At the turn of the century, Professor Cesare Lombroso investi gated the case of a poltergeist which was causing havoc in a wine shop and bar in Turin. Bottles were exploding or being smashed, tables and chairs were being lifted and moved around and cutlery was being disturbed.
The proprietor, Signor Fumero, welcomed Professor Lombro so’s investigation since the local police had warned him that the disturbances would have to stop or he would be in trouble — the average policeman tends not to be terribly receptive to the idea of poltergeists.
Down in the wine cellars Professor Lombroso was immediately greeted by smashing glass as he entered; he witnessed bottles spinning on the floor and shattering with no apparent cause.
His investigation immediately ruled out the more obvious trickery such as thin wires to make the bottles spin and so on. Lombroso also witnessed bottles rising from the shelves and exploding. In other parts of the house furniture and cutlery were being thrown around and one piece of equipment was so violently smashed to the floor that it was bent out of shape. Despite the destructive power of the poltergeist Professor Lombroso noted that no one was actually being injured. In the first instance the Professor believed that the focus of the polter geist was Signora Fumero who appeared to be a rather highly strung individual. Professor Lombroso asked Signora Fumero to take a few days’ holiday, during which time the poltergeist was absent from the shop, and it seemed that the correct solution had been found. However, when Signora Fumero returned the polter geist returned too.
To ensure that he had located the correct focus the Professor asked Signora Fumero to go away again, for a few more days. Apparently she was extremely annoyed to be treated like this because of a few errant spirits and she heaped violent curses on them for causing such disruption to her life. But this time the poltergeist did not stop its activities when the signora was away — and from that point on, all the poltergeist activity focused solely on items associated with the signora. Her shoes levitated from an upstairs bedroom and came down the stairs and into the wine bar, landing at the feet of one of the customers; plates and bottles that the signora had handled were smashed hut nothing touched by others was harmed.
So although Signora Fumero appeared to be something of a focus she was evidently not the dh’ect cause of the poltergeist since it had continued n hei absence Eventually a young man at the awkward (and highly significant age of puberty, who was working as a waiter in the wine bar. was suspected of being the focus and was dismissed. The wine bar haunting ceased, never to recur. New York | Wiltshire | Activity | Activity | Activity | Borley | Brazil | Brazil | Brazil | Burma | Canada | Corney | East Drive | Edinburgh | Finland | France | France | Germany | Ghostly | Lincoinshire | Manchester | Middlesex | Northern ireland | Northern Romania | Nova Scotia | Paraguay | Phenomena | Poltergeist Information | Scotland | Scotland | South London | Suffolk | Switzerland | USA | Washington State | West Norwood | Whitechapel |
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