The Poltergeist Phenomenon: An In-depth Investigation Into Floating Beds, Smashing Glass, and Other Unexplained Disturbances

The Poltergeist Phenomenon: An In-depth Investigation Into Floating Beds, Smashing Glass, and Other Unexplained Disturbances

by Michael Clarkson

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A poltergeist is defined as a disturbance or energy with bizarre physical effects of paranormal origin that suggest mischievous or destructive intent, such as breaking or moving objects and loud knocks or noises.

The Poltergeist Phenomenon is an exciting, original look at an old subject by an award-winning investigative reporter. The author has reviewed 75 cases and interviewed hundreds of witnesses, paranormal experts, law enforcement officers, psychologists and skeptics to come up with eye-opening results:
  • The typical poltergeist case involves a young person from a repressed home who is going through puberty. He or she may have epilepsy, which produces recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis, a state in which gravity is temporarily suspended.
  • A respected former Princeton University scientist believes he has proven in laboratory experiments that psychokinesis exists and that poltergeist cases are probably true.
  • This rare energy may be part of a person’s fight-or-flight system, which is hardwired into everyone and can erupt in certain conditions.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781601636805
    Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
    Publication date: 01/20/2011
    Sold by: Barnes & Noble
    Format: NOOK Book
    Pages: 288
    File size: 703 KB

    About the Author

    Michael Clarkson has written six psychology books, including Intelligent Fear and The Secret Life of Glenn Gould, and has won many newspaper awards for investigative stories, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a rendezvous with reclusive author J. D. Salinger. He is considered an expert in fear, producing new research and lecturing on the subject. While working in the Niagara region, he researched many ghost stories and got the only interview with a young man thought to have caused a poltergeist incident that affected an entire shift of police officers. He lives in Fort Erie, Ontario.

    Table of Contents

    Glossary of Major Terms 7

    Introduction 9

    Part I The Evidence

    Chapter 1 A Sampling of Eyewitnesses 15

    Chapter 2 "House Phenomena" in St. Catharines 23

    Chapter 3 A Visitor on Halloween 32

    Chapter 4 The House of Flying Objects 39

    Chapter 5 Police Controversy in New England 46

    Chapter 6 Fire Sale at the Souvenir Place 54

    Chapter 7 Sarah and the Pinwheel 61

    Part II The Theories

    Chapter 8 Mind Over Matter? 79

    Chapter 9 The Electrical Connection 91

    Chapter 10 The Super Static Girl and More Electricity 99

    Chapter 11 Ghosts and Exorcisms 108

    Chapter 12 Things That Go Sneak in the Night 120

    Part III The Strange Case of Tina Resch

    Chapter 13 The House of Styrofoam Cups 137

    Chapter 14 The Circus Comes to Columbus 145

    Chapter 15 The Ghostbuster and the Mythbuster 155

    Part IV Poltergeists in the United Kingdom

    Chapter 16 The House of Strange Happenings 165

    Chapter 17 The Voice 178

    Chapter 18 A Little Irish Gal and Wee Hughie 186

    Chapter 19 From the UK to the U.S. and Beyond 194

    Part V Poltergeists in Pop Culture and the Future

    Chapter 20 The New Frontier: Tapping Psychokinesis 207

    Chapter 21 Poltergeists in Popular Culture 220

    Chapter 22 The Business of Poltergeists 226

    Notes 235

    Bibliography 240

    Recommended Paranormal Resources 248

    Index 251

    About the Author 255

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