Haunted Houses
Disembodied Spirits of the Deceased within Homes

Haunted Houses
Disembodied Spirits of the Deceased within Homes

A Haunted house is a structure that has been reported to be haunted due to spirits residing within the home. Reports of unexplained noises, voices and objects moving, have been reported in haunted homes.

It is generally believed that these spirits at one time lived within the home when they were alive. It is also believed that these spirits may not know that they are actually deceased and live their life day to day.

A haunted house is often perceived as being inhabited by disembodied spirits of the deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property.

Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building's past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide.

In 2005, Gallup polls conducted in three countries—the United States, Canada, and Great Britain—showed that more people believe in haunted houses than any of the other paranormal items tested, with 37% of Americans, 28% of Canadians, and 40% of Britons believing.

Some of the phenomena generally associated with haunted houses, including strange visions and sounds, feelings of dread, illness, and the sudden, apparently inexplicable death of all the occupants, may be attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

In one famous case, carbon monoxide poisoning was clearly identified as the cause of an alleged haunting.

Dr. William Wilmer, an ophthalmologist, described the experiences of one of his patients in a 1921 article published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

"Mr. and Mrs. H." moved into a new home, but soon began to complain of headaches and listlessness.

They began to hear bells and footsteps during the night, soon accompanied by strange physical sensations and mysterious figures.

When they began to investigate, they found the previous residents had experienced similar symptoms.

Upon examination, their furnace was found to be severely damaged, resulting in incomplete combustion that produces carbon monoxide and forcing most of the fumes into the house rather than up the chimney. After the stove was fixed, the family fully recovered and did not experience any further unusual events.

A report published in 2005 described a 23-year-old female victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, found delirious and hyperventilating, who claimed to have seen a ghost while in the shower.

A new gas water heater had just been installed in her home, apparently improperly, which flooded the house with carbon monoxide when the victim closed all the exterior windows and doors and took a shower.

Although there are many cases that have a rational explanation behind an apparent haunted home, these cases do not explain all hauntings. Many people believe that homes, land, objects and people can become haunted.

Harry Price Interview

Harry Price (January 17, 1881 -- March 29, 1948) was a British psychic researcher and author.

Price's first major success in psychical research came in 1922 when he 'exposed' the spirit photographer William Hope.

During the same year, Price traveled to Germany together with Eric Dingwall and investigated Willi Schneider. During Helen Duncan's famous trial in 1944, Price gave his results as evidence for the prosecution.

Price's psychical research continued with investigations into Karachi's Indian rope trick and the fire-walking abilities of Kuda Bux in 1935.

He was also involved in the formation of the National Film Library (British Film Institute) becoming its first chairman(until 1941) and was a founding member of the Shakespeare Film Society.

In 1936, Price broadcast from a supposedly haunted manor house in Meopham, Kent for the BBC and published The Confessions of a Ghost-Hunter and The Haunting of Cashen's Gap. This year also saw the transfer of Price's library on permanent loan to the University of London, followed shortly by the laboratory and investigative equipment.

In 1937, he conducted further televised experiments into fire-walking with Ahmed Hussain at Carshalton and Alexandra Palace, and also rented Borley Rectory for one year. The following year, Price re-established the Ghost Club, with himself as chairman, conducted experiments with Rahman Bey who was 'buried alive' in Carshalton and drafted a Bill for the regulation of psychic practitioners.

In 1939, he organized a national telepathic test in the periodical John O'London's Weekly. During the 1940s, Price concentrated on writing and the works The Most Haunted House in England, Poltergeist Over England and The End of Borley Rectory were all published.

According to the most recent biography of Price by Richard Morris, Price fabricated various pieces of evidence for and against psychic phenomena.

Despite his faults, however, Harry Price contributed greatly in encouraging public interest in the psychic field.