Robbery victim claims to have been hypnotized

There is much to be doubtful about in this story.

Shopper robbed after she was HYPNOTISED as she stood outside an Aldi and had jewellery – Mirror Online

A pair of hypnotists are being hunted by police after a victim claimed she was put in a trance before being robbed.

Police in Germany are investigating a spate of crimes involving two Russian women who tell their victims they will read their fortune.

In one incident 66 year-old Sarah Alexeyeva told detectives she was spoken to outside an Aldi supermarket in Elmshorn, Schleswig-Holstein.

Spokeswoman Sandra Mohr said: “She claims that the pair put her into a trance in order to rob her.

“She had no idea how they did it, one minute she was being promised the future and the next she knew she was back home.”

While there is not much to go in this story – were other victims “hypnotized”, were there witnesses – hypnosis is not a walking trance that allows you to be taken advantage of in this way.

hypnosis – The Skeptic’s Dictionary – Skepdic.com.
Hypnotism: Hijacking Your Brain?.

The victim did not describe what was done to put her into this ‘trance’. It appears she doesn’t remember. Does she have dementia, is she traumatized? Those are other more plausible explanations because hypnotism is not a magical power you have over someone, it’s just a state of suggestion. How the robbers did it was likely skillful and sounds much like the Blessings Scam that targets elderly women. Be aware of people who wish to tell your fortune. I’m not psychic but I’ll tell you they are up to no good.

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  5 comments for “Robbery victim claims to have been hypnotized

  1. Fortean_UK
    March 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    I’ve seen Derren Brown wandering around a holiday resort getting people to give him their possessions using suggestion and distraction techniques. Possibly a similar thing, but there’s also the “instant induction” hypnotic technique to consider.

    • Blargh
      March 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      @ Fortean_UK
      Anything you see Derren Brown do you should be extremely skeptical of. Especially when he claims it’s got anything to do with something psychological, like the power of suggestion.

      See e.g. Captain Disillusion’s videos on Brown’s lottery trick to get an idea of how honest he is in the presentation of his tricks: part 1, part 2

  2. Chris
    March 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Sounds like this could be what they call “devils Breath” in Colombia.. Also known as scopolamine..it’s a drug that criminals use to erase your memory and renders you incapable of exercising your free will.

    Read more: http://m.digitaljournal.com/article/324779#ixzz2v69CyZWH

  3. March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Hypnotism is used for so many positive purposes, it is a shame to think this could have been done to her. It is also scary to imagine being robbed and not knowing exactly what happened to you.

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