Psychics 'exploited' Furlong case
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 2:28p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Claims about the Jane Furlong case made by psychics on the television show Sensing Murder have been called into question by the New Zealand Skeptics.
The group says that last month’s discovery at Port Waikato of the remains of Jane Furlong is evidence that the information provided by “self-proclaimed psychics” on the show was incorrect.
The two psychics featured on the 2007 broadcast – Deb Webber and Kelvin Cruickshank – had already made differing claims about Ms Furlong’s alleged killer.
Mr Cruickshank described a balding man with tattoos, motorbikes and a pay-back motive, however Ms Webber believed the killer was a BMW-driving, 50-year old finance company associate.
Mr Cruickshank also stated that Ms Furlong’s body would likely be found under concrete at a demolition site inside Auckland, and both psychics indicated that this was likely to be in the Auckland Doman. However police this month confirmed that Ms Furlong’s remains had been found 86km away at Port Waikato’s Sunset Beach.
NZ Skeptics spokeswoman Vicki Hide says there was no resemblance between the information provided by the psychics and the discoveries later made by police.
“How many times do they have to be wrong before it becomes blindingly obvious that these psychic performances are just exploitative guessing games? The only people who benefit from this are the psychics who have made great business off the back of the marketing push for their shoddy exploitainment programme,” she says.
“There are thousands of cases where psychics have wasted police time, misdirected investigations and, worst of all, exploited vulnerable families and friends for their own ego or economic gain.”
Ms Furlong was 17 years old when she went missing in 1993, having last been seen on Auckland’s Karangahape Rd.
Police have re-opened their investigations into her death following the discovery of her remains, and along with her family have asked for anyone with information to come forward.
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14/01/2013 5:37:56 p.m.
There are lots of psychic/mediums out there that are great but not in the public eye, I am a spiritual medium and i have come across many gifted mediums over the years,may be they should start looking at other people in there quest.
3/12/2012 6:55:35 p.m.
i think the whole production needs to be taken to court for misleading people into believing these psychics can help find dead ones and for pretending to talk as the dead victims, because im sure after a picture wasd knocked off a wall in one episode from a "poltergeist" that the whole crew are in with this exploitive trick show they are told what to say beforehand and we are lied to
1/12/2012 3:30:49 a.m.
I am a Psychic Medium a NZer living In Melbourne OZ....I do not think Mr Cruickshank has the intention of exploiting anyone. People believe what they want to believe. I think he gives people hope and answers and that in my opinion is harmless.You have every right to be sceptical if you wish, just as he has the right to assist others who request it.
30/10/2012 8:52:11 a.m.
Unless you've experienced psychic feelings yourself, you'll always be a sceptic. It's wrong to run down something you've never had experience of yourself. There is a spirit world and there are true psychics. I trust these two psychics. Ok they may have misinterpreted a message, but that doesn't make them charlatons
29/06/2012 4:56:48 p.m.
Bukster, it sounds like you're simply a victim of confirmation bias.
Sometimes you get a feeling like something bad is going to happen. Sometimes bad things happen. If you happen to have the bad feeling vaguely before the event, you might ascribe some significance to this pair of events and remember them as though they were connected, whereas any such feelings not followed by an event or any events not preceded by one of these feelings would be forgotten.
If you had a feeling something bad was going to happen an hour before each and every bad thing happened and only then, that would certainly be something worth looking into. As it stands, your vague anecdotes fall far short of the extraordinary evidence that would be required to imply that such an extraordinary claim as having "a slight psychic ability" would require.
29/06/2012 12:08:53 a.m.
Honestly, when I first heard the name 'Jane Furlong' on the news I remembered Sensing Murder. They finally found her body and turns out this show failed to provide any useful evidence. The show is very interesting to watch but the truth is they will never be able to solve the case. Just sensing and guessing what happened.
25/06/2012 7:09:22 p.m.
These psychics are frauds. You just need to see Sensing Bulls**t, a segment from the show Eating Media Lunch where there is undercover footage of Deb Webber telling one of her clients who made up a dead relative that she could feel her spirit. The insulting thing about shows like Sensing Murder is that the Psychics make random guesses about people's whereabouts in mysterious circumstances when the families and friends would be emotional, and even scared.
25/06/2012 6:00:37 p.m.
I an wondering whether some of these shows are instigated by the police to regenerate public interest and prompt phone calls with information.
25/06/2012 2:52:16 p.m.
I might have a slight psychic ability myself. However it more like a heightened danger sense. I might have a feeling something bad is going to happen at work a week before it happens. Perhaps it is just my imagination. It's certainly nothing I can do at will. However, these TV psychics claim they can see facts about someone long dead who they have never met and they can do it on camera. Either these people have an ability ten thousand times as strong as anything I might have or they are just faking. The evidence suggests the later possibility.
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