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Linnaeus, Carl - Hears the ghostly footsteps of his dead friend

Identifier

016705

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination (2)

A description of the experience

Death and its Mystery, At the Moment of Death; Manifestations and Apparitions of the Dying – Camille Flammarion

Also published in Revue d’etudes psychique, De Vesme 1903

In the night of July 12th-13th, 1765, toward midnight, my wife heard some one walking, for a long time, with heavy steps in my museum.  She woke me up.

I too heard it though I was certain no one could be there, since the doors were locked and the key in my pocket.

Some days later I learned that my dearest friend, Karl Clerk had died at precisely the same hour.  It was his step, undoubtedly; I used to recognise Clerk, in Stockholm, merely by hearing him walk

The source of the experience

Linnaeus, Carl

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Observation contributed by: John Bryant