Poltergeists
Loud, Unexplainable Sounds, Bangs, and Objects that Move Around



 
A Poltergeist is traditionally described as a troublesome spirit or ghost that moves objects in a person's house and puts them in different places, enjoys terrorizing humans and animals.

Typically poltergeists make loud, unexplainable sounds, bangs, and move objects around.

Sporadically poltergeists have been associated with demonic possession, oppressing, terrifying families, or worse physical damage, depending on its power.

Poltergeist are not benevolent. The word, "Poltergeist", comes from German poltern, meaning "to rumble", "to make a noise" and Geist, meaning "ghost" or "spirit".

Poltergeist manifestations have been reported in many cultures, in all European nations, United States, Japan, Brazil and other countries. They are often thought to be connected with teenagers.

The poltergeist will often make things move through the young adults angry bothered emotional thougts, often times caused by the teenagers negative rejectional feelings from the past and present.

The amount of negative energy in someone almost acts like a magnet for these poltergeists to feed on and are manifested by telekinetic abilities.



Famous Poltergeist Infestations

Lithobolia (1698)

Lithobolia, or the Stone-Throwing Devil, is a pamphlet that records poltergeist activity that took place in the tavern of George and Alice Walton in 1682. Two copies of the pamphlet exist in the British Museum.

The Waltons' tavern was located in New Castle, New Hampshire, then known as the Great Island. Lithobolia was written by “R.C.,” one Richard Chamberlain, the secretary of the colony of New Hampshire. In 1682 Chamberlain was boarding at the Walton tavern and witnessed the attack.

The pamphlet was later printed in London by Chamberlain in 1698.

The opening reads:"Lithobolia", or stone throwing Devil. Being an Exact and True account (by way of Journal) of the various actions of infernal Spirits or (Devils Incarnate) Witches or both: and the great Disturbance and Amazement they gave to George Walton's family at a place called Great Island in the county of New Hampshire in New England, chiefly in throwing about (by an Invisible hand) Stones, Bricks, and Brick-Bats of all sizes, with several other things, as Hammers, Mauls, Iron-Crows, Spits, and other Utensils, as came into their Hellish minds, and this for space of a quarter of a year."


Borley Rectory (1937)

William Roll, Hans Bender, and Harry Price are perhaps three of the most famous poltergeist investigators in the annals of parapsychology. Harry Price investigated Borley Rectory which is often called "the most haunted house in England."


Rosenheim, Germany (1967)

Poltergeist Dr. Friedbert Karger was one of two physicists from the Max Planck Institute who helped to investigate perhaps the most validated poltergeist case in recorded history.

Annemarie Schneider, a 19-year-old secretary in a law firm in Rosenheim (a town in southern Germany) was seemingly the unwitting cause of much chaos and controversy in the firm, including disruption of electricity and telephone lines, the rotation of a picture, swinging lamps which were captured on video (which was one of the first times any poltergeist activity has been captured on film), and strange sounds that sounded electrical in origin were recorded.

Fraud was not proven despite intensive investigation by the physicists, journalists and the police. The effects moved with the young woman when she changed jobs until they finally faded out, disappeared, and never recurred.In the Rosenheim case of 1967, The Rosenheim Poltergeist (1967), Friedbert Karger's whole perspective on physics changed after investigating the events.

"These experiments were really a challenge to physics," Karger says today. "What we saw in the Rosenheim case could be 100 per cent shown not to be explainable by known physics." The phenomena were witnessed by Hans Bender, the police force, the CID, reporters, and the physicists. The case was made into a documentary by the BBC in 1975 as part of a TV series called "Leap in the Dark".



Enfield Poltergeist (1977-1978)

The Enfield Poltergeist was a period of apparent poltergeist activity in England between August 1977 and September 1978, with an added outburst in August 1980.

The said activity occurred at Enfield in North London, in a council house rented to Peggy Hodgson, a single parent with four children.

During this time furniture is said to have moved by itself, knockings on the walls were heard, and children's toys were said to have been thrown around and to have been too hot to touch when picked up.

A police officer signed an affidavit to affirm that she saw a chair move.

Reports of the activity attracted various visitors including mediums and members of the press. One photographer reported being hit on the forehead with a Lego brick.

After visiting the house, George Fallows, a senior reporter for the Daily Mirror, suggested that the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) be called in to investigate.

The incidents were duly investigated by Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair, both members of SPR, who were convinced by the evidence which they encountered during their thirteen month investigation.

They reported witnessing various phenomena, including moving furniture, flying marbles, cold breezes, shallow pools of water appearing on the floor, and fires which spontaneously ignited and extinguished themselves.

The family in the Enfield case consisted of a mother, two daughters, and two sons; Margaret aged 12, a younger sister Janet aged 11, Johnny aged 10 and Billy aged 7. Billy had a speech impediment. Johnny featured only marginally in the inexplicable events, at least 26 of which the investigators considered could not be accounted for by fraud.

These included movement of small and large objects, interference with bedclothes, pools of water on the floor, apparitions, physical assaults, graffiti, equipment malfunction and failure, spontaneous combustion, disappearance and reappearance of objects, and apparent levitations.

Among other alleged phenomena they witnessed was Janet speaking using her false vocal folds for hours on end (which is believed to be medically impossible), while she was apparently possessed by another entity.

When speaking with the false cords Janet said she was "Bill" who had died in the house of a brain haemorrhage.

The "Bill" persona habitually made jokes and exhibited a very nasty temper, swearing at Maurice, once calling him "A fucking old sod." A man contacted Grosse, claiming to be Bill's son.

Enfield Poltergeist

Photograph of Janet apparently being levitated by an unknown entity.

Recordings were made of these occurrences. After the BBC went to the house the recording crew found the metal inside of the recording machines bent, and recordings erased.

Further investigations by Anita Gregory and John Beloff, also from the SPR, were less positive. They spent a few days with the family and came to the conclusion that the children had faked the poltergeist activity after they found them bending spoons themselves.

One of the children (Janet) admitted to Gregory that they had fabricated some of the occurrences. This admission was repeated on the ITV News (12 June 1980) when she stated: "Oh yeah, once or twice [we faked phenomena], just to see if Mr Grosse and Mr Playfair would catch us. And they always did."

After writing a feature on supernatural activity for Loaded magazine, journalist Will Storr included a retrospective investigation of the events and conflicting personalities involved in the Enfield case in his book Will Storr Versus the Supernatural.

The book comes to no positive conclusions regarding the truth of the haunting but throws considerable light on the personalities involved, particularly those of Maurice Grosse and Anita Gregory.

Margaret has publicly stated that although she did fake a few phenomena to catch the investigators in action, they were not responsible for all the phenomena. She has stated that "It is ridiculous to suggest that either my sister or I could have been responsible for the strange activity that went on in our house."

Peggy Hodgson remained in the house until her death in 2003. Grosse died in 2006.



Enfield Poltergeist

Real Voice Recordings (Bill)

In December of 1977, a voice began to speak through Janet. This voice claimed to be an old man whose family had once lived in the house.


In succeeding weeks Janet levitated on several occasions, was bombarded with objects, and had a pillow stuffed in her mouth.


Explanations of the Enfield poltergeist have divided those who accept a paranormal explanation between those who attribute it to a spirit entity and those who attribute it to telekinetic power emanating from one or more of the children, especially Janet.

A more skeptical perspective was offered by Anita Gregory, who tried to explain the phenomena away as having been fraudulently produced by the children, though a number of the incidents do not seem to yield to such an analysis. The case remains one of the most spectacular in parapsychological records.



Interview with a Poltergeist
The Enfield Poltergeist

A Channel 4 (UK) Documentary examining the details, and people involved in the infamous "Enfield Poltergeist" case from the 1970s.

It includes interviews with Maurice Grosse, one of the main investigators, and even of Janet, the young girl (at the time) that the activity seemed to focus on. 

The said activity occurred at Enfield in North London, in a council house on Green Street rented to Peggy Hodgson, a single parent with four children.

During this time furniture is said to have moved by itself, knockings on the walls were heard, and children's toys were said to have been thrown around and to have been too hot to touch when picked up.

A police officer signed an affidavit to affirm that she saw a chair move. Reports of the activity attracted various visitors including mediums and members of the press.

One photographer reported being hit on the forehead with a Lego brick. After visiting the house, George Fallows, a senior reporter for the Daily Mirror, suggested that the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) be called in to investigate. Margaret has publicly stated that although she did fake a few phenomena to catch the investigators in action, they were not responsible for all the phenomena.

She has stated that "It is ridiculous to suggest that either my sister or I could have been responsible for the strange activity that went on in our house." Peggy Hodgson remained in the house until her death in 2003. Grosse died in 2006.


 
Poltergeist Theories

There are many theories on what poltergeists are and why this type of activity occurs. Scientific research has been done over the years to help better understand and explain why such a phenomenon exists.

Some claim that it does not exist at all, while others within the scientific community, the church and even police officers claim it has happened and it is very much real.


Some skeptics propose that poltergeist activity untraceable to fraud might have a physical explanation such as static electricity, electromagnetic fields, ultra-, and infrasound and/or ionized air. In some cases, such as the Rosenheim poltergeist case, proponents claim that no evidence of fraud was ever found, even after an investigation from the police force and CID.

Several claim poltergeist phenomena could be caused by more mundane phenomena, such as unusual air currents, air vibrations such as in acoustic levitation, or tremors caused by underground streams. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause hallucinations like hearing bells and footsteps.

John Hutchinson has claimed that he has created poltergeist effects in his laboratory while David Turner has suggested that ball lightning might cause the supposed movement of objects blamed on poltergeists.

Many skeptics insists that true believers in the supernatural often claim that no stable scientific explanation exists to date, although several physical theories have been occasionally proposed (some including tremors, air currents, ultra-infra sound waves or unexplained losses of gravity) to produce purported effects.

In other cases false poltergeist activity is created by an individual that is seeking attention. This type of activity is usually created by someone who feels lonely or angry and they cannot express their emotions rationally therefore they create a false activity of trickery to seek the attention they so wish to deserve. In other cases fake poltergeist activity is created by an individual who just wants to seek attention from family members, other people and in some cases the media.

There has also been cases of fake trickery mixed with the genuine thing during the same case. During the Enfield Poltergeist case the children wanted the media out of their house because they were staying in the house too long and some of the children admitted to faking activity just to get the media out of their home.

They say Since there is no proof of the existence of poltergeists the consensus of opinion from the scientific community is that the evidence claimed by believers is all in the mind or caused by scientifically explainable phenomena (e.g. air currents, tremors). Skeptics say that the burden of proof is therefore with those who seek to establish the fact.

From all the many cases of poltergeist activity that have been documented throughout the years it may seem like a strange thing to say but it appears as though the actual entity that is involved in the poltergeist activity is actually afraid of the living. In many cases the living are completely terrified of the events that are occurring but it is believed that in reality the entity sees the living as a threat.

What this threat is can be many different reasons but they seem to fall under the possibility that this entity feels that the living may have some form of control over them. It appears that poltergeists believe that their power or soul can be terminated or ended by the living.


Paranormal Help


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Poltergeist Theories In-depth

  • Poltergeist activity generally occurs within a home where a family is experiencing high emotions and stress. These high emotions and stress started occurring long before the poltergeist activity has been reported in most cases.
  • Usually there is a certain individual where this type of activity seems to be centered around. This individual is generally referred to as a poltergeist agent.

    Almost seventy years of research by the Rhine Research Center (Raleigh-Durham, NC USA) has led to the hypothesis among parapsychologists that the "poltergeist effect" is a form of psychokinesis generated by a living human mind (that of the agent).

    According to researchers at the Rhine Center, the "poltergeist effect" is the outward manifestation of psychological trauma. In some cases the poltergeist agent can be two or more people.
  • Studies have found that the individual (which is generally referred to as a "poltergeist agent") where the phenomena appears to be centered around is usually young, sometimes being a young boy but typically a young girl.

    This poltergeist agent is usually around the age of 9 to 16. In many cases the poltergeist agent is just entering the puberty stage. Reports have indicated that the poltergeist agent can be any age as well but typically in most cases they are young.
  • It is believed that the high amounts of stress and emotions that the poltergeist agent feels cannot be properly released by the individual and therefore the poltergeist events can occur. In other words, the individual is experiencing emotions that they are having a hard time to deal with in life and they cannot properly express their emotions.

    These emotions can trigger poltergeist activity which is believed to be a form of PK (psychokinesis). This form of PK is believed to be connected to the poltergeist agent and a spirit. Basically meaning that a living physical person is connected to a spirit on the other-side.
  • Some cases have indicated that poltergeist activity occurs within a home that is being renovated. The theory is that there is a spirit that use to live physically within the home at one time.

    This spirit dwells within the home in an energy form currently and when changes start to occur within the home it is believed that this can be a trigger to poltergeist activity. The exact reason this occurs is believed to be that this spirit does not want the changes to occur in the home. They want the home to remain as it once was.
  • It is believed that some types of physical objects can also cause poltergeist activity such as crystals, lime stone, quartz and spring/fresh running water. It is believed that these types of objects can hold energy or possibly help emit energy and this energy can be released in a form of poltergeist activity.

    It is also believed that certain objects can be attached to a spirit such as jewelery, furniture, urns, and any object that may have once been extremely important to that living person who is now deceased. In these types of cases the poltergeist activity tends to center around the object and not necessarily a physical person.
  • Many reports of physical manipulation of objects for no known reason have been witnessed. Objects such as books, marbles, chairs and tables have moved on their own. These objects in some cases have been reported to be warm or cold to the touch after the event has occurred.

    It is believed that if a poltergeist is physically manipulating objects then energy is involved. This energy can therefore cause these physical objects to feel cold or warm to the physical touch. It also has been reported that electronics can be manipulated or can fail during poltergeist activity.

    Electronics such as TVs have been reported to turn on and off as well as change channels. Camcorders, cameras and other electronics can fail and/or battery discharges have been reported. The theory with battery discharge is that the spirit needs energy in order to manifest or to cause objects to move. This energy is found within these types of electronics.