My hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is making national news again, and it’s not the kind of press Mayor Chavez wants.
It seems that there may be a dozen or more victims of a serial killer whose bodies were buried in a vacant lot on the West Mesa, dating back at least several years.
As writer Sarah Netter noted in the Feb. 17 Albuquerque Journal, “The bodies were found by chance, starting with one bone sticking out of the dirt…The bones were believed to have been unearthed by excavation work in the area.” At last count, the remains of eleven people have been found at what Police Chief Ray Shultz describes as one of the largest crime scenes in New Mexico
It’s a horrifying story that brings up a curious issue. There are hundreds of psychic detectives across the country who claim to locate missing persons and solve crimes for police. I’d guess that there are dozens of psychics in Albuquerque who, if they have the abilities they claim, could do the same. Yet Albuquerque has about 25 open cases of missing adults, and hundreds of unsolved homicides dating back decades.
It’s a fair question to ask: Why haven’t any psychics helped locate missing persons, bring their killers to justice, or save lives by stopping serial killers before they could kill again? Why are police forensic teams and the Office of the Medical Investigator spending weeks identifying bodies on the West Mesa when gifted psychics could presumably do it in hours? Why are the remains of these victims being discovered only now — by accident — instead of years ago by psychic-led search teams?
Among New Mexico’s high-profile missing persons cases:
* Albuquerque native Nick Garza disappeared after a party at Vermont’s Middlebury College, where he was a student, on February 5, 2008. For months, his family and police searched in vain; at least one psychic claimed to communicate with Garza’s spirit, but could not help locate him. Garza’s body was finally found by police and cadaver dogs in a creek near the college on May 27, 2008.
* As the search for Garza continued, two other young Albuquerqueans went missing, snowboarders who vanished in Colorado’s Wolf Creek ski area. Kyle Kerschen and Michael George were last seen January 5 and found five months later, not by a psychic, but by a search helicopter.
* Nineteen-year-old Tara Calico disappeared on Sept. 20, 1988, while biking on NM 47. Twenty years later, her disappearance (and probable murder) remains unsolved.
* In what is perhaps Albuquerque’s best-known unsolved crime, writer Lois Duncan’s daughter Kaitlyn was murdered in 1989. Duncan suspects she knows who killed her daughter, but without proof, the case remains unsolved.
Other Serial Killers
The grisly West Mesa discovery is not the first time that New Mexico’s psychics were conspicuously silent during a serial killer’s rampage. In October 2008, Clifton Bloomfield was spared the death penalty in exchange for pleading guilty to five murders he committed in Bernalillo County dating back to 2005.
District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said she “made a deal with the devil, but it was a necessary deal” — necessary because two of the crimes Bloomfield confessed to were unsolved.
Why didn’t psychics help police solve those crimes, so that this brutal murderer would face punishment for all his victims? Better yet, why didn’t psychics help police capture Bloomfield soon after his first murders in 2005? At least three people would be alive today if Albuquerque’s psychics had stepped forward to provide useful information to police.
Unfortunately, the track record of psychic detectives solving crimes is very, very poor. Hundreds of psychics have offered much (often contradictory) information about the disappearances of Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, Laci Petersen, Steve Fossett, Elizabeth Smart, Caylee Anthony, and many others. Not a single psychic’s information solved these cases, or any other.
A Plea for Help
Telling fortunes for paying clients is all well and good, but where are the psychics when their abilities are needed for important life-or-death matters? Most of the psychics I have met seem to be sincere, compassionate, good-hearted people. I can’t imagine they don’t care about the victims and their families, and I assume they would jump at the chance to stop a murderer.
Perhaps someone should issue an annoucement: If you are a psychic (or anyone else) who has useful information about any missing person or unsolved homicide, we encourage you to contact the police.
If your abilities are real and can be useful, please do what you can to stop killers before they take more innocent lives, and help bring closure to the grieving families. Each victim of an unsolved murder was a human being with people who cared about them, and they deserve your help.
Belief or doubt in psychic abilities is irrelevant. The result will speak for itself: Either psychics can provide specific information that is useful in locating a missing person or arresting a killer, or they can’t. If a psychic can help solve a case, I sincerely respect and applaud that, and it would be a wonderful gift to families desperate for answers and justice. It would also go a long way toward proving psychic powers to skeptics and scientists.
Of course we would add one important caveat: If you can’t give specific, useful information, please don’t waste police time and resources.
Do you suppose anyone would come forward? Or would the silence of the self-proclaimed psychics speak for itself?