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Father Léo Schmid, the religious researcher of voices on magnetic tapes





Leo Schmid was born on April 2, 1916 in Hagglingen, Switzerland and on October 9, 1938 he was ordained a priest in Wurzbug. He worked until 1946 as a teacher at St. Josef in Altdorf; then he was vicar for 3 years, in Grenchen, then in Neuenhorf; and until 1952, in Arlesheim. From December 1952 until his death on February 28, 1976, he served as pastor in Oeschgen-Aargau.


FATHER LÉO SCHMID, IN THE HISTORY OF RESEARCHING VOICES ON MAGNETIC TAPE, IS AN ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT PERSONALITY, DUE TO THE EXISTENCE AT THAT TIME, AND PROBABLY STILL TODAY, OF PEOPLE WHO CONSIDER THE RESEARCH OF VOICES ON MAGNETIC TAPE SOMETHING PROHIBITED AND INCOMPATIBLE WITH RELIGION .


Since 1969, and until his death, Father Schmid was intensely concerned with the “voices”, duly authorized by the highest ecclesiastical authority. He became one of the phenomenon's most passionate advocates, and was not afraid to defend this conviction in public, on radio, TV and at many international meetings and congresses.


For many years he maintained close contact with all authorities in the field of voice research. Almost every day he sat down in front of his apparatus, recording, over the years, close to twelve thousand voices. Like Jüngerson and Raudive, Pastor Schmid also managed to get in touch in several languages, such as Latin, French, English, Swiss German and official German.


In February 1972, Leo Schmid received, in the Aula of the University of Bern, the well-deserved award of the Swiss Association for Parapsychology, for his deep and comprehensive research and recording of voices and for the courageous defense of the phenomenon in the face of

public opinion.


Schmid, known by the pseudonym Gerold Schmid as the author of many works for youth, has written a book about his discoveries and experiences during his years of activity in this research. That book, Wenn die Toten reden (When the Dead Speak), was published shortly after his death and is currently out of print.






Father Schmid died at the age of sixty, on February 28, 1976. He only had seven years to work with the voices on magnetic tape, but his intense activity and his courageous commitment to public opinion greatly contributed to the dissemination of the phenomenon.


Source: Bridge between Here and Beyond, by Hildegard Schafer

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Father Léo Schmid, Catholic curate from Oeschgen, Switzerland, and author of works for youth, made a lot of effort through the press, on the radio, on television or in his conferences, to announce the news: the dead can answer us!


It was reading Jürgenson's book, then Raudive's, that incited him to try the experiment himself. He even went to Raudive's house to start handling the necessary equipment. For six weeks however, he did not get any results. One day, at last, he noticed at first strong, rhythmic tapping, followed immediately by a faint voice. From then on, he recorded every day until his death in 1976. In just over 100 sessions, he received around 12,500 voices, addressing him in Swiss dialect, German, German, Latin, French and English.


Several of his interlocutors identified themselves and he could even, little by little, recognize theirs. voices. He gathered the messages corresponding to each of his main interlocutors and was thus able to verify that each one always returned to the same themes, moving in a world of concerns that was his own. In this way “Brother Nicholas” continually insisted on the need for prayer and inner peace. He would lavish encouragement on her: “We will help you!”, or insistent invitations to “believe more firmly... to pray... to love”.


Father Schmid also receives requests for help from time to time. Certain dead beg your prayers. Others try to unsettle him: “We came to destroy”. One learns, about this deceased person, that he still sleeps. A voice groans: “We are chastened, tormented”; another, on the contrary, proclaims: “Here, it is always light”; or again: “A state of happiness and joy, of dancing, of jubilation”. A corner of the veil begins to lift!


Sometimes these voices warn you of small upcoming events. He is announced, for example, six days before that he will receive a letter from a certain person whose name is quoted to him, but about which he himself knows nothing. He even asks them for advice for his ministry. But he doesn't get answers to all his questions. If he seems very curious to his interlocutors, they answer: “forbidden question”, or simply: “look for it yourself”.


Source: The Dead Speak to Us, Father François Brune

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