4/5/06 (PMP) The Psychic Editor?
"When I had the opportunity to receive national television coverage for my missing loved one on a show featuring a well known psychic, I jumped at it. I was more excited about the national coverage than the prospect of listening to what a psychic had to say but I was willing to listen. I was thinking, “What if we do hear something that could help?”
After being prepped off stage that psychologists would be available if we needed support, the taping commenced. A short tape rolled for the audience describing our family’s missing loved one and documenting the reactions of the family members left behind. We then listened intently and answered questions from the host and the psychic about our missing loved one.
Not knowing what to think about what we were being told, we took all the information in, hoping that it would pan out to a new lead and possibly help find our missing loved one. After the show, we were quickly ushered into a waiting limo only to wonder about what we just heard and how the show would turn out.
On the ride back home, excited about prospect that our loved one was alive and possibly nearby, we made meticulous notes on exactly what the psychic told us about our missing loved one. After making these notes, we looked down at the notes, and we were thinking that they looked quite similar to the content of the web site for our missing loved one. The hopes created by the psychic’s words moments earlier were already starting to diminish.
The notes also told of our loved one being picked up by a truck from ABC Trucking Company and to look in XYZ City for our loved one. We didn’t know what to make of the information, nor were we willing to wait until the show aired in a few months, so we forwarded the information to our investigator, who investigated ABC trucking online, spoke to LE in XYZ City, and inquired in XYZ City’s area hospitals for our missing loved one.
When the showed aired on television a few months later, to our amazement, the psychic's vision changed.
The psychic now stated that our loved one was picked up by XYZ Trucking Company, a completely different trucking company. Also, after referring to our original notes made in the limo, we realized that the entire flow of the conversation from the psychic was different. We can only assume that the clip was retaped and the psychic must have forgot what they said originally.
Either way, the experience only further reinforced what our disillusioned family already believed. That is, if psychics were for real, they would be on LE's (Law Enforcement’s) payroll, not going around giving families false hope and wasting their time."
We understand that many people believe that psychics are effective in solving crimes and finding missing people. Please keep in mind that the goal of this series is to help families understand techniques used by persons making these claims and make better decisions about the use of psychics.
Project Jason and its volunteers cannot act as a clearinghouse for persons claiming success in using paranormal means to locate missing persons. We will be unable to respond to emails or other correspondence sent to us from persons making these claims or persons offering information about or referrals to psychics.
We instead invite those persons to present their evidence to the members of the James Randi Education Foundation. They have a forum available for you to discuss your claims. http://forums.randi.org/forumdisplay.php?f=7
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