Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What Would You Do? Poltergeist!

It's that time again. Expect after each Mind Fuck Tuesday post to find an afternoon post presenting you with a real life ghost hunting case and I will ask you how you would approach it. Today's case is a poltergeist one.

I was invited to her home upon a hillside. It was a tiny little cottage, but adorably decorated with deer heads and paintings of hunters. Her husband apparently was an avid hunter. The place was bordered by a river. Lots of rushing water. It was on the foothills of a mountain. Good conditions for the right geology. But the history of the building? An elderly person had died in it about 15 years before she moved in.

So, what was her background? She had lived in a few haunted homes in her lifetime, experiencing lots of different phenomena including poltergeist situations.

In her present home, she described it only happening in the kitchen. Things would fall from the top of the fridge. They would leave a loaf of bread on the table to make a sandwich and it would be in the sink. They heard the bread box open and the door slam against the counter loudly.

Her relationship with her husband appeared to be a very good one and her life very happy and contended. She wasn't scared by what was happening so much as wanted to know why these things seemed to follow her through life. Apparently, it wasn't just the lady noticing it, her husband did too. He had even heard things move in the kitchen, got up and found things in disarray. They also both reported feelings of being watched in there. They got what they needed and left asap!

Now, how would you go about tackling this haunting complaint?


  1. Hallucinations caused by fungus growing on the stale Hawaiian bread.

  2. Sucio;
    You are such a practical man. Now, I want to hear the imaginative concept (hee hee).

  3. Solution: Buy sneakers and Run Forrest Run. I'm a wimp. I have no idea how to approach that situation. Maybe I can stare at the white noise on the t.v. Oh wait, that was in a movie.

  4. Izzy, baby, I would seriously love to see your reaction to poltergeist activity. I think I see a little of Curly from the stooges in the expression you would make and the sounds!

  5. How to approach that situation ?
    Offer plenty peanut butter .
    Maybe it will stick to the roof of their mouths ,and they won't moan as loudly at night while roaming the halls.

  6. Max;
    You would keep them as pets, wouldn't you, you little devil? I like that idea, though. I used to feed it to my dogs just to see them lick their lips continually (well, yes, I know dogs don't have lips, but what the hell do you call it?) You might not be a ghost hunter, buddy, but you would make a haunted place a bit more fun.

  7. Ghosts...
    they are the pansies of the unknown
    Pets ?
    More like slaves !

  8. Max;
    I suppose they are your puppets. I personally would like to command an incubus.

  9. There are things you look for when people describe a haunting. This woman repeatedly mentioned that this kind of poltergeist activity had happened in other places she'd lived. She also said it was worse when she was under stress and feeling rushed. It wasn't until she'd washed the last plate for the evening and sat down to finally relax that things would start popping in the kitchen. The ideal situation is to come to this woman on one of her busy days and once the kitchen is cleaned for the evening, set out some key items and put masking tape around them to mark where they had been set, check the bread box latch, guard the only door into the kitchen, and let the woman have her earned relaxation. Should something move or happen, I would have the woman repeat the same thing on another busy day and then have her leave the house after supper to see if it is dependent on her or her kinetic energy earlier in the kitchen. We can create a lot of theories based on the results.

  10. I thought most poltergeist events happen around teenage girls.

  11. Vapor;
    Not necessarily true. A lot of people have tried to correlate that and I admit that we had a lot of that activity when my sisters and I were all adolescents, I've known lots of grown men with activity and women and older people. That theory kind of got locked in and stayed, but it's more of an urban legend. They do, however seem to be associated with people more than places.

  12. On the spiritual level, I would suggest a house cleansing with clergy that she feels confident with.

    On the physical level, I would check things like water table levels and its effects on the settling of the house.

    I would check the lady's medications. Were there any pets? Can the residents tell the difference between a bread box lid and the sound of cabinet door? What sounds do the water heater make? Ice maker?

    We all misplace items and mistake odd sounds, that doesn't make it paranormal. I think the lady may be predisposed in the belief that her home has poltergeist activity because of her history.

  13. The conditions are correct from the scientific perspective to do a complete investigation; do a background history search on the location; while keeping in mind that some people are more sensitive to certain energies; as you and both well know.

    Keeping in mind; the kinetic side does indeed come into play here. If the owner of the house is sensitive to energies of any sort; especially if they are especially sensitive, it is very important for the client to remained grounded and balanced. If there is some residual or active energy present; and especially if this is someone who's much like myself... it becomes more important.

    While science says "opposites attract" it's been my experience when dealing with clients such as this; the more grounded and balanced they become, the calmer the energy/surroundings become.

    I'd recommend a "holistic" approach; paranormally speaking. Scientific investigation, historical background on the property, along with discussing with the client; the client's background, along with past experiences.

    As a psychic yourself; I'm sure you've already a pretty good ideas as to how to approach. :)

    That? And I'd grab some butter to go with the bread! ;)

  14. I love the way y'all are thinking!!! Yes, there's a lot of avenues to take. What we know is that this woman seems to think this happens to her wherever she goes. Her environment is ideal for it so far as the haunted formula's findings--good age house, death occurred there, mountain/geology, running river nearby. Family dynamics appear to be intact. That it is room related intrigued me. I did do some interviewing to discover that this occurred to them on days when she was super stressed, running around like crazy, comes home to make her man a meal and then the moments her tasks for the day are over, kitchen is cleaned, lights are out, she's in the living room with her man for TV watching and -- boom! It happens. Could it be related to the switch in body/mind states? Residual of her end of the day frantic energy in the kitchen? Is this dependent on her being in the home? Marking of items placement in the kitchen and having her have a frantic day and finish in the kitchen and leave the house and stay away versus her staying in the home gives us more clues. If, in fact, items are moving, our next task is to figure out if she causes it with her residual energy but doesn't need to be present in the house or if she needs to be there still for it to happen. This might also tell us if her mind state has more to do with it than her physical state. Intriguing case and, yes, things are still moving in her home and her husband even witnessed it. They have decided to find it an endearing quirk she has.

  15. Also found the isolation to one room only. What; if any items have clients been carrying from home to home? Could it be a way of attempt to make contact possibly; especially if item(s) always historically have been located in same room(s) client has had activity. Have you suggested to client that while they are away they set up a couple of cameras; as well as "test objects" to see if there's any evidence while no one is in the home?

    If there's something active going on; it doesn't only happen when the homeowners are at home; in the room but also happen when homeowners are away from the house.

  16. Brenda;
    Nope--kitchen has zero sentimental objects. It intrigued me the most because in looking at the cottage, the root cellar is beneath the kitchen. It's hollow under it. And, the root cellar is lined by rocks to hold back the earth. Specifically, mostly chunks of quartz. The other two homes she lived in were historic ones with similar construction. Why the kitchen? Not because of object attachment, but it is the only room with this interesting feature under it. So far as they know, the movements happen when they are at home. They've never come home to find something out of place, but then things could move in subtle ways and they'd never know. The dramatic stuff happens when they're there. Next time I head there, I'm hoping to see if I can find out what aggravates it and see if we can make it happen with cameras on it. I want to try some experiments based on a journal she's keeping to see if we can figure out what times it happens, if it relates to anything and times of the day, year, et cetera.

  17. Perfect! Sounds like an excellent plan. She's journaling, keeping notes, and doing all the right things. I'd be interested to see a photo or two of that kitchen; as well as that root cellar, one day.

    Intriquing case, to say the least and I'll be interested to hear the outcome. I asked specifically about objects; hoping that would rule out at least any residuals; family or otherwise. My husband has been known to politely remove items from our home; because I don't care to see what I see. Case in point? Antique Old West Dresser.

    If I weren't busy hallucinating on the mold growing on the stale bread on my counter; I'd say I've been know to pick up quite a bit on photos. ;)

    No. Wait... that mold is now a patented antibiotic!

  18. Like it do with all these horror things. I'd pack up Dale and move to florida.

  19. Brenda;
    It's back east and I hope to visit next summer and have plenty of time to do a study of it. I must admit, the first thought was object attachment, but nope. The kitchen is purely all appliances they bought, a table set that they bought since being married, no knickknacks. Nothing. But the things happen in a very specific region of the kitchen, a kind of triangle area. I found no EMF abnormalities either. I'm hoping it's happening when I visit, but her log should help me to see what conditions we might recreate to have a better chance of it.

    You're a pussy!

  20. I've seen a video about this. Some house had a compartment that was big enough for someone to hide in. it turns out that there was a homeless person in it who was stealing food and moving stuff on the family who lived there. They video taped their kitchen one night and found out about it, called the cops and settled it.

  21. Marduk;
    Not so in this house. The access to the root cellar is only from the mud room inside the house. I could see that happening, though in places without outside access to the root cellar. I heard a case of someone living in an attic. Freaky scary. In fact, it inspired a super creepy short story I wrote one time. Now that I think of it, I should pull that back out again and finish it.

  22. Hello. has any one seen the movie Forbiden Planet? watch it, that might explane poltergeists.Is not our brain impulses made of energy!?

  23. I love that one! Leslie Neilson? I adore those 50s scifi movie, but that was a great premise.