Stella Lansing was supposed to be last week’s blog topic, but Lizzie—the ghost who inhabits The Now House with me—insisted I reveal her story. So today we will take a look at The Case of Stella Lansing. She started her journey into the world of the paranormal in 1967. Way before any of the movies on paranormal activity were released.
Terms like paranormal, supernatural, and ufology will overlap as we probe this unusual case today.
Paranormal vs Supernatural
Let’s start by examining the terms Paranormal and Supernatural. Supposedly there’s a difference.
Paranormal are those things that are currently beyond our ability to understand or prove, but hopefully one day science will be able to. Things like clairvoyance, telepathy, and telekinesis fit into this niche nicely.
Supernatural are also those things that are currently beyond our ability to understand or validate, BUT the fact is, science will NEVER be able to. Things like guardian angels or demons fit here.
So is a ghost Paranormal or Supernatural? I firmly believe we are on the road to proving the existences of ghosts. For me, ghosts fit into the Paranormal. However, we may never be able to establish their existence without a doubt—except for people like you and I who have had ghostly encounters. So ghosts don’t fit into either one nicely.
Ufology is the study of reports, visual records, physical evidence, and other phenomena related to unidentified flying objects, according to Wikipedia.
The Case of Stella Lansing encompasses all three of the above. Since 1967, this housewife, nurse, and mother of five has produced over 50 rolls of 8mm movie film revealing UFOs, time travelers, and other unexplainable images.
Experts in photography have suggested mechanical problems, like a light leak, in the camera. Stella used six different cameras, two different film types; took pictures at night, during the day, and in five different states. Once, at the last minute, researchers switched cameras with her. Endeavors to prove fraud or faulty equipment all resulted in the same outcome—when Stella took her videos or photos, unexplainable images occurred.
Berthold E. Schwarz, noted psychiatrist and author, studied Stella’s case for over twenty years. It was her meticulously documented records that prompted Dr. Schwarz to examine her findings. He found no signs of fraud nor did he find a logical explanation. He asked: “How do we explain this?” And concluded: “It’s a real mystery of the first order.”
One of Stella’s photos reveals what looks to be time travelers and has been named The Occupants. It’s an image of four men. “I never saw them when filming. I can’t tell you what they came out of or what they were in. They must have come from the soft, white object which seemed to go away to the southeast—the object that was hovering while I was filming, for example, during the sequence preceding the zigzag burst of light,” Stella said.
What’s even stranger, Stella used 8mm motion picture film to record her images. It is a silent film. When it was transferred to video, voices could be heard. Analysts didn’t know and couldn’t explain how Stella’s silent 8mm film, with no sound track, could produce sound. Furthermore, analysts noted that the frames are so small on 8mm film that it would take an elaborate studio set-up to alter the film plus the expertise of a professional to do so.
The Occupants, with their short hair cuts and non-uniform attire, look more like researchers than a military crew. Could they be time-traveling archeologists from Earth’s future?
Some of Stella’s most bizarre images are called the “clock series”—odd images in the shape of a clock captured on film that surround such things as airplanes and church steeples, and appear at night as well as during the day. When these images are enlarged, they are disc shaped and look like spacecrafts. Other individuals standing next to Stella are unable to capture these strange UFOs on film.
With no valid explanation for the phenomena, Dr. Schwarz wondered if Stella was somehow affecting the films herself. He had her undergo psychiatric evaluations and brain wave analysis. From Dr. Schwarz’s research, two theories have surfaced.
1. She was performing mind projections.
2. Her camera was capturing another dimension. A dimension that exists in a borderline way.
It is reported that Stella cooperated in every aspect with scientific investigators in a willing and open manner. After years of research, Dr. Schwarz was convinced of her authenticity. A friend of Dr. Schwarz’s and famous mentalist, Joseph Dunniger, also examined Stella’s case and found no signs of fraud nor any logical explanation for her phenomena.
According to Dr. Schwarz, her photographs point to the physical existence of possible UFOs and associated entities. However the supposed psychic events that accompany this evidence suggest “other dimensions to this phenomena,” he said.
Dr. Schwarz is not alive for me to ask what he actually meant by “other dimensions”. Did he mean dimensions meaning other realms? Or dimensions meaning other unexplored factors to this phenomena?
If he meant other dimensions—as in other realms—my ghost hypothesis comes into play from my research done for my August 31st blog post. After studying Carl Sagan’s explanation of the possibility of a fourth dimension, I’ve come to the unverified hypothesis that the ghosts we see in our world exist on a fourth dimension. The fourth dimension being time so that the travelers have the ability to go forward or backward in time. This would explain the mysterious appearance of The Occupants on Stella’s film.
It is my belief that the images Stella managed to capture are 4 dimensional entities bleeding into this 3D world of ours. That’s my theory and I’m sticking with it.
I challenge you to offer another explanation for paranormal activities and why some of us see them and most everyone else doesn’t.
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