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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Analysis Proves Poltergeist Knocks Different from 'Real' Knocks

Dr. Barrie Colvin B.Sc., Ph.D. writes, in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) that poltergeist "raps" (reports, or knocks), a phenomenon almost solely associated with poltergeist hauntings (poltergeist literally means "noisy ghost") are actually different from those made by humans. Dr. Colvin's research involved poltergeist knocks from as far back as 1960 and as recent as 2000, and appear to show significantly different acoustic patterns than those of normal knocks.

Dr. Colvin analyzed 10 different poltergeist knocks recorded on as many different devices, and found the same pattern in each. So far, attempts to replicate the pattern by normal means have failed. Dr. Colvin decided to research the phenomena after witnessing a poltergeist event in Andover, Hampshire, in which he said, "...it was absolutely clear that no normal explanation could account for the observed phenomena."

The research seems to show that the noise generated by poltergeist rapping does not begin as loudly as that of a normal knock; poltergeist knocks seem to grow in sound before reaching their maximum noise, then declining as normal. A normal knock is loudest at the very beginning of the strike.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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