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Joe Nickell, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and "Investigative Files" Columnist for Skeptical Inquirer. A former stage magician, private investigator, and teacher, he is author of numerous books, including Inquest on the Shroud of Turin (1998), Pen, Ink and Evidence (2003), Unsolved History (2005) and Adventures in Paranormal Investigation (2007). He has appeared in many television documentaries and has been profiled in The New Yorker and on NBC's Today Show. His personal website is at joenickell.com.

Preliminary Report: Investigating in China

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 8, 2010
Preliminary Report: Investigating in China
Three weeks as Visiting Scholar.

“Sherlock”: A Reincarnation

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 29, 2010
The genius detective returns, this time to a modern-day London.

Joe Nickell Investigates: Alcatraz [Video]

November 15, 2010

Joe Nickell recently traveled to Alcatraz to experience for himself some of the alleged supernatural claims made about the island.

The Real ‘Ghost Whisperer’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Investigative Files

Although Winkowski distinguishes herself from both mediums and psychics (she claims no future-telling ability), she nevertheless shares much in common with...

Oscar, the Death-Predicting Cat

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.4, July / August 2010

Book Review

A Review of "Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat." By David Dosa.

“Conviction” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 12, 2010
"Conviction" is a docudrama about a wrongful conviction.

“Howl” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 10, 2010
Howl is a fitting tribute to a groundbreaking poem.

The Flying-saucer Conspiracy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 1, 2010
Who you gonna believe?

14th Annual CFI Houdini Seance

Special Report
October 31, 2010

Joe Nickell recently sat down with Director of CFI Libraries Tim Binga to hold the 14th Annual Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Houdini Séance.

Atlanta Child Murders—Part II: “Psychics”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 26, 2010
Their crystal balls were cloudy.

Atlanta Child Murders— Part I: Critical Thinking

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 18, 2010
Fiber evidence helped solve a series of slayings.

Tragically “Haunted”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 12, 2010
Tragically “Haunted”
Investigating “ghosts” at the site of America’s worst hotel fire.

Paracelsus:  The Magic and the Science

Skeptical Briefs Volume 20.1, March 2010

Investigative Files
Paracelsus:  The Magic and the Science

Among the significant European figures of the sixteenth century, Paracelsus (1493–1541) was a transitional figure in the contest between magical and...

“Ghost Train” Death

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 21, 2010
At vigil, real train tragically surprises ghost hunters on trestle.

“The Last Exorcism” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 13, 2010
“The Last Exorcism” (A Nickell-odeon Review)
Another possession flick descended from a dubious “true story.”

Visiting the Buddhist Monks

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 8, 2010
Visiting the Buddhist Monks
Ceremonies are not magical but metaphorical.

“Killer Crocodile!”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 30, 2010
“Killer Crocodile!”
It was the alarm that proved to be a crock.

Jersey-Devil Expedition

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 26, 2010
Where the devil was the creature?

Tribute to Martin Gardner

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 20, 2010
Tribute to Martin Gardner
In honor of the late skeptic

“Dinner for Schmucks” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 13, 2010
“Dinner for Schmucks” (A Nickell-odeon Review)
Dinner table’s turned on the real schmucks.

The Movement

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 9, 2010
A discussion is overheard.

Abductions and Hoaxes

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.3, May / June 2010

The evidence provided by Stan Romanek that purports to prove he has been repeatedly visited or contacted by extraterrestrials is all of a suspicious nature.

With David Copperfield

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 6, 2010
With David Copperfield
A tour through the looking glass.

Talking to the Dead, Directly

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 23, 2010
But do they talk back?

The Amaz!ng Meeting

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 15, 2010
The Amaz!ng Meeting
In a word, Amaz!!!ng!

The Asteroid

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 14, 2010
What might really happen.

“No One Dies in Lily Dale” (A NICKELL-odeon Review)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 7, 2010
“No One Dies in Lily Dale” (A NICKELL-odeon Review)
Some important questions to ask about—and of—ghosts.

The Real McCoy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 2, 2010
The Real McCoy
Bob McCoy—the anti-quack—was a genuine crusader.

John Edward: Psychic Medium—or Small?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 28, 2010
Infamous “psychic medium” talks and talks and talks to the unresponsive dead.

When I Became a Zombie

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 23, 2010
When I Became a Zombie
One of 325 zombies — as real as any.

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