Psychic Detectives are people who help to investigate crimes using their claimed paranormal psychic powers. Many people claim that their psychic capabilities have helped police and investigators solve a number of kidnapping and murder cases, a claim which the police flatly refuses.
- Some psychic detectives claim to communicate with the spirit of the dead person, in case of murder cases.
- Although psychics may be able to communicate some facts which the police might have missed out, their success ate remains controversial.
Psychic Detectives and Police Department:
Although they dont admit it, police departments do use the services of psychic detectives in cases which seem to be heading towards a dead end, with a hope that they might provide a new lead. However many police departments have stated that they do not find the use of psychic detectives as useful or credible in most cases.
- Australian Police have clearly said that they do not take the services of psychics to solve cases.
- Still there are many psychics who profess to have trained with the Australian police and failing to provide sufficient credible evidence to support qualification.
- 26 British police forces, in 2006, said that they did not and have never used the services of psychics, in response to a query by UK Skeptics.
- The Metropolitan Police, in 2009, denied having ever used the help of psychics, but when they were presented with e-mails stating the opposite, they gave an unsatisfying answer and closed the matter.
- The Kiwi police have stated that they do not consider spiritual communication as a credible foundation for investigations.
- A senior investigator in FBI had stated that help from a psychic detective were considered as a last resort and a delicate tool of investigation, for providing clues that are not directly admissible in court.
- A 1993 survey of police departments in 50 major cities showed that police had taken the predictions of psychic detectives in the past, and only 7 departments treated this information any differently from information from other sources.
- No psychic detective has ever been praised, recognized or awarded by the FBI or US national news for solving a crime, preventing a crime for happening, finding a kidnapped person or a corpse.
- The Australian Institute of Criminology advises parents of missing children not to resort to using services of psychic detectives.
- Former FBI agents come down heavily on psychic detectives. According to one,
What happens many times is that professed psychics allow themselves the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. After the case is solved, they make their previously vague predictions somehow fit the crime and the criminal.
- One of the earliest forms of fictitious psychic detectives was created by mother-son duo, a character named Flaxman Low, in 1897.
- Other examples are Jules De Grandin, Doctor Occuly and agent Jasi McLellan.
- A popular television series, Psych, features self-proclaimed psychic detectives helping Santa Barbara police in cracking crimes, but have so far been unsuccessful in all 4 seasons.