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- Unleashed : Of Poltergeists and Murder: The Curious Story of Tina Resch
While Roll admits that Tina could have staged some of these events for attention a camera crew caught her pulling down a lamp after they had unsuccessfully waited hours to see 'the force' in action , all the witnesses admit to observing phenomena that Tina could NOT have staged.
The Resch house became uninhabitable, with glasses breaking, food flying around the kitchen, and appliances going haywire even when unplugged. A local news photographer even got a photograph of a telephone in mid-flight while he had been observing Tina. The strangest events to me, at least were those involving flying objects that had to turn corners to reach their landing place, eggs that came through the fridge door before flying into walls, and objects that flew very fast through the air, only to land gently and precisely, stopping abruptly.
What fascinates me the most aside from the high strangeness of the events in question is Roll's insightful analysis. Despite others' suspicions of possession or evil spirits, Roll, due to his previous research in RSPK random spontaneous psychokinesis, AKA poltergeist activity , points out that most poltergeist cases involve young people, often with intense emotional disturbances. And as the book shows, Tina had a traumatic life.
I'd even call it one long string of bad luck. Interestingly, Dr. Tina had been psychologically, physically, and sexually abused by her adopted mother, father, and step-brother, respectively , and seems to have had an eating disorder her parents forced her to eat large portions of food, yet her mother would make disparaging comments about her weight while denying her to eat smaller portions. A psychological investigation showed that she did not make a clear distinction between herself and her environment she was also clumsy , and was prone to dissociation probably due to the abuse she had lived through , as well as signs of ADD and mild Tourette's.
Roll has seen such correlations in his research. The involuntary misfirings or 'discharges' in the brains of people with epilepsy-like disorders often show up in people with RSPK. They events also seem to occur with sympathetic nervous system functioning not parasympathetic, e. Roll thinks there is a connection between this faulty brain 'wiring' and RSPK, that somehow the emotional state builds up and discharges, and communicates this information to inanimate objects, modifying their information in turn e.
The phenomenon also seems to fall off with distance. The events often mirrored Tina's subconscious emotional state. For example, events in the house mirrored a fateful encounter she had with her father just before the strangeness started, when he chased her in a circle on the first floor of their house with the intention of beating her. The phenomena was often playful around people who gave Tina much-needed attention like Roll, her brother Craig, and the electrician Bruce , but violent towards her parents' possessions, and against herself. Tina was torn between anger towards her parents, the guilt that brought up, and her identification with her parents' criticisms she was no good , possibly triggering the many events where objects would strike her with force -- a form of self-punishment.
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It was as if Tina's PK was a way of communicating what she could not say, a release for emotions that had been bottled up and whose only release was some kind of spontaneous 'short-circuit' with the physical environment. There were also some symbolic events, such as phone problems Tina had no 'real connection' with people and events occurring while she was on the 'love seat' she did not feel loved by her family. Sadly, at the time of the book, Tina was serving life in prison for a murder she clearly did not commit.
Just one more example of extremely bad luck and bad choices. After a series of abusive relationships, she came home one night to find her daughter severely beaten she later died in the hospital. It turns out that her boyfriend at the time had sodomized and beaten the small child he admitted to this. But both Tina and he were arrested.
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Tina spent over two years in prison awaiting trial, after being assigned a great lawyer who couldn't care less about presenting a good case in her defense. Eventually, he persuaded her to enter a plea bargain. It's really a sad story how it all turned out, and quite amazing to see how events in Tina's life seemed to work against her. I wonder if there is not an element of self-fulfilling prophecy to her story, akin to her RSPK events, but instead having to do with the events of her everyday life.
I couldn't put it down. It also includes a chapter showing what a blowhard and charlatan James Randi is, which is always a plus. View 1 comment. May 31, Elise rated it liked it. When I searched for this book on goodreads by its title in order to add it to my book list a rather long list of romance novels, followed by monster novels, came up well before this book And by that I don't mean that this is a romance novel it's not or that it is a monster novel although it does have ghosts but rather that it is the sort of trashy reading that basically mimics watching reality TV or When I searched for this book on goodreads by its title in order to add it to my book list a rather long list of romance novels, followed by monster novels, came up well before this book And by that I don't mean that this is a romance novel it's not or that it is a monster novel although it does have ghosts but rather that it is the sort of trashy reading that basically mimics watching reality TV or rubbernecking a really good bar fight.
Except it's the best kind of trashy because it was written by a PhD and therefore you can appear to the outside world as though you are reading a very serious and intellectual book - when in reality you are reading a true crime novel - with poltergeists. Which basically describes the very book I've been dreaming about reading my entire life but couldn't dare let myself hope really existed - which explains why when I saw this book at the library I checked it out immediately.
Finished it - an entertaining read for sure. Jun 06, Sabrina Rutter rated it it was ok Shelves: paranormal-nonfiction. Tina Resch was just a teenager when she found herself in the spotlight due to odd circumstances. When she was present objects in her home seemed to have a life of their own taking flight around corners, and crashing into people or the floors.
Needless to say her parents were not too pleased, but a group of paranormal researchers became extremely interested in the events taking place in the Resch home. This interest lead to a lifelong friendship between the author, and Tina herself but really did Tina Resch was just a teenager when she found herself in the spotlight due to odd circumstances.
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This interest lead to a lifelong friendship between the author, and Tina herself but really did little to explain why the odd events occurred or how they stopped. This story was more or less just a log of the author's research, and then a quick wrap up at the end with the murder and subsequent trial of Tina's daughter. Sep 26, Shazza Maddog rated it it was amazing. Roll and his interaction and the interaction of others with Tina Resch and her family during the 80's and beyond.
You might remember the photos of Tina back in the 80's or the appearance of her and her family on TV's Unsolved Mysteries. The photos were supposed to inconclusively show that there was some force beyond the norm in the Resch household however, subsequent photos showed Tina being the 'force'. Tina was originally labeled the genuine article telekinetic and then later a fraud.
Roll explores the force behind the movement of furniture and objects within the Resch household and then further studies Tina outside of her home with both parapsychologists and psychologists. He offers the conclusions he reached during this time in a very frank, easy to read manner. Roll takes the reader with him in the attempt to understand Ms. Resch's abilities. He presents the observations of himself and others in an engaging, though factual way. He definitely provides an interesting picture of Ms. Resch, a teenage girl with probable telekinetic powers.
Resch's story takes a downward plunge when she is later accused of murdering her child, Amber. Roll's attempts to provide solace and assistance to Tina during this time show an endearing compassion as well as a possible reason or many of them as to why Ms. Resch should be considered innocent of the murder. This stuff will have you weeping and raging with anger at the same time, for not only was Tina a victim of a total lack of love in her own life, but now she was being jailed for something she did not do. That this is a true story is the most shocking of all.
Ultimately, this is not really a story about poltergeist activity as much as it is a story of a young girl struggling to make sense of her life, and lashing out at everything and everyone that has hurt her. That her lashing out transcended the usual physical boundaries of energy and matter is awesome and fascinating. That she never found the love she deserved and hungered for is truly tragic. You will read this book in one sitting.
It is just too fascinating to stop once you start. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins.
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