13 Psychics Who Broke The Case When Police Couldn't Get The Job Done

Has the FBI used psychics? Well, did you know that, from 1978 to 1995, the United States Army secretly enlisted the help of psychics, called “remote viewers,” in both domestic and foreign intelligence operations? This covert military program was code named the “Stargate Project." While the Stargate Project no longer exists, there are plenty of modern-day examples of the US Government, namely the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reaching out to psychics, remote viewers, and even mediums for "intel" about the more mysterious and nagging unsolved crimes on the books. And it's not just the FBI; police around the globe have sought the help of psychics (or been helped without asking) in some of their most challenging cases.

Surprisingly, psychics have actually been responsible for locating the dead bodies of missing people and bringing long-needed closure to some of the more tragic and violent crimes on record. Some psychics have been so successful at helping police crack cases over the years that they've made entire careers out of it. Anyone who thinks psychics aren't real may find themselves questioning everything they believe after learning about these real crime cases where the FBI and psychics worked together.

  • Debbie Malone Channeled A Victim's Ghost
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    Debbie Malone Channeled A Victim's Ghost

    When Australian spirit medium Debbie Malone cracked open a 5-year-old missing persons case, she ended up completely solving it. Maria Scott disappeared in February 2003, and, due to her lifestyle as a prostitute, her case was believed to be a suicide and dropped by police without much investigation. However, in 2008, after being brought into the case by local police, Malone suggested that Scott had died from stab wounds on an Australian farm, and that information led police directly to Scott's body, where the murder weapon – a knife – was also found. Ever since, the medium has helped many people with missing loved ones find closure, but she does not consider herself to be a traditional psychic. Instead, she believes she can communicate with the dead, making her a medium between two worlds.

  • Dutch Parapsychologist Gerard Croiset Found A Brooklyn Kidnapper
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    Dutch Parapsychologist Gerard Croiset Found A Brooklyn Kidnapper

    In 1961, Brooklyn detectives asked famous Dutch parapsychologist and clairvoyant, Gerard Croiset, to help find a missing girl, Edith Kiecorius. While Croiset was happy to help, he asked to stay back home in the Netherlands, needing only a photo and some clothes of Edith's, along with a map, to help. Astonishingly, Croiset was able to envision the specific location of Edith's dead body, which he described as "a grey building with five floors." This, along with other details, led police to a boarding house at 307 West Twentieth Street, where Edith's body was found in a second-floor room. Although Edith's life could not be saved, her murderer was brought to justice.

  • Joseph McMoneagle 'Remotely Viewed' The Iranian Hostage Crisis
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    Joseph McMoneagle 'Remotely Viewed' The Iranian Hostage Crisis

    In the late 1970s, retired army officer Joseph McMoneagle worked in secret for the US Government as a member of the Stargate Project. As part of the Project, he and others were trained in the art of “remote viewing,” a process in which a person travels through space and time... in their mind! However science fiction-like this seems, McMoneagle really did remotely view (in other words, spy on) a Chinese nuclear facility, the Iranian hostage crisis, and Lybian politician Muammar Qadhafi, providing the US Government with vital information after each of his 'trips.' After serving, McMoneagle went on to make many public appearances about how remote viewing can aid police investigators.

  • Philippe Durante Used A Lock Of A Victim's Hair To Solve The Case
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    Philippe Durante Used A Lock Of A Victim's Hair To Solve The Case

    After an Australian woman named Paula Brown went missing in 1996, her grief-stricken fiancé hired psychic Philippe Durant to help find her. By chance, a passing truck driver discovered the woman’s dead body soon after. But, when this happened, it ended up proving Durant's predictions regarding where the body would be located correct. Durant only needed a lock of the victim's hair, a plumb line, and a grid map to locate the body.

  • Pascarella Downey's Spooky Predictions About A Murder Case Came True 30 Years Later
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    Pascarella Downey's Spooky Predictions About A Murder Case Came True 30 Years Later

    One of the spookier cases of a psychic detective out there is that of Pascarella Downey, who was asked to help investigate the brutal murder of a woman named Penny Serra in Connecticut in 1971. Downey claimed the murderer smelled of oil, wore a mechanic’s clothes, and had a name badge that began with the letter E. She also told police that the murderer would not be found right away, but "blood can tell." Sure enough, a man named Edward Grant was convicted of the murder nearly 30 years later, and he was a car mechanic at the time of the crime.

  • Noreen Renier Brought A Small-Town Rapist To Justice
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    Noreen Renier is one of the more well-known “psychic detectives” in the country, having worked on several hundred unsolved crime cases to date. She's even given lectures to the FBI. Early in her career, Renier helped the Staunton, VA police force identify a mystery rapist who would wear a mask during his attacks. She recalls that, during a lecture she was giving at a local community college, the sister of one of the rapist's victims exhorted her to help them find the serial assailant. Renier was able to figure out that the rapist had "a scar on his right knee" and wore "a green uniform with his name on it." The rapist was eventually apprehended. One detective later said of Renier: “I’m glad I used a psychic because it opens up a whole new avenue of investigation; we had nothing to lose by using her and everything to gain.”