"Very interesting despite author bias"
In 1984 teenager Tina Resch gained fifteen minutes of fame
as the focus of major poltergeist activity. Among those
observing what was occurring in her family's Columbus,
Ohio home were noted parapsychologist William Roll and his
investigative partner Kelly Powers. Mr. Roll relates what
he saw and what he was told by other eyewitnesses.
The rest of the Resch story occurs a few years later. In
1988 Tina gives birth to a girl. She raised the child by
herself until she met divorced father David Herrin. In
1992 Georgia, police arrest Tina and David for the brutal
murder of Amber. Tina confessed and was convicted to
spend life in prison.
Mr. Roll believes that Tina has special extrasensory
powers that enable her to do extraordinary telekinetic
actions. The author admits that he is fascinated with her
prowess and likes her so has a bias towards Tina. The
writers insist that Tina did not commit the infanticide,
but fail to defend their assertion; instead they insist
that too many years considered a freak by "friends" and
her adopted parents took its toll so she simply
confessed. Most of the writing focuses on the paranormal
happenings, which will attract many readers, but also
turns Tina into an oddity as she is rarely presented as a
person with battered feelings. Still, this well written
and enticing biography combines a true crime tale (towards
the end of the book) with a documented poltergeist series
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2004
One scientist's account of the poltergeist case that made
headlines across the country -- and the riveting
examination of a child's mysterious murder.
When she was just fourteen years old, Tina Resch became the
center of the best-documented case of poltergeist activity
of the twentieth century. During the spring of 1984, Tina's
home in Ohio was thrown into chaos: appliances turned
themselves on without electric current, objects flew
through the air, furniture scooted across the floor.
Censured endlessly by her adoptive family and thrust into
the eye of a media twister thanks to one reporter's
photographic evidence of a flying phone, Tina was propelled
into a downward spiral that led to an abusive marriage, a
divorce, and the birth of a child -- all before her
twentieth birthday. Three years later she was charged with
that child's murder, and she is currently serving a life
sentence for a crime as controversial, mysterious, and
complex as the accused herself -- a crime she maintains she
did not commit.
Unleashed is Tina's story as told by a parapsychologist who
witnessed striking paranormal phenomena in Tina's presence.
Examining the destructive powers of thwarted emotions from
a scientific perspective, William Roll sheds remarkable
light on the case of Tina Resch -- and boldly confronts our
cultural responses to events that cannot be easily