Document Type: 
Document Number (FOIA) /ESDN (CREST): 
Release Decision: 
Original Classification: 
Document Page Count: 
Document Creation Date: 
November 4, 2016
Document Release Date: 
September 5, 2003
Sequence Number: 
Case Number: 
Content Type: 
PDF icon CIA-RDP96-00788R002000240037-5.pdf386.89 KB
Approved For Release 2003/09/WCtWkff)P$&bO788R002000240037-5 ik IN V C ins Powers' _ Polic istound PAUL BANNISTER Dutch psychic.Warner Tholen has amazed and founded police and civilians alike with his uncanny . ilities to find missing bodies and lost articles -- .td ever_ predict the future. Among his successes, tf'holen has: pinpointed for police exact spots at which bodies of missing people would be md. Ile has also: x Located urgently needed ter at an African mission - nnt an aerial photo. ? Documented the precise ury of an astronaut at lashdown. 'Tholen has found many ssing people and has helped police in a great many ses," revealed Prof. W.H.C. ycholo?'.y pro- .sor at Uni- riy of Ut- (llt, N ho has served Thol- ,'s work. One o Thol- I's recent sue- sionary priest, Rev. Nicholas :,sses occurred G? ? hcn th,~ Dutch ,,, PSYCHIC - Borst, appealed to him for help .iethoorn asked him to help rd a musing man. "Tholen Id us to look in a particular -pot at the Beukesgracht Ca- 7al," rec aped Police Inspector endrick Schut. "There were the tracks of a tsar leading into the water. We . ont for the river police and they the Apollo astronauts would be dieted. h capsule landed two miles off side of his head when tanning, and that they would not land in ,heir target region. On splashdown, Nov. 24, 1969, Al Bean, youngest of the astro- nauts, received a blow over his right eve when he bumped into e In Tholen s favorite case, located plans for 800-year-old found the vehicle (and the miss- ing man's body) in the water. "Tholen really has incredible power. lie's been called in by police many times." In another case, police found the body of a missing 20-year- old man in water near Lelystad in the Netherlands - where Tholen told them it would be. At his home near Utrecht, the psychic produced a letter from the local police acknowledging, "Without Tholen's help we would never have solved this case. We would not have found the body." One of the most astonishing successes of the 66-year-old psychic came when a mis- water near his Catholic mission in Tanzania, Africa. "Ile sent me an aerial pho- water was found at 75 feet and tograph of the mission and the at 112 feet - the exact depths land around it," Tholen said. "I the psychic had predicted, concentrated on the photograph In 1969, Prof. John Beloff of and pinpointed the exact spot." the department of psychology, A letter of thanks that Father at the University of Edinburgh Borst wrote to Tholen tells how in Scotland, recorded Tholen's ,_ ---- 4h f at?, .,n?n YPCt of MINI, ', ~,; Coevorden Castle, after a futile four-nation search. aw"WIA BODY WAS FOUND: Inspector Hendrick Schut Tholen advised Dr. Corneille WHERE shows wheres/chic directed lice. Janssen, architect and director n2000240037-5 of the Provenck Museum 01 Drenthe in the NetherlandF. "Look for a fair-sized b.,nd- ing to the southeast. There you will find a large carved, wooden chest painted red, green an white. In it you w i,l find a draw. ing of the tower." When tlr Janssen went to a farm 'as three miles southeast of his uv i home, the farmer handed h:.n drawing of the tower. "The farmer told me that un til two years before, they h:it been kept in a chest exactly irks the one Tholen had described,' Approved For Release 2003/09/09 : CIA-RDP96-00788R002000240037-5 L.A. 1'olice Researching Psychics' By Mark Jones Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES - How could. it be, a police detective wondered, that a housewife apparently with psychic capabilities could help put together the drawing of a man who a week later would be the prime suspect in a triple murder? How was it, thought a deputy dis- trict attorney recently, that a second local psychic could reenact a two-year- old murder after touching the killer's fingerprint card? And how was it possible, the FBI wondered last month, that yet a third Los Angeles psychic knew so much about a $500,000 kidnaping in Las Vegas , when, in fact, the crime was still in progress? Are any or all of these three cases examples of clairvoyance or coincid- ence? Did each of the psychics "see" through time and distance or were they just lucky? Answers are not easy to come by when the topic is as elusive as parapsychology. But while psychics have been cas- ually involved for years in criminal investigations - the most recent local case resulted in the arrest of a murd. er suspect earlier this month by police in South Gate near Los Angeles - there have been few experiments to determine their reliability. in crime cases. Until now. Members of the Los Angeles Police Department admitted recently that for the past eight months they've been conducting serious research into psy- chic phenomena. The latest study, which began in October; involves near- ly four dozen specially selected Los Angeles psychics, homicide investi- gators and "ordinary" citizens. The man leading what may be the first announced police-psychic study in the country is Dr. Martin Reiser, director of the LAPD's behavioral sciences department. "So far it hasn't been demonstrat. ed to my satisfaction that so-called re- putable psychics can solve crimes," he said, "and yet the homicide division and I do want to make a serious re- evaluation of paranormal phenomena. "In other words," he said, "I-want to find out once and for all whether the hundreds of tips volunteered by psychics are all screwy or indeed whether some of them have merit." . Reiser said that late last month the police department, with the aid of clinical researchers at UCLA and Los Angeles City College, gathered four separate teams of psychics, homi- cide detectives and citizens. He said that during the next few months each of them would be in- dividually tested for their abilities to perceive-or to "see"-crimes describ- ed inside 12 sealed envelopes contain- ing items of evidence pertaining to a different crime. "We're trying to be as unbiased as possible," Reiser said. "And if it looks as though investigative information supplied by psychics not only is fea- sible but has utility, then we'll use it. That's the nature of a police organiza- tion, isn't it?" Despite the psychologist's guarded optimism, there was through it all a bedrock of pessimism laid down by the results of Reiser's -first police- psychic study last May. In that smaller experiment a dozen Los Angeles psychics were tested in Approved For Release 2003/09/09 : CIA-RDP96-00788R002000240037-5 Approved For Release 2003/09 iS"- ,Pj 00788R002000240037-5 Psychic'- Crime Solving L.A. Police Researching PSYCHIC, From Gl . evidence-to "see" the killer together with his victims in a psychic vision one afternoon in October. Sims said that the psychic and a police artist produced the drawing of a man who later was identified by the mother of one of the victims as having been with her boy shortly be- fore his death. Under questioning, Sims said, the man--a family acquaintance with a record of sex offenses=told police where they could find the body of one of three victims. And with that, and other evidence, the 33-year-old unem- ployed truck driver, Harold Ray Mem- ro, was arrested and charged with murder. In nearby Downey and Torrance a Dutch-born psychic named Jan Steers figured in some of the most curious police-psychic cases in Southern Cali- fornia in the early 1970s. The small, quiet, middle-aged psy- chic, who has since returned to Hol- land, is said by police officers to have disclosed secret information about at least two unsolved murders and- over the telephone-was able to pin- point the location of a dying police- man within minutes of his near-fatal, injury. One of the officers who worked with the psychic in 1973 was'Torrance police detective Ray Gross. One day recently Gross recalled the first time he met the psychic. "It was the strangest 'thing," he said. "I was staying late at the sta- tion one night when this man called me and began rattling off some stuff about the Rolling Hills Theater mur- der (in which four persons were slain in 1972). "The guy insisted that if I would return to the scene of the crime, I would find a set of the killer's finger- See PSYCHIC ,,G6, Col.1 Approved For Release 2003/09/0$jN@I RR PB788R002000240037-5 Approved For Release 2003/09/09 : CIA-RDP96-00788R002000240037-5 Ability toSoive Crimes THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1978 much the same fashion as those in the current study. One psychic, he said, astonished everyone by managing to "see" a crime involving a church while hold- ing one of the test envelopes (the con- tents of which described the murder of a church official). In another example, five of the in- dividually tested psychics "visualized" a crime in which a car was especially important (the case described in the test envelope concerned a murder associated with an auto theft). In spite of the infrequent surprises, though, Reiser spelled out his disap- pointment in a 14-page research paper entitled "An Evaluation of the Use of Psychics in the Investigation of Major Crimes," to be published in March by the Journal of Police Science and Administration. In it Reiser concluded, "... Over- all, little, if any, information was eli- cited from the 12 psychic partici- pants that would provide material helpful in the investigation of the major crimes in question." 'For years the stereotype of psychics, in the words of Los Angeles psychic Kebrina Kinkade, on the whole has been "a bunch of nuts and kooks who came out of the woodwork when a big case broke." And it followed, she said, that if police had brought a psychic in on a particularly baffling case they cringed at the thought of admitting it in pub- lic for fear of censure. That may be changing. Parapsy- G1 chology is the subject of clinical re- search at recognized universities, and there is a growing public belief that some individuals may be Cnvested with the ability to "see" through time and distance. South Gate police detective Wil- liam Sims said his department had ex- hausted what was felt to be every lead in the sex murders of three young boys between 1976 and Septem- ber 1978. Then, through an interme- - diary, Sims and a second officer soli- cited the aid of a local (and unidenti fied) woman psychic in her 40s. The detective told the Los Angeles Times he is still "spooked" at the way the psychic had been able-without a single clue or revealing item of See PSYCHIC, G3, Col.1 Approved For Release 2003/09/09 : CIA-RDP96-00788R002000240037-5 Approved For Release 2003/09/09 : CIA-RDP96-00788R002000240037-5 UNCLASSIFIED ~G6 PSYCHIC, From G3 prints on the right door jamb, exactly 4yz Inches up from the floor. "Well," said the detective, "my sergeant and I figured what the heck. The guy was pretty insistent and, any- i way, by that time we hadn't any really solid leads in the case." Thursday, November 23, 1979 THE WASHINGTON POST ,Psychics' Crime.Solvilig :1' ekes up from the floor, Gross said. They were 0inches." The finger- prints later matched those of a sus- pect. `When the psychic volunteered to eom to the station to share his in- formation, Gross thought, "By this time I figured that when the guy ar- -i'ived I was going to throw him in the clink because he knew as much about the murder as I did." As it happened, however, the psychic had an unshak. able alibi. And more. "When Steers began to tell the sergeant and myself about how the victims were laid out the night of the So the next day the detective re- turned to the theater, where he found a set of prints overlooked in the ori- ginal investigation and where the psyhcic said they'd be. Well, almost. They weren't 41/2 murder-and believe me, he was cor- rect'all the way down the line-I got white as a sheet," the officer said. "I mean, there was just no way this man could have known what we found at the murder scene unless he was truly psychic." The officer, who through his associ. ation with Steers came to be humor- ously known by his fellow investiga- tors as "detective of the kook squad" (someone even put a miniature crystal ball on his desk one day), said also that the psychic's predictions about the killer all checked out down to the .32-cal pistol hidden in his blood- stained boots the day of his eventual arrest. The case never went to trial, though because the suspect hanged himself in the Torrance jail. "I don't think you can say that psychics are a panacea in solving crimes," the Torrance detective says. "But they can be an invaluable inves. tigating tool. I mean, you get the right investigator working in tune with the right psychid and a department could settle a lot more of their unsolved cases." Approved For Release 2003/09/09 : CIA-RDP96-00788R002000240037-5