Ex-owner of UKs most haunted house on years of horror and exorcisms
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Part dramatisation, part documentary, Witch Farm is a BBC podcast which seeks to unlock the dark secrets of the house Heol Fanog. The eight-part podcast concentrates on couple Bill and Liz Rich, who moved into the property in 1989 and soon had a severe case of buyer’s remorse after strange things started happening. Witch Farm looks at the case 30 years on with Danny revisiting the cold case and described it as “the mystery which kept giving”.
The podcast features thought-provoking discussions with guests elaborating on the Witch Farm case led by Danny, who previously worked on the award-winning Battersea Poltergeist podcast series.
Following on from the success of the Battersea Poltergeist, Danny said he was looking for another “rich” case and as soon as he heard about Heol Fanog a “tingle” went down his spine and he knew he’d found his next podcast.
Danny said: “When you feel the fear that she felt and it’s still 30 years on, she’s frightened about this and when I find out about that level of fear, I want to find out about it.”
The dramatised scenes are set in 1989 and follow married couple Bill (played by Joseph Fiennes) and Liz Rich (Alexandra Roach), whose recent move to the picturesque period home with their young children but the idyllic property soon turns out to be a nightmare.
Not long after their move, strange occurrences start with the couple facing otherworldly forces which leaves them trying to desperately escape from the place they hoped to call home.
To this day, Liz says she needs to “distance herself from it on purpose” as she recounts the ordeal, such is the lasting effect on her.
Liz’s former home Heol Fanog, nicknamed ‘Hellfire Farm’, is nestled in the heart of Wales’ Brecon Beacons – a place said it to be steeped in magic and witchcraft.
The weird happenings started not long after they moved in with heavy footsteps on the staircase and spotting an old woman looking at her through the window of the children’s playroom.
The old woman is even said to have been watching her kids as they played in the room but Liz was quick to say this wasn’t a “nice” figure but something far more sinister.
In a bid to free their home of the evils spirits, Liz and Bill called on the services of a priest after being inspired by The Exorcist given Google didn’t exist in the 1980s and they were struggling to find someone to help with their supernatural plight.
Liz said: “The exorcisms happened all the time. It was just a normal thing in the end.”
They enlisted mediums, baptist ministers and even the famed ghost hunter Eddie Burks, who is said to have helped laid a troubled soul to rest at the Queen’s bank Coutts.
Despite numerous attempted exorcisms, which sometimes involved prayers and speaking in Hebrew, the menacing presence would always return even angrier than before.
She said on one occasion: “I was getting really nervous and I thought something was going to happen.”
Adding she was “b****y terrified” as the footsteps came down the stairs towards her as she spoke to a local minister about organising another exorcism. “It wanted attention. It wasn’t being flimsy in any way, it was being very definite.”
They also found their electricity bill soaring as this dark presence seemed to drain energy from the house.
To make matters, Bill suspected his teenage son from a previous relationship had been possessed.
“He did become very, very difficult. He wasn’t before we moved there,” Liz said, admitting she wasn’t sure if he had become possessed. “He’d spit at his father, swear like crazy, painted his room bright red.”
The teen even spat in his grandmother’s face with the couple having to send him to live with his mother in the end at the behest of some of the medium and paranormal experts who’d visited the house.
However, the family was stuck in the house for eight years with Liz saying forces seemed to be conspiring against them and preventing them from leaving.
Her husband Bill, who is an artist by profession, woke up one morning with sores all over his fingers which hampered his work.
She would often take her children and live with her mother for periods when the haunting became too much.
Danny said he’d seen the house, describing it as a “strange old place” and in a “little bubble”.
Thankfully, Liz and her family have now moved to a new house spirit-free but the story isn’t over for Heol Fanog with new residents now living there.
The new owners of Heol Fanog decided not to be part of the podcast series. Danny said: “Read into that what you will. Whether they are having experiences or they aren’t, I don’t know.”
He added: “What Liz and Bill went through in that place in unprecedented and off the scale and the fact that they managed to escape from that is incredible.”
Radio 4’s The Witch Farm is on BBC Sounds now. New episodes drop Mondays and are broadcast on Radio 4 at 11pm
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