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Poltergeists have been recorded across the world for centuries, with many genuine cases seeming to arise from incidents of psychokinesis (PK) generated by living persons. However, a smaller but significant number of poltergeist cases raise the possibility of the involvement of discarnate entities. Such cases can involve extensive written and spoken communications which claim to originate from deceased humans. Alan Murdie assesses some examples of such cases, with particular reference to the thousands of letters and communications attributed to a poltergeist in Battersea, London, between 1956-1968, together with the implications for survival research.

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Stafford Betty earned his PhD in theology from Fordham University, teaches religious studies at California State University in Bakersfield, and has gradually evolved into a world expert on afterlife studies. Originally a specialist in Asian religious thought and the philosophy of religion, he branched out into paranormal research when he found the big questions about life's meaning unanswered in the safe, tidy world of academic orthodoxy. "Paranormal studies is the next frontier for philosophers and scientists to venture into," Professor Betty says. He has published five books of fiction, his latest "The Imprisoned Splendor" (November 2011), which has as its setting the afterlife. When not writing and teaching, he tries to guide his children, enjoys watching BBC drama with his wife in the evenings, and golfs once a week. He lives in Bakersfield, California.

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The Afterlife Unveiled. O Books, June 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1846944963