The Unexplained: The Mysterious Electric Girls of France
August 15, 2020
It was reported that several young girls that had psychokinesis as a talent— they could move objects at will.
Noisy—or mischievous—spirit. This is the translation that comes from the German words, poltem and geist. A bizarre category of paranormal activity is known as
In 1848, a woman named Catherine Crowe, an English writer, started using the term and it first appeared in her English writings. Catherine wrote several books on all kinds of supernatural occurrences and the particulars about these eerie events. She was trying to inspire interested people to start making investigations. In the investigations, she wanted to establish that these events were presumed to be real, and establish if they were or were not.
Interest in the subject of her writings no doubt contributed to the emergence of societies composed of members interested in supernatural subject matter. Many famous people even became members of some of these societies, including Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle. The Ghost Club and the Society for Psychical Research are two of the more prominent organizations.
Poltergeist activities of the mid-nineteenth century that were being investigated seemed to have a common denominator: adolescent girls. As in the earlier Salem Witch trials, vulnerable young girls often got the reputation of being dramatic, hysterical, untruthful, subject to fits, and fainting. These labels are not deserved. Often their teenage anxiety resulted in actual physical symptoms, making things worse.
In nineteenth-century France, it was reported that there were several cases of young girls that had psychokinesis as a talent—that they could move objects at will. Perhaps they did not want the psychokinetic ability—it scared them—but they were stuck with it and often got negative attention they did not want because of rumors. Perhaps they did not have the ability at all, but something witnesses observed made them jump to that conclusion.
One of the Electric Girls was fourteen-year-old Adolphine Benoit. She was working as a maid-servant for a husband and wife. Adolphine sometimes had nanny duty with the couple’s small child. The kindly couple became terrified one day when they came in to check on their sleeping child and witnessed cutlery, fireplace tools, utensils, and other objects flying about inside the wardrobe. Young Adolphine was gazing into the wardrobe with a horrified, startled expression.
Poltergeist researchers often call such female adolescents that have psychokinetic abilities Electric Girls. It was believed that they emitted electrical discharges that caused the paranormal activities.
Poltergeist activities usually happen during daylight hours. There are two types. There are noises, such as bumps, thumps, thuds, raps, crashes, and bangs. Then there are activities in which objects levitate and fly about. Sometimes, when no one is around, objects just move to new positions or locations.
Poltergeist activities usually appear suddenly at a location, last for a period of time—long or short—then disappear. The object of a poltergeist’s attention is usually an individual to pester, not a location to haunt. Other poltergeist cases have involved chairs dancing, bits of coal flying, chamber pots dumping themselves, books whizzing through the air, and stones and pebbles crashing through windows.
I tend to believe in the existence of some of them. There is one who raises a ruckus when I go into the kitchen.
Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Curious, Indeed, a collection of true stories about the bizarre and unexplained. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.