The Skeptical Teacher

Musings of a science teacher & skeptic in an age of woo.

Psychic FAIL: The Sad Case of Jaycee Dugard

Posted by mattusmaximus on September 1, 2009

In 1991, at the age of 11, Jaycee Dugard was abducted, and she was recently discovered in the back yard of a couple’s home in Antioch, California.  In the 18 years that she was held captive, she was beaten, raped, and otherwise abused – even to the point of being forced to give birth to her rapist’s children.  Needless to say, this poor woman has gone through a nearly unbelievably horrific experience.  And even more sadly, the psychic scumbags are hard at work attempting to claim credit for the “discovery” and “successful recovery”of Miss Dugard.

As skeptical investigator Ben Radford points out at LiveScience.com…

Amazingly, a Reno psychic is now claiming the case proves the accuracy of her abilities.

Dayle Schear, who was paid by Jaycee’s parents to help locate their daughter, says she told Jaycee’s mother not to give up searching for her daughter: “I looked her in the eyes and I said… eventually she’ll walk through the door, you’re going to see her again.”

Schear also claims that she correctly described the general area where Jaycee was being held. The psychic’s “information” is typical of what happens when missing persons are eventually found, dead or alive. Psychics come forward years later after the person was found to make retroactive claims about how they “knew” certain pieces of information.

Apparently, if the supposed psychic actually had any kind of useful paranormal ability, wouldn’t you think that it would have actually helped in the original search for Jaycee, rather than leading to vague claims of “success” 18 years after the fact, when the poor girl has endured a lifetime of abuse & rape?!  Wow, talk about the ultimate in moving the goalposts… if that is the definition of success, I think I’d rather take failure any day.

Radford goes on to point out that this sort of despicable & opportunistic behavior on the part of psychics is nothing new…

One common trick psychics use to make themselves appear accurate is to give very vague information open to later interpretation (most missing persons are likely to be found “near water,” even if it’s a lake, puddle, river, drain, etc.). When bodies are found it is always through accident or police work. Despite repeated claims to the contrary, there is not a single documented case of a missing person being found or recovered due solely to psychic information. In February 2004, Court TV launched a series about psychic detectives investigating cold cases “Haunting Evidence.” The show was cancelled after three seasons, without having solved a single case.

Long story short: psychics FAIL miserably when attempting to provide useful information to the police or investigators in missing persons cases.  Yet one thing the psychics always seem capable of doing well is promoting their woo with lies, distortions, and claiming “success” when there is nothing of the sort.

2 Responses to “Psychic FAIL: The Sad Case of Jaycee Dugard”

  1. Psychics are either mentally ill, con artists, or both.

  2. I’m so sad about what happens to Jaycee Dugard, this is an example for all the parents out there, that we must protect of our children from people surrounds us….I hope Jaycee receives justice and recover from what happens in almost 18 years.

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