At first, her poltergeist tormented her mother and siblings. It pinched them; it threw small objects; it made them drop things that were hot or fragile. Later, however, she got tired of causing trouble. She gradually learned how to control it. She knew she could use it to misplace jewels and lift wallets, but lifting spirits was more fun. Children didn’t drop popsicles and adults didn’t lose their keys when Alice was watching.