One of the most horrifying events took place in paranormal Canadian history.Paranormal phenomena unannounced until,ever present danger and phenomena emerged that rocked a local family and community.
The reported case, may have been one of the most documented and reported cases ever to arise from eyewitness reviews.Threats of demonic danger,physical harm and nightmares that were unspeakable.
The case stemmed from the house rented by the Cox family in Amherst, Nova Scotia in the 1870s. Esther Cox of Amherst was their first and most crucial victim reported in the Canadian case,that gained national recognition.
Princess Street in Amherst, a town in north central Nova Scotia where the province borders New Brunswick. Esther Cox, 19 years old, lived in a small rented house with her married sister Olive Teed, her husband Daniel Teed, and their two young children. The crowded little cottage was also home to Esther’s siblings, Jennie and William, as well as Daniel’s brother, John.
As the story and legend goes,Esther was nearly raped by an acquaintance named Bob MacNeal. Apparently something triggered another any of evilness,but not of any human kind.This time attacks came by ways of said supernatural forces,that were nearly indescribable.
According to Walter Hubbell “The Great Amherst Mystery
One night, screams of fright brought all of the adults of the house rushing to the room where sisters Esther and Jennie shared a bed. The girls had seen the formation of something moving under their covers as they were about to go to sleep for the night; Esther thought it was a mouse. A search turned up nothing. The girls returned to bed and the house quieted for the night.
The following night, more screams disturbed the family. Esther and Jennie excitedly claimed that they had heard strange noises coming from a box of fabric scraps that was kept under the bed. When they brought the box out to the center of the room, it leapt into the air of its own accord and landed on its side. No sooner had the girls nervously righted the box when it jumped into the air again, eliciting the screams from the young women.
Up to this point, the events could have been attributed to the active imaginations of the two girls, especially given Esther’s recent, harrowing experience at the hands of Bob MacNeal. But the third night would provide evidence to all in the Teed house that something far out of the ordinary was happening with Esther Cox. That night, Esther excused herself to bed early, complaining that she felt feverish. At about 10 p.m., soon after Jennie joined her in bed, Esther jumped up from the bed to the center of the room, tearing at her nightclothes and screaming, “My God! What is happening to me? I’m dying!”
Jennie lit a lamp and looked at her sister, horrified to see that her skin was bright red and seemed to be swelling unnaturally. Olive rushed into the room and assisted Jennie in getting their sister back in bed as she now seemed to be choking and struggling to breathe. The other adults watched in disbelief as Esther’s entire body, which was remarkably hot to the touch, swelled and reddened. Esther’s eyes bulged and she cried in pain, fearing she was literally going to burst through her stretched skin. Then from beneath Esther’s bed came a deafening bang — like a clap of thunder — that shook the room. Three more loud reports exploded from under the bed, after which Esther’s swelling subsided and she fell into a deep, deep sleep.
Four nights later, these terrifying events repeated themselves — Esther’s unexplained swelling and torture ended only by the thunderous noises from under the bed. At a loss to cope with this unearthly ordeal, Daniel asked a local doctor, Dr. Carritte, to examine Esther. And he was witness to some of the most frightening events of all.
Attending at Esther’s bedside, he watched in astonishment as her pillow moved beneath her head, untouched by any hands. He heard the loud bangs from beneath the bed, but could find no cause for them. He saw her bedclothes thrown across the room by unseen hands. Then the doctor heard a scratching noise, like a metal tool scraping into plaster. Dr. Carritte looked to the wall above Esther’s bed and saw letters nearly a foot high etching themselves into the wall.
When it was done, it had spelled out:
ESTHER COX YOU ARE MINE TO KILL
A jagged clump of plaster then tore off the wall, flew across the room and landed and the doctor’s feet. After two hours, the house fell quiet.
Dr. Carritte — out of courage, compassion or curiosity — returned the next day and bore witness to more unexplained manifestations
The events,that were to have happened,were documented by towns people and also local residents.It would later be the focus of a book.
The Great Amherst Mystery: An Eyewitness Account of the Most Famous Haunting of the Nineteenth Century