The Eight Stages of a Poltergeist Haunting

Poltergeist – Therese Selles. 1911

The eight stages of a poltergeist haunting has been taken from Rupert Mathews’ book Poltergeists. For anyone interested, Mathews’ book is well researched and a great read. He covers the many different characteristics of what we would now consider to be the classic poltergeist haunting. Mathews does not necessarily subscribe to the common poltergeist theories of ghosts or psychokinesis, but instead offers many other possible explanations such as fraud or misidentification. Within the book, Mathews covers historic and modern cases, investigations and scientific experiments, as well as famous early mediums and fraudsters. Mathews concludes there are generally eight stages to an “idealized poltergeist visitation” or haunting where fraud has not been detected:

Stage One: Beginnings

The activity usually begins with faintly registered sounds. This is usually a scratching noise, which may be disregarded as being made by rodents or to be the sounds of water pipes. These noises are usually only heard at night.

Stage Two: Noises

These sounds will then become harder to ignore. These noises resemble knuckles knocking on wood or other objects such as glass. Sometimes, very loud cracking or unexplained banging noises are heard but this is less likely. Objects can sometimes be felt to vibrate. At this stage the activity may also be heard during daylight hours.

Stage Three: Moving Objects

Mathews does state that sometimes Stage Three begins at the same time as Stage Two. Objects may be moved inexplicably. Stone throwing, or lithobolia, is very common. Objects may disappear and reappear. This activity usually focuses around a certain type of object such as a specific ornament or keys. It’s rare to actually see the item be moved. Items may be hot to the touch immediately thereafter.

Stage Four: Apports and Disapports

When an object appears from out of nowhere it’s called an apport. When an object disappears “into oblivion” it is called a disapport. These types of activities are extremely rare but have been reported.

Stage Five: Communication

In some cases communication is established through a code of knocks. This may be two knocks indicating a “yes” and one knock indicating a “no” or some other established pattern. Sometimes speech is achieved. In almost all of these cases there seems to be a gradual process which starts with whistles, slurps, growls and so on. At first, mutterings or distant voices will be heard. Next, the voice will be said to sound robotic. Finally, witnesses will claim regular speech is achieved. The poltergeist will then be able to speak as a normal person and will begin to make statements. Claims by the poltergeist about their identity are usually grande. They may claim to have been a murderer, a victim, a suicide, or even a famous person. When claims are checked out they will usually be determined to be false. According to Mathews, it is rare for a poltergeist to have knowledge of events outside of what is widely known within the community. Mathews does not mention this, but it is interesting that many claimed spirit-contacts through a Ouija board also share these same characteristics of deceit[i].

Stage Six: Climax

The poltergeist activity will suddenly increase to a point it had never reached before. This may last several hours or several days. If the poltergeist can talk it may state that it’s going to be leaving soon. Unlike previous claims, however, this will generally turn out to be true.

Stage Seven: Decline

According to Mathews, “the decline is almost always much shorter than the build-up.” The poltergeist will lose its abilities in reverse and gradually become weaker.

Stage Eight: Endings

The activity may slowly skip to an end. Sometimes, this poltergeist activity will reach a dramatic conclusion. In many cases, exorcisms or blessings may prematurely kill the activity. Sometimes, the focus person leaving the premise may cause the activity to cease.

Other Features

The “idealized” poltergeist haunting will usually have a focus person. According to Mathews, this focus person is usually a teenage female but may be of any age or gender. Some investigators believe that this poltergeist activity will center around one person but this is not always the case. Mathews also states that, “it is often said that focus people are usually in a stressful situation of some kind.” Examples given within the book are a divorce and an attempted rape.

Also of note, poltergeists sometimes manifest physically. This apparition may be smoky or misty. Sometimes it will take on a human form. Sometimes the apparition may appear very strange such as in an animal or part animal form. Wet spots may also manifest which smell like urine. Sometimes this manifestation can be seen as it is occurring and seems to come out of nowhere.

Witnesses will sometimes claim to have been harmed by the poltergeist entity. Scratches and bite marks are often reported to have appeared on the person’s skin without explanation. In some cases, animals will perish. Fires will sometimes start in the home inexplicably. In the Bell Witch case the poltergeist claimed to have killed Jack Bell. In one case – which is not in Mathews book – a woman named Doris Bither claimed to have been raped by a poltergeist. Witnesses later supported her claim. The Bithers’ poltergeist account and investigation was made into the 1981 movie ‘the Entity’ starring Barbara Hershey. For the full interview of Doris Bither’s surviving son please go to: ghost theory

It’s important to note that the poltergeist distinction is not as clear as many imagine. The characteristics of these hauntings often share many similarities with conventional hauntings. The word poltergeist basically means “noisy ghost” but has come to represent a specific idealized type of haunting. Many individuals separate poltergeists from traditional ghosts because they believe that the spirits of the deceased causes other types of hauntings and there are psychic explanations for poltergeist activity. One early theory was that poltergeist activity was caused by uncontrolled female teenage sexual energy, an unfounded belief that persists to this day.

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[i] For more on the apparent deceptive nature of spirits consider reading Hungry Ghosts by Joe Fisher 1991, which is a very interesting study.

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      • Yes I do think from my experiences through out the years I have noticed strange things things being moved and i would look all over and I knew where I placed each item every time and then later it would be in plain sight and friend of mine even witnessed this another friend said she loved me but there is something out here that she won’t come back she said she saw an older man and a little girl and we prayed there has even some of my things I’ve hold dear that I’ve had for 30plus years would disappear I thought someone was breaking into my home and weeks latter they would reappear I pray over my home and my land and all items in my home
        This one time about 3 months ago I woke up one morning and on my right hip was a dark black bruise it was not tender did not hurt it was about 5″ long and 3″ wide and in the middle was a dark pink line and around that was the color of my skin I hadn’t hit anything
        And sometimes in the morning ( I sleep with my tv on ) I don’t have any channels auto tuned well when I woke my tv would be on cartoonsthis happens about twice a week
        I’ve also felt like someone is touching me from behind I feel like someone is there this has scared me badly and then to feel something touch me
        About 12 years ago I stayed in a house I would wake up in the night and smell brewed coffee and a cigar pipe and when in the bath room on the potty I’d feel a mist of rain but not be any water that I saw
        My sister and a few lady’s from church came to bless that house
        My sister said she heard like cabinets or doors slamming
        Her and her husband both said they had to pray all the time for two or three weeks her husband said he felt something a bad spirit and he is not one to play about things like that my sister and her husband also said they both awoke at the same time one night and saw these black dark shadow over their bed after she blessed that house
        So I do think that there are some people that they attach to and follow them
        I do not go to grave yards or haunted houses and my land I bought that I’ve lived here since 2013 it was just a bad vibe as if something bad happened out here long ago
        My dog Bella she is a Yorker will at times stair and whine and out of the blue she will stare by me and bark the same way she does when some one gives me a hug good bye or even reaches to shack my hand she barks the same way same tone as if she sees someone reaching for me or hugging me
        If someone can give me advice on how to get whatever it is away from me
        Because I thought it was someone playing pranks on me
        I was almost convinced that I was just paranoid I know that it is neither

  1. I am currently living in an apartment and have been hearing weird sounds in the ceiling, which I at first thought was weird because I am on the 17th floor but I disregarded it. Recently, there have been loud sounds but then I assumed it is because my room is next to the stairwell. However, when I got back to my apartment today, I noticed that the pillow case that is behind the pillow I sleep on was lying on the edge of my bed. I swear it wasn’t there when I woke up and it would have been almost impossible for me to do in my sleep. I asked my roommates if they did it and both responded that they didn’t. While I was talking to one my roommates, music, specifically the beginning of U2’s Every Breaking Wave, which I had not been listening to (it was my moms music on a completely different app), started playing. It was super creepy because we were discussing the pillow case situation and my phone was on the other side of my desk no where near either of us. Does this sound like poltergeist activity?

  2. I don’t know what to do anymore, since I was a kid I have been able to see shadows and I have adapted, I’m not scared of them. But lately my ex wife as been sleeping over. I’ve noticed when she’s around I can see them more often. But it’s worse than what it was before. I see them and I am not in a sleep paralysis state. Today I heard it cAll my name from the corner of the room multiple times while my ex was sleeping next to me. When I finally looked towards the direction it stayed quiet. Later that night I heard knocking on my bedroom door. Shortly after that I see this black shadow of a man run from the right side of the bed , around the bed, next to me and tried attacking me.. I fended it off by pushing it. 2 seconds later I see it again running across the bed, and tried attacking me. This time I couldn’t push it away, it was hurting me. Usually if I have my phone next to me I’ll shine my light at it and it will leave me alone. But I magically all my devices in the room shorted including my phone. I don’t know what this is or what to do.

  3. I have been noticing some strange things around me for the last few years , but more so now. The last place that I lived, I was laying on the bed on my stomaches with my feet facing the ceiling and I felt something touch the bottom of my foot, so naturally I got up and looked to see if it was a fly or something. I looked on the floor nothing. Then again it happened. I jumped up and ran out of my room. The second time was the same week and I was in the kitchen and the dinning room light turned on by itself. Nobody was in the house with me. So I grabbed the remote control from out of the cabinet and turned off the light. Went back to doing what I was doing in the kitchen and the light turned back on again. Now I’m staying with my boyfriend and again weird things are happening.sometimes I’m laying in the bed with my back facing the door and a few times I heard light foot steps and thought it was my boyfriend walking into the room,
    but when I looked there was nobody there. But just yesterday I heard like a inpatient like hmm mmm!like a female clearing her voice,it wasn’t the t.v . Everything was off. And there was nobody but me in the house. One night while we were in bed. My boyfriend was asleep. But on the wall next to our heads I heard 3 loud knocks on the wall. The other morning my boyfriend kept getting a whiff of flowers, but I didn’t smell anything. I don’t know what it is but it’s really starting to scare me. When I heard the voice yesterday. I sat down and said out loud . I hear you. I feel you , but please don’t hurt us. I do still hear noises in the kitchen like right now . It’s like cracking noises? Can someone please explain what this is?

  4. Friends of ours near Saratoga are experiencing frightening events at night. First red beams of lights then glasses thrown about and breaking. They’ve called police since they believed red lights may have been lasers or something but very remote area with nothing found. Even when curtains and blinds closed lights appear first then the commotion starts up again mostly in kitchen area. Any help would be most appreciated.

  5. I’m wondering if what I’ve been experiencing could be Poltergeist activity, after talking to my sister about this, she feels it could be. Due to 2 strokes that I’ve had, I need to use a walker or 2 canes to get around. The walker is too wide for the doorways in our home, so I use 2 Quad canes while I’m at home. When I go into our bathroom, I usually leave both canes outside of the bathroom door, because we don’t have a lot of space in the bathroom, so I just lean against the wall and hold onto the sink. The other night, when I came out of the bathroom, both of my canes were on the other side of our dining room. My 26 year old son was watching T.V. in the living room and my daughter was in her bedroom with her door shut. My son said that I must have left the canes where they were at and I know that I did not! The strokes left me with both left sided weakness and a severe equilibrium issue. I explained to him that there was no way I could have possibly left those canes in that location and be able to make it to the bathroom without falling. This is not the first time this has happened either. It has happened twice now in this house, and we’ve been here for 2 months now, and it happened once in the place we just moved out of. It’s been a once a month occurrence now for the past 3 months. Since it happened at our last location, and since Poltergeists usually have a “focus” person, I figured that it’s not an issue with our new home. I do have a 13 year old daughter, however, so far these occurrences happen to me and specifically to my canes. I’ve not heard any strange noises so far though. I kind of feel as if I’m losing my mind. I know my son didn’t move them and I know my daughter didn’t either. My son would rather believe that I just left them there and somehow managed to get to the bathroom on my own.

  6. For quite some time I have had moved objects. disappearing objects. About the last year I get awakened randomly by heavy footsteps in the room above me (there is no one there), it’s very loud.
    A month ago I felt a huge pain at the base of my nose, I couldn’t see because of the pain my eyes were watering. I was disoriented and didn’t know where I was, there was warm liquid running down my chin.
    The last place I was was in my bed asleep.
    I figured out I was in my bathroom turned on the light and blood was pouring out of my nostrils and so help me God it felt like someone had hit me with an object, it hurt really bad, I’m not sure but I suspect my nose was broken and the next week I had a black eye.
    This house has been here for forty years and there was no activity to speak of until a few years ago.

  7. Can someone like tell me if this is a sign of a poltergeist, but like last night i went to sleep with my bedroom light off, and i woke up at 3 ish for some reason. And this poster i had on the wall i saw fall down, and this poster has been up for weeks, and my lights were completely on, like the light switch was flipped to the right. And I sleep with my door locked, so there’s no way someone could have gotten into my room. Is there a logical explanation for this or is it a poltergeist?

  8. I am constantly followed by something everywhere I go even to the bathroom. It pinched me so bad especially on my toes I’m brought to tears and it’s draining all my energy. How can I get it to leave?

  9. We have been living with a demon, we got the vicar in who removed him but said he may return, the last few weeks I’ve sensed I think his back, for a good few days now there has been explained banging outside, every night it starts and early hours, i have a 9 month old German shepherd pup who’s very unsettled and keeps crying, i am scared, we had a terrible haunting, a bleach bottle was thrown followed by a Hoover pipe, i saw i dont know, big black with huge wings flying it freaked me out, it has locked me in the house twice this is why I got the vicar in, every night the noises are going, theh are going now and I am scared, my dog is really unsettled and km worried, he is back and dont know what to do she is really unsettled

  10. I’ve been living in the same house for 15 years, and when i started gettin older i started having night terrors and weird energy feelings when i was in my room or my grandmothers currently unoccupied room (she moved). I’m 21 and female. i had asked out loud if there was anything in the house, and if so, i needed it to give me a sign that i wasn’t going crazy. by that point i had already seen a handprint on the mirror that couldn’t have been anyone in the house, and it had taken a single piece of kibble from my room. i had just gotten home with a muffin this morning, set it down in my room, left, and when i came back it was gone. i’ve felt some negative energy in the past, i tried to contact it today via meditation and automatic writing but the connection wasn’t clear. i got that it’s a masculine prescience and his name starts with m.
    is there something i should do about it at this point? maybe cleanse and sage the house? a protection spell and sigils to banish and keep him out? I’m scared to let it get to the point where it’s throwing things or making a disturbance, my mom lives in the house with me. i think it’s attached to me.

  11. We are having some odd goings on around the house. Little background.. house is from the 40s amd on the side of a major 4 lane road that was one of the first highways on the east coast. We sell used car parts and the house and property is full of antiques and car parts. Mostly hubcaps as pop collects them. So if you can imagine what a semi organized and cleanly hoarder house looks like that’s us. Well getting to it. Last week a friend offered us a 5th wheel trailer – with a catch. There were fresh brains all over one of the rooms. Dude blew his head off in it the night before. We said cool we will take it for storage and went to look at it. Come to find out the guy was hermit like person going to the bathroom in jars and living off pizza and beer. I mean knee deep in beer cans and pizza boxes. The roof had holes in it and it was just too far gone so we said no way. But going through it a bit we found a safe. I busted it open and found 1200. They gave me 40 of it and pops 40. I also found a sealed pack of socks and took them home too.
    Now back to our house. We have had boxes falling over out of nowhere in areas of the house that nobody had been In for days or hours. Things that have been stacked for weeks to years just falling over out of nowhere. This am I was sitting out front of my barn and I hear a huge crash upstairs in the loft. Go look and boxes and hubcaps are everywhere I go sit back down and 10 min later it happens again. Yesterday it happened on the back porch 2 times with about the same interval. Now I dont know if we drug him home with us or somthing may be attached to one of these old objects when have here. I have been doing experiments with electroplating and using electrolis to clean metal. Baisicly you charge salt water with a DC battery to clean metal. Maybe somthing has been here and is harvesting the energy? What can I do to figure out what is going on here?

  12. Does anyone knows what it means when a spirit feeds you candy? (kinda like dream feeding a child) my brother said that a women was feeding him candy in his sleep(this happened few years ago). i kinda need answers cuz i been seeing a women in my room now and its creepy cuz she makes herself look like a child but IK its not a child and she crawled across my floor and i wanna know about this candy situation asap so if anyone knows or has a website cuz ive been looking for the passed hour for “Why would a spirit feed a person” nothings coming up.

    • In many cultures, ghosts or other spirits will try to entice a living person to eat their food. The stories claim that if a person eats it, they will join those spirits.

      Buk’was is the King of Ghosts in Kwakwaka’wakw traditional belief. Him and his entourage try to get people to eat the food they put out (displayed) in the forest. If a person eats it they turn into a ghost. European fairy lore is filled with similar stories. Folklorists say fairies are ghosts and other spirits (Katherine Briggs, etc) – usually scary – before storytelling turned them into what they are today (Victorian era, Disney, etc.). There are other Indigenous examples of food offered to living humans for malicious purposes.

      I can’t think of any examples where food offered by a spirit is a good thing. Candy as a food symbolizes children and would be a lure for them specifically. If it was a grandparent figure wanting to gift their grandchild, well maybe it would be okay (probably not), but in North American culture we are specifically taught never to take candy from a stranger.

    • Hi Sunshine,

      First of all, this woman crawling across your floor is not okay. It is *not* related to your brother’s dream a few years ago. Your brother had a dream of a woman feeding him candy and it was more akin to a nurturing aspect, of being like a child and being nurtured and craving sweets. Did he say who the woman was? Oftentimes we see a person in the dream and we know who it is ‘supposed’ to be, aka mom, grandma, etc., but in the dream it is a different person to our eyes but our mind and heart know the real person it is representing to the dreamer.

      Now. The woman crawling across your floor, meant to upset you if seen in the here and now sense, waking. Or, did you see her in a dream, or there in your room? Was it a vision, a dream or a manifested (human form) poltergeist? This is important. Crawling can mean a few different things, as in not being able to walk for some physical reason. Did she represent you, or did she feel like a stranger? What was she wearing? Did she look at you at all? What was her clothing like?


      • Thanks for your comments PinkP! Both here and following the “Putting the Normal Back in Paranormal” post. You have some excellent observations and a fascinating perspective. You submitted a lengthy comment as well, which after a few days of consideration I decided was too long to approve. It’s over twenty paragraphs, some quite long, not including the one-sentence ones. I’m worried this would bury others’ comments and suggest you post it somewhere yourself. On a blog or on Medium for example. You submitted it twice so I think you must have it on a document. If you do this, please leave a comment here with the link. I feel people would be interested! But it might be longer than this post so it deserves its own space 🙂

  13. When i was maybe 11 or 12 i would have these weird dreams like a person under my bed watching me all the time and the next night i remember was i was in a foggy maze and men with masks were chasing me then i had a dream that felt so real on in the dream i woke up and there was blood all over our new couch and i did things i couldn’t explain then when i woke up it felt like my knees were burning.

  14. From my experience, I tend to agree that poltergeists tend to gather in a place where there’s a lot of drama and crazy. I experienced this first hand when I lived with this guy. His whole family was insane. His parents lived in the house behind us. His aunt lived with us. They would all argue A LOT. There was also a lot of drinking and drug use. Whenever they would really get heated up, things would fly off shelves super fast as if whatever it was was saying “UGH! ENOUGH ALREADY.” I always had feelings of being watched. I felt light touches as well. There were also knocks and bumps. The same stuff would happen at the parents’ house, too. I left that madhouse. In this case, there were many agents.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s really interesting you felt there were many agents. I’ve read/heard/seen so many stories now, I don’t remember all of them. But I don’t remember anyone sharing about multi agents before. I question sometimes, where the line is drawn between a poltergeist and a haunting, because the distinction isn’t as clear as many claim. I mention this because I have heard of spirit activity (non violent presumed “ghost”) following several people, which may or may not be related.

  15. My gf recently move in with me at my house. All was going well and we were very happy. Around the middle of April some strange occurrences had begun in my house. Occurrences such as my mobile phone being thrown from my bed to the floor without anyone being there; glass falling from the kitchen bench; sponges falling into the sink; water dripping from the sink; 2 very loud knocks from the side of the fridge when my gf was in the kitchen and last of all, it was the 10 June at around 11:30pm, my gf and I wanted to drink some juice and I asked her if she could go and pour 2 glasses. When she opened the door 1/3 of the way, something screamed (not like anything we have ever heard before) at her. I heard the noise from the living room. My gf shrieked in terror and I yelled very loudly, as I didn’t know what that was. We packed what we could in two rucksacks and when I was about to close my front door, I had something very powerful grab my rucksack and pull my backwards.
    We left the house and have not been back since. Can someone please help us? Is it a poltergeist? Why does it only have a proebem with my gf? Was it a sign when it grabbed me and pulled me back into the house to stay there?
    Please someone help us.

    • Thank you for sharing Armand. People often claim to be pushed or scratched or have hair or clothing pulled. I think this is the first time someone said they were pulled backward by something grabbing their bag.

      The most help you might get here is comfort in relating to other people’s experiences. This is because I won’t approve comments where people are offering emails or websites for help. This is to protect anyone who reads these posts from possible fraud or worse. I believe I have a responsibility and would feel horrible if something happened. And honestly, how would I ever know if something did? I am also really skeptical about ghost hunters/exorcists, especially those who are just getting started.

      That being said, many people who had these sorts of problems claim religion helped. Either through them turning to it themselves or to a spiritual healer. Hollywood movies promote Christianity but there are success stories from every religion, I’m pretty sure. You could also search online for psychics in your area and read their reviews online to make sure people have had positive experiences. Then reach out to them in an email and ask if they do clearings or if they know someone who does.

    • Something, (Sorry I do not know what without being there) has attached itself to you. Whatever it is, is very angry that your gf is there. It is jealous and angry, By grabbing you only as you did not mention it grabbing your gf but just you, this here shows that whatever it is that is in this house wants you. Does not want your gf there.
      Need to find someone that can do a cleansing on your place, a true cleansing and who can also put a barrier of protection around your property once it is gone.
      There is a possibility though that it wont actually leave so easily, all depends on how long it has been attached to you.
      It may possibly follow you where ever you go too. Keep in mind some unwanted guests can follow you wherever you go when trying to get away from it. Or may be just that particular house.
      Best of luck. Blessed Be

  16. I’ve been at a loss for a few months now. My boyfriend and I had moved into a house in October. The landlord was kinda sketchy as far as not knowing the history of the house when asked. It started the very day we had moved in. I was scrubbing the wall cause someone had spilled candle wax on it and I heard a very distinct scratching coming from the other side of the wall. I went to investigate it to see if maybe there was an animal in there and nothing. I shrugged it off and kept going. The closet in our bedroom became a “hotspot”. The feeling was so dense and negative it would stop you in your tracks. We saged the same day we realized the closet was like that. Nothing happened for a while until the knocks started. They always come in threes. I then saged again. About a week later, I was in the bathroom facing the hallway and my boyfriend was speaking to me. Suddenly a black shadow dashed from the game room to our bedroom. The knocking didn’t stop and eventually became a banging coming from upstairs (sounding like something was being thrown around). I work 3rd shift so I sleep during the day. Well I was laying in bed, and there was this loud growl right by my head. I saged again. The noises kept happening. I invited a friend over and he was pretty in tune with the supernatural so we decided to do an evp session. We caught whistling, humming, conversations in the distance, and when asked if they want the new residents to leave, there was a very clear “yeah”.
    Things just kept getting worse from there. I was saging nearly every week and there was no change. Then something big happened.
    I was sleeping and was grabbed by my feet and nearly dragged out of bed. Since then I’ve been scratched 3 times, we’ve caught the smell of rotting flesh in our laundry room, my keys randomly ended up in the closet in our bedroom when I knew I left them in the living room. My boyfriend and I decided to get some crystals to help protect us. They had come off in our sleep. We couldn’t find them for weeks and then we were changing the sheets on the bed and they were under our mattress. My boyfriend watched a circle be carved into the wood on the wall in the living room.
    I saged again and again and every time, it only seemed to make it worse. It began to get in my head and make me think that it wasn’t so bad, that it wasn’t worth the hassle to keep saging or even being a priest in. But all of the sudden, it stopped. It seemed to have left.
    But I’m beginning to second guess that because the knocking has started again within this past week. I’m just hopeful it isn’t going to get bad again.
    Anyway, sorry for such a long comment but that’s my story. I’m not asking for help or advice. Just wanted to share

  17. This is happening to our household now. We have had to get a priest to bless the house. My partner is waking up to slashes on his arms and it is attacking me during the day.

    • Receive and believe in Jesus Christ. His word says they will be under your authority. It happened to me. It all changed after Jesus saved me.

      • Religion often seems to help, though it is not exclusive to Christianity. A lot of people have claimed the activity ended through other spiritual practices: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Indigenous cultures specifically.

        • Lol no other belief but Christianity can cure these demons I doubt any other religion has had an actual positive outcome.

          • The exorcism concept was taken from the Greeks and from other religions. You might not know that the New Testament was written primarily by Greeks. Those written by the disciples, the actual teachings of Jesus, were considered too dangerous by the Roman church and were taken out of the bible between 382 – 393 AD. Christians only started practicing exorcism in the last few centuries, while other religions have used it successfully for thousands of years.

          • You’re ignorant which is why you were kissed by the white devil in the first place. Fool.

          • Shannon Sinn
            Thx for your article.
            I’ve been a sceptic all my life, until a short while back.
            In my family we recently had incidents that’s very similar to your description of the stages of poltergeist.
            It increased into a level where quite heavy object as a TV was thrown of the TV table, a laptop into the wall so heavy that it made marks in the wall, casseroles coming from the kitchen to the living room and so on.
            This phenomenons followed a young girl.
            She had some months earlier moved from her mother in west Africa, to her father in Europe.
            When she went to another house, or on a trip, it continued where she was.
            The father of the girl was also very sceptical to the belief in “ghosts and spirits”, but became more and more worried, and in the end almost desperate.
            After it got so intense, that they worried about personal safety, he contacted one of those “new prophets” from his origin country.
            He was then explained that the problem was that the problems laid in some traditional tribal rituals, that wasn’t performed before the girl and her twin brother moved to Europe.
            He followed the “prophets” instructions, and after that the problem totally stopped.
            Or at least haven’t happened for 3 weeks now.
            Yesterday they had a group visiting, consisting of people who got interest and knowledge about paranormal activities. The group was contacted before the incidents stopped, so they couldn’t observe them.
            Those concluded that this was probably solved.
            All this have changed my ideas about the “paranormal”, and made me accept that there are things beyond our understanding.
            Thx for your article, that helped me broaden my mind and knowledge.

          • Thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience. I’m not familiar with West African culture or new prophets, but I believe you when you say the activity stopped.

            Every culture seems to be capable of ending the activity with their own belief system regardless of religion or denomination. As a sceptical believer (as you are now too), I find this detail especially interesting.

            Items as large as TVs don’t usually get thrown. I interviewed people at the Schooner restaurant in Tofino, BC who all saw a rack/crate of dishes fly from a wall and then drop on the floor. Really normal people – not eccentric or interested in ghosts or anything. It opens a person’s mind that’s for sure.

  18. This is very interesting, and very true! Especially the last paragraph. I know this from experience. Great article!

    • somehow I missed your comment Nikki, but I wanted to say thank you for sharing and for appreciating the article 🙂

  19. I moved to a new apartment, I have a private room and quiet frankly saying I do not used to believe in paranomal or spiritual things. So when. I moved in, there were weird noises in my room especially from ceilings and walls which cannot be explained, so I thought due to my heavy schedule and everything I am making them up but when my friend claim to have heard those, we both came to a conclusion that there is a cricket ( insect) I’m the vent. But then there was this teddy that I just recently brought started moving. Though since I was only at home at night and use to leave early in morning I thought I forgot about it.Also, I had this constant feeling of being watched and most of the time from one point in the room but there would be no on. Though, one night I felt someone touching me in my sleep and maybe saw a smoky figure and my legs where it touched it was a bit hot and itchy there because next day I woke up to itching scratches which I made myself, I thought of it as nothing or maybe a dream and a bug bite or something which is quiet stupid of me really. But then one night someone suffocated me, I woke up and almost saw the smoky figure and I even think it talked with me. For a few days I slept in my living room because I was scared of what was happening. Though I cannot continue doing that since living room is shared with 2 other girls and even if they are nice enough to let me stay it’s still rude. But I applied for a transfer which will take place by 15th November and have not yet taken place. But I moved back into my room and even threw my teddy as I thought it could be the one causing it as it was new and could be possessed. By this time I am creeped out and know something is still there because I feel a presence and I remember clearly it talked with me, not in actual words but it did and that was terrifyingly real and I was awake. And today I woke up with weird scratches on my arm which quiet frequently I cannot cause anyhow while sleeping especially. I know it might have happened during a day or something but at this point I just cannot ignore anything and I have to stay in this place for 10 more days. Also just for knowledge it all started around August 20, ie almost 3 months ago. Please tell what should I do.

    • Thank you for sharing your experiences Aakansha. I don’t know what you should do as I’m not an expert and don’t believe people who say they are. I think you’ll be okay though, if you’re only there for another ten days. If you’re interested in what other people might have done to help with their situations I suggest reading the comments below! Let us know if anything else happens and maybe we can guide you throught the next few days together.

  20. When I was about 11 or 10 I was staying in my dad’s house which he got gave to him by my great aunt when she died. It scares me to think about it but anyways I always got cold gushes of winds there and creepy feelings one night I guess I slept walked in the kitchen and I got chocked it was really a struggle to get away it was a greyish figure behind me and before I got chocked I dreamed about a grey figure leading me somewhere that next morning I had choke marks on my neck after that I stopped going over there then I started going again and I started having bad dreams like one time I seen a evil twin you could say of my dad and he said I want you only not your brother since you have your dad’s blood. After that I didn’t go over there but like 1 year ago I went and look in the cellar and that night in my dreams I heard wispering million of voices it sounded like and in a old broken tool house you could say. Anything you would know about this? Just curious.

    • Hi Keslynn, thank you for sharing. Sounds like you went through a hard time! Just to clarify, I collect the stories and am fascinated in the story itself and/or the possible explanation, but don’t feel comfortable ever offering an explanation as to what is happening or how to cope with it. Other than maybe passing on information like I have in the comments below. I won’t approve psychic comments saying they will help for a fee or anything like that. I want to protect people from that stuff. Your experiences sound really frightening especially feeling attacked! I’m glad to hear that they don’t happen any more.

      • I have been tormented by something a female she sounds young and has a sexual drive and has taken my boyfriend from me. I first noticed this back in October I believe someone did this to us like a curse, I know who the person is and I didn’t pay attention to the activity at his house nor did I get what he would say things that now make sense. He does not like my boyfriend and he liked me. I believe he brought this thing in to our lives and has my ex boyfriend now in this trans that breaks my heart to see still when we try to work things out. It’s like she’s always around and before I would argue with it and would with fury would get close as if she was right by me and we go at it with cursing. We both got sick for a long time and still now we are just getting better but I had it the worst. I have a slow immune system so hard to heal but my face got it the worst, I take pride in my skin and the skin on my face ( I am a young mom with teenage daughters so I try to be as natural and model good hygiene to the tee so that my daughters won’t feel the need to resort to cosmetic surgeries) I have been to doctors and many diagnoses later I have to see a psychiatrist which I am not complaining because I do need it all this activity has drained mentally. I am a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ and one night I was so scared it threatened me my boyfriend but when it threatened my daughters with rape with sounds of there voices coming from God knows where but it was loud I lost it and I dropped to my knees and prayed for God to help me and my loved ones to have mercy on me and I started to pray and cry so loud and told God what I had done. To have that bond and love for your child be threatened is my worst nightmare I have always feared the unknown. I have prayed and it works very well and I’m getting better and I have faith but it’s still around but it won’t do nothing I got healing along with my daughters and it was great but I can’t go on happy knowing that you ex and someone else that I do not know but heard through the grape vine that this other girl is dying and she’s the ex of the man who I believe did this to us. How can I help them without there knowledge I don’t know if my ex wants to be healed as let go of this female entity that he seems enfatuated with and I’m not asking to get him back that’s God’s will I just want him to snap out of it. He looks almost moon face no expression and always concentrating and taking with his mouth clothes and I can make out the words or he’s constantly agreeing or disagreeing with the entity. I have heard them have sex and I would have to hear it it was all over the house. This has gotten loud and has no shame that I had to temporarily not see my daughters for about three months beaver I was afraid they would get tainted. I am desperate I know God is helping me and my daughters and I would like more help form people.

  21. Recently strange thing have been happening around our house like stuff falling with no explanation and last year my mom and I and my best friend have all seen this thing with long sliver/white hair with a black body and the face is greyish with white eyes and it just stared at us and I have a baby sister and it will mimic her cry and my mom has said she’s heard me but it wasn’t me also she’s said she’s heard a femail voice. After I’ve read this I never thought or noticed but thing would go missing all the time and I will look for it and it will just pop up in places I’ve looked. Last night In my sleep I seen soming red and black flying and me idk if it was something relating to this. My aunt thinks she has an extra sence and when she came in our house she said it had something in it so she got a horse shoe and it was supposed to be blessed and that’s when stuff really escalated happening nothing like this has happened besides us seeing that thing. Also and we’ve heard knoking on our pipes. Can it mess or talk to my little sister? She talks to things that aren’t there and she had like 6 dots going down her back could it have done it?

    • Thank you for this comment too Keslynn. As I replied above, I don’t offer advice or have enough understanding these things are happening the way people think they are. I call myself a sceptical believer. I know people have these experiences, but are they ghosts of the dead? another type of unidentified being? sound hallucinations? a tulpa-like being? (look up tulpa) psychic energy? temporary mental illness? or something else like false memories or more complex like quantum physics? So, I can’t really answer your questions and I would judge anyone who said they could. Though I respect people’s religious beliefs and if your spiritual leader offers healing then you should take it. It’s helped in cultures all over the world, even different religions. Who knows why.

  22. Hello there, sorry for the long reply, but in the past 25 years that my family has lived at our house, we’ve had many strange experiences. My mother would tell me stories of dishes flying out of the cabinets and smashing against the kitchen wall, fifty pound tables moving across rooms by themselves, houseplants appearing in different rooms, the smell of black coffee, blankets being pulled off of her, and even an apparition of an older man in the doorway once. I always assumed these were just tales to scare me as a child, but once I turned 14, I began having experiences of my own. I would be home alone and the smell of aftershave and black coffee would appear. I recorded a video once when this happened and got heavy footsteps in the audio. I have seen my toothbrush hovering midair while I was taking a shower, and have had a package of pens fly across my room. Our printer, that isn’t plugged in, turns on all the time, and I hear snoring coming from my parents’ bedroom when I am home alone. The scariest thing, however, is the centimeter-deep cut that appeared painlessly on my leg that would not stop bleeding for an hour. I was just sitting and felt something drip down my shin. The next morning as I laid in bed, I felt a burning sensation on my foot and saw what appeared to be a cigarette burn on it. I now occasionally smell cigarette smoke at home, even though nobody in my family smokes. The strange thing about this is that the surges of activity happened when my mother was around 24-28, and they have started back up when I was 14, and I am 17 now. My father and brother never had any experiences alone, but my mother and I have. I’m worried that we have a real problem on our hands, as the entity has never been violent until recently.

    • I’ve experienced something almost identical with the burning. Moved to a new house and my husband and I, both smokers, kept accusing the other of falling asleep and accidentally burning the already asleep partner. Back and forth, with adamant denial on both our parts. Until the night he wasn’t home and I awoke to the same pain, but more intense, down on my ankle-shin area, and discovered a huge blister forming. We saw dark figures in the windows and I once saw a man in a hat before the basement door. We didn’t end up staying there long…

    • Hi Savannah, I have to apologize as I missed replying to your comment somehow, and I’ve just noticed. A lot of what you’re describing here are things that are often said to happen in more extreme hauntings, including poltergesit hauntings. I’m hoping since you commented that the harmful experiences have stopped happening or lessened. As I say to everyone, I’m a collector of stories and interested in these occurances but don’t believe anyone who says they know what is going on. “ghosts are…” or “poltergeists are…” but that’s just me. I know people have these experiences, just hesitant to offer explanations or advice. Though I have shared resources in other comments here, or things that might work. So, the one thing I’m curious about is if anyone’s ever tried to identify the brand of aftershave? It could be a classic that’s still in use, or smell similar to something new. Most deptartment stores have samples to smell. Large stores in major cities sometimes have more than you can handle. Just a thought. I hope things have gotten better for you!

  23. Soooo, if you’ve experienced all of this, but the very first thing that happened was a candle lighting on its own (fire), thennnnn…. You’re probably tangled with a doozy? Sigh.

  24. This is an awesome article. I’ve been experiencing strange things so I did some internet digging and found this article. I have a question. Are all poltergeists dangerous? Because I’ve had many experiences but none of them seemed dangerous in the least. They’ve just been mildly annoying. Books being where I know I wouldn’t have placed them, scratching sounds, steps coming from the basement when all of my family is upstairs asleep. Just stuff like that. It hasn’t bothered me because I’ve lived with it for several years. But nothing at all dangerous.

    • Thank you Amber. Rupert Matthews did most of the heavy lifting here so I highly recommend his book.
      Poltergeists are not necessarily dangerous at all. Some people have had terrible experiences, but it’s rare anyone says they were hurt. I feel the same way as you do. Some religious people would claim they are dangerous to your soul in some way — because the presence is demonic. As we don’t really know what poltergeists are it is hard to say one way or another though. With your experiences, I would consider you more of an authority on poltergesits than most people who try to make careers in the world of the paranormal.

  25. When I was 19 years old I moved in with my boyfriend in his parents home. As soon as I moved in I was instantly being harassed by something I now believe must have been some sort of poltergeist. The first night I stayed in the bedroom we had an air mattress that was pushed up against a partly open closet. We had a toolbox in the closet that was put on a shelf which must have weighed around 30 pounds or so. The heavy toolbox was pushed off the shelf in the middle of the night while we were sleeping, and landed directly next to my head. A couple of nights later I had another scary incident. My boyfriend and I were sleeping and I woke up to him mumbling in his sleep. All of a sudden he speaks very clearly to me “I’m going to rip out your guts, and then frame them on my wall” I instantly woke him up and told him what he said to me and of course he had no recollection. Of course I was very shaken up by the whole experience. I’m wondering if you believe this could have been a poltergeist? I’m 33 years old now and I still get the chills when I think about the crazy ghost that wanted to kill me.

    • Thanks for your comment Brandy. Your experience sounds horrible! It sucks you had to go through this. You might want to read through some of the other comments posted below. No one knows what a poltergeist really is, though some of us have different ideas about what it could be. I am both a sceptic and a believer due to my own experiences. Some claim to know what these beings/experiences are but I don’t really believe them. That being said, somebody somewhere is probably right. Without being able to define what a poltergeist is I can’t say if your experience was with a poltergeist or not. Most of the reality TV crowd would say your experience sounds demonic in nature. Like your boyfriend was possessed by a dark energy. I also don’t really believe in one true religion thing so that’s a little off to me too. Demons and exorcisms being the one way to stop these things. There is so much crossover between traditional hauntings, poltergeists, possession, channelling and even sometimes banshee/death warnings and guardian angel stuff that I think it might all be the same type of experience we will one day be able to scientifically explain. We classify things to break them down and try to explain but no one knows. I do honestly believe you had this experience though. There were similar things that happened in my ex-girlfriend’s basement suite I witnessed. Also, I tend to believe the accounts that sound a little off as they sound/feel less made up to me. I’m glad you don’t have to experience this anymore.

  26. Hi Shanon,
    I’m writing a book about my experiences investigating discarnate entities at an abandoned lake house. It sits out in the middle of 10 acres that are so overgrown you can’t see the house from the road. I went in the lake house every other Monday morning at 3am by myself and investigated. It’s big, nearly 7,000 sq ft. I also left recorders overnight several times to see what would happen when no human was there. The comment about “poltergeists” being percussive is very true. I have thousands and thousands of knocks recorded and if you slow them way down they are actually words. Evidently, at this lake house anyway, they do a more explosive bark to sound like a knock and then normal conversation with them is on the order of 2x or 3x faster than normal. There is a sort of Morse code at the lake house. 1 knock means agreement – with each other or with whatever I said to myself out loud. 2 knocks means “warning”. A hard knock followed by two quicker, softer knocks means “say again”. I was only able to determine their codes because of 3 solid years of work through 48 investigations. I suppose I captured 30,000+ EVPs, thousands of paranormal activity events, and hundreds of apparitions.

    As to your comment that you still stand by the statement of haunting vs poltergeist activity….my opinion is that nobody knows. These are discarnate entities to be sure, but it hasn’t even been scientifically proven that ghosts even exist. If the definition of a ghost is the actual person we can never know. People are certain that they’ve made contact with their loved ones but there are lots of problems with that. In the Scole Experiment and in my own videos discarnate entities said in EVPs what I was thinking at the time. They frequently would say what I was about to say so I have the EVP then on the same device I have me saying the same thing. Scole scientists said they frequently answered questions before they were asked. Research shows the more troublesome ones that Hans Bender labeled “elementals” loved to imitate people. So it is possible they read the person’s mind and then imitated the loved one. I use the term poltergeist quite frequently but only as it pertains to the lake house because I’m using its literal German definition of “noisy ghost”. And they are noisy as hell there. I call the popular boxes “spirit boxes” because that’s what many manufacturers have labeled them but nobody knows for certain who or what they are communicating with. I like your bloq, I just found it. Thanks for allowing me to comment.

    • Thanks for your comment Robert. Your book sounds very interesting. The part about the slowed down knocks being words is new to me.

      You’ve gathered a lot of evidence–and are open about it–so people will be expecting to see the images and listen to the recordings. As I call myself a sceptical believer, I tell people if it isn’t convincing (like mumbled words people can’t all agree upon or a circled part of an image explaining what it is) then it didn’t really happened. Meaning it might as well not have. Part of the problem is that with modern technology anything can be faked now. Most evidence turns out to not be very interesting or compelling or impossible to verify. Only the person who experiences it can truly know wether it is real or not. I’m not trying to discourage you. You sound articulate and sincere so I just want you to know what to expect.

      The second part of your comment is interesting. I have had similar experiences. I’m not sure if you saw the note at the end of my post about Fisher’s book Hungry Ghosts, but it is fascinating. The research he did found that entities (channeling) knew things the host or others did not, but much of what they claimed about who they were when alive would turn out to be lies. Fisher died under mysterious circumstances ruled a suicide though some believe his death was payback from the other side. What I like about him is that he was a journalist so not as far out as most of these authors. Also, he initially set out to prove the channelling was fake, but ended up changing his mind.

      In my book–being a sceptical believer–I talk about the Tulpa and discuss experiments/findings with sound waves, etc. in the introduction and then investigate (as a former fraud investigator and museum researcher) these cases and dismantle them when they are not true. I also ask a lot of questions along the way so the reader will start second guessing what they think they already know. I believe, like you, there is something, but that no one can have the answers until technology is more advanced. Anyone who claims to know what these things are is a fake. Too common thanks to reality TV and people wanting too badly to believe or prove ghosts exist. If you’ve gathered this much evidence and can look at it objectively and have other experts look at it objectively then your book will be fascinating and I’ll be stoked to read it. Thanks again for your comment!

  27. For several years I have been bothered by an attached entity that harassed me wherever I go. It normally will pull the back of the chair while sitting down or scratch the top of my head. I actually caught on film a few years ago. The voice is becoming clear and it was also recorded. Last night, double closet doors in my home Office shook hard as if something was trying to get out. This type of activity has never happened and I just moved to a new home. I pray this is a sign that the activity has peaked and it will hear my verbal prayers. It’s been an awful experience that began after a major domestic assault

    • Thank you for sharing your experience Robert. I’m sorry to hear about the assault and these other experiences as well. My advice with any evidence is to make copies and save it in more than one place. I have lost an image and a recording both under really unusual circumstances. Would love to hear/see anything you catch if you are open to sharing as well.

      • I can send to a personal e-mail. It acted up again tonight and poked me from behind while I was cleaning the pool. It felt as if someone lifted the back of my shirt and tried to push me in the water. Praying that these recent events are signs it’s peaking.

        • That sounds really intense and not very safe either. Hopefully you’ll get some answers soon, or the activity will begin to lessen. I would love to look at anything you’ve captured if you trust me. My email is

    • Robert, I’m sorry for the stress you are feeling in this situation. I had a short lived haunting (3 months) and things slowly progressed. It was when my husband and I were dealing with the loss of our best friend… It was a stressful time which made us irritable, financial problems and lots of grief and anger. I think something may have attached to us. I have intuitive abilities, I was able to do a “ritual” if you call it and the activity stopped immidealitely and the home felt a million times lighter and brighter. Do you believe in witches that practice white magic? I would suggest having one come in and get the entity out. I would love to see the footage you captured if you want to email it to me

  28. can a poltergiest mimic a person…like my neighbors seen me at their house walking on their porch and through a glass screen door told me to come in and twice now ive walkied off thier porch and my son seen me in my home i called for him and he followed me into my room where i disappeared? My family is on egg shells let along myself. Have you ever heard of such a thing, i have tried talking to many paranormal people and i cant seem to get a response. Thank you for your time.

    • Thank you for your comment Amanda, I am not sure what the capabilities of a poltergeist are, as I do not know what causes these types of “hauntings”. A double of a living person is often seen in haunted locations though. Even more common, a person will hear the voice of someone they know calling their name. If you start looking at “true cases” you will find both of these experiences are common.

      There are also many beliefs about a 2nd spirit. People who believe in astral projection explain it that way (it is a part of the person outside of their body on a journey). There is also the stories of the doppelganger, which could have a page of its own. Also, Japanese lore has a term for a living ghost called an “Ikiryo.” A similar idea is the Egyptian “Khu.”

      There are a lot of claims of people seeing the spirit of someone they know in trouble or dying when they were still alive but far away. Many cases. In the classic Usborne Supernatural Guides: Haunted Houses, Ghosts & Spectres they talk about the possibility of this second being having been created by “mental energy.” Some people have also proposed alien-type theories, or other dimensions.

      What you have claimed here others–even nonbeliever–have claimed as well. Like poltergeists and other hauntings, no one really knows the answer, though many people will claim they do, which is why there are so many different explanations.

      Hope this helps. Please let us know if there are any developments or if anything changes. I would love to ask you more questions if you are open to it as well.

    • Yes. Mine mimics me, and appears to people I live with. It has only been seen standing in doorways, and watches them at night when I’m asleep. I do not see it, though I have seen a mimic of a person I knew once. I saw him walking through the yard from a window, and went to open the door for him, but when I opened it, no one was there. I called him to see what just happened but he told me he was waiting to get a haircut at a shop about 20 min away.

  29. Regarding the urine spots.
    I’ve experienced all sorts of things but this one has thrown me off.
    I woke up to strong yellow urine at the top of my bed. Definitely wasn’t our dog or cats. It didn’t smell the same or look the same.
    We have recently moved into a new house. My cat who sees what I can see has started to play with something small and black at night.
    He calls out to it and then plays with it. Lately he has played less but we still see the small black thing around the house.
    We have heard noises and faint male voices. As well as uneasy feelings.
    Is it possible that my cat is playing with another animal or could it be something worse? Not sure what to do with this one. I’ve never heard of urine spots till now.
    Regarding the urine, should I take this one a little more serious?

    • Thank you for sharing Hollie. I don’t feel super comfortable offering advice, though I’ve responded to comments below about making a space more positive energetically–something that has helped me in the past. I don’t have any idea what these experiences really are, even though I know for a fact they occur. Myself, if it doesn’t feel negative and it is respecting my boundaries I wouldn’t worry. But the urine thing doesn’t sound good. It is either being intentionally disrespectful or doesn’t know any better (assuming it is a sentient being). Maybe it is trying to communicate in some way, like a dog might? This is a far out idea maybe, but you could consider researching the psychology of why pets urinate in unusual places. Maybe there is a clue there.

      • Hi Shanon,
        Thank you for your fast reply. You brought very interesting points and I will definitely look into it.
        The urine spot wasn’t a circle shape, rather made from a position of movement or of higher. If this makes sense.
        The urine was also at out face level, inbetween.
        Banging around the house has also increase. Alro our cat who played with the little black shape has also become distant. Yesterday I spoke to whoever or whatever may in the house and told it to leave our cat alone to which yesterday after and today Arlo has become more affectionate.
        Fingers crossed.
        Thank you for your insight.
        I will look into you points.

        Thank you 🙂

        • Hope it helps Hollie. Let us know if you get any results or changes. I’m happy to hear that Arlo has become more affectionate again 🙂

  30. Ok.. things r happening in my house that I’ve been trying to get help for. But last night things got even weirder!! Well for the last 4 years we have lived her I have so many things happen to us I can’t even remember them all . Knocks blankets being pulled off us slowly @ night voices.. loud noises upstairs. But what happened was when we redid our foundation of our house we found an old pony horse shoe so we brought it into the house not thinking about anything that we thought it was cool we really like old things. So ever since it moves on it’s own !!! But one day it completely disappeared so it’s been missing for a least 2 months and last night it just appeared again laying on my dinning room floor!!!! We were completely freaked out!!! My dogs always react to things barking and growling at things we don’t see I’ve been heals down in my bed my husband too and we arnt a sleep when this is happening we r awake!!! You can’t even make a sound when it’s doing this. My daughter couldn’t sleep when we first moved in because she would hear whistling in her ear ! We hear the door slam on the porch and u look out ther & nothing is there .we have had a preacher come out & bless the property and the house . It was quiet for a little while but not for long we really need some good advice. We have this merror that we have to keep covered at all times that’s original to the house that I think is a portal or something because when we covered it it helped a little. This house is from 1913. My youngest daughter experiences the most of it. So much is going on it’s unreal and people think we r crazy sometimes when we tell them. We’ve been touched heard voices. Like it sounds like tiny little pebbles get thrown !! When we turn on a video and record we get orbs all everywhere!! Taken pics we get faces in pics like a picture hanging on the wall there will be a face in the glass of the picture it’s the craziest things ever & I need someone to give me some advice!! This is no joke!! Weird dreams ! Sometimes night terrors. Please someone help!! I even contacted dead files & they actually answered my email and called me but didn’t come to help!!????

    • If you think this is a poltergeist : hun it’s someone living with you or you yourself. Our minds are complex things and due to stress factors or higher brain wave activity / these are actually psychokinetic abilities manifesting with no control. The only thing that helps may be therapy for the one causing it . Or learning how to control it. The poltergeist activity is the “Id” part of the brain – and it’s the physical manifestation of that. I also would look up family history for it should show some insight if this happens to family members of you or your husband- these things are genetic : and if you have children know that they might be the primary focus of this activity due to adolescents and hormones during puberty.

      • Thanks for your comment Dias. I was wondering what your background is, as far as research or field of study? The poltergeist cases I have looked at have overlapped with traditional hauntings. Personally, I don’t believe the psychokinetic theory, though am open to other people’s beliefs as long as we can agree that no one has the answers. Many sensational books and TV shows claim to know, but none have stood up to close scrutiny (yet). I think it is important to state these are just ideas if we are offering advice because no one knows. Though what you suggest is a more common belief than some, so I appreciate that you have brought the idea up.

      • Dias…This is the best and most informative comment in this whole thread. Everything you mentioned is factual. (ESPECIALLY the psychokenetic theory!) I have firsthand experience with this type of thing and you were SP0T 0N with that! Thank you for joining this conversation!

        • Thanks for your comment Nikki, I’m always happy when someone contributes to the conversation. I have to ask though, because you are saying the comment is factual and to me it’s not. (I see certain mainstream phrases and language as TV and movie influenced) The evidence suggests the opposite, or a parallel to traditional hauntings. I’d be more interested in hearing about your own experiences if you’re comfortable sharing? Maybe there is more to it this I thought.

    • Hi Brandi, thank you for your comment. What country do you live in? The covered mirror is an older belief in many European countries and some places still practice it today.
      So what happened with the preacher? You said he came and blessed the property. Are you Catholic? What was his advice?
      If you are spiritual or religious it is important to seek guidance if you feel something is out of your hands. I am also a firm believer in moving energy (feng shui if you will). Getting rid of clutter in spaces throughout the home including from old negative relationships–anything that feels low energy, letting fresh air flow through your home as often as possible, smudging, plants and stones, etc. If you are able healthy foods and lots of clean water, avoiding drugs especially drinking but cigarettes and low energy food like sugar and junk food. All of these things have helped me in the past. A practice of gratitude is very powerful as well.

    • Hi! Sorry that this is happening, and that this is so upsetting to you.

      One question I have is, why is this so upsetting to you? Have you tried sitting down and talking to it? Sometimes, these things calm down when people talk to them. Most times, they’re not harmful (but see below), just mischievous.

      I’ve had things happen around my house from time to time (for example, objects “getting lost” then appearing in plain sight), and have to stop and think that there’s nothing to be afraid of, at some times, it’s actually been helpful.

      On the other hand, has anyone in your family dabbled in magic or the occult? If so, you need more than a house blessing, you need to find a good, solid pastor with a solid life and solid doctrine to counsel you and lead you and your family to a solution. If it’s an evil spirit, that’s a whole other thing, and it could be dangerous. It’s the difference between a raccoon in your attic or a mountain lion!

  31. I’m having paranormal activity in my home but only when my 2 son’s are home. It started out as knocks on the door for 2 weeks straight,then the furniture and pictures started being tossed around. Could my kids be carrying the poltergeist?

    • Hi Maisha, Thanks for your comment. No one really knows what poltergeists are. Some people believe they are a kind of nonhuman spirit. Others that they are a type of ghost. Some think it is connected to psychic energy/disturbance, usually said to be related to a focus person who is often a teenager. Whatever one chooses to believe (ghost, nonhuman spirit, psychic energy, or other) these types of events have been reported as both attached to a single person or to a specific location. It would be important to try to look for patterns pertaining to anything unusual (newly bought items, renovations,bullying of kid, etc.) when the activity started and if it seems more connected to one person or not. Then you can decide how to fix it and what kind of help to seek.

  32. I have experienced my bed jolting only at night for about a week. Then a few days after as I read a book on my bed, the light bulb attached to a ceiling fan fell right on top of my head. I have had two toys from my brother turn on at midnight while doing homework.

    • Thanks for sharing Leslie. I was curious what country/state/province you live in? In the article I brought up the idea of the “focus person” who is usually a teenage female. Please don’t feel the need to share personal information, but do you feel like you might be the focus of the activity?

  33. Loft door opend the smell of perfume then a lil ball got placed on my partners side of bed he moved it on the floor as i closed my eyes its come off the floor hot my head not hard but slightly hit side of my head

    • Hi Kerry, Pretty hard to explain how the ball came back and hit you on the head! Hopefully the activity won’t escalate anymore! Thank you for sharing.

  34. Ive had some strange stuff happen …. here goes 1st.. loft door opened 2nd.. smell of purfume smell 3rd.. a lil ball placed on my partners side of bed after he threw it on floor…then 4th the ball came off the floor and hit me on side of the head not hard just slightly but i cant seem to het what or who it could be

  35. I forgot to say, it does seem to be a poltergeist, as in from the energy of a pubescent teenager most usually, but it would not surprise me if the electromagnetic energy that I am guessing is heightened in a hormonal teenager, provides the conduit for interdimensional beings to bleed into this reality,causing havoc. When the heightened emotions subside with age, the conduit of electro magnetic energy weakens and the link between the dimensions is lost, and the paranormal activity is lost.

    Either way, temporary poltergeist or spirit attachment, talking to someone like Alba Weinman, would help, as would that person trying to raise their frequency, and trying to minimize stress. Raising their frequency by removing meat from their diet, eating organic veg, laughing, on purpose, looking at things from a positive perspective, and being kind. A bit of a tall order for a highly strung, hormonal teenager, or younger, but we have far more power than we realize, and our energy can be tapped into and used by not so nice things, so raising the vibration (by being very positive and wholesome and loving), may raise the vibration out of the vibration of the lower vibrational beings that can cause havoc. A bit like changing radio stations, from the lower vibrational station where the not so nice things can tap in, to higher radio stations, where more healthy interactions with the world around the (nature, positivity, love, etc) are attracted. Like for like. If this resonates, consider it, if it does not, please ignore. I is just the way I see the world.Thanks.

  36. Hi Jo-Ann,

    It sounds like your Granddaughter may well have an “entity attachment”. It sounds rather frightening, but among folk who can remove the “attachments”, more folk have them, than don’t. They just are not aware of them if they are not so obvious. Folk who are vulnerable, have had big shocks, go under a general anaesthetic, have basically vulnerabilities where discarnate spirits can “jump on board”. This also happens when folk have too much alcohol and drugs. Something like 40% to 60% have them, usually multiple. It could even be an attachment from other lifetimes. I know a woman who got one from attending a funeral and the spirit of the deceased did not want to pass onto the next stage and went into the family of a friend’s child, and the child did not become aware of it until she was in her 50’s. Quite often, unexplained aches and pains are these things, once all medical reasoning is ruled out.

    I suggest you watch some you tube videos of Alba Weinmann doing Past Life Regressions that involved “Spirit Release”. This will give you a good idea of what might be happening. You are only aware of it because it is obvious. I suggest everyone gets checked over every now and then. Anyway, one you watch a few of her videos, if she is not nearby, you can ask her if she knows of folk near you that can do that. You just need to be discerning in how you choose who to do it.

    Anyway, very good that you are taking notice and not ignoring it. Better to nip it in the bud.
    All the best.

  37. That is very interesting. My granddaughter age 9, acts out, having temper tantrums and destroying things. She throws clothing around her room and has cut the blinds and her screen. She has said there is a girl or witch in her room. But then says she didn’t do it. I have seen a figure of a girl the one night I left her sleep with me in my room. Could she have been jumped and made to do what she does? She acts like a defiant teenager at times and as if she has authority over adults. What can I do to make things better?

    • Thanks for sharing Jo Ann. I am not really sure what you could do to make the situation better. I am a collector of stories and a student of sorts, but not a priest or medicine man. If by “jumping” you mean like possession then I would turn to whatever faith you have and find a spiritual leader who can help. I left a longer comment below — to Chris — regarding some of the things I do to keep my space zen-like. These things have helped me. Hope that you find some peace.

  38. What if we believe we are the focus person of a haunting, closets open by themselves, my cross appears by my pillow. Flashes of something running upstairs when im the only person home. Someone please answer soon or if i could get information..

    • Hi Jade thank you for your comment. Many people believe in the idea of a focus person. If you think this is true then maybe it is. I suggest the book I’ve covered here as the most comprehensive grounded non-religious book I’ve come across.

  39. this is a very interesting article. i have a friend who told me had a poltergiest living in his home. one of the things that stood out the most is when he said sometimes the poltergiet would scratch him and other family members.(he said that happened a few years ago).(also its worh noting that activity happens daily) is when i told him he should seek some help; a priest. im pretty concerned and i would love some advice on what todo. thanks!

    • Thank you for your comment Chris. I am more about sharing accounts and stories as opposed to offering guidance or help, but I will share what has worked for me. When something overly negative happens in my life — paranormal or not — I go within. I seek a place of peace. I will burn incenses, oils, and candles. Meditate, exercise, and do yoga. I make sure my place is clean and uncluttered and that I am letting fresh air in. I also look for items that might have negative attachments to them and get rid of them, also negative people. I check my diet, make sure I’m drinking enough water and getting outside, and cut back on drinking, TV, caffeine, or anything else that might be influencing me. Wether or not a person believes in these things is not important. We can choose to face the trials in our lives as warriors — making a stand as I have described above — or continue to live the same way and accept our victimhood. This is just my belief though, and I am not in your friends shoes, but this is what I have done and it has worked.

  40. In my research most poltergeist events dont have a central person involved, these are mostly minor cases that dont get picked up but they still exhibit the same sort of event that are often associated with the poltergiest. After many years of research and active investigation in these phenomena I am presently of the mind that the poltergiest having a central human focus is some what of a red herring.

    • You could be right Matt. My one main experience does support the focus person theory, but I’m not committed to this belief as being something absolute. One of my ex girlfriends had classic poltergeist activity around her witnessed by myself and her roommate on multiple occasions, as well as some incidents by other people. Doors opening and closing, cupboards and cutlery rattling, a large painting once flew off the wall, stereo would turn on, lights as well, lots and lots of knocking and unexplained noises. Most definitely was noisy. Not over-the-top movie stuff but something would happen almost every day. The activity seemed to focus on her for the most part. She had been molested by a family member when she was younger — and had never really dealt with it — so it would support that theory too. I was with her for some time and the activity slowly faded and then stopped over time. This was one of the experiences in my life that made me interested in this sort of thing. I’ve interviewed a lot of people doing investigating and research since I originally posted this. I still stand by the statement that there are a lot of overlaps between “hauntings” and “poltergeist” activity. So maybe that is what could determine the difference? A focus person? Food for thought anyways. Greatly appreciate your comment! Do you have any of your research published online I would love to check it out!

      • I am not sure if ours has one particular focus person but rather tends to focus on myself and my teenage daughter. We have had many, many occurences and i would say were in about stage 5, or progressing to it. It usually prefers anywhere from 4-5:21 am. It seems to get a kick out of waking me.
        Weve been here 5 months now. I have had shelves fall almost on top of me during the night, hitting a door and shattering glass. It has broken two glasses in the kitchen. It started off cute, with pulling on my sweatshirt during the night to opening and closing doors, then slamming doors. It hides things. Mostly my teenage daughters belongings. Tonight it made an appearance early in a bedroom that no one stays in. It opened and slammed a sliding window very hard. It did do the scratching and bumping around at first.
        About three weeks ago, it woke me and my daughter up at 5 by stomping and skipping up and down the hallway and making a rhythmic noise till i got up and walked into the hallway and turned on the light.
        The other morning at 5:12 on the dot, it set off the smoke detector and when i got up, it stopped. No smoke, no fire, i was the only one here.
        Both she and i have experienced heavy abuse in the past and are both going through traumatic events at the moment and major life changes.
        I have spoken with the property owner and he lives on the same property and has had reports from past female and male tenants about this. He states that the property is very old and has a steong history. Its not just this house, its the entire property but it seems that this particular entity enjoys lurking around us the most.
        I grew up with a ghost, but nothing like this. like i said, my daughter and i are going through very hard times now and in the past. Were moving soon off the property and will look forward to sleeping well again
        Also, intense lucid dreaming occurs with its appearances.
        Very strange experience with this entity for sure. Glad to know others go through this!