July 24, 2014
A poltergeist generally includes any combination of the following things:
Strange, unexplainable sounds
Objects that apparently moved on their own, for example sliding across
surfaces or flying through the air
Spontaneous fires or appearances of liquid
Other types of events may have been experienced as well.
Note: These things must have happened REPEATEDLY and over a LIMITED
PERIOD OF TIME (for example, a few weeks or months, occasionally longer).
If you have experienced the poltergeist, historian Christopher Laursen
would like to hear from you. He is currently conducting a historical study
that includes the experiences of individuals who encountered this unusual
phenomenon. Participants should preferably reside in the U.S., Canada, the
U.K., Europe, Australia, or New Zealand. He is especially seeking experiences
from before 1990, although experiences afterward are welcomed too.
Your experience may add to the historical knowledge of this
phenomenon. Your experiences will only be included in this
research upon the completion of a consent form and
questionnaire that you can submit by e-mail or regular mail.
If you wish, you may remain anonymous in the published
Please use the below contact form to e-mail Christopher, and
he will respond to you by e-mail. This research is part of
Christopher’s doctoral research in the Department of History
at the University of British Columbia.
This historical research project has been reviewed and approved by the
University of British Columbia Research Ethics Board. For further information,
please use the contact form below.
To learn more about Christopher’s doctoral research project, click here.
Also, you can read an interview by David Metcalfe with Christopher on his
research in The Daily Grail from 4 August 2014.
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