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.
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.
March 2, 2005
Longtime Shroud of Turin devotee Ray Rogers admits there is the equivalent of a watercolor paint on the alleged burial cloth.
Intuition: The Case of the Unknown Daughter
In the fall of 2003, my life was transformed by the news that I was the father of a beautiful, thirty-six-year-old daughter.
Holy Grilled Cheese?
A Hollywood, Florida, couple received $28,000 when they auctioned a reputedly ten-year-old grilled cheese sandwich bearing...
Mystery Painting: ‘The Shadow of the Cross’
An enigmatic painting is exhibited at the church of San Francisco de Asis (St. Francis of Assisi) at Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
Betty Hill, First ‘Alien Abductee,’ Dies
Eunice "Betty" Hill—whose claimed 1961 encounter with extraterrestrials spawned the alien-abduction mania—died October 19,2004.
Alien-Abduction Guru Mack Killed in Accident
John E. Mack—whose position as a Harvard psychiatrist seemed to add legitimacy to his endorsement of alien abduction claims...
Called "one of the grandest hoaxes of all times", the Lake George Monster has occasionally resurfaced since its debut in 1904.
Psychic Sylvia Browne Once Failed to Foresee Her Own Criminal Conviction
Self-claimed "psychic, medium, clairvoyant, channel" Sylvia Browne has gained notoriety by appearing on...
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...