Over the years, there have been many different explanations given regarding who this entity is. The entity was known to the press as ‘Mr Nobody’. The family called him ‘Fred’, and in time he came to be known as ‘The Black Monk’ mainly because when his apparition appears, he’s dressed in long black robes.
One of the most popular explanations suggests that a Cluniac Monk was hanged across the street for raping and murdering a young girl. His body was then discarded down the well that sits under the lounge of 30 East Drive.
However, other theories state that there were never monks in the area and that the name derives from his appearance. One researcher claims that ‘Fred’ is the twin of a murderer and was blamed for his brother’s misdeeds resulting in his restless spirit seeking revenge.
There seems to be more than one entity residing in 30 East Drive as well. Aside from Fred, there is also a young girl, a boy and an elemental spirit. Some have speculated that the elemental spirit is controlling the other spirits in the house.
Even after more than 50 years, the entity that lives at 30 East Drive is anything but dormant. The official website currently lists almost 300 ‘happenings’ reported from visitors, but there are many more. It seems that few visitors leave without having personal experiences.
Common types of reported activity include foul smells, disembodied voices, scratches and other physical attacks, unexplained light anomalies, nausea and shadowy figures.
Fred’s favourite party trick is moving marbles around. Not only will he roll them or throw them, but they sometimes appear to drop through the ceiling or appear out of thin air.
Some visitors have even claimed to have had marbles appear in their homes and other locations after leaving East Drive!
Keys are also a favourite trigger object for Fred. One of the things that happened to The Pritchard’s originally was that a bunch of old keys dropped down the chimney. These days Fred will often steal unattended keys, and on one occasion, the house keys showed up inside the vacuum cleaner – which does not work and is simply a prop!
The paranormal activity is not just limited to the house either. Neighbours also report the shadowy figure in their gardens and have experienced mild activity in their homes.
Fred has also been known to have violent and destructive outbursts from time to time, presumably when he is offended or disrespected.
On one notable occasion, the bed in Diane’s old room was destroyed, and the room was trashed at around 4 am on a night when the house was unoccupied. The kitchen has also been found in a state of disarray on occasion.
The house attracts paranormal investigators from all over the world and has featured on many paranormal television shows. Be sure to watch Most Haunted at 30 East Drive, as they experience all kinds of paranormal activity. Yes, there’s a clip that leads many to believe it’s a hoax, but the activity that occurs here is very real indeed.
Another popular paranormal TV show that visited, was Paranormal Lockdown. Katrina Weidman and Nick Groff spent 100 hours at the house for their Halloween Special in 2016.