Learn the 5 phases of a poltergeist haunting, so you know when to get out.
Most people aren’t aware anything is wrong. If something does happen, it’s dismissed as a freak occurrence, like pictures falling over or off the wall. There are a couple of things you can look for:
- Pets act strangely – a dog may look into a dark corner and growl, or your cat may run under the bed…a lot.
- You feel cold spots, but not just a cool spot: It becomes ice cold around you, but other people feel fine.
At this point, cold spots increase. Entire rooms may seem colder. You may also notice unexplained scratches or cuts on furniture. Some people may find light scratches. Pets may avoid the person targeted by the poltergeist.
Things really start to happen at this phase. You can’t ignore its presence anymore. Appliances begin to turn off-and-on. Locked doors and windows open. You also begin to hear banging. In some cases, it scratches people so hard, they bleed a little.
The poltergeist begins to target an individual in the house. This is usually an adult with emotional distress or a teenager, but it could be someone as young as 10 years old. It will throw objects at its target(s). Doors will slam closed on people. Usually, a successful attack will not seriously hurt the target. They may get a few bumps and bruises. However, poltergeists have been known to throw people over railings or down the stairs.
At stage 5, you should leave your house. The poltergeist now has the power to kill someone. Anyone in the house is at risk, especially the targeted individual. Scratches seem more like gashes. Furniture is destroyed. Small fires spark at different places. And these sparks tend to get on drapes and furniture, which can burn the house down. Unfortunately, poltergeists don’t physically manifest or ‘speak’ into EVP collection equipment. That means you’ll most likely never learn why you were targeted. If they did, they’d classify as specters.