Some Thoughts re: Spirit Mimics
During the last two cases I’ve been a part of, my team has come across an intruguing type of activity that I had never experienced or heard much about before. In both instances, it seems as if a disembodied voice is impersonating a living person. For instance, in the first case I heard (and we recorded audio of) what sounds like a loud gasp that could not be attributed to any one of us present at the time. At the reveal, our client remarked that it actually sounded like her mother who lives in the house and experiences the most activity.
In the second case, our clients had reported several occasions when they overheard family members having conversations in other rooms when they weren’t even in the house. Interestingly enough, during our investigation in that house this past Friday, I heard our group leader talking in the basement only to find out after I called down to him that he had actually been in a room adjacent to me on the first floor.
Surprisingly, I have not been able to track down a lot of documentation on this phenomenon. However, in his book “Shadow World”, esteemed para researcher Brad Steiger does talk about a type of entity he classifies as a spirit mimic, which a review on his website describes thusly:
Spirit Mimics: Beings that assimilate a solid form, sometimes mimicking known living people, some just assimilating people. They often mimic human form and voices, but usually speak in outdated lingo and have strange mannerisms.
This seems to be a close approximation of what we’ve experienced, although it seems that we’ve only noted audible experiences and not visual thus far.
An alternative explanation might be that the phenomenon is not caused by an intelligent entity at all – perhaps the places where these events occur are particularly prone to capturing residual energy, and tend to record and replay events at random. If this were the case, it would seem to go against the popular theory that residual events are caused by trauma or repetition, since I heard my colleague being impersonated during his first time in the house. On the other hand, much of the other activity reported in these locations (particularly the first) seemed residual, so a proclivity for this type of energy makes sense.
At any rate, I’d like to learn a little more this phenomenon and what others have experienced. Have you encountered a similar phenomenon? Care to speculate at another possible explanation?