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Noisy Spirits PT 1: The Poltergeist Phenomenon

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By now, you may have listened to our series entitled Noisy Spirits: The Poltergeist Phenomenon. This series was very eye opening for me as I dug deep into my personal library to research the finer points of poltergeist eruptions. 

In episode one, we started with a small section about a home in Indianapolis in 1962 that made national news in the United States. A family was experiencing a poltergeist eruption where the entity loved to destroy all types of glass. Police were call in and witnessed the events. There was no resolution to this case.

We then stepped way back in time to the year 858 to visit the famous Bingen Demon case. A farmer experienced a poltergeist manifestation which included booms and thumps. The event progressed to include rock throwing and eventually a voice manifestation. Exorcists were assigned to the home, and the letters about this exorcism are still in the Episcopal Annals of Mainz today. The exorcism was cut short due to a rain of stones that fell upon the exorcists and the gathered crowd. We don’t know anything after this point because the results were not recorded.

Almost a thousand years later, we looked at the work of Cesare Lombroso at an inn in Turin. This inn had a poltergeist eruption that involved the breaking of wine bottles, furniture, and utensils. Once again, the police and a priest were called in, but to no avail. When Lombroso arrived, he was able to solve the case in about three weeks. He tumbled upon the idea that maybe one of the residents had pseudo-mediumistic abilities that they could not control, and it was causing the disturbance. He eventually found that a teenaged server was the focal person. When the server was removed, so too was the eruption. 

In the conclusion of episode one, we begin to explore a bit of poltergeist theory. We learn that the term “poltergeist” wasn’t used until 1848 and didn’t become part of common parlance until the late 1920s.

We also learn the differences between a poltergeist case and a more generic haunting. The crux of it is that a poltergeist is “person-centered” and a haunting is “place-centered.” Both types of hauntings share a lot in common, but there is a glaring difference between the two. For poltergeist cases, the focal person is most likely exhibiting Recurring Spontaneous Psychokinesis, or RSPK, a term coined by Dr. William Roll. We learned that most poltergeist events fall under the umbrella of psychokinesis and the focal person is unwittingly emitting PK and affecting their environment.

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