WHAT IS A POLTERGEIST?

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT ONLY AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF, BUT ALSO A TRUE STORY OF POLTERGEIST ACTIVITY IN A FAMOUS MANSION IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA (Published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 1969):

“History

The Griggs mansion was built in 1883 and named after its original owner, a businessman named Chauncey Griggs. Incredibly well kept the mansion still has its original stained glass windows and wood paneled walls.

The house was lived in by its first owner for only four years before he moved west. Perhaps he set the theme of the house as it stayed as a private residence until 1939, but non of the people who moved in stayed for more than a few years.

In 1939 the mansion was turned into an art school for the next 25 years until it became a private residence again.

The house went on sale in 2009 for an asking price of $1.8 million, A fair price for a house of such a size but over the next 3 years the price dropped to $1.1 million. A huge drop for such a property, maybe this is due to the house being known as one of the most haunted i all of Minnesota.

Today the house remains as a private residence.

CHAUNCEY GRIGGS MANSION HAUNTINGS:

The Griggs mansion has been known to be haunted for some time. The earliest documented investigation of paranormal activity at the mansion dates back to 1969 when of group of journalists from the St Paul pioneer press stayed in the house to see if there were any truth to the tales. There stay was cut short when they fled the mansion at 4am, running from the fourth floor and straight out the house.

As for the fourth floor this is known to be one of the most active spots in the building. A maid is thought to have killed herself by hanging in one of the bedrooms. Her identity and reasons for doing so are unknown, but activity from her has been witnessed by many. Muffled crying noises from empty rooms on the floor and people feeling unwell when they pass by the bedroom doors are thought to be caused by the unhappy maid.

Another hot spot is the library, where the gardener of the house, Charles Wade, loved to read. Noises  or rustling and pages being turned have come from this room when no one was inside.

The total amount of individual spirits that may be at the house is unknown as different visitors and owners have reported experiencing different activity. A psychic who was brought to the house claimed she had picked up the spirit of a civil war officer, who perhaps could be the original owner of the house Chauncey Griggs who served as an officer in the army, although no one has reported seeing any apparitions of him.

Speaking of apparitions, one that has has been particularly scary is that of a tall man, dressed in a black suit with a top hat. He has visited various guests in their rooms and been seen standing silently before fading from sight.

As for other paranormal activity at the mansion you can only imagine what goes on hear, or maybe what doesn’t go on here. As with many haunted places they always seem to share certain activity, such as seeing shadows and the feeling of being touched or someone brushing past when no one is there. This place seems to have them all, from one witness to another all kinds of tales have come from this place. Is it haunted though? Seems so, at least that’s what a number of very scared visitors to house would believe.”

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Poltergeists: Noisy Spirits

A poltergeist is perhaps the best-known — and most feared — type of ghost. It is a spirit that is said to harass and torment its victims. This harassment typically includes minor but mysterious and disturbing events such as loud sounds, moving furniture, sheets and covers being pulled off beds, small objects inexplicably falling off shelves, stones rising off the ground and being hurled at people, and so on.

Of course, discussing different categories of ghosts is like discussing different breeds of dragons or races of leprechauns: it’s all made up, so there are as many types as you can dream of. Nevertheless, people all over the world believe in ghosts and spirits, and a 2005 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses — and nearly half believe in ghosts.

No one knows for certain what ghosts are, or if they even exist; some believe that they are spirits of the dead who for whatever reason get “lost” on their way to the afterworld; others think that ghosts are the souls of people whose deaths were violent or premature.

 

I am posting the following information as a reference posting for readers who have questions as to what constitutes a poltergeist.  It is taken from Wikipedia and by clicking on any of the references offered by Wikipedia (in red) the reader can be taken instantly to further information about and information on, poltergeists:

Poltergeist:  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Artist conception of poltergeist activity claimed by Therese Selles, a 15-year-old domestic servant of the Todescini family at Cheragas, Algeria. From the French magazine La Vie Mysterieuse in 1911.

In folklore and parapsychology, a poltergeist (German for “noisy ghost”) is a type ofghost or other supernatural entity which is responsible for physical disturbances, such as loud noises and objects being moved or destroyed. They are purportedly capable ofpinchingbitinghitting, and tripping people. Most accounts of poltergeists describe the movement or levitation of objects such as furniture and cutlery, or noises such as knocking on doors.

They have traditionally been described as troublesome spirits who haunt a particular person instead of a specific location. Such alleged poltergeist manifestations have been reported in many cultures and countries including the United States, India‚ Japan, Brazil, Australia, and most European nations. Early accounts date back to the 1st century.

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The word poltergeist came from the German language words poltern (“to make sound” and “to rumble”) and Geist (“ghost” and “spirit”), and the term itself translates as “noisy ghost”, “rumble-ghost” or a “loud spirit”.

Many claimed poltergeist events have proved on investigation to be pranks.[1] Skeptic Joe Nickell says that claimed poltergeist incidents typically originate from “an individual who is motivated to cause mischief”.[2] According to Nickell:

Parapsychologists such as Nandor Fodor and William G. Roll wrote that poltergeist activity can be explained by psychokinesis.[13][14]

Poltergeist activity has often been believed to be the work of malicious spirits. According to Allan Kardec, the founder of Spiritism, poltergeists are manifestations of disembodied spirits of low level, belonging to the sixth class of the third order. They are believed to be closely associated with the elements (fire, air, water, earth).[15]

Famous cases

Epworth Rectory

Folklore

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Folklore (disambiguation).

Folklore is the body of expressive culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group. These include oral traditions such as tales, proverbs and jokes. They include material culture, ranging from traditional building styles to handmade toys common to the group. Folklore also includes customary lore, the forms and rituals of celebrations like Christmas and weddings, folk dances and initiation rites. Each one of these, either singly or in combination, is considered a folklore artifact. Just as essential as the form, folklore also encompasses the transmission of these artifacts from one region to another or from one generation to the next. For folklore is not taught in a formal school curriculum or studied in the fine arts. Instead these traditions are passed along informally from one individual to another either through verbal instruction or demonstration. The academic study of folklore is called folkloristics.

Netherlandish Proverbs

To fully understand folklore, it is helpful to clarify its component parts: the terms folk and lore. It is well-documented that the term was coined in 1846 by the Englishman William Thoms. He fabricated it to replace the contemporary terminology of “popular antiquities” or “popular literature”. The second half of the compound word, lore, proves easier to define as its meaning has stayed relatively stable over the last two centuries. Coming from Old English lār ‘instruction,’ and with German and Dutch cognates, it is the knowledge and traditions of a particular group, frequently passed along by word of mouth.[1]

The concept of folk proves somewhat more elusive. When Thoms first created this term, folk applied only to rural, frequently poor, frequently illiterate peasants. A more modern definition of folk is a social group which includes two or more persons with common traits, who express their shared identity through distinctive traditions. “Folk is a flexible concept which can refer to a nation as in American folklore or to a single family.[2] This expanded social definition of folk supports a broader view of the material, i.e. the lore, considered to be folklore artifacts. These now include all “things people make with words (verbal lore), things they make with their hands (material lore), and things they make with their actions (customary lore)”.[3] Folklore is no longer circumscribed as being chronologically old or obsolete. The folklorist studies the traditional artifacts of a social group and how they are transmitted.

Transmission is a vital part of the folklore process. Without communicating these beliefs and customs within the group over space and time, they would become cultural shards relegated to cultural archaeologists. For folklore is also a verb. These folk artifacts continue to be passed along informally, as a rule anonymously and always in multiple variants. The folk group is not individualistic, it is community-based and nurtures its lore in community. “As new groups emerge, new folklore is created… surfers, motorcyclists, computer programmers”.[4] In direct contrast to high culture, where any single work of a named artist is protected by copyright law, folklore is a function of shared identity within the social group.[5]

Having identified folk artifacts, the professional folklorist strives to understand the significance of these beliefs, customs and objects for the group. For these cultural units[6] would not be passed along unless they had some continued relevance within the group. That meaning can however shift and morph. So Halloween of the 21st century is not the All Hallows’ Eve of the Middle Ages, and even gives rise to its own set of urban legends independent of the historical celebration. The cleansing rituals of Orthodox Judaism were originally good public health in a land with little water; now these customs signify identification as an Orthodox Jew. Compare this to brushing your teeth, also transmitted within a group, which remains a practical hygiene and health issue and does not rise to the level of a group-defining tradition.[7] For tradition is initially remembered behavior. Once it loses its practical purpose, there is no reason for further transmission unless it has been imbued with meaning beyond the initial practicality of the action. This meaning is at the core of folkloristics, the study of folklore.

With an increasingly theoretical sophistication of the social sciences, it has become evident that folklore is a naturally occurring and necessary component of any social group, it is indeed all around us.[8] It does not have to be old or antiquated. It continues to be created, transmitted and in any group is used to differentiate between “us” and “them”.

 

POLTERGEISTS by Nandor Fodor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nandor Fodor
Nandor Fodor parapsychologist.png
Born 13 May 1895
Beregszász, Hungary
Died 17 May 1964 (aged 69)
New York
Occupation Parapsychologist
Psychoanalyst
Organization National Laboratory of Psychical Research
Society for Psychical Research
The Ghost Club

Nandor Fodor (May 13, 1895 in Beregszász, Hungary – May 17, 1964 in New York City, New York) was a British and American parapsychologist, psychoanalyst, author and journalist of Hungarian origin.[1]

Biography

Fodor was born in Beregszász, Hungary. He received a doctorate in law from the Royal Hungarian University of Science in Budapest. He moved to New York to work as a journalist and to Britain in 1929 where he worked for a newspaper company.[2]

Fodor was one of the leading authorities on poltergeists, haunting and paranormal phenomena usually associated with mediumship. Fodor, who was at one time Sigmund Freud‘s associate, wrote on subjects like prenatal development and dream interpretation, but is credited mostly for his magnum opus, Encyclopedia of Psychic Science, first published in 1934.[2]Fodor was the London correspondent for the American Society for Psychical Research (1935-1939).[2]He worked as an editor for the Psychoanalytic Review and was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.[2]

Fodor in the 1930s embraced paranormal phenomena but by the 1940s took a break from his previous work and advocated a psychoanalytic approach to psychic phenomena.[3][4] He published skeptical newspaper articles on mediumship, which caused an opposition from spiritualists.[5]

Among the subjects he closely studied was the case of Gef the talking mongoose.

Poltergeists

Fodor pioneered the theory that poltergeists are external manifestations of conflicts within the subconscious mind rather than autonomous entities with minds of their own. He proposed that poltergeist disturbances are caused by human agents suffering from some form of emotional stress or tension and compared reports of poltergeist activity to hysterical conversion symptoms resulting from emotional tension of the subject.[4]

In 1938, Fodor investigated the Thornton Heath poltergeist case that involved Mrs. Forbes. According to Rosemary Guiley “Fodor asserted that the psychosis was an episodic mental disturbance of schizophrenic character, and that Mrs. Forbes’ unconscious mind was responsible for the activities finally determined to be fraudulent. Fodor eventually identified the cause as sexual trauma that had occurred in Mrs. Forbes’s childhood, and had been repressed.”[6] Because he was skeptical of the case, Fodor was heavily criticized by spiritualists and was dismissed from his post at the International Institute for Psychical Research. The spiritualist Arthur Findlay, the founder of institute did not approve of his research and resigned. Fodor was attacked in the Spiritualist newspaper, Psychic News which he sued for libel.[6]

Fodor published two scientific papers on poltergeist phenomena, The Psychoanalytic Approach to the Problems of Occultism (1945) and The Poltergeist, Psychoanalyzed (1948). “The poltergeist is not a ghost. It is a bundle of projected repressions,” he stated. With the psychical researcher Hereward Carrington Fodor co-authored Haunted People: Story of the Poltergeist down the Centuries (1951), the book which received positive reviews.[7][8]

The psychologist Robert Baker and the skeptical investigator Joe Nickell wrote in most cases Fodor discovered that ghosts are “pure inventions of the hauntee’s subconscious” and praised Fodor’s book The Haunted Mind as vastly entertaining.[9] However, Fodor’s belief that some poltergeist phenomena could be explained by psychokinesis has drawn criticism. Henry Gordon has stated that parapsychologists such as Fodor and William G. Roll took a speculative approach to the poltergeist subject, ignoring the rational explanation of deception in favour for a belief in the paranormal.[10]

DON’T NAIVELY INVITE EVIL IN

I just finished reading and responding to a personal, terrifying experience of a member of a website where people are encouraged to write-in their experiences with the unexplained.  While responding to his concerns, I was reminded of the countless naive people who unwittingly get themselves in-over-their-heads messing with occult tools such as Ouija Boards, hosting Tarot Readings, using Spirit Boxes, Seances, etc.

I was again reminded of the movie, “The Exorcist” a true story, that focuses on demon possession.  In real life, the child victim of demon possession was a boy, not a girl.  Two important factors that set him up for demon possession were that:

  1. He was not a Christian thus had no spiritual protection, and
  2. He had been using an Ouija Board which had invited an evil spirit into him.

When using any occult tool such as the Ouija Board, the user is opening a door (or portal, if you will) to spirits and evil spirits are extremely devious.  They will, for example, feign being the spirit of a loved one in order to gain access to the user.  My extensive research on this subject has revealed that this was the case of the child demon possession in the movie, “The Exorcist”.

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BELOW ARE SOME OF THE DETAILS OF THE POST TO WHICH I REFER:

This individual was filming orbs and was fascinated by images of animal orbs.  He’d found this to be an amazing experience until, with cameras rolling in his basement, he’d opened his basement door then closed it, when one of his cameras picked up an orb that went across a shelf then jumped down to the floor making a small bounce, and then compressed like an oblong shape before returning to it’s previous round shape.  He went on to write that while moving across the floor it had appeared to contain something within itself and short legs extending out of itself then had appeared to be running across the floor. This individual reviewed all the video and enlarged the orb checking each frame of video and had found that one frame had a non humanlike face with no lips or eyelids. It also appeared to contain two ears or horns. Needless to say, he became very concerned at this point as he observed that it was the image of a dogs head. He reported that, “This orb looked like it had weight when it ran across the floor.” The individual assumed that because it contained a dog, it was good, and not bad but felt confused and baffled.  Consequently, he proceeded to use an EMF producing box he had created.  But when the result of doing so was that the number of orbs then increased, he wondered whether he should unplug the box.

IN HIS NEXT ENTRY, HE DESCRIBED HAVING TO STOP:

It seems that this individual spoke to a minister and was referred to a website called gotquestions.org. where he would be able to obtain accurate information and answers to his questions.  The individual to whom I’ve been referring is a Christian, and ultimately determined that if Jesus is in one’s heart and soul, evil cannot bring one harm and reported that his original dust orbs now look like bubbles from the Lawrence Welk show. He now realizes that the box had powered them up but also attracted an evil spirit. He said many prayers and plans to return to church and stated that he doesn’t know what happens if you don’t know Jesus, and recommends praying that you still go to heaven.  He also advises that orbs are real, Satan is real. Don’t let him fool you. He also now highly recommends going to church!

MY RESPONSE TO THIS INDIVIDUAL:

First of all I want to say that you sound like a really good person whose curiosity brought on more than you had bargained for. I’m so glad that you are a Christian because God and Jesus are definitely your best protection. Something that I do to feel safe in my home, is to occasionally (many people do this regularly) light the tips of a small bundle of white sage; it will smoke a little and I walk throughout every room saying the words “Any spirit that means any harm to myself or my family, “LEAVE NOW!” This is called a “cleansing” and is Native American in origin. My house always feels calm and peaceful afterward. I also burn a Himalayan Salt Lamp in any rooms about which I am concerned. These clear and purify the air/environment – I burn them round the clock. Burning a white candle is also very helpful as well in purifying the environment but I wouldn’t leave a candle unattended.

Personally, I am Catholic, but most importantly I am a Christian. I have had a crucifix blest by a Catholic priest for every bedroom in my house, and I keep a bottle of holy water handy to sprinkle in any room that concerns me as I speak the words, “Dear God, wash this room in the blood of Jesus Christ and keep us safe from harm.” I only mention being Catholic because catholic priests do successfully perform exorcisms (though it is very difficult to find one who does.) They also will come to your home and bless your home. I do not fear evil, but I also do not do any kind of activity to potentially invite it in.  My concern in our home was due to a person having lived here at one time who was not a Christian and whose activities I had substantial reason to mistrust.

You have probably heard of the movie “The Exorcist” which is a true story. In real life however, the victim of possession was a young boy, not a young girl. This young boy had been using a Ouija Board and had unwittingly invited the evil spirit into him. There is a Canadian television program called “Ghostly Encounters”. I’ve viewed some of the shows which are true stories. One of the directors of the show is a minister. These shows are a real eye-opener for anyone who doubts the presence of evil in the world, and who believes they can mess with tools like The Tarot, Ouija Boards and any other device or activity that might innocently invite evil into their lives.  (Information about the tv program I just mentioned can be found at http://www.myviva.ca/ghostlyencounters.)

May God wash you and your family in the blood of Jesus Christ and keep you and your family safe from harm at all times.

(I then forwarded prayers for protection to him)

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The above example is such a good one of the unexpected consequences that can result from becoming involved in any activity that has the potential to bring us harm.

(Copyright 2017 by Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund)

BIG BAY POINT LIGHTHOUSE in MICHIGAN

BIG BAY POINT LIGHTHOUSE in MICHIGAN

During 2008, we visited the Big Bay Point Lighthouse in Michigan. It is said to have a ghost that roams and the story of that haunting is below; from About.com.

I decided to go out around 5:00 a.m. and shoot the sunrise over the lake. I had the distinct feeling that I was being watched from behind me, so I took a couple of early morning shots while it was still somewhat dark. The orb seen in the yard behind me explained my eerie sensations:

“Location: On Lake Superior, Michigan
When built: 1896

Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast

Big Bay Point Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast

The haunting: This stately brick lighthouse might be haunted by the ghost of H. William Prior, who was the facility’s first keeper. According to Big Bay Point Lighthouse History by Jeff and Linda Gamble, “Prior was despondent after the death of his son and on June 28th he disappeared into the woods with his gun and some strychnine. It was feared that he had gone off to kill himself, and a subsequent long search failed to find him. Mrs. Prior and her family left Big Bay on October 22, 1901 to live in Marquette. Over a year later, the following entry was made in the station log:”

Mr. Fred Babcock came to the station 12:30 pm. While hunting in the woods one and a half mile south of the station this noon he found a skeleton of a man hanging to a tree. We went to the place with him and found that the clothing and everything tally with the former keeper of this station who has been missing for seventeen months.

It’s said that the ghost of the red-haired Mr. Prior is occasionally seen on the property and may be responsible for the unexplained slamming of doors. Today, Big Bay Point Lighthouse is a bed and breakfast.” (About.com)