I felt drawn to exploring this topic due to our experiences involving phone calls and the paranormal. Telephone calls from the dead is not a subject you can drop into conversation. However after some research, the first thing that struck me was the fact we are not alone. I was very surprised to discover that phone calls from the grave have been reported by hundreds if not thousands of people. As is often the case with paranormal phenomena, it failed to reach the headlines in the media.
This type of activity appears to run in two veins; wanted and unwanted activity. Ours was very much unwanted. Our telephone soon became another implement of torture in the arsenal of a paranormal entity. A telephone call sounds harmless enough, but when you are receiving a constant stream of calls day and night it can be very unnerving. Our attempts at tracing the source of the calls were fruitless, and the calls extended to our personal mobile phones. Initially the calls were silent, and then developed as the entity grew in strength.
Primitive attempts to communicate evolved to vicious growls, guttural laughs and inhuman snarls when challenged. Even after we left home, we received calls from our empty house, and our untouched mobile phones lit up as one called the other. My husband removed the battery from his phone, and was astonished when the calls continued. The calls died down the same time as the activity did. We still have incidents, but currently they are manageable. I have since learned that not all unexplained calls are unwanted. Many people have reported receiving calls from their departed loved ones.
The Subject Of Study
The subject of ‘telephone calls from the dead’ has been explored by D.Scott Rogo and Raymond Bayless, parapsychologists and authors of numerous books dealing with the paranormal. This book was written in 1980, and recently revived in 2012.
Phone Calls From The Dead contains dozens of well documented cases from credible sources, often witnessed by more than one person. As quoted directly from the 1980 Berkley edition of the book:
“…as our work continued, we discovered that just about all of our cases have fallen into one of three basic and very different categories:
1. Apparent phone calls from the dead: . . .the witness receives a call – usually brief – from a person who has recently died or who has been dead for some time. Occasionally the person receiving the call does not know at that time that the caller is dead and believes he/she is talking to a living person.
2. Intention cases: The witness usually receives an urgent message by phone from a friend or relative, or even from an unknown individual who explains that he is placing the call for the former. Later, the witness learns that the friend never made the call, although he or she thought intently about doing so. The phone voice will often mimic that of a living person perfectly. However, a few witnesses have described these voices as “mechanical” or “drunk sounding”, although this was rare.
3. Answer cases: Rarely, the witness himself places the call and carries out a conversation with a person whom he later discovers either (a) was dead at the time the call was placed or (b) could not possibly have been home to receive it. . . . By far, the vast majority of the cases we have collected fall into the first category.”
Please Don’t Cry
As reported in Times of Oman, it was after lunch on a Saturday in June 1960 when Mrs Fox received a call believed to be from her departed 12-year-old daughter. “I picked up the phone and nearly fainted when I heard the voice. It was my daughter Peggy. I have no doubt about that.”
She said: ‘Hello mum. Can you hear me? Don’t be sad … I am so happy.’ Then the line went dead. I just stood there unable to move with shock. Which was hardly surprising. For she was claiming to have heard the voice of her daughter — and Peggy Fox had died six months earlier.Two days later it happened again. This time her husband Paul was in the room when his wife answered. He snatched the phone in time to hear a voice say: “This is Peggy, mum. Don’t cry…” Then once more the line went dead. Shocked though he was, Paul Fox still had the presence of mind to contact the phone company and once again he was told that there was no record of any call either on the trunk call system or the automatic dialling mechanism.
Later, Paul Fox would declare: “I would swear that it was the voice of my daughter — I would stake my life on that. At the same time, common sense dictates that it couldn’t possibly be her. I was there when her coffin was lowered into the grave.”
During the following week, Mrs Fox received another phantom phone call in which the voice said: “Give my love to Moggy.” That was apparently Peggy’s pet name for her maternal grandfather and one that only her mother knew she had used. Mrs Fox later told researchers: “No one would know that but my daughter. The things she said and her tone of voice were identical to Peggy’s. She even had the funny way of pronouncing the ‘th’ sound that Peggy had. I just refuse to believe that it was someone impersonating my daughter.
What would be the point of that? What could anyone possibly get out of it? Not surprisingly the case got national publicity and finally caught the attention of Dr John Craggs, a psychologist at Chicago University and one of America’s leading psychical researchers, who investigated the case and later included it in a book. He came to the conclusion: “I am certain that Mr and Mrs Fox are telling the truth about the calls.
There is absolutely no reason why they should make up such a story and subject themselves to what is undoubtedly genuine distress.” With the family’s agreement he attached a tape-recording device to the phone, triggered to operate when the phone rang. On August 3, 1960 the phone rang and was answered by Peggy’s mother. The device began to record and the resulting tape was later lodged in the archives of the American Society for Psychical Research. A published transcript of the conversation reads in part: A girl’s voice: “Mum is that you. I love you. Give my love to daddy, too. I am very happy. Please don’t cry like you did last time. Mrs Fox: “Peggy, darling, is that really you?” Girl’s voice: “You mustn’t be upset. I will try to…” At this point the phone went dead. Dr Craggs later wrote: “The tape was played to several of Peggy Fox’s friends. They all said they were certain it was her voice. So did her grandparents and her school teacher.”
So how is this all possible? I’m afraid we don’t know. The telephone appears to be a medium the supernatural can use. I have not gone into details here, but we tried everything to investigate the source with no rational outcome. EVP voice recordings also feature heavily in our story, and this is something I will feature on my blog in the future. Everything I have written here is a true account. If you have a story to share, we would love to hear from you.Credits: Times Of Oman Pictures: Creative commons.