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.
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