A Lawyer Presents the Evidence
for the Afterlife
A book written by Victor Zammit, Barrister and Lawyer
What follows is my summary of the above book, highlighting what I think are some prominent cases or experiments that demonstrate that spirits can and do communicate with us. The book has nothing to do with Padgett or any of the many channellings which I think are dramatically important. But I see the book as important since it is an non-religious, unbiased, objective look at many thousands of situations where deceased humans (now "spirits") give messages to family or friends; or they actually materialise in front of family members.
The consistent theme of their messages is that they are still "alive"; in fact they feel more alive then when they had a mortal body. They have a world or dimension where they live and that world is even more real than our mortal world.
But the content of the messages is not really relevant to my purpose here. If a deceased person is able to speak, or write, or materialise in the presence of still-alive humans, then it proves that death is not the end. There is life beyond the grave. A very real form of life that these spirits say is more "real" than what we know in this mortal life. All that happens is that our mortal body is left behind and we continue to exist with a spirit body.
So here is my summary of book.
Direct quotes from Victor Zammit:
“If you have been trained to respect scientific method you will not just accept tradition or wishful thinking. You want something that can be supported by evidence. You want highly reliable information as to whether or not we continue to live in the afterlife.”
“This book presents highly convincing evidence amounting to proof for the existence of the afterlife. It concentrates on evidence that is credible, repeatable and admissible in a court of law.”
“There is undeniable scientific evidence today for the afterlife. I am a former practicing attorney-at-law, formally qualified with a number of university degrees. I am also an open-minded skeptic.”
“The argument in this book is not just an abstract, theoretical, academic legal argument. After many years of serious investigation I am stating that the evidence taken as a whole constitutes overwhelming and irrefutable proof for the existence of the afterlife.”
“Using my professional background and my university training, I have very carefully selected aspects of psychic research and afterlife knowledge that would constitute
objective evidence. This evidence would be technically admissible in the Supreme Court of the United States, the House of Lords in England, the High Court of Australia and in every civilized legal jurisdiction around the world.”
The author then goes through almost 20 different types of psychic experiences, each of which has verifiable data proving some form of spirit contact. It is probably important to remember that if only ONE case (among the hundreds of thousands of recorded cases) is shown to be true then the reality of the after-life is proved. But in fact the author shows that many thousands of phenomena have been demonstrated to be correct, repeatable, and factual. Thus he says that the reality of an after-life is irrefutable.
Materialisation experiences by the author and his wife. Materialisation is where a spirit is able to take material form and present itself to the people present. The spirit can walk around, touch visitors, speak, move objects and relate otherwise unknown information. The séance takes place in total darkness. For 15 months the author and his wife attended weekly “sittings” of medium David Thompson, in company with a variety of other reputable witnesses. They examined tape recordings of the medium’s sessions from ten years before they met him. They then continued to attend sessions for the next five years and travelled with him internationally. More details of their actual experiences is given later.
The medium who is the centre of this séance is tightly gagged and bound hand and foot to a heavy wooden chair. His gag and binds are secured with one-way cable ties which have to be removed with wire cutters.
Generally when the sessions finishes they find that the chair has been moved several metres. Several times they witnessed the chair (with the medium) lifted high in the air for 3-4 minutes. They recorded the medium and the spirits conversing (yet the medium remained gagged). One recording had seven different voices (spirits) talking.
Near-Death Experiences (NDE’s)
These generally occur when a person loses consciousness as a result of a medical emergency or an accident, and are revived by CPR. They can also occur while a patient is being operated on. There are about 14 different characteristics of NDE’s which do not occur with hallucinations or other imagined events.
Survivors have clear and structured memories of what happened to them. Most people who survive CPR are very confused and often amnesiac. The exact opposite is true of those who have a NDE – they can describe in minute detail what happened.
People see and hear things while they are unconscious that would be impossible for normal sensing. They can describe what happened to them, who was present, what was discussed.
One patient described the post-it notes which were left on the monitor of the doctor’s computer in the operating room. These were put up every time someone left a message for the doctor. But there had been no messages and no post-it notes before the patient’s operation had started. There was no way the patient could have seen the computer from where he was.
People describe meeting with a relative whom they did not know was dead – in fact often the relative died only minutes before the meeting.
One five year old girl told how she had been with a brother she did not know she had. The boy had died before the girl was born.
People return from a NDE with facts they did not know before.
One man found himself out of his body while unconscious as a result of an accident. He went to the hospital next door where a friend’s wife had just given birth to a daughter. The baby was crying and he was able to see that her hip was broken. He mentally communicated with her and she told him that her hip had been broken shortly after her birth when a nurse had dropped the child. Several days later, when he recovered enough to speak, his first words warned the doctors about the child with the broken hip. The doctors took X-rays of the child and all the facts were confirmed.
Some people are cured of fatal illnesses, or have miraculous recoveries from injuries. Mellen Thomas-Benedict was in the last stages of dying from terminal brain cancer in 1982. He died and for an hour and a half his body was monitored showing no vital signs. Miraculously, he returned to his body after having a full NDE. X-rays taken then showed that the tumour had completely disappeared.
The totally blind can see during a NDE.
Some people have a NDE when they are completely brain dead. (It is not possible to hallucinate or have any brain activity while brain-dead).
Pam Reynolds needed a risky operation to correct a weak point in the wall of a blood vessel in her brain. For over an hour she was clinically dead. Her temperature was lowered to 15ºC, her heartbeat and brain activity were stopped and her blood was circulated through a machine. There was no way that she could see anything as her eyes were taped shut. She could not hear anything as her ears were covered with plastic caps and sounds measuring 90 decibels were continually fed into them.
Yet after her heart was restarted and her body heated up, she reported that she had been able to see, hear, and feel what was going on. She said that it was like sitting on the shoulder of the doctor. She described details of her surgery which were later verified.
The next area that Zammit examines is Physic Ability.
This includes Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Precognition, Psychic Healing and more.
In 1997, a new book called “The Conscious Universe; the scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena” was published. It analyzes the overwhelming scientific evidence for psychic abilities. Professionals at Stanford Research Institute examined all experiments with psychic phenomena done from 1973 to 1988 at the institute. There were more than 26,000
separate trials in experiments conducted over 16 years. The statistical analysis of these results showed that psychic phenomena had been demonstrated to exist with odds against chance of more than a billion-billion to one.
The author says “Materialists continue to deny the existence of telepathy even though it has been tested and proved in controlled scientific experiments for almost 130 years.”
Remote Viewing is another field that has been used scientifically. The US military admits that for 20 years it had a budget of $70,000,000 for research in this area. Definitive proof is hard to obtain, but China, Russia, and the USA continue to invest heavily in this field.
The practitioners of this field have been able to locate lost planes, describe in detail, military installations in Russia and elsewhere, discover mineral deposits, find sunken ships.
From 1981 to 1995, five different US government-sponsored scientific review committees were given the task of reviewing the evidence for psychic phenomena. All five of the reviews concluded that the experimental evidence for certain forms of psychic phenomena merited serious scientific study.
Deathbed Visions and After-Death Contacts are two areas where there is a lot of recorded evidence.
People close to death often have visions of loved ones that are already dead, calming them and telling them that they are waiting for them.
Often, soon after a loved one has died, family or friends will get signs that the dead person is trying to contact them. The contact can include: hearing their voice, feeling their touch, smelling an aroma associated with them, seeing a vision of them, meeting them in an OBE, even receiving a telephone call, and having electrical appliances turn on & off.
Physic Detectives is a very interesting field. There are numerous cases where the police have asked mediums to help in their investigations and the mediums have been able to solve the crimes.
The TV series “Sensing Murder” ran in Australia for several years (2003-2005 ?) then in NZ (2006-2010?); there was also a USA version. Each episode has two psychics independently try to solve or explain unsolved murders from years before. The psychics have no details at all of the case. Generally they are given a photo of the victim but they mostly choose to ignore that until they have formed a solid communication – this includes gender, age, name, place and manner of death. Then they have to locate the exact place of death and explain how it happened. In every episode both psychics are able to find the correct location, and describe in great detail all the events surrounding the death, including details about the perpetrator/s; sometimes they are able to actually give the name of the killer but this is suppressed on air until police have investigated.
There are literally dozens of cases around the world (and described on the internet) where psychics have been able to solve previously unsolved murders. In many cases their information has enabled police to make arrests and procure convictions. Many of these true-life cases have been presented on the US TV show “Psychic Detective”. One famous case was the death of four people in a flower-shop in NY. Police investigations led nowhere; so police called on psychic Phil Jordan. He was able to produce 10 pieces of factual evidence that led to the arrest and conviction of three murderers who are now serving 100 years each.
Trance Mediums is the next area examined. These are mediums who go into trance and transmit messages from deceased souls to those present at the “séance”. Mrs Leonora Piper (1857-1950) was a very famous medium who was investigated by several professors and skeptics and no-one was ever able to show any evidence of fraud by her. Yet for decades she transmitted accurate information that she could not have known, to people whom she had never previously met. Every skeptic that investigated her eventually became a confirmed believer in the afterlife. Dr. Richard Hodgson had been an extreme skeptic but after extensive investigation of Mrs Piper wrote a 300-page report saying
“I cannot profess to have any doubt but that the chief ‘communicators’ [deceased souls] are veritably the personalities that they claim to be, that they have survived the change we call death, and that they have directly communicated with us whom we call living, through Mrs Piper.”
Another famous medium was Mrs Gladys Osbourne Leonard (1882-1968). There were literally thousands of cases in which she or Mrs Piper was tested and no-one ever found evidence of fraud.
Mrs. Eileen Garrett (1893–1970) and George Chapman (1921-2006) were two other famous mediums who produced amazing results demonstrating that the deceased continue to survive after death and are able to communicate with us living mortals. For 60 years, Chapman put himself into trance and then Dr Lang, a former eye specialist, would use him to perform “spirit operations” using no physical contact or a very light touch. Many famous people were among the ones cured and at least one book has been written about the cases.
Writing Mediums forms another large area of evidence. The medium allows their hand to be used by a spirit to write. Sometimes they write at incredibly fast speeds and even sometimes in languages that are unknown to them, and frequently about subjects completely outside their knowledge.
Chico Xavier (1910-2002) from Brazil had very poor eye-sight and only a very basic primary education. Yet he would sit with a pencil in his hand and his eyes closed. He would then write pages of hand written books, always without a mistake, on highly spiritual subjects. It is reported that using this method he produced more than 100,000
pages of spirit writing which was published in 412 books, including some in foreign languages in which he was not fluent. In addition he wrote thousands of letters to grieving parents whose children had died.
The Cross-Correspondences is a particular form of medium writing. It is not easy to understand or follow but is considered one of the most convincing pieces of evidence of the after-life. Cross-Correspondences is a series of messages to different mediums in different parts of the world that on their own would mean nothing, but which when put together would make sense. The experiment went on for more than 30 years and produced more than 3000 scripts which fill some 24 volumes and 12,000 pages.
The initial transmissions were from F. W. H. Myers (1843-1901) and later from some of his colleagues who also died. More than a dozen different writing mediums in different countries began receiving a series of incomplete scripts from Myers (and, later, from others).
The scripts were all about unusual classical subjects and did not make sense on their own. But the mediums were told to contact a central address and send the scripts there. When the scripts were put together they fitted like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The writing mediums used by Myers and the others from the afterlife were not highly educated and all the messages transmitted were outside their learnt knowledge and experience. (e.g. One message was about ‘mind-body relationship’, ‘epiphenomenalism’ and ‘interactionism’)!!
Physical Mediumship occurs when the spirit produces phenomena that can be seen, heard or felt by everyone present. It is a very rare form of mediumship that usually takes years to develop. Laboratory experiments have been done around this form of spirit interaction in order to ensure that no form of fraud or dishonesty is involved. Normally the medium is seated in a closed cubicle in a darkened room, blind-folded, bound, gagged and tied to the chair. The visitors all hold hands during the entire séance so that nobody can fake results.
Furniture has been moved, the chair with the medium has been lifted more than a metre in the air and moved around the room, spirits have materialised and been seen, and frequently voices have been recorded including that of the medium. On one occasion seven spirits and the medium were recorded conversing, yet the medium was gagged.
These types of séances have been repeated many times under controlled conditions in locations not revealed to the medium beforehand. Dozens of highly credible witnesses have independently given testimony that corroborated the facts of the experiments. Scientists in UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Brazil have been able to reproduce many of the original experiments.
The Scole Experiment is a special case of Physical mediumship. It involved 500 sittings over six years, 1992-1998. The investigators who participated include numerous Doctors, professors, scientists, from many world renowned universities, and a host of other credible witnesses, all experienced in investigating the paranormal.
The spirits who communicated through the mediums, materialised more than 50 objects, including a small rose quartz crystal ball, a 1940 British penny, a 1928 one franc piece token, original copies of The Daily Mail dated 1 April, 1944, and an original copy of The Daily Express dated 28 May, 1945. The paper was tested and found to be genuine.
Photographs were taken on new, blank rolls of film. The images included people and places from the past; places and beings from other dimensions. Eventually videos were taken of spirit beings. A Report of the experiment was published and is available for purchase. The authors challenged anyone to reproduce the same results fraudulently under similar conditions. Nobody has ever attempted to meet the challenge.
Voice Mediums is another form of physical communication. The spirit speaks “through” the medium, in the spirit’s own voice but without using the vocal chords of the medium.
John Sloan & Arthur Findley; Leslie Flint, Emily French & Edward Randall are some famous examples.
Materialisation is perhaps the most convincing form of mediumship. During a closed, locked séance, a spirit materialises, walks around touching people, making jokes, and talking about the spirit world. The author and his wife were present on more than 200 occasions where this phenomenon occurred. People who died months or years before, appear, talk with their loved ones, share memories of the past. The medium was David Thompson. Some information about him and some of his cases is available on http://atransc.org/david_thompson_seance1/
Tom Harrison witnessed 1500 materialisations between 1946-1954 and wrote a book about them Life after Death - Living Proof. He also made a video Visitors from the Other Side.
Helen Duncan was a famous and magnificent materialisation medium from Scotland who was unjustly charged and convicted of fraudulent mediumship. During WW2 she reunited many deceased servicemen with their grieving families. But she also brought through information that had not been released to the public. The sinking of HMS Hood, and HMS Barham were two items. So the authorities were afraid she could release information about the coming invasion of Europe. Helen was a frail woman with six children and a disabled husband but the Admiralty succeeded in having her jailed for nine months.
This, despite the fact that over 300 witnesses of the highest credibility, including a RAF Wing Commander swore on oath in court that there no fraud and all her séances were genuine. Helen was eventually released and resumed her mediumship. She died in 1956. The author has an article on this injustice on his website: http://victorzammit.com/duncan.htm
Voices on Tape: For decades blank recording devices have been turned to “record” and only on playback can one hear voices, generally from a person known to the recording person. These results have been reproduced in laboratories under the strictest control conditions. On one occasion experiments were conducted in soundproof studios to filter out stray broadcasts. In the space of 27 minutes, some 200 voices were received.
The original recordings occurred in 1959 by chance. A scientist who followed up this research recorded 72,000 voices and in 1971 published his findings in the book “Breakthrough”.
Instrumental Trans-Communication (ITC): voices and/or pictures recorded on radio stations or TV stations. This has occurred since about 1983. It is being thoroughly investigated in scientific laboratories around the world. Since the early 1990’s, computers have been used to leave scanned images and text. People have also answered the telephone and heard the voice of someone already dead.
A leading researcher in this field is Sonia Rinaldi (Brazil). She has helped people who have lost a child by arranging for the parents to call with 10 pre-prepared questions. Sonia connects the phone through her computer and records the entire conversation. No voices are heard during the phone call but when the recording is replayed it contains answers to the questions.
The Ouija Board, Poltergeists, Xenoglossy (writing in a language you have never learned) are other areas which The author examines.
The author then summarises the total evidence, and also sums up the arguments of sceptics. The overwhelming weight of evidence proves beyond reasonable doubt that spirits exist and that they communicate with us and that there exists another dimension in which they live.