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The Poltergeist Phenomenon: An In-depth Investigation Into Floating Beds, Smashing Glass, and Other Unexplained Disturbances

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A poltergeist is defined as a disturbance or energy with bizarre physical effects of paranormal origin that suggest mischievous or destructive intent, such as breaking or moving objects and loud knocks or noises.

The Poltergeist Phenomenon is an exciting, original look at an old subject by an award-winning investigative reporter. The author has reviewed 75 cases and interviewed hundreds of witnesses, paranormal experts, law enforcement ...

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The Poltergeist Phenomenon: An In-depth Investigation Into Floating Beds, Smashing Glass, and Other Unexplained Disturbances

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Overview


A poltergeist is defined as a disturbance or energy with bizarre physical effects of paranormal origin that suggest mischievous or destructive intent, such as breaking or moving objects and loud knocks or noises.

The Poltergeist Phenomenon is an exciting, original look at an old subject by an award-winning investigative reporter. The author has reviewed 75 cases and interviewed hundreds of witnesses, paranormal experts, law enforcement officers, psychologists and skeptics to come up with eye-opening results:

  • The typical poltergeist case involves a young person from a repressed home who is going through puberty. He or she may have epilepsy, which produces recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis, a state in which gravity is temporarily suspended.
  • A respected former Princeton University scientist believes he has proven in laboratory experiments that psychokinesis exists and that poltergeist cases are probably true.
  • This rare energy may be part of a person's fight-or-flight system, which is hardwired into everyone and can erupt in certain conditions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601631473
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Clarkson has written six psychology books, including Intelligent Fear and The Secret Life of Glenn Gould, and has won many newspaper awards for investigative stories, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a rendezvous with reclusive author J. D. Salinger. He is considered an expert in fear, producing new research and lecturing on the subject. While working in the Niagara region, he researched many ghost stories and got the only interview with a young man thought to have caused a poltergeist incident that affected an entire shift of police officers. He lives in Fort Erie, Ontario.
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Table of Contents

Glossary of Major Terms 7

Introduction 9

Part I The Evidence

Chapter 1 A Sampling of Eyewitnesses 15

Chapter 2 "House Phenomena" in St. Catharines 23

Chapter 3 A Visitor on Halloween 32

Chapter 4 The House of Flying Objects 39

Chapter 5 Police Controversy in New England 46

Chapter 6 Fire Sale at the Souvenir Place 54

Chapter 7 Sarah and the Pinwheel 61

Part II The Theories

Chapter 8 Mind Over Matter? 79

Chapter 9 The Electrical Connection 91

Chapter 10 The Super Static Girl and More Electricity 99

Chapter 11 Ghosts and Exorcisms 108

Chapter 12 Things That Go Sneak in the Night 120

Part III The Strange Case of Tina Resch

Chapter 13 The House of Styrofoam Cups 137

Chapter 14 The Circus Comes to Columbus 145

Chapter 15 The Ghostbuster and the Mythbuster 155

Part IV Poltergeists in the United Kingdom

Chapter 16 The House of Strange Happenings 165

Chapter 17 The Voice 178

Chapter 18 A Little Irish Gal and Wee Hughie 186

Chapter 19 From the UK to the U.S. and Beyond 194

Part V Poltergeists in Pop Culture and the Future

Chapter 20 The New Frontier: Tapping Psychokinesis 207

Chapter 21 Poltergeists in Popular Culture 220

Chapter 22 The Business of Poltergeists 226

Notes 235

Bibliography 240

Recommended Paranormal Resources 248

Index 251

About the Author 255

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Real Boots on the Ground Research - A Must Read

    The difference between a author who is a hack and an author who is a real researcher is the depth of the book. Hacks scoop up info from the Web and report it. Hacks are useful for a fluff view of a topic but if you want to go really deep, you need a real researcher In The Poltergeist Phenomenon, Michael Clarkson transports you to the boots on the ground level. This is a man is more than a researcher. He is a man who has paid a great personal price to bring us the information in this book.

    Marshall Masters
    Host, Cut to the Chase Radio

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