Police Probe “The Revelations of the Mystics”

November 2003:

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they restarted a search for a missing man after receiving information from a psychic.

It is understood the medium discovered the information about Vinny Derrick at an unrelated meeting.

But officers have told the BBC the information was so convincing they decided to carry out a further search.

August 2009:

THE family of a young man has made an emotional appeal for information on the sixth anniversary of his disappearance.

Vinny Derrick, from Castle Donington, was last seen leaving a nightclub in Manchester on August 29, 2003.

Well, at least that shows the police should now know better than to listen to psychics…

Alas!

POLICE launched a full-blown murder inquiry into a suicide victim’s death, after a mystic claimed he had been killed by gangsters.

Detectives investigated the death of Lampeter baker Carlos Assaf despite conclusive evidence he had hanged himself at his flat.

…A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said the authority had a duty to investigate potential leads.

She added: “The revelations of the mystics were brought to our attention via the family, and these were followed to reassure the family that the full circumstances of the death were as they appeared.”

2 Responses

  1. Does anyone in the building have any dead relatives? I’m getting someone called George?

  2. Umm, no I’m not getting a George, more of a Bill or a Billy or Benny or…

    But seriously, it wasn’t inappropriate for the police to at least look into these claims – if it had been a real gangland murder, the “mystics” could have been trying to give police actual information about the perpetrators without revealing themselves to the gangsters. Can’t remember the details right now, but there was one murder case in the US where a woman pretended to have had ‘psychic dreams’ in order to tell the police where the victim’s body was buried; she had actually picked up the information in gossip, but didn’t want to let people know she was a ‘snitch’.
    However, as soon as the police had checked that the pathology report of the victim showed no signs of strangulation, bleach or petrol, they ought to have dropped things there.

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