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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.

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The Questionable Research of Hans Holzer, Dean of Ghost Hunters (1920-2009)

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

News & Comment

During the second half of the twentieth "Dr." Hans Holzer, a self-styled parapsychologist who died April 2, 2009, at the age...

Pirates’ Ghosts: Aar-r-gh!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.5, September / October 2009

Investigative Files
Pirates’ Ghosts: Aar-r-gh!

They embody legend: romantic, swashbuckling, heroic figures--enchanting rogues whose ghosts eternally guard their buried...

John Calvin and the Shroud of Turin

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.3, September 2009

Investigative Files

While writing an introduction for an edition of John Calvin’s 1543 Treatise on Relics, I became intrigued by a little mystery...

Vatican Miracle Game

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 25, 2009
Medical science shortchanged by miracle claim.

Encountering ‘Aliens in the Attic’

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 21, 2009
Encountering ‘Aliens in the Attic’
Children’s fantasy is a takeoff on the alien mythology.

Paleontologists Tour “Creationist Disneyland”

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 14, 2009
Paleontologists Tour “Creationist Disneyland”
Scientists tour “monument to scientific illiteracy”

Great Quackery Collector Dead

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 4, 2009
Olgierd Lindan, freethinker and quackbuster, dies at 95.

Thought-Reader Banachek

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 30, 2009
Thought-Reader Banachek
Internationally known performer astounds

The IIG Awards

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 16, 2009
Thanks from an award recipient

Famous ‘Psychic’ Blindsided

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 10, 2009
Rosemary Altea fails to “see” self being scammed.

Crop Circles Evolve

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 3, 2009
England’s crop-circle formations prompt an iconological study.

Quest for the Giant Eel

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.4, July / August 2009

Investigative Files
Quest for the Giant Eel

On a six-day trip to the Canadian province of Newfoundland in Labrador, I encountered some very large creatures...

The Child Preachers

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 25, 2009
The Child Preachers
Like "Marjoe the Miracle Child," Kid preachers thrive.

Bigfoot and ETs: Developing Mythologies

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 22, 2009
We watch as mythologies develop for our times.

“Champ” Sighting Solved?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 9, 2009
“Champ” Sighting Solved?
Creature in the video is apparently identified.

“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

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

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