life reported cases of paranormal activity from around the world
Twin Telepathy: The Jim Twins
One of the most
famously documented cases of paranormal research, the Jim Twins,
highlighted the notion that identical twins are linked in a unique
way beyond genetics.
after their birth in 1940, American identical twins Jim Springer
and Jim Lewis were adopted by different families and never knew
of each other's existence until they were reunited 39 years later.
1979 there were only 19 reported cases of reunited twins so for
psychologist Thomas Bouchard - the man who studied the Jim twins'
special connection - the reunion offered a rare opportunity to examine
important questions about nature versus nurture.
similarities in the men's lives were nothing short of astonishing.
Aside from the fact that they were both named Jim by their adoptive
parents, the twins had both married twice – the first time
to women named Linda and the second to women called Betty.
Springer named his son James Allen whilst Jim Lewis called his son
James Alan. They both had dogs named Toy, both spent time as sheriff's
deputies, they drank the same beer, smoked the same cigarettes and
drove the same model of car – a Chevrolet.
bond as brothers apparently extended far beyond shared genes.
Reincarnation: Bridey Murphy
are many theories which surround reincarnation - the notion that
the soul of a dead person can re-establish itself within the body
of another living being.
the case of Bridey Murphy is used by many as an example of a verified
case of paranormal reincarnation.
1952 Colorado housewife Virginia Tighe began to talk about her past
life whilst under hypnosis claiming that she was once an Irish woman
called Bridey Murphy, born 1806.
hypnosis, Virginia spoke with an Irish accent, used Irish language
and supplied details of obscure place names, many of which were
checked and verified at a later date.
uncovered that Bridey Murphy did actually exist and Virginia's vivid
tales were authentically accurate.
Poltergeists: The Thornton Heath Poltergeist
for 'noisy ghost', a poltergeist refers to phenomenon usually credited
to mischievous spirits or ghosts who have a slightly menacing approach
to the inhabitants of a building.
have been cited almost since the beginning of recorded history however
The Thornton Heath Poltergeist case is one of the most notorious.
August evening, 27 years ago in Thornton Heath, England, a family
was tormented by poltergeist phenomenon which awoke them in the
middle of the night by blaring a bedside radio which had turned
heralded the beginning of a paranormal string of events which lasted
nearly four years.
the festive season of 1972 an ornament was hurled across the living
room smashing into the husband's forehead just as the Christmas
tree began to shake violently.
the New Year, footsteps were heard in the bedroom and late one night
the homeowner's son awoke to find a man dressed in old-fashioned
clothing staring threateningly at him.
the house blessed failed to rid the house of the phenomenon.
a medium determined that the house was haunted by a farmer named
Chatterton who had lived in the house in the mid-18th century and
considered the family trespassers on his property.
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