Sensing Murder

Poneke applies the blowtorch to the Dom Post’s front page free advertising for the :

It is thus deeply disappointing to see the Dominion Post giving a huge promotion to this hokum, with a front page splash on Friday claiming the police “have resorted to interviewing two television psychics in a desperate search for a new lead” into the suspected murder of Kaye Stewart, not seen since she went walking in Rimutaka Forest Park in 2005.

Reading this breathless, shoddy story (which took up two thirds of page one), it is apparent that it was that approached the police offering information about Mrs Stewart, and then told the Dominion Post that the police had “interviewed” its “psychics” Kelvin Cruickshank and Deb Webber.

The story is nothing more than a front page, free advertisement for this shonky show, which is to feature an episode about Mrs Stewart on Tuesday night. One thing is certain, the show has not helped the police inquiry in any way …

The headline was very misleading. It made you think the Police has called in the psychics because they thought they could help.

I flayed Sensing Murder back in January, with a post about Christchurch man Tony Andrews offering $20,000 of his own money to any of the shows “psychics” if they could demonstrate in a simple test that they actually had psychic abilities. Naturally, neither the show nor its four “mediums” – who also include Sue Nicholson and Scott Russell Hill – have shown any interest in taking the test, because, I argued, they know they are perpetrating a cruel sham. “They have the psychic powers of tadpoles, and they know it,” I wrote then.

I’ll believe in such powers when they pass a controlled test such as the one above. But believing these charlatans have some sort of power because of Sensing Murder, is like believing David Copperfield really can cast magical spells because of his TV shiw.

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