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.
In the popular imagination, ghosts are a form of “energy” that survives death.
Spirited Defense: William James and the Ghost Hunters
Review of Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death. By Deborah Blum.
Shame on Shamus Sham
The false confession of American John Mark Karr—that he had murdered child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1996...
Death of a Demonologist
Ghost hunter and self-styled "demonologist" Ed Warren, 79, died August 23, 2006, at his Monroe, Connecticut home.
What were the humanoid-like creatures that terrified a family at their farmhouse?
Belief that spirits of the dead exist and can appear to the living is both ancient and widespread.
In an earlier article, "Peddling Snake Oil" (Nickell 1998), I addressed the question of snake oil’s existence.
August 24, 2006
In addition to the portrait, Allison predicted the killer would have "connections" to Germany and Georgia, and gave details.
Around the world are found mysterious artifacts, crystal skulls that many New Age enthusiasts believe possess mystical powers.
Britain's Manchester Evening News termed it a hoax that "fooled the world". Well, not exactly...
The ‘New’ Idolatry
For a live, prime-time television program, I was asked to evaluate claims that a statue in Sacramento streamed tears of blood.
March 15, 2006
"Is there a monster in Lake Champlain?" asked Good Morning America, on their February 22, 2006, program.
While visiting Argentina, I was also able to take a look at some local mysteries with which I already had some familiarity.
Sherlock Holmes was not just the world's "only unofficial consulting detective."
Robert A. Baker (1921-2005)
Robert A. Baker—one of the world's preeminent authorities on such phenomena as ghosts, alien abductions, religious apparitions..
‘Winking Jesus’ Statue: Mystery Solved!
On July 28, 2005—according to a Hoboken, New Jersey, street "preacher"— a plaster Jesus statue he had installed...
During the Middle Ages, the castle arose as the private fortress of a monarch or nobleman.
September 26, 2005
In July, a Pittsburgh news magazine cover story presented a rather confusing picture of the effectiveness of psychic detectives.
Italy’s ‘Miracle’ Relics
In October 2004, after participating in the Fifth World Skeptics Congress in Abano Terme, Italy—near Padua, where Galileo...
Mystical Experiences: Magnetic Fields or Suggestibility?
Some skeptics have embraced Persinger's studies which supposedly demonstrate that electromagnetic stimulation of the brain...
Review of the book by Sylvia Brown
Here we look at ancient baths and later spas; in Part II we discuss legendary "fountains of youth" and reputed healing shrines.
August 9, 2005
According to a New Jersey street preacher, a Jesus statue he had installed as part of a sidewalk shrine suddenly opened one eye.
Although mainstream science has never validated any psychic ability, mediums continue to sell their fantasies to the public.
She had suffered a fever of 104.5 and experienced shortness of breath, whereupon she declared, "Mother, I'm going to die."
Second Sight: The Phenomenon of Eyeless Vision
Natasha Demkina claims a special ability: She can supposedly peer inside people's bodies, observe their organs, and diagnose...
Joe Nickell Replies
Ray Rogers largely sidesteps my criticisms. He claimed to have uniquely found cotton and madder on the shroud's radiocarbon...
Rebuttal to Joe Nickell
Joe Nickell has attacked my scientific competence and honesty in his "Claims of Invalid 'Shroud'...
Claims of Invalid ‘Shroud’ Radiocarbon Date Cut from Whole Cloth
A Longtime Shroud of Turin devotee now admits there is the equivalent of watercolor paint on the alleged burial cloth of Jesus.
Alleged Reagan Astrologer Dies
Joyce Jillson, the self-styled "Hollywood Astrologer" who claimed to have cast horoscopes for the Reagans, died October 1, 2004.