My Prediction of the Cleveland Abduction Situation, and the Tragic Failure of Psychics

May 9, 2013

I wrote this article for four years ago, after psychics failed to find Jaycee Dugard, who had been abducted, confined, and horrifically abused for nearly two decades. My final two paragraphs were sadly prescient:

The fact of the matter is that right now--as you are reading these words--it is virtually certain that somewhere in the world, one or more children are being held in exactly the same unimaginable conditions as Jaycee. Some may die in captivity and be disposed of like trash; others will eventually be freed after untold physical and psychological damage.

Yet there are thousands of self-proclaimed psychics and psychic detectives in the world who claim to be able to find missing persons. Some are rich and famous, such as Sylvia Browne, Allison DuBois (inspiration for the NBC show Medium), Noreen Renier, and Carla Baron; others are known only locally. If they have the powers they claim, perhaps they should take a break from their TV appearances and lucrative lecture circuits to actually help find these and other desperate missing persons.