The name 'Poltergeist' is coined from the terms 'Poltern'
which is German for 'to rumble or make noise' and 'Geist' which means
'ghost or spirit'. So essentially Poltergeist is the name given to
a spirit or ghost that chooses to manifest itself by making noise, etc.
most commonly in the form of moving / influencing otherwise lifeless
One notorious incident of
recorded poltergeist activity occurred in 'Rosenheim' (southern Germany)
in 1967. The incident's all occurred in the presence of 'Annemarie
Schneider' a 19 year old law secretary. Occurrences of
unexplainable activity included disruption to phone lines and
electricity, pictures rotating, swinging lamps and strange sounds that
were described as being 'electrical' in origin. What made this
case special was the fact that is was one of the first poltergeist
incidences to have been recorded on video, in addition to this the
recurring events were witnessed by police, reporters, C.I.D and
physicists, all of whom were unable to explain the phonemon.
Reasons for poltergeist activity can include
* Being confused and not realising that it has
died, feeling fear and not knowing where to go, and so remaining around
* Having obsessive attachments to living
persons / places / or objects.
* Experiencing a strong sense of unfinished
* Desiring revenge.
How do you get rid of a
* Poltergeists are said to thrive on attention,
with activity getting worse the more its presence is acknowledged - try
ignoring it and it might just get bored and go away.
* If you believe the Poltergeist to be linked
to a specific item - get rid of it!
* If things start getting out of hand try
calling a priest, but it would be wise to make sure it isn't someone
playing tricks on you before you start bothering your local man of God.