Ethel Johnson Meyers – The Medium at Bank Street

May 29th, 2009 Posted in Parapsychology Organizations/Research

I wasn’t able to find out a lot about Ethel Johnson Meyers, the medium who accompanied Hans Holzer to Bank Street (the story I tell below). But as I say in the preface to the book, it always comes back to a love story, and this was true of Ethel Johnson Meyers.

Meyers, a former opera singer, was a trance medium and her control—the person who essentially used her body to become a guide between the living and the dead—was her dead husband, a musician named Albert.

Albert had died when his pharmacist made a mistake with his medicine and poisoned him. Ethel was going to walk into the sea and join him, but Albert came to her and stopped her. If she killed herself she wouldn’t be with him, he warned. Just the opposite. “It would separate us.” He told her that there was another way they could be together. Ethel went to a psychiatrist about the apparition and he rather surprisingly suggested that she contact J. B. Rhine.

Soon after Ethel found herself at the American Society for Psychical Research, which eventually led to her becoming a medium.

Whenever she went into a trance, Albert appeared. However, it was a bittersweet and ultimately unsatisfying reunion for Ethel and Albert. They weren’t really together again. Ethel was unconscious when Albert appeared, and when she awoke she remembered nothing. Hans Holzer spent more time with Albert than Ethel did. Even though Albert’s spirit was inside her, somehow suffused throughout her body in order to communicate with whoever required his afterlife services, Albert was still as far apart from Ethel as he was the day he died.

I called Hans Holzer to ask him what Ethel and Albert were like, but he wasn’t able to tell me anything. I had also intended to ask him if he ever tried to mediate any kind of exchange between his faithful medium and her beloved and deceased husband. IE, “Hey Albert, as long as I’ve got you, any messages for Ethel?” But Holzer didn’t seem to be feeling well and so I thanked him and got off the phone more quickly than I had planned.

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  1. 17 Responses to “Ethel Johnson Meyers – The Medium at Bank Street”

  2. By Robert Collier-James on Aug 1, 2009

    Hi,

    Do you know where I could get further info on Ethel Johnson Meyers’s life as a medium, she is very interesting.

    Thanks

  3. By Joseph E. Brierly on Feb 9, 2010

    What is Ethel Meyers beliefs regarding re-incarnation?

    I have read many of Sylvia Browne’s books on the paranormal. Sylvia is a staunch believer in re-incarnation as was Edgar Cayce.

    I became a believer when I stumbled on what I believe was a life that I had as a mathematician named Evariste Galois. I came to my conclusion based on sheer probabilities of the similarities in our life’s experiences and need for karmic balance.

    Thanks for answering my question. Also, I would like to know whether Mrs. Meyers is still active as a medium. Does she make appearances in that capacity. I am a Michigander who would love to meet Mrs. Meyers.

    I am a political blogger in the forum LIBERALFORUM.ORG founded by Al Franken. I am the founder with handle Dr.Joeb of the topic Liberalism Versus Conservatism in that
    forum. One of my messages in that forum gives a brief account of the many coincidences between myself and Evariste Galois.

  4. By Dianna Starr on Feb 22, 2010

    I knew Mrs Meyers,The Medium in Hans Holzers book murder in amityville 1979 she was a friend of my family ,sorry to say she passed away, in CT many years ago I don’t recall what year it was some time around the 1980’s thats all I know, peace & light Dianna

  5. By Stacy Horn on Feb 23, 2010

    Please tell us about her! What was she like?

  6. By Dianna Starr on Mar 7, 2010

    Hi again. First, apologies for my horrible typing skills and all that accompanies it. Well about Mrs. Meyers, she was a very kind and helpful person, and very gifted indeed. She told my dad that she knew Sybil Leek, and they were friends. Mrs. Myers was my Dad’s good friend, they road on the Bonanza bus lines that traveled up and down RT .7 in CT. Back in those days Mrs. Meyers had lived in Gaylordsville CT., or perhaps it was New Milford CT. on RT 7 at that time, later she moved to Cornwall CT. before her death. My Dad, his mother was a medium herself and my Dad was also gifted, which explains his long friend ship with Mrs. Meyers. They traveled together every week into NYC and she helped me on cases I was involved in as a young Psychic medium back then.

    Whenever I talked to her over the phone I could see a man that was in her home. Her husband I presumed? And when I was investigating a missing person, I was working for his family, a missing wealthy man. I can’t talk any further about that case, it’s a privacy matter for his family. I am also a working psychic medium today. My psychic gifts had greatly expanded since I knew Mrs. Meyers, and I have worked with police in many different states on murders. I draw accurate pictures of killers while in a trance, so the police can see who they are hunting.

    I was young back then when I knew Mrs. Meyers and she helped me with the information I was getting on this particular missing person case and she agreed with my information. But this one day as we talked on the phone some time around 1982 or so, I can’t remember exactly, but it was around that same time that Mrs. Meyers had passed away, and yes if that was in 1982 that would be the very same year that Sybil Leek passed over. I was talking with Mrs. Meyers over the phone when I got this strange shock of electric that entered into my body around my Solar Plexus Chakra area. While I was talking with Mrs. Meyers after that I began to experience a bizarre feeling that I can only describe as taking in this energy from Mrs. Meyers somehow over the phone. Like her energy was coming directly into me and I felt she could die from this energy drain as her energy was leaving her and coming into me over the phone while we talked together. This sensation disturbed me greatly as I could feel her life force slipping away from her.

    I became so concerned and afraid about what was happening. I rushed to hang up on her, to stop this whatever it was happening between us. She wanted to continue to stay on the line with me, but I cut her off saying I would call her back. Sadly I never did and so I never spoke to her ever again. But for this fear that I was somehow draining off her energy?

    At that time I was involved in a paranormal class back then, I was in my 20’s, and was afraid that Mrs. Meyers would soon pass away right after the day we had talked on the phone. I was so worried about Mrs. Meyers dying. I discussed my intense fears with my then paranormal teacher at the time. I had psychically picked up that my teacher had been a friend of Mrs. Meyers so I sought out her council. After I told my teacher I know that you knew Mrs. Ethel Johnson Meyers in the past didn’t you?

    My teacher responded, “why yes back in the day they knew each other from NYC, and where did she live now?” I told my teacher she lives in CT now in Cornwall and is a friend of my Dad’s. Then I discussed my fear that Mrs. Meyers would soon pass away, and my teacher helped to calm my fears. But the very next week as I walked into my paranormal class my teacher got up straight away from her desk and approached me saying that Mrs. Meyers had indeed passed a while after our discussion, and for me not to feel bad that I had no involvement in her passing. I felt sick and weak in the knees and have always wished I had called her back or at least had gone to see her in person before she passed.

    But my fear was that I could somehow inadvertently cause her death. Contacting her and continuing whatever was happening between us we had left off that day over the phone, I had the distinct impression that if this energy exchange had continued any longer that could have killed her. She was elderly at the time so my intense fear was that if I went to see or call her this energy that flowed out of her into me would be the end of her! So I lament my not visiting her or calling her back before she left this plane of existence, but due to the circumstances, I was to afraid to visit or call.

    I have always wished all these many years as I am now in my 60’s and to this day that I would have visited her. Well that’s my personal story, the one I know best about Mrs. Ethel Johnson Meyers, and that is all I am willing to say about Mrs. Ethel Johnson Meyers’ long and famous career. I feel it’s not up to me to speak for her amazing life . Peace Love & Light Dianna

  7. By Stacy Horn on Mar 10, 2010

    I edited that a little. I didn’t change what you said, just broke it up into paragraphs, added periods (you didn’t have any) and so on.

    Thank you for what you were willing to share. And no it’s not up to you, it’s a matter of what anyone is willing to say in tribute and to share.

  8. By Dianna Starr on Mar 10, 2010

    Stacy how sweet of you, gosh thank you very kindly, as you can see I am most certainly no writer, smiles & blessing to you L&L Dianna

  9. By Stacy Horn on Mar 10, 2010

    You’re quite welcome! I think people will want to read your story and I thought breaking it up into paragraphs would make it easier to read on the screen.

  10. By Tepet on Mar 16, 2010

    Interesting as I am myself a physical medium and even thou I have read them before, I still enjoy reading the old Holzer books especially when Ms. Leek and Ms. Myers were in the accounts….might be why I work like them.

  11. By mirjana luczun on Feb 11, 2012

    I just described and talked about my experience with Mrs Ethel Mayers back in 1979 to a friend as I talked about it so many times before to different people.I got married in 1977 and was pregnant about two months when I went to see mrs Johnson I remember she lived on the upper West Side Manhattan.I had read in the Que magazine about 8 most popular and credible psychics mediums and decided to chose Mrs Johnson to go to.I could not call there was no tel.listed instead I wrote as she required requesting a meeting with her.She called me and set up the appointment.No sooner that I arrived and got comfortable in one of her soft living room chairs she asked me for something of mine to handle in her hands as a way to connect I gave her a thin golden chain which had a little either heart or a cross she was fiddling with it and she started saying things like where I came from originally to my surprise as I did not offer any information andtrue I had an accent and my name was typical Serbian or east Eurropian nama but my husbandwas American and Icarried his last nam so even if she looked for his name itvwould not reveal my true identity

  12. By Stacy Horn on Feb 12, 2012

    Thank you for sharing your experience with Mrs. Johnson Meyers.

  13. By lans christensen on Sep 2, 2013

    I have a very nice portrait of Ethel Meyers done by noted portrait artist Molly Guion. I inherited it as part of an estate of a Cornwall, CT resident, and a devoted follower of Ethel Meyers. After appraisal, the painting will probably go to auction.

  14. By Stacy Horn on Sep 2, 2013

    Good luck!

  15. By Minx on Oct 1, 2014

    Are you doing reading Dianna Starr ?

  16. By karen on Dec 1, 2015

    Who is Elizabeth? Is this a typo for Ethel? Please fix – inexcusable.

  17. By Lisa on Apr 19, 2016

    I am familiar with the mediums that Hans Holzer had accompany him on many investigations. Sybil Leek passed away in 1982, RIP. Mrs. Johnson was a rather private person and didn’t do a lot of the more ridiculous tv shows and nonsense that everyone seems to do today. They truly understood their abilities to be gifts and that all gifts if misused or abused they could be taken away. For anyone to compare these two imminent mediums with someone like Sylvia Browne really breaks my heart. Sylvia Browne wanted fame and fortune, Ms. Leek and Mrs. Jonson really wanted to help.

  18. By Stacy Horn on Apr 20, 2016

    I’m sorry that is hurtful to you. I’m sure the people who posted really didn’t mean anything by it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Sybil Leek and Ethel Johnson Meyers.

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