ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Paranormal - Fact or Fiction - Poltergeists

Updated on August 8, 2012
The classic pots and pans flying through the air perception of a poltergeist
The classic pots and pans flying through the air perception of a poltergeist


Poltergeists seem more often or not, to be associated with a person – usually young. The name is derived from the German for noisy ghost – ‘poltern’ as in noisy and ‘geist’ as in spirit or ghost – as they are so often associated with the movement of objects that make noise, such as glasses moving off shelves and breaking.

Poltergeists have been the subject of many films and stories and have been subtly linked to possession as it seems that in a great many instances, the activity has been associated with a person rather than the place itself, especially with The Entity and the film Poltergeist.

Case 1 : Eleonore Zugun

Eleonore Zugun was born in Talpa, Romania on 24th May 1913 to a peasant family.

In February of 1923, Eleonore just nine years old, set off to her grandmother’s house in Buhai and on the way, found some money by the side of the road. When she got to her grandmother’s town, she spent what she had found on sweets and ate the lot.

Her one hundred and five year-old grandmother—reputedly a witch, heard her arguing with her cousin over the sweets and warned Eleonore that the money had been left there by the devil to tempt her and now she would not be able to be rid of him.

The next day, the poltergeist activity started.

Stones flew at the house and windows were broken. Small objects near to Eleonore would rise and fly about and her superstitious grandmother, convinced she was possessed by the devil (Dracu in Romanian, from where we get Dracula), sent her back home.

Three days later, the activity began again. A jug of water was reported to have risen into the air and floated several feet without spilling a drop. A porridge bowl flew at a guest, hitting him on the back of the head, causing a nasty wound.

Refuge was found for her at a monastery in Gorovei where the activity continued unabated and sadly, Eleonore was locked in a lunatic asylum.

Fortunately, newspaper reports of her story had alerted the eminent Austrian Psychical researcher, Fritz Grunweld in Charlottenburg, Germany and with the help of Kubi Klein, a journalist form Czernowitz, they managed to get her sent back to the monastery where she could be properly observed.

Between the 9 and 18 of May, 1925 Grunewald observed the girl and took detailed shorthand notes of the amazing phenomena which took place.  The movement of objects were the most common type of phenomenon, ranging from the slow movement of a large pot on the oven, to the violent throwing of things at, or close to people.

Apports – the appearance of object apparently from nowhere were other phenomena Grunewald noticed and there were also occasional knocks. Once or twice, matches were mysteriously set alight and the poltergeist also started slapping the girl. 

In July 1925, however, Grunewald died of a heart attack aged forty-one. His notes were edited and by Professor Christoph Schröder in the Zeitschrift für psychische Forschung, vol. I, 1927 and the unlucky Eleonore was once again left in the care of her family, who it seemed were not particularly supportive.

Later that year, she found another protector in the form of an attractive young Viennese woman - the Countess Zoë Wassiliko-Serecki, who was part Romanian herself and had been connected with psychical research for years with an interest in psychoanalysis. 

When she visited Eleonore at the monastery of Gorovei in September 1925, she found an uncared for, dirty and very frightened girl. The Countess saw for herself, the bizarre phenomena and wrote a short book about Eleonore's case, later published as Der Spuk von Talpo (Munich, 1926)

By January 1926 the Countess had managed, after complicated negotiations, to take Eleanore to Vienna to live with her and it was there that Eleonore was happy. Before long the Countess had her training as a hair-dresser.

The activity didn’t stop and the Countess kept a diary of events, dividing the phenomena produced by the girl into a number of categories. The movement and apports of items from various rooms in the apartment were not uncommon, even taking place outside in the afternoon sun.

Whilst Eleonore didn’t have the misfortune to be on the receiving end of flying objects, she was getting slapped violently thrown from her bed, had her hair pulled out and her shoes filled with water. Worse, by late march of 1926, her hands were being pricked as if by pins and needles. She would wake some mornings to find actual needles and pins embedded in the flesh of her hands and fingers.

At the end of April of that year, Harry Price, the well known and controversial English psychical researcher came to see and bore witness to a mirror as it floated over a room partition and also watched as bite and scratch marks appeared on Eleonore’s arms and chest. To cap it all, a large rag dog appeared, apparently from nowhere.

So is that conclusive?

Not in the least bit.

It is said that for those who believe, no proof is necessary, but for those who do not believe, no proof will ever be enough.

The fact is, the above case was one which was examined during a time when the written word was all that was available. Nowadays, someone's word is not nearly enough. Even if the person recounting the experience, there would still be some amount of scepticism I'm sure.

So perhaps one where there was visible proof. Would that be more believable?

Case two: Annemarie Schneider

This case is of suspected poltergeist activity and took place in Rosenheim, southern Bavaria in 1967.

In the offices of lawyer, Sigmund Adam, some very strange occurrences started where lights would turn themselves on or off and the telephones would ring with no-one at the other end (silent caller), copiers would spill their copy fluid and desk drawers would fly open without having been touched.

During one month, the Deutsche Post installed equipment that recorded telephone calls which were never made and detected over 600 calls to the German speaking clock, a number of which were detected to have been made successively far too quickly for the mechanical dialling mechanism. Lights were also said to shake or swing when Annemarie entered the office.

It was discovered that she had gone through a somewhat traumatic personal event and admitted to suffer from neuroses. She was sent on holiday, during which time, the strangeness stopped, however, it began anew upon her return and she was subsequently dismissed from her post.

As far as this case is concerned, it became a very contentious issue, with many feeling that it was positive proof of the existence of paranormal phenomena, however others claimed this was just a set-up, a stunt for the neurotic Ms. Schneider to garner attention.

The police officers present and others unconnected with the company, such as Friedbert Karger from the Max Planck Institute, gave statements claiming to have witnessed the inexplicable movement of objects and this was the first case of its kind to have film evidence of the phenomena.

Karger's whole perspective on physics changed after investigating the events. “These experiments were really a challenge to physics,” Karger said. “What we saw in the Rosenheim case could be 100 per cent shown not to be explainable by known physics.”

What is more, Annemarie was never caught at any time faking any of it.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      I appreciate your kind and geeoruns advice a lot!. I have been trying it hardly and did not get those amazing results!. It is nice to see that you got my comment in a good way!God bless you!VA:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait VA:F [1.9.10_1130](from 0 votes)

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      I love reading these articles because they're short but inmoafrtive.

    • Nick B profile imageAUTHOR

      Nick B 

      8 years ago from Normandy, France

      Good idea.

      Thanks for the feedback

    • dawnM profile image

      Dawn Michael 

      8 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      scarry stuff, well writen information. I'll try and stay away from any Poltergeists!!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)