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Parapsychology – Psychic Criminology

1. Defining Psychic Criminology

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In this lecture, we think about how to define psychic criminology, focusing in particular on: i) defining parapsychology and recognising its overlap with investigative psychology in psychic criminology; (ii) the role of psychics in providing external advice to criminal investigations; (iii) defining psychic criminology as the involvement of individuals who claim to be able to use a psychic ability to assist with criminal investigations; (iv) the use of psychics in jury selection in certain areas of North America, as well as the involvement of a psychic in a specific murder case, in an attempt to communicate with the deceased victim; (v) the specific abilities that might be used by psychics to assist in investigations.


In this course, Professor Ciarán O’Keeffe (Buckinghamshire New University) explores the role of psychic involvement in criminal investigations. In the first lecture, we think about how to define psychic criminology and the involvement of psychics in police investigations. In the second lecture, we think about a history of psychic detection in police investigations. Next, we think about the Williston case as a key example of psychic involvement in a police investigation. In the fourth and final lecture, we think about the sceptical perspective on psychic detection and ways in which psychic predictions can be made to seem more impressive than they are.


Professor Ciarán O’Keeffe is associate professor of education and research and head of the School of Human and Social Sciences at Buckinghamshire New University. Professor O’Keeffe’s research interests include investigative psychology and parapsychology, and has made numerous television and radio appearances alongside an array of celebrities. Some of Professor O’Keeffe’s recent publications include 'Things That Go Bump In The Literature: An Environmental Appraisal of 'Haunted Houses'' (2020) and 'Restorative Justice and Recidivism: Investigating the impact of victim-preference for level of engagement' (2014).

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