Yesterday I wrote a piece posted on Discovery News about a supposedly accurate psychic prediction about one of the victims of an apparent serial killer stalking Long Island. I examined the claim, which was widely discussed on the Internet, and showed that the psychic’s information was completely wrong.
In the posted comments below the story, I got into a discussion / debate with a few women who claimed to be psychic, or work with psychics. Over the course of a few hours we exchanged some comments, and then I noticed a story on ABCNews.com about a young woman who had been abducted just hours earlier. It was a breaking story, and I realized that it would be a perfect opportunity to test these psychics. I posted the following message on the boards at Discovery News:
If you and your psychic friends have the abilities you claim, there’s another case that you can help solve right now: A kidnapped 22-year old woman named Holly Bobo in Tennessee. See link below. Here’s a perfect chance to prove your abilities: Please tell us where she is. You could save this woman’s life.
To my surprise, one of the women said that they were already on the case, and invited me to look at the discussion board on a web site called PsychicCrimeFighters.com. I logged in and found an ongoing discussion thread about the case populated mostly by people who claimed to be psychic. I read through the posts, copied the information given about the case from about a half dozen different psychics, and posted the resulting description of the case:
The man who abducted Bobo is white with dark brown or salt and pepper hair, a full and shaggy moustache, and dark brown eyes. He is in his early 30’s and around 5 ft 11 in weighing 210. He has nasty rash on his elbow, that itches dug raw. He is older than Bobo, a Scorpio, and the relative of Bobo’s boyfriend, or the father of an ex-boyfriend. He may be a paratrooper. Bobo was abducted in a red truck with bales of hay in the back, and is being held and raped at his victimizer’s home about 20 miles outside of nashville, in a log cabin about 26-30 miles north of where she was abducted. Bobo’s abductor makes lots of mistakes and will be captured within 5 days.
More people were posting, but that was all the information provided by the forum members at that point. As of the time of this writing, neither Bobo nor her abductor has been found. The next few days and weeks will likely determine whether or not the descriptions provided by these psychics were accurate or not. I will do a follow-up post when and if new information comes to light.