Witnesses to the Unsolved

Another intriguing book, which has recently come out in a paperback edition. Witnesses to the Unsolved: Prominent Psychic Detectives and Mediums Explore Our Most Haunting Mysteries.

This is particularly interesting because the author, Edward Olshaker, focuses on a group of comparatively modern cases. From the publisher’s website (Anomalist Books):

—Martin Luther King, Jr., whose assassination is still an open case after a Memphis trial and a federal investigation reached opposite conclusions in 1999 and 2000.
—Vincent Foster, the White House deputy counsel found shot to death in 1993. Three-quarters of Americans polled in 2000 did not believe the official ruling of suicide.
—Kurt Cobain, the voice of his generation whose death by shotgun triggered scores of “copycat suicides” worldwide, even though America’s leading forensic pathologist maintains that the rock icon, with triple the lethal dose of heroin in his body, could not have shot himself.

“Well-written…could be profitably read by skeptics and believers alike.”
—Fortean Times.

“… a glowing tribute to creative, investigative journalism. The evidence presented could open new ‘cold case’ investigations.” —The Mindquest Review.

I wasn’t aware, for instance, that the trial for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the federal investigation reached opposite conclusions. Also, these are not the only cases covered in the book. For more information and links to where you can buy it are here.

First Sight by James C. Carpenter

I was very excited to see that Jim Carpenter has come out with a book about ESP. He was one of the scientists I interviewed for my book. Even more exciting was the fact that the Library Journal said the following in their review:

“Recommended for serious readers interested in a scientific theory for parapsychological phenomena that is supported by case studies.”

It’s exciting because the review is objective instead of condescending. Carpenter’s book has garnered a lot of great reviews, but I’m picking this one because the author was in the news so much last year because of his own ESP experiments.

“First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life is written from James Carpenter’s unique dual perspective as both a respected research scientist and a practicing psychotherapist. It is an exciting and elegantly written book that simultaneously makes a major theoretical contribution to the science of psychic functioning while providing an accurate, non-technical overview of the field accessible to the interested general reader.” — Daryl J. Bem, professor emeritus of psychology, Cornell University

Carpenter has set up a website for his new book here. And you can pick up a copy of first sight here.