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Family Says Their Home’s Secret History Led to a ‘Demonic Infestation’ That Terrorized them for Years (Videos)

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Family Says Their Home’s Secret History Led to a ‘Demonic Infestation’ That Terrorized them for Years

It’s an eerie story of a so-called “demonic infestation” that seems so terrifying that it is perfectly suited for the pages of a horror novel. But Bob Cranmer, a former commissioner in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, insists that it was a horrific and life-altering reality for him and his family.
From a mysterious, blood-like substance coating the walls of his home to crucifixes purportedly snapping in half on their own and scratches randomly appearing on his body, Cranmer told TheBlaze earlier this year that something profoundly evil was terrorizing his family.
He claims that the demonic force was eventually expelled, but only after the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Fr. Michael Salvagna, a local priest, Protestant pastors and Adam Blai, a self-described demonologist, spent two years fervently battling its presence by repeatedly holding Mass and blessing the home.
Following the release of his new book in August detailing the purported horrors titled, “The Demon of Brownsville Road: A Pittsburgh Family’s Battle with Evil in Their Home,” Cranmer recently shared with TheBlaze photos and additional details of what unfolded.
He claims that the images, which show a range of the purported activity in the home, capture only a tiny portion of the chaos that raged:
The “Figure” on the Staircase
Cranmer said that it at first seemed as though there was a “friendly ghost” inside the home in December 1998 after his family moved in — and that it wasn’t until 2003 that the situation truly intensified.
One day, he said he noticed the family dog sitting and intently staring at something on the staircase.
Cranmer didn’t see anyone or anything there, but he decided to snap a photo anyway. After he had it developed, he noticed a “smoky skeleton” on the staircase.
And that’s what he believes his dog was staring at — the very force that he contends was wreaking havoc within the home.
“I couldn’t see it with my own eyes,” he said.
In a previous interview, Cranmer, who has four children, said his kids also once saw the entity, describing the figure as “a really strange-looking person” wearing a black dress.
But that was the only overt apparition, as he said the demon would typically manifest itself as a shadowy figure moving about the home.
Blai, a demonology expert, has a degree in psychology and said he saw shadows with no origin and experienced phantom smells.
“I observed black shadows sliding along floors and walls that were not being cast by anything,” Blai told TheBlaze. “I also smelled a column of air with a horrific death-like stench that moved like a person walking. This column of air left no lingering scent behind it like natural odors would.”
Mysterious Scratches on His Body
Cranmer also said that he would often wake up in the morning with mysterious scratches on his body.
“The scratches would [usually] appear in a group of three parallel scratches and they would generally run straight down your back and across your chest,” he said. “I would never feel [them] when they were being applied. I would wake up in the morning and I could certainly feel them then because it hurt.”
See a photo showing some of those scratches below:
Bob Cranmer

Bob Cranmer
The Bending and Snapping of Crucifixes
It wasn’t uncommon for the Cranmer family to use crucifixes in their effort to battle the demonic force they believed was infesting their home.
They would often wear the necklaces, but would frequently wake-up and discover that something quite peculiar had happened to them.
“There’s one that my son wore. It was bent completely in half, folded over on itself,” he said. “And we found it on the floor off of its neck and when I opened it up again it broke in half.”
Here are some photos of the crucifixes, which were bent and snapped in half:
bent cross necklace

Bob Cranmer
broken cross

Bob Cranmer
Bob Cranmer

Bob Cranmer
“Blood” on the Walls
Perhaps one of the creepier claims is the blood-like substance that Cranmer said first appeared in puddles on the bathroom floor and then later on the walls of the home.
“The walls really didn’t bleed,” he said. “It’s not like this stuff seeped out of the walls on its own and ran down.”
He said, instead, that it seemed as though someone or something had intentionally splattered it.
Noting that priests were always going through the home and splashing holy water on the walls and floor, he said it seemed as though the demonic force did the same thing with the reddish substance.
Bob Cranmer

The red substance Bob Cranmer says was inexplicably splattered on his walls. (Source: Bob Cranmer)
And here’s a paper towel that is saturated in the mysterious red substance:
Bob Cranmer

Bob Cranmer
Orbs in the Coal Room
One day, Cranmer snapped a photo of the coal room of his home and later noticed numerous circular objects seemingly floating in the air.
Supernatural orbs or a mere consequence of the complexities surrounding lighting and photography? You decide:
Bob Cranmer

Bob Cranmer
While Cranmer’s story might seem unbelievable to many, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has publicly stood by the details, as have others who were involved during the two-year effort to correct the situation inside the home.
“I kind of have post-traumatic stress disorder,” Cranmer said of the experience. “I was always worried that this thing was coming back and that it would start up again.”
But aside from a few minor incidents, the home has been relatively calm since faith leaders held a final Mass in 2005, he said.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Salvagna, who was present during what Cranmer described as “deliverance services” in the home, corroborated many of the details shown in the photos and described by Cranmer in interviews.
“When we went to pray … you felt you were invading an enemy territory,” Salvagna told TheBlaze. “We would have these smells … drippings on the wall that looks like blood.”
The staircase inside the Cranmer home (Bob Cranmer)

The staircase inside the Cranmer home under which paranormal investigators and faith leaders claim they found a demonic “lair” (Bob Cranmer)
The priest also said that Cranmer and his family members would “wake up with scratches or bites” and that the horror took a toll on the entire family.
Salvagna offered up the theory is that an abortion mill was run inside the home long ago and that it possibly opened the door to the terrifying presence. Additionally, the family believes that a traumatic murder and burial might have unfolded in the 1700s on the property.
The priest described the process of dispelling the force as a long one that was “like putting out a fire on a gas well.”
“There are ritual prayers for house infestation. There are patterns of prayer,” Salvagna said. “We turn to God, the saints, the blessed mother … there are regular prayers … Psalms … scripture passages.”

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  • Thetruth

    Just a heads up on a New conspiracy theory site for you all to keep
    an eye on, We put truth first unlike some others, censorship is not
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    • Dustdevil

      Thanks, will check it out. I’m really sick of writing articles, only to be ‘no-posted’ by the ‘elite editors’ on this site. Seems that regardless of language-watched, subject-information, or ‘linking’, there’s always some reason why ‘it can’t post’.

      Meanwhile, if I see one more lame ‘Brain Dead for Swiss Asylum’ post about ‘aliens chewing off Joe Biden’s fingers tomorrow at noon’, I think I’ll scream.

      It’s time that Lisa, Lyn and a few others keep their BIN for themselves. My god, it’s gotten worse than ATS and GLP here, and that’s saying something.

      • privatess

        i completely agree with you there, Lisa, Lyn and the others continually post complete fictitious crap while the rest of us have our story’s that actually have some substance blocked. I mainly come here to read the comments, 99% of the story’s are complete rubbish

    • Saber

      Thank You!! It looks like it will be one of my new favorite sites.

  • The Real Deal

    Of course the house is haunted…LOOK AT IT!

  • jay67

    The dog is looking at the person taking the photo. All the rest are easily staged. But I hope they make a few bucks off the book. The Church loves this stuff because people will feel it validates their faith. After all, of the devil exists…….

  • mltat69

    I might need some help with my own home. I’m a practicing Wiccan but nothing is helping. And will gladly take help from any faith that might have some answers or solutions. My story is eerily similar. My kids keep waking up with scratches. I have a cctv system and seen shadows on walls were I know people are not at. Because I’ll be watching that spot from two angles. I have photos of dark shadows in my house that match no one livings outline and more then one. Doors slam when the heat ac are off and noone’s come or gone out any door to change the air preasure. My dogs often bark at things not there. All three at once. And don’t let me get started on what I hear in baby monitors. Oh and a sandwich was made other night noone made. My wife keeps a tight kitchen and had just finished cleaning it then she came upstairs my kids were asleep and we heard rustling. We go to look and bread was open butter knife in sink jelly and peanut butter on counter. No one around or awake in house to do so. I’m an Id resident. And I will check back here for any advice or links with a means to contact someone who can help if anyone knows anyone who can.

    • okiechick

      You might try joining the Facebook group called Lorraine and Ed Warren fan club. It’s not a cheesy club page by any means. There may indeed be some in that group that have experience with the problems you are having. Good luck.

  • jconstantine

    did they try just lighting a cig or joint and telling it to sod off or to get bent and that it their house.

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