I haven’t been paying too much attention to the news about kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard because I’ve been so busy lately, but I did allow myself an hour to take in her horror story. This might sound macabre, but I used Google Earth to zoom in on her backyard prison out of curiosity, and perhaps a need to put her kidnapping in reference. I sat there looking at this image of an encampment of blue tarp and it made me want to break through time and space and shout at her Antioch neighbors to save her.
There’s not a moral human alive who wouldn’t have tried to do their best to save her and the children she had while she was trapped in that backyard. That’s why it’s so infuriating to hear another “psychic” detective named Dayle Schear bragging about how she got it right so many years ago when she promised Jaycee’s mom that her daughter would return. I may not be Dionne Warwick, but it doesn’t take a psychic to figure out that “psychic” detectives are blatant liars manipulating people at their most vulnerable.
Not one non-fictional “psychic” detective has offered any clue that has saved a kidnapped child, led police to a murdered body, or solved a crime. At the rate they are going, if one happened to solve a crime, I would chalk it up to the law of averages or as a very good reason to add the “psychic” to the top of the list of suspects.
In any case, Skeptical Enquirer editor, Benjamin Radford, wrote an article for LiveScience about this topic that was featured on Yahoo News today. His best quote:
If Shear’s psychic powers told her that this poor girl was being kept in the most horrific conditions – being subjected to continual sexual and physical abuse for nearly two decades – then it’s puzzling that Jaycee was not found 18 years ago.
Well said, sir. Well said.