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One bit a woman, leaving puncture wounds all over her body. Another attacked the contents of a warehouse full of glasses and mugs. Yet another lifted furniture into the air, then sent objects flying in another house. These are some of the strange and sometimes terrifying cases collected by poltergeist investigator William Roll. A parapsychologist, Roll studies these "noisy One bit a woman, leaving puncture wounds all over her body. Another attacked the contents of a warehouse full of glasses and mugs. Yet another lifted furniture into the air, then sent objects flying in another house. These are some of the strange and sometimes terrifying cases collected by poltergeist investigator William Roll. A parapsychologist, Roll studies these "noisy ghosts" to understand what they are and why they do what they do.


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One bit a woman, leaving puncture wounds all over her body. Another attacked the contents of a warehouse full of glasses and mugs. Yet another lifted furniture into the air, then sent objects flying in another house. These are some of the strange and sometimes terrifying cases collected by poltergeist investigator William Roll. A parapsychologist, Roll studies these "noisy One bit a woman, leaving puncture wounds all over her body. Another attacked the contents of a warehouse full of glasses and mugs. Yet another lifted furniture into the air, then sent objects flying in another house. These are some of the strange and sometimes terrifying cases collected by poltergeist investigator William Roll. A parapsychologist, Roll studies these "noisy ghosts" to understand what they are and why they do what they do.

30 review for The Poltergeist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Werner

    Note: When I originally attempted, back in 2008, to add this book to my Goodreads shelves, it had already been a long time since I read it, and I could recall only the title, not the author's name. As a result, I wound up for a long time confusing it with Poltergeist! by Colin Wilson (which I've never read). However, I've recently examined both books, and confirmed that this is the one I actually remembered. Author Roll was a serious scientist, who spent much of his career as part of the pioneeri Note: When I originally attempted, back in 2008, to add this book to my Goodreads shelves, it had already been a long time since I read it, and I could recall only the title, not the author's name. As a result, I wound up for a long time confusing it with Poltergeist! by Colin Wilson (which I've never read). However, I've recently examined both books, and confirmed that this is the one I actually remembered. Author Roll was a serious scientist, who spent much of his career as part of the pioneering research program in parapsychology at Duke Univ. (long headed by J. B. Rhine, who contributes a foreword here). Between 1958 and 1968 (roughly) he was involved in several investigations of "poltergeist" phenomena (i.e., buildings, usually occupied houses, that are plagued primarily by objects moving --and often flying through the air-- without human touch). Most of these studies took place in the U.S. (one of them in Indianapolis, where my wife and I happened to be living when I read the book!), but he also did some field observation in Europe. (The Indianapolis case was unusual in that one of the victims also experienced puncture wounds and teeth marks inflicted without a visible source.) He also makes reference to earlier historical reports of similar phenomena, going back to 858 A.D., and to a few investigations by contemporary European researchers that he did not personally witness. The modern field research, and the phenomena observed, is described in exact and considerable detail. Roll and his cohorts were not unduly credulous and did not automatically accept reports as genuine (indeed, he devotes a chapter to "ersatz" poltergeist claims). The phenomena observed first-hand, which makes up the bulk of the book, is difficult if not impossible to dismiss as fraudulent, unless the person doing the dismissing has an a priori commitment to the impossibility of unexplained phenomena which trumps ANY empirical evidence of any sort. That type of dogmatic commitment is, IMO, more divorced from reality and more inimical to the spirit of genuine science than the open-mindedness it rejects. Traditionally, this kind of phenomena was ascribed to ghosts or spirits, an explanation I don't personally accept (poltergeist is German for "noisy ghost" or "noisy spirit"). However, in the tradition of the Duke Univ. school of thought, with its interest in psi capabilities, Roll posits a different cause: unconscious telekinesis by a human agent who serves as the focus for the event. In this theory, disturbed family dynamics creating a considerable residue of frustration and hostility --which could be demonstrated in at least some of the studied cases-- provides a matrix for the phenomena. This is predicated on the hypothesis that all or most people have at least some low-level psi capability. This explanation is certainly very far from proven, and I wouldn't say that I "believe" it. But I do think that it can serve as a respect-worthy working hypothesis, for the present state of knowledge. The author also provides an appendix distinguishing poltergeist from "haunting" phenomena (which he ascribes to hallucination), and giving how-to advice to would-be investigators of both. While the few black-and-white photographs in the main text aren't especially illuminating, the four-page bibliography for further reading appears to consist mostly of pretty solid scholarly sources. The reading level is appropriate for interested lay readers (although interested academics could read it as well), but Roll does make use of endnotes, and the book is indexed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Interesting book with studies of actual reported poltergeist cases around the world seemingly unconsciously caused by people in the households/businesses. Not sure what I believe in the area of parapsychology, but I there is definitely food for thought here for the open minded. Nothing woo-woo about this book; everything was approached with a scientific outlook and healthy amounts of skepticism.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    In 1976, this book might have held all kinds of interesting stories and insights. I personally don’t think that’s the case now. The majority of the book is anecdotes and statements that were incredibly repetitive in terms of incidents and covered things like tapping and things falling over. Psych testing is fairly basic, like Rorsach, word association, and predicting a dice roll. The most interesting part was the last couple of chapters that discussed energy being the cause (psych tension, traum In 1976, this book might have held all kinds of interesting stories and insights. I personally don’t think that’s the case now. The majority of the book is anecdotes and statements that were incredibly repetitive in terms of incidents and covered things like tapping and things falling over. Psych testing is fairly basic, like Rorsach, word association, and predicting a dice roll. The most interesting part was the last couple of chapters that discussed energy being the cause (psych tension, trauma, puberty). It’s something I’ve read about before but may be of interest to those looking into the paranormal.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laserone

    VERY good non-fiction book about poltergeist hauntings. A MUST for any "ghost hunter". VERY good non-fiction book about poltergeist hauntings. A MUST for any "ghost hunter".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cid

    spooky :D

  6. 4 out of 5

    Edwina Callan

    I loved this book. It really makes you think. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the paranormal.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dr

  8. 5 out of 5

    John

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bob Davis

  10. 4 out of 5

    Audra M. Deemer

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mr Simon

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristoph Kosicki

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Harris

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ken

  16. 5 out of 5

    James

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fabio degli Spiriti

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  19. 5 out of 5

    oxana

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charis Branson

    Who knew poltergeists could be boring.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Brooks

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

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    Brumkpr

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hayes043

  25. 4 out of 5

    Johanna Frappier

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    Sena Langdon Pattinson

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    Sharon A.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Johnson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angela Romain

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

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