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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Three Knocks - Who's There?

In a previous post, which has gotten a number of responses from readers, a reader shared their experience about hearing three knocks in the night. So, I thought that I would discuss this occurrence again.

Have you found yourself lying in bed, just about to fall asleep, when suddenly you hear three distinct knocks nearby on the door, wall or window? Has this happened more than once? Maybe you figured the source and went to sleep. Or, it left you shaking under your sheets.

Once all other rational explanations have been ruled out, one then asks who or what is causing the phenomenon and why? For my great grandmother, who spoke openly about the occurrence, it was her daughters way of letting her know she was OK. Maybe for you, the hour is significant. Some have said it is around the time a loved one died, while others say that the time has no meaning. Could be a ghost or residual haunting. One would have to keep a written record of the event-time, place and conditions at the time knocking takes place. With this, a pattern could develop that could help when investigating your situation further.

That could explain the knocks. However, what is the significance with the number 3? This has left me scratching my head...

I would love to hear from anyone who could offer any further explanations to what so many have experienced. Has any of my readers who are paranormal investigators experienced this in the field?

~I appreciate the response from readers and each of the comments you all have sent in over time regarding this happening.

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Anonymous said...

I am thirteen weeks pregnant with my third child. I've always experienced weird stuff since I was a kid. We live in this old home on rent. Two days ago my husband and I were talking about when we would move out as we have purchased our own home. The following day I heard two soft knocks on my bedroom door. I was home alone. Our rental townhome is two-storeys high. I sleep in the middle of the day as I work nights. I opened the door but didn't say anything. I closed it again, mimicked the knocks just to check if the sound DID come from that door. The sounds were identical. I was scared but didn't mind it. It happened again today. Two soft knocks, bedroom door, woke me up. Whatever it is living in that house might not want us out. This actually creeps me out.

J CC said...

I was awoken by 4 very distinct knocks.

Anonymous said...

Guys, I'm really new to this. Happened to me month or two ago. I was awaken by several (didn't manage to count) very loud and hard knocks. I immediately woke up my bf, but he didn't hear anything. Okay, it was creepy as s*it, however, I can see that a lots of you have experienced this. Could this be some kind of hallucination? After all, we were all sleeping or almost asleep.

Anonymous said...

The three knocks happened to me last night. I woke up in the middle of the night, not sure what time, turned and went back to sleep, only to be woken up by three knocks on our bedroom door. Apparently it didn't wake my husband up. I looked at the door waiting for it to open and expecting one of my kids to speak or come in complaining of something....nothing. I couldn't see any shadows through the doorway slit so it didn't seem like someone was standing behind the door. I thought I was dreaming so I went back to sleep. Next thing I hear it again, this time three knocks in two rounds, coming from the wall behind my head which was also the wall at the back of my kids' room closet. I woke my husband up, we opened the door and looked around the apartment and our kids' room...nothing. I was sooo scared. I googled it and here I am reading about so many similar experiences

JCashh said...

If the knocking comes at a time between 3 am-3:30 am, and there are three knocks, it usually means there is a demon present. The time between three and three-thirty is a peak time for paranormal activity, and the three knocks are mocking The Holy Trinity, or The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea other people have been experiencing the three knocks. I have been experiencing this for years. It happened again last night at 1:05 a.m. Needless to say, it disturbs my sleep. I am going to start recording the dates and times as I try to make some sense out of this. It happens about one time a month,different times but always early morning hours.Last months knocks were much harder than the usual loud 3 knocks. It has happened when I'm away from home also. I have always wondered if someone who passed away was trying to connect with me. No funerals close to these happenings though. I'm going to do what some of you have said:" Go away,leave me alone, God is watching over me". It has always been on wall of bedroom, or front door. I ignore it, but it takes awhile to get over it. I know that I'm not crazy, and I'm not imagining things. I just wish I knew what/who/ and why this keeps occurring. I'm glad I found this site when I decided to google "3 knocks". Very disturbing!!!!! jb

Anonymous said...

Last night I heard 5 knocks! Then 5 more knocks in the same timing.. What does 5 knocks mean?

Anonymous said...

Every time I sit on my front porch late at night I here this knocking noise on my roof right above me never fails its like 3knocks or taps I thought I was crazy until my son n daughter was with me heard it to like its trying get our attention

Alan Wallace said...

This happened to me just last week, September 2 around 10 or 11 am. I believe it was four, not three, very loud bangs that did not seem to be the door. Since I live alone in a large house and was downstairs, it sent shivers running down my spine. Thank goodness it was broad daylight or I would have been terrified. I could not see anyone at the front or back door. I had just learned a few hours ago that my uncle had passed around 2am that night. I had visited him in hospital two nights before that. He had a stroke and there was no hope for his recovery. Though he could not respond and was having periodic seizures, I still spoke to him, held his hand and tried to say comforting things. I thanked him for taking our family in when we first came to Canada and things were hard for my parents. I was very young and later there was a lot of tension between his wife and my mother (they were sisters) so our families didn't spend much time together after their differences. We seldom saw each other. But I did feel deeply for his pain, remembering how hard his wife's death had been for him and how upset he had been at my father's funeral many years ago. I admired how he had carried on after his losses and lived independently till the age of 95. Amazing really. I hope my parents, my aunt and lastly my uncle are all at peace with each other now.

Pete Horodeski said...

Am I going mad I start wondering...
It is the third day and the wall in my room at precisely at 5:50 am does not knock. It BANGS! The bangs are sharp, loud and distinct. Its as though they are trying to kick through the wall.
It is an ordinary plywood wall. The next room is the spare room.
No it is not rats,
No it is not the pipes,
No it is not the neigbours,
No it is not a prankster with a good sense of timeing,
No it is not misguided birds some how getting trapped in the wall caverty,
No it is not a temperature change,
And no to all my facebook friends it is not Micky Mouse playing with my head.
There are also suggestions that because I might be coming out of R.E.M sleep it might be a trigger of sorts.
First time it happened it woke me up in a shock,
second time was not too bad,
but the other night I set my alarm to wake me up 20 min before the expected time. I set my phone on record.
Hey guess what my facebook friends you can see me and my body to make sure I am not doing it some how.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
Yes neat trick, if I knew how it is done that would be great.
My Explaination: This used to be an old junkie flat from years ago and people did die here from what I remember. I have done my research.
So it is something that has decided to start getting my attention.
I have had other weird things that have happened to me in life but, this would take the cake.
Am I worried, scared or conserned?
Not anymore really, its just one of those things that happen in life and when I have someone sleep over for the night...well lets see how they will go.

Anonymous said...

Well the number 3 actually has nothing much to do with the knocking. Yes the knocks are very real and yes it is spirit activity. I experience this almost every night. Yesterday while in my room i heard the sounds of the bag in my bin being moved around. I also hear footsteps, and even feel somebody sitting on my bed, my bed will move up and down. Then i hear the spirit walk around then come and sit on the other side of my bed. Im not going to go into too much detail here, but i know who this spirit is, i have had persoal contact with it when one day i woke up in sleep paralysis. However the "knocks" came pretty frequently last night. The reason i say 3 is insignificant is because i heard 3, then 2, then 5, then 1. It comes in a random order. The only thing is, i dont know if its this same spirit doing the knocks, i have 2 negative encounters with a different spririt about a month ago, i had a conversation with him all the while he was very mocking and not a nice character. I now know how to get rid of him or any dark psychic energy left around because of him. The knocks im going to be honest about, i dont know exactly what they mean. I personally believe a spirit is trying to communicate with me and i do ask it to manifest itself so i can see it, instead of just hearing and feeling it.

Anonymous said...

I literally just woke up by the same 3 knocks I hear everytime I fall asleep! Its 9:48 am so you tell me! Theres no significant time but its everytime I doze off!!!!

Anonymous said...

If you are still on this thread then pls reply in the near future. I have had knocks on my window for days and I'm terrified. It knocks 1 then a pause and 1 and then 1. Idk if that's the protector you are talking about because there are also bangs in my house sometimes.

Anonymous said...

The pauses are also very short... Idk I need help.

Anonymous said...

I was researching this topic due to the fact that unlike some of the comments here, I actually even heard the 3 loud knocks around 6 in the morning that woke me up from deep sleep. I have had encounters with the unknown before, ever since I was a child. However, the knocking started at my last apartment and it seems that it has followed me to this new resident as well. The knocks, in my case, are not related to death or bad news or anything Iike that. Several months back, something also woke me up from deep sleep by pulling at my feet upwards twice with quite force. When I ignored it, I then felt something moving across my shin. I don't have pets and my dear husband was right next to me fast asleep. I just decided to shake it off and go back to sleep. The knocks that I heard are usually at my bedroom that is located upstairs and there is no way anyone could have played a trick by knocking on front entrance and run away. This same entity once was so angry with me that it hit my bed with such force that the whole bed shook - and I actually was awake and not alseep when this happened. I left that place since then; however, I feel I brought one of them here with me. Hence, the continuation of the knocks. So, what ever might be the reason behind knocking, from my experience - maybe something or someone is trying to get my attention or atleast letting me know that it is staying around.

Anonymous said...

i don't know about these as such but i have heard that the sound comes in three because it means an insult to the trinity- the father,the son, and the holy spirit!!

shay west said...

After going through much of what everyone else has said...i need some advice urgently. Whatever/whoever is knocking/stamping on floors...this is progressing...and im getting a bit scared!
For many years i have heard knocking at my front door! More often than not...ive gotten out of bed and peered down from my bedroom window...to find no-one there! Quite a few of these incidents ive not took that much notice of..and have dismissed and gone back to sleep...that was until now!
My 21yr old daughter hears loud knocking on her window and gentle knocking...sometimes 2 or 3 knocks! This has escalated for her...shes terrified! And earlier today..i went to lay down upstairs..whilst my youngest daughter age 18 and pregnant laid on sofa downstairs. After about an hr...i heard what sounded like someone stomping 3 times in the room below. I was sleepy...but snapped out of it straight away and listened. I thought it was my daughter playing with the dog. After a few mins my daughter came upstairs and asked "did u want me mummy?" I looked at her and said "No...why huni?" She said "because you knocked 3 times on the ceiling!" That when i realised and its got me freaking out now...whatever is going on is playing with the minds of the females in the house! Some other stuff has happened here...but not as bad as this! I am really worried.
Shay.

thedevilcorp said...

Good site.

Anonymous said...

I have a bit of an open mind as do we all I'm sure, but people might close their mind to this. I too had this experience and looked all over the internet for the 2 knocks... after looking through I found a connection in the bible about when Christ comes knocking... we all know about the Christ consciousness and such... but maybe it's not figuratively speaking but literally... I heard two knocks about 6am very distinctly... I think maybe... A lot of people are having these experiences and ignore them... which coincides with the bible... I dunno... maybe I'm crazy... however, not much further off then aliens :P I think the bible has some truth to it... like a history book... a long time has past since these things are written... but in the end times maybe this is just a last ditch before the "rapture"? I don't discount anything... just follow the evidence.

gypsysweet1 said...

I have always gotten warnings when loved ones are about to pass. And in the past three months have had to put our two old dogs to sleep.i have been talking to them constantly since then. For the first time last night, heard 3 loud, distinct knocks at 2:02am nothing found upon investigation. It may have been Scooby letting me know he's still with us in spirit...I hope not another loss. Will keep you posted if/when....

Anonymous said...

i watched the moivie the conjuring as well.lol i do not beleive the 3 knocks are representing the holy trinity..i do not believe in god or religion,,well because i have science and im a grown man who dosnt beleive in fairy tales,,the 3 knocks do however happen i have heard them and happen alot..if i eleive in a ghost or spirit that is not religious ,we are energy and when the body dies,maybe the we live on as energy,,who knows..i think the 3 knocks just happen to coincide with the way the number 3 works in life,,very common,,,if you knock on someones door you dont knock once..you dont knock twice because you want them to know your knocking,,,you knock 3 times,then someone knows its a knock,you knock 4 times or more,i always feel is too much ha ha dont want to seem rued or seem imaptient or frantic,i just think its a natural human tendancy to stop at 3,which dosnt answer the question of whats causing the knocks,but if its a human trait then one would believe its a human doing it

Anonymous said...

Last year my mother died at home after a long battle with cancer. Three hours after her passing there were five loud knocks from our dining room wall which is located by the front door. I initially blurted out "who the heck is that" as I envisioned the funeral home guys returned for some off reason. However, my brain seemed to have slowed down time in order to process the moment more distinctly. It was five knocks for the five children she had nurtured and raised with my dad. It was a clear message to me from my mother acknowledging her children on her way up to heaven. I immediately ran to outside to the other side of the dining room wall only to discover it was only bricks on the outside. Nothing close to this has even happened before or after this occurrence. And to those who think it may have been my wild imagination, there were two other family member in adjacent rooms who also heard the knocks.

Anonymous said...


I found this site as I was trying to find a reason with what I've experienced 11 years ago. I was at my first year college and I did an assignment. I was living with my guardian and they had 2 houses which was just very closed to each other. I needed to use a computer for my assignment and the PC was at the 2nd house. No one lived at the 2nd house since it was dedicated if my guardian would have some guests. So I went there from 8 pm and I fell asleep while I'm on my computer. I woke up suddenly at exactly 3 AM and I've started to fix my things to go to the 1st house because my bedroom was there. As I was trying to go out, I've suddenly heard a very loud knocking at the door of the 1st house. I was not sure if it were 3 knocks but what I could remember was that the knocking seemed that someone wanted to open the door immediately. I already turned off the lights in the 2nd room and waited for the knocking to stop. I became nervous that time but I tried to be brave enough. After the knocking sound, I tried to slightly open the window because I could easily see the door of the 2nd house. And I found no one. It was a peaceful night. So I hurriedly went out of the 1st house and entered the 2nd house. I hurriedly locked the door.

Until now, I'm still confused why I've heard that kind of sound. It was a long time ago but it was still very clear to me what really happened that night. Hope someone could help me understand what I've experienced before. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone else comment if this seems to happen when there is a true stress in the house? Maybe you recently had a real argument, a lot of sadness, worry, etc? But when things are good, no banging?

Anonymous said...

How about considering this, It's the devil and the signifigance of 3 is it's the bewitching hour (3 am). Basically what's it's hoping you will do is say "come in" You have then Invited it in to haunt you forever. So, it does it to you while you are half awake to trick you.

I have heard the knocking for many years now... I smudge the house regularly to keep the house clean.

Anonymous said...

I just heard three knocks at my door also. I looked through the peep hole and it was a demon looking crackhead. I didn't open the door. I asked who's there? An old sounding voice said it's me. It looked like a hunchback. I said he'll no, I don't know who you are. I waited for the thing to leave. Later I opened the door and walked around outside and ended up startling it. It offered me crack. I sent it to hell!

Unknown said...

3 knocks is the mocking of the trinity. Demons holy do this

Unknown said...

My son and I slept at my dad's place last night. I had woke up hearing a calm quiet knock. I tried ignoring it. After the third knock,the door opened and I saw a small shadow looking at me. I keep telling myself that it was a nightmare, but I know it was real.

Anonymous said...

Right, very new hear, but here goes! For years and years I have had the "sleep paralysis dream" whereby dark, entity like figures,of male presence,have made there way from the door of every bedroom I have ever stayed in, whether that be university rooms, parents home, my home, partners etc...abd gotten closer and closer, resulting in them all (thete are three) sitting on my bed, very close! Can't move, speak, scream! all whilst being able to see my surroundings, who I am lying next to,.so on and so forth. I have become accustomed to these, my father has them less frequently too. However I now have (past year or so) an abrupt and very urgently loud three knocks on my front door. This without fail wakes me up everytime and I don't even check now as I know it's just part of my sleep now. Should I be worried about any of this! Sounds crazy but my dad swears he is taken away in his... I would like to work things out before that happens haha :/
Thanks for reading x

Stephanie said...

Weird knocks are even being heard out in space - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/astronauts-space-spooked-mysterious-knocking-9357985#rlabs=1%20rt$sitewide%20p$1

Medusavii said...

I don't know if anyone is still active on this blog, or will be able to give me any direction or "answers". A lot of strange things have been happening in my home lately, getting progressively closer together (more frequent). The home has always had any eerie feeling, not just to myself but friends and my husband. It was his grandmother's home, in which he was raised so the home has been in the family for 27+ years. There have always been strange sounds, feelings, presence but never anything harmful persay. I can't be sure of the exact date but some time between May 2016 and July 2016 I awoke to see my husband lying on the floor in the threshold of our bedroom and garage. He was convulsing/twitching in a way that made me believe it was a seizure or something of that sort but was also making horrible inhuman like sounds and groans, it wasn't him that had woken me up but rather our dog who was on the bed next to me barking and growling towards my husband. I proceeded to gather myself and figure out what was happening, I got up and moved over my husband and started asking if he was okay, and what was going on. Our dog never got off the bed or went near my husband, just continued to bark and growl. My husband's eyes were rolling in the back of his head when he finally locked on me and snapped out of it. He recalled being in a dreamlike state with a feeling that his legs were being bent backwards at the ankle. The strangest part of this occurance was that when he finally stood up HIS ANKLES WERE SO SORE HE COULD BARELY STAND and both had HUGE RED BRUISES/SCRATCHES that aligned perfectly together although there was nothing on the floor or near that could have caused the injury. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and now our oven goes every couple nights beeping for no reason, when we are asleep. An ADT security box in the home which has been disconnected for YEARS randomly sounds off in the middle of the night. Now, 3 times always between 3:00AM and 4:00AM there have been 3 door bell rings (1time) 3 knocks on the door (2times) the first two times, only my husband heard it and woke me up and when we would go check...there was no one/nothing there, that most recent time was last night/this morning at 3:33AM only we both heard it this time and both sat up straight from a dead sleep at the exact same moment. Just like before, we went to the door and no one was there. Neither of us really believe in heaven or hell, but we cannot deny that something extremely odd is going on in our home. I frequently feel uneasy when home alone and often feel like I'm being watched, hear someone or see shadows move but then no one else is home. I know getting any form of answer is slim, but I had to reach out somewhere. Although we are not religious I will be bringing home a bible and crucifix from my mother in law to see what happens. Also considering putting brick dust in front of our doors and cleansing the house.

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