New Zealand television. Police detectives from around New Zealand reveal
exciting new developments sparked by the Sensing Murder psychics.
And, for the first time, the Sensing Murder filming process is
laid bare as die-hard skeptic and professional clinical psychologist
Nigel Latta scrutinizes a full psychic read.
A psychic detective is defined as a person who investigates crimes by using their claimed paranormal psychic abilities.
A number of people claim they have psychic abilities that have allowed
them to assist police in solving kidnapping and murder cases, or
locating a corpse.
Many police departments claim that this never occurs.
Abilities frequently claimed by psychic detectives
include postcognition (the paranormal perception of the past),
psychometry (information psychically gained from objects), telepathy,
and Remote Viewing.
Some psychic detectives might also use tarot reading,
voodoo, numerology and dowsing. In murder cases, psychic detectives
will often claim to communicate with the spirits of the murder victims.
The Australian Sensing Murder television series features self-described psychics assisting with unsolved murder cases.
the psychics have been able to anticipate some facts known only to the
police, none of the cases have been solved, over four seasons.
Australian police have said that they do not accept
assistance from psychics. This was in response to an Australian TV show
Sensing Murder in which self-professed psychics attempt to crack
Additionally, an unnamed Australian federal police officer was suspended
following his seeking the aid of a clairvoyant in regards to death
threats made against Prime Minister John Howard.
A federal police spokesman said they do "not condone the use of psychics in security matters."
No psychic detective has ever been praised
or given official recognition by the F.B.I. or US national news for
solving a crime, preventing a crime, or finding a kidnap victim or
The Australian Institute of Criminology, Australia's official
crime research agency, advises parents of missing children not resort to
psychics who approach them.
Former FBI analyst and profiler Clint Van Zandt has criticized the
notion of psychic detectives and has stated that "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."
A detailed 2010 study of Sylvia Browne predictions about 115 missing
persons and murder cases has found that despite her repeated claims to
be more than 85% correct, "Browne has not even been mostly correct in a
Sensing Murder is a television series in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, in which alleged psychics are asked to act as psychic detectives to help solve famous unsolved murder cases in each country.
The psychics have not managed to solve any of the cases, although they have uncovered facts that only police knew about.
have in some cases provided actual names of persons related to the area
the crime was committed to police, names of persons confirmed by
serving or ex-serving police officers to have existed and resided in
close proximity to locations of crimes around the time they were
show's producers claimed that before each series they tested hundreds
of psychics and mediums in New Zealand and Australia with a case that
had already been solved.
The most accurate psychics were then
shortlisted from which the producers chose two or three of them to
attempt to solve the unsolved murder cases.
Originally featured on Unsolved Mysteries, this special investigates the
murders of Bobbie Oberholzter and Annette Schnee. Both women were
murdered on the same night within hours of each other in the snowy
mountains just outside Breckenridge, Colorado on January 6, 1982.
the case growing cold over the passage of time, 2 psychics are brought
in to help the case.