Sunday, February 10, 2013

Spectrophilia or Spirit Rape Phenomenon or Psychoses?

Warning: The subject material included may be offensive to some readers.

Author: Michael O'Brien, Special Contributor: Aanica Guess

In 1982 a feature film was introduced to the US theaters entitled, "The Entity." This was a story detailing Doris Bither's personal accounts of Spectrophilia or rape by spirit. For those who don't recall the movie, allow me to summarize it for you.

In Culver City, California 1974, Doris Bither, a mother in her mid thirties reported supernatural activity to Parapsychologist, Dr. Barry Taft. Doris' three sons, then ages 10, 13 and 16 and 6 year old daughter also made claims of supernatural presences. So often that her youngest children actually named some spirits they claimed to regularly witness.

The most significant spiritual account was presented by Doris Bither who made claims of incessant spectral rape. More specifically, ghostly rape by three entities in total. Doris claimed that two smaller entities held her down while a taller, more aggressive entity sexually accosted her on a regular basis.

In defense of Doris Bither, her sons and boyfriend did substantiate the attacks she consistently reported. In fact, her eldest son claimed being thrown across the room during one of these alleged rapes. More impressive would be that thirty plus university professionals and investigators documented countless instances of paranormal activity, visually, mechanically and photographically. Furthermore, there were numerous photos of Doris Bither's physical injuries as a result of these reported rapes.

While I agree there was substantial evidence supporting Doris' accounts, I also believe there was much evidence to speak to the contrary. Now, I'm in no way calling Doris Bither a liar, however, logic should always question what speaks to ones credibility. Moreover, the state of mind of any witness, so I'll do that and play devils advocate here.

My first example would be that Doris was an admitted, chronic alcoholic. As most of us are aware hallucinations can be commonplace in the later phases of this disease. What's worse, eventual psychoses has been fully documented. Secondly, Doris was a survivor of both emotional and physical abuse by several of her ex-partners. It was also reported that she suffered mental abuse by her parents. Perhaps these experiences alone made Doris somewhat susceptible to a victim complex. To add to that, conjectures of childhood sexual abuse were strongly suspected by university officials pertaining to Doris. However, those suspicions were ultimately unsubstantiated.

Here are other lesser known facts of Doris Bither and her family that I present for consideration only. Both Doris and her children reportedly lived in utter squalor in their Culver City home when university investigations began. Not a dilapidated home mind you, they simply lived in their own filth and little was done to remedy that. Not even under the eye of scrutiny. With that, one could easily suspect a deep depression on the part of Doris Bither. Again, as most of us are aware, alcohol is a depressant.

It was also confirmed that Doris had a terribly contentious relationship with all three of her sons. Curiously, her younger boys were smaller in frame and her eldest, taller and more aggressive. Much like Ms. Bither reported spectral sexual aggressors. [note: the author is not implying incest within the Bither family whatsoever]

Another interesting fact is that paranormal activity reportedly increased with Doris' alcohol consumption and almost ceased to exist when she was sober. This fact alone should prompt the most curiosity in my opinion. Lastly, there have never been any reports whatsoever of paranormal activity by any other residents of Doris' old Culver City residence that she and her family eventually fled from.

With that information presented, do you believe Spectrophilia is indeed a possibility? Is there such a thing as as rape by Incubus let alone spectral gang rape? Could chronic alcohol abuse have prompted both visual and physical hallucinations in Doris? Could Doris' accounts be nothing more than unspeakable memories and nightmares paired with sleep paralysis? Alternatively, could Doris' past trauma and chronic substance abuse have created her paranormal activity? Is it possible that Doris' life experiences were so profoundly impacting that she literally created her own poltergeist[s]?

Another question I've heard posed is, "Could Doris and perhaps some of her children have been psychic, essentially making their experiences together the perfect paranormal storm?" Inasmuch, "Could this entire ordeal have been nothing other than psychokinetic energy manifesting itself as poltergeist activity?"

I'm uncertain but listed below is a recent personal account of Spectrophilia that prompted this article. This is an interview with a woman who believes she has been sexually accosted for over two months by what she claimed was an, "unseen assailant."

For anonymity, we'll call this woman VB. Listed beneath this article are her accounts in Q&A form. MO is Michael O'Brien.

MO: How old are you V?

VB: I'm 34 on Tuesday.

MO: Well, happy birthday. Are you married V?

VB: No, I'm single.

MO: Do you live alone or do you live with a roommate?

VB: I live alone now. Well with the exception of my cat Murry. I inherited my grandfather's home and I just moved in there about two and a half months ago. Murry kinda came with the package I guess.

MO: For curiosity sake, how old is this home you inherited?

VB: According to my mom it's about 125 years old but I'd have to double check. I don't remember. I think that's right though.

MO: To the best of your knowledge has there ever been any documented trauma associated with your family home? Homicides, suicides?

VB: Not that I know of but my family has been kind of tight lipped about its history. Maybe that's for a reason, maybe not. Who knows but I really don't know.

MO: Do you consider yourself a religious person V?

VB: Ummmn, at all.

MO: Excuse the sensitivity of this next question but have you ever been sexually abused or experienced any sexual trauma in your past V?

VB: I'd I prefer not to answer that.

MO: I'll respect that. May I inquire as to your educational level?

VB: I don't know why that matters either but I have a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education.

MO: To the best of your knowledge is there any history of sleep walking or sleep paralysis in your family?

VB: No...... No, of my uncles did walk in his sleep......even as an adult I think. Sorry bout that.

MO: That's okay. Do you currently or have you ever suffered from any mental instability?

VB: No, but in light if what's been going on in my house and the fact that I'm not being believed by anybody is causing me some instability. So ya,... ya, I've spent two and a half months crying my eyes out. That's a bit unstable I guess.

MO: I'm sorry to hear that but I need to ask this. We'll get to that other part shortly just allow me to clarify my last question. V, have you ever been clinically diagnosed by a licensed therapist or psychiatrist?

VB: Yes. Depression in my twenties. My fathers passing was a big issue for me.

MO: Mild or chronic depression V?

VB: In the middle of that somewhere I guess.

MO: Were you treated with medications or therapy? Or both?

VB: Both.

MO: Do you feel your depression has been effectively treated?

VB: Honestly? For the most part it comes and goes sometimes but it hasn't been so bad I think about going back for treatment. Well, until now. Until recently I...... never mind....just go ahead Michael.

MO: Do you abuse alcohol or take drugs, prescription or otherwise V?

VB: To be honest, I'm on a prescription pain medication for lower back problems from an accident and yes, I've started drinking a little more since my move. Especially since my move.

MO: What type of accident?

VB: Auto.

MO: Did you experience any head injury as a result of this accident V?

VB: Ya, a pretty good concussion but my back and jaw were hurt the worst.

MO: You said, "Especially since my move." Was this an exceptionally stressful move for you?

VB: Yes. My mom passed away about a year ago,...we weren't all that close at all......but anyway......that's why I inherited my grandpas house. So I'm still sorting some of that out. Plus I've always hated that house but I was forced to move in it due to financial reasons. That's screwing with me too and I think all of that along with the physical act of moving itself....things have been a little harder on me than I thought. But I suppose the things that are going on in that house are shaking me up the worst right now. I just don't need any of this. I didn't even think this crap was possible.

MO: V, binge drinking is considered four or more drinks at one sitting. How much are you drinking?

VB: Ya...... something like that.

MO: You do realize that a death and a move or relocation ranks in the top five for emotional trauma don't you?

VB: Yes.

MO: Now add to those substantial traumas binge drinking and pain medications. It makes for one potentially troubling mental concoction. Don't you agree V?

VB: I see what you're doing Michael. You're trying to make it look like I'm unstable or not thinking clearly when I'm absolutely not!

MO: V, you have admitted that you're fairly troubled at this point but no, no I am not. I'm attempting to offer our readers all the information I possibly can that will assist them in making a fair and educated decision or opinion about your testimony today. After all, you've got to admit, your story is somewhat difficult to digest.

VB: Okay....I.... Alright, I under... No, I get it. Alright. Let's just do this please.

MO: Thank you V. I appreciate your patience. Now if you're ready, please relay your story to our readers and I won't interrupt you unless I need clarification okay?

VB: Alright. I'll make it as quick as I can since I really don't care to repeat all of this again.

About two and a half months ago I moved into my grandpas house. Everything was fine... Well I was nervous about being in there and having to sleep there but everything was going okay. Four days later when I felt I was easing up, I went in the kitchen and realized my blue silverware rack wasn't in the kitchen drawer where I put the day before. It weighs a lot and I know I didn't move it into the living room. That's where I found it. Why would I do that? I wouldn't and didn't do that. Anyway I shook it off but not really. Yes, I did wonder if I did drink a bit too much so I went on with my chores. A few hours later....I really don't remember.....Maybe two-three hours later I went in my bedroom and saw something odd peripherally in my master bathroom. I went numb when I realized it was all the decorative pillows from my bed. All six of them were piled neatly on my toilet. That terrified me but when I realized the toilet seat was up, I freaked. I seriously freaked! There were no men living in my house! Well needless to say I left the house and didn't return till the next day. I slept in my car but I quickly realized no matter how scared I was that sleeping in there wasn't much better. So I reluctantly went back there. Besides its not like I could afford a hotel.

Anyway, nothing happened until about two days, well nights later. I was watching a movie in my bedroom and fell asleep. I didn't know what woke me up but I thought I heard something loud..... but I wasn't sure. As I tried to drift off I heard it again......loud banging sounds coming from what I thought was my dresser. Like my drawers were being opened and slammed shut. I turned on my light and realized that some of my private drawers were completely open! At that point I....

MO: I'm sorry. What do you mean by, "private drawers?"

VB: My panty and bra drawers. Anyway nothing else happened that night. I just thought maybe I dreamt it or imagined it by the next morning but I knew I didn't. Anyway the next night was the first night I felt that I was touched for the first time. I was asleep and I woke to someone touching my breasts. What really freaked me out was my arms weren't totally in my night shirt and it was pulled up to my face! It's like it was half on and half off! I don't know how but somehow I broke it's grip and I got away. Anyway I ran into the bathroom and hid for the night. I should have just left again. I don't know why I ran into the bathroom. Anyway I spent the night in there with the door locked and I tried to sleep in the tub.

Okay, so nothing happened for almost a week. It almost got to the point that I thought,.... "ya, maybe I have been drinking too much and maybe none of this crap was real." That is until I went to the market one day and came home unloaded my bags. As I did, I heard this loud deafening bang in the far of the house. I swear I looked forever but couldn't figure out what I actually heard! Anyway later that night I was watching TV and turned to look at the clock on my wall for the time when I realized my clock wasn't there! And it's a huge freaking clock Michael! What was there.......what was there....was my left tennis shoe hanging off the nail that my clock was supposed to be fu**ing hanging from! Don't tell me I didn't see that or missed it! Who wouldn't see a tennis shoe hanging from the fu**ing wall Michael?! Who?! Seriously...and I've yet to find my damn clock! And before you ask if it was me who did it in some kind of drunken stupor....realize I'd need a ladder to even reach that clock!

Anyway that same night I did Michael....I drank like a freaking fish. Judge me if you have to. I had to forget about all of that crazy s**t! A shoe on the wall?.....Really?...Really? Anyway I don't exactly remember going to sleep or when I did but I certainly remember waking up! On some level I must have known what was going on in my sleep because when I woke up I was already panicked! I was crying uncontrollably and hyper ventilating! My arms felt like they were pinned in back of my head and both of my legs were spread completely open wide! Almost to the point my hips were aching! It felt like I was being split in half! And for a few seconds I felt like I was being penetrated...but with a hand....a hand?.........fingers Michael?

Then...... just like was over....just that was done........

MO: What did you do then V?

VB: I crawled from my bed and locked myself in the bathroom again for the night and cried and cried and cried. I was paralyzed. I just sat there and shook and cried in my tub.

MO: What happened next V?

VB: Nothing.......nothing happened for almost a month. I mean.....ya.....there were some weird happenings around the house......but nothing like when I was attacked. I did have two extremely sexual dreams that I was confused and even disturbed by.....they seemed so know?...Then......ya......too scared to sleep in my room, I was sleeping on the couch.....that seemed to work.....and it happened again. I'm not gonna beat a dead horse so imagine what my last attack was like then multiply it by two. I know you don't want me getting to graphic. Anyway, that was it. I couldn't do it anymore. I couldn't take it. I was either totally fu**ing nuts or this was really happening to me. So I packed up and moved out.

MO: Where are you living right now?

VB: In a studio apartment. It's all I can afford.

MO: Have you thought of a house blessing or anything along those lines V?

VB: No.......I just really......I just......I just don't know Michael.

MO: Have you had any other occurrences since your last attack?

VB: No.....nothing.

MO: Do you plan on returning to your home V?

VB: No. I'm selling it. I'm done.

I'm certain the reader can tell at this point there was much of this interview with VB that was omitted. Either for time restrictions or graphic content.

Despite that, unlike Doris Bither, VB claims this, "unseen assailant," did not follow her to her new residence. If you recall, Doris not only claimed the entities followed her, but at one point she alleged one actually impregnated her. [side note: according to her doctors it was a ectopic or, "hysterical," pregnancy]

So, I'll leave it to the reader. You have the facts before you. Do you believe Spectrophilia is a legitimate phenomenon or a clinical psychoses?


Aanica said...

My hats off to Michael, what a great story, the Bither's case is fascinating and the parallels are quite intriguing. I feel bad for this woman V and hope she finds peace from that thing.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. I thought a "philia" would be if Doris was the agressor in the sexual encounter. (Attracted to having sexual encounters with paranormal entities.) Not the entities trying to shag a live being.

We've all heard tales of the Incubus and Sucubus.

Did Doris invite these demon lovers?

Michael OBrien said...

You are partially correct Anonymous.

Spectrophilia [as defined by the Urban Dictionary is listed as:

1. Sexual attraction to ghosts.

2. Engaging in sexual activity with a ghost.

As for those of you who are, "in the know," here at EOTP and at SciFake, this was a difficult article and interview for me to write.

King Krimson said...

The "phile" affix is somewhat of a misnomer these days. For example; those that are really into stereo equipment are often referred to an "audiophile" etc. In the context presented here it could imply that the subject in question is/was simply a supernatural enthusiast and this served as the catalyst for the attraction.


Anonymous said...

The word says the angels came down from heaven saw that the women were beautiful an slept with them.

King Krimson said...

Is the from the apocryphal "word"?

eyeontheparanormal said...

Genesis Chap 6 tells the story

King Krimson said...

Ah thanks, I thought that may have been from The Book of Enoch or something.


eyeontheparanormal said...

That book does cover the topic as well

TBess said...

i guess if there has been documented evidence of ghost attacks like those reported in the case of, sally's house, rape might be a very real possibility. in that case, husband jeff was scratched countless times by this ghostly sally & parapsychologist kerry gaynor & his team witnessed it themselves & documented it. its also said she started fires. by the way, wasn't kerry gaynor associated with the same parapsychologist barry taft that was mentioned in this blog? it seems like he was a colleague of his during the bithers case. anyway, excellent blog guys! i'm loving these. i had to read it twice. & to michael o: i'm sure reporting this story troubled the hell out of you. how could it not have? thanks for this!

tammy444 said...

What a great write Michael first of all, i believe our past is generated into our subconcious and induced highly by any altering drugs or alcohol ,stress etc.
just as we are about go into a deep dream state is when these things can arise to make them seem real, as having a few things before happen to many i know i too have to ponder the realisation of it all.
I can say it is possible as i speak from my own experience ,we had just moved into a new home and i was about to fall into a deep sleep ,i was aware of something in my closet that looked like a white bag ,i watched it drift to my side of the bed and then turn into a hairy wolf looking head that jumped on me and held me down. I tried to scream for my husband and even strach at his face to awake him to no avail. i immediately prayed and was released to look over at my husband to see no marks and him far from me out of reach and sleeping conclusion was what is stored in your sub concious can affect you in such a way it seems very real to the victum. mine stemmed from being over worked and very tired and in a new home.. hope this helps ..and thanks for the awesome read Michael.

Michael OBrien said...

Good memory T. I told you about that in an article online I read to you awhile back. Yes, they did work together.

Michael OBrien said...

You made some excellent points Tammy. Thank you.

mart5ed said...

Very interesting and well written article, I do believe Something supernatural happened to this women, Especially when she said her shoe was tied to the place where her clock used to be, That rang a bell. Its a spiritual sign that has to do with very dark forces that I had read about years ago and now, can't place for the life if me. I will have to go back and search. Great Interview Michael.

Unknown said...

Very well written Michael, but then again i didnt expect anything less from you. I truly look forward to your next article. Keep up the GREAT work. xoxo - Ash H

Michael OBrien said...

Thank you and excellent point mart5ed. I think it's time we did look into the meaning [if there be anything significant] of some of the accounts relayed by VB. From what I understand at this point, there very well may be.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Ashly. We appreciate that.

Anonymous said...

Very thought provoking, Michael. I was interested in what the children of Doris had to say about what they experienced, and came across an interview with the middle son, Brian. Interestingly enough, he believes that his mother drank because of the poltergeist, just as your subject admits. He also states (as you have as well,) that all of the children not only encountered the specters, but were attacked themselves. They weren't drinking or taking drugs, so I think we can remove the possibility that alcohol was making them hallucinate these events. The interview revealed that Brian and all of his siblings possess psychic ability, which may point at the "perfect storm" of psychokinetic energy. However, according to him, the paranormal activities at their future residences were "very rare." So what could have been the variant that caused only this family, in this home, at this time, to experience these events?? I don't know.
I would like to know, (perhaps it's part of the interview you edited out) why V said that she "hated" that house. It had been her grandfather's, did she have bad childhood memories? Doris had been outcast by her family, when V mentions that she and her mother weren't close, how "not close" were they?? Perhaps being cut-off from ones family brings with it an emptiness that draws in the spirit world.
Again, great article.

Michael OBrien said...

Excellent questions Beth. Some of the best yet. And yes, we are familiar with that interview with her son, however, we are also well versed in the power of suggestion. Especially with children under the power of a manipulative alcoholic. Though this isn't to say Doris' and her children's reality was not a reality.

You also brought up the relationship between VB and her grandfather, mother and her inherited home. Again, excellent observations Beth. We've wondered the same though we have received no definitive answers regarding that exactly. Needless too say, we're still working on it and may be breaking ground. We will update when we can.

Anonymous said...

Even Kerry Gaynor claims to have seen the poltergeist at work. ( Dr Taff believes that this was a very real case of paranormal activity, if not a case of spectrophilia. ( She may have manipulated her family, but two researchers and a room full of cameramen?? Though I suppose that goes more to the statement that something really was occurring, rather than what might have caused it and why.
Please keep us posted on any new information from V!!

Count Malachi said...

Looks like another home run for Ms OBrien, good job.

Aanica said...

I will second that!

Excellent home run for Ms O'Brien, it takes guts to write about this type of haunting and to have the good judgement to know what is best left out, good call Michael.

Michael OBrien said...

Yes Beth, it is hard to argue some of the more prudent facts in the Bithers case. Again, it is reported that 30 + investigators witnessed and testified to substantial paranormal activity in the Bithers home. I'm not contending that this activity did not take place. In fact, I think there is much to substantiate Doris and her families accounts. Conversely, I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't play devils advocate. I must say though, you bring up some interesting facts and questions Beth. Keep them coming.

Michael OBrien said...

Thank you Count. I appreciate that.

Michael OBrien said...

@Aanica, when any of my ideas come to fruition let alone print, it's because we collaborate with each other. Together we made the tough decisions here and I think we made the right calls. I know this article and interview was fairly rough on you as well. Thanks for everything.

muri said...

while reading this article it reminded me of articlesI had read before. in the late seventy's and eighty's. movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind ,Star Wars,and ET gave rise to a plethotia of magazine articles and books about rape and even impregnation of women by aliens. Now we have "ghost Hunters", ghost adventures, kids who talk to ghosts, and other TV shows and media about this topic. Now women are being raped , and impregnated by ghosts . To be fair..women have been impregnated by ghosts for hundreds of years. Famous case of Mary....and the holy ghost? Just a question thrown out there.. How much does popular culture affect our "extra ordinary" experiences?

muri said...

I enjoyed the article, and the thoughts it provoked. Thanks Michael and Anaica, for making me wonder, imagine, and think!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant Muri! Mary Mother of God. Just brilliant.

Anonymous said...

Heavy article Mike!! Makes me now realize that it is just the Jager doing all of the weird stuff!! R.

Anonymous said...

^5 Michael.
You are the ONLY one on this blog who writes an unbiased article an who doesn't PREACH to us and cram psycho-bible-babble down our throats.

The U.S. is a MULTI-Cultural nation.

We can believe or NOT believe whatever we chose.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see some research about children on the "spectrum" and Poltergeist activities.

Ive witnessed phenomena myself.


By research- I don't mean re-search (reading articles published by OTHERS who've conducted research.)

Anonymous said...

@ TAMMY 444..

It's called the HYPNOIDAL state.

= )

Aanica said...

Michael,always my friend, always

eyeontheparanormal said...

yes you have the right to take any path that leads to hell and we have the right to tell you that path leads there

there is one path to GOD not two three or four but one

Bobnoxious said...

Anonymous wrote:

"The U.S. is a MULTI-Cultural nation.

We can believe or NOT believe whatever we chose.

Yes, much the way you can choose
the topics you prefer to read on the internet and which sites you prefer to visit. This may come as a shock but not all sites are obligated to adhere to the PC correct tenets of MULTI-Culturalism. (more of that freedom of choice at work)

Anonymous said...

Hey Bobnausea?


Anonymous said...


I'm going to hell, huh?


There aint no such thing as heaven and there aint no such thing as hell.

But sure I do know and I wish YOU did, how TERRIBLE YOU SMELL.

Mariea said...

I remember some time ago a reporter did some type of documentary on the case of Doris Bither and other ghostly encounters. I remember thinking what could possibly explain all these horrible things? I remember they showed some pictures of Doris that were only distorted enough to hide some facial features. I remember being drawn to something on the bottom of the photograph in front of her. It was a Ouija board. I had often wondered if anyone explored the possibility if this could somehow be related to some of the activity she experienced.


eyeontheparanormal said...

and you smell so sweet not while you burn in hell tell yourself it is not real it is not real

Bobnoxious said...

I will be happy to shut up when people like you stop making inane and completely idiotic comments :)

Nice nursery rhyme btw, couldn't even string that together huh?

Count Malachi said...

There aint no such thing as heaven and there aint no such thing as hell.

But sure I do know and I wish YOU did, how TERRIBLE YOU SMELL"


Poetry from a plaque scraper at it's finest LOL

Sue your public school system~!

Christian Solider said...


Bobnoxious said...


Up half the night thinking of that zinger were ya?

Anonymous said...

It is reported by her family that she had often practiced the ouiji and participated in seance even prior to the attacks. I believe the pic you are referring to was taken while the investigators were prompting her to try and call the spirits to her; they played heavy metal music, used the board, and she dared them to appear.

eyeontheparanormal said...

demons are to smart for that game

Mariea said...

Thank you for answering...I didn't see if anyone had touched on it and wondered afterwards if my memory was a lil' fuzzy. It always stuck with me if that could've stirred some things up for her.


Anonymous said...

Glad I could help! Equally as pleased, that someone's still involved in the conversation!!

Michael OBrien said...

Thanks for taking the time to research this case Beth. Your insights are invaluable. In fact, I've received more than a few positive emails regarding your posts here on EOTP. I would hate to think that you're discouraged by the side banter that occasionally occurs with these para articles. It comes with the territory you know. Someone unknown enters the room and insults our longstanding members and they justifiably fire back in defense of themselves. Essentially, what we have here are extremely educated members who don't appreciate disrespect of any kind. They've paid their dues in the paranormal field and they won't tolerate it. Period. Personally, I don't blame them. So please, don't take this banter [as you may have] the wrong way and discourage yourself from posting here again.

By the way, you brought up a good point that wasn't mentioned in this article. It was documented that when the eldest son played his heavy metal music, the poltergeist activity would increase exponentially. With that, it was said university scientists had the boy play his music in order to increase the activity. Apparently it worked.

And @Maria: At the risk of sounding like a complete dolt who's missing a college education, Ouija boards and those who use them have got to be the stupidest people ever. You pose an excellent question though. Hell, what [cannot] happen when you employ one of those boards for curiosity's or communications sake?

Mariea said...

Beth and Michael,
The Ouija board always stuck out to me. The show I observed, did not seem to focus on it at all. Instead, it was presented as a mystery as to why this woman would be targeted.
In reading Beth's comments and your article, Michael, I also wonder how many people who suffer from mental illness, alcoholism, and other life-altering events experience paranormal activity. This is not to suggest they make up this "paranormal" event or it's apart of their imagination. Furthermore, it is not to suggest that all people who experience paranormal activity have "issues." I am just wondering if they are perhaps more susceptible.


Anonymous said...

Flattery will, as always Michael, get you everywhere.
It has occurred to me, that I've stepped away from the core question: "Is spectrophilia real, or psychological?"
The term "Spectrophilia" is quite new, and seems to me that it is a very romanticized idea of Incubus and Succubus. I believe that the "philia" observation (stated by 'Anonymous' earlier,) that the victim is actually the aggressor, could be pretty accurate. Most of the suggestions from Google regarding the subject, lead to artwork; poetry; and tales of being enraptured by a spirit. Heck, you can even "like" it on face book!! So, what of "spirit-rape?"
If Doris was assaulted to the point that she had bruising on her inner thighs, wouldn't it stand to reason that she would probably have vaginal injuries? Tuff and Gaynor never claimed to have witnessed the actual spectrophilia event. Not that there isn't sufficient evidence of paranormal activity- just no validated occurrences of spectrophilia itself.
The scientific explanation for the incubus attack is that the person experiences a state dissociation in which part of the mental apparatus comes to conscious awareness even as the rest of the brain is in the REM stage of sleep. The body remains paralyzed so as to prevent acting out the dream. The realization that it is not possible to move contributes significantly to the unpleasant and frightening quality of this event. In addition, a potential sexual aspect to the experience is provided by the physiology of REM sleep which causes erection in men and lubrication in women. Awakening from a frightening experience and subconsciously recognizing an erotic bodily feeling lends itself to seeing a connection between the experience, and the working of dark and evil forces.
Hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations are visual, tactile, auditory, or other sensory events, usually brief but occasionally prolonged, that occur at the transition from wakefulness to sleep (hypnagogic) or from sleep to wakefulness (hypnopompic). These are under-classes of narcolepsy, widely recognized in the psychiatric and medical fields. Another type of hallucination that is sometimes reported at the onset of sleep involves elementary cenesthopathic feelings (such as experiencing picking, rubbing, or light touching), changes in location of body parts (such as an arm or a leg), or feelings of levitation or extracorporeal experiences (like moving the body in space or floating above the bed) that may be quite elaborate.
Alcohol and drug abuse are noted as being possible instigators, as well as mental illness. It's stated that the drug Prazosin worsens the symptoms. Elevated stress levels and other traumatic events have been linked to these types of hallucinations (and drug and alcohol abuse!)
To answer your question Michael, there are no paranormal explanations for spectrophilia- but there are psychological ones. Leading me to conclude that this a psychological event.

Michael OBrien said...

Bravo Beth! Bravo! Excellent viewpoints and research you've brought us here today! Just excellent and damn well put!

Anonymous said...

I too was raped. I was seducred by an unseen thing. I too called it a mist. There was supernatural activity in my rental home . This thing showed me things. Doris was not crazy. I had been tormented with this for years. I was born on August 22 1974 and I live in a community called Culver . This activity is mentioned in the bible. I am a survivor of biblical ritualistic abuse/supernatural. I am a witness to Doris pain. I too was victimized in a government assisted home. Still live in the house and s till deal with biblical abuse
Guess its My fault for wanting to follow Jesus. the church is corrupted. Why else would something that was birthed thousands of years ago be released and given previlage to sexual seduce and torment me Doris God knows who else is suffering in secretcy. You better believe HE KNOWS!!

Anonymous said...

It is not psychological I had vaginal proof internal pressure so with all do respect go to bible college and live the psyche jargon alone.Victims speak truth not lies.

Anonymous said...

Leave . People speak from true life experiences not lies.

Anonymous said...

You either believe in demonic rape or not. To me, it makes sense that a troubled alcoholic with serious psychiatric issues would be all the more vulnerable to attack from evil forces. I'm no holy roller, but I do believe in external negative forces being able to harm us. This woman's attacks were witnessed by people outside of her screwed up family. One of her sons was interviewed fairly recently and he stated that despite her poor parenting and her addictions, it was not her character or mental illness that resulted in imagined attacks. He stated that these vicious rapes took place. It must be painful for her family to have their tragedy be doubted and questioned after all these years.