What Does it Mean to Hear Three Knocks?
I heard 3 knocks from my kitchen around 1:30 a.m…
I had just started walking up stairs when I heard the calm but loud knocks that sounded just like a visitor was at the door.
My cat freaked and ran out of the kitchen and up the stairs as well.
I have 2 dogs that didnt make a peep but usually freak out with knocks or door bells.
Before I went down to use the bathroom I already had a spooky feeling and didnt really want to go but had to.
I recall hearing the same exact sound one other time in our home but I was laying in bed and the knock came from outside my bedroom and sounded like it was closer to the stairway on one of the other 2 bedrooms or the window seal.
I tried to research a little and found several answers so just wondering what any of you experts had to say. Thanks!
Asked by Amanda
NOTE: The answers posted at the bottom of this question have a lot of great information about the subject of hearing knocking noises.
There has been an increase over the past few years of reports of knocking and a LOT of them can be debunked as something other than paranormal. One of the main reasons behind this increase, surprise, is an influx of paranormal shows on our TV.
To a degree, you need to do some investigation yourself initially to rule out everything else before you go down the paranormal route.
Luckily, in our day-and-age, we have many technological devices that can be used to aid us. For example, if you get a lot of knocks on your front door, then fit a doorbell with a camera to rule out anybody coming up and knocking on your door and doing a runner. You can review any recordings to rule out someone playing a prank on you.
Internal doors – using a digital Manometer you can measure the air pressure differences in various rooms of your home. Also, note any stronger than normal drafts or breezes (i.e. from old, or even new, AC outlet units). Pressure imbalances and large movements or air can cause doors to ‘bang’ in their frames.
Walls and under floors – using a Stud and Joist finder, locate any pipes that run through the area that knocking is being heard. Pipes can expand and retract, sometimes snagging on other structures before suddenly releasing (known as the ‘Tectonic Effect’ as it is similar to how tectonic plates work). Pipes in basements should be inspected thoroughly to ensure that they are firmly fixed and there is no excess movement. Noises from basement pipes can travel throughout the pipe network and be heard in other areas of the house.
Digital voice recorder – using a looping DVR (one that records over itself for long recording), or using a sound-activated recorder, leave it recording wherever you hear knocking if routinely heard. What you are looking for upon review, are any other noises that are picked up at the time that the knocking is heard, especially EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena).
For those who can afford them, leave a CCTV camera, or a Camcorder, running in the room/area where knocking is being heard and review the footage for anything unusual. Recordings should also include sound, as this can be used as evidence if you go down the road of getting a paranormal group into your property, which should be done as a last resort and once you have ruled EVERYTHING else out.
Research your property’s history, especially if a historic property, as well as the area in general. Gather any information you can to anything that may have occurred within or around the property. IF this is a paranormal event, this may give you an insight into what could be going on and with whom.
Okay, so you have done everything else above and your 17-year old daughter is hearing knocks on her bedroom wall in the evenings. The wall has no pipework running through it; there are no neighbours on the other side of the wall; nothing has shown up on any video recordings and you want to know where to turn to next.
Do Not Panic Over Knocking Sounds
Firstly, let me say do not panic. Although a little frightening, knocks have never hurt anyone. If there is any other unexplained activity that comes with the knocking or being experienced separately, then the situation is clearly different, but if just knocks are being heard, you should remain calm. Contact a local paranormal group and ask them to investigate, making sure you present them with any evidence you have collected already. Always try to pick a group that has been operating for some time – they will have experience. Many groups do not charge for investigating paranormal events – they are often glad to get somewhere new to investigate other than the regular haunted locations that every ‘man and his dog’ visits. Do NOT automatically go to a Medium. I have a lot of respect for TRUE Mediums, but there are, unfortunately, too many Mediums out there that are fake and will tell you anything. This in turn can lead to further anxiety and even poor mental health (the power of suggestion is a powerful thing……).
Secondly, the three knocks. This is believed (there is yet no evidence to substantiate the claim) to be a mocking of the Holy Trinity – The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Typically, although not always, they are found side-by-side with negative energies and what we perceive as demons. Both types of hauntings, where the knocking is typically heard, will also be found with foul smells, growling and other ‘dark’ occurrences. In this instance, I would highly suggest that you get help from a paranormal group/investigator with experience in these types of hauntings.
Be Very Careful with Spirit Board / Ouija Boards / Seances
Lastly, and in my opinion, the most important piece of advice I can give here – never, and I mean never, try to take things into your own hands and try to make contact with anything, if you suspect a haunting, using a Spirit Board or by holding a Séance if you do not know what you are doing. I was a Spirit Board Medium for 8-years and I can tell you some stories that would make your hair stand-on-end – and I KNEW what I was doing.
Titch Evans About me: I have been actively involved in the paranormal community for over 25-years and the founder/Lead Investigator for the North Nottinghamshire Paranormal Group (NNPG) here in the UK. I am a member of the International Alliance for Paranormal Investigators (IAPI) and the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP). I have studied and qualified in Paranormal Investigations, Parapsychology and Demonology.
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