Phone Calls from the Dead

Is It Possible?

Have you ever talked to anyone who has claimed to have received a phone call from a dead relative or friend? There is one case that I briefly touched on in a previous article. The case of Charles E. Peck.

Charles, along with twenty five other people, died as the result of a train accident that occurred on September 12, 2008. The Metrolink commuter train collided with a freight train in Los Angeles, California. Charles’ time of death, on impact, was 4:22 p.m. For eleven hours, prior to his body being located by the rescue team, his cell phone called his fiance, his son, stepmother and his sister. They all heard the same thing: static and then his voicemail. As a result of these calls, rescuers were lead to the location of his body. Exactly one hour before his body was discovered, all phone calls stopped. Charles Peck’s cell phone was never located.

Relative’s Connection?

Here is a telephone call received from a woman who swears that the voice is from her recently departed grandfather. What do you hear? The date of this upload is  April 12, 2011 and we’re told that the uploader’s grandfather passed away on December 23, 2010.

 Dean Koontz

Koontz is an American author. His novels are described as suspense thrillers that incorporate horror, science fiction, mystery, satire and fantasy. Several of his books have been New York Times Best Sellers with both 14 hardcover and paperbacks reaching number one position. Dean Koontz used pen names in his early career including Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey and David Axton.

In 2013, and according to Katherine Ramsland, PhD of Psychology Today, Dean Koontz had been at his office and received a telephone call. When he answered, a distant female voice told him, “Please be careful.” He did not received a response when he asked who was calling and the voice only repeated the message to him three more times. Then there was silence. Koontz was very puzzled as he had an unlisted telephone number. Dr. Ramsland continued with his story:

 Perhaps it had been a number simply misdialed. He mentioned the incident to his wife, but told no one else.

“It was such a strange call,” says Dean. “I don’t claim that it was a ghost. I don’t know what I believe. It certainly was odd. People report these kinds of events all the time, and it’s always struck me as interesting that everyone seems to have had an experience or two of the uncanny. Sometimes I believe that call was from my mother and sometimes that it was a very strange, serendipitous wrong number. I think you always have to keep some skepticism about things like this, but it’s comforting to think that there may be a realm where the personality survives.”

Two days after this call, Dean went to visit his father at the facility where he lived. The staff was dealing with Ray’s behavioral problems, and they had asked Dean to come and talk with him. Ray had punched another resident, a man on a walker, and the nurses were worried.

Dean was unaware that Ray had used some of his small allowance to go buy a yellow-handled fishing knife and had honed it to razor sharpness and oiled the hinge to make it open like a switchblade.

When Dean came into the room, Ray moved fast. He grabbed the knife from a drawer, and Dean had to try to wrestle it away from him. He just managed to avoid being slashed.

There were many witnesses to this altercation, and one of them called the police. Finally Dean got the knife without incident and carried it out into the hall—just as the police arrived.

They drew their guns and ordered him, “Drop the knife!” (Dean Koontz was physically abused by his alcoholic father growing up)

Text Messages

Numerous people have also reported receiving text messages from dead relatives and/or friends. A man who resides in Lancashire reported that he was being haunted by text messages from his deceased wife. She had been buried with her cell phone and these messages contained details that were only shared between the couple, in addition to phrases she used with her husband. There was never a telephone number shown when the text messages were sent. He claimed to have smelled her perfume at times when he received the messages.

If you’ve had such an experience, feel free to share your story in the comments. Also, if you are on Facebook, check on the paranormal group Prairie State Paranormal.


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  1. Christine M Humphrey

    Yesterday, May 16, 2019, my husband received a call on his cell phone from his father… His father died over 30 years ago when my husband was a teenager.
    The man calling excitedly asked “Is this (name family used)???” Husband responded “yes”. Caller calmly & clearly said “this is your father” then hung up. My husband immediately called the number back and it’s not in service. After looking up the number, the area code was 201. New Jersey, which is where his fathers ashes were spread. (We live in Md) My husband has never believed in paranormal activity until this undeniable occurrence.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      That’s an incredible story. Are you sure that it was not a prank (mean) call? Thank you for sharing this experience. Amazing!

  2. Sue

    I received a message from my brother on my phone answer machine one week after he died. I kept it, still have it. There was a number on the display. I tried to call it back, but it was an invalid number.

    1. Donna L (Post author)

      That certainly is amazing. I hope that his message gave you peace and closure.


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