Email directly the best spirit guides, intuitives, psychic training specialists, and psychic detectives after first checking their stats! This November 2013 Shalquest G&P Inquiry Institute list showcases the top 50 leading TV, Facebook, and YouTube lost person psychics and missing person psychic detectives, clairvoyants, mediums, police psychics, psychic investigative trainers, and missing and lost children psychic investigators. Please remember many "psychic detectives" often use as many as 20 alternative names and rarely their own unless it is also trademarked or listed as their official business name. Though you may not have heard of some of the names listed below they actually include near 85% of the "top 50" global paranormal psychics. Because multiple psychic names are sometimes just one person the listings below do not always reflect the best psychics in order, as sometimes the ranking may reflect a lack of credible paranormal ability. Please read the information that follows the name for clarity.
Unfortunately between 2010 and 2013 across the world several dozen persons were found as providing delusional claims or apparently faking their business abilities. But not all.
Our ranking is not determined by popularity. We also list some persons who after extensive testing have scored high, and others who were previously ranked as accurate and credible but were discovered to have misrepresented their tested scores. Scores are now reported directly to the HCOFA by the testing labs.
We also found several psychic mediums promoting themselves via web sites and e-mail across search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL and on Facebook and YouTube, but using actors or actresses pretending to be crime detectives to support them. So be aware that many endorsements by "police" and "investigative" personnel are unfortunately misleading.
In these latest 2013 listings we have dropped Colorado's psychic spirit guide Bee Herz, and New York's 'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo, and finally Great Britain's Sally Morgan as events show them to be personal entertainers rather than actual and accurate paranormal claimants. Pretend police agency hired medium Bee Herz has also been found to have highly exaggerated her ties to the AMBER missing children program, and has never been hired or cited by any U.S. State Police agency or the FBI as assisting in the paranormal recovery of any lost or missing person. Our 2013 listings also now classify some persons below as non-paranormal public actresses, actors, and professional entertainers. This is in part due to the 2010 - 2013 psychic accuracy rates from our listings skyrocketing to the worst on record. However, we provide comments from recognized psychic community leaders to help put some of the high levels of fraud within the psychic and spirit guide community into perspective.
1. Georgienne Tandberg Cortgozi
Recent college medical student scored very well during preliminary paranormal psychic readings in locating lost children situated throughout a metro area in various locations during study tests conducted with volunteers at CETIC. In October 2012 and also October 2013 she continued testing at two accredited college centers unlike many claimed intuitive's who refuse to be tested by public academic institutions. Her latest October 2012 and Octoer 2013 scores fell signifantly from 2011 but her descriptions of undisclosed events remain above random chance in accuracy.
2. Carl Francis Lampete
Wales based intuitive who operated under several business names and moved to Canada in 2008. He was very well regarded in providing "highly accurate" psychic readings from 2000-2011. He had a private detective license (actually easily obtainable usually by simply filling out a form), and his psychic readings were reported by one police officer as "the real thing and absolutely credible." But in early 2011 he admitted faking his "readings" including those before police along with a "hidden" team member who rapidly provided him details about the discussion in the room using a concealed body microphone to listen in and a wireless earpiece to provide him with information from computer records. Lampette admitted to his fraud just minutes after a senior officer in the U.S. who was not aware of the on-going investigation in Canada and was filmed by a TV station saying Lampete's abilities were "no longer being questioned as real" and his staff was prepared to use him. Lampete was earning a reported $2 million when discovered by a local off-duty officer who recognized one of Lampete's associates as a former convicted fraud artist and uncovered the deception after intercepting relayed transmissions between the two.
3. Sylvia Browne (died weeks after a stroke at age 77 on November 21, 2013)
Highly controversial figure who claimed outstanding paranormal abilities and had many followers. Yet she was often cited by critics and in recent years some media for making exaggerated claims and "guessing" about missing person cases and later being proved wrong. According to followers her accuracy and "intuitive forecasting" abilities had dramatically declined over the past decade.
4. Meirong Jiayi Lu
Endorsed by Crest Global Institute, scored well in her personal psychic readings particularly with descriptions of young children she had not met, and is currently under going additional paranormal testing. A glamorous model and actress she provides private readings in Asian markets specializing in business and international trade psychic forecasting. Specializes in psychic and psychic detective training, but has in early 2013 been dropped by several academic facilities who found her classes "not based entirely on what actually occurred but rather what she believed occurred --- even when it was her foresight was not accurate."
5. Georgia Marie Gardner
Until 2012 Ms. Gardner was considered among the top 5 globally. This former Singapore based intuitive then admitted to a Japanese TV reporter than she "made up" her best paranormal missing person case and has worked with two U.S. based psychic detectives in misleading a U.S. police agency with deceptions. She has operated her psychic phone and internet reading business using at least 14 names including Susan Melanie Richardsen and Mentique Hazelwood.
6. Kathy Yvonne Fleinwall
Admitted to in early 2012 to engaging in sex with U.S. law enforcement officers over two decades to establish faked "police credibility" on missing person cases with national TV producers and other journalists. She claims she was not the only major psychic detective to do so and that various police officers were married at the time. She now is an "intuitive lifestyle consultant" operating under several business names and since late 2010 no longer claiming involvement with police.
7. Pam Coronado
A private detective and self-proclaimed psychic Pam Coronado has presented nothing to indicate she has any psychic paranormal abilities to any U.S. accredited public university receiving federal grant funding and has not offered to be tested by accredited science and psychology 12-member faculty teams at Stanford University, the University of Colorado, or Harvard University. She has connected her psychic detective work with FBI personnel but the FBI has confirmed that as an agency it has never hired her or used her as a paranormal consultant in any crime investigation nor paid for her services as a [self-claimed] paranormal intuitive during any crime lab or field investigation. Since the FBI has also not authorized any single FBI officer to hire her the confusion around her claims and promotions tied to the FBI are concerning. Noreen Renier (below) has exaggerated her ties to the FBI and was found not credible recently by a federal judge. Yet Pam Coronado states that "Noreen lends credibility to this field." Thus there are real concerns about both her own claims as well as those she promotes as credible beside herself. At this time there is absolutely nothing to support her claim of paranormal abilities and any hired relationship or agency endorsement by the FBI. She is now re-classified as a mystic entertainer and author / story teller in 2013. According to email followers the accuracy across Pam Coronado paranormal intuitive forecasting abilities seems to have further declined over the past three years.
8. Destiny Circle
Ms. Circle was top rated in a public survey for her accurate psychic readings and called "among the best psychic's for finding missing persons and lost children in the world" by a Chief Inspector. However she recently admitted to fraud and said she never had any paranormal abilities. Part of her corrective sentence by a court was to help the public understand how easy they can be fooled. Her comments are included on this site. Her "highly credible psychic" ratings by both the public (under her various names) still place within the top 25 in 2013.
9. Sunny Dawn Johnston
'Find Me' member has failed again in 2012 in finding officially reported [to state or federal law enforcement agencies] missing persons using her claimed paranormal ability of using pendulums hanging over maps. According to critics she highlights exaggerated paranormal claims and is a "public performer and entertainer" apparently lacking any paranormal ability. Defends the use of paranormal intuitives by using the line 'What's the worst that can happen' yet fails to include the pocketing of fees from families of lost children, the deceptions they endure, and psychic colleagues achieving unwarranted media attention for paranormal abilities that never pan out in locating a missing child. After years of the 'Find Me' group promoting the tag line "What's the worst that can happen" the group has a non-existent record in locating persons using paranormal methods. Johnston is now after three years re-classifeid as a "mystic performer and entertainer" in listings. According to email followers the accuracy across Sunny Dawn Johnston paranormal intuitive forecasting abilities seems to have dramatically declined over the past five years.
10. Carla Baron
Independent Investigations Group (IIG) found her psychic detective claims "completely unsubstantiated." She has repeatedly exaggerated her claims including connecting herself to paranormal work on the O.J. Simpson case. According to e-mail followers the accuracy across Carla Baron psychic forecasting abilities seems to have dramatically declined over the past six years.
11. Elfriede Liesel Wurfel
62-year old provided an extremely detailed drawing where lost children were found. Though she herself cited it as a "pure coincidence" and not a paranormal ability, local public surveys and researchers believe she has psychic abilities. She continues to say that she absolutely does not, but three surveys and a leading paranormal research center in Europe still her ranked #11.
12. Noreen Jean Renier
A U.S. federal judge in 2011 cited lost person psychic detective Noreen Renier as not credible and having misled the federal court. She was also ordered by another federal court to pay one victim over $40,000.00 and received a judgment against herself for breaching an earlier Florida state settlement agreement. Critics have shown multiple exaggerated paranormal claims and highly inaccurate visions and readings. Multiple witnesses to events she "visioned" claim she lied about her involvement and/or events that never took place as she described. She previously has charged to help locate missing children but after taking payments has failed to do so. On April 18, 2012 Noreen Renier also lost an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit --- a court immediately under the U.S. Supreme Court. This latest judgment means six federal judges have ruled against her and ordered judgments in favor of her principal critic since 2006. It's been a pathetic performance by a woman who told a reporter that she was going to win in 2006 --- but has instead lost in four different federal courts and received five federal judgments against her. Noreen Renier is 76 years old as of January 16, 2013.
13. Laurie McQuary
Laurie McQuary took a huge hit to her credibility over the last three years. A devastating portrayal by the CBS television series 'Inside Edition' in March 2011 has eliminated her from the top 25 listings. According to journalists and critics she has provided other numerous credibility concerns including claiming to have 4-year nursing degree and a PhD degree. She has pinpointed on maps locations where missing children and students would be found but was horribly wrong. According to email followers the accuracy across Laurie McQuary's paranormal forecasting abilities has lacked substance and rapidly declined since 2007. She is now nearing 70 years old.
14. Kim Rowe
Formerly ranked in the top 5 by two paranormal industry marketers, this recent psychic whistle-blower (cited below) now argues that the North American paranormal community in 2011 is "entirely delusional women and con artists." Surprisingly she has gathered several fellow colleagues who have joined her in "coming clean" about their activities since the late 1980's and are writing a book about their experiences in fooling the public.
15. Kajsa Leah Ludwigsson
Twenty-nine year old (as of February 4, 2013) cited as "highly credible" during paranormal psychic reading tests and for scoring the highest level of accuracy over three years of testing. Her initial scoring was "vastly superior" to all others tested and she was "extremely accurate" in describing 9 out of 10 objects hidden by three Las Vegas skeptical magicians she agreed to be tested by. As of January 2013 she does not do readings for the general public but works for a global oil and gas drilling company. Although she was originally thought to have substantially established herself as far superior to all other claimants in the eyes of well recognized paranormal critics, her lastest scores have fallen to near chance. However she has agreed to take additional paranormal tests during March of 2013.
16. Karquel Janoelin
Completed two months of remote image sensing and was able to describe 67% of the provided objects with some "significant" distinctions. This level was nearly double the next best participant and Ms. Janoelin has been sponsored for continuing testing under the Crest Global Institute. Three U.S. participants (all under the age of 30) and four other European candidates ranging in age between 28 and 78 have been selected for follow-up testing in March 2013. At this time none have been established as having paranormal abilities though Karquel Janoelin and Josh Anderson are both scoring well.
17. Leo Bonomo
London based author and self-claimed paranormal psychic published a psychic marketing charade in December 2011 in unison with Australian author Victor Zammit and U.S. based Noreen Renier. The three posted 'breaking news' stories that Renier had won a stupendous lawsuit against a skeptic writer when in fact over the past decade the only wins (and across 4 U.S. federal courts!) have been by the skeptic writer against Noreen Renier. But psychic Leo Bonomo went further. Having the actual facts including a U.S. federal court order that showed the skeptic had actually won twice in 2011, Bonomo held back that information on his public blog and posted his own highly edited information. It's difficult to believe this man is credible when he openly proceeds to mislead his clients with misinformation that he himself knows is not reflective of the truth. He has also failed to secure HFOCA certifications (or similar) available in Great Britain from three public academic institutions willing to test his paranormal claims. By comparison psychic medium Karquel Janoelin (#16) and nine others have passed the very tests that Leo Bonomo has avoided and previously noted distort the assessment of paranormal abilities. Yet she as well as the other paranormal test subjects have been able to achieve results which apparently he can't --- or is afraid to be tested for by a fully independent group already endorsed by others in the paranormal community. Mr. Bonomo in 2013 has been re-entered as a low-level non-paranormal "mystic author and entertainer". Apparently some in the paranormal community see his "talks the talk but doesn't show the results" now at an end based on his lack of challenging his own claims with actual results already achieved by others during the what has been showcased as "realistic parameter and measurements" for paranormal testing.
18. David George (California USA)
Claims involvement with law enforcement but this is unsolicted and unsanctioned work. Principally presents himself as a medium in contact with the dead, but has failed to provide any evidence that he can provide answers from deceased family members that match existing but non-public knowledge of family members of the deceased. This reflects a concern that he is unwilling to test his own apparent delusional paranormal abilities to confirm whether they exist and are accurate. He continues to avoid specifics and therefore must be considered a "highly questionable" contactee with the dead and/or in providing paranormal assistance in finding missing persons.
19-30. Angela Harkin, Jennifer Cash, Nancy Weber, Kim Jen Lee, Paul Dean, Barb Larsen, Suzie Koffman, Jodie Green, Linda Jones, Lev Nikitin, Sally Headding, and others below.
Gargantua & Pantagruel Inquiry Institute
Key writers include Paul Hanson, Wendy Parkins, Anne Star, Frank Wills
This is the explosive January 2013 update which references a variety of paranormal community participants, including some who did not participate in this report, and others who are noted as paranormal community claimants. We expect further fall-off among the current "top 25" as many in the past year have struggled with their credibility and accuracy in providing paranormal psychic readings. Many have also posted faked Facebook and YouTube events that simply have never existed.
This report also summarizes comments from more than a dozen paranormal community insiders and psychic "whistle-blowers" who have admitted to, or claim to know about decades of psychic reading deceptions and faked Facebook postings within the paranormal community. A number of these identified paranormal practitioners admit that many of their colleagues often tread in a zone between drug induced visions and outright deception for six and seven figure incomes.
Some admit to creating child-like exaggerations for media attention and TV cameras --- and some report having been paid from $30,000 to over $400,000 to do so. Several "whistle-blowers" reported that "dozens" of psychics offered decades of sexual favors to researchers and police to "gain a credible edge". And several paranormal participants admitted that many practicing psychics promoting investigative training are reaping in big cash with nothing but smiles and exaggerations.
In March 2013 apparently the psychic community continues to spin out of control as profits and/or exaggerations are now 24/7/365 according to these insiders.
The number of people who booked a psychic reading or used an intuitive, medium, or psychic detective to locate a missing person collapsed during 2010 and further nose-dived in both 2011 and 2012. The estimated 76% reduction in booking psychics for readings since early 2011 comes after news of giant corporations secretly writing reading scripts and selling them to psychics and also managing thousands of spiritual teachers, intuitive's, Reiki healers, mediums, paranormal chakra angels, and dozens of leading paranormal missing person psychic detectives.
While the testing of several "psychic detectives" continues worldwide, here we examine why now more than a dozen top-ranking paranormal healers and spiritual mediums suddenly became whistle-blowers and admitted during 2011 and 2012 that it's likely no one actually has paranormal abilities. Here too many insiders --- including many of the most credible and respected --- showcase the ease in scamming the public with psychic readings, and also posting Facebook and YouTube fantasies.
Bookings for intuitive and healing retreats also collapsed the last two years following recent investigations and lawsuits --- along with a string of elite retreat disasters, some ending with deaths or claims of psychological pressure. Public deceptions and phony claims made by psychic detective TV shows and 'You Tube' actors pretending to be police officers supporting psychic detectives including Moscow based Lev Nikitin and some of his U.S. psychic detective colleagues also made news. The last two years have simply been a disaster for the estimated $3.1 billion paranormal community amid skyrocketing scams and lawsuits.
Sally Morgan has met extensive scrutiny after some audience members linked her visions on stage to prompts provided through an ear-piece from someone behind them and off-stage. A September 20, 2011 article about those allegations is available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/sep/20/psychic-sally-morgan-hears-voices
According to several whistle-blowers inside the paranormal community thousands of local spiritual teachers, psychics, mentalists, Reiki healers, and intuitive's are now secretly fronted and co-managed through one of five global corporations. These five global corporations partner with thousands of psychic mediums to write the readings they give daily. As "secret" behind-the-scenes management companies they act as business administrators in exchange for typically 6-15% of the profits, assisting in how thousands of local paranormal clairvoyants operate, collect information, answer clients, process charge card payments, and determine fee rates. They also handle real estate and business trusts, phone services, payment systems, Facebook and YouTube postings, and the mortgages on many "second homes" for psychics and their secret behind-the-scenes businesses.
Investigators found that several of these corporations operate under more than 30 different "brands" that look like competitors but are not.
Additionally some corporations operate and manage TV psychic detective shows, crime psychic magazines, personal and business consultations, intuitive retreats, and psychic reading firms. And 4 of these 5 corporations provide pre-written "psychic reading" scripts for paranormal hosts to use with phone clients throughout the world.
All five firms operate "data centers" where spiritual teachers, healers, and psychics can instantly obtain background information on a client calling-in for a "reading" by just typing in the client's incoming phone number, or a name, a matching birth date, or best of all --- a credit card. Amazingly these super-profit management firms are virtually unknown even as they provide thousands of global business "psychic reading intuitive's" with kick-backs and credits for free vacations, travel, shopping sprees, jewelry, attire, and international salons.
According to business intuitive's who participate or participated as licensees with three of these corporations, their yearly "kick-backs" after paying the service fees typically amounted to between $35,000 and $174,000 a year in added profit above and beyond their participation costs. This is primarily based on increased client volumes and pre-arranged "psychic reading" scripts which save time and attract clients back --- though the success rate for profits are rapidly declining.
Each licensee gets between 20-30 different scripts a month to use with their clients. Most of the "visionary stories" leave enough unsaid to prompt the client to schedule another reading. "It's like daytime soap operas. You can skip a few episodes and not miss much. But you still come back and get a bit more information" says Katie Williams an Atlanta area psychic. "With pre-written 'readings' I don't have to be 'on' every day. And since some days I don't get any visions this still keeps my clients happy. They still think its me. And the pre-written scripts are as good as my own and often more imaginative. And the company says the readings are actually written by psychics in India. I don't really care since my clients enjoy hearing more."
For years TV viewers have unknowingly watched hired actors and actresses "solve" many crime and missing person cases that corporate producers scripted from fantasized cases which never actually existed as paranormal solved mysteries. What's the inside story behind paranormal work with police? Who in the paranormal community is authentic and real?
The entire paranormal community is now in a super cost battle as even many popular crime psychics and mediums have seen an average 77% fall-off of in their client base since January 2011. Indeed, new surveys and business income reports show dramatic "over the cliff" drop-off rates in intuitive readings, and missing children psychic cases in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia, China, India, Australia, Chile, South Korea, and Brazil.
Since early 2011 nineteen of the global top 20 confirmed paranormal intuitive's and psychic detectives have reduced their psychic fees to all but their most naive clients to typically near $45 per hour --- down from as much as $1500 per hour between 2000 and 2009 --- and less than a quarter of what they charged as recently as 2010. Today more than 95 out of every 100 psychic readings offered are from pre-written scripts or based on suggested answers created by one of five multi-million dollar international businesses.
While many local spiritual healers and mediums continue to "own" their business, thousands have adopted a corporate designed web site to look "independent" and "track" clients after their names are supplied by local psychics.
Psychic mediums and spiritual healers partnering with these firms typically increase their incomes by 3 times and about 37% still have estimated yearly incomes greater than $90,000 across the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada.
According to former California based psychic intuitive Georgia Gardner "psychic and spiritual reading fees are structured to maximize profits" and are "pure profit from nothing but good story telling and our imagination."
Most explosive however according to psychic whistle-blowers is that almost all local psychics now silently "partner" with one of these firms to "sound more authentic" and avoid specifics.
There are now few successful remaining "independent" intuitive's. A 2007-2010 study showed the majority of still independent clairvoyants are struggling and less than 1% pass even the lowest performance levels in HFOCA certified tests. Many are frauds and the vast majority may be delusional about their own paranormal abilities.
The chances of booking a "real" intuitive offering authentic paranormal readings has fallen to less than 0.03%! And the chance in early 2013 of using a paranormal spiritual healer who has been previously identified in a charade, delusional claim, public exaggeration, or psychic scam is above 97%!
With more than 25,000 psychic practitioners worldwide providing more than 2 million intuitive readings each year there are always a few "perfect" predictions that randomly occur. But the HFOCA tests show very few rise above the level of random chance, and when they do none stay there long. The ability to now track the success rates of psychics and their scores with custom software has shown dozens of "perfect" predictions are simply random events among the more than 2 million psychic readings. It's to be expected. Psychic detective Kim Jen Lee scored highly on 3 of her first 5 tests but was never able to duplicate such scores even once over the next two years and more than 400 subsequent tests.
"Crime psychic fees in 2012 above $30 per hour in the U.S. and less in Canada and western Europe are now pretty much reserved only for the most gullible or emotional clients" stated one of seven psychic whistle-blowers, the former "top ranked psychic reader " Kathy Fleinwall.
Former psychic Destiny Circle told a British judge after agreeing to participate in a 2009 public awareness campaign that the latest scam is to post that you've dropped your psychic reading fees from 500 to 300 pounds and then tell the client you are so interested in helping you will drop your reading to just 150.
"The reality is that you only hoped to get 45 pounds an hour all along but you've screwed them right off the bat" stated Circle. One Detective chief inspector in 2004 called Great Britain's psychic Destiny Circle --- before she was caught making up claims --- "among the best psychic's for finding missing persons and lost children in the world."
"If I fooled a Chief Inspector --- and I fooled several --- its easy to fool the public" said Ms. Circle in 2009.
Former Canadian psychic Kim Rowe agrees. "I made more than $350,000 a year as an intuitive up until 2006 though clients thought I was broke. After the market tanked because of undercover stings by researchers and critics it got tough to find wealthy clients even with the agency who was behind me. I still counsel in a non-psychic manner but the system is now entirely delusional women and con artists. And few like the term psychic anymore. You learn to call yourself a spiritual healer or teacher. Nobody and I mean nobody has any real psychic ability beyond an occasional lucky guess or a prediction that is prompted first by a question, not silence. A real paranormal intuitive will absolutely never ask a question and never know you beforehand --- not even your name --- but I had to ask some seemingly routine questions to be able to have something to guess about. Without those I had nothing to go on because I wasn't a psychic even though my clients thought I was. And of course encouraging clients to pay beforehand is always the best scam used by many in the psychic community. Their check with their address and name, or a credit card, or personal Pay Pal account provided a direct route to enough information to easily excite them that I had paranormal powers. People are just incredibly gullible."
Psychics Paul Dean and Noreen Renier have both repeatedly marketed themselves on their web sites using using claims of paranormal abilities which helped locate "lost" planes, but those claims have been shown as "highly exaggerated and inflated" and in the case of Renier "an incredible lie" according to eye-witnesses.
Psychic #7 (name with held) who has claimed numerous paranormal powers and is nearing retirement admitted that "one does what one does to make money. I'm not proud sometimes but I've lived a good life. Only a few who paid me ever complained. There are worse quacks out there than me. Most care nothing about the lost son or daughter, but are just after the news attention. After I die their names will be released. Some are going to die just over that."
About 17 years ago several paranormal community members met briefly together and after an elaborate outside event met with their hosts and some U.S., Japanese, Australian, and Indian couples anxious to have private psychic readings.
Psychic #7 stated for this report that none of them knew they were providing completely different readings to many of the same hosts and guests during the course of the 2-day event.
Several hours after the last of them gave their readings --- readings each thought were the only ones that had been given --- a wealthy host and a few guests confronted all of the intuitive's and said none of their readings agreed. One couple was angry and mystified as why none of these expensive and elite global intuitive's agreed on even a single key point. It ended in disaster when one of the hosts decided none of the intuitive's were authentic and cancelled their future resort engagements. "It was a lesson for all of us. Never get together in the same place unless you're prepared beforehand to use the same bullshit that matches."
In mid May 2010 a number of internet postings appeared to showcase several intuitive's and spiritual teachers who predicted the BP oil flow disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. However according to Jill (last name withheld) she knows a fellow midwestern psychic who actually made her prediction after the collapse of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform and then back-dated it to give the appearance of intuitive success. "Man she scored on that one good, and got new readings and work on missing children cases for months."
Often these temporary bursts of amazing psychic forecasts follow disasters, missing person cases, celebrity deaths, and on TV psychic shows. While critics and skeptic groups often find that upon inspection the claims don't pan out, the public jumps on the media promos before checking them out. Donna Kresler notes "the media has made our success over the past 40 years. Y'all love a good story and local TV stations love us. A TV story takes less than a day and they don't have time in 3 minutes for skeptics. The best story wins and exaggerations are a lot better than the boredom of skeptics."
For more than 20 years a retired FBI agent Robert Ressler would often draw excitement and media stories as the FBI behavioral profiler who coined the phrase 'serial killer'. Ressler actually praised multiple psychic detectives to many southeastern police agencies beginning in 1982 who then used a psychic or provided the contact for the psychic to families involved in missing person cases.
He even arranged for psychic medium Noreen Renier to speak at an FBI function in the 1980's --- setting off a news story that began in U.S. News and World Report. Yet years earlier Noreen Renier had already publicly claimed to have powers of speaking with the dead, and claimed in newspapers that she used dangling pendulums over maps to locate missing persons!
During a July 22, 2004 Court TV on-line interview Noreen Renier referenced her work for a woman on a double homicide. Renier claimed “I put her son in jail.”
Renier further emphasized that "I've worked on over 450 cases. . . when the police hire me, that's usually 70 percent of the time. . .I've put people in jail."
On March 21, 2011 however the credibility of Noreen Renier's was the raised by U.S. federal judge William Anderson who noted that “The overwhelming problem with Renier’s case is that the court did not find her. . . to be a credible witness. . . . she misled the court . . . Renier stood not five feet away and agreed to abide by this directive. . . [yet] she did not intend at any time to abide . . .”
Amazingly medium and psychic detective colleague Pam Coronado continues to back Renier's credibility even after a U.S. District court in July 2011 agreed with the lower federal court judgment that Noreen Renier is not credible. Both women have made a variety of paranormal claims involving case work with the FBI that have been cited by critics as highly dubious, lacking authenticity, and likely self-delusional.
Several critics have in recent years examined the relationship between Robert Ressler, the FBI, and a particular case where psychic Noreen Renier was unofficially "sanctioned" to work with other FBI agents. This private case involved Renier attempting to locate a missing plane near Gardner Massachusetts. Critics --- and in recent months --- actual eye-witnesses to the events are publicly stating that Renier lied and created an incredible charade. Refer to http://www.commentarybysherlock.com for details.
In recent years another FBI officer, Clint Van Zandt, a leading 25-year FBI veteran and negotiator, criticized the notion of crime psychic detectives stating "What happens many times is that professed psychics allow themselves the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. After the case is solved, they make their previously vague predictions somehow fit the crime and the criminal."
For more than 40 years not a single state or federal law enforcement agency has actually ever supported psychic claims about putting people behind bars using their paranormal psychic powers. Barb Larson notes "That's true but nobody knows it. Along with others psychics have convinced the public that we're secretly endorsed by hundreds of police agencies. We're not, but the story holds. In 30 years I've never had even one reporter ask for proof that I was hired by a state or federal agency. Nobody pushes hard for names. Reporters leave it alone when I say the contacts are confidential. One time I even said it was a matter of national security so I couldn't name the agency or give a contact. So the reporter wrote that I was working for an international law enforcement agency. That led to another reporter saying I worked for Interpol. I didn't even say the name Interpol. And all the time the best I had was a local town sheriff who liked me. Reporters today let anything go including psychic claims of working with police investigators. Nobody digs but the critics. And they can't keep up with hundreds of us claiming connections every day. Sure we've fooled the public. But its been going on for decades. The internet though is bringing us down as the critics track everything now."
And how accurate and helpful are TV series like 'Psychic Detectives' and 'Psychic Investigators'?
In 2010 federal subpoena information provided to one critic showed several TV production companies paid thousands of dollars in payments to "psychics" who were used in "re-created" multiple cases from 1980-1996 that are largely disputed as either faked or exaggerated by many critics. But few people know what they watched was entertainment fiction.
TV forensic crime psychic Carla Baron (click here) has garnished multiple critics for her highly exaggerated claims, and Oregon missing person TV crime psychic detective Laurie McQuary (click here) hyped KVAL-TV News 13 in Eugene (Oregon) with claims of helping find more than two dozen murder victims.
Unfortunately for paranormal intuitive McQuary that claim has absolutely no State Police agency support.
Psychic whistle-blower Kim Rowe admitted that the paranormal community has some great stories on TV. "They are fiction promoted mostly by New York producers pushing for viewers, not truth. But the pay is great --- a colleague made more than $30,000 for a few days behind the cameras. And her client roster has shot up ever since. She makes readings every day from people who view the old TV re-runs."
From 1998 to 2007 of 47 tested TV psychics, 47 failed to show any psychic abilities even 0.005% above random chance. More than half actually scored worse than chance! Yet family members hiring psychic detectives to locate missing persons are a "gold mine" for psychics due to the free TV exposure they receive.
Yet typically TV production companies pay at least $5000 for a few minutes of broadcasted video during crime psychic case reenactments.
Repeatedly several producers stated it wasn't their responsibility to uncover the truth or discover if a psychic medium was bogus or not --- that job was left for the public to discover on their own.
Phoenix area spiritual healer, "Reiki certified" intuitive, and psychic medium Sunny Dawn Johnston hypes her "certified medium" status and being a "medical intuitive". Yet such credentials lack credibility and are not sanctioned from accredited medical research facilities. Sunny Dawn Johnston has also worked with the Find Me missing person and lost children search group --- though their work continues to showcase no documented results in finding anyone after years of attempts using psychic paranormal abilities. No one found by paranormal abilities --- even as lost children froze to death.
Phoenix KPHO-TV CBS 5 News miserably failed to examine both local and national psychic deceptions and instead never questioned many of the bogus accuracy claims connecting paranormal methods to locating missing persons.
Sunny Dawn Johnston is just one among dozens of TV crime psychic detectives including Sylvia Browne who offer no accredited institute documentation to prove their paranormal abilities. And none of the top 20 missing person psychic detectives have ever provided a law enforcement agency statement which confirms their paranormal assistance in the recovery of an officially listed missing person case over the past 20 years. Not a single state or federal agency.
Not a single state agency commendation exists for even paranormal assistance during a missing person case --- much less actually leading a police officer directly to someone alive. Not even to one dead victim across all 50 states.
But now our "insiders" in the paranormal community have begun to acknowledge decades of psychic deceptions, psychic scams, and an explosive insight into their charades alongside police.
"Claire" who practiced as a intuitive reader and spiritual healer until recently in Nevada admits that missing person psychics who claim to successfully use pendulums to locate the lost "know their story is wacko. But the claim draws reporters who create stories that push up client bookings. The crazier the claims the more TV cameras come. TV reporters and TV producers are stupid, greedy, and lazy. The psychic community has southwestern TV and radio stations by the balls. I heard about two reporters who shared in the take on psychic readings after their story ran."
According to these whistle blowers the beginning interactions of many psychic detectives working alongside police are a far different story than what the media or psychics themselves have related. Even critics and skeptics never visioned just how far their charades went.
Incredibly the beginnings behind the coupling of psychic detectives and law enforcement have often been more wild and outrageous than movie fiction!
The years 1975 through 1995 were "the forensic Dark Ages when attractive and mostly southern female psychic handlers turned local investigators into putty" noted a retired sheriff.
He recalled that "TV police crime psychics love attention. They crave being seen with supernatural Wonder Woman abilities. . . .But they are now detested by law enforcement. . . During their [initially] welcome shenanigans many an investigative eye [by police officers] was not where it should have been."
Unsolved crime and missing person psychic detectives arrived by the dozens across a number of small town and county sheriff departments between 1975 and 1985.
Law enforcement officers rarely saw a male psychic but recall that by 1978 they were constantly being approached by dozens of 25 to 35 year old female psychic investigators, almost all single or divorced.
Thirty five years ago a long string of unsolved crime and missing person psychic detectives appeared including Sylvia Browne, Kim Rowe, Noreen Renier, Angela Harkin, Jennifer Cash, Carla Baron, Pam Coronado, Kathy Fleinwall, Laurie McQuary, Nancy Weber, Barb Larsen, Suzie Koffman, Jodie Green, Linda Jones, Sally Headding, the late Annette Martin who died in September 2011, and others.
This assortment of names included some who later admitted to being fakes and more than a few with severe paranormal claim and credibility problems. Some of these psychics have dropped their psychic reading fees by up to 94%!
Most however were defended in the 1980's by a very select group of "researchers" --- many with their own psychic and mystical beliefs --- who sought proof of paranormal powers.
Many of these researchers rather easily swallowed fantastic psychic tales as mysterious truth even when there was no solid evidence to do so.
And apparently most openly dated their own test subjects and these 25-year "psychic ties" have remained.
Over the past 15 years many of the claims offered by these "behavioral researchers" have disappeared as thousands of crime psychics were tested more properly and reliably.
Thousands of tests revealed absolutely no psychic accuracy beyond chance and no paranormal abilities.
Not a single crime psychic investigator tested by an accredited institution such as Harvard University, Texas A&M University, or Cornell University has managed to score anything near what would be deemed a "paranormal ability".
Most refuse to be tested at all by accredited labs or government research institutes.
So there are no "certified" psychics or mediums --- at least not ones accepted and endorsed from credible institutions.
Professional looking "psychic medium certifications" are available from $79 to $699 to anyone depending on how impressive you want your "certified diploma" to be.
For $119 and up you get a selection of wall plaques with various impressive sounding institutions (none of which actually exist beyond taking a 2-minute "everyone passes" questionnaire to graduate) from a choice of countries and in various wood and metallic frames.
Anjela Harkin who now works for a restaurant chain under another name admits the "whole Reiki healing movement was a God send. It paid for my house. It brought in clients big time. But after two decades some of tricks and purity profits have faded out. The young and wealthy are more naive than their parents but they won't sit still in the con as long. The money now has settled down to lectures, personal readings, group readings. Missing person cases are worthless except to gain media attention and get more clients."
And in 2011 there remain many missing person psychics.
Oregon crime psychic Laurie McQuary as an example attempted to locate missing child Luke Tredway of Portland but though she received substantial media attention she has never publicly and positively discerned before an arrest anyone who murdered a child nor identified the specific location of a murderer who could be handcuffed by police.
The mission of the Klass Kids Foundation is to stop crimes against children and insiders among the psychic community are afraid the foundation is killing their golden goose.
The Klass Kids Foundation noted "Psychic Detectives are the vanguard of a second wave of predators that also includes tabloid journalists, cheesy defense lawyers and photo-op politicians. They use tabloid newspapers and talk shows to boast about their accomplishments and predict success. They materialize whenever children are kidnapped and circle the cases like vultures on a fresh carcass."
Indeed both the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children maintain that psychics have never solved a single missing person's case. And no psychic has ever led a law enforcement officer by the hand toward a lost and frightened child before the child died of cold or starvation.
And the claim of the Federal Bureau of Investigation using psychics for criminal investigative work is simply a self-delusion claim.
A number of female psychics like to pretend the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, or other agency secretly supports their paranormal abilities --- much like the strange organizations behind comic characters.
Delusions come easy to those who believe or create the con of being someone with Super Natural powers --- including talking to the dead.
Virtually all TV reruns of the best police crime psychic investigator cases refer to these originally hyped 1970's or 1980's quasi-research psychic studies.
Even the FBI and CIA sunk their teeth into examining psychic investigators and using behavioral profiling --- areas described by critics as "cold readings" masquerading as science and "forensic ventures of the highly naive."
Apparently the FBI never found or validated an authentic psychic but rather stumbled over several of the world's worst psychic police detectives and con artists.
Indeed paranormal research never registered well on a credible research meter as psychic hypnotic dream states, and telepathic psychic sexual arousal testing were among key efforts between 1965 and 1990.
Insiders admit that being paid for psychic sexual testing was about as good as it gets --- and they prolonged the studies for almost four years --- as researchers became "personally" involved with several "psychic detectives" and paranormal claimants.
One former researcher noted that "1% of the documentation was an honest pile of crap and the other 99% was a drug, dream, or sexually induced pile of crap. Amazingly a few even received doctorates for what is now very clearly years of creating very distinctive piles of academic crap."
The national media have overlooked these realities and let slide psychic claims of "locating a dozen victims" through psychic visions, or in the case of Laurie McQuary and others "dozens" of located bodies.
Isn't it strange reporters have been willing to let such claims slide without the backing of a single police agency for even a single body found directly by a psychic first-hand?
Today some psychic want a-be can smile on camera and regurgitate some ancient "proof" supporting psychic or ESP abilities.
Many psychics defend themselves by using the phrase --- "so what's the worse than can happen?"
Yet their proof and substance behind their claims doesn't exist as many are instantly created before TV cameras --- and few people can check a claim made 'on-the-fly' unless it's a later re-play you can stop, rewind, and analyze.
And that's partially what this 2013 web site is all about.
Alongside psychic insiders we've checked thirty years of videotapes, TV studio recordings, digital imaging, thousands of pages of documentation and transcripts, and listened to hundreds of hours of audio recordings. Millions in Investigative funding has now exposed the realities of the paranormal community --- and paranormal community insiders admit the awareness in their deceptions has risen quickly since 2007.
"The last three years about two-thirds of the con artists in the psychic community have been caught by critics and many of the remaining psychics are already under investigation" noted former "psychic" Jodie Green. Green ended her own career after many of her "incredible" psychic claims were discovered to have been falsified by a New York reporter. Green before dying recently worked at a "super store" stocking shelves and helped investigators uncover other psychic detectives across the country "who made millions fooling TV reporters for decades. They are stupid, stupid, stupid and never check the claims."
Many self-appointed forensic crime psychics and "psychic detectives" started their "psychic police careers" by climbing aboard a motorcycle and then starting up conversations with local police.
Other police psychics flooded police detectives with phone calls and office stop-by's.
Many "psychic police investigators" sought out local newspaper reporters and radio DJ's and claimed they were "tuned in" with new clues about locally unsolved crimes.
Dressing to attract an audience they were described as a "whoosh and whip" as they hit small towns and often modeled themselves after one of the ABC-TV Charlie's Angels.
Many displayed matching outfits to the Charlie's Angles right down to wearing similar knock-off shoes.
In their psychic visions murder weapons were hidden everywhere and a variety of cars were concealed in brush after being ditched over cliffs.
In the 1970's some faked psychic detective crime visions were of Russian corruption and espionage, and in the 1980's it was Chinese spies and Columbian drug lords.
Many TV police psychic mediums claimed they distinctly saw the bodies of homicide victims, but their visions on the actual location where the bodies could be found were never clear within even tens of thousands of square feet.
They repeatedly were as lost as anyone else.
One psychic stated "Police psychics don't claim to be specific. Police solve the cases but we provide the forensic insight to stimulate new pathways."
Exactly what kind of stimulation is the question as many TV psychics from 1975 to 1995 were less like Nancy Drew and more CatWoman as they tossed out visions that actually misdirected investigators.
The majority of "psychic detectives" claim they have powerful supernatural entities within themselves capable of contacting the dead for clues as to how persons were murdered or lost.
Some female forensic psychics who started in the 1970's claim during their trances they make contact with the dead using telepathic and metaphysical powers and sense the presence of suspects who rape and kill.
In front of law enforcement personnel several psychics have screamed they were being stabbed in the head with hammers while others have wept that they were being buried alive or burned.
Many have offered visionary clues and tossed out random numbers "to help resolve" a crime.
"A black snake with 7 white rings! Yes! There's been a big snake near the body" shouted one psychic actress.
"It was truly bizarre to witness the first time" recalls one police officer, adding "You didn't know whether to laugh at their third-grade acting performances or immediately cart them off to the funny farm. But thirty seconds later they were putting on lipstick, tossing down a Rum & Coke and acting as if nothing had happened."
Mini skirts and tight sweaters never seemed to hinder the forensic entertainment though.
And many TV psychic detectives offered up a host of additional supernatural powers from levitation, telepathy with the dead, medical healing, X-ray vision, and sustained sexual endurance.
For some law enforcement agencies psychic detectives were an forensic alternative worth sampling.
One former Tennessee "psychic bombshell" told a county sheriff that she knew where to find the murder weapon and discover the bodies of the murder victims and could draw the fingerprints of the suspect. And though she failed at all three and was caught faking a claim she was invited back to try again.
There were even traveling police psychics dressed as cowgirls who sang. Another started her psychic medium career always showing up near a crime scene in shorts and roller skates.
Many psychic detectives began as part-time actresses who turned their fourth-rate acting into a full-time psychic missing person career. According to "psychic" Barb Larson who turned informer on the paranormal community after "fooling dozens of gullible police for years and watching everyone else do the same" about "99.99999% of the missing person psychics during the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's learned everything they knew about being a psychic from acting or from each other."
"Among the former actresses turned psychics I never met any real psychics. Most of us were heavily into drugs and faked everything down to our bonds in bed. We lived in a game. We kept the police and papers interested in us with our tight belt outfits and murder visions that we'd spin and re-spin and spin-spin-spin. Nobody believed each other because everybody knew the others were a joke. Some tried to keep up the gig and be the last one standing" noted Larson in 2001.
In an age of disco and cheap red wines the arrival in town by female intuitive's who were both charming and anxious to please was a welcome diversion from the ordinary.
Repeatedly cases in which they interacted were already solved by other means when something seemed to pan out about one or more of their visions. In fact recalling and finding new match-ups between psychic visions and a particular case often continued for weeks, months or years after a case was closed --- there was always something later could be found to connect with a vision that had never been accurately documented to begin with.
This seemed to indicate that lots of early guessing and vague documentation --- particularly vague guesses like "the body will be found near a tree with dark bark" --- produced just random match-ups.
One retired officer recalls that several police psychics would tell one version of a vision to one officer and another version to yet another officer --- sometimes even at two different police agencies.
They banked that one version or the other might result in a match later and they could claim a psychic "hit" in accuracy.
Since TV police psychics rarely wrote down their visions and few officers could keep track of their abundant changes, the early years of psychic and police interaction from 1975-1988 had a casual party atmosphere.
And those good times rolled for a dozen years.
A Texas journalist who encountered several police psychic detectives in the 1980's recalls that "those I met were complete fruitcakes but every one of them would get intoxicated with police personnel so often that they became tagged by police as 'toxic dish' psychics."
Over several years a few forensic TV police psychic 'toxic dish' participants became tagged with backroom nicknames like Psychic Smoke, Disco Vision, Knock'em Dead, Mountain Girl, Southern Hurricane, Motorbike Mama and Rolling Thunder.
Indeed for a variety of reasons psychics --- female police psychics in particular --- were a rage among small town and rural county detective hotspots across the country.
However this adventurous 'toxic dish' live style and/or the lack of psychic success helped split segments of the female psychic detective community and segments of law enforcement agencies.
Non-participants began taking a "thumbs down" approach to psychic detectives while others defended a "we'll consider any option" to solve a case.
But by 1990 the party atmosphere was changing.
The "we'll consider any option" approach became an embarrassing but defensive cover-up by some and new questions were being raised about paying psychics thousand dollar fees from local public funds.
Or allowing them to offer "free" services but get lots of media exposure standing alongside police.
That free TV exposure and media attention often was worth thousands in helping stimulate new paying citizens for readings about lost love, their futures, or missing jewelry.
But it's worth remembering that during these years extensively trained forensic and crime investigators didn't exist across hundreds of local law enforcement agencies. And no one was the tracking the success rate of police psychics --- except the psychics themselves who were stunning the media with exaggerated tales of success.
Specialists in mitochondrial DNA and trained forensic science personnel were rare even among State Police agencies before 1990. Most county offices lacked even a bare bones forensic lab.
And an examination of local police psychic "download sessions" between some law enforcement personnel and female psychics shows many conducted prior to 2000 were extremely informal compared with modern inquiry procedures.
Noreen Renier, the Virginia psychic medium recommended by the FBI's Robert Ressler has been shown on old police video recordings alongside investigators while drinking red wine. One former Virginia Sheriff described one such psychic session with Noreen Renier as listening to "sauced ramblings."
These kind of events further discouraged anyone who had actually allowed psychics into investigations to be critical about any psychic claims before TV cameras.
By 1995 many in law enforcement just hoped it would all go away.
Amazingly FBI agent and behavioral profiler Robert Ressler was among those who encouraged small agencies throughout Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida to seek out the forensic psychic assistance offered by psychic Noreen Renier.
From 1975 to 1995 seeking a female psychic to assist on a missing person, criminal or rape case was often sanctioned in minutes --- often among a complete detective force of just two or three men.
Often it was spur of the moment.
Psychic Kathy Fleinwall admitted to asking police officers to come to her home or hotel so she could "more properly showcase her psychic visions."
"She always had the cold beers ready for the officer who won the toss to drive her home. . . . . . and those officers stayed loyal to her claims until well after they retired --- especially the ones who were married at the time" recalled a retired Utah officer.
Yet by 1992 these first and second generation New Age psychic detectives had peaked.
There were few younger replacements --- and those few sought private clients able to pay more.
Fewer mini-skirts and singing cowgirl police psychics were showing up at the smaller police agencies.
As small town sheriffs and township investigators retired the community murder and serious crime investigations were delegated to larger State forensic labs.
The fun and games of securing pendulums, incense, warm oils and bottles of wine began to disappear.
And after hours parties which were described by one southern officer as where "the real psychic vibrations began" also came to a halt.
But explaining away the payments made to police psychics and some of the interplay which occurred during and after psychics arrived in town became a touchy subject.
While there were psychics who lacked stories themselves and acted conservatively, by 1995 some of the wilder stories and recollections about the national female psychic community had evolved both within a collection of "good old boy" national law enforcement members and within a segment of their associated female psychics.
Events went down in history as having been "useful preliminary inquiries" with some offering "new insight into amazing matches" --- though it wasn't always clear whether these matches were about claims and facts or match ups between officers and psychic companions.
But this beginning atmosphere --- lax and undocumented --- surrounding psychics alongside small town law enforcement is important to recognize.
It also helps to explain why none of the top psychics ever disclose a full listing of the actual police agencies and personnel who purchase and sanction their work.
There are always a few token agencies which are spoken but rarely a specific sanctioning name or the full payment and approval history.
What would be virtually impossible to cover up today --- public law enforcement funds paid to TV psychic consultants claiming supernatural paranormal abilities --- was far easier to accomplish years ago.
Today aging police psychic detectives have been humbled --- both those who partied along with various police department personnel and those who did not.
For a critical examination of Sylvia Browne and her claims one investigator has posted an overview at http://stopsylvia.com/home/
Psychic missing person investigators and psychic detectives have lost credibility as sophisticated data centers track and showcase their repeated psychic missing person search failures --- offering either spews of non-specific and random nouns or delusional fantasies.
Since 1995 virtually all law enforcement agencies require full public disclosure for tax audits, legal and justice compliance, and normal budget regulations of all payments paid to investigative consultants.
It's another reason psychic detectives seem to only highlight their work from 1970 to1990 --- any law enforcement agency cited after that is far easier checked by the media, the public, psychic critics, and --- the IRS.
It's just a lot more difficult to create exaggerated psychic work tied to police these days --- even the psychic TV shows seem fixated on vague re-created cases from the 1980's with aging and "retired" officers.
The internet --- and public information web sites such as this --- have only hastened the final drum roll for police psychic detectives.
Our recent and continued examinations of psychic investigator Pam Coronado have been conducted over the past several months and her "astonishingly accurate" claims include disturbing vagueness and over-the-top paranormal and astrology nonsense.
We have closed our review on police psychic Jodie G. Green --- who noted her years as a 'Toxic Dish' --- and died after being convicted for tax evasion and fraud.
Meanwhile the on-going studies of forensic psychic detective Nancy Weber have found her claims as a "medical intuitive" a pathetic portrayal of psychic obfuscation.
Nancy Weber as a self-described medical psychic cites several alleged benefits of some "therapeutic oils" which include technical standards which she incorrectly --- and carelessly --- relates to product performance and safety.
Psychic medium Barb Larson's prior claims about "therapeutic oils" also failed to note their safe product applications and uses and that some physicians and critics have further concerns.
And it's Barb Larson who admitted "everyone left in the psychic detective community is either delusional and crazy as hell or paranoid and on the take."
But psychic hype often travels in time cycles and ignorance never gets fully squashed.
Today psychic-involved missing person organizations like Find Me in the Phoenix area promote claims that "psychic information should be recognized as an additional investigative tool in your arsenal, with the sole purpose of providing leads to assist the investigator with information that may not be discovered otherwise."
They claim a history of success "validates" their process. In fact more than 30 years of publicly available and concisely documented psychic results show otherwise.
Unsubstantiated paranormal abilities and psychic intuitive visions are of no help --- beyond building a business enterprise or soliciting media attention --- in solving crimes or locating missing persons.
And the answer to "what's the worse that can happen" by using psychics is simple. Misdirected time and funds running down false leads as a young child dies. Not to mention public deception to help promote falsehoods.
Crime psychics and psychic detectives who "donate" some time for paranormal criminal and missing person investigations shouldn't be praised for doing so for "free" as a welcome community effort. The Phoenix KPHO-TV News 5 team produced a December 2009 news story which failed as objective news and badly misled its viewers as outlined in the first insert box at the top of this page. KPHO-TV News producers seem to have a history pushing paranormal claims to the public without foundation and entirely by-passing any critical investigations unlike other Phoenix area stations.
Sunny Dawn Johnston's web site notes that she received her “certified medium” education from 2000 to 2001 in part under Dr. Doreen Virtue, PhD. But more likely she is a "certified medium" practitioner under a program run by self-described psychic Doreen Virtue, a woman likely lacking an actual accredited PhD degree.
Indeed psychic spiritualist Virtue seemingly hands out these psychic certifications for talking to the dead with what is apparently an unaccredited PhD based on applications relevant to contacting spirits. Not exactly the kind of PhD degree one normally picks up from a state university or major accredited college. Doreen Virtue certainly hasn't made it clear on her web site how her PhD diploma is substantially different than diplomas offered in Halloween stores at $39.95 without the optional $24 lighted frame. Many PhD wall plaques can be purchased on-line and available in just 72 hours with express shipping at $17.95. Maybe a total doctorate degree for $81.90 plus batteries so you too can splash 'PhD' behind your name and award 'certified medium' parchments?
And of course one can only wonder how New Age spiritualist and psychic Doreen Virtue tests and certifies her clients as psychic mediums across the country. Does Doreen Virtue communicate with her dead spiritual contacts to see if they have already been contacted by her clients seeking certification?
If interested in the "testing" behind this psychic Voodoo marketing --- oops --- "certified medium" diploma program, including what it means and its endorsement policy, view this link to a Doreen Virtue web site. You will be returned here by simply hitting your back key. http://www.angeltherapy.com/atp.php.
Police crime psychics get enormous rewards from the media attention --- attention they themselves often solicit --- from new clients who see them in the "news" and link psychic credibility with TV "news" broadcasts. Such clients may then pay up to $1200 per hour for psychic readings about love life, future hopes, discussions with deceased relatives, and worldly fears.
"Doctor" Doreen Virtue has sold more than 20 books and reportedly lives in a $10 million-dollar home.
Psychic Sylvia Browne's earnings per year were once estimated as high as $4 million dollars --- but have apparently collapsed.
Psychics don't need to pay for inventory. The can create unlimited visions at will. And who can challenge a "certified" psychic about what someone said when they are saying these tidbits from the dead?
The paranormal industry was estimated to be larger than a $4.7 billion-dollar business trade in 2009.
A sizeable group of "psychic investigators" earn from $850,000 to more than $4 million per year --- with much of their income coming from telephone and one-on-one intuitive readings, hypnotherapy, past life regressions, aura readings, book sales, and psychic sensing visions.
Some do so as entertainers while others falsely position themselves as having paranormal super powers.
Missing person intuitive's and psychic investigators are rarely stupid. They know a local TV reporter somewhere will fall for a quick and easy "entertainment" story and rarely has the journalistic integrity to check the facts or contact a researcher who has documented an actual history of local psychic results.
But today the real story is that the use of trained dogs offers less cost per case, far reduced and limited legal liabilities, virtually no overturned convictions, and a documented history of solving crimes and obtaining actual court convictions --- about 572,000 to 1 over missing person psychic detectives.
Compared with the top ten psychic detectives over the past 30 years police dogs hold an approximate 85,000 to 1 chance of finding a missing person alive over the psychics and a 640,000 to 1 chance of finding a missing person dead or alive more than a year before these psychics --- even on cases up to 30 years old!
Today credibility issues --- from exaggeration to deception --- overwhelm the paranormal community and have helped drive North American views of this web site to well over 350,000 and our global viewers to skyrocket.
Not every psychic claiming paranormal powers may be delusional or creating charades, but the evidence to indicate otherwise seems to be exclusively offered by those attempting to make money off such claims.
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