By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
4:14 PM CDT, October 22, 2012
Just in time to creep you out at Halloween, Syfy's "Paranormal Witness" closes out its second season Wednesday with a Chicago haunting.
"The Tenants" reexamines the story of Chicagoans Ed and Marsha Becker, whose claims that their Northwest Side home was haunted led to the first nationally televised exorcism on NBC in April 1971. The video below shows NBC News correspondent Carole Simpson's report of the haunting and exorcism conducted by nationally known psychic Joseph DeLouise and Rev. William Derl-Davis.
Edwin F. Becker wrote about his family's experience in his 2011 book "True Haunting," which inspired the "Paranormal Witness" episode.
"The Tenants" includes reenactments of the exorcism and some of the paranormal phenomenon experienced by the Beckers, including the independent opening and closing of doors. The Beckers also said the string holding their bathtub plug would wrap itself around the faucet, house keys would be moved, the telephone would come off the hook and the mixer flew off the wall. They also heard a crying woman, according to Simpson's report.
Did the exorcism work? Tune in. "The Tenants" premieres at 9 p.m. CT Oct. 24 on Syfy.
Here's what the network says about the episode:
In the true and terrifying story of "The Tenants," Chicago newlyweds Ed and Marsha Becker become homeowners for the first time after buying a "two-flat" in 1970. Soon after moving in, paranormal activity--flickering lights, plates flying out of kitchen cabinets--kicks in and Marsha realizes that there are ghostly tenants living in the house with them. While rooting around in the basement, Ed discovers sinister secrets about the house's former occupants. When the paranormal activity reaches an all-time high, the Beckers organize an exorcism, which becomes the first nationally televised exorcism in the U.S. when it is broadcast by NBC in April 1971.
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