Considering a 2013 email to psychic Laurie McQuary or calling her on the phone? Don't do either before examining the facts presented here. Laurie McQuary has Facebook and e-mail followers who believe she is a supernatural Wonder Woman, paranormal prophet, visionary time traveler, and astute psychic detective. But McQuary's missing person psychic impressions and TV claims have often instead been wild fantasies, exaggerations, and hocus pocus delusions to get attention.
From 2010 thru late 2012 some former supporters and TV journalists placed self-described intuitive Laurie McQuary and her claims under the microscope. What was revealed was Laurie McQuary simply wasn't credible. And we offer a video link here to prove it.
In March 2011 Laurie McQuary imaged the murder of a young girl killed with a rock. The problem was the girl Laurie McQuary described as being killed was actually a reporter just two feet away asking McQuary questions about her "hocus pocus" charades. McQuary was completely unaware that the very murder victim she was describing was in front of her! Not exactly "high intuitive case work" and lost child awareness.
And unfortunately it only gets far, far worse!
Time and time again Oregon missing person psychic detective Laurie McQuary has spun paranormal visions claims that have materialized as untrue. Here we describe multiple charades including one in 2009 where she was well off the mark in where an Oregon murder victim would be found. Here too we explore decades of Laurie McQuary's attention-getting psychic antics --- and it's a very revealing history.
A March 2nd, 2011 'Inside Edition' TV report where Laurie McQuary visioned a murder that never occurred is just one in a string of psychic catastrophes that have plagued Laurie McQuary's paranormal credibility. You can view the 4 minute video on You Tube (click here) or see a text version at INSIDE EDITION Investigates Psychic Detectives Who Claim to Find Missing Persons (click here) . In either case when you close out you will be returned to this page.
Is "psychic medium" Laurie McQuary among those faking paranormal results? Are her claims of "87% accuracy" and obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and a PhD title actually true? Why did one critic call Laurie McQuary's claim of helping find the bodies of 27 murder victims using psychic powers a 'public charade'? Why does she spend time before the TV cameras tossing out paranormal visions to "help locate missing children" and "murder victims" that are wildly off the mark?
Laurie McQuary apparently loves to call attention to herself.
Now nearing 70 years old, for almost 50 years Laurie McQuary has sought public attention by tossing out fantastic "intuitive" claims --- even claiming an angry ghost monster left a physical mark on her metal furnace with a "fist" imprint! That claim places McQuary among a very few who have claimed to have witnessed a supernatural entity which appeared before them in anger and left a physical mark behind.
One might be alarmed about the angry supernatural monster Laurie McQuary faced in her basement except that McQuary has an alarming record of visions that upon inspection don't pan out as real.
In September 2009 psychic detective Laurie McQuary's visions to locate murder victim Brooke Wilberger were added to a growing and disturbing list of questionable paranormal vision claims which brought attention but turned out to be psychic whoppers.
Joel Courtney led Oregon Benton County law enforcement officers to the body of college student Brooke Wilberger five years after she was reported missing in Corvallis. Courtney plead guilty on September 21, 2009 and showed police where he both murdered and buried Brooke Wilberger in the coastal mountains of western Benton County. Yet Oregon police psychic detective Laurie McQuary hyped her own visions to Eugene Oregon TV station KVAL-TV in November 2008 indicating Brooke Wilberger would likely be found in the Crabtree area, miles east of Corvallis, Oregon and the coastal mountains.
McQuary never publicly linked the correct site as both the murder site and the location where the body would be found. Instead her mis-directed images of where the body would be found were miles in the wrong direction.
Much like her March 2011 performance before Inside Edition cameras, Laurie McQuary stumbles with visions and maps.
In the Wilberger case TV Psychic investigator Laurie McQuary visioned the the body location site as miles east of a major interstate freeway --- rather than miles west of the freeway. In fact the victim was found in Oregon's Benton county, not the vision site near the town of Crabtree and inside Linn county as fantasized by McQuary.
McQuary's bogus mapping vision before TV cameras is further explored about 3/4 down this page.
Nearly 15 years ago Laurie McQuary created her web site which opens with "Voted Portland's Best" as it's tag line. Curiously a Willamette Week source doesn't know why she refers to them and even more odd is that secure vote polling shows her status has been far short of such a claim for many years --- if ever. Voted best when and by whom? Best at exaggerated deceptions and delusions?
When offered a public platform to sit down and showcase any proof of paranormal capabilities or psychic powers Laurie McQuary repeatedly avoids such a chair.
It is true that fantastic paranormal events seem to explode around missing person and lost child psychic Laurie McQuary, a resident of Lake Oswego near Portland Oregon.
Adventures even include stories of past life soul mates and psychic travels through time.
But have some of Laurie McQuary's psychic claims moved into precarious community areas beyond entertaining story telling?
In November 2008 KVAL-TV News reporter Kim Quintero in Eugene Oregon showcased a story on Laurie McQuary.
The broadcast noted psychic Laurie McQuary had been of assistance in locating 27 bodies over a 26 year period. And the KVAL-TV report indicated all 27 bodies found belonged to murder victims --- though they apparently didn't even verify a single one of these in their rush to broadcast.
KVAL-TV News 13 coverage --- sensationalized and exaggerated paranormal claims that police agencies are widely engaged using psychics --- is deceptive and unfounded. But the KVAL-TV News 13 sensational report displayed as news prompted our own review of added claims surrounding Alaska born intuitive and medium Laurie McQuary. From publicly telling strangers of their former lives elsewhere on the planet to their "present reincarnations" McQuary keeps the media spinning.
In March 1985 and already in her forties the only college or university listed on a resume which Laurie McQuary provided was Napa Junior College in California and her resume listed no specified degree or major.
There was no listing of any 4-year Bachelors degree on her resume in March 1985 and at the time Napa Junior College was a post-secondary school specializing in only two-year associate degrees.
But less than sixty days later in early May 1985 "psychic" Laurie McQuary told reporter Carla Thompson with the Oregonian newspaper that she had a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a doctorate in psychology!
Now it appears that the Bachelor and/or the PhD degree --- if as specified they exist at all --- were never received from U.S. accredited institutions she attended within the United States. So where and when did she obtain her 4-year bachelor's degree in nursing and the doctorate in psychology?
Why after failing to put either of these two degrees on your resume would you suddenly claim both less than 60 days later?
And why instead did she highlight on her resume that she received a high school diploma from Fairview High School in Cleveland?
But TV crime psychic Laurie McQuary's bizarre behavior and sensational paranormal claims just keep coming.
Among these is that a basement dwelling ghost scared both her and her 9-year-old daughter by blinking lights on and off in their own home. In 1997 this claim by McQuary made newspapers when she described her confrontation with the ghost in her basement and it's violent response as she stood by a metal furnace.
According to McQuary --- but never apparently verified by anyone else --- she became furious after the ghost scared her daughter. In the published article McQuary told the ghost "How dare you pick on a child!"
After this outcry McQuary was quoted as saying "That moment, I saw it. It was like a fist hit the side of the furnace. It indented."
This incredible event was published in the Oregonian --- Oregon's largest newspaper --- and notes that McQuary told the ghost after seeing the indentation in her furnace "Fine, get angry all you want, but leave my kid alone."
Clearly McQuary knows how to create sizzle and get attention with the media. But is there evidence that her stories are anything beyond attempts to solicit new clients as a fantasy psychic consultant?
Sometimes it's unclear at to what McQuary herself believes are the limits of her paranormal capabilities.
On April 20, 2004 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld held a Defense Department operational update briefing. In November 2002 Secretary Rumsfeld had incorrectly stated that UN inspectors found weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq and Rumsfeld continued in early 2004 indicating that WMD might still be found.
Today we know no WMD's were ever found but in April 2004 neither the public nor journalists knew what 2004 or 2005 might hold.
A New York Observer posting dated April 20 2004 covers a reporter who on a whim decided to phone "psychic" Laurie McQuary and ask if McQuary felt she could help Defense Secretary Rumsfeld find the weapons of mass destruction. According to the article McQuary responded that in fact she could help. Curiously McQuary added "But I think they already know where they're at."
When the journalist responded "Could Mr. Rumsfeld just call you up and get the answers he needed?" her answer was "Indeed. Yes."
Why if she actually sensed where weapons of mass destruction were --- or even might be --- would she wait around for the Secretary of Defense to call? But since there were no weapons to find why didn't McQuary recognize that she couldn't help and say the WMD's didn't exist? And since they didn't exist why did she believe others knew where they already were?
Psychic Laurie McQuary wasn't just wrong in her answers but actually further compounded her own errors when she told the same New York Observer journalist that "John Kerry is going to win [the Presidency]" and "I don't think you need a psychic to figure that one out, either."
Thus it appears that Laurie McQuary seems to get it wrong both as a missing person psychic and as a non-psychic.
Equally disturbing is that McQuary describes herself at 18 as being "in a coma that lasted three weeks" prior to her medical release. Yet descriptions that McQuary has used in describing her unconscious state and activities during that coma appear to conflict with 1961 coverage and conditions at California's Palomar medical facilities. Another bold lie or self delusion?
And it is Laurie McQuary who claims that shortly after her alleged three-week coma that she began foreseeing images of crashing airplanes before the planes crashed. Fact or fantasy? McQuary offers no accredited medical collaboration on her web site from 1961-1963 that cover such events. No accredited medical doctor or examiner who treated her has stepped forward or been publicly cited as substantiating her after-coma foresight or even the three-week long coma itself.
Amazingly McQuary recently added yet another layer to her years of sensing death and destruction in aircraft since 1961. She now additionally claims that she foresaw events of September 11, 2001 before the terrorists boarded the planes.
Not surprisingly psychic investigator Laurie McQuary admits she didn't get the whole sense of what she was seeing in New York City until after September 11, 2001. Apparently she was too great of a distance from New York City since she lives in Oregon. Distance apparently confused her psychic tuning along with a full recognition of the impact of her '9-11' visions.
This hocus pocus distance explanation repeatedly offered by McQuary seems strange indeed. But this distance explanation seems to only compound questions about her accuracy in conveying factual events.
Because after McQuary used this distance explanation to explain why her pre-September 11th vision wasn't clear she did something else. She seemingly flipped that reasoning minutes later.
This flipping came while speaking into her microphone before a 2008 web cast audience when she instantly and distinctly visioned events far further than between Oregon and New York City.
An in-coming caller during a 'Paranormal Research and Resource Society' radio broadcast based in Maryland with founder Jenny Stewart was switched to McQuary for a "reading" over-the-air. Just seconds after being connected with the caller McQuary was able to image and identify ancient Rome as where a guest caller had been before --- and with amazing psychic shock and awe --- identified the caller as having previously lived during the age of Cleopatra in Rome!
Is it possible that many --- perhaps all --- of Laurie McQuary's paranormal visions are only created to gain attention?
Previously psychic Laurie McQuary attempted to locate missing child Luke Tredway of Portland but though she received substantial media attention she was unable to publicly and positively discern who murdered the child. Publicly on the record she failed to psychically determine or help determine by paranormal means how the murder happened and the exact location of the missing child.
The mission of the Klass Kids Foundation is to stop crimes against children. It notes "Psychic Detectives are the vanguard of a second wave of predators that also includes tabloid journalists, cheesy defense lawyers and photo-op politicians. They use tabloid newspapers and talk shows to boast about their accomplishments and predict success. They materialize whenever children are kidnapped and circle the cases like vultures on a fresh carcass."
Indeed both the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children maintain that psychics have never solved a single missing person's case. And no psychic has ever led a law enforcement officer by the hand toward a lost and frightened child before the child died of cold or starvation. Not Laurie McQuary, not any psychic consultant.
In fact an examination shows there is nothing to support Laurie McQuary's claim of being “close to 85%” correct on her psychic ability. The Tredway missing child case where McQuary came before the media was only resolved when the murderer confessed shortly before his execution.
It seems doubtful and suspect to some that psychics might accurately inform us of past lives by speaking with a under paid wardrobe maker for Cleopatra who likely spoke only Latin or Greek and died over 1200 years ago. It seems equally doubtful that soothsayers really do any better than guessing when they attempt to use ghostly spirits to uncover clues dealing with community tragedies like murders.
Even assuming a psychic can reach across multi-dimensional times, infinite space, ancient language and thought, social doctrines, religious foundations and death itself --- why would we rely on the psychic's interpretation of such critical events? Or rely on a psychic that believed --- but offered no proof --- that they conveyed such abilities even apart from criminal investigations?
Among the reachable spirits on hand perhaps savoring a good Irish Country Cream like Baileys or O'Mara's would be a better option. Yet self-appointed intuitive Laurie McQuary under Management By Intuition seems to offer a smorgasbord of debatable realities including past life regressions and a combination hypnosis therapy along with psychic search analysis. And her tested paranormal credentials, PhD degree, 4-year nursing degree, and occupational training are from where did she say again? Remarkably, she hasn't responded to inquires for more than two years. Why?
Laurie McQuary has for years utilized her "Voted Portland's Best" claim tied to Willamette Week while no one at Willamette Week has been able to answer who cast the votes or when the voting took place much less what this 'Best' claim supposedly represents! "Whatever it was it must have expired long ago" said one employee. Perhaps this number one ranking was a vote taken only in her mind?
An observer watching McQuary would likely note that during her public psychic readings she rapidly fires off flamboyant visions with relish. And a critic described one of her public reading performances as "One ounce of Mad Money's Lighting Round with Jim Cramer, thirty gallons of cold reading feedback and an entire Pacific Ocean worth of second grade 'make believe' story telling."
The Oregonian newspaper published an article titled A Ghostly Presence which covered some of Laurie McQuary's claims in October 1997. McQuary claimed then that "true haunting's" made up about 10 per cent of her cases including a Portland restaurant where multiple ghosts were harassing workers. According to McQuary "it had been a bordello and had some very, very questionable energy."
McQuary in the same article encouraged the use of "smudging" a religious and mystical cleansing ritual that involves the burning of various mixtures including sweetgrass, sage, copal, cypress, and even mugwort --- often cited by witches to stimulate prophetic dreams and astral projections. Two Native American cultural study programs recently noted that smudging inside modern homes is "very strange" and apparently culturally misplaced.
Apparently modern smudging likely evolved from the hippie era of the 1960's after candles and scent users falsely pretended that home smudging reflected beliefs from ancient North and South American cultures. In fact as practiced today its prinicipal endorsers are hundreds of New Age boutiques anxious to sell a variety of high profit herbal mixtures.
Like many psychics now in their sixties and seventies McQuary supports smudging as a means to ward off negative spirits of the dead or as a means to banish lost souls clinging to former residences and offices. It is unusual for someone claiming a psychology doctorate to endorse smudging but Laurie McQuary goes well beyond these perfumed ties to the dead.
Is it possible that Laurie McQuary's apparent lack of accepting newer scientific research findings may relate to an inability to actually comprehend modern scientific, medical and psychological research studies by authentic PhD certified and U.S. accredited psychology professionals?
McQuary seems to repeatedly struggle and fail to showcase anything that would be deemed proof of her own intuitive paranormal capabilities. Nothing.
And not surprisingly McQuary spends virtually no time clarifying her own fantastic claims or answering critics.
For years she has failed to provide distinct and verifiable public evidence on her key claim of assisting in locating 27 bodies. Which law enforcement agencies --- if any --- actually made the confirmation covering Laurie McQuary's 27 bodies over 26 years of assistance?
By now all of these deaths and the matching 27 death scene records would have been publicly recorded by police. The coroners and detectives at the scene would have long ago filed their 27 public reports. And the families and friends who endured these 27 tragedies would have long ago been notified.
And as of March 2, 2011 McQuary visioned the murder of a woman who never was missing and never died, but was actually an Inside Edition reporter. Does McQuary count this as her 28th assisted murder case?
Apparently the only one hindering public proof and documentation of her "assistance" surrounding the identities of McQuary's 27 murder victims is psychic Laurie McQuary herself. For missing person medium Laurie McQuary her management by intuition may more closely resemble psychic obfuscation.
Paranormal capabilities by Laurie McQuary appear to have provided no directly sanctioned assistance in locating a total count of 27 murder victims that were initially listed as missing persons by law agencies.
Such a claim simply has no public verifications, no public documentation, and no offered proof. Zero. Zilch. Zip.
And the claims of having assisted in finding 27 murdered victims is hardly an "entertaining" or casual matter with various families and friends of actual victims who hear these unsubstantiated media reports.
Thus before she can claim even superficial assistance in locating 27 bodies McQuary must first confirm they even exist by name, location, date, and the contact of the law enforcement agency in charge.
McQuary in 1997 described to one reporter that while in one Portland home she sensed the ghost of a tall gentleman.
"I would say this guy wears dark clothing and kind of comes [across] like --- don't freak --- an undertaker in another lifetime. . . Wouldn't it be something if they used this as a temporary funeral home?"
And in the very same home McQuary also said upon opening the basement door that "I'm wondering if someone was murdered here. . . It could have been an accidental death. . . I see this person locked in here. . . I still say there was a murder here."
Afterwards the journalist did a title search of the property which revealed the names of the former owners back to 1908 and an archives search was also done. Nothing turned up questionable in connection with those owners. And the Oregon History Center had no record of the house ever being used as a funeral home or as a boarding house. A further check by an investigator showed no suicide or murder reports since the home was built. And no registered undertakers who ever used it as a temporary funeral home.
Nothing. No secret caverns or disturbed spirits wandering around. Just a quiet home in a quiet neighborhood.
Yet before leaving the home Laurie McQuary told the Oregonian reporter that she sensed even a third ghost who she described as "an early 20th-century madame type who likes to whoop it up at parties."
This was during a period when McQuary was claiming "acute" psychic accuracy. And according to Northwest media and journalists was also claiming involvement in finding at least eight murder victims.
Now in her late sixties Laurie McQuary has more than 48 years of claims that appear more scripted than real.
Confronting the spirit that turned off and on lights in her own home. Claiming to have been in a coma for three weeks and thereafter awakening with paranormal abilities. By 1997 it was sensing a ghostly undertaker from another lifetime. In 2004 apparently she believed that she could help locate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. More recently it is claiming to have foreseen events of 9-11 before they happened. And of course identifying a 2008 phone caller as someone who previously lived during the age of Cleopatra.
These come from the same person who claims to have sensed murders where apparently none ever occurred. And from the same attention getter who apparently claimed a ghost left a fist imprint on the side of her furnace.
Unfortunately several of America's intuitive's have been seen to violate and defile community tragedies in falsely elevating their psychic results before the public and media.
And it remains unclear whether Laurie McQuary has ever provided public testing documentation and evidence of any paranormal intuitive abilities or missing person results even 1% better than random chance. As the owner of Management by Intuition does Laurie McQuary self-test and hype her own results?
Laurie McQuary has some explaining to do --- long over due --- on her public claims. And as she has now placed herself once more at the center of attention with her 27 body count claim she should promptly clarify those reports herself. Yet since the November 2008 KVAL-TV broadcast Laurie McQuary has sat in silence never addressing these concerns with critics or on her web site.
In 1985 "whoops" psychic detective Laurie McQuary was also videotaped by Portland station KGW-TV standing outside the Clackamas County Sheriffs office. In that report she claimed that she had given “real credible clues” and “worked quite a bit with missing persons, and unfortunately murders also.”
But McQuary's involvement even as far back as 1985 was unsolicited by the Clackamas County Sheriffs office.
In fact at the time of the original KGW-TV broadcast Lieutenant Hanners in Homicide was surprised that the coverage showed and connected a police agency with Laurie McQuary.
He stated then that “Nobody has acknowledged her assistance, and the only reason they filmed outside the building was because the department expressed its displeasure over the story when they were inside the building.”
Russ Williams, the Public Information Officer at the time for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s office said “Sheriff Brooks is quite adamant about the solicitation of psychics since no useable information has ever been provided in the past.”
And recently there seems to be an effort to revise history and even promote a false premise introduced in November 2009 by Eugene's KVAL-TV News 13 anchor Jennifer Winters that “law enforcement agencies all across Oregon are using these people to help crack cases.” Apparently KVAL-TV News 13 just made that claim up unchecked.
Psychics involved with police agencies on criminal cases across the United States have virtually disappeared during the past 3 years. The few missing person psychics working directly with police have fallen generally to small township outposts. These tiny agencies typically lack professionally trained detectives and few have even basic forensic services. And now even among these outposts far fewer are soliciting psychics, soothsayers, mediums, mentalists, and intuitive's.
There is no evidence that numerous and major Oregon law enforcement agencies are soliciting or sanctioning psychic consultants, crime psychics, or allowing "dead file case" reviews by psychics. Nor is there any evidence across all 50 State Police agencies that a psychic solved or was even a key benefit to placing a criminal behind bars using paranormal abilities.
An informal survey in the Detective Division of the Portland Bureau of Police previously disclosed by Captain Richard D. Tate, then Detective Division Commander concluded that "none of our current detective personnel have ever had a successful experience with a 'psychic investigator'. . . . . .and we have had no known successful experiences with psychics, and would prefer to rely on traditional and proven investigative methods."
And the Oregon Department of State Police has stated "It is not the policy of the Department of State Police to seek the assistance of psychics."
Even KVAL-TV stated that upon calling Corvallis Police, Lieutenant Tim Bruer stated "Frankly, we never waste our time on psychics. We've had hundreds of psychic tips from the very beginning. We don't use them because it takes away time from our legitimate resources."
In fact Oregon's major law enforcement agencies are following worldwide agencies from Scotland Yard to the LAPD in completely eliminating the assistance of psychics. Apparently the mix of hyperbole, gibberish, ghost communication, wild exaggerations and over-the-top hocus pocus is no longer welcome.
So if the largest police agencies don't use "crime psychic" Laurie McQuary where are all the agencies she claims to have worked with to find 27 murder victims? Or do these agencies exist backward in time --- centuries ago --- like her former existence in ancient Rome?
The reality is that today even "outside" family requests to use psychics are now typically kept well apart from public investigators and public law enforcement agencies.
This is partly to avoid improper evidence examinations and also for legal control of case information prior to convictions. In the past litigation resulted from "improper and unauthorized tampering of evidence" and prior charges and even convictions were over turned due to improper outside participation.
The few minor match-ups by crime solving psychics have never been significant in resolving any U.S. criminal case or placing a criminal behind bars --- except where TV psychic production re-creators or tabloids like the National Enquirer have decided to "re-fabricate" unsubstantiated psychic claims as entertainment.
Several self-proclaimed psychic consultants with credibility issues including Carla Baron and Laurie McQuary have all appeared on such shows as Psychic Investigators or Psychic Detectives.
Baron has been identified by the Independent Investigations Group (not affiliated with this web site or its investigators) as never having "solved a single case, nor contributed anything tangible to any criminal investigation" along with the use of "broad and vague" predictions.
For that report see http://www.iigwest.org/investigations/carla_baron/carla_report.html
Psychic investigator Laurie McQuary has lived in several states including Alaska, Ohio, California, and Minnesota. But her media efforts and published paranormal claims exploded after moving to Oregon.
Many national psychic detectives have been left scrambling to replace the "free" TV exposure they once received. Most psychics provided free commentary to police agencies --- at least while they still accepted it --- since the attention literally drives psychic clients to book psychic readings from the dead or sessions investigating their own prior lives.
Now modernized state and federal budget reporting software which previously "missed" expenditures by public agencies pertaining to psychics immediately highlights such costs. Wasteful expenses including labor costs spent on investigating psychic visions have been cut and eliminated.
More than thirty years of results showed law enforcement agencies it was money that provided absolutely no benefits. And today most professional police agencies have such a low opinion of psychics that their concerns are being passed down to even the smallest township law enforcement agencies. The best many psychics can do is hope they can reach the media in one last gasp effort among ever smaller TV stations in ever smaller markets.
Nor is there any evidence that at any time during the past 10 years that overlaps between psychics and public law enforcement agencies obtained sufficient thrust to match the KVAL-TV "news" claim that "law enforcement agencies all across Oregon are using these people to help crack some notorious cases" as posted at http://www.kval.com/news/34780489.html
Even KVAL-TV News 13 seemed to be short changed on documentation relating to notorious cases where psychics did anything beyond indicating some involvement.
Among the "psychic" bombshells offered by McQuary on the Brooke Wilberger missing person case --- and reported by KVAL-TV --- is that the Oregon State University college student would be found near "the Crabtree area" on something "like" a logging road.
Among an "I think" and a vague "about" the report states that the body will be 150 feet to the "right of the road."
Yet in September 2009 with her body found miles west of McQuary's location let's examine some basics about McQuary's November 2008 claim. The first issue is that McQuary apparently failed to mention whether this "right of the road" is the right hand side as one is driving south or as one is driving north. Or is it right as you head east or as you head west?
Without knowing the direction of travel no matter which side of any near-by road the body was buried McQuary can claim she was 100% correct --- even when she was miles off her targeted location. This type of non-specific gibberish is typical of many visions provided by worldwide psychics.
Fortunately Benton County law enforcement officers have learned not to drive around in circles or reverse direction every few feet to cover both sides of the road in order to follow psychic visions. The size of the Crabtree area based on its zip code mailing area is approximately 226 million square feet. Taking into consideration that McQuary's reported vision of where the body would be found didn't specify the business area or residential area of Crabtree the community area extends outward another cubic mile or so. That would bring the total area involved to about 341 million square feet.
That would leave McQuary's impression of the Crabtree search area at still over 28 million times larger than the size of the body --- and the body wasn't found near Crabtree but even further miles away!
McQuary cited that the body would be "about 150 feet" from something like a logging road. Whether this is the case has not been released by Benton County officials.
But then of course a hundred other questions arise such as whether or not a gravel road with pot holes counts even if it hasn't seen a log truck, or if another muddy road counts because a resident living there is a logger.
What about a road with near-by logs? Or stumps? And if someone intends to bury a body would they normally carry it more than 150' from a possible transport vehicle?
One can quickly begin to understand why most major law enforcement personnel see little but the gibberish of psychic dreams. McQuary seemed unable to narrow down the search area to a couple dozen square feet or even a couple hundred square feet. Instead she provided an area near 341 million square feet --- and still got it wrong by miles!
But this preposterously vague psychic vision --- we are to believe --- comes from a woman who assisted in finding 27 other bodies!
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Today many law enforcement officials demand clarification on unsubstantiated claims and innuendo that they engage psychics. Those with modern forensic labs and highly skilled investigators look at psychic involvement as a cardiologist would look at a witch doctor with a stone blade.
There is simply no ability of psychics to ever achieve the level of professionals as the last 20 years of psychic failings in documented analysis has now shown. A police dog averages 97% greater accuracy than does the average police psychic in finding new clues and evidence. And the dogs time finding those results is more than 400 times faster.
It's not just having a better nose. Dogs simply don't waste law enforcement time running down fantasies.
On December 3, 1984 the Oregonian published an article written by Joe McIntyre covering New Age psychic Laurie McQuary which noted that she provided aura readings.
Aura readings are typically a practice that is now generally regarded by some as 1970's psychic hocus pocus mixed with a wine and cheese party.
In fact prolonged medical research has concluded those who experience multi-colored auras likely do so as a result of synaesthesia, visual disorders, epilepsy, or a brain disorder. Apparently a good many psychics may fall off ladders, boats, roofs, or sometimes fall down stairs or get knocked off a horse.
Fortunately among those that do fall virtually all keep anchored to the real world and are sensible enough to avoid exaggerated claims. Others start careers by creating fantasy claims or making assertions about community tragedies while absolutely refusing to be tested for the very paranormal powers they suddenly allege.
McQuary according to a December 3, 1984 Oregonian newspaper article (shown below) told one member of the audience that she saw yellow and green auras [which surround a person’s body] and she could sense psychic “vibrations” and predicted “another Vietnam” beginning about two years after her 1984 interview.
There was no such war which began in 1986 or 1987 or even 1988. But incredibly --- at least for anyone claiming paranormal abilities --- McQuary's public forecasts never mentioned the end of the multi-decade long Cold War between the Soviet Union and the U.S. in December 1988. Nor is there published evidence that McQuary foresaw the collapse of the Soviet Union.
During her 1984 interview "psychic" Laurie McQuary did sense a “severe economic downturn coming within the next five years.” But instead of an economic downturn the economy substantially improved over the next 20 years. From a meager 1250 level at the time of her interview the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) continued to climb more than 1,500% to 11,722 by January 14, 2000.
Even when the stock market fell briefly on October 19, 1987 when the DJIA dropped by 508 points the ending result was 1739 --- well above the 1250 level at the time of McQuary's interview. And five years after her interview the DJIA had more than doubled --- quite different from her "severe economic downturn" statement.
From 1985 through 2005 various historical news clippings showcase similar psychic foresight misadventures.
Today hypnotherapy and metaphysic sensing capabilities are the latest New Age jargon replacing the classifications of soothsayers and psychic mediums.
Psychic medium is out.
Intuitive consultant specializing in natural hypnotherapy is in.
Laurie McQuary has posted on her web site that "in addition to the field of metaphysics, Laurie has expanded her Management by Intuition services to include hypnotherapy. This method will be enhancing the already established 'Past Life Regressions' the office has presented for years."
The link to past life regressions often involves psychic medium and communication with the dead.
And hosting spiritual entities.
And providing aura and psychic readings.
Each one is a money maker for those servicing paranormal clients and lately the hocus pocus of hypnotherapy has reached across hundreds of psychic listings posted on the web.
For this reason any media exposure which helps differentiate psychics like connecting themselves alongside law enforcement agencies helps to further enlarge a psychic client base. A moments involvement on local TV when re-distributed in mass over the internet can provide quick dividends for America's psychics.
Laurie McQuary previously stated that she has “close to 85%” correct psychic ability. On the New York Observer web site in an article dated April 20, 2004 she told a reporter "According to people over the last 30 years, I'm 87 percent correct in my readings."
But according to one critic "Missing person psychic Laurie McQuary's 87% claim of psychic reading accuracy is pure exaggerated rubbish. On specifics she appears to be anything but psychic and unless one is blending in her always right kind of nonsense like finding something on the 'right of the road' then her correctness level is only an occasional and likely random success."
We've got federal laws requiring a Nutrition Fact label on Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup.
For general consideration a worldwide generic draft version of a Psychic Fact label is shown on the left.
It displays some potential parameters that would be altered or deleted once a specific psychic is measured and found accurate in matching their claims versus their performance.
Unfortunately there is a problem or two with the Psychic Fact Label concept.
Currently no matter how carefully the measurements have been made on a sampling of American psychics the measured values never seem to match up and equal the psychic's claims.
Laurie McQuary's public psychic forecasting and psychic performance levels seem to appear within normal human guidelines along with a range of normal random chance guessing levels.
The average person on the street would --- at least until McQuary agrees to do more elaborate testing to show otherwise --- do about the same in psychic forecasting as Lori McQuary.
Typically an equal number would actually do better than McQuary balanced by an equal number doing worse, but few would deviate dramatically from one another or McQuary herself.
That seems to indicate that McQuary wouldn't need a Psychic Fact Label at all as her current values are much the same as anyone else on the planet.
Indeed is it possible that Oregon's psychic detective Laurie McQuary has no paranormal abilities and her claims are just a mix of self conjecture, unsubstantiated assumptions, exaggerations, and creative visions?
In fact it seems likely McQuary is quite the same as the rest of the human community in her paranormal abilities --- displaying nothing unusual or yielding anything concrete. Yet she apparently doesn't want to give up any Super Wonder visions surrounding the 27 body claim or an accuracy figure near 85% --- among the highest claimed in the United States.
That may make Oregon's Laurie McQuary more crime psychic actress than a missing person investigator.
When previously asked to be tested without charge by professionals for her claimed psychic abilities McQuary said “It makes no difference to me. Frankly I’m not coming from a position where I have to prove anything.” McQuary has claimed that psychic “vibrations are very confusing” and “as far as testing me with cards or colors, there are some very empirical kinds of studies psychics do not do well on.”
Instead what America's psychics apparently do well --- often exceedingly well --- is prompting TV reports by "news" stations who inadequately investigate unfounded and undocumented paranormal claims. So keep your eyes wide open as it seems neither the psychic community nor the media appear ready to convey the information needed to establish the truth from something else.
And meanwhile keep in mind that police dogs have collected far more evidence than psychic detectives. A single police dog to a law enforcement agency is worth far more than a million self-proclaimed psychics offering visions before cameras.
This web site contains material written and posted from 1995 to 2011 by multiple writers, with updates and artwork changes. Much of the material has appeared as a public internet commentary from two California based critics of Laurie McQuary under the title 'Psychic claims miss the target.' Photos of Laurie McQuary at top from KVAL-TV News video clip. Station is based in Eugene Oregon. Contains various material originally posted since 1995. Copyright© 2013 Gargantua & Pantagruel Inquiry Group. The G&P Inquiry Group is not responsible for statements made by paranormal claimants and psychic practitioners, nor uncorrected media materials which quote or cite a paranormal practitioner, medium, psychic, or alleged paranormal person or a person claiming paranormal abilities. Key writers and interviewers for this report include Paul Hanson / Anne Star/ David Merrell / GP Inquiry Group members / WSA Public Policy staff. We will make any corrections or changes necessary should they be brought to our attention.