked what the real reason for his visit was. Wendy looked at me and without saying a word asked me. I said yes. She then proceeded to tell him what events were taking place in the house. He knew anyway. After telling her condensed story, Father Montgomery blessed the family and preceded to bless the house. When he started to bless the house, knockings could be heard at the far ends of the house. He never left the living room. His blessing lasted a total of about 6 minutes before he was out the door, he never even tied his shoes. I have seen priests in situations like this before, some may not believe the family, some do, but THIS priest was scared and could not leave the house soon enough.
That night, all hell broke loose in the house. A clear, watery substance began dripping from overhead joists in the basement. I tried to trace the source of this but found it to be coming from the wood itself. Possible water leak? Maybe, that’s what I thought until it turned into V8 juice. As the liquid continued to drip from the joists, it began turning into V8 until there was a puddle of it on the concrete floor. As soon as James smelled the juice, he turned green in color and told me that tomato products make him violently ill. That made sense, what better way to get to someone than to continuously bombard them with what is the most repulsive to them? I walked back up to the main floor of the house and returned five minutes later to find the joist was now bone dry. I stood in the basement for several minutes to absorb what was happening when I suddenly realized a pack of cigarettes I had been keeping in my back pocket were now gone. After searching for a while, I gave up on them and pulled out a fresh pack. Shortly afterwards I heard James call my name. I went to one of the bedrooms to where he was and noticed my cigarettes were propped up on a lamp in the room with the lighter I had kept IN the pack now laying on the bed.
At about midnight, one of Daniel’s toy airplanes suddenly came to life and started flying around in circles as it was suspended in the air by a fishing string. Wendy took the batteries out, placed them on a cedar chest in the living room and we all went into the kitchen to talk. Shortly afterwards, I heard a soft whooshing sound followed by a loud bang. The batteries had been thrown around a corner, down the hall and hit the door at the end of the hall before rolling to the left, ending up in the same bedroom where my cigarettes were found earlier. Then at about 1 AM Wendy was standing at the top of the stairs leading to the basement, she noticed an apple which had rolled from beyond her view from the far end of the basement, around a corner where it came into view and then to a stop at the base of the stairs. I went down to the basement, looked at the apple, and then took a photo. I then placed the apple atop a box in the basement, came back up and closed the door behind me. No one but me went back down to the basement after that point. Twenty minutes later, Wendy and I were talking in the living room and James was in the kitchen. He walked into the living room to join us and as he passed through the threshold of the open doorway, I heard that familiar whooshing sound as the apple came crashing into the back of James’ head so hard, it almost knocked him off his feet. Scared and shaken, James quietly asked me to dispose of the apple, which I did. I decided it was time to walk throughout the house and sprinkle holy water throughout it while commanding whatever was there to leave. After I finished I walked into the bathroom to freshen up. As soon as I closed the door behind me I heard a loud crash against the bathroom door. I opened the door to find my holy water bottle laying on the floor in front of the door. Again, as was prevalent on our first visit, I was frozen to the bone the whole night.
After what seemed like an eternal (and sleepless) night, morning arrived so it was time to depart. I now knew for sure what I was dealing with, a diabolical entity. This being had a very high intellect as well as a well devised plan of attack for everyone in the house, it knew what would scare us the most and used that knowledge in an attempt to defeat us. I arrived back in the States and passed on my evidence and testimony through a colleague, and we began setting up the details to have the Pryn’s come to a local Connecticut church where a wonderful and very holy priest would bless the family. This was the last step before having to have an exorcist go to the house in Canada. We all hoped this would cure the family.
In May of 1997, the Pryn’s did come to Connecticut where the priest performed the blessing on the entire family. The rites were said with little disruption and they returned to Canada the following day. As soon as they walked in the house there was a strange peace present that had eluded them for so long. Both James and Wendy have stated that the oppressive feelings they have been feeling for the last 10 years were now gone and Daniel sleeps quietly through the night with no disturbances. The curse was broken. I contacted the Pryn’s again in the middle of December 1997 and again in November of 1998 and numerous times since then and they are still … finally… alone.