Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, by Stacy Horn

By Stacy Horn

From The 6th Sense to Medium, Ghost Whisperer to Ghost Hunters, the magical stirs heated debate, spawning hundreds of thousands of believers and skeptics alike. approximately 1/2 us say we think in ghosts, and two-thirds folks think in existence after demise.

What could you're making of rain barrels that replenish themselves? Psychic horses? Mind-reading chilly warfare spies? For a gaggle of scientists on the Duke Parapsychology Lab less than the management of Dr. J. B. Rhine—considered the Einstein of the paranormal—such mysteries demanded extra research. From 1930 to 1980, those devoted women and men tried to check the weird, the scary, and the unexplainable opposed to the pains of technological know-how, eventually discovering facts that the human brain possesses telepathic powers.

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Alice’s teacher, who was also in attendance, said that Alice was a friendly, average student. Betty described her as a pretty girl, with wavy light brown hair, and gray-blue eyes. Betty also noted that Alice was “mature for her age. ” They gathered for the séance in a bedroom where the “performing table” had been placed. It was an ordinary room with a bed, dresser, wardrobe, and the table and six chairs. In addition to Betty and Catherine and Alice’s teacher, they were joined by U N B E L I E V A B L E / 55 Alice’s older sister Rose, Mrs.

And she didn’t enjoy the attention and publicity. The local kids were scared of her, and she wanted friends. ” Alice put it behind her, grew up, and went to college to become a nurse. Soon after, she met and married an Air Force lieutenant and dropped out of school. The spirits weren’t happy about her choice, and at the beginning of Alice’s marriage they hit and shook the bed whenever the couple tried to sleep. But after a while the spirits gave up and started fading away. Alice was okay with that.

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