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Parapsychology – Psychic Criminology

3. The Williston Case

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In this lecture, we think about the Williston case, focusing in particular on: (i) Norman Lewis, who went missing, along with his pickup truck, in 1994; (ii) the navy search operation, which found Norman’s body and his truck at the bottom of a water-filled quarry near his home; (iii) the tip-off that led to this discovery being provided by Noreen Renier, who claimed to have psychic abilities; (iv) some scepticism around Noreen’s abilities, centred around the fact that the information she provided was in the form of a stream of consciousness, and that it was confirming a hypothesis already held by the police; (v) the nature of psychic detection cases to appear impressive at first, but have explanations for many of the events and held knowledge at closer investigation.


In this course, Professor Ciarán O’Keeffe (Buckinghamshire New University) explores the role of psychic involvement in criminal investigations. In the first lecture, we think about how to define psychic criminology and the involvement of psychics in police investigations. In the second lecture, we think about a history of psychic detection in police investigations. Next, we think about the Williston case as a key example of psychic involvement in a police investigation. In the fourth and final lecture, we think about the sceptical perspective on psychic detection and ways in which psychic predictions can be made to seem more impressive than they are.


Professor Ciarán O’Keeffe is associate professor of education and research and head of the School of Human and Social Sciences at Buckinghamshire New University. Professor O’Keeffe’s research interests include investigative psychology and parapsychology, and has made numerous television and radio appearances alongside an array of celebrities. Some of Professor O’Keeffe’s recent publications include 'Things That Go Bump In The Literature: An Environmental Appraisal of 'Haunted Houses'' (2020) and 'Restorative Justice and Recidivism: Investigating the impact of victim-preference for level of engagement' (2014).

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