The use of mediums by law enforcement agencies may be controversial, but there is no doubt that it happens occasionally. Some departments are upfront about getting help from psychics. Others prefer not to discuss this aspect of their investigations.
This secrecy is usually because of fear that the courts may not be willing to trust investigations aided by psychics. They could also be afraid that juries won’t accept evidence obtained through psychics as valid.
Psychics Can Provide Police With Valuable Information
Psychics can provide information about where to find a body in a murder investigation. They may also be able to share information about the actual killer. In kidnapping cases, mediums can get impressions of the victim’s location or the kidnapper’s identity.
Clairvoyants may have information on a person’s whereabouts and what led to the disappearance in missing person cases.
Psychics Have A Long History Of Helping Police
Though not always reported, psychics have been helping police for hundreds of years. They’ve gone by many different names throughout the years, such as seers, prophets, oracles, mystics, or channelers. The use of psychics in police investigations started getting documented in the 1970s.
Since then, psychics have openly assisted in thousands of investigations, both officially and unofficially. Sometimes law enforcement may request help, but psychics often offer the information they have to authorities on their own. Check out this neat article by Readers Digest that talks about 20 cases psychics have helped crack.
One Of The Most Famous Cases Psychics Helped With Was Of John Wayne Gacy
Psychics Carol Broman and Dorothy Allison were responsible for the arrest of John Wayne Gacy in 1980. The 1978 investigation into the disappearance of a 15-year-old boy led them to the psychics. Dorothy Allison was already on their radar for predicting the murders of two girls before it occurred. No one listened, and they were killed, unfortunately.
Since then, police would call on Allison for help in difficult cases. Both psychics gave the police chilling information, and not long after, an investigation into Gacy had begun. They ended up finding about 30 victims underneath Gacy’s house. This gruesome discovery eventually led to his arrest and later his execution.
Police Officers Have Written Books Talking About The Use Of Psychics
Vernon J. Geberth, a retired New York City Police Department Lieutenant Commander, is the author of Practical Homicide Investigation. Geberth has more than 40 years of experience working in law enforcement, and those in the field consider his book to be “The Bible of Homicide Investigation.” In the book, Geberth discusses the use of clairvoyants and even gives guidance for psychics helping in a homicide investigation.
A psychic’s performance, Geberth states in the book, should be judged by the results of the information they provide. A psychic should have a distinctive way of working, though the particular method may vary from one seer to another. The psychic should be considered an aid in developing clues in the case.
He also writes that the police should follow up on the information they provide. Geberth states that since no scientific guidelines are in place regarding a medium’s performance, police must decide whether any claims are valid and worth pursuing. The psychic must give information that has not been made public.
Any officer who cannot accept the possibility that a clairvoyant may be legitimate should not be involved as they can affect the psychic’s efficiency. Geberth also states that the agency should tape all conversations with a medium. Since taping conversations is one of Geberth’s recommended guidelines, you have to wonder just what kind of recordings might be sitting around in various evidence vaults.
Geberth’s experience was with the New York City Police Department. It makes you wonder if this means he had first-hand experience using psychics while working on America’s largest police force
NYPD Doesn’t Officially Ask Psychics For Help
With that said, they have no “official” policy regarding accepting help from psychics. Department spokesmen have stated that tips from psychics are received and followed up on just like they would be from a public member.
While there has never been any indication that they have sought out psychic assistance, there have been signs that the involvement between psychics and the department goes beyond simply following up on leads the mediums may provide.
Retired Detective Louis Pia and Detective Phil Tricolla of NYPD’s 49th Precinct have discussed the involvement of psychic Ellie Crystal in the case of 22-year-old Kim Antonakos, who was kidnapped and murdered.
“One of the things I got from Ellie when I was present during the interview with her is that it was most astonishing when she said the letter J would be important in solving the case,” Detective Pia said. “The four convicted of her crime, all their first names started with the letter J.” Detective Tricolla agreed, stating psychics are “good at what they do.”
Some Police Are Psychics Too
Riley G. Matthews, Jr., one such police officer, worked on the New York City Police Department before leaving and forming a psychic detective agency. This agency assisted in many cases. Perhaps the most notable one was the Green River Serial Killer. He later turned his talents into more mainstream endeavors and acting.
Keith Charles is another example. He is a British police officer who identified as a psychic. In his autobiography, Psychic Cop, Charles stated that he used his psychic abilities to solve crimes. He also said that he would then use his intuition to decipher evidence left behind by the criminal. They would then use this evidence in court.
Keith Charles and Riley G. Matthews, Jr. are not the only cops claiming psychic abilities. Many detectives would agree that intuition is an integral part of the job. That belief likely led a psychic named Rennie Wiley to open Dragon’s Lair in 1984.
The agency, located in Florida, attempted to teach officers how to use their intuition and possibly even tap into their extrasensory abilities. Dragon’s Lair also combined the talents of mediums and retired police officers to assist local agencies with cases, mainly concentrating on finding stolen property.
Will The Use Of Psychics By Police Become More Mainstream?
With the number of television shows dedicated to the theme, it may seem that the general public is warming to the idea. Unfortunately, those fictional shows will probably remain most people’s only exposure to the concept until society removes the stigma associated with the use of mediums.
The agencies dedicated to protecting and serving the public will likely continue to turn to psychics, but they will do it behind the scenes. The chances of it happening in front of any cameras still seem low for now.