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Strange Electromagnetic Dimensions by Louis Proud

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6 Electric People and Poltergeist Agents

Published in the June 1920 issue of the Electrical Experimenter journal is an article titled “Poisoned Convicts Become ‘Electrified!’” The article describes an outbreak of botulism poisoning, caused by consuming contaminated canned salmon, among 34 convicts at Clinton Prison, Dannemora, New York, on February 20, 1920. That this was no ordinary outbreak of botulism is revealed by the fact that all 34 of the ill convicts developed Wimshurst disorder. The matter came to the attention of, and was studied in detail by, the chief physician at Clinton Prison, Dr. Julius B. Ransom. “[I]t was discovered by accident that peculiar static electric power had developed in the patients,” Dr. Ransom stated.1

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