Psychics with Jobs; Psychic Detectives
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A psychic detective is someone who investigates crimes using ESP or paranormal psychic abilities. They may use abilities such as post cognition (being able to see into the past), psychometry (reading information from objects), telepathy, dowsing, clairvoyance, and even remote viewing of targets. Some psychics claim to be in direct communication with the deceased murder victims who may lead them to clues or evidence.
Although many are skeptical of the use of psychics, there are numerous examples where police and other organizations enlisted the help of psychics to consult on cases. If a case has gone cold or is particularly complex and difficult to piece together, it is common that a psychic will be called upon. It is not without flaws, however. Despite the general skepticisms, thousands of psychic ‘tips’ have flowed into hotlines after major world events and well-known cases are broadcast.
There are ‘true crime’ stories that give real-world examples of psychic detective work. The show Psychic Detectives (2004-) highlights this work and how they solve cases that have gone cold. Other examples of shows like The Mentalist, which is based on psychic detectives.
Examples of Psychic Detective Work
Beverly Jaegers was a reputed teacher, researcher, psychic investigator, and licensed investigator. She began her work in 1974 and was active for 30 years. She worked with psychic phenomena and was known to aid police with investigations. She was featured on A&E The Unexplained. She authored the book The Psychic Paradigm. She was a major player in the PSI Squad (USA), registered as a detective agency in the State of Missouri. The volunteer group would use their remote viewing and psychic abilities to help police and others in need in their spare time.
A nurse named Melanie Uribe was reported missing after not showing up to work for two days. A search was launched with no leads until clairvoyant Etta Smith stepped in. Smith could sense Uribe’s location to the point where she set out to find her on her own. She ended up finding Uribe’s body, which was not far from her home, shortly before the police showed up. Initially, she was held by police and interviewed but was released when three suspects were identified and picked up.
In 1984, pilot Arthur Herbert disappeared along with three passengers. After a search turned up no information, it was called off. However Herbert’s sister, Jessica enlisted the help of psychic detective Noreen Renier, who gave her exact coordinates of the crash site as well as details on his final moments.
Sylvester Tonet, a 78-year-old man, went for a walk in the woods one day and disappeared. A police search turned up nothing so the family approached a psychic named Nancy Myer. Myer confirmed that he was dead but not as a result of violence. Myer had an image of Tonet walking confused, lost in the woods. They would find his body 150 meters from where Myer said it would be with no evidence of foul play.
Troy Griffin is a well known Denver psychic detective who has worked on 100 cases, charging up to 250$ an hour and uses his gifts to gather information. He has worked with the FBI and local police to solve cases that leave the most seasoned investigators stumped. Using images, sensations, and words, Griffin has been able to crack cold cases and find missing bodies of those that are missing and possibly deceased.
Griffin describes his visions “like watching TV, but just little clips” and he gets overwhelming feelings of nervousness and anxiety if he is onto something. He sometimes feels physically ill. Griffin follows his feelings and visions that often lead him to a point on a map or give clues as to the whereabouts of victims. Although he has been featured in several documentaries and articles, he has not been able to give exact examples of his success rate or chooses not to.
There are criticisms of psychics being used as detectives and some police organizations have even adamantly denied that they use psychics as a resource during difficult investigations. Several studies have attempted to look at the consistency and accuracy of psychic detectives with mixed results.
One of the most well-known cases was with the infamous psychic Sylvia Browne who told a mother on a talk show that her daughter Amanda Berry, who had been missing for 19 months, was dead only for her to be found years later, in 2013. By that time, the mother of the kidnapped girl had passed away thinking her daughter was deceased. Amanda Berry was a kidnapping victim of Ariel Castro along with Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus. After Berry was found alive, Browne received criticism for the false declaration that Berry was dead.
Although there are critics of the use of psychic detectives in real casework, their presence has had enough of an impact for the CIA to release a document in 2000 outlining how psychics are used in law enforcement and even provides recommendations on how to set up an optimal environment for psychics to work in this setting. Although you may not see psychic detective as a booth at a high school career fair, it is well-documented work, with varying success, that provides help to the public and law enforcement in times of crisis and need.
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