The Book 4th Edition
“Minds are like parachutes. They only function when
they are open”
Lord Thomas Dewar
The word 'poltergeist' is from German and literally means
'noisy spirit.' Research into this area from the United
States, Brazil, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Finland,
Germany, France, Italy, Malta, India and Russia and other
countries is quite objective and conclusive. The behavior
of poltergeists ranges from the very gentle to the very
Tens of thousands of cases
There have been tens of thousands of poltergeist incidents
recorded from around the world, with solid objects flying
in the air, huge kitchen cabinets levitating, plates, glasses
and clothing set on fire, human voices being heard from
unknown sources, vases being smashed on floor and walls,
matches being lit in the eyes of witnesses—as if some
invisible person was lighting a box of matches, stones being
thrown and other material things being moved and at times
eliciting terror in those who happen to be present.
Michael Gross, a British writer, has written a very scholarly
annotated bibliography of 1,111 sources about poltergeist
cases from different countries (Gross 1979). Colin Wilson
has produced a very easy to read and comprehensive 382-page
book packed with cases (Wilson 1981). Guy Playfair's This
House is Haunted is an excellent account of the Enfield
Sometimes hardened police officers have witnessed and testified
to this poltergeist phenomenon that cannot be explained
other than by a disturbed intelligence from the afterlife.
Many times professional mediums were able to contact the
poltergeist who was able to explain why it was disturbed.
One of Britain's most amazing poltergeist activities was
at the Harper home in Enfield and lasted for more than sixteen
months in 1977, starting in August 1977 and ending in October
1978. Mrs. Harper, a divorcee, lived there with her four
children, two boys and two girls, aged from seven to thirteen.
The disturbances which did not come from physical-human
origin were witnessed by a number of different people with
different backgrounds and different religious beliefs, including
skeptics: police, politicians, psychologists, psychiatrists,
journalists and social workers all reported the poltergeist
Two consistent and longitudinal investigators were a writer,
Guy Lyon Playfair?a highly experienced observer of poltergeist
activities in Brazil?and Maurice Grosse, a highly motivated
member of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR). Playfair
and Grosse estimated that over 2,000 inexplicable incidents
were observed by at least 30 witnesses.
Some of the activities of this particular poltergeist included:
• throwing household items around; chairs were
smashed, children's toys were seen flying in the air thrown
from an invisible source
• lighting fires which extinguished themselves
• draining the power out of the journalists' camera
and other electronic batteries immediately after the batteries
had been charged
• throwing an iron grille from the bottom of the
fireplace across the room narrowly missing Jimmy, one
of the Harper boys
• ripping a heavy gas fire out of the wall.
Answering an investigator, one of the poltergeists stated
he was 'Joe Watson.' Asked the reason for the activity the
poltergeist answered: 'I was sleeping here,'—implying
everybody else was a trespasser!
An indentation appeared on one of the pillows—as if
an invisible head was resting there; this was witnessed
by the investigator Guy Playfair. Voices saying 'F--- off
you', 'I was sleeping here', and, 'I like annoying you’
were heard directed towards investigator Playfair.
In the United States
Thousands of poltergeist cases have been reported in the
United States. In one well-attested case the police arrived
on the 19th December 1976 at the home of Mrs. Beulah Wilson
of Pearisburg, Virginia after she complained of regular
poltergeist activities. Previously skeptical, the police
had ignored the complaint but when they went into the house
it is reported that they witnessed the destructive behavior
of some invisible intruder who was smashing dishes, wooden
chairs and other household items. In this particular incident
the police witnessed the amazing sight of a 200 pound kitchen
cabinet floating in the air without any means of support.
A most powerful poltergeist activity occurred in a lawyer's
office in the Bavarian town of Rosenheim in 1967.
The poltergeist activity centered around a young eighteen
year old secretary Annemarie Schneider. One morning when
she first got the job at the office, she walked down the
entrance hall. Witnesses stated that:
• the hanging lamp started to swing,
• the lamp in the cloakroom started to swing too,
• a bulb directly above her exploded,
• the fluorescent lighting went out in the next
At other times:
• loud bangs were heard
• all the lights in the office went out at the same
• electrical fuses would blow without any cause
• cartridges fuses ejected themselves from the sockets
• all four telephones would ring simultaneously
with no one on the line
• calls were frequently cut or interrupted for short
• telephone bills suddenly soared to very high levels
• developing fluid in the photostatic copiers would
often spill out without any disturbance
• investigating technicians captured swinging lamps
and frames on cameras
• physicists F. Karger and G. Zicha could not find
anything wrong with the electrical and other material
things in the office
• drawers were witnessed opening by themselves
• twice a 400 pound cabinet was seem to move by
Professors, journalists, police and other witnesses testified
to the poltergeist phenomenon. Professor Bender, a parapsychologist
who also investigated this special poltergeist, stated that
the poltergeist phenomenon was centered around Annmarie.
When Annmarie had to leave to work somewhere else, the poltergeist
phenomenon stopped abruptly. No investigator raised any
issue of cheating by Annmarie or by anybody else.
Elsewhere, in 1969 in Nicklheim Germany, it was reported
that parascientists investigated apportations—the
moving of solid objects 'by themselves' from one place to
a different place. Parascientists communicated with this
particular poltergeist and instructed it to remove perfume
bottles from one room to be taken outside. Soon afterwards,
in the presence of many witnesses, these bottles were seen
falling from the sky.
What do the materialists and the
closed-minded skeptics say?
The materialists have failed to give a credible, coherent
and logical alternative explanation for all poltergeist
phenomena. Beginning with Podmore in 1987 they have consistently
argued for two explanations: fraud and the psychic force
of the the agent at the center of the disturbance (Stevenson
They claim that in many instances it is caused by a young
female teenager in a household being 'naughty'. This is
unacceptable, unreasonable, untestable for reasons which
will be outlined below.
Professor William Roll, a director of the Psychical Research
Foundation in Durham, North Carolina has suggested that
poltergeist activity is due to the extreme sexual frustration
and anger of a teenager during the years around puberty.
And it is the suppressed energy that 'externalizes' all
the poltergeist phenomena. In some poltergeist patterns,
this Professor says, the behavior relates to the female
While this "exteriorisation of energy" is undoubtedly
a factor in some poltegeist activity it does not explain
all aspects of the phenomena including:
• the voices of mature aged persons being heard
• verbal or code responses by the poltergeist to questions
• some poltergeist activities being very vindictive
• some poltergeist utterings being disgustingly filthy
• some poltergeists exhibiting personalities of vicious
• some poltergeists being gentle and even playful
• no poltergeist activity occurring in the overwhelming
majority of houses inhabited by adolescents reaching puberty
• poltergeist activity occurring where no adolescents
• poltergeist activity immediately ceasing once the
entity is contacted through a gifted medium and persuaded
to move on.
We are informed that in the final analysis Professor Roll
reluctantly did admit that in some poltergeist
cases the spirit explanation has to be accepted.
The claim by the skeptics and the materialists in the Enfield
case was that the girls in the Harper family had excess
energy associated with puberty that caused the poltergeist
problem. But this does not explain the specific incidents
as explained above and the hundreds of other poltergeist
cases. If the energy by young girls at puberty is the cause
of poltergeist activity then more than half of Britain and
the United States and the whole world where early teenagers
reside would be pestered by poltergeist activity.
Ian Stevenson in his paper ‘Are Poltergeists Living
or are they Dead?’ (1972) presents three cases to
illustrate the possibility that parapsychologists should
again consider discarnate agencies in poltergeist phenomena.
He goes on to present in a table 13 factors which may be
used to discriminate cases generated by a living agent and
those of discarnate origin. Some of the points which he
suggests favor a discarnate origin hypothesis include cases
• objects seem to be carried and deposited gently
• the subject is disadvantaged or injured by the phenomena
• meaningful responses are obtained from raps
• apparitional and visual phenomena occur early and
• communications come through mediums from apparent
• the phenomena ceases upon intercession, placation
Thousands of poltergeist cases have been reported from
nearly every country in the world. Those materialists and
other negative observers who continue to deny the existence
of poltergeists or who claim that the disturbances are caused
by an unknown force have not so far given a logical, rational
and scientifically objective alternative explanation to
the claim that some poltergeists are disturbed entities
who for a period of time cause people to notice him or her.
They don’t know they are dead
In some cases poltergeist activity is consistent with the
information transmitted from the afterlife from hundreds
of different sources, including of course, the higher source
Silver Birch, that there are people who physically die and
who, upon finding themselves conscious in an apparently
solid body in a new dimension refuse to believe they are
physically dead—some become confused and cause a lot
of mischief for a time.
Information transmitted from the afterlife tells that just
because we enter into a different dimension at the point
of death it does not mean that our personality changes.
The state of mind at the point of death is crucially important.
The mind, character and personality immediately after death
do not change, not one iota. And if a person is extremely
disturbed at the time of death, there is a likelihood that
the person will continue to be disturbed in the next world—for
an indefinite period of time.
We are told that sometimes people get caught between the
physical world and the afterlife. They think that they are
still alive and continue to live in the same house.
Occasionally, one of the living people occupying the same
house may be mediumsistic, a developing psychic sensitive.
In the presence of this person the entity is able to make
its presence felt.
In his book The Strangers Matthew Manning writes
of his poltergeist experiences when he was a teenager which,
he claims, were triggered by a deceased previous occupant
of his family home, a Robert Webbe, who unaware that it
was a different century was complaining of other people
living in his house.
Matthew Manning has since gone on to become an internationally-known
psychic and healer. At the time he was experiencing the
poltergeist phenomena he was thoroughly investigated by
Professor George Owen of Cambridge, a world expert on poltergeists.
Later he was investigated by a number of other scientists
including Charles Tart and Nobel Prize winning physicist
Brian Josephson. These scientists with the highest credibility
and with international reputations confirmed that Matthew
Manning’s psychic experiences were genuine.
In many instances, the motivation for poltergeist's activity
is directly related to some serious unfinished business.
Sometimes serious crimes such as murder, rape, torture and
some other form injustice motivates the afterlife intelligence
to seek justice or revenge.
While each case needs to be investigates thoroughly to
rule out fraud and other natural explanations there is no
doubt that some of the objective evidence available
about poltergeist activity can only be explained by the
existence of the afterlife.
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