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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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