Date(s) - 08/05/2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre


Poltergeists have been recorded across the world for centuries and are one of the most commonly reported phenomena. Despite many well-attested cases recorded worldwide investigators and researchers are still at a loss to explain them.

Whilst the basic pattern of the phenomena remains the same, there have been many different theories as to what creates them. Some poltergeists seem person-centred whilst others seem attached to certain locations, and continue regardless of changes in occupation.

In many cases there are signs of purpose and intelligence behind manifestations, but researchers are uncertain whether the phenomena originate from living minds or are the work of discarnate entities. Theories range from the idea of psychokinesis (PK) generated by a living person to the older idea of a noisy and mischievous spirit.

Some psychical researchers, inspired by the theories of Sigmund Freud, have proposed a sexual basis for poltergeist activity, whilst others argue the evidence points to the phenomena arising from the intervention of spirits of the deceased, or even non-human presences at work.

Alan Murdie will be presenting the subject of poltergeists in our May Tuesday Talk.

In this talk Alan Murdie assesses these differing theories in light of evidence from the famous Enfield Poltergeist case (1977-79) and the little-known Battersea Poltergeist case (1956-1968) both involving extensive communications from an alleged poltergeist entity claiming to be responsible for both the messages and the disturbances.

Alan Murdie is a lawyer and psychical researcher. He has investigated numerous cases of ghosts and hauntings in Britain and abroad. He is chairman of the Ghost Club (founded in 1862) and the Spontaneous Cases Committee of the Society for Psychical Research. He has written and broadcast extensively and writes columns on ghosts for Fortean Times magazine and for the website EuroParanormal. He has seen one apparition and witnessed poltergeist phenomena.

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