Sunday, March 25, 2012

Workplace Haunting: The Rosenheim Poltergeist

(Start at 2:38)

Wikipedia: The case of the Rosenheim Poltergeist is that of a poltergeist haunting in Rosenheim in southern Bavaria (Germany) in the later 1960s. Equipment in the office of the lawyer Sigmund Adam allegedly operated itself from summer 1967 to January 1968,[1] which was investigated by local journalists, police, physicists, and engineers.

The parapsychologist Hans Bender tied the events to the presence of the secretary Annemarie Schneider. The phenomenon's media coverage did little to settle allegations that the paranormal activity was faked, as no clear proof was offered either way.

Phenomena reported during the incidents:

The lights in the office are reported to have turned themselves off and on again and swung the longer the stronger (i. e. under the influence of a power-input, telephones to have rung without anybody apparently calling (i. e. under the influence of a silent caller), photocopiers to have spilled their copier fluid, and desk drawers to have opened without being touched. Post clerks installed instruments that recorded numerous phone calls which were never made. Within five weeks the instruments recorded roughly 600 calls to the speaking clock (often more than six per minute[1]) even though all the phones in the office were disabled and only Adam himself had the key required to enable them. In one 15-minute period the speaking clock had been called 46 times, sometimes at a rate that appeared impossible with the mechanical dialing system of 1967. In October 1967 all light bulbs went out with a huge bang. Pictures were filmed rotating around their hooks, this being regarded the first filming of a psychokinetic process under convincing control. Moreover, a heavy filing cabinet is reported to have been pushed across the floor by some invisible force, as well as paranormal noises are said to have been heard.

Traditional and paranormal investigations:

The police, the electric company, and others tried to find an explanation for the events for weeks. The engineer Paul Brunner of the public services of Rosenheim made use of all his technical skill to isolate the bug.[1] After all this didn't bring a result, a team of scientists, including the renowned parapsychologist Hans Bender and the two Max Planck Institute physicists Friedbert Karger and Gerhard Zicha began investigating the case. After installing cameras and voice recorders they were able to discover that the events only took place when the 19-year-old Annemarie Schneider, a recently employed secretary, was present. Bender was able to document on video how the lights immediately started to flicker once Ms. Schneider entered the office. It was claimed that a lampshade would swing violently when she walked beneath it. After questioning Ms. Schneider, it was discovered that she had recently gone through a serious personal relationship trauma. It was also noted that Ms. Schneider suffered from non-specific neuroses. Once she was sent on vacation the poltergeist activity stopped. Ms. Schneider was dismissed from the company when the events began anew after she returned. There are no records of any further poltergeist activity since then. Controversy" The Rosenheim Poltergeist case has become an extremely contentious issue. While some claim that it proves the existence of paranormal phenomena, critics maintain it was set up and faked, or simply an attention-seeking prank developed by the emotionally disturbed Ms. Schneider. There is also no evidence on video that matches the more extreme (and, therefore, paranormal) events said to have occurred. However the police officers present and others unconnected with the company, such as Karger and Zicha, did give official statements claiming to have witnessed unexplained object movements, and Annemarie Schneider was never actually caught faking the phenomena. [edit] Classification The Rosenheim Poltergeist is counted among the cases of office spook, which have only unfolded later than the spook in manses, kitchens, and barns. The lawyer and London judge Lister Drummond († 1916) reports of quirky events in a London office in 1901, where utensils are said to have flown around on strange trajectories, a whole shiver of objects to have been poured out over some employees from the ceiling, and also penetrations to have occurred.


  1. Interesting stuff. I always like when you post about different paranormal cases. People are so in the dark about alot of these things if they didn't happen yesterday. History is just so fascinating. When I read about events like this it makes me want to go look up more info on the matter. Thanks Autumn!

    1. You will enjoy one this week about the most famous poltergeist story.