The Demise of the Poltergeist
There is no such thing as a poltergeist -- their purported activity is triggered by ghosts performing physical acts (throwing objects, touching and scratching people and so on) -- the evidence for this is overwhelming.
Facts can't be ignored; until a human subject can demonstrate PK abilities, the apocryphal stories of poltergeists should be dismissed.
Why this conclusion? After almost twenty years of traveling to private residences, historic and abandoned locations where paranormal activity is taking place, I have never encountered a human who displays the slightest sign of PK skill. The lynchpin for the very existence of poltergeists will never be confirmed.
Ghosts have been seen, photographed, captured on video and audio, and witnessed performing just about every weird activity imaginable. They are linked to specific locations. Poltergeists are for lack of a better word "haunted people".
There are several subcategories, such as residual hauntings that I can verify as true, claims that can be substantiated by solid evidence.
So many silly theories have been put forth to explain and define what a poltergeist is, all of which are groundless, and can't be taken seriously.
Let's begin with the source of the poltergeist.
A child, particularly a teenage girl, generates psychokinesis (PK) to throw objects, produce knocking sounds, footsteps, etc.
The problem is every single act attributed to a poltergeist has occurred during field investigations of haunted, long abandoned sites where no teenagers were present. Since all of this activity linked to a poltergeist happens without the catalyst regarded as responsible, how can this theory have any merit? It must be discarded.
Another claim is that someone present during the ghost hunts unknowingly possesses PK abilities. (Something I have never seen in my life; I have noted people who do possess psychic, or sensitive tendencies, but never, ever any PK skills). This theory doesn't work either -- we have conducted long term investigations at locations like Tri-County. There have been both small and large groups, and no one individual was present during every investigation at this site, yet the "poltergeist activity" continues at this abandoned site regardless of who is in attendance. It’s not possible for someone in the group to generate activity when he/she isn’t present when the activity occurs. It has to be something intrinsic within these locations, not people who are catalysts for the activity.
Adherents to poltergeist theories even go so far as to claim a life cycle of five levels of activity:
Level one includes a sense of being watched, strange sounds, odd behavior in pets and unpleasant smells.
Level two -- same as the above with whispering voices, cold spots, and the rushing of air.
Level three adds controlling electrical appliances, people being touched and objects being moved.
Level four adds people becoming disoriented/sick, seeing apparitions (what’s PK energy doing assuming human form?), and objects disappearing.
Level five characterized by objects being thrown at people, being punched, biting and scratching attacks.
Progressive lists like this are nonsense!
I have seen all of the above activity at haunted abandoned locations -- it wasn't aimed at any one individual, and never followed this nice progressive cycle. It’s just not borne out by the evidence.
This activity is supposed to center around an individual instead of a place; however, during these long term experiments the scratching and touching of people in attendance is random, never focused on a single person. If PK energy were responsible this would not be the case -- they would be experiencing this activity at their home, work, school, etc. because a poltergeist requires a human catalyst.
The term poltergeist needs to be discarded from use in the paranormal community as an archaic term for the physical activity ghosts.