The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof
The Enigma of Séance Phenomena
by Rosemarie Pilkington
Trade Paperback, 248 Pages, 37 Illustrations
$15.95, ISBN: 1933665130
The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof focuses on one little known episode of physical mediumship. Gilbert Roller's utterly charming and disarming auto-biographical account of a group of teenagers who experimented with séance phenomena and contacted an alleged spirit named Dr. Bindelof.
Author Rosemarie Pilkington follows up with the history of these extraordinary physical mediums and the remarkable feats they perform, placing the Bindelof case within this wider framework and bringing it up to date with a review of contemporary "secular" mediums.
Most people think all physical mediums are fakes because of the frauds who sought to capitalize on the success of real mediums and because of arch skeptics who refuse to accept what they don't under-stand. This book demonstrates that mind-boggling feats such as the movement and levitation of tables or other objects, ectoplasmic apparitions, direct voices and raps are indeed real. Their existence illustrates just how little science knows, and shows us that we need to revise our understanding of reality in order to explain these phenomena.
About the Author:
ROSEMARIE PILKINGTON, a writer, musician, and educator, has a Ph.D. in psychology (consciousness studies) from Saybrook Institute. In addition to writing many articles and book reviews on psychic phenomena, she compiled and edited Esprit: Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections, Vol. 1, which was originally published as Men and Women of Parapsychology: Personal Reflections in 1987 by McFarland, an anthology that earned praise in Europe and the Americas and spawned several similar books in the years that followed. Visit her website at AreSpiritsReal.com.
FROM THE PROLOGUE: GIL’S STORY
It was a Saturday night in the first week of October 1933. In Mayor Jimmy Walker’s Manhattan people who had labored hard all week splurged on movie tickets to Flying Down to Rio featuring the new dance team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, while young men put protective arms around the shoulders of their dates in the dark theaters where Edward G. Robinson menaced the populace. Six floors above the street at 38 Fort Washington Avenue, behind drawn shades in a small bedroom, a group of teenage boys also sat in the dark.
I was with them, crowded around a small two-tiered nightstand, our hands resting lightly on top of the table, fingers touching those of the boy on either side. On the floor our feet touched also so that any movement by one would be felt by his neighbor.
We listened intently to the sounds of the pencil we had placed on the lower shelf as it raced across a piece of yellow paper, guided by an unseen hand. The writing stopped abruptly. The pencil was slapped down sharply. We heard the sound of crumpled paper. Then silence.
One boy sprang up to turn on the lights. Another reached under and retrieved the tightly crumpled ball, opening it carefully as the others impatiently crowded around to read. Near the end of a long printed message, written faster in the dark than any of us could have managed in the best of circumstances, we read the words "MY NAME WAS DR. BINDELOF . . . WILL YOU BE THE DISCIPLES OF A DEAD MAN?"
This is not a scene from a Stephen King novel. This is a true story of mind-boggling but actual occurrences. How did this scene come about? Who was Dr. Bindelof? Who were these intense young men?
My name is Gil Roller. The first part of this book is my story, a story that may change the way you look at reality. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning.
Part One: The Bindelof Case
Prologue: Gil’s Story
Chapter 1 Family And Friends
Chapter 2 The Saturday Night Sitters
Chapter 3 A Shot In The Dark
Chapter 4 Bindelof’s Boys
Chapter 5 Larry’s Story
Chapter 6 The Doctor Gets Annoyed
Chapter 7 Trumpet For A Dead Man
Chapter 8 See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me
Chapter 9 The Portrait
Chapter 10 Speak To Me
Chapter 11 Bindelof Missing
Chapter 12 The New Bindelof Society
Part Two: A Brief History Of Physical Phenomena
Chapter 13 It Didn’t Begin With The Fox Sisters
Chapter 14 The Extraordinary Powers Of D. D. Home
Chapter 15 Sir William Crookes
Chapter 16 The Phantom Of Katie King
Chapter 17 The Neapolitan Wonder
Chapter 18 The Case For Ectoplasm
Chapter 19 The Unique Pole
Chapter 20 Indridi Indridason Of Iceland
Part Three: Twentieth Century Mediumship
Chapter 21 Last Of The Old Time Mediums?
Chapter 22 The Russians Are Coming
Chapter 23 A Mini-Kulagina
Chapter 24 The Man Who Could Put His Thoughts On Film
Chapter 25 Breaking Mental Barriers
Chapter 26 The Impact Of Kenneth Batcheldor
Chapter 27 There’s Something To Be Said For Spirits
Appendix: So You Want To Do It Too?
Sources: For Exploring On Your Own