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So it’s not secret by now that I find subjects like this very interesting, apart from EVP’s and videos of bizarre interferences I find any electronic signals to be interesting, such as numbers stations for example. I realise that one of the ones I had not raised here was the concept of being called beyond the grave.

Is the telephone a way to make a last goodbye? To give a deceased person a change to make one last communication before moving on? Quite extensive research has been made, Phone Calls From the Dead (1979) by D Scott Rogo and Raymond Bayless, was the result of their two year research into the matter. In 2012 another book by Callum E Cooper also picked up the subject.

The types of calls appear to fall into three main categories and one is where the witness receives a call from someone who died, sometimes not that recently but either way for the most part the witness knows that the caller is dead and it is rare that they are not aware of it when the call comes in.

Another variation is that the witness gets a call from the deceased but discover their death afterwards. Often it seems to come from the phone of a relative or friend and they did not call, but for an unknown reason had thought about calling them, the voice is unusually strong compared to the faded static type. Some witnesses said it was odd because that person sounded quite mechanical or possibly even drunk.

A rarer but report case is also noted of people calling to the deceased, not intentionally, to find that the conversation they’d had should not have been possible. The person that answered was dead or perhaps the person they should have been talking too was not even in that place at the time.

One of the most famous incidents of this type is by Charles E Peck’s calls on 12th September 2008. At 4:22pm a commuter train with 225 people on board collided with a freight train in San Fernando’s Valley, California, and the 49 year old Charles Peck was on board. 25 people died, 135 were injured and of the injured they sent 87 to hospital, 46 were in a critical condition.

Peck had been travelling for a job in another area, he could then plan his wedding to his second wife once they were closer together, Andrea Kalz was his fiancée and from his prior marriage he had three fully grown children. Andrea heard about the crash on the radio whilst heading to the station to collect him. Peck;s parents and siblings already lived in the area and they came to join her whilst they waited for news.

In the first eleven hours of the wait there were calls from his cellphone suggesting that he was alive. Calls were made to his son, brother, stepmother, sister and fiancée. In all there were 35 calls and they would answer to hear static, understandably they would call back but the call then went to voicemail. The calls meant that the crews were prompted to use his signal to aid in the search, they looked again into the location and at 12 hours after the crash they found him.

Peck was deceased, declared dead on the scene and the resulting investigations showed he had died on impact. Long past his death his cell phone had carried on reaching out to loved ones. Unfortunately they were unable to retrieve the phone or there is no evidence that it was found.

Interestingly enough in regards to the Peck case, it seems that Snopes have decided that there was enough evidence to class this as true.

An Article on that matter

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The Chase Vault is located 7 miles from Bridgetown in Barbados, the reason the family vault has become famous is down an incredible tale about the coffins moving. The vault has half above ground and the other half below, this was to protect the vault from natural elements. Due to the story of the moving coffin and over a number of years the vault was eventually left abandoned.

Whilst there has been a few versions the most elemental parts remain the same. The vault was constructed for James Elliott in 1724 but he was never buried there. Instead it’s first occupant was Thomasina Goddard in 1807. Sometime a year later the vault came into the hands of the Chase Family, a wealthy Barbados family. Rumours are that the head of the family, Thomas Chase, was not well liked and he was cruel to his slaves.

On Feb 22nd 1808 the body of his infant daughter, Mary Ann Maria Chase was taken to the vault. Goddard’s wooden casket sat in the corner as expected. In 1812 it was then opened again to bury his other daughter, Dorcas. Again nothing unusual was reported, the two girls lay at rest. One month later it was Thomas Chase himself that was to be placed in the vault. One of the girls caskets was found displaced, reports around the time say Mary’s coffin was thrown from the north-east corner to the opposite corner with such force it was standing on its end. It was assumed to be the work of vandals, the caskets were placed back in place and the marble slab covering the entrance was put back in place.

1816 – another infant Samuel Brewster Ames was to be placed in the vault. This time all of the coffin’s bar Goddard’s were moved. To replace Thomas Chase’s casket took eight men to move it, due to the weight. Once more they ordered the caskets into place and left. Samuel Brewster the elder was then placed there in Nov 1816, again the coffins were moved and the vault had to be sorted again.

By this time the local legend had found more than one interested party, 1819 they buried Thomasina Clark and again the coffins had been moved. The governor, Lord Combermere was at the burial. A search showed there was not sign of movement in the sand, no secret entrances but sadly due to the constant disturbances Goddard’s wooden coffin was showing signs of decay and was slowly falling to pieces. The governor and the officials there placed their seals in the cement as a proof it was remaining sealed up.

In 1820, eight months later, they opened the vault. The seals remained in tact and the slab was in place but the coffins had once again moved. With the exception of Goddard’s casket they were all strewn around again. This time however a rather grim report came from the People’s Almanac that Dorcas’  bony arm was sticking out of the side of her coffin. After this the coffins were placed elsewhere and the Chase Vault was abandoned. Christ Church Parish Church is there the vault is still located today, and whilst there are no reports in the papers about the event it would appear that the originator of the story Thomas H Orderson, the Rector of the time, did provide his accounts to interest parties.

The Williams Vault, nearby was supposedly affected with some similar story. Speculation states they were hoaxes by Freemason’s or other such ideas.

Below are two pictures I found on a google search. The first is an older depiction and the second the most recent.