Poltergeists

Articles

Until its destruction by fire in 1939, Borley Rectory, a Victorian building in Essex in southern England, was the focus of persistent claims of poltergeist and haunting phenomena. 

Celebrated 1970s poltergeist case in a north London suburb, in which a number of anomalous disturbances were witnessed and documented over a two-year period. 

'Ghost hunting’ is a popular term for the investigation of claims of site-based paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts and poltergeists. 

Seventeenth century clergyman (1636-1680) and member of the Royal Society, one of the first intellectuals to take a scientific interest in paranormal claims.

Infrasound (audio frequencies below normal human hearing) has been investigated as a possible cause of paranormal-seeming effects.

Anomalous household or workplace disturbances such as ‘rapping’ or ‘knocking’ noises of unknown provenance, violent movements of furniture and other objects, outbreaks of fires, and inundations. 

Poltergeist case investigated by Joseph Glanvill, a member of the newly-created Royal Society, making it one of the first paranormal episodes to receive serious scrutiny.  

Case Studies

Mid-nineteenth century French poltergeist case, with testimonies given in court about the phenomena experienced

Mid-nineteenth century poltergeist case, in which a Swiss family was tormented for weeks by loud knocks and raps, furniture being hurled about, doors and windows slamming, and ghostly shapes and footsteps. 

A Viennese member of the Society for Psychical Research briefly describes a case where tools and other objects are flung around a workshop, causing damage and sometimes hitting the occupants.