Coming to Japanese TV, psychic detective claims

Oh great, let’s bring the idea of psychic detectives to Japan! Spreading the silly…

Psychic sisters revisit Yelenic homicide scene for Japanese documentary

The April 2006 murder of Blairsville dentist Dr. John Yelenic has inspired books and television episodes since former State Trooper Kevin Foley was convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in prison in 2009.

Now a Japanese production company is focusing on an aspect of the case — the investigative involvement of Butler sisters Suzanne and Jean Vincent, who claim psychic abilities — for a documentary television show intended for an overseas audience.

The film crew interviewed the Vincent sisters, as well as law-enforcement officers involved in the investigation and Yelenic’s neighbor, Melissa Uss.

The sisters claimed they had visions and sensed spirits at the former Yelenic house during their most recent filming — nearly eight years after Foley, the boyfriend of Yelenic’s estranged wife, Michele, stabbed the dentist and forced his head through a pane of glass in the front doorway of the South Spring Street home, severely lacerating his neck.

Hara and his crew aim to interview many sources to keep the documentary objective and let viewers draw their own conclusions regarding the validity of the sisters’ extrasensory intuition.

AH, the old and tried “You decide” gambit. That’s lame. Lots of shows did this in the U.S. by presenting only the psychic side of the story. This sounds convincing because no one fact checks their claims of helping police “solve” crimes. When checked, it turns out they don’t help at all, not any more than a person with just some normal sense about the crime.

Psychic detectives are uncommon in Japan. That is why the program is focusing on that. So, they are introducing a dubious and potentially harmful claim into another culture. Not nice. Police already waste a lot of time following up leads from so called psychics. There has never been a documented case of a psychic whose sixth sense was actually crucial to solving a crime.