Professional exorcist Ralph Keeton claims that he has fought evil spirits as well as seeing a woman burst into flame.
Ralph, who runs his own museum at the Annison funeral parlour building in Hull, says he has always been connected to the spirit world with a group of friends only he could see.
But he didn’t take his gift seriously until, by chance, he became involved with a murder investigation in Holland.
Ralph says cases of demonic possession are often sparked by their victims and that “nine out of 10 times” people in the property have “upset the energies there”.
But Ralph tells Hull Live that some cases are a lot more frightening. He recalls a house in Scarborough with a presence that was “pure evil”.
“I noticed this form,” he recalled. “It was like a demon. I get a sense like static electricity which tingles and shocks.
“I asked for other spirits to come forward and take the demon away. It is difficult to describe how this happens but it is like a conference call.
“Some people call these spirits ghosts but they are more like a form of energy.”
He says he was called to a house in Hull where “knives in the kitchen stood on their points and began spinning” – a phenomenon that Ralph says is often a test by the presence “to see how scared you get”.
The exorcist claims he then witnessed a “grotesque-looking black shape” which threw objects in his direction.
It apparently ran up the stairs before throwing Ralph down them.
He was left injured and came away with “teeth marks, scratches and bruises”.
But perhaps Ralph’s most harrowing experience was when he saw a young mum burst into flames in front of him.
He recalled how the family started hearing “people walking around” in their new-build property. Terrified, they called a local priest but he then supposedly had stones thrown at him by an unknown force.
Ralph was called himself and claimed the house next door “almost imploded” because of the “evil” presence.
He was then in the kitchen with the mum when she “burst into flames”.
The exorcist managed to put the flames out and the mum managed to recover despite her burn injuries.
It comes after nuns broke Covid rules to attend an exorcism and wage a “war on the children of darkness”.