Blog Archives for November 2013

Another SHC Death That Wasn’t

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 26, 2013

The caller identified himself as “a longtime fan” and had a case for me to look into, he said. A New Jersey man had been found inexplicably incinerated on a state park path. He wondered if it might be an instance of spontaneous human combustion. I explained that the scientific evidence for that possibility was non-existent, but that I would have a look anyway.

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Holy Apparitions and “Cryptic Photos”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 25, 2013

On November 10, 2013, my wife Diana and I went on one of our religabouts (excursions to observe or experience some religion-related event—see my blog of January 14, 2013). We responded to an ad in the Buffalo News to learn about “the powerful apparitions” of Jesus and Mary and “awe-inspiring cryptic photos” at a Catholic shrine in Queens, N.Y.

Sylvia Browne: A Post-Mortem

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 21, 2013

“Celebrity psychic” and professed medium Sylvia Browne has died. (Pause here while we all try to get a grip.) The notorious pretender Browne—formerly Brown (and therein lies a story), who was born Sylvia Celeste Shoemaker in 1936—died November 20, 2013, at the age of 77. To skeptics who gleefully claim she failed to foresee her own death, one must note that she did appear to recognize the end was near, but that that information came from medical science, not spirit guides.

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“12 Years a Slave”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 19, 2013

This is not a movie to enjoy, but it is one that will amply repay one’s time spent watching it.

Water Nymph

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 12, 2013