It’s a shame psychic crime fighting doesn’t work

Psychic crime fighter joins search for woman missing two decades — Aroostook — Bangor Daily News.

Cindy Owens has worn out two pairs of shoes searching the woods of northern Maine since her friend Virginia Sue Pictou-Noyes went missing two decades ago after leaving a Bangor hospital.
On Saturday the search was joined by a southern Maine crime-fighting psychic who said a combination of dreams and sensations indicated the body of Pictou-Noyes, or clues to her disappearance, were along the banks of Wallagrass Stream.
In the early morning hours of April 24, 1993, Pictou-Noyes left Eastern Maine Medical Center, desperate to get back home to her five children in Easton, according to a Jan. 9 article in the Bangor Daily News
A 26-year-old wife and mother, Pictou-Noyes had been taken to EMMC after being beaten outside a Bangor bar, allegedly by her husband, Larry Noyes, and his brother Roger Noyes Jr., according to a police report.
She has not been seen nor heard from since.
In late 2011 [Fred] Hamilton said he had a four-hour vivid dream about the case with what he said were detailed images of the area in Wallagrass.
Tip: CFI’s Morning Heresy
Fred was contacted by the daughter of Cindy Owens. He volunteers his time, at his own expense, to help with solving crimes as part of the Psychic Crime Fighters. This appears to be a loose network of people who do this sort of thing.
Psychic Crime Fighter’s are dedicated Professionals coming together to share information and predictions to solve cases and thwart future attacks. Please feel free to join us on our mission to support each other and our findings in this safe honest environment.
It is our belief that collaboratively we will be stronger and have a more complete picture that will be more useful to law enforcement and the families if they need it.
He said he has successfully predicted the outcome of around 30 criminal cases over the last two years.
My doubts regarding psychics detectives run very deep. I do not buy into the claim that any psychic has ever helped solve even ONE mystery or crime that could not have been solved by someone who was NOT psychic. Why? Their stories are vague. They do not meticulously note their hits or misses, instead they claim success post hoc. They have never been actually tested and shown to have been successful. Instead, they tell us they were successful.
In order to convince me that psychic can aid in solving crime, they would need to be subjected to more rigorous standards: an independent third party would need to carefully document the hits and misses. Timing, sources and details would have to be recorded. All input to the psychic would need to be monitored so it was clear they were indeed “blind” to information from other means. A control would be needed to see if the same conclusion could be made with non-psychic skills. And, most of all, the psychic would have to actually give precise information that secures the solving of the case. No one has ever done this. No one. Instead, we hear story after story of psychics called into help (not typically by law enforcement who know they waste their time but) by families and friends who are desperate to find any resolution to these tragic events. I have NO doubt that many self-styled psychics mean well and do their work in good faith but the truth is, they fool themselves and others into thinking they help. The hope they deliver is, sadly, false. If only it were true…

  4 comments for “It’s a shame psychic crime fighting doesn’t work

  1. Melissa
    September 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I agree with your comments. I watch a show on ID called Disapeared about people who just vanished. Many of the families admit to using any means to find their loved ones, including psychics. I have never seen an episode where the psychic helped. The families say no one helped and their loved one is still missing.
    One other point besides the blind control is when a psychic claims to have “assisted” solving a crime, why is that claim never investigated? It’s just taken at face value. I saw a crime show feature a crime that was also featured on a show called “psychic investigators” Very interesting the difference in the details of the crime, and how it was solved. Turns out the police never used a psychic and found the killer by detective work and evidence. The killer was caught because of the evidence left behind and his alibi failed and his friends turned on him. The killer did not turn himself in do to guilt because the psychic put a curse on him as stated in the show psychic investigators., not that e producers cared to fact check.
    It’s a lovely idea… A psychic being real and able to locate missing people and bodies …. But it’s not a reality.

  2. September 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I feel like psychological profiling as portrayed on television and promoted by the FBI is even worse than this because it is asserted as “science based”. But the predictions are similarly vague and of limited investigative value, hits are lauded/recorded but misses are ignored, meta-analyses reveal poor success rates, etc.. I wish I could link to more academic journals here but most of them are paywalled!

    http://ccj.sagepub.com/content/26/4/393.full.pdf+html

    http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/35/10/1257.full.pdf+html

    http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/35/10/1354.full.pdf+html

    http://www.skepdic.com/refuge/funk58.html

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/14/psychological-profile-behavioural-psychology

  3. September 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Psychics and “paranormalists” will always make for pretty good fiction, but the truth is doomed to be rather dull and disappointing.

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