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Welles House, A Haunting Worse than Amityville?

Welles House, A Demonic Haunting

The Welles House is located in PA’s Wilkes Barre,  on 46 South Welles Street.  Many locals have believed for years that the house was haunted, but it wasn’t until the 1970’s when the Bennett’s moved into the home that the paranormal reports finally came to light.  Ed and Lorraine Warren, along with Mary Pascarella conducted numerous investigations in the house and determined that the hauntings were demonic.

Inside the Welles House
What evil lurks inside the house located 46 S Welles Street?

Welles House History

The house on 46 South Welles Street in Wilkes-Barre, PA was built around 1860 by Augustus C. Laning.  Augustus Laning (1808-1875) was one of the first industrialists to come to Wilkes-Barre. He lived there until he sold his company in 1869. Soon after the home was built, there were a number of odd deaths that occurred on Welles Street and tragedy hit Mr. Laning’s fortunes. Laning’s factories burned to the ground in 1850, and he lost his nephew in a terrible lightning accident. His nephew was working with the horses in the barn when a bolt of lightning hit the barn and the barn caught fire.  He was trapped under the carcass of a horse who had been killed in the fire and was unable to get out of the barn and he also perished.

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A “mysterious death” outside the Welles house

There are reports of a priest who suddenly dropped dead in front of the house for no apparent reason during the mid 1800′s.

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    Lorraine Warren in front of the haunted Welles House
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    Bennett sells the Welles House
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    A Haunting Worse than Amityville?
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    Welles House Psychic Sketch 2014
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    Ouija in the Welles House
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    Demon scratches the number 6 on the back of Tim Wood
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    Demon attacks a paranormal investigator at the Welles House
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    Close up of demonic attack
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    Close up of blood reacting to luminol on the old baseboards on the second of the Welles House. Could this be from the blood that dripped from the walls in the 1975?
  • the walls bleed at the Welles House

The house from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century was primarily a rental property, however, this did not mean that its owners did not encounter any hardships. The house during these times went through 3 sheriff sales and had 2 confirmed suicides and 4 deaths on its premises.  Even though the house was mainly used as a rental since it was built, most of the tenants resided in the house for long periods of time. Over its 160 year history, it is documented that the Welles  House has been rented more than 50 times.

Did the house develop a demonic personality or was the land cursed?  It seems quite apparent that its past inhabitants have felt the destructive effects of what some call a curse. One only needs to do simple research to find many examples of bad luck, financial issues, depression, suicide, psychiatric illnesses, physical illnesses, and alcoholism which all have affected anyone who has owned the house. In 2014 we conducted paranormal investigations at 46 South Welles Street, which were live-streamed for three months straight.  It is our conclusion based upon our documented research that the Welles House is haunted by a demonic presence that cannot be removed nor is it safe for anyone to live in.

46 South Welles Ownership Timeline

  • May 11, 1846 – Laning’s mother deeded the Welles Street parcel over to Augustus C. Laning, and he is said to have built the house at 46 S. Welles St.
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    A “tragedy” hits the Lanning Family
  • May 29, 1875 – After Laning’s death on May 29, 1875, the parcel was divided up, and on June 28, 1876, one B.R. Honeywell bought the land that would become 46 S. Welles St
  • 1894 circa – The 1894 map of Wilkes-Barre shows Honeywell as the property owner, but at some point — county records don’t indicate when — Samuel Sussman gained ownership.
  • Aug. 22, 1919 – Benjamin R. and Margaret Jones bought the property at the sheriff’s sale and sold it for $6,000 to Katie Basch on Aug. 22, 1919.
  • May 3, 1939 – Mose and Lillian Rashewsky for $1 on May 3, 1939.
  • May 17, 1965 – Samuel Jacobs bought the property for $5,000 from Lillian Rashewsky’s estate.
  • March 6, 1975 – The property went up for sheriff’s sale again in 1974, however, it is finally purchased by Walker and Marianne Bennett. In 1978 the Bennett’s abruptly move out due to paranormal activity.
  • July 21, 1982 – Katherine “Kaye” Watkins, purchases it from its third sheriff’s sale on July 21, 1982, and lived there until her death on Oct. 26, 2012.
  • December 2013 – Tim Wood purchases the estate.

Welles House Hauntings, Types of Reported Paranormal Activity

  • Unexplained illnesses and depression.
  • Nightly visits from a well-dressed phantom man and the appearance of a ghost of a young girl who walks through doors.
  • Shrieks, moans, and crying seemed to be coming from the attic and within the house’s walls.
  • Bloody spots appear on walls and floors in the living room.
  • A daughter being pushed down the stairs only to mysteriously float to the bottom of the landing on her feet unhurt.
  • Unexplained scratches, in groups of threes, would appear on the resident’s bodies.
  • Sounds of boots tramping up and down the floors and in the walls of the house when there was no one on the stairs.

Watch some of the uncut paranormal activity from the Welles House

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Sallie House History and Haunting

Sallie House History

The Sallie House is one of the most haunted houses in America. The house is located on 508 North Second Street in Atchison, Kansas. The Sallie House haunting has been featured on TV shows on Sightings, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Witness, and A Haunting.  Unfortunately, many tourists and paranormal groups visit the home every year unaware of the demon.


The historical timeline of the house is typical and does not reveal any tragic events that could trigger a haunting of this magnitude.  The Sallie House is built for the Michael Finney in 1867. The Finney family lived there on and off until 1947.

Four deaths are confirmed under natural causes:

  • M C Finney 1872, Charles James Kathrens (father of Kate Finney) 1874
  • Richard Edwin Finney 1874
  • Agnes Finney 1939

After the Finney’s left the property the house was owned and rented by various people.

Stories of the house hauntings didn’t start until Tony, and Debra Pickman rented the home in 1992. The Pickman’s claim that paranormal activity in the home began slowly.  With objects moving in their child’s room, lights going on and off, and eventually a visitation by a ghostly girl. As time passed, Tony Pickman became the focus of a violent haunting.  The haunting would scratch his body, cause nightmares, and later demonic oppression.

In an attempt to get help from the haunting, the Pickman’s invited numerous psychics to the house and the TV show Sightings. In one episode psychic Peter James concludes that a ghost named “Sallie” was responsible for the haunting.   James believed that “Sallie” died from acute appendicitis at the hands of Dr. Charles Finney. The Pickman’s, after living at the house for two years, eventually moved from the home to remove themselves from the haunting.

Sallie House Urban Legends vs. Fact

There is no factual evidence to support Peter James’s story. One thing we can verify is that the paranormal activity originated with the Pickman’s.

Pentagram in the Sallie House Basemnt
A Pentagram on the basement of the Sallie House

There were no past claims of the paranormal activity at the property.

We do know that a pentagram was found in the basement by the current owner Les Smith after the Pickman’s moved out.  There are no pictures of the pentagram before it was covered up with black spray paint.

Shortly after the first pentagram was covered up another ritual was done.  This picture shows that Satanic Rituals have taken places at the house after the first pentagram was spray painted over.  But by whom?

Regardless, there’s physical evidence that we’ve gathered during our numerous investigations that we can substantiate. According to luminol tests we have conducted in the house, there’s evidence of blood splatter in the master bedroom closet.  The luminol even found demonic sigils on the walls and apertures. In 2012, we discovered a bloody sweater in the attic of the house. Could these physical clues be the cause of the haunting?

Hauntings at the Sallie House

We have concluded that there is no single “hot spot” where the hauntings at the Sallie House are more likely to occur.  Any part of the house can be active at any time with unexplained phenomena.  The master bedroom and closet, Sallie’s room, staircase, living room, kitchen, and basement all can feature haunting activity.  Some of the paranormal activity that we have documented during our live paranormal investigations on video include:

  1. Dark moving shadows that are visible to the human eye
  2. Unexplained voices that heard or captured on audio
  3. Violent physical attacks
  4. Ectoplasm
  5. Electronics failure
  6. Strange electromagnetic field fluctuations
  7. Cold spots/ hot spots
  8. Nightmares
  9. Depression
  10. Poltergeist activity
  11. Feelings of being choked
  12. Demonic possession

Sallie House Paranormal Videos

When Tim Wood first investigated the house in 2007 with KMPS, the house was believed to haunted only by human spirits. However, over time, and with more research it is understood that the haunting is demonic. The demonic activity at the Sallie House is hazardous and numerous investigators from all over the country have experienced it.

Some of the types of demonic activity that we caught on video include:

Demonic Voices

Watch as demonic laugh is caught on video. The laugh was obtained in the basement during the day time at 2:11 pm.

Demon Physical Attacks

The first time Tim Wood ever challenged Sallie House Demon he was attacked. The attack occurred while he was in the master bedroom in the closet while doing a ghost box session. In this paranormal video, you can clearly hear the word “satan” right before Tim is attacked by the demon.


Demonic Possession

Tim and John Houser perform a Ouija Experiment in the basement of the Sallie House.  Watch as the experiment goes wrong.


Is the Sallie House safe to investigate?

Don’t let looks fool you.  The house is extremely dangerous and can cause both physical and psychological harm.  Tim Wood and his team can attest to the damage that this house has done to him and other investigators over the years.

List of Demon Names

Demon Names

Below is a complete resource list of known demon names along with a brief description. If you are looking for more information for specific information about a demon, please check out our complete guide to demons.


  • Abaddon
    • Hebrew root meaning “to destroy”, same as Apollyon.
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      Amsodeus Demon Sigil
  • Apollyon (Abaddon)
  • Abigor
    • Christian demonology – commands 60 legions.
  • Adramelech
    • Arch Demon whose name means, “King of Fire”.
  • Agares
    • First Duke of the East, commands 31 legions; appears willingly.
  • Alocer
    • Strong Duke commands 36 legions; lion’s face, dressed as a knight on a horse.
  • Amduscius
    • Great Duke, governs 29 legions; looks like a unicorn.
  • Andras
    • Marquise, commands 30 legions; bird head with angel-like wings.
  • Asmoday
    • Prince of demons; thought to be the serpent that deceived Eve.
  • Asmodeus
  • Astaroth
    • Strong Duke over 40 legions and the treasurer of hell.
  • Aym
    • Great Duke, who commands 26 legions; from Christian demonology.
  • Ayperos
    • Prince, commands 36 legions; from Christian demonology.
  • Azazel
    • Chief of the goat-demons or “hairy demons”.


  • Bael
    • Head of the Infernal Armies of 66 legions.
  • Balam
    • Terrible king with three heads and commands 40 legions.
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      Bael Demon Sigil
  • Beelzebub
    • Prince of Demons, aka Lord of the Flies, former highest ranking angel in heaven.
  • Belial
    • Chief of all devils, brings about wickedness and guilt.
  • Belphegor
    • Demon or “god” of the Moabites, Numbers 25.
  • Berith
    • Great Duke of hell who governs 26 legions, appears as a red soldier on a red horse.
  • Bifrons
    • Declares the understanding of geometry, astrology and other arts.
  • Botis
    • Appears as a viper, and proclaims the past and future.
  • Buer
    • President of hell, of the second order, and commands 50 legions.


  • Caym
    • Great President who takes the shape of a thrush; rules 30 legions.
  • Charon
    • The boat man who brings souls across the river Styx.
  • Cresil
    • Demon of impurity and laziness.
  • Crocell
    • Grand Duke who appears as an angel, and governs 48 legions.


  • Deumos
    • Female demon with 4 horns and a crown.


  • Eurynome
    • Superior demon who feeds on corpses; the Prince of Death.


  • Focalor
    • Grand Duke who drowns men and overthrows ships of war.
  • Furfur
    • Count of hell, commands 26 legions; appears as angel with a flaming tail.


  • Gaap
    • Prince of hell, intensifies love and hatred; transporter demon.
  • Geryon
    • Giant centaur, guardian of hell.


  • Haures
    • Strong Duke of hell, commands 20 legions and is very frightful with eye aflame.


  • Ipos
    • Demon count of hell who commands 36 legions; looks like a lion-headed angel.


  • Jezebeth
    • Demon of falsehoods and lies.


  • Kasdeya
    • From the “Book of Enoch”, the 5th Satan.
  • Kobal
    • Demon of hilarity.


  • Leonard
    • Master of black magic and sorcery.
  • Leviathan
    • Dragon of the Sea, the Crooked Serpent of the abyssLilith : Demon of waste.
  •  Lilith
    • A Dangerous demon of the night, who is sexually wanton, and who steals babies in the darkness.
  • Lucifer
    • Light bearer, son of the morning; former seraphim cast out of heaven.


  • Malphas
    • Grand president of hell, commands 40 legions; appears as a raven.
  • Mammon
    • Demon of avarice.
  • Mastema
    • Leader of fallen angels whose job is to tempt men to sin and accuse them before God.
  • Melchom
    • Demon who carries the money purse; payer of servants.
  • Mephistopheles
    • Another name for the devil in the Middle Ages.
  • Merihim
    • Dark Prince of pestilence.
  • Moloch
    • Demon worshipped by the Israelites through child sacrifice.
  • Mullin
    • Demon lieutenant of the demon Leonard.
  • Murmur
    • Great Duke, comes with trumpets sounding and rules 30 legions.


  • Naberius
    • Strong demon in charge of 29 legions, a Marquis of hell.
  • Nergal
    • Second order demon, commands the secret police.
  • Nicor
    • Water demon known for drowning humans; can cause hurricanes, tempests.
  • Nybbas
    • Manager of visions and dreams, inferior order charlatan.
  • Nysrogh
    • Second order demon, chief of the house of princes.


  • Oriax
    • Marquis, demon who commands 30 legions; teaches astrology.
  • Ornias
    • Name of the harassing demon.
  • Ose
    • Great President, governs 30 legions.


  • Paymon
    • A king of hell, master of ceremonies; governs 200 legions.
  • Philatanus
    • Demon who assists Belial in sodomy and pedophile behaviors.
  • Proserpine
    • Aka Persephone, princess of hell.
  • Pruflas
    • Head of 26 legions, has the head of an owl; provokes wars and quarrels.
  • Pyro
    • Prince of falsehoods and lies.


  • Raum
    • Count or Great Earle, commands 30 legions; seen as a crow.
  • Rimmon
    • Aka Damas, an ambassador from hell.
  • Ronove
    • Marquis of hell, commanding 19 legions, teaches languages.
  • Ronwe
    • Inferior demon, commands 19 legions.


  • Samael
    • Demon angel of death, prince of the power of the air.
  • Semiazas
    • Chief demon of fallen angels.
  • Shax
    • Duke of hell, commanding 30 legions, deceitful thief; appears as a stork.
  • Shalbriri
    • Demon of blindness.
  • Sonneillon
    • Demon of hatred.
  • Stolas
    • High prince of hell, commanding 26 legions; teacher of astronomy and plant properties.
  • Succorbenoth
    • Chief eunuch, sexless, demon of gates.


  • Thamuz
    • Ambassador of hell, demon master of big weapons.


  • Ukobach
    • Inferior demon who maintains the fires of hell; appears ablaze.
  • Uphir
    • Demon physician.
  • Uvall
    • Duke, commanding 36 legions, knows the past, present and future; strong and scary.


  • Valafar
    • Strong Duke, commands 10 legions, appears in the shape of a lion.
  • Vepar
    • Grand Duke, strong; guide of waters, like a mermaid.
  • Verdelet
    • Master of ceremonies.
  • Verin
    • Demon of impatience.
  • Vetis
    • Demon of corruption.


  • Xaphan
    • Second order demon, former fallen angel, fans the furnace flames.


  • Zagan
    • Demon King, deceitful, commands 33 legions.
  • Zepar
    • Grand Duke, appears as a soldier, commanding 26 legions.
  • ZoZo
    • Ouija Board Demon, possible connection to Pazuzu. Known aliases ZaZa, MaMa, MoMo, OZ, Abacus, LoLo. Prefers the number 28, which is connected to the feast of the Beast.

The Haunted History of Waterdog Lake

Ghosts of Waterdog Lake

Located in Belmont California, Waterdog lake is said to be one of the most haunted lakes in California. Having grown up in the area, I had always heard of ghost stories about the lake, and a murder.  The lake is anything that you would expect to find featured in a horror movie, remote, full of weird vibes, and haunted.

The 100-million-gallon reservoir was built with its primary purpose to facilitate water flow to the Ralston Mansion, which was made a few miles below it.  Simultaneously, the European and Chinese workers assembled an elaborate piping system as the conduit to deliver fresh water down the hill to the estate house for irrigation and human consumption. Ultimately, Water Dog Lake became the primary source of water not only for Ralston mansion, but for the growing town of Belmont. The intricate network of pipes was not completed until 1874.

Why is Waterdog Lake Haunted?

A with most hauntings, tragedy can leaves a dark imprint on the land for the haunting to occur.  Such is the case with Waterdog Lake. On October 2, 1984, Lance Turner’s body was found on the trail at Waterdog Lake, murdered by Jon Dukel, a serial killer. After confessing to the murder, Jon Dunkel described his crime at Waterdog lake as a “Delight in Doing Evil.”

On October 2, 1984, about 7:00 p.m., Belmont resident Margaret Turner called the police to report her 12-year-old son, Lance, missing from soccer practice. That day, jon dunkel Timothy O’Brien had driven his two sons and Lance to soccer practice at the fields behind Ralston Intermediate School.

O’Brien began coaching his team and did not see Lance again. Later, when the practice ended, O’Brien asked Lance’s coach, Ray Williamson, where Lance was. Williamson told him Lance was not at practice that day. Several boys reported seeing Lance head toward Waterdog Lake, three-eighths of a mile from the soccer field. A search followed.

William Russell arrived at 6:00 p.m. to pick up his son from soccer practice and, after taking his son home, joined the search for Lance. About 8:20 p.m., Russell shined a flashlight onto some bushes in a gully off the path to Waterdog Lake and saw feet sticking out of the bushes. Lance’s body was found under the overgrown brush.

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Pathologist Peter Benson, M.D., testified Lance had died from blood loss due to multiple stab wounds. Two wounds to the heart were each fatal; two other wounds to the lungs were potentially life-threatening. There were numerous defensive wounds to the arms and hands, as well as scratches, scrapes, and bruises.

Stephanie Olson, Kendra Durham, and Nicole Guthrie, students at Ralston Intermediate School at the time of the Turner homicide, testified that about 3:00 p.m. on October 2, 1984, they left school, skipping volleyball practice, and went down to Waterdog Lake to smoke cigarettes. A man whom Stephanie described as having dirty blond hair, pimples and dirty teeth with a retainer approached them and started a conversation. He told them his name was Jon and said he had graduated from Carlmont High School the year before. He was drinking beer from a tall Budweiser can, which he offered to the girls.

The girls left after about 20 minutes. Another Ralston student saw a man with dirty blond hair near Waterdog Lake about 4:00 p.m. (None of these witnesses was asked to identify the defendant in the courtroom. Olson, Durham, and Guthrie gave the police a description of the man that was incorporated into a composite drawing used in the investigation of the Turner homicide. In his confession to FBI agents, the defendant described talking with the three girls shortly before he killed Turner.)


The Paranormal Investigation – Video

Waterdog lake Haunting.

Interesting enough the legend of the haunting revolves around a boy that drowned at the lake, and there have been multiple drownings at the lake.  However one of the most exciting things about Waterdog lake is the old tunnels that were built over a hundred years ago where Satanic Rituals are believed to have taken place.  Is it possible that Jon Dunkel used these tunnels once to perform some ritual before or after he committed his murder?

During my brief stay there I did get multiple EVPs, and I did hear a disembodied voice that was captured on camera when no one was around.  Would you like to see me go back if so let me know by leaving a comment below?


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Haunted Forests – The Suicide Forest in San Francisco

The Sutro Forest in San Francisco is a beautiful lush forest in the heart of San Francisco, and it is haunted.   The Forest is known for it’s vibrant, lush, densely-packed eucalyptus trees which were once the sight of numerous hangings.

Sutro Forest Dark History

The Sutro Forest was originally planted in the 1880s by Adolph Sutro.  This Forest as beautiful as it is on the outside houses a dark secret.  Since the early 1900’s numerous people came to this Forest to commit numerous suicides.  Most of the suicides that were carried out in this forest were carried out by hanging however some were facilitated by poison.  The forest was an ideal place for to commit self-inflicted death due to the forest being a very secluded place.  Due to the forest being so dense many of the corpses from the suicides would be discovered months after death, which would make identification much more difficult.

San Francisco Call – March 26, 1904:


The remains of a man that committed suicide in the Sutro forest were removed to the Morgue yesterday afternoon. They were found on top of the hill east of the Almshouse after a search of three hours and a half by Deputy Coroner Meehan and Messenger Carrick. The clothing worn by the suicide was a gray checked summer weight suit, well worn; a soft black hat and a pair of heavy black laced shoes. The body had been lying in the brush for more than a month and was unrecognizable.

San Francisco Call – April 18, 1904

Once Wealthy Resident of City, Later — Inmate of Almshouse, Kills Himself.

The body of Thomas Murnane, once a wealthy business man of this city, later a physical wreck and inmate of the Almshouse, was found yesterday hanging to the top branch of a tall eucalyptus tree in the Sutro forest. The body was found by L. K. Pryer of 660 Broderick street and A.E. Pinching of 1104 Divisadero street. Murnane had evidently been dead for two months. The body was taken to the Morgue. Nothing of value was found on it.

On February 27 last, Murnane, who formerly lived at 36 Sixth street, disappeared from the Almshouse. The day before his disappearance he told one of his friends, also an Inmate of the Almshouse, that he had tired of a life of poverty. “My last child died a few months ago,” he said, “and since that time I have been dependent Sutro Forest Suicide on the city for alms. What is life to me, now, where once I had the best of everything?

The next day Murnane disappeared. He was last seen strolling toward the dense growth of trees near the Almshouse, known as the Sutro forest. Although 52 years of age, Murnane climbed the smooth trunk of the tree and, fastening the noose, swung himself into a better world.

San Francisco Call – November 24, 1904:

Baker Missing for Nearly Two Weeks Chooses Lonely Spot at Which to Die
Woman’s Search Ends in Park
Mrs. Daniel Pfeefer Finds Long Looked For Body of Her Husband in Forest

Two weeks ago Daniel Pfeefer, a baker, who lived at 4057 Twenty-fifth street, was reported missing from his home and his faithful wife, had spent the weary fortnight trying to find trace of him. The woman’s search was rewarded yesterday afternoon when she stumbled across his remains strung to the limb of a tree in Sutro Forest, near the Corbett road.

Every day since Pfeefer had been missing his wife hunted over the hills and among the sand dunes for her husband’s body. She was convinced that he had taken his own life and her surmise proved startlingly correct.

Until about six months ago, Pfeefer conducted a small bakery on Church street, near Seventeenth. When he sold out he made no effort to acquire another business or secure employment. About a month ago it was noticed that he acted strangely. He was pensive and he seldom spoke to anyone. On the morning of November 14, he left his home saying that he would return in the evening, but when he did not do so his wife started a search for him. First she visited all of her husband’s haunts, and when she found he had not been seen in any of these, she started about the city inquiring if anyone had seen “a man with a coat buttoned over an undershirt Suidcide Forest rambling about.” Yesterday, in company with her brother-in-law, Conrad Dettling, she visited the Sutro forest. After several hours tramp she came upon the body, then she went to St. Boniface’s Church for advice and the priests told her to notify the officials.

A strange feature of the case is that while Pfeefer has been missing nearly two weeks, he hanged himself within twenty-four hours of the time he was found. This was determined by the condition of the body. Just where Pfeefer spent the intervening time is hard to tell, but the Morgue officials will endeavor to ascertain. His family say he was, without doubt, insane, and the deed is attributed to insanity.

Paranormal Investigation

I decided to spend one night alone in the forest to see if I could document any signs of paranormal activity.  Immediately when I stepped into the forest I was surrounded by what felt to be a energy that seemed to follow me around.  As the night progressed I was able to capture numerous EVPs, strange magnetic anomalies, and shadow figures that seemed to materialize out of no where.  As I was endlessly walking through the labyrinth of Eucalyptus tree I had seen a figure in a gown on the trail which disappeared. Could this be one of the patients from the Alms House who had ended there life in the forest?

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Types of Demons, A Complete Guide to Demons

One of the most common ways that types of demons are classified in the study of demonology is by domain.  When types of demons are classified by their domain, they attributed to a specific activity such as mortal sin, knowledge, questionable behavior that some people may be prone to, or certain misfortunes, sicknesses, or addictions. Each demonic entity within its domain has its tasks and abilities according to their authority, and each interacts with humanity in their unique way. Below are various ways that these dieties have been classified by domain throughout the ages.  We also have a list of general demon names if that is what your looking for.

What is a demon?

Before we get started, the definition of a demon according to Webster’s dictionary, a demon is:

“an evil spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act as a tormentor in hell.”
It is important to note that all of these different classifications for the types of demons below are based upon the western view that the demon is a fallen angel, cast out of heaven by God. The Devil or Satan will always be on the top of these hierarchies. Also, do not try at any time to communicate or summon a demon at any time!

Different Types of Demons

Demons in The Testament of Solomon

King Solomon purportedly wrote one of the earliest works in Western Culture where types of demons are classified by domain, the Testament of Solomon.  In this piece, King Solomon describes his interactions with Beelzebub and other demons who he enslaves to help build his temple. The book also contains numerous rituals and sigils that are still used to today to conjure demons. 

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King Solomon evoking Belial by Jacobus de Terramo 1473

Demons listed by Psellus’

In the 11th century, Michael Psellus attempted to classify types of demons by domain. The types of demons that Psellus divided demons into were Empyreal (Fiery), Aerial, Subterranean, Lucifugous (Heliophobic), Aqueous, and Terrene (Terrestrial).

Demons Listed by the Seven Deadly Sins

1. Deadly Sin 1 – PrideThe Lanterne of Light (an anonymous English Lollard tract often attributed to Wycliffe) was an unknown work that is now believed to be written by Wycliff.  The book categorized types of demons based upon the Seven Deadly Sins. These types of demons that Wycliff used would be later found in the books by  John Taylor, the Water Poet.

St. Catherine of Siena Attacked by Demons1. Deadly Sin 1

  • 1. Deadly Sin 1
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    St. Catherine of Siena Attacked by Demons
    • Demon – Lucifer
  • 2. Deadly Sin 2 – Envy
    • Demon – Beelzebub
  • 3. Deadly Sin 3 – Wrath
    • Demon – Satan
  • 4. Deadly Sin 4 – Sloth
    • Demon – Abaddon
  • 5. Deadly Sin 5 – Greed
    • Demon – Mammon
  • 6. Deadly Sin 6 – Gluttony
    • Demon – Belphegor
  • 7. Deadly Sin 7 – Lust
    • Demon – Asmodeus

Spina’s list of Demons

Inspired by different Legends and stories of his time, Alphonso de Spina, in 1467 classified demons by:

  • Demons of fate – Otherwise known as the angel of death
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    An early depiction of a demon causing a nightmare, by Henry Fuseli
  • Incubi and succubi – Demons that have sex with the living
  • Wandering groups or armies of demons – otherwise known as Legion
  • Familiars – Familiars are animal spirit guides for witches and warlocks who are considered “personal demons.”
  • Drudes – In German folklore, it is an evil spirit that causes nightmares
  • Cambions and other demons that are born from the union of a demon with a human being.
  • mischievous demons
  • demons that attack clergy
  • Demons that entice people into the occult, or witchcraft

Binsfeld’s Types of Demons

In the Princes of Hell by Peter Binsfeld in 1589 different types of demons again are classified by the seven deadly sins, the only exception is that the names of the demon are slightly different than Lanterne of Light.

  • Lucifer: Pride
  • Mammon: Greed
  • Asmodeus: Lust
  • Leviathan: Envy
  • Beelzebub: Gluttony
  • Satan: Wrath
  • Belphegor: Sloth

The King James Bible’s Demons

Several years prior to the King James Bible in 1591, King James wrote  DaemonologieDaemonologie separates demons into 4 different types based on ways that the devil causes torture on the living and the dead. 

  • Spectra: In the modern world referred to a haunting, spectra or spirits of the dead that haunts places, or objects.
  • Obsession: Ghosts or Spirits that haunt people
  • Possession: Demon or spirits that take over the body and soul of the living
  • Fairies: Spirits or demons that give advice to the living


Types of Demons According to Michaelis

The types of demons that Sebastien Michaelis’s has in his book the Admirable History were given to him by the demon Berith when he was exorcizing a nun. His classification system is based up the sin the devil tempts the living to commit.

First hierarchy – Princes of Fallen Angels

  • Beelzebub – the demon that tempts men with pride, is opposed by St. Francis of Assisi.
  • Leviathan – the demon attempts people to give into heresy, and is opposed by St. Peter.
  • Asmodeus – the demon that tempts men into wantonness, is opposed by St. John the Baptist.
  • Berith – the demon who tempts men to commit murder, is opposed by St. Barnabas.
  • Astaroth – the demon tempts men to be lazy, opposed by St. Bartholomew.
  • Verrine – the demon tempts men with impatience, opposed by St. Dominic.
  • Gressil – the demon tempts men with impurity, opposed by St. Bernard.
  • Soneillon – the demon tempts men to hate, opposed by St. Stephen.

Second hierarchy – Demons of Powers, Dominions, and Virtues

  • Carreau – the demon of powers, and is opposed by St. Vincent and Vincent Ferrer.
  • Carnivale – the demon tempts men to obscenity and shamelessness, is opposed by John the Evangelist.
  • Oeillet – the demon that tempts men to vow of poverty, is opposed by St. Martin.
  • Rosier- a demon of dominions, this demon He tempts men against sexual purity,  opposed by St. Basil.
  • Belias – a demon of virtues, this demon  He tempts men with arrogance and women to be vain, raise their children as wantons, and St. Francis de Paul opposes gossip during mass.

Third hierarchy – Demon of Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.

  • Olivier was the prince of the Archangels. He tempts men with cruelty and mercilessness toward the poor and is opposed by St. Lawrence.
  • Luvart was the prince of Angels. At the time of Michaelis’s writing, Luvart was believed to be in the body of a Sister Madeleine.
  • Verrier was the prince of Principalities. He tempts men against the vow of obedience and is opposed by St. Bernard.

These demons and ranks also appear in the Sabbath litanies of witches, according to with Jules Garinet’s Histoire de la Magie en France, and Collin De Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal.

9 Types of Demons According to Francis Barrett

In Francis Barrett’s book The Magus (1801), offered this his classification for types of demons.

  • Beelzebub:
    • False Gods – Demon of False Idols, prophets
  • Pythius:
    • Spirits of Lying – Demon of Liars
      Demons as depicted by Francis Barrett
      Demons as depicted by Francis Barrett
  • Belial:
    • Vessels of Iniquity – Demon of evil things
  • Asmodeus:
    • Demon of Wickedness
  • Satan:
    • Imitators of Miracles – Demon of Witchcraft
  • Merihem:
    • Aerial Powers – Demon of pestilence
  • Abaddon: Furies –
    • Demon of discord
  • Astaroth: Calumniators –
    • Demon of inquisitors and fraudulent accusers
  • Mammon: Maligenii –
    • Demon of tempters and ensnarers