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Father's Phantom Phone Call

By January 14, 2013

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"Last week I was at home when my cordless land line phone rang," reports Pauline. "When I answered it, I heard my dad's voice saying he had to make a booking to go to Middlesborough, England. I was saying, 'Hello? Hello?' but he could not hear me, so I hung up. I called his number back and he answered and asked where I had been. I told him that he just rang me and what I heard him say. He said, 'I rang you this afternoon, but you were not there, and now you're ringing me.'

"I said, 'You just rang me, but you couldn't hear me, and you must have forgot to put down the phone.'

"He said, 'How could you ring me and I answer if my phone was off the hook? And why would I be talking about making a booking to go somewhere I have never been and would never need to go to?'

"We just can't explain what happened. Does anyone have an idea what happened?"

Thanks for that report, Pauline. The simple explanation is that it was not really your father who called, and that you just thought it was because the voice sounded like his. That's the simple explanation. Could there be a paranormal explanation if it actually was your father's voice? What do you think, readers? While you're mulling that over, here are some other cases of phantom phone calls:


January 16, 2013 at 11:02 am
(1) Derek says:

The explanation of someone else calling that sounded like the father is clearly the most rational one — unless the Caller ID showed it being her father’s number. Then that would be rather strange.

I’ve had my own phone ring one day and the answering machine picked up. For over a minute I stood listening to a conversation between two people, and it took me a moment to realize that it was my sister’s boyfriend outside in the car talking with his mother … on his own phone. So how would a call to him ring both his and our own home phone at the same time? It has never happened before or since.

January 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(2) Patsavanna says:

As a paranormal investigator for over 10 years, i have had 4 cases similar to yours and 3 were just people sounding like their relatives. One case however, stumped me beyond compare… It was a family who was being “harassed” at 3am every night with a phone call from a dead relative. As soon as the phone was answered a static-like hiss would sound and the voice of the relative would barely be heard saying “It burns” and then go silent. I would normally dismiss it but the caller id would state that the number was from the dead relative’s phone. I looked this phone over and noticed it had no battery at the time of the call. I told them say a prayer at the relative’s grave site and eventually the calls stopped. Any ideas or explanation to what happened to this family?

January 21, 2013 at 11:29 am
(3) timeless says:

This sounds like a movie from the Twilight Zone when an old women kept receiving phone calls in the middle of night . when she checked it out,she found that it was from her dead husband. There was a telephone line which had fallen on his grave!!

January 28, 2013 at 10:14 am
(4) Crazycatl8y says:

If caller I.D. was not on, then it’s a good idea with these types of phone calls to dial *69 in Canada to get the I.D.

I was not there… But Occums Razor comes to mind.

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