Archive for the ‘Letters to the Lab’ Category

A Letter to the Lab from Denis Conan Doyle

Saturday, January 16th, 2010 Posted in Letters to the Lab, People in Parapsychology | 4 Comments »

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and J. B. Rhine were not friends. When J.B. and Louisa Rhine published a report in 1927 denouncing the medium Mina Crandon, (aka Margery) Doyle slammed them in the press. Only the year before ...

Whatever happened to Jackie Merkle?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 Posted in Letters to the Lab, People in Parapsychology | 23 Comments »

While I was researching my book I constantly came across these former psychic superstars. For a time there'd be a flurry of activity around them, lots of press, letters, and public appearances to either demonstrate their talent or expose ...

Letters Received at the Lab

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories, Letters to the Lab | No Comments »

The best poltergeist case I found took place out in Seaford, Long Island in 1958, in the home of James Herrmann and family. Once the disturbances were publicized people started writing the family with suggestions about what to do. ...

Sad Letters to the Lab

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 Posted in Letters to the Lab | 2 Comments »

I've written before about the many sad letters that would arrive at the lab every day.  Every time I read one I wondered how the scientists would manage to come up with a compassionate response to them, or if they ...

Harold Scharper and Why I Loved Reading the Letters

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 Posted in Letters to the Lab, People in Parapsychology | No Comments »

One day while going through the Parapsychology Lab archives, I came across this November 9, 1946 letter to J.B. Rhine from Harold A. Scharper, a returning WWII soldier who was now a paraplegic writing from the Vaughan Veterans Hospital, in Hines, ...

Exorcist To-Do

Saturday, April 11th, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories, Letters to the Lab | No Comments »

In one of the chapters in Unbelievable, I talk about the actual case that inspired the book and movie The Exorcist. I had intended to try to track down Dr. Mabel Ross, the child psychiatrist who examined the boy ...

Sad Letters

Thursday, April 9th, 2009 Posted in Letters to the Lab | No Comments »

I've written before about the thousands of letters received at the lab. Many of them were so sad. People sometimes wrote for help the lab couldn't give, like finding missing children or for assurance that the voices they heard ...