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The history of paranormal claims relating to police investigations and missing person reports is one addled with controversy and, at times, confusion. While many believe that to rely on the purported abilities of a psychic intuitive could be potentially misleading, let alone the very height of pseudoscience, some have claimed to have had an uncanny track record with helping solve crimes through seemingly otherworldly means.
In his book The Lonely Sense: Autobiography of a Psychic Detective, British psychic and author Robert Cracknell outlined his assistance with a number of English police investigations over the years, many of which had not seen disclosure of his involvement publicly. At times, some police agencies in the UK and elsewhere have managed to be more open about these sorts of “unconventional” methods of investigation. However, a new memorandum may have outlined things such as the use of ESP in solving crimes as somewhat standard practice; so long as the information gleaned in such circumstances is treated with care by official investigators.
The Telegraph reported on the new guidelines, set forth in an advisory document issued by the College of Policing:
British Group Issues Guide for Using Psychics in Police Investigations