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.
People arrive in droves to view them: holy images that appear—many believe miraculously—in the most unlikely places.
Modern spiritualism began in 1848 at Hydesville, New York, when two schoolgirls pretended to communicate with a ghost who...
April 29, 2004
Is it a matter of science versus mysticism as some assert, or an issue of having an open mind as opposed to a closed one?
Canadian Lilian Bernas claims to exhibit-"in a supernatural state"-the wounds of Christ.
Two women noticed it first. The eyes of the Virgin Mary statue on the church's bell tower had begun to glow.
Today, the ghost town of Bodie, California, is one of the most authentic abandoned gold- mining towns of the Old West.
It was Monday, March 24, 2003, when the voice of CSICOP Executive Director Barry Karr came over my intercom...
Termed "North America's Loch Ness Monster", "Champ," reportedly haunts the waters of its namesake.
Supposedly recently discovered, a box that purportedly held the remains of Jesus' brother, is the subject of controversy.
Every town in Franconia has a legend of Die Weisse Frau - a ghostly figure that walks about at night terrifying people.
Although the original event proved to be a hoax, that fact does not seem well known to the general public.
In a previous critical report, I suggested the identity of “Mothman.” Subsequently I was able to make an investigative trip to Point Pleasant.
Many believe that the bond between man and animals, known from great antiquity, includes extrasensory perception (ESP).
Since they began to capture media attention in the mid 1970s, crop circles have provided mystery and controversy
Those who suffer the loss of a loved one may experience such anguish and emptiness that they are unable to let go...
Mexico's Image of Guadalupe is a sixteenth-century depiction of the Virgin Mary that, according to pious legend...
Hinn's selection process is-- perhaps not surprisingly--virutally identical to that employed by professional stage hypnotists
New Orleans has been declared America's most haunted city, and tour guides-following the imaginative lead of Anne Rice...
Among the sites associated with New Orleans voodoo is the tomb of its greatest figure, Marie Laveau...
I was asked by television newsmagazine Dateline NBC to study Edward's act: was he really talking to the dead?
Do mysterious and presumably endangered manlike creatures inhabit swamplands of the southern United States?
Joe Nickell investigates Australia's most famous ghhost
Joe Nickell investigates paranormal claims in Australia
Was fugitive drug smuggler Charlie Jordan nabbed after a CIA "remote viewer" helped pinpoint his location in northern Wyoming?
Belief in demonic possession is getting a new propaganda boost.
Joe Nickell investigates the Flatwoods UFO Monster of West Virginia
Joe Nickell investigates the resident ghosts of various hotels
Part II: The Bangs Sisters
At psychic fairs and other popular venues, "aura" photographic portraits are all the rage.
Joe Nickell on Canada's best-known mystery