In the Amanda Hart thread Nasib claims so.
In the Amanda Hart thread Nasib claims so.
Depends on the definition of 'help'.
Plenty send in (or claim to have sent) information to the police that the police have not asked for. See the old Psychic Sarah threads on here for some of that action.
Plenty take credit - see Joe Power on BadPSychics who claims to have helped locate Shannon Matthews after giving her mother a reading - but he never noticed the mother was responsible.
There are television programmes built around the fact that psychics are investigators but if you watch these programmes, nothing is ever uncovered that isn't in the public domain.
Personally, I'm still waiting for some evidence that a rational person would decide meets the recognised use of the verb 'help'.
Mousse from a bowl is very nice, but to put it on a person is demented!
She provides this link.
Scroll down and we get the answer
The tip off that put "Pokie" Ruark in the frame was made in the Windmill pub two days before a person claiming psychic powers and living just 1.3 miles away repeated the accusation alongside a display apaprently consistent with cold reading.
Whether or not Holohan is truly psychic or not it appears that Ruark would have been caught and convicted without Holohan's dubious testimony. She appeared to confirm things the polcie already knew (as would be the case with classic cold reading) but added no new information, opened up no new channels of investigation and therefore cannot be said to have actually helped the police.
The fact that Guy Lyon Playfair and Montague Keen are convinced is pretty much a given.
Papers use unamed "sources" when they don't want their facts to be checked. Sadly today's "churnalists" don't have much time for fact checking so the true source of this claim may never be found and verified. It is certainly at odds with named sources explicitly denying that any psychic has ever produced any useful information.
I can't believe I titled this thread "Indestigation"
The first account of the extraordinary case, written by one of the investigating police officers, was published not in a tabloid newspaper or a psychic publication but in Police, the journal of the Police Federation (December 2001).
A detailed paper was published in the January 2004 Journal of the Society for Psychical Research under the title 'A possibly Unique Case of Psychic Detection', it contains declarations from both Batters and Smith (the pc's involved) that the paper is an accurate account of the events that they reported. Tony Batters revealed his initial feelings when asked to interview the medium:
I was at that time completely sceptical and did not wish to pursue the interview, but as a courtesy we sat down in her lounge and she started saying things that immediately shook me. I was writing them down; at a very early stage she went into what I would describe as a trance, although I'm not familiar with a trance, but her eyelids fluttered and closed and she spoke, in a normal voice, a series of very short sentences, and I produced a verbatim transcript from the original notes of that meeting which I still hold.
We were probing - 'Where did you get this information? Surely you have been speaking to relatives? Do you know somebody in the murder squad?' And she said, 'Well look, from the questions I think you don't believe me. I'd like to do something, and Jacque is telling me to do this, and that is if one of you will give me something that's personal to you, I will try to demonstrate something.'
DC Smith gave the medium his bunch of keys. She then made three very clear and specific statements. One was that he had recently received a letter about some essential electrical work. This was correct. A building society had informed him that a property he planned to buy needed to be rewired before it would agree to a mortgage. She also informed him that he would soon be transferred to another police station. This he regarded as highly unlikely - until he was informed of his impending transfer a few days later. The third statement - actually the first she made - was clearly accurate, though Batters told the researchers 'to my dying day I could not disclose what she said. It was quite extraordinary with detail'. ...
There was not enough evidence to charge Ruark with murder and no court would accept statements from a murder victim made through a medium. He remaned a free man for 17 years until, in 2000 when the case was reopened, Ruark was arrested and sentenced to life at the Old Bailey in August 2001.
Last edited by Nasib; 27th January 2009 at 12:48 PM.
Why mention the parlour trick? It in no way assited the police in capturing Pokie.
What it doesn't do it provide new leads, channels of investigation or evidence. Neither for that matter did her telling the officers what they already knew about the case.
Lets take an example. An informant says something like "a saturday girl working at the newsagents saw them arguing" if the police found that they hadn't interviewed this girl but when they did so it revealed information valuable to the investigation then that informant has helped.
The trick with cold reading is to make the sitter think that the psychic is coming up with the information when in actual fact it's the sitter who's providing all the information. The limitation here is that such a cold reader can only provide information that the sitter already knows.
The police in question allready knew everything that Holohan had told them.
However in this instance the police officers weren't the only sources of information available to Holohan The trouble is that they'd already been askign questions and every suspicion that Holohan might have picked up in the community had already been hoovered up by the police who are often quite professional about such things.
As such she still added nothing to the investigation. however if she did get some infomraiton from the community and had revealed where she got it from rather than pretending to be psychic - in that scenario she might have directed police towards sufficient reliable corroboration to aid them in their interogation of Ruark.
If you are reading a book by Roy Stemman you are seriously wasting your time. NEVER has there been such a nimble minded doufess with absolutely NO practical experience in the fields he pens his name to. He can write a tiny bit, and dips his pen in stupidity to ink utter BS. Get your information from those that actually have academic experience in your psychic and spiritual realms of interest, research experience that is FACTUAL (not his personal and shamefully limited comic book exposures) and have genuine demonstrable experience DOING the work. This guy is an utter fool. It is senseless that the UK hasn't run him out of the country ... there must be genuinely qualified and experienced people over there.