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A About this sound Poltergeist is traditionally described as a troublesome spirit or ghost that mischievously moves domestic items and generally terrorizes people (and sometimes pets, too) inside their own houses. They are also reputed to generate unexplained noises, including loud bangs on walls or roofs. Occasionally, they are associated in the popular imagination with demonic possession.

The word, "Poltergeist", comes from German poltern, meaning "to sing", "to make a noise", and Geist, meaning "ghost" or "spirit".[1]


Famous poltergeist 'infestations'

Alleged poltergeist manifestations have been reported in many cultures, in all European nations, the United States, Japan[2], Brazil and other countries. They are often reputed to be connected with the presence of teenagers. The putative poltergeist is said to make inanimate objects move by harnessing, or tapping into, the emotional turmoil experienced by some adolescents.

Although poltergeist stories date back to the first century, the so-called evidence supporting the existence of poltergeists is scientifically unsubstantiated. Many of the stories given below exist in several versions and/or display internal inconsistencies. 

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