Psychics helped find body? Well, I wouldn’t be to sure about that. The actual story seems far less cut and dried.
Two psychics helped to direct family and friends to the body of a Taranaki man who had drowned after falling into a river in Stratford.
Stephen Murphy, 37, had been missing for 10 days and was found dead in Patea River near a walking track in King Edward Park, Stratford on September 10 last year.
Friends and family reached out to two psychic mediums after they realised Mr Murphy had not been seen for a number of days and the psychics directed them to the area of King Edward Park where Mr Murphy’s body was found the next day, Coroner Tim Scott said in his finding in the death.
The psychics were Donna and Alex Fairclough of Crystal Clear Healings in Stratford. They were approached by the family to help, NOT the police.
Donna said she had used a pendulum on a map and connected with Murphy to discover where he was.
“We tuned into him like we tune into anyone’s vibrations that we are able to. Without doing that, we wouldn’t have been able to find him.”
She said it was too difficult to explain what that meant and it was a complex process.
Donna said it was the first time they had worked to find a missing person and they hadn’t so much as seen a photo of him.
“Adelle [Murphy's sister] rang the next day and said they had found him in the exact spot. It was gratifying.”
Note that we have a typical situation here – the desperate family calls the psychic. There is no confirmation that the psychics gave the police any special information. We can’t be sure what the information really was. None of the details have been confirmed. From this piece, I can’t tell if the park was a reasonable place to search, difficult to search, or exactly if where he was found was out of the ordinary. There is no documentation and nothing from the police, officially that has been released (If it has, please someone provide that). So, we are left with stories. There are ALWAYS stories of psychics “helping” but no well-documented case that they ever really have. It’s always the psychics and the families telling their emotionally-charged side of the story. I could also swing a pendulum over a map and make a guess, then when the answer is found within an area, claim a hit. It could also just be coincidence. I’m unimpressed.
The reasons why psychics are not trusted to be accurate are multiple – they have been tested and tested and failed. The police can’t rely on psychics because they give a scattershot of vague info that leads them on wild goose chases. Crimes and missing persons are reliable solved through piecing together evidence through hard detective work. Also, how does this psychic ability work? No one has been able to explain this in anywhere near a coherent fashion after more than a century of study. A pendulum on a map? Vibrations? To make humans overturn much of what we know about physics and the human body, you have to provide better evidence than a just-so story. More here.