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.
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
During the heyday of spiritualism, among the "physical phenomena" commonly manifested were so-called spirit paintings.
Like Robert Ripley, I have always been attracted to the odd and the curious.
As we near the millennium, the media have been pointing to "millennial madness" as the source for a wide range of divine claims.
On March 16, 1992, I appeared on The Jerry Springer Show with what were billed as "today's outrageous psychics."
Good Friday, 1999, a claim of a miracle becomes the subject of an investigation by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans
Although billing himself "Canada's world renowned super psychic," Maha Yogi A. S. Narayana failed to foresee his own murder.
"Just in time for Halloween," was the wry comment of Leon Harris, news anchor for CNN's "Early Edition," October 22, 1998.
June 8, 1999
On-air séances are nothing new. Thirty years ago I arranged one in a dimly lit radio studio in Toronto...
Guiding the United States through its greatest crisis has caused the shadow of the sixteenth president to loom still larger.
Everyone knows what fortunetelling is supposed to be, but sometimes it is best defined as "the art of absconding with fortunes."