Spirits of the Cage by Richard Estep and Vanessa Mitchell

Spirits of the Cage by Richard Estep and Vanessa Mitchell

Paranormal investigator Richard Ester has been active within the world of the paranormal since 1995. During that time he has visited, explored, and stayed in a variety of haunted buildings both in the United Kingdom and America. 

In 2015 he first came across one intensely haunted building, The Cage on a TV show titled Great British Ghosts. The place intrigued him and he set about doing his own research into the location.

Witch Trials

In his book Spirits of the Cage, Estep and Vanessa Mitchell present their personal account of their investigations into The Cage – a former prison for witches, which is located in the village of St Osyth, England.

The building itself is a small, plain and unremarkable structure but it does have a sign on the exterior wall revealing its former use as a mediaeval prison – one in which a one-time resident of the village, Ursula Kemp, was incarcerated for a while before being hung as a witch in 1582. The building was last used for such a purpose back in 1908.

Vanessa Mitchell moved into The Cage in 2004 along with her friend. Whilst they initially took up residence in a state of excitement this very soon changed for, as Mitchell states “I had no ideal at the time that it would turn out to be an absolute nightmare.”

At the point at which the book was written, 2016, Mitchell remained the owner of the house but it had been up for sale for several months with no takers. Whilst investigating the house deeds she found that over several generations possession of the property had changed every three and a half years on average. It seems that like her few were able to tolerate the strange goings on in and around the place.


In earlier reviews of Richard Estep’s books we remarked upon just how good a story-teller and narrator he is. Once again his talents shine out in this publication; though this time with the added bonus of several accompanying photographs taken at the property both with himself and his co-researcher and contributor.

I will not comment to any degree on the story that they tell nor of any specific details of the spooky events that transpired during their investigations there for fear of spoiling it for potential purchasers. Suffice it to say that lovers of true life paranormal stories will thoroughly enjoy what is on offer in Spirits of the Cage.

Which leaves me just to say that this is stimulating read and that once again I am left looking forward to Richard Estep’s next book detailing his many strange experiences captured during his life”s mission to seek out the weird, and strange world of the paranormal.