If the same apparition is seen over over again, doing exactly the same thing,
If the same sounds are heard at the same time of the day,
If the same scene plays out over and over again over a period of years or even centuries.
It is called a Residual Haunting.
Also called energy remnants and memory imprint,
The apparition in a residual haunting never interacts with onlookers,
But rather seems totally oblivious to them..
What Are Residual Haunting's?
Perhaps residual haunting's are simply playbacks of past events.
The apparitions involved may not even be actual spirits but just impressions or recordings of events that were so traumatic that they have become imprinted on the very materials of the space in which they occurred.
There are many theories regarding residual haunting's,
One of the first to offer a possible hypothesis of how residual haunting's occur was
Thomas Charles Lethbridge, in his 1961 book Ghost and Ghoul.
His theory is that just as audiotapes and videotapes record sounds and images, certain materials used in the construction of older structures may record impressions of events.
If a traumatic, emotionally charged incident occurs,
These materials record it for future playback.
The event can suddenly occur and play out without an apparent cause.
Sometimes there is no visual component to it,
Only repetitive sounds, such as footsteps, breathing, or smell that have apparent cause.
No one knows what triggers the play back of these recordings.
It could be anything from the observer's own emotional state or sensitivity to weather conditions,
Such as high humidity or barometric pressure.
Whatever its cause, the residual haunting is intriguing.
In the Tower of London, people have seen ghosts of Anne Boleyn and many others who were held within its walls before their executions.
There is a theory that the building materials of the haunted site may have recorded the energy of the event in the case of residual haunting's, Older structures often have quartz, iron, and slate in them,
And these are thought to hold an impression of the event..
Europe has many ancient structures made of porous stones,
Which might function like batteries to store energy.
This could explain why there are so many instances of haunted sites in Europe.
American Residual Haunting's..
How then do you explain the many residual haunting's in America?
Indeed, many of these take place in old buildings as well.
New England, as one of the oldest settled regions in the Country,
Seems to be particularly prone to haunting's.
When several different witnesses report seeing the same repetitive event,
You can be fairly sure they are reporting an energy remnant from another time.
Moreover, whether this event is triggered by the environment,
The sensitivity of the observer,
Or a window into the past, the phenomena is totally fascinating.
Battlefields where many fought and died, often in agony,
Are the perfect settings for residual haunting,
Gettyburg, Pennsylvania, was the scene of a horrific battle during America's Civil War.
On the battlefield, men have been seen charging downhill
And people have heard troops singing Irish Folk songs and the sounds of battle swords clanging,
Thundering hoofbeats, the cries of the dying.
Devil's Den was the site of heavy fighting on the second day of battle,
July 2, 1863. Even before the three-day battle that took place there,
The site had earned its name from reports of paranormal activity.
After the battle and up to the present day,
Visitors have reported seeing an apparition that may be the ghost of a Texas Infantryman,
Sometimes gesturing or motioning but never speaking or interacting with onlookers.
Some say that he is the ghost of a sniper who held the Northern troops at bay on Little Round Top.
INTELLIGENT HUMAN HAUNTING'S.
Ghosts have not yet crossed over, have unfinished business, or are too emotionally attached to a person or place and can't move on are classified as intelligent human haunting's.
They linger for a reason, they are trying to get your attention.
These entities can interact with humans and sometimes do so in a spectacular fashion:
Objects disappear then reappear in impossible places
Cold spots and the strong sense of a presence or someone watching
Strange, unexplained sounds
Furniture and small objects are moved-sometimes even thrown
Doors and windows open and close
Lights, Televisions, radios, and faucets turn on and off on their own
These apparitions have a mission to complete and they are looking for assistance - possibly your assistance, If the ghost is interactive and trying to communicate,
It is most definitely an intelligent human haunting.
REASONS FOR AN INTELLIGENT HAUNTING.
Sometimes this sort of haunting occurs shortly after a friend or loved one dies.
It is as if he is trying to comfort or communicate with those left behind.
In this sort of paranormal investigation,
A certain protocol should be followed to ascertain the true circumstances of the case.
The highest concentration of paranormal activity can be found where there has been a great deal of human suffering and pain, trauma, or any other strong emotion, such as fear or depression.
Surprisingly, cemeteries aren't that high on the list, but prisons, sanitariums, and hospitals are.