Psychic Detectives

When there is an unsolved crime and the police investigators are stumped, it has been said that they sometimes recruit psychics to help. Some psychics claim to be able to perceive information simply by holding personal articles belonging to the victim (by psychometry). Psychics also seem to be able to psychically tune in and view the crime as it occurred, seeing it in a vision or somehow otherwise sensing what happened.  

Dorothy Allison

A psychic from New Jersey, Dorothy Allison, was apparently thought by some to be of aid to police investigators. In Charles Sellier's book, (The Paranormal Sourcebook) he tells of what transpired when Allison became involved in a case of a missing young girl in Canada. Allison was allegedly unable to perceive anything about the girl's disappearance, but she was able to tell the Canadian authorities that the body of another missing girl would be found in a certain lake and that her leg would be the first part of her body that would be found. A few days after Dorothy Allison made that statement, fishermen found a cement block with a girl's leg protruding out of it. Dorothy Allison was made an honorary police officer.

Gerard Croiset

Gerard Croiset (1909-1980) was a Dutch psychic who also was reported to have been involved in criminal investigations. Croiset evidently could use psychometry to discern past events (retrocognition) as well as envision current and future events.

(The term psychometry was first coined by physiologist Joseph Buchanan).

Gerard Croiset's abilities were studied and reported on by Professor Wilhelm Tenhaeff of Utrect University. Professor Tenhaeff declared Croiset's clairvoyance genuine. Professor Wilhelm Tenhaeff (1894-1981) was chair of parapsychology at the University of Utrecht and director of the university's Parapsychology Institute. Tenhaeff was later accused of falsifying the data he had recorded to make it appear that there were many more psychic successes than there actually were.

The reknown parapsychologist Hans Bender (1907-1991) also tested Gerard Croiset. (Dr. Bender was made chair in psychology and parapsychology at Freiburg University and founded the Institute for Border Areas of Psychology and Mental Health in Freiburg, Germany). Bender investigated the Rosenheim poltergeist case.

Croiset purportedly helped police who were at a dead-end in their investigation of the murder of a young woman. Croiset allegedly gave the police investigators information from his psychic impressions--describing the murder as it occurred in detail and even gave the police the name of the murderer. (He said the murderer's name was "Stevens"--the actual name was "Stevenson").

Walter Sandelius allegedly contacted Croiset because his teenage daughter was missing. Croiset described where and in what vehicles Walter Sandelius's daughter had travelled and he told Walter Sandelius that he would see his daughter (alive) within six days. On the sixth day, just before Sandelius once again dialed Croiset's telephone number, he discovered his daughter sitting on the sofa. When questioned, she apparently confirmed what Croiset had seen.

Charles Sellier also described a case when Croiset was able to tell the mother of a missing girl that her daughter and another girl, her daughter's companion, would be found together on a beach--and they were found there. They had both been murdered and buried in the sand.

Peter Hurkos

Peter Hurkos was a Dutch psychic who claimed that his psychic abilities appeared after an accident in which he fells from a ladder onto his head. In his book 'The Paranormal Sourcebook--A Comprehensive Guide To All Things Otherworldly' Charles Sellier details his observations of Peter Hurkos who had been recruited to help the Los Angeles Police Department in a murder case. With no knowledge of the details of the case, Hurkos apparently described the room where the murder weapon had been found, and gave extensive details about the room. He allegedly described everyone who had been in that room when the murder occurred. He told the police detectives what each victim looked like and exactly how they were murdered.

Hurkos, according to Charles Sellier's book, also could get into the mind of the killer and describe the killer's thoughts. Then he told the police where the murderer could be found. Hurkos even gave the police a physical description of the killer. Less than a month later, LAPD arrested a man for the murders who matched Hurkos's descriptions. Peter Hurkos seemed to be able to receive information by psychometry--he held the murder weapon and could then sense and see and feel what had occurred.

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Annette Martin

California Homicide Detective Richard Keaton utilizes the psychic talents of a lady named Annette Martin when confronted with an unsolved crime. She apparently has the ability to envision what happened to the victim and pick up details about the crime itself and the perpetrator.

Georgia Rudolph

The television program "Beyond Chance" presented a case about the suspected murder of a woman in Belpre, Ohio. Police Sargeant Dave Garvey was baffled--there seemed to be no clues as to what happened to the victim. The police could not find her body, but were convinced that she had been murdered. Georgia Rudolph, a Pittsburgh psychic, was called in.

Georgia Rudolph allegedly saw in a vision where the body was located. She said that she felt that the body would be found on a country road and that the numbers 289 were significant. She said the body would be found close to water. She said that the victim had no jewelry on her body and seemed to have pink all around her. Georgia also told Sgt. Garvey: "Wherever she is, you have to look up..." The victim's body was subsequently found in the township on a country road (the sign said "298"). Sgt. Garvey found a mound of dirt in a location there that seemed to be what Georgia described as the locale where the body would be found. Buried in the mound of dirt was the body of the missing woman. She had on pink pajamas; she wore no jewelry. Apparently, her husband murdered her in a fit of rage after she threatened to leave him.

Nella Jones

Nella Jones of the U.K. has been credited with psychically coming up with accurate information about the Yorkshire Ripper who murdered young women in the 1970's. Jones said that the Ripper's name was Peter, that he worked for a company that's name began with the letter "C", and that he lived at Number 6 on a street in Bradford in Yorkshire. When the killer was apprehended, his name was Peter Sutcliffe, he worked for a company called Clark Transport and his street address was Number 6. Apparently many other psychics had offered information about the then unidentified murderer, but only Mrs. Jones got correct information about him.

Nancy Myers Czetli

Nancy Czetli of Pennsylvania helped apparently solved a murder case in Maryland. Czetli psychically "saw" the murder scene and evidently was able to pick the killer out of a set of photographs presented to her by the police. You can read about Nancy Czetli here.

Dixie Yetarian

Psychic Dixie Yetarian of California, allegedly once solved a crime as a result of taking calls while on a radio talk-show. A caller named Owen Etheridge claimed that he wanted to know what happened to his missing father. Yetarian somehow sensed that the caller himself was responsible for his father's disappearance...that he murdered his father by shooting him in the head. Yetarian called a homicide detective whom she knew and told him what she sensed psychically about the call. Subsequently, the caller was confronted and allegedly broke down and admitted killing his father. He led police to where he had buried his father's body.

Greta Alexander

The late Greta Alexander of Illinois, known for her psychic sleuthing ability, apparently led police to the body of a missing woman. Alexander was reportedly able to tell the police where to search for the body. Though they had already searched in that area and were skeptical that the body would be found there, the young woman's remains were indeed found there. Alexander allegedly told police that the head and a foot would be found separated from the body, and that the policeman who found the body would have a "bad hand". The skull was found five feet away from the body and the left foot was missing; the policeman who found the body had a deformity of the hand that had occurred as the result of an accident.

Alexander claimed to have manifested her ability after being struck by lightening

Florence Sternfels

Another psychic detective named Florence Sternfels apparently worked with the famous Scotland Yard and the French Surete. The notorious gangster Dutch Schultz went to Mrs. Sternfels for a reading. During the course of the sitting, Sternfels allegedly warned Schultz not to go to Newark. He did, despite her warning, and was gunned down inside a Newark tavern. Mrs. Sternfels, born in New York, died in 1965.


Researchers at Liverpool University's Center For Investigative Psychology have apparently tested a random sample of purported psychics. The evident conclusion of those researchers has been that psychics are no more or less accurate than controls (people who don't claim to be psychic).
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