Friday, April 28, 2006

4/28/06 (PMP) The Bitter End, Part II

......continued from yesterday.

Julie sounded like a pleasant, but yet firm-sounding woman. I wasn't going to be rude to her, but I also wasn't going to give her information freely, and nor was I going to feed into her guesses by giving any reaction whatsoever to anything she said. After all, she claimed to be a psychic who could communicate with the dead and see things the rest of us couldn't. She shouldn't need any validation from me.

I'm going to spell this out for our friends with Christian beliefs. If a person claims to communicate with the dead, and makes clear indication that the dead are not evil spirits, then the dead being communicated with must be in Heaven and/or be of God. Anyone in Heaven is not going to lie or deceive. Therefore, if a spirit lies or provides incorrect information, one of two things is happening:

1) The spirit is evil.
2) The psychic is either under delusions or knows he/she is a fraud.

Beings in Heaven do not lie or deceive, so then who is being deceptive? Ask yourself that question if you are a Christian.

The rest of this tale could be easily summarized in two words: lies and deception. I will however, continue on, because there are other lessons to be learned from the story.

I took some notes as Julie was talking. I used those notes to report anything specific to law enforcement (LE) as I had promised Jane. That way, if was there was an actual lead, they wouldn't have to wait for the tape to follow up on it.

Like all of the other psychics, Julie claimed that Jason was dead. Her story is as follows:

Jason was walking along a 2 lane highway that was not a great distance from home. It was a fairly busy highway. Julie insisted it was Highway 27. That was the first deception. There is no Highway 27 anywhere near our home, period.

A girl who called herself Vanessa was driving down the highway, and accidentally hit Jason. She was scared and had no intention of calling anyone about it because she had just been released from jail, where she had been held on drug charges. She was afraid no one would believe her that it was an accident. She has also started a new job as a stripper at a nearby club, and she didn't want to lose her job. Julie described Vanessa as being fairly short and petite, with stringy dishwater blonde hair.

Julie said that Vanessa pulled Jason down into the ditch and put him in a drainage pipe that was at the bottom of this ditch. There are two major holes in this part of the story. One is that on such a busy highway, as Julie had already described, someone would have witnessed the accident itself, or at least seen Vanessa dragging him down into the ditch. Secondly, Vanessa was not a large person, so it's hard to believe she could have quickly and easily drug Jason into the ditch before someone saw her. I asked Julie about it, and she said that Vanessa had adrenalin flowing, so she was able to accomplish this.

In Julie's story, Jason was still alive at that point. His injuries, if treated, were not fatal. Untreated, however, was a different story. Julie described him as fading in and out of consciousness. She said he did not have the strength to speak, and that he could only move his lips. Vanessa put his body in the drainage pipe, but could not slide him all the way in, so his legs were left protruding. Vanessa then fled the scene of her crime.

Another gaping hole in the story here is that the ditches by public highways here are mowed several times in the summer. His disappearance was on June 13th, so the growing season was in full swing, but had months to go. The ditch would be mowed many more times. If Jason's legs were protruding, as she stated, the mowers would have spotted him. They have to keep the ditches cleaned out as well, so even if one mower missed seeing him, persons cleaning litter from the ditch and the pipe would have discovered him. I verified this fact with my LE. Had Julie altered her story to instead have his body left in a remote location, it could happen that he would not be discovered for years, but on a public highway, this would simply not be possible. (Our ditches are not that deep here.)

Julie then launched into what I'll term as a "deflection". She provides a great amount of detail about things that simply do not matter. For people who are sucked into this type of thing, they would most likely be making strong declarations of belief and awe at Julie's abilities at this point. There were three different times during the reading in which she did this. One must ask themselves how she can "see" all the great detail when it comes to the part of the story that doesn't provide a valid lead or anything of substance, but when it's time to provide helpful data, none is available. The spirits then stop delivering. Psychics will make all sorts of excuses about this. At the end of this reading, Julie would make an excuse for this that was perhaps even more unforgivable than her hideous deception itself.

She then launched into at least a 45-60 minute monologue about how, coincidentally, a police officer came upon the scene after Vanessa left, but when Jason was still alive. According to Julie, the officer stopped to get out of his vehicle and stretch his legs. He was completely unaware that anything unusual had just recently occurred. She described the officer in great detail, and even provided what she thought was his name. Julie spent at least 20 minutes talking about the officer's angel pin, which he wore on his lapel. She told the story about who gave it to him, and why, and how it had so much meaning to him. I wondered why it mattered so much about his pin. It didn't, of course. It was just part of the deceit. Julie wanted to give me the perception that she truly could "see" things. My perception was that I could indeed "see" things, and what I could "see" was right through her made-up story.

And in yet another error for Julie, she was quite firm in that the officer drove a green and white car. In my research, I found green and white LE cars in some areas of the southeast. Julie didn't bother to check and see what colors are common for LE vehicles in this region. They aren't green and white. Even the forestry division does not have green and white cars. (Jane insisted that they must in some effort to validate Julie's story after the fact.) My LE verified that there are no green and white LE cars of any sort in this entire region. He also could not find an officer with the name Julie provided. Julie had indicated these events took place nearby. The story, quite apparently, was only inside her head.

Even so, hearing what she said next took my breath away. No matter how many times I had heard these sorts of stories and that in my heart, I knew they were meaningless; it still causes so much pain. The visual placed in your head by the telling of the hard tale never goes away. Thinking and realizing that my son could have had some awful fate, even though it wasn't this one, is just too much for a mother's heart to have to bear. I shouldn't have to bear it. No one should purposely ask me to bear it. That is, no one who has a heart (and morals) themselves.

To be continued.................

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pray I never have to feel the pain you and your family do. PRAY- but after reading this I know I would feel the same way about psychics. That is crazy- I'm sorry you had to go through such cruelty (that's the way I see it) of someone making money off of your pain.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Wanda said...

I can't thank you enough for this series. Each story sounds strangly familiar to our experience looking for my brother. In fact there are so many parallels. We used several psychics to help us in the beginning, through different family members.

I've been so tempted to try another psychic, because I thought they might have gotten some of it. And what can it hurt anyway. Now I realize how wrong they all were. I also know first hand the hurt and harm they cause with their speculations. He's alive, no he's not moving now. He's in a hole. He's under water. Someone's driving his vechical. He's with his vechical under water. It's true about the amount of extra unimportant information they add to their stories. Now I see it for what it really is.

Each psychic was in for the money or even fame. One even tried to use us to get on a psychic detective TV show.

Thank you for this blog and the help you give to the families of the missing.

7:09 PM  

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