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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.

Entombed Alive!

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.2, March / April 2008

Investigative Files
Entombed Alive!

It is a horrifying concept: being buried—or walled-up—alive. Fears of such possibilities were once rife.

Werewolves—or Weren’t?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 18.1, March 2008

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Werewolves—or Weren’t?

Among those creatures that inhabit the night, or at least the nightmares of the credulous, are vampires, zombies, and werewolves

Exciting UFOs Become Bland IFOs

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.1, January / February 2008

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Exciting UFOs Become Bland IFOs

Most "flying saucers" are eventually identified as planes, balloons, meteors, or other objects, or even as illusions or hoaxes.

A Case of Automatic Writing From Robert G. Ingersoll’s Spirit?

Skeptical Briefs Volume 17.4, December 2007

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A Case of Automatic Writing From Robert G. Ingersoll’s Spirit?

Did famed orator Robert Green Ingersoll communicate posthumously through a spiritualist medium to recant his atheism?

The Netherlands: Visions and Revisions

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.6, November / December 2007

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The Netherlands: Visions and Revisions

Like people everywhere, the Dutch can also be superstitious--hence the conference theme, “the paranormal.”

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The Loch Ness Critter

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

Special Report

Gordon Holmes caught on camera a "jet black thing, about forty-five feet long, moving fast in the water."

‘John of God’: Healings by Entities?

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.5, September / October 2007

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‘John of God’: Healings by Entities?

A Brazilian faith healer claims spirits take control of his body to enable him to perform surgeries without anesthesia.

The Bermuda Triangle and the ‘Hutchinson Effect’

Skeptical Briefs Volume 17.3, September 2007

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The Bermuda Triangle and the ‘Hutchinson Effect’

Calling it "the world's greatest mystery," Gian J. Quasar revisits the enigma of the Bermuda Triangle.

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Peru’s Ancient Mysteries

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

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Peru, like all the Americas, was relatively recently settled. A succession of native cultures flourished in various regions...

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Little Audrey: The Life and Death of a ‘Victim Soul’

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.4, July / August 2007

Special Report

A milestone in supernatural claims has been reached: Audrey Santo—the brain-damaged girl in Worcester, Massachusetts...

Lake Monster Lookalikes

Skeptical Briefs Volume 17.2, June 2007

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Lake Monster Lookalikes

As a cryptozoologist--albeit a skeptical one--I have long been on the track of fabled creatures...

‘Psychics’ Fail to Foresee Their Own Fortunes

May 18, 2007

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia's fortune tellers failed to foresee the closure of their shops

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A Pathologist Among the Spirits

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

Book Review

Beyond Knowing: Mysteries and Messages of Death and Life from a Forensic Pathologist. by Janis Amatuzio, MD

Deciphering Da Vinci’s Real Codes

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.3, May / June 2007

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Deciphering Da Vinci’s Real Codes

Leonardo da Vinci was something of a cryptographer, and much attention has been given his various "codes".

The Making of The Reaping: Behind the Scenes of a Supernatural Thriller

April 5, 2007
The Making of The Reaping: Behind the Scenes of a Supernatural Thriller

If you were a filming a supernatural thriller, would you have Hilary Swank play a Joe Nickell type, or Joe Nickell play himself?

Mysterious Entities of the Pacific Northwest, Part II

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

Investigative Files

Some assume that UFOs are a modern invention, but since ancient times men have reported seeing strange things in the sky.

Mysterious Entities of the Pacific Northwest, Part I

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.1, January / February 2007

Investigative Files

Mankind's imagination has always been excited by the possibilities of unknown regions.

Headless Ghosts I Have Known

Skeptical Briefs Volume 16.4, December 2006

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Headless Ghosts I Have Known

In the popular imagination, ghosts are a form of “energy” that survives death.

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Spirited Defense: William James and the Ghost Hunters

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Book Review

Review of Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death. By Deborah Blum.

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Shame on Shamus Sham

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

Special Report

The false confession of American John Mark Karr—that he had murdered child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1996...

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Death of a Demonologist

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

News & Comment

Ghost hunter and self-styled "demonologist" Ed Warren, 79, died August 23, 2006, at his Monroe, Connecticut home.

Siege of ‘Little Green Men’: The 1955 Kelly, Kentucky, Incident

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.6, November / December 2006

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Siege of ‘Little Green Men’: The 1955 Kelly, Kentucky, Incident

What were the humanoid-like creatures that terrified a family at their farmhouse?

Ghost Hunters

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.5, September / October 2006

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Ghost Hunters

Belief that spirits of the dead exist and can appear to the living is both ancient and widespread.

Snake Oil: A Guide for Connoisseurs

Skeptical Briefs Volume 16.3, September 2006

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Snake Oil: A Guide for Connoisseurs

In an earlier article, "Peddling Snake Oil" (Nickell 1998), I addressed the question of snake oil’s existence.

Shame on Shamus Sham

August 24, 2006
Shame on Shamus Sham

In addition to the portrait, Allison predicted the killer would have "connections" to Germany and Georgia, and gave details.

Riddle of the Crystal Skulls

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.4, July / August 2006

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Riddle of the Crystal Skulls

Around the world are found mysterious artifacts, crystal skulls that many New Age enthusiasts believe possess mystical powers.

Postmortem on ‘Alien Autopsy’

Skeptical Briefs Volume 16.2, June 2006

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Postmortem on ‘Alien Autopsy’

Britain's Manchester Evening News termed it a hoax that "fooled the world". Well, not exactly...

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The ‘New’ Idolatry

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.3, May / June 2006

Investigative Files

For a live, prime-time television program, I was asked to evaluate claims that a statue in Sacramento streamed tears of blood.

Lake ‘Monster’ Resurfaces

March 15, 2006

"Is there a monster in Lake Champlain?" asked Good Morning America, on their February 22, 2006, program.

Argentina Mysteries

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30.2, March / April 2006

Investigative Files
Argentina Mysteries

While visiting Argentina, I was also able to take a look at some local mysteries with which I already had some familiarity.

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