Throughout history, the dead had allegedly contacted the living through various means: dreams, hallucinations, and radios. Since the invention of the telephone, there have been numerous claims of the dead trying to reach a living person through a phenomenon called phantom phone calls. For the most part, phantom phone calls are not taken seriously by parapsychologists.
Who Receives Phantom Phone Calls
Phantom phone calls often involve someone close to the deceased person. The majority of exchanged between people who are very close such as spouse, siblings, parents, or children. Occasionally, there are reports of phantom phone calls being exchanged between friends or other relatives.
What is the Purpose of a Phantom Phone Call
The purpose of a phantom phone call is usually an “intention” call and initiated by the deceased to get a message to the living. These calls can be messages of farewell, a warning of imminent danger, or information for the living to carry out a task. Other phantom phone calls are just for the purpose of contacting the living. These usually occur around important days such as Mothers’ Day, a birthday, or another holiday. During an anniversary phone call, the dead can usually only repeat a few words such as, “Is that you?”
When Phantom Phone Calls Occur
Most calls occur within twenty-four hours of a person’s death. Most of the shorter calls come from people who have been dead less than a week. Longer calls usually come from people who have been dead more than a month. One of the longest intervals on record is two years.
What Happens During a Phantom Phone Call
People who have received phantom phone calls claim the deceased person sounds the same as when he or she was living. The deceased person may use pet names or phrases. Sometimes, people claim the ring was normal. Others say the tone was different and comes in short bursts. In most cases, the voice of the dead is hard to hear. There may be a great deal of static and other noise. Sometimes people claim to hear other voices as if the lines were crossed. The voice of the deceased often grows fainter as the call goes on, sometimes just fading away and leaving an open line. Other times there are a click of disengagement or the line simply goes dead.
In several cases, the callers refer to an anonymous “they” and say there is little time to talk. Occasionally, the caller is from a stranger who says he or she is calling on behalf of a third party who the witness later finds out has died. Witnesses who receive this type of phone call often say the caller’s voice sounds strange, as if it is unreal in some way or mechanical.
Types of Phantom Phone Calls
If the living person knows the person making the call is dead, often the call is brief. There have been cases of a deceased person calling someone who doesn’t know he or she is dead and the conversation lasting more than a half hour.
There have also been reports of phantom phone calls with UFO sightings. Often, a person who has sighted a UFO receives harassing phone calls for the first few days after the sighting. The caller warns the witness to forget what happens. Calls such as these have been placed to unlisted numbers.
Theories About Phantom Phone Calls
There are several theories about what causes these calls. The first, is that the calls are exactly what they are claimed to be. People who have died are trying to reach out to their loved ones who remain alive. Other people believe these calls are placed by elemental sprites that enjoy playing practical jokes on people. Other people believe the calls are a hallucinatory event caused by a living person’s desire to speak with someone who has died. Some people even believe they are a fantasy made up completely by the recipient.
Is it possible that the dead are making contact with the living through telephones and other technology? If it is, it may be someday possible to be able to have an open line of communication with those who have passed on to another place.