By Nancy du Tertre, guest writer

Several years ago, a retired New Jersey police chief told me this story.  He had gone to a police convention where there were several hundred police officers in attendance.  The speaker came out on the stage and asked for a showing of hands for how many police officers had ever worked with a psychic.  Almost everyone in the audience raised their hand.

Then he asked how many would ever admit to it.  Only two or three hands went up.  To me, this indicates the existence of a problem in law enforcement that needs to be resolved once and for all.  It is time to stop being embarrassed about working with a psychic detective!

I am a trained psychic detective (notice the emphasis on the word “trained”) and an attorney specialized in securities litigation.  I am a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a published Law Review honors graduate of Pace Law School.

I spent nearly a decade apprenticed to a well-known psychic detective who has been the subject of many TV shows.  My teacher, Nancy Orlen Weber, was given an honorary police badge from the State of New Jersey for her psychic work with law enforcement.

What you see on TV isn’t really how it works in real life.  It often requires days or weeks of hard work, investigation, and meditation.  Sometimes a psychic detective will come up with an impression but it requires feedback from the police, confirmation or disconfirmation, which will then lead the psychic further down the correct pathway.

The way I describe it to others is that it is a kind of a “dance” – you deliver information, get feedback, then based on the feedback you give additional more precise information.  It ain’t magic, folks!  Maybe it doesn’t work that way for all psychics, but that’s how it works for me.

I did not start out my life being psychic, seeing ghosts of dead people, or making predictions.  I came from a “normal” family of doctors and lawyers.  They never once discussed psychics and were convinced that even psychologists were crackpots!  I grew up valuing hard work and evidence to support every argument.

I am trained for more than a decade and certified in Intuitive Gestalt Psychology.  After deciding to write a book about the psychology of intuition, I learned that psychologists were clearly not interested in the topic of intuition.  I thought this was very strange.

I studied neuroscience hoping to find some answers or some interest in the subject.  But neuroscientists were even more uncomfortable with intuition than the psychologists!  At that point, I began speaking with anyone who could tell me something about intuition.  As it turned out, this meant talking to people I had never dealt with before – psychics and mediums.  They seemed to know an awful lot – but they just didn’t have any ability to analyze their own intuition.

I decided the only way to explain intuition was to become intuitive, and began training as a psychic detective.  I discovered along the way, but only after years of acquiring evidence, that I had some psychic ability.

One of my other mentors was Ingo Swann, the creator of the CIA’s psychic spy, or “remote viewing,” program which was highly classified by various military and intelligence branches of the government until 1994 when it was officially defunded.  According to Pam Coronado, however, another famous psychic detective who is now president of the International Remote Viewing Association, the CIA has merely outsourced its psychic spying needs to private organizations.

Ingo, who passed away earlier this year, was one of the first proponents of the belief that psychic ability can be trained.  I know this to be true.  I also believe that if I can do it, anyone can do it.  I wrote about how psychic ability works in terms of neuroscience, psychology and linguistics in my book, “Psychic Intuition: Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask but Were Afraid to Know.”

In this book, I not only explain why and how psychic ability is a natural, normal and very human (not paranormal) skill, but I also give many examples of how I used my new skills in my psychic detective work.  I also co-wrote the memoirs of a retired NYC homicide detective in another book called “Behind Criminal Minds.”

I have worked with law enforcement in several states on missing persons and homicide cases.  Usually these have involved cold cases.  Why?  Because, in my opinion, at that point the police have nothing left to lose by going to consult a psychic.

In other words, they have already exhausted all of their usual investigative methods and still haven’t resolved the case, so if they seek out a psychic at that point, they will not be subject to ridicule.  Nothing else has worked.  It is a shame that most psychics are only brought in to an investigation at this point.

Let me explain why it is a bad policy to bring psychics in late in the game.  First, you have to understand that psychic information can often be extremely useful to an investigation.  However, you should also be aware that not all psychic information is correct.  We are not magicians.  But then again, neither are the police!

According to recent published reports, nearly 185,000 killings went unsolved from 1980 to 2008, which represents a dramatic increase in unsolved homicides (6,000 annually) despite the lowest homicide rates since the early 1960’s.  Given the increase in unsolved cases, and the huge backlog of cold cases, it makes sense to seek out investigative tools wherever they can be found – even if this includes psychics!  If you use a psychic, beware of any psychic who claims to have a perfect track record.  It doesn’t exist.

By making psychics the choice of last resort, law enforcement may be foreclosing the possibility of solving cases.  Evidence has disappeared or been moved, and witnesses have died.  I have been able to offer police psychic information that confirmed (or suggested) various investigative leads, such as the names or descriptions of suspects or witnesses to the crime.

On a couple of occasions, when asked to try and locate the body of a homicide victim, I was able to identify the exact location (and usually the only location) where police had excavated or dredged to find the body.

In one particular case on Staten Island, I psychically “saw” the body of the young woman in a swampy area in shallow water in a particular location on the map.  A famous psychic, Annette Martin, told me once that the palm of her hand would start to sweat when she held it over the map of the area where a body was located.

Anyway, I was not familiar with the terrain since I had only been to Staten Island once or twice in my life.  It turned out to be the exact same place where the police had dredged looking for the body.  The problem was that by the time they invited me in to the case, it had already been a cold case for ten years!  I was sure that the body had long since deteriorated and/or been washed away out to sea.

To my knowledge, this case remains unsolved.  The fact that I came up with the same information as the police suggests to me that if I had been on board earlier, we might have been able to locate the body.  As I said, I believe psychics and law enforcement do a kind of a dance – back and forth – delivering and confirming information through intuition and investigation.

Ultimately, it is the job of the police to do the leg work.  In my view, it is a collaborative effort.  I believe there are too many psychic and police egos involved – both wanting to claim one hundred percent credit for solving a case.  Neither should eclipse the other.

By working with a psychic do you risk going out on a wild goose chase and burn up valuable police resources?  Yes, it’s possible.  But then lots of police investigations, certainly those involved in cold cases already used up valuable resources and came up with nothing!  So where’s the problem?

My hope is that law enforcement will become comfortable enough with idea of using psychics – based on a sufficient number of positive experiences with psychics – and will learn how to use psychic detectives as just another “tool” in their arsenal of investigative tools, not just in cold cases, but in ongoing crimes.

Nancy du Tertre, Attorney-at-law graduated from Princeton University and Pace Law School.  She is a practicing New Jersey securities litigator and author of several books.  She hosts the live CBS radio program “Hot Leads, Cold Cases” which is heard in Seattle, Detroit, Pittsburgh on Fridays at 8 p.m. and on Internet Radio.  Learn more about Nancy at