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One scientist's account of the poltergeist case that made headlines across the country -- and the riveting examination of a child's mysterious murder.

When she was just fourteen years old, Tina Resch became the center of the best-documented case of poltergeist activity of the twentieth century. During the spring of 1984, Tina's home in Ohio was thrown into chaos: appliances turned themselves on without electric current, objects flew through the air, furniture scooted across the ...

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Unleashed: Of Poltergeists and Murder: The Curious Story of Tina Resch

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One scientist's account of the poltergeist case that made headlines across the country -- and the riveting examination of a child's mysterious murder.

When she was just fourteen years old, Tina Resch became the center of the best-documented case of poltergeist activity of the twentieth century. During the spring of 1984, Tina's home in Ohio was thrown into chaos: appliances turned themselves on without electric current, objects flew through the air, furniture scooted across the floor. Censured endlessly by her adoptive family and thrust into the eye of a media twister thanks to one reporter's photographic evidence of a flying phone, Tina was propelled into a downward spiral that led to an abusive marriage, a divorce, and the birth of a child -- all before her twentieth birthday. Three years later she was charged with that child's murder, and she is currently serving a life sentence for a crime as controversial, mysterious, and complex as the accused herself -- a crime she maintains she did not commit.

Unleashed is Tina's story as told by a parapsychologist who witnessed striking paranormal phenomena in Tina's presence. Examining the destructive powers of thwarted emotions from a scientific perspective, William Roll sheds remarkable light on the case of Tina Resch -- and boldly confronts our cultural responses to events that cannot be easily explained.

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Larry Dossey, M.D. author of Healing Words Unleashed is a gripping account of that strange, unguarded borderland between mind and matter, where thought and emotion explode onto the physical world in chaotic, unpredictable ways. Unleashed should come with a warning label: MAY FOREVER CHANGE YOUR WORLDVIEW.
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Tina Resch was famous at age 14 as the center of a whirlwind of so-called poltergeist activity. Ten years later, she pled guilty to killing her young daughter and was sentenced to life in prison. Well-known parapsychologist Roll (psychology, State University of West Georgia) recounts his experiences with Tina, beginning in 1984, when he was called in to investigate the claims of poltergeist activity. He is convinced that the activity was caused by Tina's ability to affect the physical world with her mind, a belief based on what he personally witnessed. He is also convinced that she is innocent of killing her daughter and that her damaged psyche led her simply to accept imprisonment without putting up a fight. Tina's is a fascinating story, but unfortunately Roll doesn't do it justice. He spends far too much time on the poltergeist events and far too little time on Tina as a person. While well written and engaging, this book is also very subjective, especially since Roll admits to having always liked Tina and to having helped her in many ways. Recommended for larger public libraries and academic libraries with an interest in paranormal activity.-Mary E. Jones, Cty. of Los Angeles P.L., Agoura Hills Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743482943
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,186,696
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William Roll, Ph.D., is an Oxford-educated parapsychologist on the faculty of the psychology department of the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. Over the course of his extensive career he has written three books and more than two hundred scientific articles. He has appeared on numerous segments of Unsolved Mysteries, as well as on the Discovery Channel and other television documentaries. In 1996, Roll received the Outstanding Career Award from the Parapsychological Association, and in 2002 he received the Tim Dinsdale Memorial Award from the Society for Scientific Exploration.
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I watched in disbelief as four burly officers from the Carroll County sheriff's department took their seats behind the small, white casket covered with flowers, a toy rabbit perched on top. It was the Saturday before Easter, 1992. The open casket showed a pretty little girl wearing her pink Easter dress. Even with the heavy makeup that hid the autopsy sutures, you could see Amber had been a beautiful child.

The Almon Funeral Home chapel was filled to overflowing, but there was no sign of the child's mother. I assumed she was sitting in the private, screened section reserved for family members. Charged with Amber's murder, her mother, Tina Resch, now using her married name of Christina Boyer, had sat in jail for the past three days while the media vilified her. Almost without exception, it seemed the entire town of Carrollton, Georgia, had banded against her, the Northern outsider; a woman so out of control she could kill her three-year-old daughter. In a show of solidarity, the outraged community had taken Amber as one of their own; Almon donated the casket; local florists sent sprays of flowers; police officers provided the burial plot. The only thing from Tina was the pink Easter dress.

My mind was a blur of shock and distress. All I could think was, How? How had this happened? It was impossible. I had known Tina since she was fourteen years old. In an ironic twist, she had been the center of a media blitz then, too; the wild child who could move objects with the power of her mind. The reports hadn't been off base. Much of my research and writing of the previous eight years had focused on Tina's impressive abilities, one of the most convincing cases of poltergeist activity I had ever witnessed. Now a tall, lively, and volatile young woman in her early twenties, Tina could still be that troubled teen desperate for affection and dreaming of happy endings. Abandoned by her mother at the age of ten months and adopted into a rigid, unforgiving household, Tina had not been ready for single parenthood at eighteen, and she often found the role difficult and irritating. But she could never have killed Amber. Amber was her one real hope for a family of her own and a better future. Somehow this message had to get through to the authorities. Tina was innocent.

Pastor Geron Crawford delivered the sermon. When he finished, the officers behind the casket slowly advanced, stationed themselves at each corner of the coffin, and then carried it out, their large bodies almost concealing their tiny charge. Along with a mass of mourners, I followed the procession outside. I was oblivious to my surroundings: the weather, the people beside me — I couldn't register anything. The words of the sermon stayed with me: "We have been left in a thick darkness." A darkness had indeed descended, and Tina needed my help perhaps more than at any other time in her life.

Copyright © 2004 by William Roll and Valerie Storey

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1 A Call for Help 3
2 The House on Blue Ash Road 14
3 Something about Tina 26
4 Heart Monitor 36
5 The Force 46
6 Seeking Demons 58
7 The Photograph 73
8 A Momentary Escape 83
9 News Conference 93
10 Our Investigation Begins 101
11 Unwelcome Visitor 114
12 Flying Teacup 123
13 Testing Tina 140
14 Camera Shy 151
15 On the Road 165
16 The Amazing Randi 174
17 Hypnosis 185
18 Harnessing the Force 200
19 Triggers and Causes 212
20 No Escape 225
21 Amber 234
22 Murder 241
23 Unsolved Mysteries 249
24 Silent Justice 258
25 The Plea 267
Epilogue 275
Notes 279
Acknowledgments 293
Index 297
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  • Posted December 2, 2012

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    Unleashed is the true story of a young woman, Tina Resch, who ha

    Unleashed is the true story of a young woman, Tina Resch, who has the uncanny ability to move objects without touching them. Parapsychologist, Dr. William Roll, comes to the Resch home to observe the phenomenon. Dr. Roll gives a detailed account and analysis of all the events that take place. The murder aspect of the story comes near the end of the book when Tina is accused of murdering her daughter.

    Particularly fascinating is Dr. Roll's scientific explaination of telekinesis, which has to do with neurology and physics. It provides good insight to this interesting phenomenon.

    Unleashed is a gripping story that's hard to put down. If you enjoy reading about unusual psychic phenomenon, you will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2004

    unleashed, only the beginning

    Unleashed is the powerful and sad story of Tina Resch, a fourteen year old girl around whom paranormal events took place. Dr. William Roll became involved and he, along with others witnessed some amazing phenomena. Equally amazing is what happened to Tina years later. Tina, now known as Christina Boyer is serving a life sentence for the killing of her baby, a crime she did not commit. The real killer received a shorter sentence. As much as anything, it bespeaks (poorly)of the criminal justice system and court appointed attorneys. It is a must read for anyone interested in the paranormal.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    well written enticing biography

    In 1984 teenager Tina Resch gained fifteen minutes of fame as the focus of major poltergeist activity. Among those observing what was occurring in her family¿s Columbus, Ohio home were noted parapsychologist William Roll and his investigative partner Kelly Powers. Mr. Roll relates what he saw and what he was told by other eyewitnesses.---- The rest of the Resch story occurs a few years later. In 1988 Tina gives birth to a girl. She raised the child by herself until she met divorced father David Herrin. In 1992 Georgia, police arrest Tina and David for the brutal murder of Amber. Tina confessed and was convicted to spend life in prison.---- Mr. Roll believes that Tina has special extrasensory powers that enable her to do extraordinary telekinetic actions. The author admits that he is fascinated with her prowess and likes her so has a bias towards Tina. The writers insist that Tina did not commit the infanticide, but fail to defend their assertion; instead they insist that too many years considered a freak by ¿friends¿ and her adopted parents took its toll so she simply confessed. Most of the writing focuses on the paranormal happenings, which will attract many readers, but also turns Tina into an oddity as she is rarely presented as a person with battered feelings. Still, this well written and enticing biography combines a true crime tale (towards the end of the book) with a documented poltergeist series of episodes. ---- Harriet Klausner

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