Two most excellent articles

Excellent Article #1: Psychic Detectives Have a Perfect Record…of NOT solving crimes.

Take the story of Portland, Ore., clairvoyant Laurie McQuary. A creative sting was set up by the Inside Edition TV show in March. A producer posing as a distraught brother in search of his missing sister hired McQuary for $400. She looked at the photo of the girl and claimed she had been sexually assaulted and killed, but the case was still solvable. The psychic detective even pointed to a remote location on a map where the body could be found. The next day, McQuary was taped in an interview with an Inside Edition correspondent who revealed that the photo was the correspondent as a young girl and not the missing sister of the show’s producer. Asked how she could be so wrong, the psychic ended the interview and walked off the set.

A sample of one does not prove the case, but 10 other psychics contacted by the show similarly stated the girl had been murdered.


I love how they almost always say the victim is “near water.” Practically everywhere is reasonably close to “water.” There’s a creek running about a thousand feet behind my house in Ohio. Fort Wayne has the Three Rivers. Puddles are water, aren’t they? And even if the victim is found buried in the desert in Arizona, who knows, there might be a sewer pipeline running underground nearby or something. Ann Rule noted one case where the victim was said to be near “a pond with trees, rocks and fallen logs.” Now, where in western Washington state would you find such a location?

As for the second excellent article, I think I may just show it to the next person who threatens to sue me for “libeling” them by stating on my website that they did exactly what they admit to have done.

9 thoughts on “Two most excellent articles

  1. Jer August 28, 2011 / 2:16 pm

    My body is near water right now. Does the toilet count? It’s about 15 feet away.

    • Meaghan August 28, 2011 / 2:36 pm

      There’s a lot of water vapor in the air too. Does that count?

  2. marycarney August 28, 2011 / 6:41 pm

    That’s hilarious!

  3. Kat August 28, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    Heh. Gotta love it. I won’t discount the ones who actually do help now and again, but the whole “psychic” thing has gotten out of hand. I don’t like how you will hear tales of them totally taking advantage of a persons family just for profit. Totally off topic here Meaghan, but something has been bugging me about the Anderson sisters’ disappearance. Is it possible that the pictures on the case files got switched. Cause the one of the six year old sure looks like the eleven year old and vice versa. No one else has said anything so I’m sure it’s just me. Apologies if that is the case.

    • Meaghan August 30, 2011 / 9:41 am

      No idea. The photos are in such poor condition, and I generally find it impossible to tell a person’s age from a photograph anyway. I know I labeled them as they were given to me.

  4. Princess Shantae August 28, 2011 / 9:01 pm

    Its not much different from the fortune tellers. They always say you’re going to go on a long trip and meet a dark stranger.

    • Kat August 28, 2011 / 9:09 pm

      Amen. It’s kinda the same thing under a different name. I almost feel sorry for the people that drain their bank accounts to fortune tellers and all, but… Ron White said, You Can’t Fix Stupid. I’ll add desperate to that. Actually, now that I think about it, televangalists (sorry for the sp., I know it’s wrong but I can’t even wrap my mind around THAT topic) are the same thing too….

  5. Jill Volker August 29, 2011 / 4:17 am

    I laughed when you mentioned body in the Arizona desert. I had a forensic anthro teacher who literally said if you are going to kill someone do it here.

  6. Princess Shantae August 29, 2011 / 11:54 am

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me more than that or fool me into signing all my things over to you and your spirit guides, shame on us both.

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