Some detectives say psychics offer information, yet nothing is documented

Special Report: Psychics Playing Role In Solving Crimes

In the case of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, police told News 8 that out of the hundreds of leads they have received, about 100 of them came from people claiming to be psychics.

While the case remains unsolved, other cases are closed, authorities say, thanks in part to psychics who were willing to step in and offer information.

In the early days of the investigation, Grovo received half a dozen calls from people claiming to be psychics.

In the end, Grovo says, some were correct. Police eventually found her body in the river and ruled it a suicide.

Did psychics help solve the case?

“You ask the people that said she was in the river and absolutely. I mean they were right. There was a couple of them that said that,” said Grovo.


Source: WMTW (Maine)

This is a common pop culture idea – that psychics help solve crime. But, look closer at the quotes in this article. Think carefully about the situation and what is presented. The psychics are recounting their thoughts AFTER the crime has been solved. There is a tricky human tendency to embellish our memories, recreate them to suit our needs. We ALL do this.

The psychics are also providing information that others are saying as well, and suggesting rather obvious things to look for (“in the river”). Some of the “tips” are simply not helpful at all (“found before the first snow”) in solving the case.

After decades of psychics supposedly helping to solve crimes, there has not been a well documented case that actually shows it to be true. All we have is hearsay, stories of the psychics who say they helped and police who retrofit the stories that support the psychic claims. That is DIFFERENT than being documented. There are ample reasons for concluding that psychics don’t help at all and may, in fact, hurt police investigation by providing useless dead ends.

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  2 comments for “Some detectives say psychics offer information, yet nothing is documented

  1. Massachusetts
    February 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    What would a cop get out of retrofitting a psychics story in hindsight?

    • idoubtit
      February 14, 2012 at 7:27 AM

      Selective memory and he believes it is true. We all do this to some extent.

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