Phone Calls from the Dead?


Phone calls from the dead are a common theme in books and film. However, can the dead truly use phones to reach the realm of the living? Here are three creepy tales that might make you think.

Train Crash Victim’s Cell Calls Loved Ones
On September 12, 2008, two trains collided in the Chatsworth district of Los Angeles, killing 25 people and injuring countless others. One of the victims was a man named Charles E. Peck who was traveling to L.A. to interview for a job.

During the first eleven hours after the crash, Peck’s fiancée and several of his family members received numerous calls from his cell phone. All in all, Charles’s loved ones – which included his son, brother, stepmother, and, sister – received a total of 35 calls. Each time family members answered a call, however, they heard only static, and calls to Peck’s phone went straight to voice mail. Naturally, the family hoped Charles was alive in the wreckage and reaching out for help.

Twelve hours after the accident, rescuers traced the signal from Peck’s phone and discovered his body in the lead passenger car, where most of the serious injuries and deaths occurred. Authorities reported that Peck’s body “showed no sign that he lived even for a short time after the crash” and that he couldn’t have possibly made the calls. Adding to the mystery, rescuers never found his phone.

Texts from the Grave
In 2003, Lancashire resident Frank Jones lost his wife, Sadie, to a heart attack. Sadie loved her cell phone, so Frank buried his wife with her cherished device. Soon after Sadie’s death, however, Jones and his family began to receive strange calls and SMS messages which they believed came from her phone.

“Just after Sadie died I came home and I felt like I didn’t want to go in the house,” Jones told the Blackpool Gazette. “I got a missed call on my mobile, but it didn’t ring. The call was from my own home number, but there was nobody in the house. Then when I went inside there was a smell like cigarettes which Sadie used to smoke and the smell of her perfume.”

Family members also received messages written in Sadie’s style, but there was no phone number attached.

The mysterious phone activity wasn’t the Jones first brush with the paranormal. In 1996, Frank had his home exorcised after a malicious entity he called “The Thing” terrorized his family by pulling on bed covers and banging on walls.

Line Registered to Dead Man Repeatedly Dials 911
Earlier this year, talk show host Katie Couric reported that a land line registered to her dead husband had started dialing 911 every Tuesday at 2 a.m. Police responded to Couric’s residence at least 10 times, and a frightened Katie contacted NYPD chief Ray Kelly for help. Police investigated the incident and named bad wiring as a cause, though some find the explanation unconvincing. Katie’s late husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998.

Have you received a phone call from beyond? Share your story here!

11 thoughts on “Phone Calls from the Dead?

  1. 1st story: the guy died on impact. Obviously did not have his phone, therefore someone else probably had it.
    2nd: odd calls but no number, so they could be from anyone with a withheld number.
    3rd: the explanation provided by the phone company themselves is dismissed, yet apparently the problem stopped after they found the wiring problem.
    Hardly even worth writing an article about. Clutching at straws.

    • 1. Yes, but they traced the signal back to the train car so the phone was probably around there somewhere but just mangled and malfunctioning.
      2. Yes, or they could be making the whole thing up.
      3. Grasping, indeed. But I needed at least three stories 🙂

    • Train Accident

      1) The signal was from the train yet they never found it which is odd to say the least,

      2) There’s little to no chance that the device would have “magically” lept out of the train through some opening to be found by a crank caller.

      3) Crank Callers have made way crueller and funny jokes than simply not answering.

      4) Crank Callers can not mimic the sound of static no matter how they try. But it is a phenomenon associated with spirit activity of various kinds.

      5) Even if it had been expelled from the Train (highly unlikely) to be found by someone the chances of it being undamaged enough to be used are slim to none.

      Strange Calls

      1) The calls should have been traced somewhere. It’s not rationally or technologically possible to get calls from an unknown source unless you have some serious upperlevel technology.

      I doubt someone is going to use that tech on this guy to screw with him. And if so why?

      2) Then we have the fact that the messages were done in her style. Who else could have done it and who would’ve been motivated?

      Again that’s some serious crap to pull just for this guy.

      3) He felt strange before entering the home and when he wouldn’t enter he found a missed call from his house number but no one else was there.

      4) Not to mention the smell of the cigarettes she smoked and perfume present in the house when he entered.

      Katie Couric

      Now it was possible that this one was nothing.


      1) The calls all happened at 2am. A little odd for a machine gone Haywire to call 911 at the same hour like clockwork.

      2) A Messed up phone can send blank text messages but calls? Never heard of that.

      3) It happened every Tuesday. That’s even stranger than the hour. Can you explain that? And I hope you work for the phone company before you answer that.

      So given how odd all of these occurrences are don’t you think that they bare furthur looking into rather than just writing them off as “random” coincidences or saying it’s grasping at straws?

      Paranormal Investigations have been done for less and still yielded incredible results.

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  5. This morning 7/11/14 @4:32 am my cell phone rang. I picked it up and it said the call was coming from my Email acct, weird. I said hello, nothing. I hung up and then a few minutes later heard the beep for voicemail I checked voicemail and it we just a bunch of static. Had this happened to anyone before.

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  7. I was sixteen and dumb when I did this but back in 2004 I got my very first cell phone and I was excited. Well, I was also chatting online to random people and I gave my phone number out. A couple creeps called me but nothing else happened, until 2006 when I was in college. I had a different phone but with the same number, and every night at 12:01 AM, I would get a phone call. The number would be 000-0000 and listed as “Unknown Caller.” When I would answer it, silence would be on the line, complete silence, no breathing, no static. I turned off my phone and had gotten the phone call when my phone was off so it went straight to voicemail. When I checked my voicemail, the message machine said, “You have a new message from an unidentified caller, left Thursday, 12:01 AM.” And it was 10 minutes, yes, 10 minutes, of complete silence before the phone cut out, either because whoever it was had hung up or because the message machine cut it off. I tried everything. I had my husband answer the phone, I had my aunt who was a cop answer the phone and say, “This is the police and your number is being traced.” Still the calls kept coming until I changed my number and got a new phone. I don’t know who has my old phone number now but I wonder if they were getting the same mystery calls. I don’t know if it was just some online troll I’d given my number to years ago or what it was. But it was every day at 12:01 AM for over two years.

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