Skeptical Articles on
"Psychic Detective"
Noreen Renier

[also "psychic detective" John Monti
and "psychic mediums" James Van Praagh
and George Anderson]

Noreen Renier, who lived in Florida for many years before moving out of state (2004 through 2012), has returned to Orlando as of early 2013.

The following articles on Renier are by Gary P. Posner:

  • Book Review of Noreen Renier's May 2005 memoir,
    A Mind for Murder: The Real-Life Files of a Psychic Investigator

  • Critique of Renier's sessions with the Canadian police (***including full audio***) in the Kimberly McAndrew missing-person case

  • Critique of Court TV's Psychic Detectives episode of September 22, 2004, featuring the Williston, Florida, case

  • Critique of Court TV's Psychic Detectives episode of March 31, 2004, about a woman strangled to death in her car

  • Critique of Court TV's Psychic Detectives episode of March 24, 2004, featuring the Albany, NY, double-homicide case briefly discussed here and here in the following book chapter

  • Chapter on Renier in Psychic Sleuths: ESP and Sensational Cases,  edited by Joe Nickell (Prometheus Books, 1994)

    Psychic Sleuths    This 25-page chapter (containing 60 footnotes) covers Renier's career through 1993, including her predictions regarding the assassinations of Ronald Reagan and Anwar Sadat, her Joan Rivers Show  reading on New York's "Zodiac" killer, her role in allegedly locating a missing airplane (a claim endorsed by an FBI agent), her libel suit against skeptic John Merrell, and much more.

  • The 1999 Houston, Texas case

  • The 1994-96 Williston Police Dept. case (incl. two video clips, as featured on national TV in 1996-97)

  • Renier's 1996 appearance on ABC-TV's Put to the Test

  • Renier's 1992 appearance on CBS-TV's 48 Hours  (also covered in the Psychic Sleuths  chapter)

More items on Noreen Renier in Tampa Bay Skeptics Report

Tampa Bay Skeptics Executive Council "Position Statement" on Renier

Renier's local free weekly newspaper's November 2006 cover story about her book, its first follow-up article, and its April 2007 article about Renier's court loss to Merrell over the book

View the attack upon me by a character named Peter Duffie -- This venomous and irrational attack was originally posted in the spring of 1998 on Duffie's "Psyzone" web pages, which are no longer posted but which can still be seen here (archived, with some funky punctuation characters and missing the graphics). When Duffie's site was abandoned in late 2000 or early 2001, these pages were moved to Renier's site, first here (on her old site -- again, these are old/archived pages absent the graphics), and later here on her newer site (from which these pages were removed in June 2006, I suspect at the recommendation of her attorney, though as you can see they are still available, archived and sans graphics). In addition, the unformatted text of all five parts (among other material) is accessible on this web page. Before deciding to host Duffie's attack, Renier had insisted to me that "Mr. Duffie is not an associate of mine, nor do I have an association with his site," although that obviously changed somewhere along the way.

Hear three threatening messages left on my telephone answering machine (not that I am suggesting Renier was in any way involved . . . )

More on "Psychic Detectives" from The Skeptic's Dictionary

Read about "psychic detective" John Monti

Read about "psychic mediums" James Van Praagh, John Edward and George Anderson

This new "Global Net Research" website appeared in March 2015, two months after John Merrell took down his anti-Renier site. It is run by what it calls "a fresh management team including global researchers and investigators . . . including those in our homelands outside the United States." Though his work is extensively quoted, Merrell tells me that he is a "distant reader, not a participant" in this site.

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