The abduction of Trenton Duckett had a few people asking on the Trenton Duckett blog why or if the family had sought the assistance of a psychic. Some posters specifically mentioned Sylvia Browne but why?
On January 12 2007, fifteen-year-old Shawn Hornbeck was found alive after having been missing for four years.
Three years before Shawn was found, his parents – Pam and Craig Akers – appeared on the Montel Williams show to ask Sylvia Browne’s help in locating their missing son. She told them Shawn was dead.
In the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) publication “When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide” they offer this advice
Keep an open mind — and a closed pocketbook — when considering the use of a psychic. Most parents are desperate to try anything, but they need to understand that there are very few true psychics. Many are fraudulent or, at best, misguided individuals who want to help so much that they have self-induced visions. Hearing their sometimes negative dreams and visions can cause undue stress, a loss of hope, or an unfounded sense of hope. If you are considering turning to a psychic, remember the following tips:
- Ask someone close to the family to record any psychic leads, because the information is usually distressing. Give all such leads to law enforcement.
- If any lead is highly specific, such as a particular address, insist that law enforcement check it out. Follow up with law enforcement to find out the value of the lead.
- Never allow a psychic to go into your child’s room unattended or to take items without making arrangements for their return.
Regardless of whether some psychics have true visions, any purportedly psychic dream may be an actual observation by someone who is afraid to get involved. That is why even psychic leads need to be checked out whenever possible.
Visit the Missing People Podcast site and click on Interviews where you will find various interviews concerning missing children. Among them you will find a link for “StopSylviaBrowne” a site founded by Robert Lancaster.
The investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance six weeks ago from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort on the Algarve coast, is being led by Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria, which has received the tip-off letter with accompanying map sent to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Visit Project Jason-Voice for the Missing and read what one parent of a missing children has to say in this Psychics and Missing People Series
LEESBURG, Fla. — A tip from a psychic prompted another search for missing toddler Trenton Duckett.
Investigators used a cadaver dog to search the area around Goose Creek Road and County Road 452 in Lake County on Sunday night.
Update 10-02-07 The parents of missing Madeleine McCann are considering the use of a psychic according to the Times Online.
Friends said that the McCann family were now so desperate for information about Madeleine’s whereabouts that they were considering employing a psychic. Mr and Mrs McCann have already consulted a book by Gordon Smith, who claims to be Britain’s “most accurate medium”, and are being urged by other members of the family to seek his views directly.
According to Gordon Smith’s website there is a difference between a Psychic and a Medium. While he may be the self proclaimed Britain’s “most accurate medium”, his site doesn’t discuss his Psychic abilities as they relate to finding missing people. Are the parents possibly under the assumption Madeleine is no longer alive?
How is a medium different from a psychic?
A medium makes contact with the spirit relatives of the person they are reading for. A psychic is someone who can pick up information about the living person’s life. Most mediums are also psychic.
Orlando Sentinel Psychic ‘tips’ fail again — what a shock
Maggie Giono is a clairvoyant who “channels” to look for missing children, sells real estate and is according to the article above, provided one of 76 psychics tips received by Leesburg Police.
“There are no cases in which a psychic unequivocally helped find a missing person,” wrote Dr. Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic magazine and a columnist for Scientific American. “The equivocation comes in where a psychic may make dozens of guesses, in which one of them turns out to be right, or where a psychic may say something generic like, ‘I’m getting a body of water.’ What does that mean? The ocean, a lake, pond, swimming pool?
Interesting UK Forum on psychics
What if a psychic isn’t what they profess to be?
ST. CLOUD (FOX 9) — Police have found no connection between a now-deceased Milwaukee man who told his psychiatrist he killed a child, and the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph in 1989.
62-year-old Vernon Seitz gave a deathbed confession to his psychiatrist that he shot a child in 1958 in Racine, Wis., long before Jacob Wetterling was abducted. But by his own admission, Seitz was obsessed with Jacob Wetterling.
However, according to Jacob’s mother, he approached the Wetterling family as a psychic not as a someone solely interested in missing children cases.
“When we met him, he came to us suggesting that he had some psychic interest in helping us find Jacob,” says mother Patty. “And we listened to anyone back then who thought they could help find Jacob.”
The disappearance of Haleigh Cummings has received extensive coverage from Jacksonville, Fl. First Coast News, but this story about a potential “psychic” sighting has many viewers confused.
JACKSONVILLE, FL — A young woman living on the Southside says she had a vision about the missing little girl while sleeping.
She dreamed about Haleigh Cummings being in Missouri.
Melanie says she dreamed about an open field in a city called “Adison.” She woke up to look at the map. There is no town in Missouri named Adison, but there is one called Madison.
Melanie felt a little weird. The last time she had a vision like this it involved a boat that caught fire. She says soon after that dream, there was a boat fire.