El Paso Times from El Paso, Texas on March 11, 1984 · 11
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El Paso Times from El Paso, Texas · 11

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" AP photo Tina Resch rests at her home after a press conference. Ghosts Publicity gives teen respite from series of bizarre events By Michael Clark Gannett News Service COLUMBUS - All the media attention lavished on Tina Resch's apparent mental ability to move objects at will may also have brought her a temporary respite from flying telephones, cups and knives. "When she's using her attention one way she can't use it on anything else," said a longtime family friend staying with Tina in the Reschs' north Columbus home. Some psychologists close to the Columbus teenager's family have suggested the distractions of reporters, photographers, and even a guest spot on a morning radio show broadcast from the Resch's kitchen Friday morning may lessen the alleged psychokinetic incidents, said the woman, who has known the 14-year-old Tina "since she was a little kid." "The professional advice seems to be that things are worse when she is keyed up. Quite a few of them (psychologists) agree on this," she said from an upstairs phone Friday morning, while downstairs Tina shyly joked with two disc jockeys from a local radio station. "This (the radio show) is more relaxing for her than all the cameras at yesterday's press conference. Thursday she was either laughing or crying the whole day. After yesterday she had just had it," said the woman, who would not give her name. Tina was described as being "very relaxed" by an assistant engineer setting up broadcast equipment in the family's home early Friday morning. "The guys (disc jockeys) definitely helped Tina and eased her nerves," said the engineer, who gave his name as "Stack." "But as soon as the jocks left she got bored and that's when I saw something," Stack said. He said a lamp shade screw flew across the room at Tina and then later flew back in another direction. It w as exactly that kind of bizarre phenomenon that prompted the Reschs to have a press conference Thursday in an attempt to satisfy the curiosity of the media, including national networks and newspapers. The family, however, has been swamped by phone calls since then. "They really didn't want to have the press conference. I think Tina regretted it," the family friend said. "This morning I've been getting calls from the press about every three minutes. I've gotten calls from Chicago, California, Connecticut and Baltimore. "The National Enquirer has called twelve times," she added, "but we refused them." While the unidentified friend screened phone calls, Tina was being entertained by a steady stream of jokes and sarcasm about the events at her house from the two local disc jockeys camped out in her kitchen. The two frequently imitated the theme from "The Twilight Zone" and occasionally chimed "They're here," the line spoken by the little girl in the film "Poltergeist." Tina's involvement with the media started less than a week earlier when her father, John Resch, contacted a local newspaper columnist who had written an article about the Reschs three years earlier. Some of those contacted by Resch believe Tina, who was adopted by the Reschs when she was abandoned by her mother at 10 months, may be experiencing what parapsychologists call "recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis" or RSPK. Those who suffer from RSPK have been described as having an unconscious ability to move objects around them and tend to be adolescents who are experiencing psychological stress. Resch said Tina has had "a complete physical and nothing unusual was found." But she has been tense due to unsuccessful attempts to find her natural mother, Resch said. The occurrences, which began March 3 and have only happened in the house while Tina was present, have included lights flicking on and off, glasses shattering and an attack by a knife. "That was the worst case," said the Reschs' friend. "She was going into the family room when her mother saw the knife flying toward Tina and told her to duck." From his front door Friday morning, Resch said, "This is too damn much," referring to the circuslike atmosphere created by the press and Tina's participation on the radio show. "We're all tired," he said, while phones rang from within the house. V iL JOSKE'S A UNIT OF AUItO STORES i Wo welcome your Josko's charge card, Diners Club and Tho American Express" Card. Order 24 hours a day from anywhore in Texas; dial toll free 1 800 292 6600. Shop Joike's Cielo Vfcta Mall d uly 10 'til 91

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