Doris Bither case

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The Doris Bither case, also known as the Entity haunting, was an alleged haunting which occurred in 1974 in Culver City, California where a woman named Doris Bither alleged the ghosts of three men were raping her. The case inspired Frank De Felitta's 1978 book The Entity which was made into a 1982 film of the same name starring Barbara Hershey.[1]


Doris Bither, a mother of 4 children, met Barry Taff and Kerry Gaynor after a female friend of hers overheard a private conversation between the gentlemen in a Westwood bookstore near the UCLA campus. At the time, Taff was working in the now defunct parapsychology lab run by the late Thelma Moss.[2] Taff, with the assistance of Gaynor conducted a preliminary interview of Ms. Bither's paranormal claims on August 22, 1974.[3] This interview revealed Bither had a history of physical and substance abuse along with a traumatic childhood. Investigators also noticed there was a poor relationship between Doris and her four sons. Their home was likewise in severe disrepair having been condemned twice.[4][5] Bither alleged she was attacked and raped by an invisible entity. Later she reported the spirits of three men assaulted her. Taff allegedly photographed a variety of luminous anomalies while investigating Bither.[6]

Taff claimed to have photographed orbs and said the frequency and intensity of attacks decreased with time.[7] Bither died in 1999 of pulmonary arrest.[6]

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  1. ^ Juliet Bennett Rylah (2015-10-25). "9 Creepy Places In Los Angeles". LAist. Archived from the original on 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  2. ^ "Thelma Moss", Wikipedia, 2018-12-10, retrieved 2019-01-09
  3. ^ Robert Young (2015). Parapsychology: Ghosts and Hauntings. pp. 134–. ISBN 978-0-9926404-3-9.
  4. ^ Barry Conrad (21 July 2009). An Unknown Encounter: A True Account of the San Pedro Haunting. Dorrance Publishing. pp. 128–. ISBN 978-1-4349-9188-1.
  5. ^ Paul Meehan (15 July 2009). Cinema of the Psychic Realm: A Critical Survey. McFarland. pp. 100–. ISBN 978-0-7864-5474-7.
  6. ^ a b Dr Taff's Blog Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Brent L. Smith. "Demystifying the Paranormal: Dr. Barry Taff Unravels the 'Poltergeist' Mystery". Reality Sandwich. Retrieved 2016-07-25.