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Real ghosts

トヘ[ Introduction ]ヘト

I HAVE CHOSEN TO DO MY BOOK REPORT ON A BOOK CALLED...

Real Ghosts

fトヘ[ WHAT IS A GHOST SUPPOSE TO LOOK LIKE ?ソ?ソ ]ヘトf

FIRST YOU MAY THINK OF SOMETHING IN A WHITE SHEET WITH HOLES

FOR EYES,YOU MAY THINK OF A RAGGED FIGURE DRAGGING CHAINS AND

MOANING.OR AN IDEA OF A GHOST MAY BE A FIGURE YOU CAN SEE

THROUGH,SOMETHING THAT GOES IN AND OUT OF ROOMS WITHOUT NEEDING

TO OPEN DOORS.THAT IS THE WAY GHOSTS ARE USUALLY DESCRIBED IN

STORIES OR SHOWN IN MOVIES.BUT REAL GHOSTS COME IN MANY

DIFFERENT SIZES AND SHAPES.SOMETIMES THEY ARE STRANGE AND

FRIGHTENING LOOKING.SOMETIMES THEY LOOK VERY ORDINARY.IT IS

HARD TO TELL THEY ARE GHOSTS AT ALL.OFTEN GHOSTS CANNOT BE SEEN,

BUT ARE JUST HEARD AND FELT.THIS BOOK IS ABOUT REAL GHOSTS.

ARE GHOSTS REAL ?

m AT 3:25 PM AN AIRPLANE CRASHES AND THE PILOT IS KILLED.BUT

AT THE SAME TIME IN ANOTHER CITY,A LIEUTENANT CLAIMS THAT HE

SAW AND SPOKE WITH THE PILOT.

m A JUDGE SAYS THAT HE HAD A CONVERSATION IN HIS HOME WITH A

REPORTER AT 1:30 THE NIGHT BEFORE.BUT AT 1:30 THAT NIGHT THE

REPORTER HAD DIED OF A HEART ATTACK IN HIS OWN BED.

m IN AN OLD MANSION IN ENGLAND A PHOTOGRAPHER ACTUALLY SNAPS

A PICTURE OF A SHADOWY FIGURE ON A STAIRCASE.IT IS THE

"BROWN LADY" OF RAYNHAM HALL.

EACH OF THESE PEOPLE CLAIMS THAT HE REALLY SAW A GHOST.IN THIS

BOOK THE AUTHOR (DANIEL COHEN) INVESTIGATES MANY STRANGE

STORIES.SOMETIMES HE UNCOVERS A HOAX,BUT OTHER STORIES LEAVE

PUZZLING QUESTIONS...

DO SPIRITS REALLY HAUNT OLD HOUSES ?ソ

CAN A HUMAN BE TRANSPORTED BACK INTO THE PAST ?ソ

ARE GHOSTS REAL ?ソ

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RETURN FROM THE DEAD ?

A MAN NAMED JOHN THORNE LIVED NEAR AN OLD HAUNTED HOUSE.

IN 1958 HE HAD AN ODD EXPERIENCE...HE WOKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE NIGHT TO FIND A STRANGE WOMAN IN HIS BEDROOM.IT WAS DARK,BUT

HE COULD STILL SEE THAT SHE WAS WEARING A LONG DRESS,THE KIND

PEOPLE WORE A HUNDRED YEARS AGO.THORNE TURNED THE LIGHTS ON,AND

THE FIGURE HAD DISAPPEARED.....

ON 1961 THORNE'S BROTHER,WILLIAM,CAME FOR A VISIT.ON THE FIRST

NIGHT WILLIAM HEARD FOOTSTEPS OUTSIDE THE DOOR.WHEN HE LOOKED

OUT OF THE OPEN DOOR...HE SAW A WOMAN IN A LONG BLACK DRESS

HOLDING A HANDKERCHIEF IN HER HAND.SUDDENLY THE ROOM BECAME

VERY COLD.....

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THE REAL EXORCISTS AND OTHERS

THE EXORCIST WAS AN EXTREMELY POPULAR BOOK.IT WAS ABOUT A

YOUNG GIRL WHO WAS "POSSESSED" BY THE DEVIL.IT TOOK A RITUAL

CALLED "EXORCISM" TO DRIVE OUT THE EVIL SPIRIT.AN EVEN MORE

POPULAR MOVIE WAS MADE FROM THE BOOK.PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT THE

MOVIE AND THE BOOK WERE TRUE.THEY WERE NOT.THE BOOK WAS A

PIECE OF FICTION WRITTEN BY WILLIAM P. BLATTY.BUT BLATTY'S

BOOK WAS BASED ON A REAL CASE.ONE OF THE REASONS THAT THE

BOOK AND THE MOVIE WERE SO POPULAR,IS THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT

THEY WERE ACTUALLY A REAL CASE.HERE WE HAVE TO BE VERY

CAREFUL."BASED ON" IN NOT "THE SAME AS." THE WRITER AND THE

MOVIE PRODUCERS MADE MANY CHANGES IN ORDER TO MAKE

"THE EXORCIST" MORE DRAMATIC AND EXCITING THAN THE CASE THAT

INSPIRED IT.IN THE BOOK AND THE MOVIE,THE "POSSESSED" SUBJECT

WAS A YOUNG GIRL.IN THE REAL CASE IT WAS A BOY.AND THAT WAS

JUST ONE OF THE CHANGES MADE.THERE WERE MANY,MANY,MANY MORE.

A LARGE PART OF THE EXORCIST WAS NOT BASED ON ANYTHING AT ALL.IT

WAS JUST MADE UP.ONE REASON IS THAT WE REALLY DON'T KNOW A

GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE REAL CASE.VERY FEW RECORDS WERE KEPT.NOT

ALL OF WHAT FEW THERE HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC.SOME OF THOSE

INVOLVED IN THE CASE HAVE SINCE DIED.MANY OTHERS JUST DON'T

WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT ANYMORE.HERE IS WHAT WE DO KNOW.THE CASE

BEGAN EARLY IN 1949.THE POSSESSED SUBJECT WAS A FOURTEEN YEAR

OLD BOY WHO WAS CALLED DOUGLAS DEEN.HE LIVED WITH HIS

FAMILY IN A SUBURB OF WASHINGTON D.C.

THE FIRST THING THE FAMILY NOTICED WAS STRANGE NOISES COMING

FROM THE BOY'S ROOM.THEY SUSPECTED MICE.EXTERMINATORS WERE

CALLED IN BUT FOUND NOTHING.AND THE NOISES CONTINUED...

THE DISTURBANCES BECAME MORE VIOLENT.HEAVY FURNITURE MOVED BACK

AND FORTH.A BOWL FELL OFF THE TOP OF THE REFRIDGERATOR FOR NO

APPARENT REASON.A PICTURE SEEMED TO JUMP OFF THE WALL.THE WORST

DISTURBANCES TOOK PLACE IN THE BOY'S BEDROOM.HIS BED SHOOK AND

TREMBLED ALL NIGHT.THE NOISE KEPT DOUGLAS AND HIS PARENTS

AWAKE NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.THE DEEN'S TALKED ABOUT EVENTS WITH

THEIR NEIGHBOURS.THE NEIGHBOURS LAUGHED AT FIRST.BUT AFTER

THEY SPENT A NIGHT IN THE DEEN'S HOUSE THEY STOPPED LAUGHING.

THE NEIGHBOURS ALSO BEGAN TO BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING VERY

STRANGE WAS GOING ON.BUT WHAT ?ソ

THE DEEN FAMILY THEN CALLED IN THE MINISTER OF THEIR CHURCH,

THE REVEREND MR. WINSTON.THE MINISTER,TOO,WAS SCEPTICAL.BUT HE

DECIDED TO INVESTIGATE MORE CLOSELY.HE SPENT THE ENTIRE NIGHT OF

FEBRUARY 17,1949 IN DOUGLAS DEEN'S BEDROOM.LATER,THE REVEREND

MR. WINSTON DESCRIBED WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT TO A MEETING OF

THE SOCIETY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY IN WASHINGTON.

FIRST,THE BOY'S BED BEGAN TO SHAKE.THEN THERE WERE SCRATCHING

AND SCRAPINGS FROM THE WALL.THE MINISTER SWITCHED ON THE LIGHTS

BUT COULD SEE NOTHING THAT MIGHT BE CAUSING THE DISTURBANCES.

THE MINISTER THEN ASKED THE BOY TO SIT IN AN ARMCHAIR.THE CHAIR

BEGAN TO MOVE AROUND THE ROOM SLOWLY.THEN IT STARTED ROCKING

BACK AND FORTH.FINALLY,IT TIPPED OVER,THROWING THE BOY ON THE

FLOOR.

REVEREND WINSTON THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BEST TO GET THE BOY OFF THE

FURNITURE THAT SEEMED TO MOVE.HE TOLD THE BOY TO TAKE HIS PILLOW

AND BLANKETS AND SLEEP ON THE FLOOR.WHILE REVEREND WINSTON

WATCHED,THE BOY AND THE BEDDING BEGAN TO SLIDE ACROSS THE ROOM.

REVEREND WINSTON WAS THEN CONVINCED THAT SOMETHING VERY ODD WAS

GOING ON.BUT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ?ソ HE FELT THAT THE EVENTS WERE

BEYOND HIS UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROL.

THE BOY WAS TAKEN TO GEORGETOWN HOSPITAL FOR BOTH PHYSICAL AND

MENTAL TESTS.THE TESTS TURNED UP NOTHING.VISITS TO THE

PSYCHIATRISTS DID NOT MAKE THE DISTURBANCES THAT CENTRED

AROUND THE FOURTEEN YEAR OLD DISAPPEAR.

THE DEEN FAMILY BECAME DESPERATE.THEY FINALLY DEPENDED ON A

DRASTIC CURE.THEY CALLED IN A PRIEST TO PERFORM AN

"EXORCISM." EXORCISM IS A VERY OLD RITUAL.ITS PURPOSE IS TO

DRIVE OUT DEMONS.IT IS NOT USED VERY OFTEN IN THE MODERN WORLD.

MANY PEOPLE DO NOT APPROVE OF USING IT AT ALL.BUT THE FAMILY

DIDN'T KNOW WHERE ELSE TO TURN.THEY BELIEVED THAT EXORCISM WAS

THEIR LAST HOPE.THE PRIEST WHO PERFORMED THE EXORCISM REMAINED

WITH THE BOY FOR OVER TWO MONTHS.DURING THE PERIOD HE PERFORMED

THE LONG EXORCISM RITE THIRTY TIMES.WHILE THE RITUAL WAS GOING

ON,THE BOY WOULD TREMBLE VIOLENTLY.SOMETIMES HE WOULD BEGIN TO

SCREAM.THEN THE VOICE WAS NOT AT ALL LIKE HIS NORMAL VOICE.

IN MAY 1949,THE PRIEST WENT THROUGH THE ENTIRE RITUAL AGAIN.THE

BOY DID NOT REACT VIOLENTLY AS HE USUALLY DID.THE PRIEST ASSUMED

THAT THE DEMON HAD BEEN DRIVEN OUT.AFTER THAT THE BOY WAS NO

LONGER TROUBLED BY SHAKING BEDS OR MOVING FURNITURE.

WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS HAVE TO DO WITH GHOSTS ?

PERHAPS A GREAT DEAL.PSYCHICAL RESEARCHERS FOUND THE DETAILS

OF THIS CASE VERY FAMILIAR.THE UNEXPLAINED NOISES,THE SHAKING

FURNITURE,AND THE REST OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO THE DEEN'S

BOY HAD TROUBLED MANY OTHERS.USUALLY THESE DISTURBANCES WERE NOT

BLAMED ON DEMONS.THEY WERE SAID TO BE DUE TO ACTIVITIES OF A

"POLTERGEIST." POLTERGEIST IS A GERMAN WORD,WHICH MEANS

"NOISY GHOST" OR "NOISY SPIRIT."

BUT IN A POLTERGEIST CASE,PEOPLE DON'T USUALLY SEE ANY FIGURES

AT ALL.WHAT HAPPENS IS JUST WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DEEN'S CASE.

THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF UNEXPLAINED DISTURBANCES IN A HOUSE.

OFTEN THESE DISTURBANCES ARE BLAMED ON A UNSEEN SPIRIT...A

POLTERGEIST.HUNDREDS OF POLTERGEIST CASES CAN BE FOUND IN THE

RECORDS OF DIFFERENT PSYCHICAL RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS.REPORTS OF

SUCH EXPERIENCES GO BACK TO THE ANCIENT TIMES.NEW ONES ARE

REPORTED EVERY YEAR.USUALLY PSYCHICAL RESEARCHERS HEAR ABOUT THE

CASE AFTER IT IS OVER,THAT IS,AFTER THE DISTURBANCES HAVE

STOPPED.BUT OCCASIONALLY THEY ARE ABLE TO INVESTIGATE WHILE THE

DISTURBANCES ARE STILL GOING ON.THAT HAPPENED IN 1958.WE LIKE TO

THINK OF GHOSTS OR SPIRITS HAUNTING CRUMBLING CASTLES OR

ANCIENTS HOUSES.THIS GHOST BEGAN CAUSING TROUBLE IN A MODERN

RANCH HOUSE.THE HOUSE WAS LOCATED IN THE VERY ORDINARY SUBURBAN

COMMUNITY OF SEAFORD,LONG ISLAND.IN THE HOUSE LIVED MR. AND MRS.

JAMES HERMANN AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN.THE CHILDREN WERE A GIRL

LUCILLE,THIRTEEN,AND A BOY JIMMY,TWELVE.MOST OF THE DISTURBANCES

SEEMED TO CENTRE AROUND THE BOY.WHEN HE WAS AROUND THINGS BEGAN

TO HAPPEN.THE DISTURBANCES BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 3.FIRST,THE FAMILY

HEARD WHAT SOUNDED LIKE POPPING BOTTLES.WHEN THEY WENT TO SEE

WHAT WAS WRONG,THEY FOUND BOTTLES IN SEVERAL PARTS OF THE HOUSE

THAT HAD BEEN MYSTERIOUSLY OPENED AND SPILLED.A FEW SMALL

OBJECTS HAD ALSO BEEN BROKEN.STRANGE NOISES AND BOTTLE OPENINGS

CONTINUED FOR THREE DAYS.THE FAMILY BECAME VERY CONCERNED.THEY

CALLED THE POLICE.PATROLMAN J. HUGHES CAME TO THE HOUSE.HE TOO

HEARD SOME NOISE.HE LOOKED IN THE BATHROOM AND FOUND THAT SOME

MEDICINE AND SHAMPOO HAD BEEN OPEN AND SPILLED.HE COULD NOT

EXPLAIN HOW IT HAPPENED.NO ONE HAD BEEN IN THE BATHROOM.SOME OF

THE HERMANN'S RELATIVES ALSO HAD STRANGE EXPERIENCES.A COUSIN OF

MR. HERMANN SAW A STATUE MOVE AROUND A TABLE.THEN IT FLEW TWO

FEET IN THE AIR AND LANDED ON THE RUG.SOME OF THE BOTTLES WERE

TAKEN TO THE POLICE LABORATORY.THE ELECTRIC COMPANY CHECKED THE

HOUSE TO SEE IF ANYTHING WAS WRONG WITH THE ELECTRICITY.BUILDING

INSPECTORS AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS ALSO EXAMINED THE HOUSE.

EVERYTHING ABOUT IT SEEMED NORMAL.THEY COULD NOT FIND NOTHING TO

ACCOUNT FOR THE DISTURBANCES.THE HERMANN'S FAMILY WAS VERY UPSET

BY THESE GOING-ONS.THE APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC FOR HELP.NATURALLY

THE APPEAL GOT INTO THE NEWSPAPERS.THE LONG ISLAND POLTERGEIST

BECAME FAMOUS.NEWS OF THE POLTERGEIST REACHED DR. J.G. PRATT IN

NORTH CAROLINA.DR. PRATT IS ONE OF AMERICA'S LEADING RESEARCHERS

ON THE SUBJECT OF HAUNTING,GHOSTS,AND OTHER UNEXPLAINED EVENTS.

HE CAME UP TO LONG ISLAND TO INVESTIGATE THE CASE IN PERSON.HE

INTERVIEWED EVERYONE CONNECTED WITH THE CASE.HE CHECKED OVER THE

HOUSE,AND EXAMINED ALL THE OBJECTS THAT HAD BEEN DISTURBED.BY

THE TIME DR. PRATT ARRIVED,THE DISTURBANCES HAD DIED DOWN

CONSIDERABLY.HE DIDN'T SEE ANY OBJECTS FLY ACROSS THE ROOM.HE

DID HEAR A FEW STRANGE THUMPS COMING FROM JIMMY'S ROOM.HE WAS

NOT ABLE TO COME UP WITH ANY EXPLANATION FOR THE CASE.

HE JUST LEFT AS PUZZLED AS HE WAS WHEN HE CAME.THE CASE HAS

NEVER BEEN SOLVED.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DANIEL COHEN IS THE AUTHOR OF OVER A HUNDRED BOOKS FOR BOTH

YOUNG READERS AND ADULTS,AND HE IS A FORMER MANAGING EDITOR OF

SCIENCE DIGEST MAGAZINE.HIS TITLE INCLUDE SUPERMONSTERS,REAL

GHOSTS,GHOSTLY TERRORS,SCIENCE FICTIONS GREATEST MONSTERS,THE

WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS GHOSTS AND MONSTERS YOU NEVER HEARD OFF,ALL

OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE IN ARCHWAY PAPERBACK EDITIONS.

MR. COHEN WAS BORN IN CHICAGO AND HAS DEGREE IN JOURNALISM FROM

THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS.HE APPEARS FREQUENTLY ON RADIO AND

TELEVISION AND HAS LECTURED AT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.HE LIVES WITH HIS WIFE,YOUNG DAUGHTER,

ONE DOG AND FOUR CATS IN PORT JERVIS,NEW YORK.

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