Miss Cleo, TV Hotline Psychic, Dead at 53

For anyone who watched television in the late 1990s, there are probably only a handful of commercials that are as memorable and quotable as the Psychic Friends Network ads featuring “Miss Cleo.” Adding to the absurdity of calling a late-night telephone hotline to have your fortune read was her fake Jamaican accent and her shouted […]

Ryan Buell scams Paranormal State fans

Ryan Buell Accused of Scamming Fans

A few months back, we did a story about Brian Harnois of Ghost Hunters fame, and how fans were accusing him of scamming them by canceling tour dates without offering refunds, or simply not delivering purchased items such as t-shirts. Fans were understandably upset at shelling out money to see the “para-celebrity” or to get […]

Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo Called a Fraud

This story has been floating around all week, and this article says it perfectly: mediums, as a general rule, are frauds, this nutjob included. I’m not sure why people continue to buy into mediums and psychics, when they have been proven again and again to be fake. I guess for some people, the desire to believe overpowers the facts of science. […]

World’s Oldest Man, a Parapsychologist, Dies

I hope I can live to be as old as Alexander Imich. A touching story from the New York Times, this 111-year-old man had many facets to his long life, including his extreme interest in the paranormal. (You can check out his book, which he wrote in his 90s, here.) Alexander Imich, a Polish-born psychic researcher who […]

Guilty Pleasures: Celebrity Ghost Stories

Last week, I wrote about one of my guilty pleasures, the Animal Planet show Finding Bigfoot. Tough for me to admit, because on the whole, I don’t really enjoy the current crop of paranormal TV offerings. But I must admit that there are a few I watch, and mainly because even though they are not […]

Psychic Sylvia Browne Dead, Fails to Predict Own Death

As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne has died at the age of 77. Now while we are very critical and harsh on psychics and other paranormal frauds here at The Occult Section, we are never happy to hear that someone has died. That being said, I think […]

Psychic Predicts Her Own Death, But Had Inside Knowledge

I normally wouldn’t be so callous about the death of another human being, but reading this story just made me laugh. I wonder what mystical, supernatural abilities this psychic had that helped her predict her own death? Amazingly, I might know the answer. Her own medical records. Jillian Lane, most famously the psychic to Michael Jackson, […]

Psychic Uses Mystery Man to Make Spooky Sounds During Ghost Hunt

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Back in the 19th century when mediums and séances were all te rage, many of these psychics were exposed as frauds, with the most notable being the Fox sisters. The sisters used fake knockings to convince others that they were communicating with ghosts and the […]

Sylvia Browne fans lash out at ‘psychic’ over false Ohio abduction prediction

Isn’t it funny how psychics, and their defenders, always have excuses ready to go when the “psychic” turns out to be utterly wrong? Actually, it’s not funny, especially when people’s lives are at stake, or when families are grieving over loved ones. Here’s yet another example of how blowhard Sylvia Browne made a huge mistake in […]

La Toya: The Ghost of Michael Jackson is Tap Dancing at Family Compound

Michael Jackson’s “ghost” has been getting a lot of media attention lately. In a desperate attempt to stay relevant post-MJ, the Jackson clan is claiming that his ghost is haunting their California compound, going so far as to tap dance around the house. Latoya Jackson is convinced her late brother Michael is haunting the family […]