Category Archives: Poltergeists

POLTERGEIST SATURDAY: A Biting Poltergeist?

spider-1646340__340The year was 1962, and the newspaper reported “Mysterious bat like bites” that had appeared on arms of a thirteen-year-old girl, her mom, and her grandmother. Amidst these bites, objects and movements appeared to be moving and breaking on their own. During interviews with Dr. Roll, the mother reported a cup flew across the room and broke against the wall ten feet away!

 

skeletons-1617539The grandmother in all reported 14 episodes of punctures on her body, ranging from one to fourteen punctures at a time. The majority of attacks focused on her. Roll was present for some but not all of the occurrences. Roll was never able to put the Grandmother in controlled conditions and thus was unable to rule out fraud.

 

 

skull-1651398_1280Just as Roll was about to leave the case, rapping and knocking started manifesting in the house. With help of colleague Dr. Blumenthol, knocking and rapping occurred while watching the inhabitants of the house directly. Roll found no one inside or outside the house that were likely producers of the noises. At one point, Blumenthol held the Grandmother’s hands, just to be sure the knocks were not fraud.

 

If this wasn’t enough, Roll in all logged 110 incidents in all! 76 incidents of objects moving or breaking, 25 incidents of knocks, and 14 episodes of biting. Despite rational explanations for some of the phenomena, others failed to be debunked according to Roll.

 

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Submitted By: Brian Laythe

Reference

Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

POLTERGEIST MONDAY: Strange Lights in an Empty House

spookyhouseStrange lights in windows of a nondescript house in North Carolina? An unusual start to a poltergeist case to be sure. Yet, with the entire family out of the house, all sides watched, and no lights, a series of neon like flashes were seen through the windows. Paranormal or prank? William Roll was willing to investigate and find out.

 

images-4According to police, the lights were faster than photo flashbulb lights and often stronger than ordinary lights. The lights were thought to surround the daughter of the family, 19-year-old Frances. Consulting with engineers from UNC, the house was searched for lighting remote controls, but nothing was found. No smells or chemical burns were present in the home either. For 1962, there were little other explanations for technological lights.

download-1Despite multiple calls to the police, several instances of lights rapidly flashing continued to occur in rooms that were demonstrably empty. Although not witnessed, Frances claimed that the light “hit her car” at one point while pulling out. Despite days of investigation and stake outs by multiple police, several professors and experts, electricians, and a running theory of a stalker/prowler, the lights were never explained.

 

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Submitted By: Brian Laythe

Reference

Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

POLTERGEIST MONDAY: Do Séances Produce Actual Phenomena?

bunker-1569723In a 2010 study by Wilson et al., researchers actually had participants perform over 15 sessions of séances. Their goal was to see if table lifting or floating would occur (Psychokinesis). Researchers were also interested in whether or not random number generators (RNG) would be affected by the séance sessions to produce non-random number series. Several meters and devices were also used during one session to examine changes in light and electromagnetic fields (EMF).

death-614644_960_720The researchers found that while RNG generators were not affected, but there were several instances of bizarre table behavior. In two instances the table appeared to move around on its own. In other sessions, the table tilted on two legs. In many of the sessions, rapping noises and knocks were heard. The researchers make no definitive claims that these events were faked, but do not claim that the movement was factual Psychokinesis.

eye-1192189In the session where light and electromagnetic fields were measured, there was a noticeable drop in infrared light (which is invisible to the human eye). Visual light also dropped to a noticeable level. Finally, equipment detected a noticeable increase of DC electromagnetic fields in the séance area, without any electronics or alternate sources that could account for the increase in field strength.

Fact or Fiction? You decide.

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Submitted By: Brian Laythe

Reference:

Wilson, M., Williams, B., Hart, T., & Roll, W. (2010). The Daniel experiment: Sitter group contributions with field RNG and MESA environmental recordings. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 24, 611-636.

 

POLTERGEIST MONDAY: Poltergeists In World History

skull-1193784_960_720William Roll, the undisputed expert of poltergeist cases spent much of his career investigating modern Poltergeist. He also spent considerable time writing research articles and looking at historical claims of the Poltergeist, or “noisy ghost”. Unsurprisingly, the phenomena is not a recent trend and often has substantial witnesses to objects flying or breaking. Roll claims in 1979 that he discovered no less than 47 cases of poltergeist activity before 1958.

mortality-401222Roll goes on to explain that the majority of these cases are English and American (57%).  The first well-documented case is reported in 1849 and the last in 1957. We would note here that poltergeist cases appear at first glance to correspond to the beginnings of the spiritualist movement (a group of people who regularly contacted the dead through seances). However, five cases were reported in France and four each from Germany and Holland. Italy had three cases, and Austria, India, Ireland, Russia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland had one or two well-documented reports of Poltergeist phenomena.

key-123554Recognizing that many cases could be fraudulent, Roll provides the following facts. In 40 of the 47 cases, visitors not belonging to the household witnessed Poltergeist phenomena. In one case between 30-40 people witnessed pieces of wood floating. In 37 out of 47 cases, witnesses watched an object move from beginning to the end of the movement. Roll also states that in all but one case, only certain types of objects (e.g. Furniture, or figurines) were the target of Psychokinesis.

Historical fraud or honest accounts of the supernatural? You be the judge.

P.S. HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM ISRAE!!!

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Submitted by: Brian Laythe

Reference

Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

 

The Housing Project Poltergeist in Newark

The Housing Project Poltergeist in Newark

utrecht-578783At his third visit to the Clark’s home, Roll, to his surprise, has a small bottle from an end table fly off the table and hit Dr. Roll on the head. Including a total of 59 psychokinetic incidents, and lasting over nine months, multiple objects were reported to fly around the home when the Clark’s child Ernie was present.

monster-1454286Events included coffee cups falling one by one off of a mug rack, bottles in the bathroom falling and breaking, a cologne bottle flying from the bathroom and into the living room. Witnesses report the cologne bottle turning in mid-air to fly into the living room from the hallway. Police were unable to account for the reports. When confronted by drunks at the front door, wanting to see the boy who had objects fly around him, a crockery lamp from the living room moved and crashed to the floor.

key-96233Ultimately, this case was determined to be fraudulent by Dr. Roll. Many of the events involved conditions where the child, Ernie, could have simply thrown the objects. Ernie was caught smuggling objects out of the house. At one point money was disappearing and reappearing. Events never occurred when Ernie was watched closely. Thus, in this instance, the poltergeist case was debunked.

 
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Reference 

Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

Submitted by: Brian Laythe

Paranormal Facts: Poltergeist Monday

 

The Seaford Long Island Disturbances

death-614644_960_720One of William Roll’s first investigations, the Herrmann’s reported that their two children, Lucille and James, reported noises of bottles popping their caps. Holy water uncapped and spilled in the house. A doll was found with its legs broken. Roll was called in to investigate these claims. The first interview with a patrolman reported the same bottle popping phenomena, while the officer was with the entire family.

horror-914404In all, 67 psychokinetic events were recorded, where 40 of the incidents involved the movement of the same 16 objects. A male figurine was thrown twice at a visiting secretary, breaking in the process. 23 separate bottle poppings occurred. Roll himself was present when a bleach bottle popped its top off on its own. At one point, a new coffee table was found turned upside down.

 

dsc_0065Roll personally investigated the scene for ten days. Engineers and other experts were called in to examine for fraud and magic trickery. The family, horrified, actually spent several days away from the home. To this day neither the police, experts, or Roll himself believe the events were hoaxed.

 
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Reference 

Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

Submitted By: Brian Laythe