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Joe Nickell

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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.

“Is Anybody There?”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 3, 2009
Movie with Michael Caine skirts the Great Beyond.

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Cardiff’s Giant Hoax

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Book Review

Review of A Colossal Hoax: The Giant from Cardiff that Fooled America by Scott Tribble

Demons in Connecticut

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

Investigative Files
Demons in Connecticut

Take a house reeking of death, bring in a "demonologist," commission a professional writer to enhance the alleged events...

The Image of Edessa Revealed

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.2, June 2009

Investigative Files
The Image of Edessa Revealed

Among certain reputedly miraculous images of Jesus was the Image of Edessa, known later to the Byzantines as the Mandylion.

Debunkers Launch “Great UFO Hoax”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 26, 2009
Fooling UFO believers is a double-edged sword.

Tribute to James Randi (with Humor at My Expense)

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 22, 2009
Escape artist turned world’s skeptic, Randi was adored at conference.

UFOs: Unending Friedman Outrages

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 13, 2009
Saucer conspiracy theorist uses illogic, name calling, and worse.

Tearful effigies are pious (and not so pious) frauds.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 6, 2009
Another "Weeping" Icon

Not-so-Psychic Sylvia Browne

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 23, 2009
Infamous “psychic” continues to refuse scientific testing

Latest “Shroud” Pseudohistory

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 14, 2009
Notorious Shroud of Turin is still a painted fake.

“Vampire” Unearthed

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 8, 2009
Archaeological dig reveals seventeenth century exorcism of a "vampire."

Demonizing in Connecticut

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 27, 2009
Demonizing in Connecticut
Demonic movie "Based on true events" is a crock

Psychics Blind in Investment Scandal

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 25, 2009
Buffalo-area "psychics" fail to foresee doom

US Government’s UFOs

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 18, 2009
UFOs become IFOs--from the U.S. government.

Levy Case a Psychic Failure

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 10, 2009
"Psychics" useless in Chandra Levy case

The New Snake Oil

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 4, 2009
Alternative Medicine: acupuncture or quackapuncture?

Searching for Vampire Graves

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.2, March / April 2009

Investigative Files
Searching for Vampire Graves

It should not be surprising that there have been instances of reputed vampirism in the United States.

Cagliostro: ‘Quack of Quacks’

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.1, March 2009

Investigative Files

While on a five-country investigative tour of Europe in 2007, I twice came upon historic residences of the master deceiver...

Pope’s ‘Holy War’ Against Pseudo-Mystics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 24, 2009
Pope’s "Holy War" Against Pseudo-Mystics New guidelines to employ science, dogma, superstition.

Friday the Thirteenth

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 12, 2009
The supposedly jinxed date is just another day.

Miracle on the Hudson

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 10, 2009
A "miraculous" rescue is actually nothing of the sort.

Haunted Wedding Dress

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 4, 2009
Pennsylvania mansion’s animated gown has rational explanation.

Bigfoot Bozos

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 28, 2009
Georgia “clowns” ineptly reprise frozen-Sasquatch hoax.

‘Witch’ Killings Continue

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 23, 2009
"Witch" killings continue with the burning of a suspected witch in Papua New Guinea, a delusion continues.

“Miraculous Elián” Returns?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 9, 2009
The controversy over Elián Gonzáles--who was once deemed miraculous--is to resume during attorney general confirmation hearings.

Return to Roswell

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.1, January / February 2009

Investigative Files
Return to Roswell

The crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico has been explained as something much more mundane: a balloon-borne device.

Exorcism: The Devil’s in the Details

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 30, 2008

Joe Nickell Exorcises the Nonsense out of Reverend Larson

December 29, 2008

CNN Interview with Joe Nickell and Reverend Bob Larsen

Lourdes Medical Bureau Rebels

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 25, 2008
The international medical bureau at Lourdes, the Catholic healing shrine, will no longer designate cases "miraculous."

Demjanjuk: ‘Ivan the Bloody’

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 16, 2008
Germany justified in seeking U.S.'s extradition of Nazi death-camp guard Ivan "John" Demjanjuk for Holocaust war crimes.

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