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Law Enforcement Using the Influence of Psychics to Help Solve Crime.

Updated on October 2, 2014

Have Psychics Solved Crimes?

There is controversy as to weather or not psychics can or have solved crimes. For decades since Jack The Ripper there have been recorded cases of psychics helping out with crimes and providing clues. Few instances have been successfully documented to show true evidence of a psychic solving a crime, only aiding law enforcement. Could it have anything to do with the police on their part not following through on a psychics lead simply because the officer didn't believe in the psychic? Maybe the officer or officers didn't see psychic ability as a concrete investigative tool. Some officers have said that the use of a psychic in their department made public, caused other psychics to write or call in with their own supposed leads. The information was investigated. Once investigated the tip was no good and time was wasted. Detectives are skeptical of psychics because some want money for their services. Others want nothing and want to remain anonymous.

While there's nothing wrong with making a living, why would a person with the supposed ability to find a missing person charge money to help solve a case? Detectives wanting to solve their case will generally use whatever lead they can follow. Some detectives may feel their job is threatened by a psychic. If a psychic can solve the crime, why are detectives needed? Bottom line is, if a person goes missing one would think people would want to take any true avenue to help find that person. Whatever efforts can be used to find missing persons is useful. There should be no competition in regards to finding missing people. Most police departments will accept information from a psychic, but will not contact one themselves to help solve a crime. If a psychic is used, very little or no credit goes to them and their information. Should it? They are behind the scenes, unofficial.

To most, spiritual communication is bogus, a hoax, a fraud. Here are four instances where psychics have helped out. Without naming names, one instance in the U.S where a paratrooper went missing from his apartment, a psychic, using a map, circled an area 2 city blocks wide and said the missing person would be there. When police investigated with search and rescue, they found the body. The psychic said she saw the missing person gasping for air before he died. When he was found there was nothing to indicate he was attacked and it was determined he had died of natural causes.

Another case in Sydney Australia in 1996, a psychic asked by the missing woman's friend to help find her, did so. The psychic used a plumb bob, grid map, and hair from the missing woman to tell the police where her body would be. By chance a trucker came across the missing woman before the police could look for her, and reported what he found. She was found less than two kilometers from where the psychic said she would be.

In 2001 in Australia a missing man was found by an Aboriginal psychic, a clairvoyant. Since police could not solve the case, the family of the missing person was told to contact a psychic for help, so they did. The family had asked the police to do a search based on the psychics findings and they declined to do so. The psychic took the family out herself and found the body exactly where she said he would be. Police conducted a DNA test and determined the body was that of the missing person.

In 2010 once again in Australia, a known psychic Aboriginal elder said she had a dream about a missing child. Police were currently investigating a missing child case regarding the child the psychic named. Police agreed to accompany the psychic to the area in her dream. When they did, instead of finding the child, they found a grown woman.

Research on psychic detectives has stated that credit is not always asked for by a supposed psychic. This seems to make this psychic person more credible. When credit, fame, or money are asked for, it seems the person claiming they are a psychic are a hoax, fraud, and a user of a families grief and a families want for closure. Both circumstances have a ring of truth to them. All in all, in a court of law, a psychics testimony is not admissible. There is nothing scientific as of yet, to prove with hard physical facts that proclaimed psychics have abilities. Since there are no solid facts the court cannot use the information. Could it be possible law enforcement knowing this, keeps a psychics assistance out of any reports simply because the report would not be admissible? No matter, missing people need to be found. These cases need closure. Families and detectives can become haunted by a case with no closure. If a psychic weather they are clairvoyant, use a plumb bob, tarot cards, have dreams, or possess any psychic ability at all can help solve a case, by all means investigate what they share. For those who are frauds, they will expose and embarrass themselves. Hopefully there will come a day when psychic ability will be proven, acknowledged, and become an accepted tool in law enforcement. Thank you for reading.

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      Amethystraven 3 years ago from California

      That is good that she helps police solve crimes. If people have the ability of sensitivity to others in various ways, it is a great deed when they help people find closure as far as murders go. Thank you for reading my hub.

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      Moon1970 4 years ago

      I know that Psychics can solve cases. I live in Colorado. When I was 17 in 1994, I saw a story on the news about a psychic named Ann who solves cases. This one lady who lived in my neighborhood had a nephew about 15 yrs old that would come to visit her. One day when I was going to my friends house, I saw him and two other teen boys painting her house. A week later, I'm walking home with a friend, and I saw the two teen boys that were at the house a week earlier coming from that lady's home. When we were walking by her house, we noticed the door was slightly opened. I reported it to the police. When I described the two boys that came from her house, the cops told me they knew who those boys were. They stated that they were investigating them. They said a 15 yr old girl was found dead in a field and that two weeks earlier they had questioned those boys about the murder, and they claimed to know nothing about the crime. The cops stated the only reason they knew about the crime is because after the girl died, her parents saw the same news story about the psychic Ann and decided to contact her to investigate their daughters death. A week later, I saw the same cop and this psychic Ann going to her house.

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      Jose Misael Polanco 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Here in CA we cannot use hypnosis and psychics because of the kelly-fry rule. We cannot prove those have over 51% of credibility in the scientific community. But any clue or tips offered during hypnosis or psychics can be used to follow up a case. It is a valid clue, interesting how much these people can discover!

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked the hub.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I share this belief and am so glad I came to read. This was so interesting and well written.

      I share with Penny's comments - Sensing Murder was a show you would enjoy as it deals with your subject here. It is now on re-runs but I'm sure you may catch an episode.

      So many stellar mediums keep it low profile for fear of non believing people.

      Great job.

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      pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I enjoyed your hub. We had a TV program here some time back called sensing murder. Each episode they would chose the same 3 psychics out of 75 from NZ and Australia. The psychics were given no information on the unsolved murders. They were only given a photo. Most chose not to look at the photo. The information they provided about the deceased was usually spot on. They provided names and how the person had died. I have no doubt in my mind that there are people that possess the different gifts of spirit. Whether one should charge or not is entirely up to that person. Thanks for the great read.

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      Thank you very much kerlynb. I would like to see more psychics do the same thing. There are so many paranormal investigators out there that hunt for the ghosts, but I don't ever hear much about living people helping the dead find closure. The dead need help as much as the living.

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      A very interesting hub. Although many people would disregard psychic's as shams, I personally think that they may actually help. I think this way because I grew up reading about an established, non-profit psychic volunteer group in my country that has been helping bring "closure" to named victims and families of victims of unsolved crime cases. There are several things that psychics can actually do. What I like best about them though is the fact that they can communicate with earth-bound spirits, explain to them their "real" situation, and convince them to follow the light and finally leave the earth. This may sound creepy but I really think helping earth-bound spirits find the light is an absolutely selfless act. Voting your hub up and interesting!

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      I've been having precognitive experiences myself lately. I keep them to myself mostly. The only person that really knows I have them is my best friend. He's very accepting and helpful. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed reading :-)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I know for a fact that some people can 'see' what has happened to someone. How do I know? I did it myself, long story. But its true that the police do use them, but as you say keep them in the background, interesting hub, thanks!

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      Amethystraven 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Klarawieck for making things a lot clearer on mediums and psychics. All psychics are mediums but not all mediums are psychics makes a lot of sense. I believe both are a great gift that come with a lot of responsibility. Outside energies can have a lot of influence on a medium or psych. How does one stay open and filter everything else out to concentrate on what's coming through to them? I agree with you as far as not being able to command the gift.

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Amethystraven, there is a difference between psychic ability and mediumship. Psychics are those who can predict the future. Mediums are those who can speak to the souls of the deceased. All psychics are mediums, but not all mediums are psychics. So, those trying to help with missing people's cases might not necessarily be psychics, they could very well be mediums getting in touch with the missing person's spirit.

      I agree with you on some things... psychics shouldn't charge for services as it relates to finding corpses or missing people. But I also think that a medium or psychic should not guarantee any results of what they perceive, because communication with Spirit doesn't happen on cue and it can be affected or diverted by many other things, such as the vibration of the people around you, the weather, your mental state at the time you're assessing a situation, etc. I believe that mediumship means that at times you'll have access to information from Spirit, but you don't have a switch that can be turned on to find the answers yourself. That's why it's called a "gift." It is handed to you whenever Spirit sees that it's appropriate. You don't command it.

      Thanks for this hub. It's really interesting, and I do believe that many mediums have remained anonymous as they've helped police solve cases. I think in part is to avoid being stained by criticism. People will criticize regardless, but even more so if you give them something substantial to consider.

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      Amethystraven 6 years ago from California

      This is great to know, thank you :-)

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      Nena 6 years ago

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