A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife

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8. Scole Experiment proves the afterlife

“ For the open-minded skeptic, the evidence collected over a period of six years and with more than five hundred sittings by the Scole experimenters and the afterlife team is absolute, definitive, irrefutable and irretrievably proven. Many regard the Scole experiment as the greatest recent afterlife experiment conducted in the Western world.”
Victor Zammit

The Scole Experiment was a recent example of physical mediumship and materialization which are dealt with in more detail later in the book in Chap. 10. It is a very well documented current experiment, witnessed by a number of people of the highest credibility many of who are still very much alive.

When Skeptics attack the evidence for the afterlife you will find that they are all strangely silent about the Scole experiments. While they theorise about how physical mediums could have cheated not one of them has offered to conduct even one demonstration to produce even a fraction of the phenomena that these wonderful experiments produced on a weekly basis for over six years in several different countries under the strictest scrutiny in premises that were often assigned to the group on short notice.

Six years of experiments

Scole is a village in Norfolk, England. Using it as a base, several experimenters of the Scole Group, including mediums Robin and Sandra Foy and Alan and Diana Bennett, (pictured below) produced brilliant evidence for the afterlife in experiments conducted in England, the United States, Ireland and in Spain.

Senior scientists and investigators who participated in the Scole Experiment included Professors David Fontana and Arthur Ellison and Montague Keen. Of course, over the six years there were many others who attended as senior scientists and guests in the actual experiments: Dr Hans Schaer, a lawyer; Dr Ernst Senkowski; Piers Eggett; Keith McQuin Roberts; Dr Rupert Sheldrake; Professor Ivor Grattan-Guiness all with scientific or other relevant background and host of other highly credible witnesses who have had years of experience in dealing with the paranormal.

NASA scientists involved

In the United States sessions were also attended by a number of scientists including a number of senior scientists from the space agency NASA and others from the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco as well as representatives from Stanford University. Grant and Jane Solomon who wrote a book on the experiments report that after the experiments some fifteen scientists from the NASA group formed their own psychic group to continue to communicate with the afterlife entities (Solomon 1999:73 and 189).

One critical thing that the reader is asked to consider is that during these experiments, the ‘spirit team’ working from the side of the afterlife expressly stated that it was they who were causing psychic phenomena.

This was to rule out ‘super ESP’ and other theoretical and abstract irrelevancies as an explanation of Scole effects. The members of the ‘spirit team’ identified themselves. The ‘spirit scientists’ identified themselves. And intermittently, there were guest spirit observers such as the formerly highly gifted medium, Helen Duncan.

The Scole Report

A scientific report from the (British) Society for Psychical Research is available which contains documents all of the following phenomena. According to Montague Keen speaking on behalf of three investigators who wrote the report: ‘None of our critics has been able to point to a single example of fraud or deception’ (Keen and Ellison 1999).

The group began with two mediums delivering messages from a non-physical group. Many of these messages contained personal information that nobody else could have known about.

Voices, touch and materialization

Soon the messages came in the form of voices which could be heard by all in the room. Many of the experimenters experienced physical touch and the levitation of a table took place. Then came the actual materialization of the people and objects from the non-physical side.

More than fifty small objects were materialized including: a silver necklace; a Churchill coin; a small rose quartz crystal ball; a 1940 British penny; a 1928 one franc piece token; a Silver charm of the 'Grim Reaper'; an original copy of Daily Mail dated 1st April 1944; an original copy of Daily Express dated 28th May 1945 and many others.

Images imprinted on film and video

Interesting experiments were undertaken with photography. Images were imprinted on unopened rolls of film inside a locked box. These images included actual photos of people and places, sometimes from the past, and various obscure verses and drawings that took some effort to identify. There were also pictures of other dimensions and the beings that inhabit them. Eventually video cameras were able to record disincarnate images.

Psychic lights

One of the most spectacular phenomena of the Scole Experiment was the materialised psychic lights that whirled around the room performing various manoeuvres. Occasionally, these lights would throw out beams, as well as pass through solid objects. When they touched people, there was a definite sensation, and when they entered a person's body a healing.

The speed and the different configurations and other phenomena performed behind the lights were just overwhelming especially when all witnesses attested it was impossible that the lights could have been in any way fraudulently physically manipulated. All of these phenomena were accompanied by sudden and dramatic drops in temperature.

This is how Piers Eggett, one of the eye witnesses described the light:

This was a small ball of white light which moved around the room in all directions, sometimes at great speed, leaving a trail like a firework by persistence of vision... At times the light hovered in mid-air, and then touched some of the sitters, giving them a small electric shock.

According to other eye witnesses the normally single light point would:

• dart around at great speed and perform elaborately patterned dances...including perfect, sustained circles executed at high velocity and with a precision which appeared inconsistent with physical manipulation

• settle on outstretched hands and jump from one to the other

• enter a crystal and remain as a small point of light moving around within the crystal

• strike the top of the table with a sharp rap or the glass of the dome or dish with an appropriate ‘ping’ and do this repeatedly while remaining visible as a sharp pinpoint of light

• respond to requests, such as alighting on and irradiating parts of the witnesses' bodies

• move in time to tape-recorded music

• produce 'lightning flashes' in an area of a large room some three to three and a half meters distant from the group sitting round a table (in Spain)

• undertake several aerial 'bombing raids' on the table top, hitting it very audibly and visibly, and appearing to emerge from an area immediately below the table (USA Los Angeles)

• change shape from a pinpoint of light to a generalized irradiation

• move at very high speed describing at times perfect geometric shapes within a foot or two of visitors' faces, but without making any sound or creating any perceptible air movement.

A master magician’s testimony

Skeptics may argue that such effects could be produced by stage magicians using long hollow strands of fibreglass with laser lights projected through them. This option was certainly considered by James Webster, a professional stage-magician and former member of the Magic Circle, who has more than fifty years experience in psychic research. On three occasions he attended sittings with the Scole group and published reports.

His conclusion was clearly set out in a recent letter to the English newspaper, Psychic World (June 2001):

I discovered no signs of trickery, and in my opinion such conjuring tricks were not possible, for the type of phenomena witnessed, under the conditions applied….

Kingsley Fairbridge

There were many dramatic revelations during the years of the Scole Experiment?but one which I found particularly interesting was that one of the spirit team who was named Kingsley Fairbridge .

The information from the spirit team stated that Kingsley Fairbridge was born in South Africa, educated at Oxford in England and moved to Australia. There he set up Fairbridge Farm Schools, to teach underprivileged children a trade. Unfortunately, he was not physically healthy and died fairly young. The Scole group made some effort to investigate the details and published the details in the new Scole Bulletin asking for help. As a result they were contacted by a relative of Kingsley who was still living in Australia. When the Scole group sent her a copy of a photograph materialized from the afterlife she confirmed the accuracy of the information and that the photograph was an excellent likeness of Kingsley Fairbridge?her father (Solomon 1999)

Scole Experiment Update

A new edition of The Scole Experiment (Campion Publishing 2006) contains details of new communications received by the mediums five years after the cessation of the Scole Experiment. See
A further book The Norfork Experiment is planned.

On the Internet

The Scole Report is available from the Society for Psychical Research
See the Society’s web site

“What the Scole Experiment Meant to Me” by Robin Foy

“Reflections on the Scole Experiment” by Alan and Diana Bennett -

“The Scole Event” an eyewitness account by Montague Keen, a long time member of the Society for Psychical Research,

“Witnessing physical phenomena with the Scole Group” by Nick Kyle of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research

Perspectives of eyewitness Dr Ernst Senkowski

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